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06-23-2019 03:58 PM

4 ft fluorescent to LED - single or dual end powered? - 25 replies

I’m going to start converting my shop fluorescents to LED.I want to go the right direction, so asking for some advise. I’ll remove the ballasts. Whats the best type to get—single ended where power and neutral are on the same end, or dual ended where power is on one end, and neutral on the other?I see some bulbs can be wired ei...

02-13-2019 10:10 PM

Shellac -- Cleaning the HVLP gun - 13 replies

What do the members here who HVLP spray shellac use to clean the gun, and how easy is it? I’ve sprayed about a gallon of Target Coatings water-based topcoat over the last 6 months, and of course, it just disappears in water making cleanup extremely easy—no brushing of small holes required, just soak, splash, rinse. But I don’...

04-11-2018 11:53 PM

Minwax oil stain - "wipe with clean cloth" - 9 replies

OK, this could be a stupid question. I’ll stain quarter sawn red oak with Minwax oil based stain for window jambs and trim, and have brewed up a color mix I like. Topcoat will be HVLP spraying either General Finish 450 or Target 9300 waterborne. This is my first time spraying, and also first waterborne. In the past I’ve used Watco ...

12-27-2017 05:32 AM

Under table router choice - 28 replies

I need a new router to mount under a router table. Looking for ease of adjustment and bit changes along with reliability. I plan to get the Incra top that includes the Magnalock plate (and I’ll get the optional Cleansweep insert set too and build a box for the router and 4” dust collection port)https://www.incrementaltools.com/24_x...

12-04-2017 04:12 PM

Cured silicone calk in duct collector pipe –contaminate shop with silicone? - 10 replies

Looking back, don’t know why I made a real dumb decision, but this weekend I used silicone calking to install 2 saddles onto snap-lock hvac pipe for my new dust collector setup. Now that its cured, will the silicone molecules stay put? Or will my dust collector pull silicone off of it, blow it into the bag, then literally contaminate the ent...

11-27-2017 04:12 PM

Spraying water based top coat over water based stain -- bleed thru? - 8 replies

I’m new to water based finishes and will use them on my window trim project in red oak.The more I read on this forum and other places, the more I get confused. Will the sanding sealer/top coat dissolve the stain and intermix as it dries, making a muddy look? Or does HVLP spraying eliminate/reduce this risk compared to brush/wipe on applicati...

10-01-2017 07:41 PM

Grizzly 2hp Dust collector 2-stage conversion--your inputs - 5 replies

I need to finalize plans for my 2-stage mod and start ordering the cyclone, filter, and chip/dust can. The only factory parts I’ll use are the blower/motor. Like many others, I will stack it vertical (dust drum/cyclone/blower) and filter on the side. Cyclone – I called Oneida, and the rep suggested the XL version of SDD because the DC shoul...

09-25-2017 11:20 PM

Table saw top dust collection--side arm or integreated with splitter (ie Shark Guard) - 12 replies

Now that I have my Grizzly 2hp dust collector set up, I’m cutting some boards, and rapidly learning table top collection is important! TS is a ~1997 Delta Contractor. I taped up the big hole in the back, and slot on front tilt adjustment. Splitter/safety guard disposed of long ago (I know, bad idea). I’m making a mobile base for it...

09-14-2017 12:46 AM

How to get ahold of Target Finishes??? - 15 replies

Does Jeff Weiss return phone messages or email?I’ve got a project making window jambs and trim for 14 windows, and want more info from him on his products.Sent an email using the “Contact” web page input. No response. Left a message twice with the answering service twice. No call back. Is he out traveling on trade shows? Get ...

09-07-2017 02:32 PM

New guy here, new project, and need a good dust collector - 15 replies

Been lurking here for a few weeks, and this site has a lot of great info, so time to join. I just had 14 windows and 2 doors replaced in our house, and I’ll do the window jambs and trim in a country style of trim with red oak. Windows were opened to the rough opening, so all original trim has been removed, and will be replaced with new. ...


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