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02-18-2018 01:34 AM

Reasons not to buy a 9 inch bandsaw? - 30 replies

Eventually I’d like to get a 14”+ bandsaw but that’s not going to happen in the foreseeable future… so it’s either a 9” or 10”. I’m leaning towards a 9”. Is there enough of a difference between a 9” and 10” that it’s a poor decision to go with a 9”? I currently have...

03-23-2016 03:56 AM

Question for electricians/electronics people - 8 replies

My tablet wouldn’t turn on so I troubleshooted it and came to the conclusion that it was the power cable that broke. I took a reading with a multimeter and the voltage was fluctuating between 0.06 volts and 2.86 volts. It’s suppose to output 12 volts, time for a new power cable. The power cable has a box in the middle, which IR...

03-01-2016 02:00 PM

What finish is suitable for wood where I can wipe it with a damp cloth? - 5 replies

My shop is in the basement and I want to keep it as clean as possible so dust doesn’t build up over the years. I’ve found what the dust collector and air filter doesn’t collect settles on the various tools/benches/carts in the shop overnight. I’ve been wiping the tools off and moping the floors once a month or so with gre...

09-28-2015 11:35 AM

Wood in a freezer? - 3 replies

I need a divider or a box that will go in a freezer and wondering if wood would work for it? It would be a long term/permanent thing.

09-26-2015 06:13 PM

Can I use cable drum wood? - 3 replies

I want to make an out door bench and trying to do it on the cheap. I have access to a couple of cable drums was wondering if cable drums are treated with anything before I start cutting into them. Thx

07-31-2015 11:01 AM

Scored a HDPE cutting board, how do I... - 9 replies

I scored a 48” x 12” to 18” x 1/2” HDPE cutting board from a restaurant. The surface is looking pretty rough so I want to clean it up but I don’t have a planer or jointer. Would sanding it work? If not are there any other ways to resurface it? Other than cutting boards and miter slot bars what can hdpe be used...

07-08-2015 06:17 AM

Tolerance levels you build to? - 29 replies

Just curious what tolerances everyone out there builds to. I’m 1/8th German and I swear it comes screaming out when I measure and cut because I sit there and try to get each cut dead on. I’m talking about 1/64th or better. As I do more and more I’m figuring out that I can get by with 1/8” sometimes and figuring ways wh...

06-19-2015 06:07 PM

Sanding exposed plywood edges with power tools/bits - 5 replies

I’m tired of sanding by hand and a ROS works(kinda) but I quickly develop cramps in my hands. Looking for ideas on how to sand plywood edges with power tools/bits. The pieces of plywood are pretty large so it will be stationary and the tool/bit is mobile. Things I’ve seen that I want to try: -Flap wheel, I have one for a dremel...

03-14-2015 05:45 PM

Table mounting a Random Orbit Sander? - 6 replies

What I need: 1. Sand face2. Flush up 2 joining pieces3. Round over a corner It looks like a v-drum sander can do what I need and it would be able to do it all at once. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ca2a_IDMkuk —- Question is I have an extra ROS sander laying around… do you think that would work in place of a drum? Kind ...

03-14-2015 03:01 AM

Looking for a marking tool with unique specs. - 4 replies

I have a part that needs pocket holes. What I do is gang them all up and mark the pocket hole locations all at once. I’m trying to figure out a jig where I can just push the piece into the jig and it’ll mark the locations. Question is what’s a marking tool I can use that doesn’t dull and need sharpening like a pencil, dry...

03-04-2015 01:17 AM

Eletrical question related to charging a tablet - 4 replies

Hi all. I have a question… I recently got one those new power bank/car jumper, Highly recommended btw (car battery died during the recent snow storms and I jumped my car 7 times on 1 charge, still showed 80% charge. It allowed me to wait until the weekend to get a new battery on my normal errand run), anyways… I got a charging cor...

02-11-2015 05:57 PM

Ridgid ROS problem... - 5 replies

There’s a part called the brake skirt which is what causes the “random orbiting” to happen. It’s made of a rubbery material and rubs against the sanding pad. The bad part of the design is that the brake skirt looks to be a consumable part. It wears down and has to be replaced. The original part lasted close to 2 years and...

01-21-2015 12:39 PM

Miter Saw Dust Collection Effectiveness - 5 replies

How effective is a shop vac at collecting the small particles from a miter saw? I’m thinking of building a dust hood to contain the bigger stuff and wondering if a shop vac is going to do much for the small stuff.

10-31-2014 03:54 AM

Hard time deciding on Miter saw fence - 4 replies

I’m in the design phase of building a mitersaw station. The main use is going to be 90 degree cuts for 3 different lengths. It’ll also be used for whatever so being able to quickly go back and make those three different cuts will be important.iI think a Miter saw fence is going to be the best design. 3 choices:1. Build my own2. Kr...

10-06-2014 03:14 AM

Who knew? - 4 replies

I read an email newsletter recently and a tip was to increase the feed rate when using a router. Supposedly you’ll get a cleaner cut and the bit will hold it’s sharpness longer. I feed the router just fast enough where it wouldn’t burn the wood. I tried a faster feed rate (2x to 3x faster feed rate) and I think the tip is good....

09-25-2014 02:35 PM

What kind of wood was used to make an old ladder? - 16 replies

I have an old ladder that is way too unstable to use as a ladder. I want to get rid of it quick before I need to use a ladder and stupidly use it because it’s the only thing available. The question I have is what kind of wood was used for old ladders and were they treated in any way? Everything is riveted and the steps are dadoed into t...

09-01-2014 12:05 AM

What's an **EASY** way to cut 8'x2' ply in half? - 11 replies

Hi, I need to rough cut plywood sheets into 4’x2’ sheets. I want to keep the grain running along the 4’ length so I need to cut once length wise and once width wise. I have a kreg rip jig so ripping a sheet into 8’ x 2’ sections is easy. Question is what’s an EASY way to make a cut spiltting the 8’ x ...

08-30-2014 01:36 AM

Shop vac dust bag questions - 3 replies

Hi, I have 2 questions about shop vac dust bags. My setup: Shopvac with the foam filter, cloth filter, and dust bag. It’s connected to a 5 gallon bucket separator which is than connected to the router’s dust port. 1. I’ve emptied about 10 gallons worth of dust out of the 5 gallon bucket separator. The dust bag is less tha...

08-16-2014 04:43 AM

Cheap dependable miter saw - 11 replies

Hi, my shop is located in the basement but I want to get a second miter saw to do simple cuts in the garage. I’ve got a Ridgid 10” non-slider already which is setup for accurate cuts and miters. The one in the garage would be to rough cut lumber to make hauling sticks to the basement easier. I see a lot of ryobi, craftsman, and...

08-06-2014 09:30 PM

Lazy susan/turn table in verticle orientation - 3 replies

Hi all, I need a turn table but in a vertical orientation for spraying. I’ve read that lazy Susan mechanisms don’t work too well in the vertical orientation. I haven’t had much luck finding a mechanism purpose built for vertical orientation either. Anyone know of a mechanism… or if I have to make something…...

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