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12-04-2018 02:06 AM

Sliding compount miter saw... advice? - 11 replies

My son in law has a sliding compound miter saw on his Christmas wish list. I’ve done a lot of woodworking, but never owned a miter saw, I use my RAS for all that kind of stuff, so I don’t know that much about them. Probably a 10”, and I’m looking to spend $200-250. I see a Kobalt (older model) was reviewed favorably h...

01-14-2018 02:08 AM

Vacuum controlled by saw switch - 15 replies

I’m picturing a device I want and wondering if it exists. My shop vac sits next to my radial arm saw, and pulls dust from a collector behind the saw through a Thien separator into the vac. Works fine, but I have to turn on and off both the saw and the vacuum every time. What I want is a way to turn on both the saw and vacuum with on...

04-07-2016 11:38 PM

Lacquer questions - 1 reply

I’m finishing a couple of small tables right now. Both have numerous coats of clear dewaxed shellac as a base, and I’m applying Deft brushing lacquer on the tops to better protect against spills. I’m using semi-gloss lacquer so scratches won’t show so much. I’ve done the same before and liked the semi-gloss look ...

03-29-2016 10:24 PM

Shellac dry time - 10 replies

For years I’ve used shellac as my “go to” finish for nearly everything. I had a little trouble today, though. I had several coats of dewaxed shellac (Zinser Seal Coat) on two table tops which I plan to topcoat with lacquer for more protection. The last coats of shellac went on the night before last, and last night they see...

03-25-2016 12:30 AM

Yet another wood ID thread - 9 replies

Some wood from a local (CT) place that sells reclaimed lumber… they have a barrel of small scraps outside, $10 per wheelbarrow load, proceeds to the local soup kitchen. It’s intended for firewood, but they’re good sizes for my kinds of projects. Anyway, I’m working on a small table. The first piece I think is hickory f...

03-22-2016 07:32 PM

RAS arbor nut size - 7 replies

Can anybody confirm that Craftsman radial saws use the same arbor shaft thread size as other brands? I know my Delta 105 is the same 5/8-18LH as the DeWalt it’s replacing, but I’ve seen some online references to Craftsman saws using an Acme thread. I ask because I want to get a planer attachment like the discontinued Wagner Saf-...

03-08-2016 02:44 PM

Delta RAS variations? - 1 reply

I just acquired a Delta “105 Deluxe” radial saw, model 33-310. It’s in pretty good shape considering its age. However, there’s another one on CL dirt cheap ($20, but rough looking) that I was thinking of grabbing for parts. The latter one is a “10” Deluxe”, model 33-267. From the pictures it looks ve...

03-01-2016 06:03 PM

Delta 105 RAS on CL - 14 replies

I’m looking at a Delta Rockwell 105 RAS a couple of towns over on CL. Owner is asking $225. I need to replace my worn out DeWalt 7749. Yes, I know many folks don’t like radial saws, but they work well for what I do. Thoughts?

04-15-2015 02:28 AM

Old DeWalt MBF to replace later one? - 2 replies

Just saw a local CL ad for a 1959 vintage DeWalt MBF RAS. I have a much later 1980s vintage DeWalt 7749 RAS that my father gave me and has seen better days, and I the old power tools are often much more robust, castings vs. sheet metal and plastics, etc.. What I’m wondering is how much I’ll lose going from my current 10” saw ...

04-06-2015 11:19 PM

Scam or ??? - 14 replies

I just received an email today, to the email address on my website. Funny thing is, I’ve never offered tables for sale, only showed a couple of them as projects here; my website offers only lamps… but the website is [presumably] the only place he could have found my email address. The lack of concern over the specifics and poor gra...

05-29-2014 02:01 AM

So I bought 3 planes last week... - 5 replies

I’m not a collector, I’ll use all three of these planes. The first one is nothing too unusual, just a Stanley Bailey #6 of around 1902 vintage in very nice condition. The second one is a small hand plane of unknown vintage. The only marking on it is the number “0108” cast into the bed below the adjusting lever....

04-29-2014 10:41 PM

bubbles in lacquer after drying - 4 replies

So here I have this live edge table I recently finished. The tabletop has 5 or 6 coats of Zinser dewaxed shellac, left to dry for about a week, then 3 coats of Watco gloss lacquer. Looked beautiful (and still does, from a distance). Did the lacquer on a Tuesday, then on Thursday night I wrapped the table in a blanket to protect the finish and...

04-18-2014 09:27 PM

Shipping a glass tabletop - 12 replies

I’m building a couple of coffee tables with glass tops. I haven’t ordered the glass yet, but I’ll get them cut at the local glass shop… they’ll be irregular shapes, cut to my pattern. The problem is shipping the glass if I sell the tables online. Has anybody ever shipped a large piece (roughly 3’ triangular...

04-02-2014 04:33 PM

filling a void? - 17 replies

I’m working on a coffee table from a piece of reclaimed wood. I think it’s hickory as it’s quite hard, and quite old as well as I pulled a bunch of cut nails out of it. Anyway, there are some voids that need to be filled, one around a knot and a couple spots where the wood cracked and the piece is missing. Anyway, what...

03-20-2014 12:50 AM

shop door dilemma - 16 replies

Figured I’d break out to a new topic since the last one was mainly about the floor and foundation, and I’ve settled that… The issue now is the door. This is a 12×20 shop attached to the back of my existing garage. Because I can’t afford to pour a slab, it will be a board floor elevated above grade on concrete fil...

03-16-2014 10:37 PM

Cheap dowels... grrrrr.... - 7 replies

So I’m working on a used live edge slab that I got cheap at a flea market last year, destined to be a coffee table that I’ll probably keep for my own cabin. Had to plug a couple screw holes from whatever it was originally fastened to, so I drilled them out with a 5/8” Forstner bit. The plugs will show but it’s going to ...

03-04-2014 04:03 AM

Attaching glass? - 3 replies

Got an interesting dilemma here. I have this nice laurel root, which I sawed in half yesterday with the idea of making another small chairside table. It’s kinda small, though, the idea is a table just big enough for a drink and a book but it’s barely big enough: I thought of flipping it over and using it as the base, but it&...

03-03-2014 01:25 AM

Another "what kind of wood?" post... - 5 replies

Got two pieces of wood I’d love to identify. The first is a live edge slab I picked up cheap ($10) at a flea market. With some screw holes and a broken edge, I’d guess it was a shelf. Had a fairly dark varnish on it, I’d guess poly, which I sanded off on the bottom side… then I got smarter and took the finish off the t...

02-25-2014 09:34 PM

shellac questions - 2 replies

Got some questions on shellac.  I’ve been using it as my preferred finish for years, but I’m still not clear on a couple of things.  I normally use the regular Zinser shellac (clear or amber depending on what I want), but recently I bought some of their sealcoat because I planned to put a final coat of poly over it for a table I’m working on (th...

02-21-2014 04:16 AM

What are these marks? - 6 replies

This is a piece of oak from a tree I took down a few years ago. While splitting it for firewood, one piece split off almost flat, so last weekend I flattened it out with a hand plane, mainly as an experiment. Now it’s becoming a small chair side table. When I planed it, some odd marks appeared. At first I thought they were perhaps arti...

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