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04-17-2015 05:32 AM

Question for Sawstop PCS owners - mobile base options - 18 replies

I’m planning for a purchase of a sawstop probably next calendar year. But, well, I like to plan/obsess. For those with a PCS, could it be set up to use the heavy duty dollys (like the HF style 1000lb moving dollys) instead of the PCS or ICS base? This would allow me to move it around without the tripod action, and be considerably chea...

04-16-2015 06:04 AM

Tried card scraping...went OK. - 19 replies

I hate sanding, so I decided to try a card scraper. For about $40 from Woodcraft I got a set of two card scrapers and a rod type burnisher. I took a scrap of cherry and made a slot in it to hold my file so I have an easy way to joint the card. I tried the method of burnishing where by you clamp the card in a vice and push down hard on it. ...

04-13-2015 07:58 PM

Plywood or glue up lumber for this project? - 15 replies

I’m planning to make this TV stand for our bedroom. It will get everything up at/above bed height so my lazy butt doesn’t have to sit up too far to change channels. I know how it sounds, but I it’s me. I like me. I own it. ;) The middle shelf will hold misc things, and the bottom shelf will probably hold books. It will e...

04-12-2015 02:09 PM

'Best' Woodworking magazine - 5 replies

Looking for a magazine subscription. My Father in Law used to get Handyman magazine which had a lot of wood type projects and articles, but also had a lot of other unrelated stuff. I currently get Woodcraft magazine, which I’m no so keen on so far. Have heard of others like FWW and Wood magazine. Unfortunately there are no bookstores ...

04-11-2015 09:29 PM

Jointing wide boards method - how good are the results? - 15 replies

I was pointed to a method to joint boards wider than your jointer by some other ‘Jocks. This is the method I am talking about: For those of you using this method, how well does it work out? Good enough to make table tops without tons of scraping or sanding? I’m agonizing over a j...

04-07-2015 05:25 PM

Workflow question - 10 replies

I’ve been looking for a larger jointer lately, but am somewhat limited in shop space. I keep reading and getting the advice that a longer jointer is always better. For me the move to a larger machine has been driven by wanting a greater width more so than the longer length. Right now I have a 6” benchtop jointer, and am looking to...

04-05-2015 02:27 AM

8" jointer, paralellogram worth it? - 20 replies

Time for a new jointer! I’ve been working off a 6” bench top model by Shop Fox. It has really been good to me. However, I’m starting to see how th 6” width is a limitation, and the short beds won’t help with some of my next projects. I have the ablity now to go to 240V in the garage, so that will allow me to ...

03-30-2015 07:39 AM

1.75hp vs/ 3hp saws - 62 replies

So…aside from more power always being better, as a hobbyist do I really need to go to a 220v table saw? Thinking of buying a new saw in the next year or two to upgrade from my contractor/jobsite model. I’m looking pretty hard at a Sawstop (I know…I know…), Grizzly, Jet and a couple others. Other than faster feed rate...

03-28-2015 10:12 PM

Question for 8" jointer owners - 8 replies

I may have an affordable way to get 220V power to my garage. Will see in a week or so when I get the estimate from the electrician. If so, I was considering changing my plans for a floor standing jointer to get an 8” instead of a 6”. However I saw that they 8” models from grizzly weigh over 500lbs. While weight is good fo...

03-28-2015 05:55 AM

Dovetail Jig question - 5 replies

I’m looking at the Porter Cable and/or Rockler dovetail jig. I see these both come with an insert for your router base to act as a guide within the provided templates. What I cannot seem to find though, is what routers those guides they give you fit. I have an older Rigid router. I bout it probably 8 years ago at Home Depot. Came wi...

03-27-2015 10:40 PM

Vacuum veneering with a shop vac? - 6 replies

Not sure I’ve got this in the right forum, but here goes: Anyone vacuum veneer with a shop vac as the vacuum source? I have done vaccum forming of plastics and this technique uses a vacuum box powered by a shop vac. The plastic (heated) itself acts like the vacucm bag and gets sucked down over a mold. Wondering if that technique co...

03-25-2015 08:45 PM

veneer glue deciding - 7 replies

I have some table legs for an end table that I made by laminating two .75” boards to make one 1.5” thick. I would like to put a peice of veneer over the side with the glue line. I spent some tme reading at and it seems my two best options are either the pressure bonding glue or the iron on stuff. Based on your ...

03-25-2015 05:14 AM

Short jointer, long boards. Options? - 1 reply

I have the Shop Fox/Griizzly benchtop jointer. 28” beds if i recall correctly. For my nex project I need to make a table with a 48” top. That is longer than anything I have tried to plane before and longer than the 1.5x bed length rule of thumb. Its late, I’m trying to stay up to prepare to go on night shift later this wee...

03-24-2015 02:02 PM

Woodcraft Separator lid help - 20 replies

Hey all. I tried out my woodcraft dust collector trash can separator lid, and it didn’t do a darn thing. Hardly any dust in the can, lots of dust in the bag on the collector. I’ve heard of people having good luck with these…so what am I doing wrong? I have lost the directions, so I’ve been playing around with the an...

03-06-2015 10:19 AM

Cherry end tables finish plan - 23 replies

I’m working with Cherry for the first time on a set of endtables and a coffee table to match. I have been reading around ant watching YouTube about Cherry finishing, and have seen a lot of technique, but none that are what I was thinking of – plain old poly urethane. I like the color of natural cherry wood, and can wait for it to...

02-21-2015 02:53 PM

Help selecting a jointer - 4 replies

I’m looking to upgrade from my Shopfox benchtop 6” jointer. Really, it has been a good tool. I got it set up with the help of a lot of internet wisdom and made several very good projects with it. No complaints, but now I’m planning some projects using longer pieces and the short beds will become a limitation. I’ve b...

05-09-2014 12:12 AM

Harbor Freight dust collector help - 22 replies

Hey guys. I have the HF 2hp dust collector. The inlet y-shaped piece that fits over the fan inlet casting broke. The fan inlet casting itself is too big for a 4” hose to fit on it. I called HF and they no longer support spare parts for the unit, so that is not an option. Looks like I’m going to have to either try and find one so...

04-05-2013 12:00 AM

Woodslicer blade life - 24 replies

Hello, I’ve read a few times around here that the woodslicer resaw blades ‘dull very quickly’. What I’m looking for here is some idea of what ‘quickly’ means. I’m not sure how to quantify that, maybe by board feet or something. A short life for someone resawing all day could be considered a long li...

03-29-2013 08:18 PM

Question on lumber acclimatization - 6 replies

This is a total novice question, but here goes. I read a lot about how you should acclimatise your lumber to your shop so it won’t try and change shape on you during a project. Makes perfect sense to me. I read on that you ‘really’ need to acclimatise the wood to the house/room the final piece will be in. In one extreme p...

03-26-2013 03:53 PM

Oddball idea - thompsons water seal on table? - 1 reply

Has anyone put something like thompsons water seal on an indoor table to help protect against spills? I would probably do a wipe on poly, possibly over stain. Then I was wondering if that would be enough protection for the tabletop and thought of the water seal idea….what do you think? -Brian

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