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09-14-2011 06:58 PM

Cocobolo Blues (allergy) - 17 replies

After all these years of woodworking, I have never reacted to a wood in this way. Last week I was dry turning (I usually turn green) a couple of cocobolo spindles and the next day found a horribly itching red rash on the inside of my arms and around my neck (I usually wear a long sleeved smock when I turn but that day the temperature was 102 de...

05-12-2011 11:12 PM

MLCS Router Motor Lift - 1 reply

I was wondering if anyone has one of these yet? Being both a tech and tool addict, I couldn’t resist such an interesting new toy. I also use my router table ALOT…it gets as much of a workout as my table saw does for sure. I missed out on the first round (they sold out faster then I expected) – so mine is coming on May 16th. ...

12-04-2009 03:49 AM

Question re: turning canes/walking sticks on lathe - 4 replies

I came accross a box of cane/stick kits at a yard sale the other day….couldn’t resist the price even though I had never considered turning them before. The kits have a threaded segment and a thread on head attachment….which would require the use of a carved or turned head. Has anyone had much luck doing this? I can visualiz...

07-14-2009 03:10 AM

Laguna Lathes/Nevermind - 2 replies

Boy am I finding a use for the extra space in my new shop. I have the option to pick up a demo model of the Laguna platinum 18/47 lathe. Usually go for about 2k – this one is $700 with tax and shipping (and still has some of the original warranty). I was wondering if anyone has one of these and can let me in on the pros and cons. ...

07-11-2009 07:24 PM

Festool Domino - 35 replies

Could anyone with one of these share their thoughts on this. I have a chance of acquiring a used one at a good price because the guy selling it does not find it useful? I have a bisquit jointer (porter-cable) that is getting a bit of an antique…but even a new bisquit is cheaper than a slightly used domino? What do you think?

07-07-2009 10:56 PM

A good source of Material? - 3 replies

I’ve been looking through the posts and such but dont find any mention of a good, reasonable source for good project material. I believe I’ve done like most….looked through advertisements….checked with friends…etc….etc…Some stuff occassionaly falls in place for me….but certainly not enough to feed...

06-17-2009 09:38 PM

Panel Cutting - Track saw vs Panel Saw? - 12 replies

I am currently evaluating tools to cut panels down to size. Panel saws are mostly expensive….there are good plans for making one – but are they worth the time? I have seen the Dewalt track saw (does anyone have one? whats your call on it?) being advertised and also a similar saw from Festool (very expensive – more so then eve...

06-16-2009 11:52 PM

230v is it a luxury or necessity? - 7 replies

I am currently wiring up my converted shop and wondering whether it is necessary/beneficial to hire a sparky to lay in 230v circuit or circuits? I am confident in my ability to handle the 115v circuits and load center…but not so much comfortable with higher voltages/phases. I know about the differences in horsepower on tools using 230v...


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