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1090 days ago

Strangers in the Shop - 47 replies

I just thought of this yesterday and can’t get it out of my head. I sold a tool on craigslist to a stranger who is a carpenter by trade. To coordinate the deal, as many people would, I had him come to my house. When he arrived, I took him out to my shop to show him the tool and also to shoot the breeze about woodworking (I don’t g...

1094 days ago

Workshop Update Questions - 7 replies

I’m starting with the task of insulating my garage workshop and have a few questions before I get too far: 1. I’m planning to put up a vapor barrier and insulation, covered by plywood or OSB on the walls. I’m not sure what to do with the ceiling. I currently have your typical vaulted garage roof, with no ceiling. Do I put ...

1098 days ago

Planer before others...right? - 11 replies

I’m planning to purchase one of the following in the near future: 1. Benchtop Planer (Dewalt 734 probably)2. Drill Press (Rigid)3. Band Saw (Grizzly G0555 maybe) I was thinking the order above suits me well given that I don’t really (or have many near-term plans to) do resawing making the bandsaw less urgent. I currently eithe...

1098 days ago

Is this a solo hobby? - 60 replies

While I greatly enjoy the solitude of this hobby, I occasionally wish that I had someone else to share it with beyond telling them about whatever “thingy” I made that day/week/month. I have one friend that shares this hobby, and a couple others that are interested, but I’m not sure how you would go about a “woodworking...

1100 days ago

Help with saw cords - 36 replies

I’m looking to replace both the power cord (from outlet to switch) as well as the cord that goes from the switch to the motor on my table saw. I wrote down the numbers and other info from the cords, but I’m having trouble searching online for what I need – mostly because I don’t understand what’s written on the exi...

1103 days ago

Dealer Restocking Fee on Festool Return - 21 replies

Has anyone had experience with retail dealers charging a restocking fee for returns on Festool items? I’m curious because of Festool’s “30 day no questions asked full purchase price refund” guarantee. I’m likely going to be taking back the TS75 I picked up (long story), and the dealer I got it from apparently has ...

1103 days ago

General 50-220R vs. Grizzly G0713 - 12 replies

Hey everyone. I’m looking at getting one of the two following table saws: 1. General 50-220R2. Grizzly G0713 I did some digging and both get good reviews, and seem pretty similar except that the General is a cabinet hybrid, and the Grizzly is a contractor style. Both are among the only three saws that I can find that meet my curren...

1105 days ago

Shop Vac "auto-on" Question - 4 replies

I like the idea of getting one of those outlets that will automatically turn on your dust collection/shop vac when you turn on a certain tool. I happen to run my tools on a different outlet AND line from what my shop vac runs on. I’m curious if anyone knows how you would set up an auto on/off for the vac in that situation? I don’t...

1106 days ago

What wood to use for swingset - 20 replies

I’m building my kids a swingset this weekend and have the plans all figured out, as well as my materials list. I’m just not sure what kind of wood to go get from the lumber yard/mill. I was thinking I’m between cedar and pressure treated, but I’m curious if there’s something else that I should be looking at? I ...

1109 days ago

Festool TS Replacement - 18 replies

Per this topic ( started yesterday, i’m curious what everyone thinks if the feasibility of a Festool plunge cut saw basically replacing a table saw? I’m not planning to get rid of the TS, but I’m thinking maybe I could do most of what I need to with the plunge cut saw instead of a TS?

1110 days ago

Wife demands new table saw....seriously? - 30 replies

Ok, so my family and I were talking about my hobby today and my wife ultimately demanded that I get a new table saw because my current one does not have a riving knife/splitter or a blade guard and I mentioned that aftermarket ones are a little difficult to find for my saw. Now I can get something like an excalibur and an aftermarket splitter...

1113 days ago

Lateral Adjusting Lever Question - 17 replies

I have an old Stanley Bailey #5 bench plane that I recently acquired and restored. The plane works great except that when I got a new Hock blade and chip breaker, the lateral adjusting lever no longer engages with the blade. Since i’m very new to hand planes, I’m curious about two things: 1. Are you supposed to be able to adjust...

1115 days ago

Earlex HV5000 - 3 replies

Up for sale is an Earlex HV5000. This has been used once and has sat on a shelf since. I cleaned the parts very thoroughly after it’s only use, and other than some dust – it’s still very clean. These typically sell for $299 brand new, although Highland Woodworking has them on sale right now for $249 (just trying to be honest...

1115 days ago

Dust collection ideas on a contractor table saw - 1 reply

I have a late 80’s or early 90’s Craftsman 3HP contractors table saw. I’m looking for ideas to hook up my saw to my shopvac for some level of dust collection. There’s a couple challenges that I’m facing, and I’m curious how others might have approached this (any pictures would be awesome). 1. The back of ...

1115 days ago

Do you use a respirator? - 14 replies

I recently started wearing a respirator in the workshop as I’m becoming much more aware of shop safety and dust collection (or in my case non-collection). I’m getting an air cleaner in the next week or so, and am curious how many of you wear a respirator in a shop equipped with an air cleaner? If you have an air cleaner, do you w...

1119 days ago

Bowing after rip cut??? - 18 replies

Not sure if I’m using the correct terms here, but here it goes…. I made a rip cut in a 9/4 slab of walnut last night to take off a 1” wide strip to be used on a bench I’m making. After the cut, I hand planed all four sides of the piece I had cut off. After a while I noticed that the piece had a slight bow in it. I k...

1121 days ago

How to secure through mortise - 11 replies

I’m working on building the bench in the image below. I’m now working on the stretchers that have a through mortise joint to attach them to the legs. I wasn’t planning on making a tenon on the stretcher, and I’m curious if simply making sure the joint is snug will be strong enough, or if I should consider pinning it wit...

1122 days ago

Through Mortise - 6 replies

I’m about to embark on attaching a bench seat to the legs of a bench that I’m making for my parents and have a question about this step… I’m thinking that a through mortise, leaving the tennon on the top of the legs slightly proud of the surface of the bench seat might be a nice touch. My tool choices for cutting the ...

1138 days ago

How do you store small scraps? - 20 replies

I’m looking for ideas on what to do with my small scraps of wood that are too small for my lumber racks, and don’t belong/fit in my sheet goods spot. I don’t have much room in my space, and I do burn some of it during the spring/summer/fall months. I just don’t know what to do with the little pieces of 2×4 and very...

1141 days ago

Using Evaporust - 3 replies

I’m planning to de-rust an old Stanley plane tonight using some Evaporust that I just received. The instructions on the Evaporust website say to “rinse and wash” the piece after removing it from the Evaporust bath. Can anyone tell me what I should be using to “wash” the plane parts with? Is water enough, or do I ...

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