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01-31-2021 03:56 PM

Dewalt dw733 planer vs 734 - thoughts? - 10 replies

Hey LJs, Found a guy selling a dw733 on CL for $200. I know this is the prior iteration of the dw734. We’re there any glaring problems with the 733 or new features of the 734 that would make it worthwhile to keep looking for the new planer? I’ve got a Ryobi ap10 now, so the 733 would be an upgrade, but I’m also not desperate to get a new plan...

12-21-2020 03:41 PM

Gilding Misfire - Any way to save this project? - 9 replies

Ugh, never the post you want to make four days before Christmas but here goes. I tried using gold leaf for the first time and have apparently screwed the pooch. I cut my stencil into contact paper and placed it on the piece. I think the lacquer must have not fully cured because now the whole surface of the piece is tacky where the contact ...

12-15-2020 03:57 PM

Lacquer Over Imitation Gold Leaf - 3 replies

Happy Holidays LJs, I’m putting together a bar sign for my father in law’s house, which will have gilded letters on walnut. The tutorials on gilding I’ve read all mention using some sort of special gilding clear coat if you’re using imitation gold leaf. Rather than trying to brush on the finish, I’d much rather j...

11-20-2020 08:22 PM

Best Wood for Dyes - 3 replies

I’m planning to make a wall sign for my father in law’s mancave/pool room. My idea is to have the letters raised about 1/8” from the wood and gilded with gold leaf and the wood will be dyed dark blue. Planning to use the water-based dye stain from General Finishes from Rockler. I don’t normally stain projects, so I&...

09-24-2020 01:04 PM

Any tips for finishing this walnut/maple project? - 8 replies

So I’m creeping closer to being ready to finish my very first project. Still sanding and trying to fix some joints, but I’m starting to think about what kind of finish to use on it. My plan was just to use lacquer but I thought “what the heck? Electrons don’t cost much. I’ll make a post and ask the experts.̶...

09-22-2020 07:26 PM

Oak Timbers Used to Build Heavy Machinery? - 8 replies

Someone on my local CL is selling what they claim are 6”x4”x14’ oak timbers for $30 each. As this seems entirely too good to be true, I asked the seller what they were used for. He replied they were used to build heavy machinery. If I’ve really got an opportunity to buy 16/4 oak at $1.07/bdft, this is awesome. But agai...

09-05-2020 04:57 PM

Bosch 1617 or Dewalt 618 - 12 replies

I’m buying my first router today and was planning to get the Bosch. The dewalt is a little cheaper and I was just curious if there is anyone that would recommend it. The Bosch is adjustable above the table, which I think makes it the winner but wanted to see if anyone felt strongly otherwise. Cheers!

08-30-2020 05:02 PM

Dw734 Question - indeed/outfeed tables - 1 reply

I’m making a mobile stand for small Ryobi planer. I’m planning to upgrade to a dw734 planer in the next year some time and am making big enough for it. My question for you dw734 owners is do you find the indeed/outfeed tables it comes with long and sturdy enough to properly support material to prevent snipe? Just wondering whether I need to p...

08-24-2020 05:44 PM

Hand Plane ID / Can't Get Blade and Chip Breaker Apart - 3 replies

Howdy Folks! I was rummaging through a garage sale a while back and found a rusted carcass of an old hand plane that I bought for two bucks. I disassembled it as much as I could and soaked the parts overnight in WD-40 Specialist. It’s looking much better, but one big problems is that I can’t get the chip breaker and blade apart. E...

08-14-2020 04:40 PM

Non-Model Specific Repair Guide for Drill Press - 1 reply

Hey folks, I’m going to pick up a free benchtop drill press today that the owner days won’t turn on. It’s a Nu-Mark model 60-145 1/2 HP drill press that was apparently manufactured in 1989. I figure if i can get it running for less than 50 bucks or so then I’m coming out ahead. I can’t find a manual for it online...

08-13-2020 02:26 PM

Cabinet Shop for Sale (Amarillo, TX) - 0 replies

I saw this on Facebook and thought I would share. I don’t know the seller or anything else beyond the post. Some guy is selling off his cabinet shop. Whole mess of tools, materials, etc. Link:

08-05-2020 03:22 PM

What to look for in a drill press - 20 replies

Hi pals, Does anyone have a buying guide they recommend to get learned up on what to look for in buying a drill press? I’ve only ever used one once or twice, but I feel like it’s the next tool purchase I need to make in order to get clean perpendicular holes because I sure as hell can’t drill straight holes with my handheld ...

07-30-2020 06:08 PM

O'Skool Miter Gauge -- Anyone ever hear of this company? - 4 replies

Someone is selling one of these miter gauges on my local CL. I’ve never heard of a tool company called O’Skool and can’t find anything about them online. I’m guessing it’s some fly-by-night Chinese company, bu...

06-11-2020 08:44 PM

Need Advice on How to Cut this Finger Joint - 7 replies

Newbie woodworker here with newbie problems. I’m making a charging station for my wireless devices, and my design contemplated a lower tier and upper tier using box joints to show the contrast between the maple fronts and walnut sides. I didn’t fully think this through, particularly how to cut the box joints on the upper tier of t...

06-04-2020 05:52 PM

Edge Joint Panel Glue Up w/ F-Style Clamps - 21 replies

Newbie here. I need to glue up a small panel (13” x 10” to cut down to 11” x 8”) for a project, but the only clamps I have are F-style clamps. The panel will be made with 3/4” stock, which I will plane down to 3/8” after it’s glued up. I’d like to avoid buying more clamps right this moment if I ...

05-31-2020 04:51 PM

Entry/Mid-Level Measuring / Marking Tool Recommendations - 6 replies

Good Morning! I’m still in the process of kitting out my workshop, so I’ve got many things to buy without the funds for all of it. As such, I don’t have the funds to splurge on Starrett / Woodpeckers gear quite yet. Does anyone have recommendations for reasonably accurate try squares, digitial calipers, and a marking gaug...

05-30-2020 08:32 PM

Ridgid R4512 Arbor Wrench Thickness - 5 replies

Need a favor from a fellow R4512 owner. I just bought a used one and it didn’t come with the arbor wrenches. Can someone tell me about how thick the open-ended 22mm wrench is? A buddy of mine is going to grind a wrench down for me and I want to be sure I get it right the first time. Thanks!!

04-27-2020 04:32 PM

Delta 37-190 Jointer - 9 replies

A guy locally is selling this jointer and asking $400. It looks like it’s in pretty good shape (, but $400 seems way too high. Just googling and it seems like used ones were selling for $200-250 years ago. Does anyone know of a resource that shows what its new selling price was ...

04-23-2020 01:31 PM

Craftsman 113 Jointer - 12 replies

There haven’t been many jointers on my local CL lately, and this one has been up now for a week. I’ve read a posts about these jointers and it seems like they are something of a mixed bag. Just looking at the condition it is in, I think the s...

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