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02-22-2015 02:20 AM

Good starter setup for brad/finish nailing? - 19 replies

I am considering purchasing an air compressor and a brad and finish nailer for replacing some bathroom trim and then continued general woodworking use. After reading around, the California Air Tools 1610A seems like a good option. Light weight and quiet despite being an oil-free pump. The 3000 hour life will likely last me decades so I am not...

01-28-2015 11:38 PM

Tiling with 'brazilian pecan', what would the 'real' species be? - 1 reply

I am working on tiling my bathroom and my wife picked out the white brazilian pecan plank tiles. I was thinking it would be nice to find a way to use the ‘real’ species for other stuff like a mirror, shelves, etc. The thing is I can’t find any explanations of brazilian pecan and at this point I’m assuming it’s mad...

02-20-2013 01:57 AM

2-1/2" (or so) self feed bits - which one should I get? - 10 replies

I plan to be ‘drilling’ 10-20 holes around 2.5” diameter by 7.5” deep in some logs to use them as vases. It would seem that there are at least a few options for the self-feed forstner-like (sawtooth? not sure the right term) bits. DeWalt, Irwin, FISH (@Woodcraft), WoodOwl… Can anyone offer recommendations on how...

02-17-2013 06:58 PM

Another hose for a RIDGID shop vac - 13 replies

I just built a ‘Thien’ dust separator bucket so i need another segment of hose. I could just go back to Home Depot and buy the replacement hose, but it’s smaller diameter (I think) and it seems likely that there are cheaper and/or better options. As I look around there seem to be some options but not near as many as I expecte...

07-14-2012 05:13 PM

Sandpaper grit embedding in grain - 6 replies

I am sanding down some ash board edges and ends with and though I mostly haven’t had issues the board sitting on my ‘workbench’ right now ended up getting a bunch of pieces of the sandpaper grit stuck in the grain. Some on the face of the board too (I really need to get better at avoiding planer snipe). Specifically, I am usi...

05-08-2012 03:58 AM

Low speed router-like tool for drum sanding - 19 replies

Yep, I know that routers are too fast for drum sanders and will not ‘give it a try’... so what now? I have a 12-sided tube about 16” x 6’ tall with cutouts up the face on one side. One for each of my five cats. :] When I cut the holes I used my jig saw and did a less than stellar job. This left the holes rough and...

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