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07-27-2015 06:42 PM

Help with thickness planer - 3 replies

I have a used Ryobi AP-12 thickness planer which I purchased off Craigslist a year ago. The unit works and with a little setup does not give me snipe. The planed surface of the wood is equal to or better than purchased planed lumber. The only issue I have with the unit is that it will not keep the same thickness setting when running a large a...

04-05-2015 06:02 PM

Saw blade suggestions - 5 replies

I am looking for an inexpensive blade for my table saw with a 0.125” kerf and a flat (non ATB) top. I am currently use two Diablo saw blades (which are excellent) however even the 24 tooth rip blade is thin kerf and ATB. I want a flat top blade to cut some flat bottom (without “bat wings”) grooves for an upcoming project. T...

01-31-2015 10:47 PM

Hollow or solid legs - 10 replies

I am going to make a set of matching coffee table and two end tables for my family room. I am basing the design off of a coffee table in Woodsmith magazine. The design calls for 2 1/8” square legs. The legs on the orginal design are laminated from 3/4” stock and an 1/8” veneer glued on one face to cover the laminations. I ...

12-10-2014 07:33 PM

Dovetail joint fit problems with Incra Jig - 5 replies

A while back I purchased an Incra Original Jig and built a fence and set it up on my table saw/router table combination. The problem I am having is that when I adjust the router bit height using the procedure outlined in the manual and also in the reference manual once I mill the actual work pieces they fit way too tight. I am having to produce ...

10-18-2014 09:31 PM

Spindle lock - 3 replies

I made the Shopnotes router lift for my router table. I really like it, and is very precise with one exception. Unless I tighten the two nuts at the bottom to the point where turning the height adjustment screw is extermely dofficult, the screw will turn with the router vibration. I need to add some kind of lock or brake. Any ideas?

10-12-2014 07:09 PM

Incra router bit set - 8 replies

l started to pratice making various types of joints with my Incra jig and router. However it looks like I will need to get some better router bits. So I did some research on Incra router bit sets. Top of the line appears to be Whiteside, Infinity or Frued. These sets run around $110. However MLCS has a set for about half of that. Has anyone use...

08-27-2014 06:33 PM

Bandsaw blade tracking question - 9 replies

I have a question concerning where to set or track the blade on a bandsaw. Some people are recommending setting the machine so that the center of the blade is in the center of the wheel. Others suggest setting the machine so that the bottom of the gullet is in the center of the wheel. Any opinions on which is correct?

08-20-2014 12:17 PM

Buying a used band saw - 5 replies

I have an up coming project that would be easier done on a band saw. So I am in the process of looking for a used band saw. I have found a 12” Craftsman tilting head unit on Craigslist. I would like to know what I should check for when inspecting the unit. I know that many people do not like Craftsman machinery, but I don’t want to d...

08-12-2014 06:05 PM

Router table dust collection - 4 replies

I now have a router table mounted as an extension to my table saw. I also made a Shop Notes router lift that I mounted to that same router table. I have a router fence that has dust collection built into it so that part is not an issue. The issue is when I cut grooves or dados the dust collection from the fence cannot work, it needs to be from u...

08-01-2014 05:23 PM

Original INCRA Jig vs Woodstock dovetail jig - 6 replies

I am thinking about dipping my toe into the dovetail waters. This is just a hobby, and money is tight so I can’t afford a $300 jig. Both of the above jigs can be had for less than $100 retail or less used. My question is which do you prefer? The Incra Jig is more versatile but is probably slower and can only handle short (8” max) ...

06-20-2014 07:00 PM

Best lumber for a patio cart - 6 replies

I am thinking about building a patio cart similar to this. Woodsmith recommends using white oak. What is your opinion on using cedar as an alternative? Might stand up a bit better in the outdoor weather, however is much softer wood.

05-18-2014 11:58 AM

Experiences with shop built router lifts - 0 replies

I am going to make a table saw mounted router table. I purchased a router motor off of eBay and will need a router lift to complete the table. The most in-expensive commercial router lift is about $190 which is way above my budget. Si I started to look into shop built router lifts, in particular how the sliding rails are made. I have found the f...

02-21-2014 08:59 PM

Planer sled questions - 2 replies

I recently acquired a used thickness planer. I want to design and build a planer sled for it so that I can get flat faces on boards. I have several question concerning the design of the various sleds I have seen. The first question is how do the sleds deal with cupped boards. All of the designs I have seen have a straight support that fits un...

01-27-2014 08:39 PM

Benchtop joinery recommendation - 9 replies

I want to make a new top for my work bench. I have access to some pallet wood which has 4×4 members of yellow pine. I am looking at making the bench top about 2 to 2.5” thick. Over all dimensions of the top is about 24” deep and 60” long. I am looking at laminating the bench top ala butcher block with edge grain upwards...

01-23-2014 07:33 PM

McMaster-Carr drawer slides - 2 replies

Does anyone have any experience with the drawer slides McMaster-Carr sells? I need to order some hardware from them and noticed that they also have drawer slides at not too bad a price.

01-20-2014 06:06 PM

Recommendations on rip blade - 11 replies

My work is performing a multi year project which some of the material is shipped in on pallets. These pallets consist of 4×4’s and 2×6’s all southern yellow pine. Needles to say I am getting many of these used pallets. As a first project with them I would like to make a new bench top for my work bench. To make this bench to...

11-21-2013 05:47 PM

Patio cart finishing? - 2 replies

I am interested in building a patio cart similar to one that Woodsmith Shop has plans for in episode 610. They are recommending to use an oil finish (BLO, tung etc) and not to use a film type finish. What are your thoughts? As an alternative I am thinking about building this cart out of cypress which might not need finishing at all. I thin...

10-10-2013 10:12 PM

How to repair this bench - 7 replies

Attached is a photo of an old bench from Guatemala. It is probably 40 or 50 years old. As you can see one of the legs broke. I would suggestions as how to repair this leg. It does not have to look perfect.

09-30-2013 07:58 PM

Wind Spinner Design - 2 replies

I want to make a wind spinner similar to many as seen on this list. There seems to be two different approaches to the size or shape of the individual wood blocks used to build them. One type uses a square profile, usually 3/4” x 3/4”. The other type uses a flat rectangular shape usually 1/8” x 3/4”. My question is whic...

07-19-2013 05:25 PM

Wait time before turning a peiece over - 3 replies

I am starting to stain and finish an AV cabinet I have constructed out of red oak. I am using Minwax Wood Finish English Chestnut wood stain, and Minwax fast dry Poly for the clear coat. Many of the pieces will have to stained and protective coated on two sides so will have to be turned over to finish both sides. The question I have is how lo...

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