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07-15-2020 08:58 PM

Fein Turbo 2 dust collector - 8 replies

I’m getting ready to upgrade my shop vac from an older Craftsman 12 gal clunky noisy one I’ve had for about 20 years to a new more compact quieter one. After a lot of research I’ve narrowed the search to a Fein Turbo 2. Looked at Festool also but can’t rationalize the added cost for a decent size container. I plan on usin...

01-06-2018 05:12 PM

drying black walnut - 13 replies

I recently was given 2 nice chunks of black walnut, 14” diameter x 30” length. They are branches from a recently cut down tree from an old homestead(a local company bought the 2 trees for $6000 each – wow!). I’m debating how to proceed with these pieces. One option would be to seal the ends and put under cover to dry for ...

11-08-2017 06:32 AM

Michael cherry stain - 6 replies

I’m getting ready to build a dining table out of quarter sawn white oak. I have several other white oak pieces of furniture that I want to match. In looking online and at some local stores the color that keeps coming up is Michael cherry. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find this brand anywhere. I have some ZAR and Minwax cherry but i...

06-08-2017 03:10 AM

New Ipe deck - 2 replies

My brother is planning to rebuild his outdoor deck. It is made of 2×6 cedar now and is shot. I have built Tigerwood and Massaranduba decks at my place and am encouraging him to go with Ipe. His existing framework(which is still good) is on 24” centers and he would be using 5/4×4 Ipe decking. His concern is that he has been told h...

02-26-2017 06:15 AM

plan for hybrid adirondack chair - 3 replies

I have been building Adirondack chairs over the years and would like to build what I call a hybrid Adirondack. It would be similar in style but not with the long bottom leg(just regular straight back legs) and something that doesn’t sit as low(I get in them ok but it’s getting harder to get up – age. I think). Anyone know of a ...

04-03-2015 06:35 PM

Finish for workbench - 5 replies

I’m in the process of building another workbench for my shop(Can never have enough work space). I am putting together two salvaged pieces of bowling alley made of VG old growth Douglas Fir to make a 3’ x 8’ top. I have sanded it down to bare wood and am looking for some ideas on what finish to use. I’m leaning toward an o...


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