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107 days ago

Anybody in Minnesota with CNC turning capability for a job? - 4 replies

I have a customer in Minnesota (Near Plymouth) that wanted me to make her four legs for a kitchen island with a spiral twist in them on taper. I had told her I was working on another project and it would be the middle of May before I could start on them. Through a miscommunication she thought I’d have them to her by the middle of May. ...

133 days ago

Question on how much glueing you can do on a table leg. - 11 replies

I have a customer that wants some legs for a kitchen island that are going to be painted. I was going to make them out of cherry simply because I have a huge stack of cherry in my shop and would not have to buy wood. The problem is the customer wants the legs to be five inches in diameter. They are going to be massive. I have a CNC machine w...

317 days ago

Free Wood in Central California - 9 replies

Did he say Free? Yes he did. What’s the catch? You come and get it and take it all! No picking through it, you have to be able to take it all. What is available: I have two large stacks; one is Hickory and the other is Ash. This wood is what’s left of thousands of board feet that I bought at an auction of a molding company th...

388 days ago

Vacuum Pods - 10 replies

This will probably only be of interest to you of you have a CNC machine. I was at the AWFS show in Vegas last week when I saw Vacuum Pods. These are a cheaper alternative to have vacuum table. The ones I bought actually work off an air compressor using a venturi effect versus having to buy a vacuum pump. They are shipping them to me so I h...

429 days ago

Building CNC's - 15 replies

I had a stupid idea while reading some other forums yesterday so I wanted to see if anybody else thought it was a good idea or stupid idea. :) There are several places out there that sell CNC kits to build your own machine. I don’t think I’d have a problem building these machines. I haven’t done all the research yet, but...

461 days ago

Frame Around a TV - 3 replies

I’m making a frame to go around a TV that is hanging on the wall at a business. The TV is up high near the entrance door so the business owner wants to hide the wires and hardware behind it as well as make it a little more difficult to steal. It’s a new LED TV. The face of the TV sticks out about 5” from the wall. So I wan...

469 days ago

Would you buy this? - 14 replies

Just a quick survey, I recently made the below LED lighted sign in my shop and I’m going to start offering them for sale shortly. I also opened a wholesale account with the company that imports the USB powered LED strips. My goal is to sell completed signs, but I also wouldn’t mind selling parts for you to make your own. For exam...

554 days ago

Woodworkers Guild of America??? - 4 replies

I put this under non-shop because it’s more about fraud than woodworking. I just opened a letter today from Woodworkers Guild of America. In bold print in a box on the letter is “Please Pay for or Return Your DVD Today.” The letter then goes on to state that they shipped me some DVD to preview and I either have to pay for ...

590 days ago

Used Shopsmith with Bandsaw and Jointer - 3 replies

A few weeks back I picked up a used Shopsmith at an auction site. It came with a bandsaw and jointer and is in decent shape. It appears to be an 80’s model. Anyway I only bought it because the opening bid was $100 and nobody else bid. So I’m into it for $110 which includes the auction house fee. There is something wrong with the...

601 days ago

Accounting for the Woodworking Business - 27 replies

Tax season is upon us and I’m trying to get my books all straight so I can get my big refund check. I started the business this year and I went to an accountant when I started out and spent about an hour with her getting advice on setting everything up and using Quickbooks. Now that I’m starting to try and get everything together ...

618 days ago

Repairing a Lazy Susan - 3 replies

My mother-in-law asked me if I could repair her lazy Susan. It got dried out and warped. Here are a couple of before photos: This shows how much it was warped: And this is how the repair came out, think she’ll like it:

624 days ago

Shopsmith? - 11 replies

If anybody is interested in a Shopsmith there is one for sale at the auction website listed below. As of the writing of this post nobody has bid on it and the starting price is $100. It comes with the Shopsmith Bandsaw and the Shopsmith Jointer. The company that does these auctions is just down the road from my shop and I’ve bought qu...

626 days ago

Future Cutting Boards - 21 replies

This is some of the wood that I bought at an auction. I decided since most of it was already thin cut, that I’d cut it into 24” lengths and make a few hundred cutting boards. The far left is cherry, then two stacks of walnut, and the a short stack of white oak. I’m going to probably make two more stacks this size of che...

629 days ago

EBay vs Etsy - 50 replies

I’m just starting up in the selling of my products business and although I don’t want to do all my sales online, I want an online presence and may eventually count on it for the majority of sales. Right now I have an Etsy page because I was told by several people it was the way to go and it was so much better than EBay and it’...

636 days ago

Cutting Board Care - 14 replies

I’m making some cutting boards to sell and I’d like to print up little cards to go with them telling people how to care for their cutting boards. I’m only going to put mineral oils and beeswax on them so I’m looking for suggestions of things to put on the card. Here’s what I have so far, let me know what I should ...

640 days ago

Dewalt DWS780 12" Miter Saw - 6 replies

If anybody is interested Amazon is selling the Dewalt DWS780 for $501.23 with free shipping and then another $25 discount. Total cost is $476.23 if you don’t have to pay sales tax. I’m in California so my total cost was $515.52. Home Depot and Lowes regular price on this saw is $599. The Dewalt Factory online outlet has it for...

641 days ago

Cutting Board Questions - 29 replies

In looking for items to sell it appears that cutting boards are very popular so I have a couple of questions from you experts. I can do a google search and see everything from $29 to $175 for what I consider fairly simply cutting boards to make. Much more complex ones are in there from $50 to hundreds of dollars. The website I found that has ...

650 days ago

Glue Use - 28 replies

I have some glue questions. I just did a search and found some very good information from several people including a person with the user name of Alaskaguy. I was hoping to break some of that information down into a little bit more user friendly terms. For example Alaskaguy said Titebond III glue appears to have issues when it gets into temp...

662 days ago

Carvewright Machine - 13 replies

About 4 years ago now I bought a Carvewright machine intending to use it when I retired. It sat in the box for the first 2 years because I put off retirement. When I took it out of the box I used it one time but I didn’t read the directions enough and I didn’t have the bit completely locked into the spindle so the second it touched...

664 days ago

Anybody added a laser engraver? - 45 replies

I’m in the process of starting up a woodworking business and right now the center piece of my shop is a Legacy CNC machine. It’s a great machine for making all kinds of things, but I’m finding people really like personalized items and engraving. The CNC machine does engraving, but it only really works well on larger lettering...

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