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12-11-2020 05:20 PM

Buy vs Build: Shop Cabinets Cost Analysis - 24 replies

Good, Fast, and Cheap: Pick Any TwoJocks,I’ve been much less active here over the past year than previous years, but most of my posts have centered around the construction of my new shop. I’m happy to report that it is built and ready for move-in (pending a bit of driveway work).After a couple of simple Christmas projects I’ve ...

09-22-2020 05:00 PM

Anyone paint a concrete shop floor? - 35 replies

A smooth 900sqft concrete slab has been poured and is awaiting the construction of my woodworking shop. There are always better, more expensive ways to approach each step of the new shop building process, but the floor is not one on which I plan to spend a lot of money.I never plan to drive a car into the shop (though technically I could), or ri...

08-26-2020 01:23 AM

Pressure Treated Deck feels gross; finish recommendations? - 11 replies

I’m building a deck from PT 5/4 boards between my back porch and pool.Naturally, people will be using it barefoot quite a bit.Its only a couple days old, so maybe I’m jumping the gun, but I’ve noticed a real problem: it feels… gross underfoot. Like stepping in quickcrete dust. Kind of a dry feeling. Of course it’s t...

06-10-2020 01:15 AM

Any Hope for Eventual Cure of Improperly Mixed Epoxy? - 10 replies

I have used about eight applications of crystal clear pro marine epoxy to fill the voids in a slab project.I carefully measured the 1:1 proportions for each of the first 7 applications, and each application cured hard.Then at the end I got lazy (ran out of disposable spoons actually) and eyeballed the mixture. It was such a tiny amount, about a ...

03-27-2020 12:41 PM

Building shop cabinets, recommendations/guides? - 8 replies

All,I’m moving and intend to build a set of shop cabinets. I’d like to do wall cabinets, with floor cabinets below, and possibly set them up as a miter saw station.Have built cabinets before, but not multiple-production, and each one took WAY too much time as they were done for the sake of the project and not, simply, to have a cabin...

06-21-2019 02:52 AM

Cutting aluminum with router and template guide bushing? - 18 replies

Has anyone tried (and had much luck with) cutting aluminum using a hand-held or table-mounted router and a template guide bushing?Tips on doing this?

06-19-2019 01:01 AM

Recommend a quality drill press for specific application? - 16 replies

Folks,I’m in the fortunate position of needing to drill lots of precisely located holes in aluminum. The holes will range from 1/8” to 1.5” diameter. The (cast) aluminum will be 1/8” to 1/4” thick. The project should pay enough to justify the purchase of a decent drill press, so checking here for recommendations.I k...

05-08-2019 01:23 AM

CNC Router SOLD - 1 reply

SOLD. Can’t figure out how to delete the thread though.

05-03-2019 10:55 PM

What's up with Awful-Smelling Plywood from HD - 14 replies

I needed some 1/2” plywood for shop drawers so I picked up “sanded ply” from HD. It was cheaper than their hardwood plywood, which I typically use for such things; but I’ve used the “sande-ply” before and never noticed this… the smell was AWFUL. Bringing it home in the minivan, I had to roll the windows ...

04-17-2019 01:44 PM

Dealing with the polyurethane smell? - 31 replies

I’m finishing some children’s furniture (bunk bed) with Varathane Spar Urethane. Wiping it on with a 50/50 mix with mineral spirits. They’ll want it in their room the moment it’s dry to the touch, but I suspect I should leave it in the garage for a few days first to let the smell dissipate. Does anyone have tips on this? ...

04-10-2019 11:50 AM

Maximizing the Purple in Purpleheart? - 7 replies

How do I get the best and longest-lasting purple color with purpleheart?Purpleheart is brown when freshly cut; according to the wood database, a few days of “exposure” turns it purple; applying finish also brings out the purple; then over long periods of UV exposure it becomes a deep brown. Three questions, first: the initial Expo...

03-31-2019 02:07 AM

CNC users - Mortising bits? - 3 replies

CNC-using Lumberjocks,I have a project coming up that requires a lot of mortises in hard maple. I’m happy to do it because I have a bad-a new CNC router with 2HP spindle and up to 1/2” shank. I plan on using it to hog out 20 mortises in hard maple; each mortise will be about 3” high x 0.5” wide x 1.5” deep or deeper...

03-27-2019 12:17 PM

Bunk beds - tips, plans, suggestions? - 13 replies

My next big honey-do is bunk beds. Not too fancy: twin-over-twin, no drawers, no slide; a pretty basic design (though the final design is not yet determined).I typically make my own plans, but in this case I could really benefit from seeing some plans to get a feel for typical dimensions and structural needs. If anyone has some general tips and ...

02-15-2019 07:46 PM

Sound reduction for dust collector - 20 replies

All,I’m going to use this Rockler 3/4HP dust collector with my big new CNC:Noise reduction is very important in this application. My thought (Recommended on the Axiom forum) is to build a thick, sound-dampening box around the collector and its dust bag, and put a household air filter on the box so the air can escape. This collector can be ...

11-30-2018 11:44 AM

Danish oil on white oak - will it survive a cup without a coaster? - 15 replies

All,I’m working on a side table with a QSWO top. I intend to use danish oil (watco), my first time using it.I don’t anticipate heavy abuse, but the occasional cold glass with condensation will be placed on the table without a coaster. Will danish oil survive this, or do I need something with more film-building? Thanks!

11-27-2018 12:36 AM

Is this leg vise worth anything? - 6 replies

Found this in a local antique shop. Not priced.Anyone want it? What’s it worth? No nut. Screw looks good. Chop looks like well used pine.

11-17-2018 05:51 PM

Built scale model of my table - advice, comments on proportions, joinery, etc? - 13 replies

I had an idea for a table, but couldn’t draw it (don’t know sketchup) and couldn’t find similar ones online. So I took 15 minutes to build a 2/3 scale model from plywood and cardboard. It’s intended to be a side table by the recliner, about 25” high, with perhaps a square top about 20”x20”...

11-16-2018 12:20 AM

Joining bent legs to form a pedestal? - 1 reply

I have an idea for a side table with 4 legs that are so curved, they meet in the middle, making them sort of a pedestal.The closest picture I can find online looks like this: Which is nowhere near what I’m going for but the leg morphology is similar.I’m thinking of a somewhat tall and light side table to go next to my recliner; th...

10-17-2018 10:46 AM

Tapered butt log - best sawing approach when chainsaw milling? - 5 replies

I have a homemade chainsaw milling rig. It consists of a flat board that I can screw onto a log to create a reference surface; and a piece of plywood bolted via a spacer block to my chainsaw bar, so the plywood is parallel to the bar a set distance away.This allows me to flatsaw a log, PITA though it is to use, when said log is too heavy or big ...

10-02-2018 12:48 AM

Stay-put 4" hose that actually holds its position? - 2 replies

Can anyone recommend a 4” hose that will hold its position pretty well? I want one end of the hose clamped onto the blast gate at the back of my workbench, then gooseneck the hose around to wherever I am generating dust – and let it stay there. What I find right now is that the hose end sags toward the floor under gravity’s...

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