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06-05-2020 04:04 AM

Need help choosing a standard route of finishing - 12 replies

What I really like in anything, whether it’s a car’s paint, or a piece of furniture or a girlfriend’s nails, I like smooth. I usually use 320+ grit sandpaper with linseed oil or one of the brand name oils, possibly some wipe on, or spray on (if I’m lazy) and that’s fine. But I want PERFECT. I want smooth, blemish fr...

05-18-2019 06:40 AM

Incra LS Router problems - 6 replies

My pins are too tight on half blinds. Can someone explain why raising tightens and lowering loosens? They’re half blinds. The pin profile matches the tails. Also; anyone got any solid tips on finding center. I used a 1-16” router but and somehow I was off by 1/8”. Wtf.

02-19-2019 10:47 PM

Cabinet Door Panel ??? - 4 replies

I need help finding an item. When you make door panel inserts out of hardwood, you’ve got to make them slightly undersized to account for expansion. They sell these rubber pellets that you can put in there as spacers that keeps the panel centered, but compresses if the wood expands. What on earth do you call them and where can I get them?

03-29-2018 11:07 PM

Variable speed switch for a router - 8 replies

Recently I got a Jessem lift. I have a Bosch 1617 EVS in. It. The variable speed setting on the switch does nothing. ON turns the router on at whatever speed the router is currently set on. Can this work somehow?

01-29-2018 03:06 PM

First Festool Domino Perfection - 7 replies

I have never used the Festool Domino. I sell them and love every other Festool I own. I finally bought the 500 set and oh man! I did my first domino ever on some MDF trim.

01-25-2018 11:12 PM

Miter Saw Dedicated Vac - 21 replies

So I’m going to set up a small shop vac in one of the cabinets my miter saw station is built on. The vac will never move. I ordered a amperage draw switch for it and my question is this… How much power(HP) is necessary to suck up a decent amount of dust? I realize that miter saw dust collection is the least effective circumstance ...

02-04-2014 09:54 PM

Don't trust the Depot - 42 replies

I’m building a router table for my incra. I stopped by Home Depot to get a sheet of Birch. I figured it would be easier for them to cut my list (3 pieces) on their panel saw. Question: How do you have a multi-thousand dollar panel saw that doesn’t cut straight?! Two pieces (first and third) had ONE 90 corner. They were all off by...

12-26-2013 02:18 AM

Table saw fences to add on - 6 replies

I have a Jet bench top saw. It’s not a heavy duty machine by any means. It is however an upgrade from my ryobi. It’s nice and smooth, relatively new and presents only two issues. The first is the .628 miter slots. How infuriating. Second is the fence. It’s not all that square. I’ve bulked up on .628 UHMW strips so that&...

07-24-2013 05:43 PM

Bending for Flattening - 17 replies

I’m in the process of planning to make a ukulele. I got some 1/8” walnut which is beautifully bookmatched and I need to glue it up. Problem is the boards are slightly warped/bowed. How would I go about making them flat again without taking wood off? They’re 6”x16”x1/8”.

07-24-2013 05:25 PM

Can one bend wood with a curling iron? - 9 replies

Can you?

07-24-2013 02:37 PM

Tips for a Novice - 11 replies

Talking to a buddy yesterday, made me realize how much I don’t know about finishing. What are some good resources with all the pros/cons on different finishing options along with some tutorials?

07-22-2013 08:51 PM

Who's a good razor kit turner? - 6 replies

I have some really nice curly maple. It’s so nice, it’s even got a live edge. In order to use the live edge, I have to cut off a decent chunk in the 6”x3”x3/4” range. Anyone here able to turn up a few pieces I can put on a razor kit? I’ll pay. eBay seems to think they’re worth $140! I could carve it if I...

07-18-2013 08:51 PM

Dust Collection - Static Shock - Novice Question - 9 replies

Can somebody experienced explain the concerns of fire hazard with dust collection? I’ve seen it mentioned a few times and I haven’t set up my system yet. I use it mainly for cleanup. My shop is expeditionary by nature. When I get out of the Marine Corps next year, we’ll move to Anchorage where the house I buy will have a dedica...

07-17-2013 09:01 PM

Flat Jointing Boards - Question - 30 replies

I have a router. I have a No. 14 hand plane (Stanley No. 5). I have an electric hand plane. I have a thickness planer. I DON’T HAVE A JOINTER. What is the best way to get a flat joint on a board? I use the router most often but I always have one or two spots that I’m unhappy with. Also, does a real jointer/planer get a flat edg...

07-10-2013 08:25 PM

Resaw Jig - 18 replies

I have some wood that needs resawing. I have a bandsaw but of course the throat is just small enough that my zebra, curly maple, cherry, padauk…. are all too big by just a hair. I can resaw it on the table saw by using the standard fence and flipping it after. I just don’t like the feeling of lack of safety with cutting 2 1/2 deep in...

07-10-2013 08:12 PM

Mineral Spirits on wood to sell on web - 11 replies

I’m looking at some lumber on a few sites including ebay. Some of these sellers are wiping the wood down with mineral spirits to give it the sheen of a crappy – in my opinion – finish. Will this evaporate fully by the time it arrives at my house? I want bare wood. If I were to use it for a project and leave it unfinished, would...

07-10-2013 07:49 PM

Walnut type - pics posted - 24 replies

So I bought some walnut a while back. It was a BEAUTIFUL board that was 4/4 11”x108”. Beautiful! The grain was amazing and defined. I don’t know how to describe it so I’ll post a picture. My question is, since then I bought some more walnut from the same place. Not realizing how amazing the first piece was, the second and...

07-10-2013 06:33 PM

Inlay Ideas Needed - pics are posted - 4 replies

So I am designing this box/tool chest thing. I have an epilog laser engraver/vector cutter at work which I cut a fleur de lis out of some curly maple. My original idea was to vector cut (basic scroll saw work with no human error) the same fleur de lis out of some padauk and just… “drop it in”. Of course! It’s that easy. I...

07-08-2013 09:12 AM

San Diego Woodworkers Wanted - Free exotic pieces - 2 replies

I’m looking for a friend in San Diego that has a decent bandsaw. I have some pretty lumber that I’d like to resaw, perhaps even make a piece or two of veneer. I’d be happy to share a little of the excess. I have two pieces of zebra, four of padauk and 6 of curly maple. All of which are too wide for my bandsaw. Not to mention, m...

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