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02-01-2015 06:01 PM

Hanging bookshelf - 6 replies

I’m working on the upper half of a wall for the craft room, which I’ve planned to be more like open-backed bookshelves than cabinets. I had it all drawn up, ripped all my PB melamine to 12”, and then got derailed for a few weeks. Now that I’m getting back to it, I’m struggling with whether the rabbets I’d plan...

12-07-2014 04:04 AM

Ridgid trim router & 1/4 sheet sander for $99 at HD - 0 replies

I happened across this on the Home Depot website. The router seems to be fairly well liked (I like mine, though I haven’t used it much because almost all my bits are 1/2”). I know the Ridgid 5” ROS is not well liked, but I haven’t seen that hate for the 1/4 sheet sander—just haven’t heard much about it. ...

06-10-2014 03:25 AM

Folding Outfeed Table - 3 replies

I’m considering building the 2009 Woodworker’s Journal folding outfeed table (see Laney's). The plans call for two layers of MDF with Formica on each side, but I’m wondering if it might be more cost effective to use particle board melamine. I guess the two layers would just need to be screwed together; I can’t see glue between ...

05-24-2014 04:48 PM

Door construction for display case - 1 reply

I’m planning a wall mounted display case for tools (nothing super heavy) that opens up like a dart board cabinet—the goal is an office or living room quality display, not workshop (not mine, anyway). In the neighborhood of 16” x 24”, walnut sides, cherry door fronts. I’m thinking 1/2” BB ply for the back, cove...

09-28-2013 10:33 PM

Painting shop walls - 21 replies

Thanks to a lovely cascade of “well, if I’m gonna do that, then I may as well go ahead and….” I’ve ripped all the sheetrock off of a wall of my shop, and I’m replacing it with 1/2” OSB. I’m intending to paint it white, but I’m clueless with paint. It seems to me that laying each sheet on s...

06-07-2013 03:03 PM

TS Hunting - Unusual model no. - 20 replies

I’ve been trawling Craigslist for table saws and trying to keep an eye on discussions here to try to learn what’s a good buy and what’s a pass. This saw# just turned up, and I can’t seem to find any info on the 351.228021 model. The asking price is well out of my price range anyway, but I’m not sure how to consider ...

05-23-2013 05:28 AM

Transporting a Table Saw - 30 replies

So after months of wading through the Craigslist sea of mistreated Craftsmans and overpriced everything else, I finally spotted something that could actually be a deal that’s also in my price range. And that gets me thinking—if I catch a lucky score, how the heck do I get it home? I have a Ranger with a 4’x6’ bed—...

04-10-2013 12:42 PM

Plywood in the shop - 14 replies

I’m working on a router table out of 1/2” baltic birch ply, and the top will be formica’d, but I’m wondering about the longevity of the rest. I wasn’t particularly planning on finishing it, but that’s a lot of plywood edges exposed to the humidity of an un-climate-controlled shop for as many years as I can mak...

03-24-2013 11:22 PM

What is good enough on an old 8" table saw? - 15 replies

<edit>Sorry for the confusion: I never actually clarified that “square” below should have been “square to the miter slot”.</edit> I have an old Craftsman 8” saw that I never use because the fence is garbage, but a new saw just isn’t in the budget right now. I’m thinking about making a sled for i...

03-24-2013 09:44 PM

Craftsman Honing Attachment (parts thereof) - 0 replies

I inherited this thing years ago, before being truly bitten by the woodworking bug, and even replaced a broken gear to get it all up and running. Never having learned to use it, it ended up in storage through a few apartment moves, and I recently got it back. That same gear shattered the first time I turned it on, and now replacements are not av...

03-14-2013 05:58 PM

Remedial Finishing - 2 replies

I see articles and videos galore about choosing finishes and techniques for applying finish, but very little about the finishing process in general. I knocked out a quick little project in a few hours, and decided to try a wiping varnish finish on it, and I’m struggling to figure out how this is going to work with larger projects. ...

03-05-2013 04:44 AM

Router profile help - 5 replies

I’m pretty sure that what I know isn’t a tenth of what can be done with a router, so I’m asking the voice of experience: how does one cut an interior roundover? Like the inside curve on this button (but larger). I have a Big Box of Bargain Basement Bits with several sizes of roundover, but they all have bearings that would be i...

02-14-2013 04:44 AM

Impact Driver or no? - 31 replies

I bought a Hitachi 14.4V drill a few years back and loved it, but I think apartment life (i.e. sitting on a shelf unused) killed the batteries—it still works great when the battery is fresh off the charger…for a handful of screws/holes. Now that I have no short supply of home repair projects, as well as trying to set up a shop, havin...

01-07-2013 12:21 AM

Brainstorming on shop setup - 7 replies

I’m a novice trying to make shop out of one garage bay, and I’m trying to decide where to start. In addition to the standard 10’x20’ space, there’s a raised 6’x9 1/2’ area that houses the water heater and an old garage workbench. I already have half the rock off of this wall from installing the shop̵...

09-22-2012 06:49 PM

Router collet compatibility - 3 replies

How specialized are router collets? I’ve seen that lots of routers share baseplate layouts for compatibility, but I haven’t seen much mention of collets. I have a Ridgid 2 1/4 hp router, and it looks like the “Eliminator RC Quick Change Chuck” would be incredibly handy. It looks like there are four varieties available to ...

06-26-2012 02:07 AM

Getting Started Recommendations - 24 replies

I’ve been wanting to get started with a shop for a couple years now, but it just wasn’t worth dealing with in small apartments. Patience has paid off, though—the house I’m renting came with a 16×24 shop with a RAS built into a nice long bench. So now I need suggestions for what to put in the shop. I currently have...

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