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06-26-2021 03:24 PM

Japanese saw cut always veers right - 23 replies

I love this saw for quick sectioning of boards. If I don’t have a lot of cuts it’s faster and easier than getting out my miter saw or jigsaw, and more pleasant too without the noise and 100% of the dust going airborne. But for some reason I can’t get my cuts to go straight. They always veer to the right. This is when I...

03-03-2021 07:01 PM

butchering a polygon... what am I doing wrong? - 10 replies

I’ve created a MONSTER! I took the challenge upon myself to make some coasters, but as a regular 20-gon (icosagon, 20 equal sides) because my Incra Miter 1000HD was taunting me with it’s quick reference guide: Turns out it’s not so easy. I resawed and planed some stock to thickness and cut perfect squares to star...

02-26-2021 11:29 PM

PSA: watch your schnibbles at the table saw! - 8 replies

I was cutting some hexagon pieces today and let the offcuts accumulate on the off-side of the blade. Figured they couldn’t do any harm over there. Whelp, I let one too many pile up and one managed to catch and shot back and hit my lower knuckle. Yowieee! The piece was small, but pointy – left a bruise and a puncture that bled pre...

02-14-2021 03:35 PM

Bora parallel clamps - not parallel "feature" - 3 replies

Ok so I recently picked up some Bora parallel clamps. The big 50” ones. At this size they get expensive quick so the price was definitely attractive on these. They seem to get pretty good reviews. But I have a question about a supposed “feature” on these… The jaws are not parallel. Apparently the idea is they are set...

12-21-2020 04:38 PM

removing router burns in end-grain cove cut - 15 replies

I’m on the final steps of a bunch of cutting boards. I used a 1” cove core bit for the hand-holds on the end grain sides. It was a cheap bit I inherited with a set and it wasn’t the sharpest either, but I pressed on. I’ve got some burning that’s just taking forever to sand by hand. I’ve already tried...

12-19-2020 03:13 PM

DeWalt stand makes DW735 planer LOUDER - 18 replies

I recently picked up a DW735 planer and it’s a nice machine. Word got out and my family got me a DW 7350 stand to save my back – I’m already thankful for that. I put it together and it’s a nice mobile stand, except for one problem. It made this banshee LOUDER. I think it’s the MDF top, but not entirely sure. ...

11-15-2020 05:58 PM

I hate finishing. Having ALL the problems. - 32 replies

I’ve tried lots of things over the years. My current project is calling for a stain and varnish, and it seems I’m just having every problem imaginable and it’s set me back months (I don’t get a lot of time in the shop). I’ll get right to it. Most of this is a rant, but I’d love to hear how you all avoid the...

10-05-2020 04:56 PM

WEN 3417 pre-filters. Anyone use Wynn Environmental? - 3 replies

The pre-filter on my WEN 3417 is long overdue for changing. I’ve been holding off because the WEN filters are $30 for 2, when they weren’t inflated because of the pandemic. Thankfully they seem to have come down to almost regular price again. Link here:

10-04-2020 01:12 PM

Your favorite lumber hauler - pickup truck or other? - 22 replies

I’ve got 3 young boys at home. We currently have a minivan and a Subaru Outback. I can fit up to 11ft long boards in either vehicle, and I usually make a trip for about 100 bdft at a time. They work great for that. Unfortunately the family situation is calling for two vehicles that can accommodate 3 child safety seats. As it is, we ...

09-27-2020 06:37 PM

At what point do you apply your edge treatments? - 11 replies

I just put a 1/8” roundover on some parts for a credenza. I cut the pieces to size, glued up the legs (4 pieces for rift-sawn faces on all 4 sides), and sanded everything to 120 grit. I figured just getting everything flush and to final shape would be good since the roundovers themselves need to be sanded too. However, since I still hav...

09-11-2020 02:15 PM

"safe" woods to work with for outdoor furniture - 9 replies

A friend of mine is asking me to build them an outdoor table and bench set. I’m all-in, sounds like a fun project. However, I’ve really only ever worked with treated lumber for outdoor stuff, and it wasn’t exactly fine furniture. He was originally thinking Teak, until I talked him out of it due to the price. It really got m...

08-03-2020 08:02 PM

Disposing of old PVA glue? - 9 replies

I have a half a gallon of old Titebond II that I tried using recently and it just didn’t set well. I made some thicker drips and even a full day later it was still gooey in the middle. I’m assuming it should have been dried considering it’s summertime here in Michigan. It’s been sitting around for 2-3 years, so I’...

07-28-2020 02:12 AM

how would you fit this shelf panel? - 5 replies

I’m making a short credenza / entertainment center and it’s looking pretty good IMHO. I’m currently making the bottom shelf. I knew this was a question mark before I started but pushed on anyway figuring I’d think of something before I got to it, but here I am and I’m debating a couple options. Would you notch ...

05-04-2020 10:43 PM

Unsatisfied with my glue-up. Help? - 46 replies

I’m making these 4-piece legs for a credenza and I’m not happy with how my first leg turned out. Basically I used every clamp I had: I tried to wipe away or scrape off the glue as best I could either wet or once it skinned over, but it’s impossible to get it all with all these clamps. Also, when I took it out and s...

04-26-2020 02:16 AM

Jigsaw blade not perpendicular? - 20 replies

Is this normal? This is set with orbit off. I can’t find an adjustment for the guide bearing, and the manual doesn’t indicate one either. I did some sleuthing and found even the manufacturer stock images of this model show the same weird angle on the blade… I’m working on a gymnastics bar for my middle...

04-15-2020 07:21 PM

Questions on making a Moxon vise as my first - 20 replies

I don’t have a vise, but I really need one. I have some short pipes for my pipe clamps so I think I’m going to make a Moxon vise I can clamp to the top of my workbench. I was thinking I’d make it out of hard maple as I have a few more boards than I need for my list of other projects. Question is – should I add a R...

03-30-2020 02:40 PM

Mission-style credenza - how to switch to solid wood? - 4 replies

Before our recent quarantine I managed to pick up about 50bf of red oak for this project and many others, but I was saving my plywood purchases for a later date. Now that we’re all on lockdown, I’m really not interested in venturing out to get the plywood, even for a while after. I’m wondering if I need to table this idea (no...

03-30-2020 01:53 PM

Thinking about selling plans - 17 replies

No my name is not Ted. And I only have a handful for now. It occurred to me on one of my recent projects, based on the feedback I was getting, that people might actually be interested in knowing more details about my creations so they can make them themselves. I already make a sketchup model for just about everything I make, so taking it on...

03-30-2020 01:38 PM

Mirka Ceros leaving a heavy layer of dust - 5 replies

I recently tried sanding the finish off an old piece of plywood I got from a salvaged entertainment center – some kind of clear coat, likely an oil based poly, and a layer of stain. It was sort of working, but it was taking a long time, and I noticed a thick layer of dust on the surface as I went. I could wipe it with my hand and my whol...

03-22-2020 03:25 AM

Can't tighten table saw blade / dado stack - 9 replies

Hey everyone. I’m having a problem with my table saw arbor and nut. I have an old right tilt powermatic 63. For a while I couldn’t tighten my blades quite right but found it was because I use thin kerf blades and the threads on the arbor shaft end between that and a full width blade. So I added some shims from my dado stack and...

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