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08-28-2013 11:17 PM

Lathe Selection - Variable Speed or Not - 9 replies

I’m about to take the plunge, and purchase a full size lathe. I plan on turning everything from wooden tops to pepper grinders, to bowls and platters and everything in between. I’ve narrowed my search down and have basically settled in on the Nova line of lathes and am trying to decide between the Nova 1624 and the Nova DVR-XP. My...

04-25-2011 05:39 AM

Mirka Ceros Sander - 20 replies

Hey all. I have been looking at some high end sanders for a long time. I have a ton of sanding to do this year, plus I am fed up with coupled with sanding dust from my current Makita ROS. I’ve spent time looking at both the Festool Rotex and now the Mirka Ceros. I think that I am going to drop the money on the Ceros. Just wondering if a...

03-30-2011 02:31 AM

Alternatives for Wood Species - 4 replies

Hey all. I’m planning my next project to be the bed In the link. Mahogany is quite pricey and I’m wondering what alternates would look good. I was thinking jatoba but it might be too red. Obviously cherry would be ok, but what do you guys think of beech? Sound out your thoughts and let me know Mike

03-16-2011 06:18 AM

Materials for a Workbench - 9 replies

Planning on building a workbench this summer, and trying to decide what materials to use. I’m stuck between maple, birch or beech, which all run about the same price. Alternatively, I could follow the Schwarz and go with a softwood. What do you guys think, and why? Thanks

12-04-2010 11:33 PM

Wood Filler Tips - 2 replies

Hey All I’ve seen differing opinions on how to fill small anomalies in a woodworking project. Some people suggest epoxy/sawdust, some yellow glue/sawdust and some suggest woodfillers. I suspect that all of them work, but which produces the most professional results and why? I am surprised that such a simple thing has not been video-i...

01-03-2010 10:57 PM

Shaper Versus Router Tables - 11 replies

Hey All: I’ve always wondered why people are drawn to router tables over shapers. Other then the fact that the shaper does not provide you with a free hand router, what are the downsides? I figure by the time someone purchases a router, mechanized lift, and table (whether built or bought), the costs have to be quite similar to that of...

11-30-2009 03:28 AM

Birch for Bench Top - 5 replies

Hey all: I’m looking to make a bench soon. I’m wondering if birch would make a suitable material? In my area, I can get milled birch for about $1bf, which is about a fifth the price of alder/cherry. Wondering if anyone has comments on this application. Also, any suggestions for styles and features would be great. I want the...

09-16-2009 03:40 AM

Coffee Table Design based On Inspiration from Kaleo - 5 replies

Hey all…. I am in the process of designing a new coffee table for our front room. The inspiration for the design comes from Kaleo’s “Wrapped Table”. My plan is to have the top made from hickory and be about 30”x48”, with the legs being either ash or poplar died black, offsetting the hickory. The wr...

05-20-2009 07:19 AM

Wiping Varnish - 16 replies

I’m looking to apply a wiping varnish to a project I am completing. Unfortunately, here in Canada we seem to have an abundance of moose and ice, but I can’t seem to find a varnish that can be thinned to a wiping consistency. The closest I’ve come is at home Is the spar varnish the same as Arm R Seal? Can I dilut...

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