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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? - 23 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...

09-20-2018 11:31 PM

Selling my R4512 tablesaw - 0 replies

I’m selling my Ridgid R4512 tablesaw. Downsizing the shop while I move, then I’ll upgrade.Not trying to advertise or spam here at all, but do we have a “for sale” section? If so I’d like to post it there. Houston area. Here’s the Craigslist posting:

09-19-2018 10:37 PM

How to complete this box? - 3 replies

Small box of QS sycamore and cherry. The corners and knob are not glued on yet. I relied on my creativity to get this far, but now I don’t want to ruin it with a bad choice, so I’d love suggestions. A) thinking of tapering the legs further, almost to a fine point, while keeping the length. Bad idea? What else would look...

09-13-2018 12:53 AM

Wood ID: European hardwood with quilt/chatoyance? - 6 replies

Pulled this chunk out of a firewood pile in Ireland a few months ago. End grain: (yellow paint was my sealer, scraped some off for the pic) Flatsawn grain: Quartersawn grain: Hard to capture the quartersawn chatoyance. That surface is smooth, just looks 3d bumpy because of the grain. Medularry rays are very pronounced. I’...

09-10-2018 12:52 PM

Hand and eye folks, suggested proportions for 6-board chest? - 5 replies

I’m suddenly obsessed with this Nooristan (Afghanistan) tusk-tenoned 6-board chest. I think I’ll make a tiny version as an elegant jewelry box… or maybe a sizeable version as a toybox… Question for proportion-based designers:In such a chest, what would be good proportions for the 3 primary dimensions of the box?Also, ...

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