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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 - 15 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...

08-01-2013 05:27 PM

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...

07-21-2013 06:54 PM

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...

01-01-2013 07:35 PM

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...

12-30-2012 11:53 PM

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...

12-16-2012 04:48 PM

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 ...

11-17-2012 02:18 AM

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...

10-27-2012 02:39 AM

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 ...

07-04-2012 12:57 AM

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...

01-19-2012 05:36 AM

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.

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