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08-24-2010 09:14 PM

HF DC: How much can you get out of it? - 10 replies

I’d like to hear from those of you with the HF 2hp DC. I have it and am considering setting up a permanent DC system around it to eliminate moving it around (small shop) and reduce noise. What I’m wondering is whether the DC can support long runs of PVC. I have two “areas” in my shop…each one would be approxima...

08-18-2010 05:35 PM

Please recommend a set of drill bits - 9 replies

My drill bits suck. Really. They’re quite atrocious. I don’t know where they came from, but they make terrible holes and walk all over the place on start. I need a decent set of drill bits. Any recommendations? I was hoping not to spend a fortune on a Colt or similar set. Just looking for a reliable set of brad point drill b...

08-18-2010 03:47 PM

How is cypress to work with? - 4 replies

Was thinking about using cypress in a few upcoming projects. Never having used it before, I was wondering how you guys find working with it?

08-04-2010 09:26 AM

Woodpeckers phenolic router plate (for PC7518 & Triton) - 2 replies

Woodpeckers TLR phenolic router plate for PC7518 & Triton This is completely unused and brand new in its packaging. Comes with the 3 twistlock rings, spanner wrench, fulcrum pin, mounting screws, everything as new. $50 including shipping and paypal (conUS only) Let me know if you have any questions…

07-29-2010 10:00 AM

Jewelry chest necklace hangers? - 3 replies

I’m building a large (approx. 16”x16”x20”h) jewelry chest for my wife. The chest will have two swing out side panels for necklaces. I’m thinking a minimum of 10 pegs/hangers per side. I would have liked to go with brass hangers, but at $4 a pop, the Brusso ones would total $80 just for necklace hangers. Any ...

07-23-2010 10:23 PM

Lining boxes with fabric - 5 replies

I’m constructing a large jewelry chest for my wife. She has requested that most of the surfaces be felt/suede covered. I’m sort of at a loss as to how to cover the insides of boxes with suede/felt. Any tips on cutting the suede to size, gluing, etc.? It seems like it could easily become one big mess. I’m aware of the s...

07-21-2010 10:40 PM

Timberline/Amana slot cutter? - 0 replies

I need a slot cutter set. I’ve gone back and forth between the following: MLCS stackable slot cutter set $58 Whiteside arbor and individual cutters… ~$100 Timberline TRS-310 set $77

07-20-2010 07:53 AM

Not exactly woodworking - cutting granite - 13 replies

Ok, this isn’t exactly woodworking but I figured many here would have experience with this. I need to cut a modest-sized piece of granite (40”x24”) to width to serve as a countertop on a hutch I am building to match our kitchen. From my research, I see there are two common ways folks do this: 1) Skilsaw + diamond masonr...

06-16-2010 09:36 PM

Incra UltraJig 16" joinery system - 1 reply

I’d like to sell or trade an Incra UltraJig 16” router fence positioning/joinery system. It is brand new in its box, never been opened. I got it a few months back for my router cabinet project, but since then I’ve put the router cabinet project on hold having installed one in my TS extension and it’s sufficient for my n...

06-15-2010 08:58 AM

Mounting t-track in MDF? - 5 replies

I’m making a router fence for my table saw extension router table. The faces are MDF. I was planning on placing t-track in the front face. Do I have to glue/epoxy/cement it? I know screws don’t hold very well in MDF but I don’t like to epoxy my t-tracks down if I can help it…

06-12-2010 09:35 PM

Dust collector showdown - help me choose - 25 replies

If you caught my blog post, you know I’m gearing up for getting a DC. My priorities (in order) are:1. NOISE LEVEL2. NOISE LEVEL3. NOISE LEVEL4. COST5. FILTERING ABILITY/SIZE6. ABILITY TO SUPPORT FIXED DC SYSTEM (specs below) My shop is small. There are two tool areas. On one side of the shop is the TS, router table, and workb...

06-08-2010 10:31 AM

Your favorite finish for East Indian Rosewood? - 6 replies

I’m building a Father’s Day present out of tiger maple and East Indian rosewood. I’m curious what you all would recommend as the best finish. In particular, I haven’t worked with EI rosewood before and figg’s thread regarding Pau Ferro made me realize finishing rosewood might be trickier than I thought. Lately ...

06-06-2010 02:20 AM

Please recommend a good flat-top 10" sawblade - 4 replies

I’ve been trying my hand at box-making lately. It’s a lot of fun. I made a lovely spline key jig (thank you Doug Stowe) but found out the hard way that ATB sawblades aren’t so great for splines. So, for my current project, any recommendations on easy ways to clean them up (I can’t think of a good way to do it). And ...

06-04-2010 09:34 AM

Want to spend some money? A list for newer woodworkers... - 1 reply

A list of little shop tidbits (under $50) that I have found SO helpful or satisfying to use during my first year of woodworking. They are all items I wish I had been introduced to, or prioritized getting, sooner. Please feel free to list your own. Micromesh abrasive pads (1500-10000 grit) (~$20)Precision brass setup bars (~$10)Dial indicato...

06-03-2010 10:37 PM

Explosion hazards of solvent-based finishes - 7 replies

The first finishing I ever did was spray. I learned to spray before I learned to wipe-on or brush on. Anyways, that led to me always using water-based finishes as I didn’t have a safe space to spray solvent. As I’ve gotten more into woodworking and making smaller things like boxes, I have started to use finishes like Danish Oil....

05-17-2010 09:12 PM

Please talk me out of this... - 21 replies

I keep trying to pull the trigger on the Veritas skew block plane.,41182,48942 Then I say, ” that’s way too much money for a handtool.” Then I say, ”...but it’s going to cut so silky-smooth and look, there’s an introductory price on it so...

05-11-2010 09:20 PM

Sawstop introduces 1.75hp PCS - 10 replies Basically a copy of the PCS, except with a 1.75hp motor, so it runs on 120V. Also looks like the dust collecting blade guard, which is standard on the 3hp PCS, is optional. Also looks like the fence that comes standard on the 1.75hp is a slight step down from the T-glide fences on the 3hp PCS. Pricing information not yet ...

05-07-2010 06:27 PM

Shop electrical upgrade - questions for electrical-types - 7 replies

My new tablesaw has arrived! Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to complete the 220V upgrade in my garage, which is where I need your help. I’ve done a fair amount of wiring in our home, but always with 120V. I wanted to check a few of my assumptions regarding the job at hand. The basic situation is that there appears to be an...

04-28-2010 09:27 PM

Thoughts on Incra MiterExpress/SE1000? - 5 replies

I’m considering this combo. Do any of you have it? Like it? Better options out there? I was leaning towards getting the 1000SE anyways (at $100) and building my own crosscut sled. I could probably save a few bucks by going that route, but I’d probably end up emulating the MiterExpress anyways. Thoughts?

04-18-2010 03:32 AM

Just kind of ticked... - 116 replies

I had a weird interaction at the local Woodcraft and it has been sort of bugging me. So I thought I would post it and see if maybe I was being hypersensitive. First off, I’m not your usual woodworker. I’m not white, not tall or burly, fairly young, don’t wear plaid (lol) and the list goes on. So I tend not to really fit i...

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