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05-25-2020 10:56 PM

I’m no structural engineer, but pretty sure this isn’t load-bearing... - 0 replies

I use my small one car garage for my shop, shared with my wife’s car. There’s a storage closet in the back that I’ve been itching to open up for extra working room, but didn’t know if it was structural. We got a ton of rain last week and I noticed some dampness by the wall. I decided it was a good enough excuse to tear open the wall and see w...

04-11-2020 07:55 PM

Do you paint plywood panels before assembly? - 9 replies

I’m building a Murphy bed using on of Rockler’s kits and plan to paint it white. I thought it would be easier to paint the panels before assembly and just touch up after, but I’m concerned that the paint may cause the panels to warp a bit. Seems unlikely, but have no idea. I haven’t painted an incompletely project before. Thanks.

12-24-2019 01:12 AM

Can you over-oil a cutting board? - 11 replies

I made an end-grain cutting board for a Christmas gift. When I was applying mineral oil it was soaking it up about as fast as I could apply it. I had read that some people will literally submerge their board in mineral oil, so I thought I’d try that. I went to the grocery store and bought 64 ounces of the mineral oil stocked in the pharmac...

12-13-2019 09:26 PM

Use leftover raw wood countertop for cutting boards? - 60 replies

I recently renovated my kitchen and in the process decided to go with solid wood countertops because they were a lot cheaper than most alternatives: about $300-$500 each Depending on length from Floor and Decor the wood is American Cherry. I have a large section leftover and thought maybe I could just cut it up and turn into some end grain c...

08-04-2019 02:00 PM

Should I brother oiling the underside of my butcher block countertop? - 6 replies

I’m putting a cherry edge grain butcher block countertop in my kitchen and finishing the top right now. The pieces are3/4” wide and the countertop I 1 1/2” thick. I may do a sealer finish eventually but for now it’s just going to be oil and wax due to time and other limitations. Do I need to worry about oiling or otherwisefinishing the under...

07-16-2019 05:12 PM

How to Quickly Seal MDF Edges - 9 replies

I’m working on updating my kitchen cabinets and need to cut some cover panels to fit. Since cutting the cover panels will expose the MDF under the thermofoil, I want to reseal the MDF to avoid moisture getting in, even though I’ll take care to not have any exposed ends where water might get to them. I’ve read some tips, but ...

07-08-2019 07:34 PM

Question about Finishing a countertop with Waterlox or similar finish - 6 replies

I’m about in install new cabinets and countertops in my kitchen, and I’m worried about the smell from the finishing process with Waterlox. I’m never worked with Waterlox of similar products before. I’ve read it takes about 24 hours for each coat to dry, so I’m planning to finish them out in my shed. Assuming Waterlo...

06-06-2019 12:16 PM

Drawer Slides aren’t very smooth closing, any ideas? - 10 replies

I just made some washer and dryer pedestals to save a boatload on buying the brand stuff. I included drawers and this is my first time doing so. I got 24” full extension slides from Rockler, but they’re not closing as smoothly as I’d expect. I have to give them a fairly firm push to close completely. Is this normal or should they easy slide clos...

04-29-2019 07:24 PM

So a massive oak tree fell in my back yard... - 9 replies

And while I’d love to be able to mill it up and keep/sell the wood, that isn’t in the cards. It’s a sticky situation because it mostly feel in my neighbor’s yard except for the massive 30 or so feet of the main trunk that it’s looking like my insurance company won’t cover (even if the cost exceeds the deductib...

01-16-2019 05:25 PM

Air coming out of my DC housing... is that normal? - 3 replies

I recently mounted my HF dust collector to a new mobile cart, and when I turned it on to test it and put my hand near the motor opposite the intake, I noticed a good amount of air was coming out through through the motor/housing of the collector. I never paid attention to this when it was on the included cart. I would assume if air is coming ...

01-11-2019 08:28 PM

Needs project ideas for raffle items, but there's a hitch... - 7 replies

The items have to be in the form of a “basket” of items, so people don’t use the charity raffle/auction to just get rid of old, used stuff. For example, one buy always does a beer holder (pretty sure he just buys the holder instead of making it) and last year I made a cutting board, but threw in a couple of kitchen items and co...

01-05-2019 07:05 PM

Question for owners of Dustright Canister filter... - 2 replies

I was thinking of getting one of these for my HF 2hp collector, but I’m not sure if I will be able to attach the dustright to the HF collector. Can you tell me how the canister attaches to the dust right collector? From photos it appears to just be friction mount, but I would think that it would eventually slide off from the weight of the...

12-11-2018 05:51 PM

Any Good Hardwood/Exotic Lumber Sources in Lexington, KY? - 2 replies

I need to drive to Lexington from Cincinnati this weekend, and figured while I’m in the area I might look for some good, affordable wood sources there. Most good lumber sources in my area are an hour drive or more, so thought I could kill two birds with one stone. Thanks

12-06-2018 10:17 PM

Where can I find guide bearings for router bits? - 5 replies

I’m working on a project plan that calls for a cut using a 5/8” straight router bit and 1 3/8” guide bearing to basically cut a 3/8” dado along a curve. I checked Rockler and Woodcraft for a guide bearing to put on my bit, but they don’t have them, and I haven’t had much luck finding anything online. If an...

12-05-2018 05:28 PM

DW7491RS saw won't go to 45 degree bevel. - 6 replies

Chalk it up to a newbie mistake: when I first bought this saw I never thought to check and be sure the angle will go all the way to 45 degrees. I needed it for the first time this past weekend when I was making some french cleats, and made the discovery that it won’t go all the way to 45. With some extreme persuasion I can get it to within...

11-21-2018 03:53 PM

Just bought a new drill press but table doesn't totally lock in place. Need help. - 5 replies

Since I’m new to woodworking as a hobby and don’t do a lot of projects, I decided to go cheap on a few things: one of them being a drill press. I picked up a HF 17” drill press with one of their 25% off coupons. It seems to be working ok, but one issue is that when I lock the table to shaft it still moves laterally fairly easil...

09-24-2018 03:13 PM

Ever get anything stuck in your skin you can't get out? Any tricks on what to do? - 24 replies

I was helping someone install a cabinet mount microwave yesterday and now I have a feeling like something, maybe a very small piece of metal, got into the tip of my finger, but I can’t even see it, let alone get it out. I can only tell because once in a while when I touch something or run another finger across it I feel a swing of pain tha...

08-18-2018 02:57 AM

Anyone have experience with Earlex 4500? - 1 reply

I saw this on amazon and it looks basically the same as the 5500 at half the price. But the odd thing is it only has 3 reviews and I can’t find anything about it online. HD sells it too for a much higher price and I don’t see it sold at any other major retailers. Earlex 4500 It may be just as good as the 5500 and a fantastic deal or a dud ...

06-22-2018 12:07 AM

Lost my jointer safety key and need help - 18 replies

I’ve gone and lost the little yellow safety key to my Cutech jointer. I’m not surprised I lost it so fast. It barely stayed in! Fell out nearly every time I turned it off. But I looked over the whole garage and can’t find it. Anyone know of a way to get around them or a good substitute? Or if you know any major brick and mortar stores that se...

06-16-2018 02:16 PM

Quick tip for a better free Sketchup - 6 replies

I just started using sketch recently with the online free version, but was annoyed I couldn’t print out my designs for taking into my “shop” (garage) and it seemed like my only current options were the $100+ subscription to Sketchup Shop, which is the free web version with a few extras, or the Pro version that is $700! Both ...

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