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03-26-2014 12:07 AM

Durable outdoor finish - 12 replies

I’ve been making birdhouses for the last 2 years, and I’ve tried various brands of spar varnish as well as one type of water based finish. All are meant for outdoor use, and all have worked well. My problem is the water based finish dries fast, and looks fine on lighter woods, but really doesn’t do much for walnut (which I am...

10-07-2013 10:52 PM

Craft Shows - Under $10 items? - 2 replies

Doing my first craft shows this year and am trying to cover all the price points. Any good recommendations for items that are easy enough to make that I can charge $10 or less? I have $25 items, $50 items, even $100 items, but I think it would be good to have something $10 or less as around my parts people don’t think twice about spendin...

09-16-2013 12:14 AM

Beisemeyer fence install - 3 replies

So I picked up a used beisemeyer fence, then it sat in my shop for a year until I found a used saw to put it on. The thing I have just realized is I only have a front rail, no back rail. Do I need a back rail? I am going to build an extension table which will have legs, so it will be well supported, and the fence doesn’t attach to the b...

09-05-2013 08:12 PM

very large box/finger joints??? - 4 replies

Hi Everyone, I’m making a large room divider, it’s a bit difficult to describe, but it’s made up of 13 boxes approx. 9×18” and 12” deep. The boxes have no sides, and are stacked to form the divider. I’d like to make the boxes using box/finger joints (not sure the correct term), but I’d like t...

08-18-2013 06:20 PM

Dust Collector piping - sono tube? - 3 replies

So I’m hooking up my new dust collector and after much reading it seems apparent that 6” pipe would be best. Local availability of heavy guage metal ducts seems non existent, as does pvc. So while at Home Depot the other day I noticed 6” Sono Tubes for about $8 each. I only need about 15 feet of pipe at the most, and they see...

08-15-2013 12:02 AM

Helical 13" or 3 blade 15"? - 5 replies

So my Rigid 13” planer bit the dust, repairs will cost more than a new one. I’d like to upgrade from this planer, and am currently debating whether I go with a 15” floor type planer, or a 13” helical lunchbox planer. I understand that helical cutterheads can give a much better finish, but is there anything a 15” m...

07-22-2013 01:30 AM

planer upgrade? - 8 replies

So I have a Ridgid 4330 planer which has served me well. The other day, I had a board shoot across the room and sparks fly out of the machine. After taking off the dust hood, it has become apparent that two bolts on one of the blades came a bit loose, enabling the blade to dig very deep into the wood (hence it shooting across the room). This ...

10-04-2012 06:29 PM

Stanley 75 bevel angle - 2 replies

I’ve inherited an old Stanley 75 plane, does anyone know what the bevel angle should be for sharpening? Thanks.

09-27-2012 09:27 PM

Aluminum bar clamps - 11 replies

Does anyone know where I could buy some aluminum bar clamps, 48” preferably? I’m in Ottawa Canada and would prefer to buy them from a local store but no one seems to sell them. leevalley used to sell them but not anymore. I bought a bunch several years ago from Totem, but they are only in Western Canada, and even though they are o...

05-25-2011 09:43 PM

End grain cutting board question... - 5 replies

I made an end grain cutting board the other day out of maple and walnut, sanded it up to 320 grit and then put three coats of mineral oil. After it’s first use, I wiped it clean with a wet cloth and now it is very rough. Should I have wiped it with a wet cloth first, raised the grain, then resounded and then put mineral oil on it? Or is...

05-14-2011 04:20 PM

Thickness planer - 4 replies

I picked up a rigid thickness planer (4330) a week ago and have been fairly happy with the results. I don’t have much experience with a planer so I was hoping for some guidance. I try to vary where I feed the pieces in order to even out the wear on the blades, however when I run a piece on the right hand side, it always comes out smooth ...

02-23-2011 08:41 PM

European woodworking school/course - 6 replies

I’ll be living in Paris for six months next year while my wife completes her pastry chef training. I’m interested in getting more seriously into woodworking and was interested in taking some courses while in Europe. I am not averse to traveling within Europe to find a course, and at the moment i’m fairly open to course length...

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