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06-06-2013 09:34 PM

Gate across garage door? - 22 replies

EDIT – problem solved! See update post downthread. OK, this is a tricky one. My shop is in a detached garage. I think the door is about 10 feet across, though I’ll have to check. The garage sits facing a paved area next to our house, which has become our son’s play area. He is one year old. Here’s a photo of ...

04-16-2013 10:09 PM

Another "What's this wood" question - 7 replies

Pics are kind of small. This has turned up on CL today. Any ideas whether it would be hardwood or not? Maybe maple?

04-15-2013 08:27 PM

Teach me your finishing tricks: bandsaw boxes - 17 replies

I’m making some bandsaw boxes out of western red cedar. Obviously there’s a lot of end grain involved. I’m new to bandsaw boxes and to finishing in general. I have put on two coats of Danish oil but the end grain is still looking dry and patchy. Also, the glue lines (I used Titebond) are pretty obvious, but this seems to be...

04-08-2013 11:22 PM

How do I determine sufficient dust suction? - 14 replies

I have a mix of metal ducting and plastic dust hose in my shop. I have a Laguna 2HP dust collected with a 6” inlet, and the ducting goes to 4” before running to my bandsaw. The bandsaw is the closest machine to the collector on the system. Here’s a slightly old photo showing the basic setup: I have also added a wye ...

04-08-2013 03:27 PM

Chinese Plywood - a photo study - 8 replies

Just had to share a few photos of the box that my Made-in-China Rikon bandsaw came in this weekend: I would have loved to have seen the original piece of wood! I guess there’s more demand for shipping containers than for woodworking lumber over there.

04-04-2013 03:42 PM

Can you ID this wood? Some kind of pine? - 12 replies

I’m terrible at IDing wood. A house a few streets away is offering this for free. I’m not sure it’s worth taking, as it’s getting rained on today and left some kind of sticky resin on my hands when I lifted a piece yesterday. Does anyone know what it is? (I’m in western Oregon.)

04-02-2013 05:52 PM

220V question: sharing an outlet - 61 replies

Question for you electricians out there. I have four 220v outlets in my shop – one came with it when I got the shop and the other three were put in by an electrician last year. All are being used by machines right now – table saw, 14” bandsaw, jointer and dust collection. The plugs for the table saw and bandsaw are located...

03-28-2013 07:55 PM

Question: installing Carter tension rod on Griz bandsaw - 3 replies

I just got the carter ratchet rod to replace the stock tensioner on my 14” Grizzly bandsaw. I’m sad to lose the quick-release tension function but I was having a lot of trouble with the original rod. In installing the rod I noticed that without the buffer of the quick release assembly, the bottom of the new rod is resting directl...

03-27-2013 03:16 AM

Bandsaw comparison: 17" Griz G0513X2 vs 18" Rikon 10-345 - 33 replies

I’m planning on adding a larger bandsaw to my shop in the medium term. I’d like to do it now but I had told myself I would wait another year or two for various family reasons. Either way, I will be using savings to buy it, and I am unlikely to gain any more savings between now and then. I’ve got several Grizzly tools and fig...

03-14-2013 10:48 PM

Seeking issue #81 of American Woodworker, August 2000 - 2 replies

Has anyone got a surplus copy of American Woodwork #81? I mostly want it for this plan: http://americanwoodworker.com/blogs/shop/archive/2011/12/22/ws-bandsaw-table-system.aspx ...but the other articles look interesting too.

03-13-2013 09:03 PM

Slipping rollers on DeWalt 13" planer - 29 replies

Recently, after a long period of not being used (nearly a year?) I had occasion to use my planer and I encountered difficulties. The rollers seemed to not be grabbing the wood properly, and the board would stop partway through the planer, several times. I had to push it to keep it going. When the board came out, I would find black lines on it...

03-05-2013 07:15 PM

Grr-Ripper vs Rockler Thin Rip jig - 16 replies

I have decided to use some holiday money to get a Grr-Ripper after reading about it in a recent thread. My question is about whether the Grr-ripper duplicates the abilities of the Rockler Thin Rip jig . I have the Rockler jig on backorder right now from an order I placed last month. It was $20 at the time. If I get the Grr-ripper will I have...

02-24-2013 06:20 AM

Planing question - planing over inlay - 7 replies

I am working on a wall mounted height chart for my son. It will have small pieces of walnut inlaid to mark the foot and half foot measurements. The grain of the walnut runs perpendicular to the grain of the maple. I’ve attached a photo of the work in progress so you can get an idea of what I mean. The walnut pieces are slightly over 1/...

02-14-2013 05:25 PM

Best way to make an inset name plate? - 6 replies

I’m planning on making one of these personalized growth charts for my son: ...except his name is Edward, not Rex. I am making the main section out of maple and will inlay walnut pieces for the tick marks. Planning to try to hand chisel those. I am tentatively planning to scrollsaw 1/8” plywood for the name – I chose...

01-15-2013 06:03 AM

Estate sale: what planes did I find? - 12 replies

I am a complete handplane newbie, but I want to learn more. This weekend I found the following at an estate sale. Can anyone identify them for me? Can you give me tips on restoring them? The smaller one is about six inches long. it cost me $3.75. The larger one cost $10. I forgot to measure its whole ...

12-04-2012 08:41 PM

Cutting Plexiglas on a SawStop - blade? - 24 replies

Hi all, I may need to cut some acrylic sheets (aka Plexiglas, etc) for a furniture/modification project and I am wondering what type of blade I should get to ensure a smooth finish. I have a Sawstop; as far as I know I don’t have to bypass the safety features to cut, this since it’s nonconductive, but please correct me if I’...

11-27-2012 06:09 PM

Flattening short logs for resawing - 9 replies

I’ve got a handful of logs in the 12 to 18 inch long range, and I want to experiment with resawing them on my Grizzly bandsaw. They’re not huge logs but I also don’t have the riser kit, so it should work out. My biggest hurdle so far is finding a good way to flatten one side to start with. I’ve read about various log...

03-07-2012 07:40 PM

Want to make a coin sorter; need tubes - 4 replies

I’d like to make a little coin sorter, maybe like this one but even one with individual slots for the different coins would be fine. But I’m having trouble finding both the correctly sized plastic tubing and affordable correctly sized forstner bits (the latter mainly because I don’t know what the OD of the tubing would be̷...

03-01-2012 04:25 PM

Turned pen, but loose top. Advice? - 10 replies

I turned a pen as a gift for a coworker, and I was going to give it to him this week, but this morning I discovered (when final-checking the ink to make sure it worked) that the top is loose. It’s a slimline kit, the twisty sort, and all the other ones I’ve ever made have the top half holding firmly to the middle twisting tube, so i...

02-14-2012 10:26 PM

Sealing, drying, resawing logs - newbie stuff - 13 replies

I have some smallish logs – about 2 feet long and ranging from 3 to 7 inches thick. All with bark on. I have sealed the ends and plan on letting some of them dry like that (for turning) and resawing others and sticker them as boards. The resawing part will come later this year once I have devised a suitable bandsaw jig. I already have ...

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