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05-30-2021 06:27 PM

Out of woodworking, and Thinking of selling my VS 17" Drill Press--but should I? - 8 replies

I have a really nice Rikon VS 17” Floor DP. Works well. I’ve gotten out of woodworking and in all honestly don’t do much DIY around the house either (no time, all around). I was considering selling but the other day I used a handheld power planer to trim-to-fit a pressure treated rail on a gate, and am now wondering whether I&#...

04-22-2021 05:04 PM

1" top on modern dining table too thin? - 7 replies

I know that I’m probably worrying too much but I’m having a table built for me out of walnut. About 72” long, 3’ wide. It’s a mid-mod style. Finished top will be a hair under 1”. Woodworker has sold them in his shop at 1” with no issues in past sales. So there is no overt reason to believe it wonR...

11-12-2020 01:51 AM

Awful Experience with Lacquer Thinner, Possible Exposure - 7 replies

I was doing a small lacquer thinner wash in my garage to see if I could remove any remaining finish off a vintage table. MAN, WAS IT AWFUL. After I used some mineral spirits to get a sense of what the veneer would look like finished. I’m not sure if this compounded it. I prepped by wearing a 3m full-face respirator with organic vapor c...

11-09-2020 07:31 PM

EDIT: Strip or Sand Walnut Veneer Top for MCM piece // Finishing in the basement/air quality - 5 replies

EDIT I sanded down a veneer walnut top on a Lane Rhythm cocktail table with 220. It worked well. Didn’t go through the veneer but exposed two almost microscopic pins holding pieces of veneer together. they’re invisible tho. I have one more of the same type of table to do and am between stripping and sanding. Sanding lightly worked...

08-09-2020 09:56 PM

Chicagoland/Midwest (Elsewhere?) Looking for Someone to Hire - 5 replies

Hi All: I got into hobbyist woodworking because I wasn’t pleased with the mass manufactured options out there. I just bought a house (we plan on staying for a long time) and with work and other obligations, I don’t have the time (and seemingly never found it prior, skills aside) to really build what I’ve wanted to build. And...

06-15-2020 04:31 AM

Moving the Shop <20 or so Miles - 8 replies

Hi All: I’m moving my shop (2 car garage), but < 20 miles in distance. I’ve read a number of threads with varying opinions on best approach—in many cases folks have been moving far greater distances than I. I’ve started boxing smaller items and imagine I should continue (Should I let them pack clamps? Bigger thin...

05-16-2020 04:08 AM

Is this a Dumb Idea: A Scissor Lift Cart for Lumber Rack - 10 replies

I have a small shop space, and as a consequence, a horizontal lumber rack with some hefty 12” wide x 8 to 10 feet pieces of lumber up there, up there being 8-9 feet high. Getting them down is a hassle, as is pivoting them, usually with me balancing the full weight of the board from one end. Enter this potentially harebrained idea I got ...

05-02-2020 06:18 PM

Am I a Track Saw Candidate? - 10 replies

So, I’m in an interesting situation. I have been using fir and syp for a number of projects (cost, as I hone my skill—the syp for a bench). I’ll almost always buy it in 2×10 or 12 at 10 plus foot lengths. Usually I need to rip these in half or so and for that I have a a G771z 2hp underpowered TS and with non true lumber...

10-24-2019 07:55 AM

Dumb Question about finish sanding - 6 replies

I have finished some great oak cauls, complete with t-slots a la bowclamps. Used the clamped spacer method to get perfect mating camber. I was thinking of putting a coat of poly on them, then waxing them. I’m inexperienced in finishing, but it seems like the durability and non stick would be nice. Anyways: I’m worried that when...

10-11-2019 12:16 AM

C-Clamps or F Clamps for face laminating Cauls - 24 replies

I need a sanity check. I’m making some nice oak cauls to last a while and got the oak from the BORG (long story—hardwood dealer is far away in Chicago and din’t want to make the drive in traffic for a small thing). 2x being even more pricey at the BORG, I opted to laminate it to size. I started by throwing down some 24 in...

08-17-2019 05:56 PM

Douglas Fir Table Splay angle - 3 replies

I’ve got less than a year left on a rental before my girlfriend and I buy, so I’m building a dining room table out of D Fir—both for the practice and for the lesser expense (and since I’ll be designing for a new space in a year when I can build it bigger, more permanent and out of a better wood. I designed the ...

07-30-2019 04:03 PM

Investing in new dust collector/air filtration - 21 replies

Hi All: I’m in an insulated and enclosed 2 car garage (about 400 sq feet) with little air flow (for the insulation). I have a Shopfox 1HP DC that claims its 800CFM. I try my best to wear my respirator (I really do!) while cutting or sanding (I tend not to wear it with the chips of a planer/jointer with DC on, though maybe should chan...

03-26-2019 01:20 AM

Table Saw Blade comes loose after using Incra Miter Express for a While - 12 replies

I’ve had this happen twice now. Both after prolonged 30 minute sessions. It wobbles a bit out of round, then the brake doesn’t engage, and it takes a while to slow down. It doesn’t visibly wobble UNTIL AFTER it starts powering down. Upon inspection the nut has come loose off the flange. I have a thin kerf 80T cutoff blade on...

02-05-2019 07:46 PM

How would you join this using pocket screws - 15 replies

I’m putting together a carcass for a cart, using milled 2×4s. Then I plan to just skin it with some brad-nailed on hardboard and call it a day. I wanted to make the frames and stringers using pocket-screws. I’m no stranger to some of the shifting that can happen with face frames, but what about doing these stringers, perpendicul...

01-24-2019 11:52 PM

Getting Robbed - 25 replies

Well. It happened. My shop was burglarized. Luckily, the thieves only made off with hand power tools and my Dewalt planer (read: things that can, in the same token, be replaced). I have some tips on securing your doors and windows if you want them (cameras are affordable and darn are they smart these days) but even the best laid plans to prevent...

01-10-2019 11:40 PM

DW735 Byrd Shelix Head introduces snipe. - 17 replies

Hi All: This has been rehashed on the non-OEM models, here and elsewhere, but I haven’t found a serviceable solution for an OEM cutterhead, so I again pose the question. I installed a Byrd OEM DW735 cutterhead on my planer and it has introduced both trailing and leading snipe about 3 inches (or, what I estimate the difference between...

11-27-2018 08:32 PM

Simple Question: Table Saw Stand - 4 replies

Hopefully this is a simple question, nay clarification. I’m apparently going through a dense period where I can’t think for myself. This comes from another thread: I have 4 different mobile base models but in a small, tight shop, the parallel parking of 2 fixed, 2 swivel casters is ...

10-07-2018 03:58 AM

Plywood for Mobile Base - 5 replies

Quick and, hopefully, painless question: For a 180 lb drill press—and just in general—is there an advantage to using a 3/4 hardwood plywood or a standard ACX sanded 3/4 piece of ply on the mobile base (it’s nested into a portamate)? For most shop cabinetry—is there similarly a real advantage for most use cases? I’...

09-26-2018 12:17 AM

Drill Press Swamp Search - 14 replies

Unlike the sexier—and more important to daily shop life in most cases—Drill Press shopping seems to be a meh just get one swamp and I’ve found nothing to hang my hat on it any thread. Has anything changed since the last of these? Uses: I’ve matured a bit as a woodworker and want to add a DP as a secondary performer. sm...

07-01-2018 10:07 PM

Worksharp rattling? Arbor runout? - 11 replies

Hi All: Worksharp is a popular sharpening tool. I primarily use stones, but wanted something that could flatgrind plane irons quicker than granite/AO paper manually. Anyway, unboxed the WS and I am hearing some slight rattling and appear to see some run-out. To what extent is this normal? I’ll take a video and post it. I’ll ...

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