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01-09-2014 06:39 PM

Bandsaw Blade Assortment? - 9 replies

What bandsaw blade(s) do you use? Width, thickness, tooth-per-inch (TPI), and tooth style? And what do you use each blade for? I just recently got a new bandsaw (a Rikon 10-325) so I have been looking at new blades for it. I want to be able to do just about everything on it, but I am absolutely daunted by how many different combinations th...

12-15-2013 05:48 PM

Help with radial arm saw - 11 replies

I’m selling my band saw in preparation of getting a bigger and better one. A local guy is offering a radial arm saw as part of the trade, but I know next to nothing about these pieces of equipment (other than they come highly recommended and are incredibly versatile). Can you guys take a look at these pictures and tell me what you know a...

10-16-2013 06:34 PM

Purpose-built DC remote switch - 0 replies

I built a remote switch for a central dust collection circuit using industrial electrical components (I am an engineer by trade). All of the components are brand-new, high-quality parts. Since I just sold my dust collector, though, I don’t need this anymore! The electrical box was cobbled together from scrap metal by one of the professional...

10-16-2013 02:03 PM

Song of the saw blade - 14 replies

Is it normal for table saw blades to “sing” when using a table saw sled? What about when that “singing” sounds more like a middle-school rock band than a Gregorian chant? Is there any physical danger of something being flung off at ridiculous speeds? After several failed attempts at other styles, I finally made a tab...

09-23-2013 01:41 PM

How many teeth in a dado set is too many teeth? - 19 replies

Let me shed some history on the subject at hand: Sometime last year, I bought a CMT Dado Blade set at my local box store on clearance for a pretty good price. But using it, I had a ton of tear out on both plywood and solid lumber, and the bottoms of the dados were anything but flat. Plus, it wouldn’t make the 3-1/4”-deep lap joi...

07-30-2013 01:48 PM

Ridgid Bandsaw - Winston-Salem, NC - 1 reply

I asked in a blog whether you could sell tools on LumberJocks, and I was pointed here. If it’s not a good place for this, my apologies! I’ve decided to sell my Ridgid bandsaw. It’s been on Craig’s List for a few days (, but I’m not willing to let it go for a song and a dance. It’s ...

06-14-2013 02:08 AM

Woodworkers mentoring woodworkers - 2 replies

I’ve been meeting with a business counselor to make sure that my efforts are being channeled in the right direction, and he made the suggestion of finding another woodworking business owner to ask questions of and see if they would be willing to give me tips. Since woodworking is predominantly a local business, he suggested that I find a ...

01-05-2013 01:27 AM

Woodworking business programs? - 4 replies

Part of my New Year’s Resolution is to track all of my expenses, incomes, customers, orders, etc in a much more manageable fashion. I want to take the hours spent calculating up material costs, and turn it into hours spent making saw dust. What I would like to do is to track each customer, what I make for them, how much I charged them, ...

10-09-2012 02:06 PM

Intarsia Wood - 5 replies

Hi All! I’m actually posting this question for my wife, since she doesn’t have a LumberJocks profile (yet). We just bought the new scroll saw (Porter Cable from Lowes), and my wife is planning a Christmas-themed intarsia project. I’m certain that certain woods are better for intarsia than others, and before we wasted money o...

09-17-2012 04:38 PM

Assembly / Outfeed Table Size - 14 replies

I’m setting up my workspace, which is my garage. My space is about 15’ wide and 21’ deep. I want to make a outfeed for my tablesaw that will also house a router table, and then do triple duty as an assembly table. I’m okay with making this thing large, but my question is how large? My favorite design thus far has to b...

08-12-2012 10:50 PM

Kerfmaker gone awry - 2 replies

Hi all. I was playing around with my new kerfmaker this evening and was having trouble making it work right (the dado cuts came out consistently too small). Now, the function of the tool is nearly idiot-proof, so I suspect that the cheap portable table saw I’m borrowing is the culprit. The guide that comes with the table saw (the one th...

07-10-2012 10:45 PM

What's important in a table saw? - 23 replies

My next big tool purchase will be a table saw (since the one I was borrowing had to be returned), but I’m lost in the Sea of Too Many Options (which is somewhere between the Red Sea and the Caspian Sea, for those of you who are wondering). There are a million different table saws on the market, and they all have different features. I h...

07-01-2012 10:50 PM

Miter Saw -- a woodworker's friend? - 28 replies

Or a pointless tool? I’ve been seeing a bunch of tablesaw sleds posted in the projects of this site (my favorite thus far is the Miter Sled by sedcokid), and they look not only safer to use than a compound miter saw, but also a lot more versatile! So, do any of you have a compound miter saw, and do you find it useful at all? Or shou...

06-28-2012 07:47 PM

Good wood source & tutorial (NC) - 6 replies

One of the things that has always confused me is the size of wood. A 2×4 isn’t 2” by 4”, but sometimes a 3/4”-thick board is exactly 3/4” thick (and other time it’s closer to 1/2” thick). Does anyone know of a good tutorial on why this is, and how to get what you want? Then once I understand wh...

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