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02-15-2019 05:35 PM

end grain cutting board - maintenance question - 3 replies

Kind of embarrassed to admit this one, but I BOUGHT and end grain cutting board off Amazon this week. We just moved and all of my tools are in storage – middle of winter in WI isn’t a good time to move that stuff, so it is going to be some time before I get everything into my new garage & set up – so I bit the bullet and...

10-30-2018 07:12 PM

Advice on transporting cabinet saw - 13 replies

So I finally found the saw I’ve been looking for, and hoping it doesn’t get sold out from under me.. I talked to the seller, made an offer which was accepted. The issue is that it’s about 2 hours away & my first opportunity to get there is 2 days from now. He said he’d let me know if it sold, so I’m crossing...

10-02-2018 09:46 PM

3hp unisaw for $900? - 11 replies

Found a saw on CL that looks pretty good – 2001 unisaw with 52” Biesemeyer fence – 3hp/220. $900. It’s coming out of a cabinet shop, the guy made a point to say “we took good care of it because we relied on it every day” but ended up getting a sawstop because they got a break on insurance. No other blad...

10-02-2018 07:10 PM

stupid question - voltage.. - 16 replies

When looking at the voltage on a saw/motor, you often see 110/120, as if they are interchangeable. I’ve noticed recently that some brands of cabinet saws are listed as 240v, 230v or 220v. Is there any difference, in terms of wiring requirements? I understand the difference between single phase and 3 phase, but I’m talking strict...

09-23-2018 11:16 PM

General int'l table saw - opinions? - 8 replies

I found a saw on CL that looks pretty nice but I’m not sure it’s it would be worth it. It’s a General 2hp cabinet saw. I currently have a Ridgid contractor saw (3650) which had served me well. The seller says he’d take 700. I’m just not sure it is enough of an upgrade to be worth it. My saw is 1.5hp be this one b...

09-20-2018 04:11 PM

Help me spend money! - 10 replies

Back story… We’re in the process of moving & my wife has been fully in “just throw it out” mode because it’s easier. I couldn’t justify throwing stuff out when I know we could get something for it, so I put some of our stuff on CL, and now have about $500 to spend. I told her I was spending it on somethi...

08-24-2018 04:43 PM

OT - kitchen cabinet construction.. - 3 replies

We’re toward the end of having a house built. The cabinet shop that the builder uses is known around here as being a top-tier company – many of the higher end builders use this place Cabinets are installed, look great, fit & finish is great – but here’s what I thought was odd. When we were going through the house...

08-08-2018 08:28 PM

Delta vs Sawstop - 54 replies

I was bored, so was looking at cabinet saws that are way more expensive than I can justify spending – noticed something interesting. The Delta 36-L552 and Sawstop PCS are remarkably similar, and very close in price. Fence, table, motor, etc. – VERY similar. Pricing out the 3hp motor and 52” fence options, Sawstop is about $2...

05-24-2018 09:31 PM

calling all cabinet makers! - 3 replies

We’re in the early stages of building a home, and had a conversation with the cabinet maker about under cabinet outlets & lighting (similar to the picture below). I was told that they usually make the cabinets with a false bottom, to hide the wiring & stuff. In pictures I’ve seen online, I can’t seem to see any sort o...

04-06-2018 08:50 PM

bandsaw blade tension - 8 replies

so, I picked up an older craftsman 12” bandsaw this winter. The guy I bought it from said it he bought it, used it once or twice, then it sat unused in his basement for 5+ years. It has basically zero wear marks and no rust, so I tend to believe him. I recently got a new blade, and went through the saw to get it cleaned up/adjusted, et...

03-27-2018 09:03 PM

Salt??? - 17 replies

I was watching a youtube video this morning about an easy way to align boards for a glue up. In the process of explaining his method, this guy casually said, “and a lot of people will sprinkle salt on the wet glue, to hold the wood in place”. Huh? Anyone ever hear of this? I hadn’t. His explanation was that the salt act...

02-25-2018 09:31 PM

Cutting rough lumber with a chainsaw? - 9 replies

I’m in the process of clearing about 1/2 wooded acre. Lots of brush and small stuff, but several larger be (16” or so diameter) trees. Some oak, Birch, I think there might be one maple. We’re building a house and these are in the footprint so they have to go. I’d like to cut it into rough boards to use down the road,...

02-20-2018 07:45 PM

Sanding equipment - 4 replies

I’d like to get some sort of stationary sanding unit. Currently everything I have for sanding is hand-held. There are a lot of different types of units out there – belt sanders, disc sanders, oscillating sanders, drum sanders…then there are the combination units. If someone (me) is looking to get ONE unit that manages most ...

02-06-2018 03:17 PM

differences between ROS and air sanders? - 4 replies

I recently saw a “dual action” air sander. Based on the description, it seemed to be for auto body work, not woodworking. I’m curious what the differences are, and if there are any reasons not to use an air sander on wood? If you already have a compressor, the air sander was much cheaper than an electric ROS.

01-09-2018 05:43 PM

interesting project.. ;) - 34 replies

This made me laugh…

01-08-2018 06:10 PM

restored unisaw - 13 replies

Just thought I’d share, because no one else I know would appreciate this restoration like I know this group will -

12-20-2017 05:27 PM

lettering on a small box - 10 replies

I’m planning to make a small box for a friend – more of a gag gift than anything. I want something written on the top, not sure the best way to do it. I thought about using adhesive letters, then staining with them on, peeling off to leave the unstained wood “letters”, then clear coating. I’m not sure if the st...

12-13-2017 05:45 PM

dumb question re: miter slots - 5 replies

Are the slots consistent from one model/brand to another? Specifically, the location on the table relative to each other and to the blade. I have a couple jigs I was thinking about making, but a new table saw is in my grand plan in the not too distant future – just wondering if anything I build now would have to be rebuilt later?

12-08-2017 05:34 PM

Quartersawn lumber - 33 replies

It seems like any time I see references to quarter sawn lumber, it’s oak. I’ve never seen any “quarter sawn maple” projects. Is there a reason that other species aren’t cut this way? Just curious..

12-07-2017 04:43 AM

Old or new? - 6 replies

I recently found a used Delta x5 6” jointer for $350 and was ready to pull the trigger, but then talked to someone who suggested looking at a new grizzly bench jointer – G0821. The grizzly is listed at $385 The biggest difference I can see is that the grizzly has a spiral cutter head. The fence system seems nicer on the Delta. I...

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