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35 days ago

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...

41 days ago

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...

81 days ago

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....

155 days ago

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....

262 days ago

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...

345 days ago

mentally designing some garage storage... - 5 replies

Hi, all - I’m planning to build a cabinet for garage storage. It will be 6’ tall x 4’ wide x 14-16” deep, and have maybe four shelves. Intended material is 3/4” plywood. I’d like to put some doors on at least part of the cabinet. (I’m thinking about leaving the bottom shelf open, for oversized stuf...

356 days ago

dust collectors: needed power? - 16 replies

Hi - I’m sure this question has been bandied about ad nauseum, but I have to ask: how much dust collector do I need? I was looking at the PC400AP at Lowes. I hear people saying to avoid the 1 HP units, and I will do that if necessary, but…here is my situation: 1. never using more than one tool at a time (unless you count the du...

557 days ago

any tricks for miter cuts? - 22 replies

I’m building a small box with miter cuts for the edges. I need to get the dimensions really exact on this one. The first cut is easy, of course, but the second cut (on the other end of the wood) is more problematic. I’d like to put a stop block on the miter saw, but I’m concerned about how effective this would be with a board t...

559 days ago

personalizing your work? - 5 replies

I’m making a small item for a friend, and in anticipation of doing other projects for friends and family, I’m thinking I’d like to leave my initials somewhere on my work. I’d like to hear if/how others do this. Whatever I do, it needs to be something small, simple and not time-consuming (no ivory inlays here). What doe...

573 days ago

frame for sliding cabinet doors? - 8 replies

Hi, all - I’m getting ready to build some cabinets for the garage. Nothing fancy; just a 6’x4’ plywood box with a bunch of shelves. But, as tight as space is, I was thinking of going with sliding doors instead of swingers. So…good idea/bad idea/other? I was envisioning building a frame, possibly out of 2×4, to ...

603 days ago

hanging doors...any tips? - 14 replies

I probably should have asked this before I started, but…I just put a door on a cabinet, and despite my best efforts, it hangs about 1/8” low on the unhinged side. (The door is about 24”x24”.) Can this be recovered, or is it yet another learning experience? I was even thinking of removing the hinges, putting dowels into...

624 days ago

source for high quality cabinet hardware? - 12 replies

Hi, all - I am building a short, wide cabinet and it’s time to think about hardware: door hinges, a center latch, stops (if necessary), etc. I want to get some hardware that is high quality. I don’t want ornate, but I do want decorative, as this cabinet is going to go in my entry. So far, my web searches haven’t revealed ...

739 days ago

Not sure how to approach this project - 16 replies

Hi, all - I have a rather unusual project that is going to be tricky to describe. Imagine that you have a smallish block of wood (say, 6” by 12” by 1”). You wish to cut a relief into one face of the wood that is 1/2” deep and 4” by 10”, leaving a 1” border on all four sides. I’ve heard of usi...

906 days ago

what tool would you use for cutting slots? - 8 replies

Hi, all - I want to cut some slots in the sliding lids of cigar boxes. The wood is soft (probably cedar) and less than 1/4” thick. What would you use for cutting nice, clean slots in it? The slots will need to be about 1” by 3” or so. Thanks.

979 days ago

wood treatment for damp particle board - 11 replies

Hi, all - I realize this isn’t exactly a woodworking question (though it may become one!), but I thought I’d ask the braintrust here. The subfloor under my kitchen sink has had some moisture on it for a sustained period. (The shelf above it, which I’ve torn out, allowed some sink leaks to pass through.) The particle board...

1040 days ago

aligning my miter saw fence/stop - 12 replies

Hi, all - I’ve got an issue right now that’s driving me nuts. I cannot for the life of me properly adjust the fence (or what the manufacturer calls the “stop” for my miter saw. The saw is a Bosch 4212L. Here’s a pic of the part in question (p/n 26): It’s held down to the saw by 4 bolts. When the bolts...

1054 days ago

where to buy very small amounts of exotic wood? - 28 replies

Hi, all – I’m contemplating a small project that will need a piece of some kind of exotic wood (haven’t decided yet) that is about 1”x6”x12”. My google searches haven’t turned up a single source for wood in this size. Can someone point me in the right direction? Thanks. mz

1238 days ago

best way to use a router table for board ends? - 11 replies

Hi, all - I just invested in a router table. One of the things I’d like to do is use it for cutting profiles into the ends of boards (such as for glue joints). What’s the best way to do this? Miter gauge and some clamps to hold the workpiece to the clamp? Thanks for any suggestions.

1416 days ago

best wood for surfacing a workbench? - 20 replies

Hi, all – My workbench is a solid core door (32” x 80” if memory serves). A few years back, I put some ugly vinyl flooring squares over the top to protect it. It’s time to refresh those. While I was poking around Lowe’s home page, looking at vinyl, it occurred to me that I could use some kind of hardwood flooring inste...

1488 days ago

need a specialty fastener - 9 replies

Hi, guys - It’s been awhile…hope everyone’s doing well. I’m building a small press for gunsmithing purposes. I’m going to use 5/8” steel rod as the bolt, and I need to a nut that I can make captive to the frame of the press. Not knowing what such a nut is called (if it even exists) makes googling difficu...

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