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05-20-2016 06:04 AM

Help, I think I'm screwed - 6 replies

Long sad story shortened. African Mahogany treated(over treated) with Potasium Dicromate. It’s way too dark. Also, on top of the PD are two coateds of Liberon Finishing oil. Way too much detail to sand and start over. Is there some kind of acid or solvent that will lighten the color of the wood?

03-24-2016 07:02 AM

Cabinet hinges - 2 replies

It started out as a simple plywood sided sewing center from the Rockler catalogue for my great wife. Now it’s “evolved” into a black walnut Greene and Greene ebony spline and plugs masterpiece. Just started milling the walnut and started thinking about hinges. The Rockler plans call for piano hinges. It just doesn’t se...

03-17-2016 09:35 PM

AC in the shop - 19 replies

I live in north San Diegi county. My two car garage is my shop. It’s not airconditioned. It gets really hot here in the summertime. I have no windows where I could use a window ac unit nor do I have any walls I could cut out space for a window unit. What are my options? I could run a vent line up through the attic. Anyone got a solut...

02-27-2016 04:19 PM

Is a stroke sander a good substitute for a wide belt sander? - 4 replies

After 20+ years of good service my 16-32 Performax is getting long in the tooth. I can’t imagine my shop without it. I’ve just begun looking around for a replacement and came across stroke sanders. I’ve never seen or heard of one before and there isn’t a lot of information on the net about them. Anyone here use one. Ad...

02-26-2016 12:57 AM

Ivac - 7 replies

Anyone here have experience with the Ivac automatic blast gates? Do you recommend them? Any other advice?

02-19-2016 05:46 PM

Cutting Aluminum on the table saw - 22 replies

Hello all,Can I cut aluminum on my table saw without hurting the blade? Would you cut aluminum 1/4” bar with a good carbide tipped blade or would you use an inexpensive blade? I’m building a bracket to attach my Kregg Band Saw Fence to an 18” band saw. Any advice or warnings?

02-13-2016 06:09 PM

Resaw King on a Rikon 18" Bandsaw Model 10-345 - 7 replies

I’ve got my Rikon 10-345 set up as a dedicated resaw bandsaw. I’ve had the Laguna Resaw king on another bandsaw for many years and was very happy with it. Now I’m thinking about upgrading the blade on my Rikon to a Resaw King. I’m conflicted on which width to get. I know that too wide can be a performance problem. The...

11-11-2015 08:01 AM

This looks like a sweet deal in CA (not mine) - 3 replies

10-16-2015 05:40 AM

Drawbored Breadboard Ends? - 5 replies

Is it practical to drawbore a breadboard end? I’m thinking I can elongate the pin holes in the tenon or put thin wall holes either side of the drawbored hole in the tenon to allow for movement. All hardwood, the Breadboard is 2 ½” x 4” x 24”, the tenon is 2” x 2” x 24” Am I perfuming the pig?

10-09-2015 05:13 AM

Roubo frenzy - 24 replies

OK, I’ve got the bug but I’m almost through it. Just need some help here. I’m ready to start gluing up the top and milling the base parts. I’m using the Benchcrafted metal glide C leg vice hardware and wondering about the leg vice dimensions.The Benchcrafted plans call for the Chop to be 9” wide at the top. Mr Schwarz says make th...

09-11-2015 06:47 PM

Hickory drawbored pins? - 2 replies

I’m building a work bench for myself. The top will be 4”- 4 1/2” thick Ash,the legs and stretchers will be made from a section of re-purposed hard maple bowling ally lane. The approximate size of the legs will be (depending on the available material) 5 1/2” x 3 -4” . I’m thinking I’ll use through tenon...

09-02-2015 10:26 PM

Benchcrafted vise advice - 3 replies

After 23 years I’m finally building a proper work bench. Up till now I’ve been working with old 2×4 garage shelves tipped on the side with a 1 ½” thick laminated plywood top and a Record metal quick release vise mounted on the wrong end of the bench (on the left, I’m right handed). It’s not flat or level. Over the past few years I’ve s...

08-23-2015 01:41 AM

Double action Heavy duty hinge - 3 replies

I’m planning to install two big and heavy gates to an opening in my patio. The spread between the 8’x8’ posts is 70”. 35” for each gate. The gates will be made with a 4”x6”x35” top rail, 4”x6”x48”styles (??) and 4”x8”x35” bottom rail with a 4”x4” grid panel. They will be Doug Fir which holds up fine in Southern California.I’ve looked around ...

04-08-2015 05:35 AM

Split top? What do you say? - 21 replies

Been thinking about this for about a year. I just finished my third or fourth read of two of Christopher Schwarz books (Workbenches from design and theory and The Workbench design book). I also just finished watching the Bench Craft videos on their website and a few U Tube videos. I know its nuts to spend that kind of money on “Vice hardware” ...

02-10-2015 03:36 AM

Need color matching help - 2 replies

I’m helping my new wife get her old house ready to go on the market. I’ve got everything handled except a spot on a solid wood hickory floor in the great room. The floor is almost 1,000 square feet and in good condition There are four or five boards together covering about 5 sf that have been replaced and left unfinished as a resu...

01-20-2015 05:22 AM

Grommet thingee - 3 replies

I’m building an enclosed IPad/IPhone charging station it’s a tall Black Walnut box with a brass Brusso “click” latch and Brusso 95 degree hinges. The charger needs AC input coming through the bottom of the box. I’ve got a charger with a removable cord and can fit it all in the box but I need a fitting or grommet for the ac cord to pass i...

09-21-2014 04:39 AM

How to make quilted veneer green - 5 replies

A friend of mine wants me to make a showcase for a Spanish galleon he built as a kid. The ship is beautiful, almost museum quality. I’m thinking I can make the floor out a quilted veneer dyed green to approximate the color and wave like look of the ocean. In searching veneer sites, I’m finding the most dramatic, wave like figure i...

09-08-2014 05:50 PM

No more paint - 3 replies

I live in Southern California, North San Diego County inland. The sun here is brutal in the summer. I’m committed to making all new outdoor projects maintenance free. I’m rebuilding/redesigning a large and long patio cover that is Doug Fir and has been standing for 27 years (painted). I’m planning to build the new cover with Doug Fir timber...

09-04-2014 05:47 AM

Hope I'm in the right section here. - 2 replies

It’s not really a DC question I’m asking here. I’m adapting a working DC system to add a second bandsaw and a Performax 16×32 sander. The plumbing is 4” black drain pipe. I’ve got all the connections sorted out including increasing the Performax DC from about 2 1/2” to a four inch port. The new saw is the Rikon 18” 10-345 set ...

08-07-2014 07:46 PM

Could this be a blade problem? - 12 replies

I’m setting up my new Rikon 18” bandsaw. I’ve gone through all the adjustments according to the Snodgrass video. I think it’s the Woodslicer blade although I can’t be sure as there are no markings on the blade. I wouldn’t call this drift, more like dive left. The photo shows the problem. I can literal...

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