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08-25-2014 05:47 PM

Need Tablesaw - 3 replies

So I know what to look for in lathes, but clueless with tablesaws. The majority of the work I’m going to be doing will be a smaller scale (boxes), and I don’t have a whole lot of room. I’m thinking about a portable saw, but there is quite a variation in pricing. Not looking for the lowest price, but a good saw that isn’t ...

03-25-2014 02:46 PM

Forstner Bit help!! - 10 replies

Hopefully I’m not duplicating another post, but when I’m searching for “Forstner Bit” I’m getting an error on the website. I’m looking to purchase a forstner bit set, but reading reviews has me at a loss. I’m not going to be using them daily, but don’t want to sacrifice too much quality for econ...

04-22-2013 06:10 PM

Bolting my Jet 1642 down to basement concrete floor - 6 replies

Alright, I currrently have a Jet 1642 and am pretty comfortable with where it is so I’m ready to bolt it down to reduce wobble when turning larger diameter pieces. I also need to raise it about 4-5 inches off the ground to where it’s comfortable for me, and have several questions regarding these processes, and what I’ve heard /...

09-02-2012 03:13 PM

Spectraply Glue Issues??? - 2 replies

So I got a large amount of Spectraply pen blanks as they are my favorite collegiate team for myself and some friends. I got them all drilled, cut, glued and trimmed. I turned one pen and realized at assembly that my expanding polyurethane glue gave out on both pieces of wood making me have to re-glue with a CA. Out of probably 80 pens I’ve...

11-09-2011 08:04 PM


So a friend of mine had a walnut tree blow down this past summer that was very sentimental to several members of his family. I told him to score me some wood and I would make each of them a bowl. He then asked if I could make about 10 pens that he can give away for Christmas. I said I could, but I don’t know anything about turning pens wit...

11-01-2011 11:04 PM

Is gluing 2x4's together smart??? - 10 replies

I’m going to be turning a bunch of snowmen that are going to be painted and am trying to figure out the cheapest way of doing so. I’m thinking that buying standard 2×4’s, running it through a planer and gluing is going to be the most economical way to get a bottom base of around 4” (or slightly under). They will be p...

10-14-2011 07:31 PM

laminating contrasting wood questions - 8 replies

so i’m wanting to glue some boards together for a turning project i’m going to get in over my head on and rather than google… i’ll stick with the experts for my questions. here we go.. 1.) do i have to plane the boards for maximum bond (hope not… don’t have one)?2.) do i use regular wood glue? i believe...

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