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|12-02-2016 09:04 PM||
What to look for in a pen mandrel - 12 replies
Hey folks, I’m purchasing my first lathe on Sunday, and would like to get set up to turn some pens. I’ve seen different options for mandrels, and I’m not sure which one to get. Do I need the Rockler one with all the bells and whistles? Can I make do with a $15 one from Woodcraft? I plan on getting a jacobs chuck. Any ot...
|11-28-2016 04:00 PM||
Is this jointer worth it? - 1 reply
Found this jointer this morning:https://greenville.craigslist.org/tls/5893011725.html I know the bench top jointers get a bad rap, but let’s keep in mind that I currently don’t own any jointer. Is this better than none, for $75? Thanks,Joe
|08-05-2016 02:15 AM||
Taming Squeeze-out - 23 replies
Hey folks, I’m working on new doors and draw fronts for my kitchen cabinets. All the parts are finally cut, so I’m beginning to assemble them. I’ve done 4 doors so far, and the squeeze out cleanup is killing me. On the first door I was probably a little too liberal with the glue. I’ve used progressively less each...
|04-09-2016 03:43 PM||
Air Handler Motors - 16 replies
I’m planning on making a shop air filter from an old blower motor and fan. I’m curious as to the motor’s use for anything else. I have a more-or-less endless supply of the motors for the cost of shipping. Can I use them for anything else? Thanks,
|03-13-2016 09:02 PM||
What size cutters for carbide lathe tools? - 12 replies
For you folks using carbide lathe tools, which cutter sizes for square, diamond and circle do you find most useful? It would be great to have various sizes, but I’m looking to start with one of each type. Also, what is the advantage to a radius square cutter vs. a square cutter? I think I’ll use them for a combination of spindle...
|12-23-2015 02:12 AM||
Simple glue-up question - 12 replies
Hey guys, I think this will be a simple answer, but I can’t decide which route to take. I’m about to glue up a panel that will be roughly 24” wide. I am trying to decide the best method to keep this panel flat over time. Aesthetics don’t matter for what it will be used for, but it needs to stay flat. I can eith...
|10-25-2015 10:56 PM||
DIY (or not) Carbide Turning Tools - 43 replies
Hey folks, I’m on the verge of getting into turning a bit more. I’ve used a buddy’s lathe a few times, and had a great time. I’ve started looking at all the accessories that go along with turning, and obviously the most necessary are the tools themselves. The ones with carbide inserts seem like they work well for mo...
|07-01-2015 02:59 PM||
Block Plane ID? - 4 replies
Came across this old block plane in my father-in-law’s old tools. Can anyone ID it? Is it a worthy user, if I tune it up? Thanks,
|06-29-2015 03:06 AM||
Is this motor useful for anything? - 15 replies
I have two of these old circular saws that were given to me. They aren’t very comfortable to use and not very accurate, but I don’t want to just toss them. Are the motors good for anything else? Maybe a disc sander, or home made lathe project (obviously I would have to gear down the motor)? Are they actually 1HP motors? If s...
|05-17-2015 05:54 PM||
Best way to cut this cove? - 22 replies
Hi guys, Several years ago, my wife and I bought a bedroom set for our first child. There was no nightstand available, and we didn’t really care. Now that our second daughter is ready to go from toddler bed to full-size bed, my wife wants a nightstand (yay for shop time). So, for months now, I’ve been thinking of the best way t...
|04-11-2015 11:58 PM||
Question about kiln drying time and cost - 5 replies
Hey folks, A friend of mine just had a black walnut tree cut down. It isn’t too big, but he was wanting to get it sliced into boards. We believe we have access to a saw mill, but we were curious as to how much it would cost to get around 75 board feet cut and kiln dried. Also, can anyone with a solar kiln comment on how long it would...
|02-04-2015 04:26 AM||
Good Deal on LED Shop Lights - 33 replies
Just thought I would throw this out there if anyone is looking for some new shop lights. Costco has a Feit 3700 lumen LED shop light on sale right now for $31.99. It has 4.5 stars on Amazon. It includes the LEDs. I bought one today and it added a tremendous amount of light to my poorly lit garage. I may add a couple more! One thing to ...
|01-20-2015 01:38 PM||
Quick Table Saw Dust Collection Question - 10 replies
Hey guys/gals, I’m getting ready to add some DC to my contractor style table saw. I was planning on building some sort of enclosure for beneath the saw and attaching a hose from my Dust Deputy. Then, I started wondering if I actually need an enclosure, or if I can just add a bottom to the saw with a port for the hose? Obviously, addi...
|12-15-2014 11:38 PM||
OSB for Shop Fixtures - 14 replies
Hello, I suppose this could go in one of three forums, but this seems most appropriate to me. I hope I’m not misleading anyone. Several houses are going up in my neighborhood, so I have access to lots of free, good-sized pieces of OSB (mostly 7/16). I need to build a small cart/organized area for scraps and cutoffs. Since I have...
|12-15-2014 01:09 AM||
Help on a Sliding TV Platform - 1 reply
Hey folks, A friend of mine asked me to build him a small shelf to allow his television to slide in and out from its current location. What he’s looking for is along the lines of this: I don’t think he is necessarily opposed to buying one, but that would look a little too commercial-ly for his setting, and wouldn’t m...
|11-14-2014 01:22 AM||
Question about carving signs with a router... - 7 replies
Hello guys/gals, I’m considering trying to rout a sign as part of a Chistmas gift. I have never done any precision routing of the sort. Am I crazy to think I can get a passable result by free-hand routing with a trim router? Also, if I’m not dreaming, any recommendations/advice would be much appreciated! Thanks,Joe
|10-29-2014 07:31 PM||
BTS15 Dust Collection - 7 replies
Hi guys! I was just given a Ryobi BTS15, and (sad, but true) it’s better than my last table saw. This it will be my primary use table saw for the time being (1-2 years). I’ve read a fair amount about the saw on here and BTCentral, among other sites. However, I only came across one guy that had attempted to add dust collection...
|09-16-2014 02:59 AM||
In the market for a router... - 30 replies
Hi guys, Sometime in the near future, I’ll be buying a new router. As you can see from my projects page, I am only a hobbiest, and as my shop time is limited, I don’t get in there very much (hopefully that will change soon!). That being said, this isn’t a tool I’ll be using every day, probably not even every week, bu...
|06-10-2014 07:12 PM||
Satin poly over semi-gloss - 9 replies
Hey guys, Another quick finishing question. Got some water-based poly on sale. I prefer the look of satin, but they only had it in quart sizes. So, I got a quart of satin, and a gallon of semi-gloss. I figured I could do the first 2-3 coats in semi-gloss and the final coat in satin. It sounds like it should work, to achieve a satin sheen...
|05-28-2014 05:21 PM||
Water-based poly over India ink? - 5 replies
Hey guys, I’m using India ink for the first time. Does anyone know whether or not I can use water-based poly over it? The bottle says it contains shellac. Thanks,Joe