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10-18-2016 03:02 PM

Venting DC outside - Thien separator or cyclone? - 53 replies

I’m planning to upgrade my DC, like everyone else in this forum! My original plans had me having to choose between a) build a thien separator, afford a good Wynn filter, or b) buy a dust deputy cyclone, not afford a good filter. But then I realized I can skip the bags and vent outside! Perfect. So, while I do have the budget for a...

10-02-2016 04:10 PM

Has Biesemeyer gone down the drain? What's the new standard? - 3 replies

My Craftsman 22124 was bought second hand and never came with the Biesemeyer fence it was supposed to have. Instead it has a BMeyer imitation, which, although works fine, doesn’t align correctly with the holes in my extension wings. Now that I’m looking to replace a wing with a cast iron router table extension, I figure now is the ti...

12-25-2015 11:19 PM

Have HF hvlp, gifted compressor, what to do? - 15 replies

I recently bought the Harbor Freight HVLP system – and LOVE it – and for Christmas my wife bought me the Porter Cable pancake compressor + 1 nail gun combo. In my eyes, the money for the compressor is only really worth it if I use it for both nail gunning and spraying. In my position – would you keep the HVLP and return t...

07-31-2015 01:44 AM

Local lumber sells cheap, green lumber. Can I do anything with it? - 8 replies

Here in the Memphis area I have only one source of dried hardwoods, and it’s insanely expensive. However, a local lumberyard seems to constantly have huge trees delivered and they sell lumber green. I have no idea what the cost of kiln drying is, but for an example of their prices they had 4”x6”x8’ Poplar beams, and he...

07-29-2015 02:11 PM

Unhappy with BLO finish on Cedar - Can I sand and apply something else? - 1 reply

I just applied one coat of BLO on a Cedar picnic table. I’d carefully chosen the most attractive boards for the seats and top (lots of brown tones, one board even a little pink), but after applying BLO it has all turned a murky yellowish tint. I had hoped for increased depth. I had lower expectations for the legs, so I’m happy ...

07-23-2015 08:48 PM

Can GF Exterior 450 be applied over a coat of oil? - 2 replies

I’m looking to finish an exterior piece of furniture made of Western Red Cedar. I know I know, me and a million other posters, but I have done a forum search and can’t find an answer to my specific query, so please forgive and/or indulge me. I’m looking to deepen and significantly extend it’s natural tone. My instinct ...

07-13-2015 06:29 PM

Through dowel as alternative to screw - strong? - 9 replies

I’m planning to build a fold-out picnic table/bench for my wife. I have built a few as commissions, and they were well liked, but I hated all the ugly screw heads all over the place. I’m wondering if there would be any strength concerns if, instead of screwing two boards together – face to face – I clamped them in positio...

06-14-2015 10:46 PM

Will a sharpie/permanent marker bleed into wood when applied between layers of finish? - 5 replies

This is a very last minute, desperate post. I’ve made a 3D effect end grain cutting board as a wedding gift for my Brother. I’ve applied the first coat of GF Salad Bowl finish, and then realized that 1) I haven’t signed it, and 2) I have no way to sign it. We’re flying out tomorrow evening for the wedding. So, my qu...

05-25-2015 06:53 PM

Is there a wood more affordable than Maple that will stain similarly? - 21 replies

The title says most of it, but the context is a round pedestal table. The client wants a rustic, dark stain, similar to projects I’ve completed with Pine. However, they want the durability of a hardwood and we’ve settled on hard Maple as the most likely candidate for the top. So, my question is, is there a wood similar in appearan...

05-20-2015 04:08 PM

How to build a round table apron? - 8 replies

I’ve been asked to build a round table of 60” diameter. It has a pedestal base and an apron that is flush with the edge of the table top. The table top is itself, at the moment, looks like it’ll be 4/4 Maple, with the skirt about 3”. My question is – what is the best way to construct this apron? My instinct is...

05-14-2015 03:49 PM

Been requested to build chairs - never tried before, can I get some advice? - 9 replies

Hi all, Up until now my skills have been progressing at a pretty comfortable/slow rate. Nothing that I’ve been commissioned for has yet truly challenged me. Having said that, I’ve just been requested to build a table and chairs. Now, the table I’m comfortable with, but chairs.. Not so sure about that. Now, I believ...

04-24-2015 05:37 PM

Got to give Woodcraft some public kudos - 2 replies

I recently bought a 20 piece brass bushing set and clear router base for my Bosch 1617. During use the bushing nut came loose and mangled up my bit (a cheapy one, no big deal) and the bit in turn mangled up the lock nut and bushing. I emailed Woodcraft just to let them know, as I suspected faulty thread. The second lock nut felt as though it ...

04-14-2015 02:40 AM

Thoughts please on workstation design and hardware - 17 replies

I’m towards the end of building my new mitre saw workstation and I’m at the point where I need to make some decisions before I implement – or fail to implement – a feature and regret it in the future. Inspiration: My sketch-up, featuring router table, T-tracks (right), mitre saw stop system (left): Progress: M...

04-09-2015 02:33 AM

I've been asked to do a career's day at my local middle school, but.. - 7 replies

Back story – My Wife’s a teacher, we live in Tennessee, I’m English and have only been here for 2 years and woodworking for 6 months. I got into it as a hobby while my immigration paperwork was being handled and I wasn’t able to work, and people liked what I made (rustic stuff) so now I do it full time. I’m far from...

04-08-2015 09:21 PM

Is there an easy way to adjust countertop height? - 17 replies

I’ve spent the last couple of days building some base cabinets for the shop, but sadly they’re not level due to being built on sloppily poured concrete (also my fault). As you can probably deduce; I’m recessing my mitre saw into the tabletop. The plan is to eventually have all kinds of T-tracks and stuff going on, but ri...

04-02-2015 08:07 PM

At my wit's end with Jointer calibration - 24 replies

A while ago I posted regarding my set-up issues on a G0586 8” Jointer. At the time, though, I had no gauges with which to measure anything and was just jamming in shims left right and centre. I do now, and I’ve tried again, but I’m still failing. I’ll write down my process. Please point out any errors if you see them: ...

03-31-2015 12:33 PM

What did your skill progression look like? - 27 replies

I’ve only been wood working a short while now (~6 months) and, personally, I feel overwhelmed when I consider the talents I’d like to possess vs what I can actually do right now. I think having access to the Kreg Jig has made me sloppy and lazy, and even though I own some decent tools I have procrastinated on fully exploring all of t...

03-29-2015 07:28 PM

Warping on pine table - 18 replies

A few days ago I made some shelves for a customer who bought one of my very first tables about a year back. I took a look at the table (pine, 6/4 construction lumber) and was shocked at how much expansion had occurred. The table was pretty basic. 2” x 8”s running lengthways with breadboard ends at either end, fastened by pocket screw...

03-19-2015 01:48 AM

How to make this thin detail on cabinet door - 5 replies

A customer wants me to build them this – or something like this: However, I’m having a hard time coming up with a method of making those thin wooden strips in the doors. There’s no glass in those doors, so these would have to be strong. But how? In my mind the horizontals and verticals could be achieved through a time co...

03-17-2015 01:17 AM

Troubleshooting an 8" jointer - sagging outfeed table - 36 replies

I’ve only just got my new [to me] Grizzly G0586 8” Jointer up and going, but now that I’m using it I’m getting huuuge wedges after I pass my lumber over it. It’s taking off an awful lot on the leading edge of the lumber, and not as much off the trailing end. I called Grizzly and the tech told me that without me h...

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