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15 hours ago

Grizzly cyclone dust collector quality? - 3 replies

This past Christmas I got several Grizzly gift cards from everyone (Grizzly is 20 minutes from my house). I was going to get a jointer but I am going to opt for a used Northfield instead. So I think I am going to upgrade my dust collection. I was leaning towards a Clearvue cyclone but since I have the money to Grizzly I have been looking at t...

13 days ago

I am lost when it comes to phase converters - 16 replies

I am interested in purchasing a 12” – 16” used Northfield jointer but I don’t have 3 phase power in my shop. Everything that I have been reading is very confusing. Can a jointer run on a static converter or do I need a rotary converter? What size convereter do I need? I just build my shop 6 months ago and I have ALOT ...

22 days ago

direct drive vs. belt drive jointers - 20 replies

I am in the market for a large capacity jointer and have been looking at some decent used machines. A lot of the older models are direct drive, what are the advantages/disadvantages to direct vs. belt drive motors?

42 days ago

Using ratchet straps to prevent wood from warping while drying? - 16 replies

Yesterday I purchased 300 bf of 8/4 fresh cut cherry averaging 16” wide. I will properly stack them in the second floor of my shop for the next few years to slowly dry. I will use latex paint on the ends to slow down the drying process. I want to prevent the wood from twisting and cupping, can I use ratchet straps at each of the stacks ...

53 days ago

Office chair parts - 1 reply

I would like to build a Maloof office chair but struggling to find the base units. I will make the base legs but need the cylinder and mechanisms to raise/lower/tilt and the swivel wheels.

85 days ago

Parts for crib - 8 replies

My wife and I are expecting our first child which means its time to start thinking about making a crib. I found some nice plans from Rockler for a 3 in 1 crib/bed. My question is where do I get the hardward for it? By hardware I mean the springs for the bottom that the mattress goes on. Also are all crib mattress the same size? I don’...

115 days ago

Shipping overseas - 2 replies

I have a potential client interested in a double rocking chair in Sweden. The only issue that I have is that I have not shipped anything overseas yet. Anyone have any experience with shipping from the United States to Europe? I live in Pennsylvania.

115 days ago

Best place to sell equipment - 9 replies

I am looking for a good place to sell my jointer. I would like to upgrade from my Jet 6” helical head to a 12” jointer but need to sell the existing one. Any one have experience selling equipment?

148 days ago

12"+ jointer suggestions - 24 replies

I am interested in upgrading my 6” Jet jointer to something 12”+ wide. I was looking at the Oliver 4255 but my local machine shop doesn’t sell it anymore so I thought I might as well look at other models. I need it to be single phase and I would prefer not to break the bank. I already have a helical head in my 18” plan...

149 days ago

12" Oliver jointer - 2 replies

I am really interested in buying a 12” Oliver jointer (4255). Does anyone know the start up amps for the jointer? I emailed the company and they told me it runs on 15 amps but they didn’t tell me how many amps it takes to start.

157 days ago

CNC router - 9 replies

I need some advice on a CNC router. I am thinking about getting a CNC router to carve my chair seats. The bed needs to be roughly 24” x 24” and be able to carve 8/4 hardwoods.

160 days ago

Banquet tables wood recommendations - 7 replies

I got a request from a potential client to build several banquet tables with casters. Their previous set of table got real beat up for this time they would like something tougher. What would you suggest for a very durable but stainable wood? I was thinking hard maple but I know it is difficult to stain.

171 days ago

What to do with 16/4 black walnut slab? - 24 replies

I have had a piece of live edge 16/4 black walnut air drying for 2 years. I know that it will take quite a bit more time to complete drying but I need suggestions/ideas on what to do with it after it is dried. Dimensions are 8’ x 20” x 4” thick Pennsylvania black walnut

213 days ago

Skip planing large slab to help air dry - 15 replies

I have roughly 150 – 200 board feet of black walnut that I have been air drying for 18 months. The slabs still have the bark on and are 8/4. Would it help the drying process if I skip planned them before I restacked them? Last I check the moisture several months ago they were between 8% – 10%

214 days ago

Extension cord reel suggestions? - 3 replies

I am starting to buy materials to finish my new shop. My new shop will be 24’ x 36’ and I need suggestions for a good quality hanging extension cord reel. I would like 3 – 4 plugs on the cord and will be mousted from the ceiling. My last one was yellow and I bought it from Lowes (dont know brand), it maybe lasted 6 months be...

224 days ago

African vs genuine mahogany - dark color over time. - 2 replies

Recently I had an art show and displayed my sinker mahognay Maloof rocker, after the show I had a client email me asking about a cheaper alternative to the genuine mahogany. Will african mahogany darken with age and be similiar to the genuine mahogany? I built a Maloof rocker in the past from african mahogany so I am familiar with how it mil...

243 days ago

8/4 mesquite lumber source - 6 replies

I am looking for roughly 50 bf of 8/4 mesquite. The problem is I am located in Pennsylvania so I can’t source it locally. I need suggestions for a mill that will ship lumber to Pennsylvania.

243 days ago

8/4 mesquite in Pennsylvania - 3 replies

I got a request from a potential client for a rocking chair made from Mesquite. The problem is that I live in central Pennsylvania and it is not very common. Does anyone know of a place where I can source 8/4 mesquite in Pennsylvania or surrounding states?

246 days ago

Wood shop floor ideas - 16 replies

I need some suggestions for a wood floor in my new shop. My new shop will be a modular structure that has a 3/4” PT floor, structure is 24’W x 36’L. I would like to put a nice wood floor over the plywood. I have a WoodMaster 718 with the 3 sided molding attachment so I plan on using it to make the tongue and groove flooring....

251 days ago

Advice for building a solid wood entry door - 8 replies

I would like to build a mahogany or walnut entry door for my house. I will be using my Domino for the joints and more than likely will use 8/4 stock milled down. What type of durable finish should I use? I would like to put a few small windows in it but where do I get small insulated glass windows to put in it? Thanks

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