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12-11-2021 10:07 PM

Kind of motor used in variable speed benchtop lathe - 2 replies

I’ve seen online about taking a DC treadmill motor and using it for a lathe so you can easily vary the speed. That got me wondering what manufacturers do for their benchtop lathes with variable speed. Do they also use a DC motor with a SCR controller or something? I assume the bigger lathes use VFDs with AC motors.

11-30-2021 01:33 PM

Wood recommendation for outdoor bench - 8 replies

A friend of mine wants the wood replaced on his outdoor bench. I volunteered to do this for him. I’m interested to hear any recommendations for which species to use. We are in New Jersey. Right now contenders are sapele, white oak and teak.

10-19-2021 12:59 PM

Outdoor table wood movement - 6 replies

I want to make a 27” diameter outdoor table. I’m in NJ and it will mostly be in shade. I’m gonna have a vinyl cover made to protect the table from the elements. I’m planning on making the table out of Sepele. I want to have a full-size peace sign inlay in the table. I’m looking for advice on the inlay and wood m...

11-10-2012 07:13 PM

Advice for drawer fronts for built-in chest - 0 replies

I’m building a built-in chest of drawers for my ski house. I had a little crawl space with a 24”x47” opening under the steps that’s perfect for a set of drawers. I built the carcass out of 3/4 plywood and had cedar drawer boxes made from the Drawer Depot with Blum soft close slides. Now I need to make the frame and draw...


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