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08-06-2020 04:05 AM

Table saw + welder plug / wiring question - 35 replies

My delta Unisaw runs on 240 volts and 20 amps. 3 hp. I just got a welder. It says max input is 24.8 amps when running at 200 amps. It has a 50 amp style plug. I do not need yet another 240 plug. I already have a direct 240 connection at the compressor (separate 40 amp breaker and 8gauge wire) and a plug at the table saw and none of these things ...

04-24-2020 05:35 PM

Help with fixing an old piece - 3 replies

Hi all, Couldn’t really find the appropriate forum to stick this in, but I inherited my great great grandfather’s cane, and I wanted to fix up some minor things if I could before putting it on display. It’s over 11 years old, gold capped, not sure what type of wood, but i think covered in real horn or tortoise shell. It has ...

04-20-2020 11:51 PM

Spraying Precat Lacquer - 11 replies

Hi All – so on the advice of some folks in this forum I decided to finish off some cabinets with precat lacquer. I taped up a test woodshop cabinet before trying on my finished cabinets just to work out any bugs, and I’m glad I did. A few quick questions. First, my equipment is a Devilbiss FLG4 Gun using the 1.5mm tip. (I also hav...

03-17-2020 09:17 PM

Compressor electrical info at motor and at manual are different - 45 replies

Hi all. Just took delivery on a 2 stage 5 hp compressor from puma. the 5040 model. The motor label says voltage is 208-230V and 22-25 amps. I currently have a wire set aside for it that goes to a breaker that is 2 20 amp breakers delivering 115 V each. The wiring diagram in the manual that came with the compressor (not the motor) is asking fo...

03-17-2020 04:00 PM

Cabinet Paint - Primer Question - 21 replies

Hi All, Making some shop cabinets to hang on my wall and I wanted to paint them with something reasonably durable, but also quality looking. So I was going to go for some enamel oil-based paint because it seems to withstand life better than latex. Last time I did this, I also used oil based primer, and it took a really long time to cure for s...

03-08-2020 03:18 AM

Baldor - Delta 83-651 wiring for 220V - cannot find diagram - 24 replies

Trying to rewire my Unisaw for 220V, but the wiring diagram has rubbed off the motor plate. It’s the 3HP baldor 83-6541 – I’ve found the manual for the tablesaw and it has nada, I can’t find the manual for the motor that shows wiring. Sorry if this is redundant, I promise I searched ;)

02-09-2020 04:05 AM

Someone in the Portland Area show me around a hand plane? - 12 replies

Hi all. I’m a relatively new woodworker, but I know my way well enough around cars and power tools to be reasonably decent in doing some woodworking. But I’d like to learn to use my hand tools better. Mainly planes and chisels. Which I’m sure will lead to all sorts of money being spent. Anyway, I’m trying to learn how to sharpen and adjust an...

01-23-2020 02:36 AM

Bought a disappearing splitter for Unisaw. Wrong bracket? - 17 replies

Bought what I thought was a splitter for right tilt older Unisaws. But bracket doesn’t seem to fit. There’s a large bolt with a but that seems to be where the second screw should go. Any ideas? I guess I could get someone to cut the bracket so it fits in the screw holes…

01-17-2020 07:13 PM

Rockwell Unisaw - 19 replies

Looking into trying to get a used Rockwell Unisaw. Of all contractor saws they seem to be the ones that pop up the most for under a grand. So I have a few questions for people that know them well. 1. What should I check for when I go look at one? How do I assess if the bearings need replaced?2. How bad is the jetloc fence? It seems to raise a...

01-14-2020 12:05 AM

Calculating board feet for a small panel (diagonals) - 9 replies

So I ran a search for this, and maybe I was using the wrong keywords, but I didn’t find anything. I can’t be the first person to ask this. I need to make a 14”x14” panel, but i want to lay 2 inch wide boards diagonally. The hypotenuse of the two triangles in the door is more or less ~20” so I know I need 10 board...

01-08-2020 06:05 PM

Stereo Console Leg Joinery - 7 replies

Hi All, I’m about 2/3rds of my way through a project for a stereo console in a reasonably modern style. Learned some lessons along the way and it isn’t perfect but I’m fairly proud of it. I spent the last few days putting together a leg taper jig and have the legs rough cut and have a few questions about it. Basically the le...

12-30-2019 07:23 PM

Using and upgrading Powermatic Jointer - 4 replies

Hey folks. Last week I got a used powermatic 50 for around 300 bucks. 1990s model that’s seen some pretty hard use but still runs strong. I started by dimensioning some sapele to build a cabinet and I learned a few things. And I have some questions. I got new blades and set them up. Set up the infeed and our feed tables. But with the sapele &...

12-20-2019 07:00 PM

Used Table saw meaningful upgrade from Bosch 4100? - 10 replies

Hey all. So up until now I’ve used a Bosch 4100 and it’s fine. But in trying to adjust things like the fence and blade to get things as square as I can – I find that its adjustability is more in quotes than in reality. Would buying a used delta table saw or something similar be a meaningful step up? Any other recs?

12-18-2019 07:05 PM

I'm buying a used jointer - things to look out for? - 7 replies

Someone locally has a used powermatic jointer for around ~350 – and I’m going to go check it out over the weekend. First, it’s a long-bed 6 inch jointer, I think it’s a model 50 so i think it’s a pretty good buy, but maybe I’m completely nuts. Anyone that wants to sound off on powermatic and price, lemme kn...

03-14-2019 01:54 PM

Compressors - CFM - 15 replies

Hey guys, I’m shopping around for an upgraded compressor. I have a 20 gallon – 120 PSI 7 CFM compressor that works fine, but as I get into painting different things, furniture, car panels, etc. I find that I need a little more CFM. Here’s my question. Most CFM is rated at 90 PSI, but most guns need a measure of CFM 40-is...

02-18-2019 07:57 PM

Rounding out the Workshop - Question about Next Purchase - 20 replies

So over the past year and a half I’ve been getting the big pieces together for a pretty solid workshop. I bought a Festool Track Saw for long cuts, long angles and long bezels – Bosch job site table saw for repetitive cuts – Makita sliding miter for the other stuff. All of these work great, especially in my limited space. Th...

07-09-2018 02:10 PM

Oil Based Primer questions - 4 replies

Hi – so I’ve been searching the web on this and looking for a few answers but haven’t found anything concrete. I few weeks ago I used latex primer and latex paint from sherwin williams to paint some chairs, only to realize that latex really isn’t up to the beating that chairs can take. No biggie, they look great right...

06-11-2018 02:00 PM

Painting tips? - 2 replies

Hi all, I did my first project painting with a HVLP conversion spray gun this weekend. After reading around, and considering my budget and existing tools, I bought the Husky HVLP and everything turned out fairly well, a bit of a learning curve. All in all, I was painting a few chairs for my wife, and the finish to my eye, looks pretty good. C...

05-26-2018 10:25 PM

Problems with Removing Paint on Spindles - 2 replies

Hi all, I have a really old chair that I’m trying to refinish. I’ve tried using the citrus stripper, sanding, and even soda blasting, and the final 5% of the paint seems like it’s just going to be a real pain to remove, especially from the spindles (pictures below, excuse the mutt). The final goal is to repaint the chair wit...

03-14-2018 12:04 PM

Trouble setting a Stanley hand plane - 47 replies

Hi All – I’m pretty new at this – I’ve built your odd cabinet here and there, but now I’ve been acquiring better tools and building more complicated things. One of the things I’ve purchased recently is a set of hand planes, a number 7 Stanley and a number 4 Stanley, both pre-war. Both are in decent – use...


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