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01-03-2017 07:41 PM

finish to withstand 450° contact? - 15 replies

Hi, all - I’m building a pie safe, where baked goods are to be put to cool. I’m making the cabinet and shelves out of ash. I’m wondering whether there’s a kind of finish out there that would make it safe to put glass or tin pans straight from the oven into the cabinet. I’m guessing not, so I’m thinking o...

11-30-2016 03:54 PM

experience with wood hardeners? - 6 replies

Hi, all - I got it into my head that I wanted to do a project (a jewelry box) in cypress. I didn’t get too far into the project before I realized that I’d probably chosen a wood that was much softer than would be ideal. I’d like to complete the project, but I’ll feel better about it if I can somehow harden the wood a b...

11-14-2016 06:45 PM

dust collection attachment for Freud router - 9 replies

Hi, all - I have one of the Freud FT3000VCE routers (they had a short lifetime). It’s my only plunge router, and I recently broke the clear plastic dust collection attachment. This thing is, IMO, unusable without dust collection. Does anyone have any idea where I might find one, or what might be a compatible replacement? Thanks fo...

10-03-2016 08:55 PM

burl veneer finish is very matte - 4 replies

Hi, all - I’ve built a small box with Bubinga, using solid wood for the sides, and some veneer burl for the top. I decided to try Waterlox for finish – I got the one with the “medium sheen”. The level of sheen is fine on the solid wood, but is very dull on the burl. Any suggestions for this? I was considering some lacq...

08-19-2016 12:08 AM

my first time using shellac... - 15 replies

...isn’t working out quite as I’d hoped for. The wood is rosewood, and I read in a few places that oily woods do well with shellac, so I got a can of Zinnser Bullseye (clear). It’s already thinner than water, and when it dries, it’s shinier than I thought it would be. Am I putting it on too thick? I do have a tendency ...

06-23-2016 08:06 PM

question about sliding screen doors - 6 replies

Hi, all - So, the little dog taught the big dog that it’s possible to push out the screening in the patio door, and I need to come up with a new door. I was thinking of something that would have a panel in the lower 1/3 to keep canine noses out. The concept is super-straightforward, but I wanted to ask about techniques/tips/tricks for e...

12-05-2015 05:46 PM

need advice on Unisaw splitter - 6 replies

Hi, all - I’m struggling with an issue with my Unisaw (a 36-L31X, about 8 years old). I bought it used a year ago. The problem is the splitter isn’t parallel with the blade. It’s slightly clockwise if you’re looking down on the table. I’ve replaced the OEM splitter with the full Shark Guard setup (which I like...

05-01-2015 04:48 PM

where to get Biesemeyer fence rails? - 8 replies

Hi - I have a Delta 36-31X that I’d like to “promote” to a 31-51X by replacing the fence rails with the longer ones. I am having trouble verifying a part number for these, though. I found these on Amazon: 52 inch rails but it’s not clear that these are the right ones. Does anyone know a source for the corre...

04-11-2015 05:13 PM

wiring motor for 220V - 13 replies

Hi, all - I know this subject has been covered here before, but I’m a little puzzled by what I’m seeing. Yesterday I took possession of a Laguna Tools jointer. Before I assemble it, I want to rewire it for 220V. The instructions say to refer to the diagram on the motor wiring panel. This diagram is nearly useless (or I don̵...

02-01-2015 05:19 PM

surface for outfeed table - 13 replies

Hi, all - I’m going to build an outfeed table for my table saw. I’ll be following the general steps of the Wood Whisperer’s project. Can anyone see anything wrong with using Melamine-covered fiberboard for the surface? I’m kicking around getting some Formica Microdot, but that’ll add about $60 to the projec...

12-21-2014 05:41 PM

drive belts for Unisaw - 16 replies

anyone have any recommended sources? I could get them from Delta, but I’m a little hacked off at their customer service right now. I don’t want to start a thread on linked belts, since they’ve been covered so much elsewhere, but if I were to go that route, how much length would I have to order? This is for a 7-year-old Unisa...

12-04-2014 03:17 PM

so, thinking about Grizzly's sale... - 10 replies

...this month, they have a few bandsaws they’re offering free shipping on. It’s about a 10-20% discount, depending. Anyone want to talk me into (or out of) one of these? The local used market (judging by CL ads) is bone dry. I just need something for minor resaws and making thinner cuts than I can do with a circular blade. Fence a...

08-16-2014 06:34 PM

table saw makes a clunk when starting up - 9 replies

Hi, all - I bought a pre-owned Unisaw last weekend (detailed in another thread). Finally got around to starting it up in its new home. It makes a fairly loud “clunk” (or maybe a “bang”) when I hit the power switch. Only does it once per power-up, then the saw runs nice and quiet. It didn’t do this when I was l...

07-28-2014 03:34 PM

(update) opinions on used Unisaw - 49 replies The seller says it’s in good shape; my primary concern is the lack of a riving blade (evidently this unit pre-dates that addition). Anyway, I’m curious as to what people think of this deal…thanks. UPDATE: based on feedback, I passed on the one above. Found a newer (200...

07-19-2014 01:46 AM

Do I really need a jointer for this...? - 31 replies

Hi, all - I was getting ready to start on a small gift box, when I noticed the stock for the sides was slightly bowed (maybe 1/16” over a 2’ board). For most projects, I’d probably ignore it, but I was planning on miter joints, and from experience, I know that ANY imperfection in the stock will show in the joints. So̷...

06-08-2014 01:40 AM

how would you make *this* cut? - 9 replies

I’ve asked a lot of these “how would you” questions here, and LJ has yet to fail me. This time I want to create the cut in the end of a 2×4 so that I can insert another 2×4 into the end of it. Since I can’t draw a picture, I’ll describe what wood is to be removed: a 1.5×1.5×3.5 bar from the mi...

06-01-2014 01:43 PM

best kind of saw for... - 21 replies

...cutting very small pieces of hardwood? I make some spline boxes (I’m sure many of you have seen the plans online) that call for little triangular pieces about 1/8” thick. I can create the triangle profile fairly easily on my table saw, but…what would make it easier to knock out the 1/8” cuts? Band saw? Scroll saw? S...

04-22-2014 06:15 PM

fittings/hoses for dust collection? - 7 replies

Hi, all - Does anyone know of a good source for fittings for a dust collection system? I have a planer, a miter saw and a table saw that all need different size hose adapters. I’d like to get some kind of universal system where i put similar-sized fittings on everything, so I can just connect up my dust collector hose from tool to tool....

02-07-2014 07:57 PM

joining edges of an octagon? - 9 replies

Hi, all - I did a search, and found some threads related to this, but nothing quite what I was looking for. I want to build an octagon from 2×6 boards. I want the boards up on edge (so the octagon, lying down, would be 5.5” high). It doesn’t need to be super strong, but I’d like to improve upon just gluing miter joints....

10-24-2013 02:47 AM

change of location (finally!) - 7 replies

Hi, all - Well, it’s official. In another couple of months, I pull up stakes and leave the once-great state of California, my home since birth, to move to the now-great state of Idaho. I haven’t found a new home yet, but rest assured, it will have at MINIMUM a three-car garage, a workshop, or a site where I can build a workshop...

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