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04-21-2020 09:00 AM

Apron width question and square legs - 7 replies

I’ve typically used 3 to 4 inch aprons for 3/4 stock for medium sized tables. I currently have 2.25” thick poplar that is 2 inches wide. Whats your opinion on using it for a table that will be 48” x 28”? Is the 2 inches wide enough for an apron? I figure the thickness would make up for it. Another question is how...

10-22-2019 07:36 PM

Wet sanding down coats of varnish - 13 replies

I’m trying to remove a bunch of scratches I missed. There are 3 coats of Waterlox on the tabletop. Would it be alright to wet sand the finish down with an orbital sander to remove the coats and get to the scratches or would that make things worse

10-14-2019 06:32 AM

Corner brace question - 2 replies

What is the point of the screw or lag bolt going to the leg in a corner brace (in a table for example). I’ve made wooden corner braces before but only screwed them to the apron and not the leg since I was afraid to screw through the tenon.

09-30-2019 10:33 PM

Mahogany dry spots - 3 replies

I’ve been using Waterlox for a Mahogany tabletop and after a few coats of wiping it on, there are still a whole lot of large “dry” spots. Will those dry spots ever fill up?

07-08-2019 08:24 PM

Cross grain joinery - 6 replies

I noticed in tressel tables that there is cross grain construction in the apron. For example: How much cross grain joinery is acceptable before it blows up?

04-25-2019 08:21 PM

15" planers all look the same - 18 replies

Looking through the parts diagrams, it doesn’t look like there is much of a difference between the 15” four post planers. Jet, Powermatic, Grizzly, Baileigh, Oliver, etc… all look like the same planer but with a different paint job. I’m trying to justify getting a Jet or Powermatic but they are way higher priced than G...

04-11-2019 07:52 PM

Planer upgrade - 10 replies

How much of an upgrade would there be to a larger heavier planer from a lunchbox planer- would going to a Dewalt DW735 from a Delta lunchbox planer be much of an upgrade?

04-01-2019 10:14 PM

Table saw fence straigtness - 7 replies

How straight should a table saw fence be? I have an older Delta T2 fence and when I put a straight edge next to it, I notice an extremely tiny bow on it. It is very hard to see the gaps on the ends of the fence but they are there.

03-26-2019 11:47 PM

PVC pipe to dust port? - 7 replies

Is there any type of PVC pipe that would fit directly over a 4” dust port on a table saw? Would I need an adapter of some sort? I’m assuming the dust ports on machines are standard.

03-20-2019 11:35 PM

Anyone heard of Mophorn? - 9 replies

I saw this dust collector on Amazon and it was priced pretty cheaply. I also saw it also has a 3HP motor and runs on 110V.

03-19-2019 11:20 PM

Felted bags vs Wynn filter? - 14 replies

Felted bags are much cheaper than Wynn filters- are they just as good? Also, assuming i have 600 dollars to spend on dust collection, what would be the best setup? I won’t be exhausting outside and don’t mind wheeling the dust collector to every machine. I’d like to get rid of as many fine particles as possible. I see t...

03-01-2019 10:02 PM

Maksiwa table saw? - 5 replies

I’m looking to upgrade from a contractor saw to something else. I’m leaning towards the Grizzly G0771Z: I also came across a Maksiwa table saw...

02-25-2019 10:50 PM

Half lap joints - 3 replies

Anyone use half lap joints in table or desk aprons? I’m thinking they may not look too great aesthetically but they do seem like pretty strong and simple joints

02-15-2019 11:53 PM

Dowel joinery - 21 replies

I’m a fan of mortise and tenon joints but I’ve used dowels for a couple small end tables. They seem to be pretty strong and are not that hard to setup but you have to be very accurate with them. I was browsing around for the strength of the joint and came across this:

02-14-2019 09:44 PM

Hand plane for dados - 7 replies

What type of hand plane could cleanly expand the width of a dado and stay straight as well?

02-05-2019 09:42 PM

Spraying water based finish - 6 replies

I’ve been spraying water based finish and after doing so, the wood \ finish becomes a little rough. I have to lightly sand it down before spraying another coat. Is there something I can do beforehand to prevent this?

10-25-2018 06:24 PM

Anyone worked with black limba or white limba? - 3 replies

Was just wondering how hard the wood actually is and how hard it is to work with? The janka hardness rating says it is about as soft as poplar so I was kind of surprised about that.

07-17-2018 06:49 AM

What grit to stop at before an oil finish? - 9 replies

I have generally gone up to 220 and sometimes 320 before applying a tung oil finish. Is there any benefit in going to higher grits before applying the tung oil? Was wondering how it would come out if I went to 1000 grit.

06-01-2018 06:15 AM

Using boards without milling them - 8 replies

I have some nice figured maple boards I am planning to use for the sides of a bookcase. Problem is they are both twisted and one corner sticks up about a 1/4 inch. I plan to use dados but was wondering how well would the dados hold if I did not mill the boards flat? Normally I would mill them but I would prefer not to lose any thickness.

04-21-2018 09:29 PM

Question about plug \ receptacle for jointer - 4 replies

The JET jointer I just got says it requires a 230 V connection but not sure if that would work with the 6-20 receptacle I have. Can I use 6-20 plugs and 6-20 receptacle for the jointer even though the manual says to use 6-15 plugs and a 6-15 receptacle?

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