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02-22-2014 12:28 AM

Dust Collector Blower - 11 replies

Last night I picked up a blower that I plan on using for my dust collection system. It was hard to tell from the craigslist pictures, but he said it was “commercial grade”, whatever that means. After a quick look when I got there I realized it was a home made unit, but most of it was relatively robustly made, just lacking on the en...

02-12-2014 04:53 AM

110V Motor in PM66 or Unisaw? - 17 replies

I’m looking for a new (to me) table saw with a $1500 budget. The house I am renting only has 110 running out to the shop with no breaker space to run a 220 line. I want to buy a saw that I won’t outgrow in a few years, but will need to run on 110 for a few years until we buy a house and can properly run a 220 line to the shop. I...

01-22-2014 12:05 AM

Beaver Tools Bad Customer Service - 11 replies

I’m not one to whine about companies, but Beaver Tools provided me with a bad enough experience that I thought it was worth sharing. I started off with the black friday 50% off jet clamp sale. The timeline is as follows: 11/29I purchased 6-24”, 4-31” and 4-40” I am happy at this time. 12/4I email inquiring abou...

03-25-2013 05:23 PM

Chisels for Powermatic 701 Hollow Chisel Mortiser - 5 replies

I’m planning to buy the 701 Powermatic mortiser and I need to get a set of chisels to get me started. Is there any specific bits that will/won’t work. I though I read somewhere that it requires long shank, but I’m not sure. I plan on getting the economy Lee Valley hollow chisels, but I would like to know that they will wor...

12-28-2012 04:00 PM

Home Made Router Lift, Is it worth the time? - 19 replies

Im in the market for a router lift and I am considering making my own. I’m a mechanical engineer by trade and work with vendors all the time to get parts made for our machines. As I was looking at the lifts on the market, I couldn’t help but to think, I could make that. We have a vendor who could laser cut me parts like the plat...

12-28-2012 02:47 PM

Finishing Log Carvings - 8 replies

My brother recently finished another log carving for his wie. He asked me how he should finish the carving to prevent it from splittting like the last one he made. His first carving was of an eagle. Of course the wood was straight from outside from the firewood supply, wet as can be. He coated it with multiple thick coats of new engine oil...

12-16-2012 02:11 AM

Insulation Advice - 4 replies

The winter has finally come and nobody wants to work in a cold shop. I got a heater, but it only seems to be able to maintain a temp about 20 degrees above ambient. I’m a little worried that once it gets down to say 0 that the garage will never get above freezing. Instead of getting a bigger heater I would like to keep the heat I am put...

07-20-2012 04:42 PM

Cleaning Sanding Disks - 3 replies

Anyone have a good way of cleaning the pads on the sandblaster multilayer angle grinder discs? I have been shaping a lot of end grain for some projects and it has a way of gumming up the discs, then mostly burns the wood. There is still plenty of the flaps left so I would hate to just throw it out. I tried using the abrasive belt cleaner but ...

06-11-2012 02:31 AM

220V vs 110V - 25 replies

Im looking to buy a G0715P tablesaw and I’m a little curious about the difference in noticeable power between 220 and 110V. My shop will be in a garage at a rental, so I’m assuming he won’t let me have someone rewire for 220V. I could look back in my notes from my power conversion class to see if there is much of a difference...

06-07-2012 03:04 AM

To mill or not to mill? - 13 replies

I recently graduated from college and will soon have to move on from using the schools shop. I will be setting up a shop at my new place, but won’t have a jointer and planer. I would say it would be at least a year or two before I would be able to get either. I have a decent amount of lumber collected over the years (maybe 20-30 rough c...

06-04-2012 05:12 AM

Sanding Sealer with Oil? - 6 replies

I’m building a cabinet that is all solid wood, which is mostly cherry. I’m going to finish it with Watco teak oil and I’m wondering if I should use sealer on the wood before I apply the oil. Will the sealer cause the wood to have a different sheen then pure oil? I have never used sealer before since I’m willing to pu...

05-31-2012 12:13 AM

Bug Prevention - 11 replies

I am making some cupcake holders for my wedding and I am using barn beams from my parents barn. Essentially they are blocks that the cupcakes sit on at each table. The beams have been outside for years and they have collected dirt, bugs, etc. I have used them before, and there is usually some bugs that fall out when cutting them up. In addit...

05-30-2012 05:48 AM

Deal or no deal - 21 replies

So a guy I have done some work for asked me the other day if I would be interested in taking on doing all the cabinets for his kitchen remodel. He is willing to pay for quality work, and he’s not interested in the cheapest option. So heres my story. I just graduated from college with a mechanical engineering degree. I have been inter...

05-28-2012 06:21 AM

Blum Tandem Slides - 7 replies

So I have spent the last month debating what drawer slides to put in the cabinet for below my workbench. Originally I was going to use side mount Accuride 3832SC drawer slides, but I have read some unfavorable reviews of side mount soft close drawer slides. The Blum Tandems have always been in the back of my mind but sacrificing the extra spac...

05-26-2012 06:44 AM

My frustrations with soft maple - 7 replies

I got some 6/4 curly maple a couple of months ago and have been waiting until I needed it for a cabinet top. I cut it into 4’ sections, and everyone of them is twisted 1/4”. I ended up having to take almost 3/8” to get it true enough to glue up. I’m a little concerned now that its going to twist up now that it is glu...

05-24-2012 07:12 PM

Looking for drawer slides - 14 replies

I am building a cabinet for below my bench and I am looking for some drawer slides for a few drawers. I want side mount slides and full extension or possibly over extension. I am looking at the accuride soft close. Wondering of anyone has used these or have any others that they like. Not worried about price, but would rather have the best I ...

05-22-2012 12:16 AM

Most Unpleasant Part of Project - 37 replies

Most woodworkers seem to hate finishing, but I don’t mind it, it brings out the beauty of the wood. I think the most unpleasant part of a project, particularly a built in is the install. There is always some issue to take care of and I always seem to forget some tool or supply, not to mention that there is usually the client home. There...

05-17-2012 01:40 AM

Mistakes - 25 replies

I was wondering what people do after a somewhat disastrous mistake. I try to take every precaution to prevent any mistakes in a project, but one or two seem to creep up in the most unexpected ways. I’d say 90% are fixable without having to start over with a part, but it always seems to wreak havoc on any progress. Something I can̵...

05-07-2012 07:47 PM

Door Catch for Inset Door - 2 replies

I’m working on cabinet with inset doors. I’m using soss hinges and there are not going to be handles. I need door catches that are touch open. I want them to have mechanical, as in a ball catch of some sort, not purely magnetic. Does anyone know where to get some or have any ideas of what to use? Whatever they are they have to wo...

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