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03-06-2021 05:55 PM

Stain - Dark Cherry Color for Pine? - 10 replies

Hi all, I’ve built some honeycomb shelves for my daughter out of Pine and she wants them to match her existing furniture which is pretty standard dark cherry. I’ve tried several different stains, but nothing comes close. Red Mahogany – nope, Gunstock – nope, Early American – nope. I even tried mixing them. I&#...

05-25-2020 09:03 PM

Staining Landscape Timbers - 1 reply

Hi all. I know this really isn’t the type of question usually posted here, but this is my go-to place for all things wood. I’m making some garden beds with pressure treated landscape timbers and from what I’ve read, a lot of folks stain them. Would it matter what stain I used seeing that they’re pressure treated?...

01-20-2020 07:59 PM

Saw Blade ID - 4 replies

Hi folks. I’ve got an old 10” Delta blade that I got from work years ago and I’m trying to figure out what is best use is. It was sitting around for a good 25 years before I grabbed it. It’s great shape and very sharp. Anyway, it’s a Delta 35-625, 80 tooth with a negative rake. When would I want to use this inste...

12-01-2019 06:04 PM

Cutting Painted Wood on Table Saw? - 5 replies

Hi folks. I’ve got what’s prolly a stupid question, but… I learned early on not to run painted material through my jointer. It put some pretty good notches in my HSS knives. Is there any problem ripping painted boards on my table saw? I’ve got a Tenryu Gold Medal blade. I would doubt that paint would effect carbide, bu...

06-27-2015 09:04 PM

Painting MDF To High Gloss Enamel - 4 replies

I’m in the midst of building a couple of bookshelf speakers out of MDF. I’d like to to finish them with a high gloss paint, but I’m not sure how to achieve it. Is there a ‘standard’ way to seal the MDF so that the edges don’t raise? I was thinking of using a thin coat of Bondo on them, but that seems a bit ...

06-17-2015 08:46 PM

Cutting holes for speaker drivers? - 9 replies

Hi all, I’m trying to figure out the best way to cut holes for speaker drivers while not spending $40+ on a circle jig. I need to cut a recess first so that the drivers sit flush and a slightly smaller hole for the driver. I’ve got a router table that I’ve used to make circles, but not to create holes. The tweeter holes are ...

04-09-2015 07:43 PM

Pool Table and Body Filler... - 2 replies

I wasn’t sure if this was the correct forum, but here it goes. I’ve got a bar style pool table without the coin mechanism. I’ve removed the old laminate and am planning on putting real veneer on it. When removing the old laminate, a good bit of the plywood came up with it. I bought some Bondo from my local auto parts stor...

03-20-2015 04:43 PM

Trimming Laminate When There's No Room For Router Bit - 7 replies

I’m going to be putting new laminate on my pool table, but the upper edge of the sides won’t let me use a router bit with a bearing on it. The little ledge you see is only 1/4” deep. Any ideas on a good way to trim the laminate on this edge? Would a draw-knife work. Or should I just try to line up the factory edges to av...

03-19-2015 09:36 PM

Drilling Holes In Formica Pool Table - 12 replies

I’m thinking about putting new Formica on a used pool table that I just got. One of the issues I’m trying to plan around is drilling the 18 holes around the table for the sights. They’re the markers around the table – typically mother of pearl – used for lining up shots. I’ve tried a test with some old lami...

03-01-2015 06:44 PM

Plunging a non-plunging straight bit... - 7 replies

I’ve got to cut some 1” long slots in a jig that I’m making. It’s for a box joint jig and the problem is, I don’t have any plunge straight bits. I’ve got a bunch of regular straight bits and I’ve use them for slots before, but only after I’ve cut the initial hole with a drill bit and then drop the ...

02-17-2015 08:19 PM

Tablesaw Over-Blade Dust Collection - Finished! - 5 replies

I just wanted to share with you all my new dust collection set-up for my Unisaw. I’ve seen a lot of different ideas and many (most?) are prolly better than mine, but I figure it may help give somebody some ideas… I already have a dozen ideas to make it better and as most of you know, everything is a work in progress. The saw al...

01-20-2015 10:08 PM

First-Surface Mirror - Question - 4 replies

Hi all. At my work, we’re throwing away several large mirrors from rear projection systems. They’re first-surface mirrors and measure at least 4’ x 5’ and they’re in metal frames. I’d guess they’re 1/4” thick. I was wondering if there’s a reason these wouldn’t be good to scavenge ...

01-11-2015 05:12 PM

Miter Saw/RAS - How Important? - 9 replies

Hi all. I’ve got a Sliding Miter Saw that I’ve been wanting to make a real table for and make it a semi-permanent tool in my shop. The closer I get to building it, the more I question the need for it. That’s a lot of wall space in a small shop and I find that with my sleds on the Unisaw, I don’t use it much. I reali...

12-14-2014 06:54 PM

Best Way To Attach Drawer Fronts? - 3 replies

Hi all, I’m building an eight drawer workbench for my shop and I’m trying to figure out the best method of attaching the drawer fronts while keeping them straight. They’re overlapping fronts rabbeted on the back and rounded over on the fronts. I need to leave an 1/8” between drawers. This is my first project of this so...

07-03-2014 02:17 PM

Dust Collection - Best Way From Here To There... - 2 replies

Hey all! I’ve got a HF dust collector with a Thien separator (all 5” fittings) and a Wynn .5 micron filter. From there, I’m going about 15’ across the ceiling with 5” metal snap-together duct. What I’m trying to figure out is, what’s the best way to get it to my table saw? I was going to come down ...

12-10-2013 10:03 PM

Locating Dust Port - Old Unisaw - 5 replies

I’ve got a 1950 Unisaw that I’m trying to figure out the best place to cut out hole for the dust port on. The 5” dust hose will be coming in from the motor side. I’ve already cut the cabinet for the larger Baldor motor, so I’m not sure if I want to take away any more material on that side. I leaning towards th...

11-16-2013 03:51 PM

HF Dust Collector Duct Size? - 4 replies

I know this topic has been discussed to death, but after much searching and reading (including Bill Pentz’s site), I’m still not sure how to proceed. My shop is about 18’ x 20’ with a Unisaw, router table, 6” jointer and miter saw as the main tools. I plan on running PVC for the main duct. The consensus seems ...

10-02-2013 06:33 PM

Boombox Hardware - 8 replies

I’m gonna build myself a boombox for my laptop, ipod, etc. I plan on using hardwood and maybe practice my dovetailing. My plan is to use one of these amps – which are pretty amazing for the price – and integrate it into a box that’s about 16”W x 9.5”H x 9”D. I’m going to bring out a 3.5mm jack t...

08-29-2013 10:04 PM

Alternative to a Wood-Mizer? - 35 replies

Does anyone know of a good way to take advantage of fallen trees without investing large amounts of money for something like a Wood-Mizer? I’ve got a couple of acres surrounded by state park and I often have trees come down. Walnut and Maple mostly. I’d love to find a way to slice them up into maybe 8/4 size and make some sawdu...

07-30-2013 08:40 PM

Kreg Jig Question - 30 replies

Can anyone tell me me if the extra $50 is worth it for the Kreg K4MS rather than the K4? The master system includes: Portable base, Material Support Stop, Premium Face clamp and the Dust Collection Attachment. I’m new to pocket holes and right now I need it for building some face frames and the to attach them to the cabinets. I was goin...

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