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03-28-2018 05:04 PM

What wooden outdoor fence to replace split rail? - 13 replies

I hope this is the best forum to post in…wasn’t sure. After installing 1,100 feet of split rail fencing 8 years ago, unfortunately, it is now time to replace it. The fencing was from a major big box home center and one I buy from regularly, but the materials turned out to be poor quality and downright defective in the long run. Th...

03-05-2018 01:31 AM

How much weight will a french cleat support? - 15 replies

I’m looking at making a row of cabinets in my shop, each roughly 30” in height by 24” wide. I plan to use a 5” french cleat to support them running the length of the wall, so I can move or add as necessary. My question is, will the cleats support the weight of the cabinets, the contents therein, AND possibly items sto...

02-21-2018 11:48 PM

Can I add storage to 52" Delta Unisaw & mobile base? - 9 replies

I have a Delta Unisaw with 52” Biesemeyer fence and an HTC mobile base just like this one (here shown with a Jet) The HTC base doesn’t leave me any good way to make storage underneath the right hand side of the saw and it seems like wasted space. Anyone have suggestions for swapping this out to something else or, better yet, ...

01-24-2018 01:24 PM

How do you edge sand without an edge sander? - 11 replies

I have a long piece – roughly 48” that is convex along one edge (concave down) that I need to sand to a line. I do not have access to an edge sander. I do have a handheld belt sander that is impossible to hold perpendicular to the face of the board while sanding. I’d love a Jet oscillating edge sander but it won’t happ...

11-19-2017 11:39 PM

Shelf pin jig help - 31 replies

Have tried three times using shelf pin jigs to make the holes for pins in my set of bookshelves. First time with homemade jig, made on drill press to use bushing in router…holes didn’t line up front & back of shelves, inaccurate homemade jig I assumed. Bought a Kreg 6 hole jig and ended up with same results next two times. H...

11-06-2017 01:17 AM

Taller than 8' bookcases? - 7 replies

I’ve built 3 sets of built-in bookcases for our house from 3/4” ply 4×8 sheets with dadoes, rabbets & shelf pins etc. Like these ones of Norm’s: One was for wife’s craft room to hold yarn etc. Today she suggested more bookcases in our living room, which has a vaulted ceiling going from 11’ to 8̵...

04-07-2017 12:47 AM

Any idea what this piece of machinery is? - 12 replies

At an estate sale, sorry the only photo I can get of it. Any idea? Maybe a sliding table saw but the top(s) don’t look like they are in the same plane.

03-03-2016 05:25 PM

For those that use tablesaw blade guards & splitters - 13 replies

For those of you who use a tablesaw blade guard & splitter, have you ever still had an injury with them in place? I can’t seem to find any data in this regard. I am not trying to start a debate here about using guards vs. not using guards, I am simply curious what percentage of those that do use them have had an injury even with the...

02-06-2016 11:36 PM

How do I fix this drawer cabinet screw up? - 19 replies

I am building some drawers to fit underneath my workbench (see my previous post here) To do this I built a plywood carcase to hold the drawers in. The carcase is 48” wide with a 1” center divider at 24”, leaving 2 openings of 22 1/2”, or at least that was the way it was supposed to be! Somehow I screwed up the center...

01-28-2016 04:04 AM

Workbench drawers - question about slides - 8 replies

I made a big workbench in the shop a few years ago like this one , with an open space directly underneath. Now I want to use that space to put drawers for hand tools. My plan is to build a 3/4” plywood carcase and mount inside that opening, basically a short squat kitchen cabinet . The opening is 48” wide, 24” deep,...

01-25-2016 01:52 AM

What is it 2/2 - 5 replies

Handle says “Made in USA”... Ideas?

01-25-2016 01:50 AM

What is it 1/2 - 12 replies

Handle has “SARGENT CO.” on it.. Any idea what this is?

01-20-2016 08:28 PM

RAS on bench/cabinet? - 6 replies

I’d like to hear from anyone that moved their RAS from the stand it normally sits on to a permanent location like a workbench/cabinet. The way my shop is currently laid out and the way I built my long workbench ( just like Norm’s, if you’re curious) bass ackwards and only left room at the left end of the bench for the RAS. ...

11-15-2015 02:21 PM

Think I scored, maybe..but now what do I do with it? - 1 reply

Got bits of one of the largest dogwoods around here Friday. Talked to guy with portable mill – $65 to cut up, but $25 per blade if he hits any metal; but can’t do it before next weekend. This tree was in a yard in town, so I would not be the least bit surprised there’d be nails in it. In fact, the tree previously had a ̶...

10-21-2015 03:37 PM

Square edged bowl questions - 7 replies

I’ve done a few simple, shallow bowls before and would now like to try a square edged bowl and found plans for a small one with instructions.. Some questions: 1) I don’t have access to stock thick enough (1 3/4”). Can I glue up 2 1” pieces and use instead? I guess this wouldn’t really be any different than glued ...

04-01-2015 12:00 AM

Can I use biscuits to join BC plywood? - 8 replies

I am making a set of recycling bin shelves for my garage out of 2×4’s and 19/32” BC plywood. The frame is the 2×4 material and the shelves that the bins sit on are the plywood. Doing this in a hurry and I screwed up and made the shelves too narrow…..aaarrrrghhh! Actually what happened was I made them wide and had p...

03-10-2014 04:30 PM

Wide headboard to post - allowing for movement - 1 reply

What is the general recommendation for joinery between a wide solid wood headboard (12”) to bedposts? I have Jeff Miller’s book where he shows a similar headboard made with 3 separate tenons spaced about 2 or 3” apart, all glued? But more recently I have a FWW issue that he wrote on bed design that just shows one long tenon w...

02-19-2014 06:18 PM

Preferred Bed Joinery Hardware? - 12 replies

I’m getting ready to make a queen size shaker style bed. I’m considering these 2 knockdown hardware options: Bed Rail Fasteners Bed Bolts Is there any advantage of one over the other? I’m leaning more towards the bed rail fasteners as they look like they would be a little easier and quicker to assemble with. Thanks

02-11-2014 09:10 PM

Can you explain 90/80 90/50 No. 1 Common grades to me - 4 replies

I’m looking at cherry lumber at some online dealers and they are listing the following grades:- No. 1 common or better- 90/80 Prime cherry- 90/50 Prime cherry Can you explain the differences (visual aids help!) and examples of what I’d want to use and where in furniture; for example if I am making a solid wood shaker style bed, wh...

01-13-2014 02:17 PM

Bits and magnetic bit holders - am I doing it wrong? - 10 replies

I know there has to be a better way but I don’t know what it is. This past weekend I had occasion to drive several hundred 1 5/8” deck screws with a star head. This particular brand comes with a star bit in each package of screws. So I place the bit tip in the magnetic bit holder (like the one in the image below) and start driving...

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