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09-23-2021 12:45 AM

Sanded Water Poly Final Finish - 9 replies

I’ve got an idea that I wanted to run past the LJ’s for opinions/ideas. I am building a desk from 6/4 walnut and really want a natural looking finish…much like a matte clear lacquer would provide. Problem is I want a finish that is durable like a water clear poly. I don’t like the look of a matte poly…still has t...

01-15-2021 06:39 PM

Glue or No Glue - 9 replies

Ok, here’s the question. I have this exterior white oak patio table roughed out. The perimeter ring is 1 1/4” thick and has a rabbet routed in the bottom that you can’t see that the 13/16” x 4” wide “slats” are sitting on. In the picture I have 1/4” MDF spacers between the slats but those will ...

09-05-2020 09:45 PM

Fence on Left Side of Blade? - 13 replies

I have a right tilt Unisaw and I am needing to make several white oak threshholds (transition between white oak floor and tile). Several of the cuts need to be slight tapers going from 3/4” to 1/4” over about an inch and a half. The only way I can think of making that cut on my tablesaw is to put the Unifence on the left side of the ...

03-14-2020 03:06 PM

Delta DJ20 Cutterhead - 0 replies

I recently replaced the cutterhead on my DJ20 with a Byrd Shelix head and now I have this perfectly good cutterhead with an extra set of knives. If anyone is interested, please shoot me a note and we’ll see if we can work something out. Thanks. Joel

07-29-2019 10:28 PM

How Wide A Board Can I Surface? - 13 replies

I have never owned a jointer but now think I need one! I have a bunch of rough sawn maple, white oak and beetle kill pine. I have always gone to a woodworking shop to have one side surfaced so I can run it through my lunchbox planer. I now have room in my shop for a jointer and have this one question…..will a 6” jointer serve my purp...

05-02-2018 10:54 PM

Beginner Re-Sawing Blade Question - 10 replies

I have never re-sawn any logs and would like to give it a try. I have a 14” Jet bandsaw with a 6” riser block. My question is two-fold. One, what kind of blade should I purchase, and two, is it better to resaw a dry log or a wet one? Thanks for the help!

04-25-2018 04:24 AM

Chest with Breadboard top - 4 replies

I am making a small chest out of 7/8” maple including the top which is 21” wide by 33” long. I have done the glue up, cut 3/8” floating tenons in all three pieces and am ready to assemble. I had planned on pegging the breadboard ends with (5) 5/16” pins (maple dowels) and was going to allow the glued up piece to exp...

02-09-2018 02:26 AM

Dust Collection Duct Design - 5 replies

I have a HF Dust Collector that I have added a Thien separator and a 12” Rikon impeller. When I designed my separator, I set it up for a 5” main trunk line, thinking I would use 5” spiral duct and (3) 5×5x4 wyes. The main trunk would be mounted to the ceiling in my garage. I would then use 4” blast gates and 4”...

08-03-2017 10:49 PM

Cutting Tenons on the TS - 5 replies

I am wanting to cut some 1/4” wide/thick tenons in cedar fence picket material. The problem is that the rough sawn cedar is not all the same thickness. I was wondering if I could stack two table saw blades together with a 1/4” worth of washers and create essentially a “dado” blade that would cut 1/4” tenons. Or, doe...

09-22-2016 01:27 AM

Craigslist Unisaw - 20 replies

I went to look at a Unisaw today and the seller said he was the second owner and thought it was about 20 years old. The saw had a Made in the USA sticker on the cabinet. The seller said it wasn’t running. He indicated about 3 weeks ago, he turned it on and a piece of wood was stuck in the blade below the table and the motor made a noise an...

04-07-2015 04:20 AM

Powermatic 64A Artisan Saw Help Needed - 6 replies

Today, I was changing the blade angle to 45 degrees on my saw and noticed the wheel was turning very hard. I turned it until it was at about a 20 degree angle and started to look around at why it was turning so hard. I noticed that the blade was running into the right edge of the opening in the insert. Took the insert out and continued to crank ...

02-15-2015 04:22 PM

Metal Dust Collection Ductwork Question - 20 replies

So I have decided to take the HF DC challenge and purchase one and do all the upgrades to it for my garage shop. I want to put in an overhead 5-6” main trunk with several 4-5” branches. As soon as I put a wye in the main trunk, I will put a blast gate and then flexible hose to the tool, which include TS, planer, bandsaw, 12” di...

01-04-2015 04:32 PM

Bandsaw Not Tracking Correctly - 12 replies

I recently changed out my Jet 14” bandsaw with bearing guides. I set up the bearings with the clearance of a piece of paper between the bearing and the blade per the instructions. Now the saw “drifts” to the left. In cross cutting a 6” wide board with my mitre gauge, the blade “drifts” a 1/4-3/8” to the ...

10-13-2014 02:10 PM

Vintage Pristine Craftsman RAS - 14 replies

First of all, let me know if I have this in the incorrect section. Several years ago, after my father-in-law past away, we were cleaning out his garage. There were a number of very unique items there but one I couldn’t get rid of at the time was a un-opened Craftsman Radial Arm saw from 1968. There was also all the accessories with ...

08-14-2014 03:34 PM

High Moisture Content in Cedar Posts/Glue Up - 2 replies

I am in the middle of building a farm style dining room table. The attached image is the end view of the table. The (4) pieces labeled leg components are smooth sawn/planed from cedar fence posts that were not kiln dried. They were “wet” when I bought them a month ago so I “stickered” them in my Colorado garage for the p...

06-12-2014 03:51 AM

Large Pine Table Top - 6 replies

An old college friend had a bunch of 75 year old pines cut down on his farm in central Kansas about three years ago and had them rought cut into 1 3/4” slabs. He then stacked them in a shed on the farm. He has asked me to build a “farm style” dining table with a top measuring 42” x 96”. Some of these rough cut board...

10-14-2013 10:39 AM

Delta vs. Rockwell Unisaws - 6 replies

I have been considering buying a used Unisaw…..I’ve wanted one for many years. I have seen both Rockwell and Delta. Can someone please explain the differences and make a recommendation on which brand would be the best choice? Some of the ones i have been looking at have either the original unisaw fence or the later unifence on them. ...

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