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02-07-2015 04:16 PM

When did you become known as the woodworker/furniture maker in your community? - 6 replies

In the last 3 months, I’ve had person after person come up to me asking if I either knew how to make “blah blah” item or could make “blah blah” for them. The requests vary, from one-off products for my church (prayer/tithe boxes, stools, etc), beer tap handles for a co-worker who brew their own beer, to an...

01-12-2015 04:47 PM

Thinning Rustoleum Ultimate Polyurethane for HVLP spray application - 10 replies

I must be in the crowd that cries bollox when a top-coat finish says “DO NOT THIN”, despite the manufacturer selling an aerosol spray can version. I am hoping to come up with a more inexpensive water-based polyurethane (not looking to use lacquers) to thin and spray than any of the GF water-based products or Minwax Polycrylic. I&...

12-22-2014 05:01 PM

Looking to buy a Jack Plane - Should I get a No 5 or 5-1/2 - 30 replies

I’m looking to get a jack plane to add to my meager plane collection. I’d be curious to hear from folks whether their preferred size is a #5 or #5-1/2 and why. I find that currently, when I want to use a hand plane, I am looking to: flattening a panel glue-up knock down high-spots on shorter boards in preparation for a surface...

12-03-2014 04:38 PM

SawStop Jobsite Saw - 1 reply

Looks like Sawstop is finally coming to market with a jobsite saw. I’d be curious to see how a $1300 jobsite saw sells. I was already shocked at the $800 price tag of the Dewalt DWE7499GD

12-01-2014 08:40 PM

Treehouse - 2 replies

Does this really count as a treehouse anymore?

11-05-2014 02:33 PM

Grizzly Mini (4-1/2") Track Saw - 7 replies

A few days ago, I received a Grizzly catalog and spotted a peculiar new product, a new mini (4-1/2”) track saw. It appears to be a scaled down version of their track saw, but includes some interesting blade options (carbide, abrasive, and diamond-tipped). No manual appears t...

10-26-2014 01:50 AM

This ad makes me almost want to buy a Grr Ripper just to have more fun - 0 replies

Thanks Steve Ramsey for the laughs. Now I need to layer my safety glasses whenever I show others how I use my Grr Rippers

10-11-2014 03:22 PM

1/2 MDF for Custom Router Table Plate - 9 replies

After flip flopping on router base plate options, I’ve decided to make my own (sized to match the Woodpeckers plate at 9 1/4”x11 3/4”). To keep the cost down, I am planning on making it out of MDF, which I have plenty of. I was curious if 1/2 MDF would be stiff enough. I’ll be using one of my Bosch MRF23EVS router whic...

10-06-2014 07:14 PM

Joinery...poll and a paying for...air in your furniture??? - 9 replies

Interesting poll from Tom Iovino…I’m all for tools to make life easier, but there’s always pros and cons for any ways to speed things up. As for “innovation” speed of assembly usually comes with a degree of compromise. Howeve...

09-24-2014 05:09 PM

Centering a large hole router base - 9 replies

I’m curious what accessories or tips on how I can center a large hole router sub-base. I currently use a small Dewalt centering cone, which works for I believe up to ~1.5” diameter holes, but won’t work for some of my 2 to 2.5” hole sub-bases. Are there any recommendations on alternate centering pin/cones or tips that...

09-24-2014 04:49 PM

How NOT to Build Wooden Furniture - 1 reply

Joshua Farnsworth posted a great blog post and video about how NOT to build wooden furniture. The content mostly has to do with joinery. It’s neat to see his kids helping him deconstruct and reclaim the solid wood from the project.

09-14-2014 09:12 PM

Finally my turn (Tool Gloat) - Bosch Router! - 34 replies

Will I be getting “you sucks” or “thanks for the tip”? I was at HD today to pick up a dowel and nylon washers for a project for my daughter’s birthday party. On my way to the checkout, I noticed a lot of yellow tags along the Bosch power tools section and decided to peruse when I saw this lovely display: ...

09-10-2014 06:40 PM

Water-cleanup Primers for HVLP Spraying - 3 replies

My first foray into spraying finish (I have the HF HVLP) was with Zinsser BIN primer. The results were spectacular straight out of the can, but the primer is more expensive than other primers. Not to mention the need for DNA cleanup doesn’t help with the cost per use. Knowing that I have many painted projects in the horizon (my wife li...

09-02-2014 03:30 AM

New Bora clamp edge - the WTX - 2 replies

At the risk of a long series of “build your own guide” responses…I for one am excited about the new Bora WTX Clamp Edge Saw Guide. Woodworker's Journal posted a good video of the WTX, extensions, and some accessories at IWF. Released only a few weeks ago, they are already in stock at Lowes for what is supposedly a discounted ...

08-28-2014 12:38 AM

PSA: Bessey K Body Sale @ Rockler for the month of September 2014 - 1 reply

Rockler is having a sale on select Bessey K Body Revos sizes. The KR3.531 31” on sale for $31.25 (37.5% off). A set of 2x KR3.518 18” and 2x KR3.531 31” for $125. Price may not seem as good as what some have been able to walk away with during the HD/Lowes blow-out sales but still a very good price. The same start...

08-27-2014 11:49 AM

Saw Blade ABCs deleted? - 3 replies

Not sure if I am posting this in the right area, but I was just looking for knotscott’s saw blade ABCs blog post and noticed that several of them were deleted. I might be going on a limb to say this but I’d argue that his post are one of the most useful blog posts on LumberJocks, particularly for those new to the site. I’m cu...

07-28-2014 01:24 AM

When you tell others you are into woodworking, what responses bug you? - 7 replies

I (like many hobbyist) live in a white collar part of the country, with many decidedly un-hands-on friends/co-workers/affiliates. While many of my friends/coworkers/affiliates have creative hobbies, such as photography, cooking, sewing, grilling/smoking, beer brewing, electronics (soldering/programming), etc…the level of handy/hands-on ex...

07-23-2014 02:41 PM

Finishing Cherry with GF Arm R Seal - 8 replies

I’m planning on trying out satin GF Arm-R-Seal for my pepper mill turning. For the application, I have had good success with a wipe-on approach and plan on doing the same. To maximize the Woodcraft sale this weekend, I do have a few questions I am hoping to get some guidance on: Given that the project is cherry, would you recommend a ...

07-18-2014 03:44 PM

Router for Router Table: ~2HP vs ~3HP, variable speed control - 15 replies

I’m weighting my options for purchasing a separate router for a benchtop router table, and I wanted to properly spec my requirements. While more power and features is better for future-proofing (and if money and space wasn’t an issue), I am curious what the right router would be appropriate for my situation. As it stands right now:...

07-18-2014 03:28 PM

Benchtop Router Table: Buy (which one) or build? - 28 replies

I’ve been going through a similar router table buy or build dilemma as Nates02gt. Rather than (try to) hijack his thread, I thought I’d start a new one. For a router table, I know that I have to make it portable, and easy to carry through the house to use outdoors. I initially thought I would build one, but after factoring in the ...

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