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01-25-2016 07:12 PM

Cleaning up a G0656X - 6 replies

I was able to snag my first jointer this weekend off of Craigslist, a lightly-used-then-stored-for-years G0656X. I spent the weekend removing the surface rust and giving the entire thing a good cleaning. I’m about to clean the helical head, there’s a bit of sawdust caked under a bunch of the cutters, so I’ll be removing all t...

11-28-2015 03:51 AM

Advice on (pre-)finishing large doors - 11 replies

I’m days away from assembling/putting the finish on my large door project. They are cherry two doors, each ~8.5’ tall by 2’ wide and 1.5” thick, frame and panel style with 4 panels (3/4” plywood). The rails and stiles are about 4” wide, except for the top and bottom rails, which are 6” wide. The joine...

11-20-2015 08:06 PM

Planning for upcoming the Lee Valley sale - 19 replies

Hi guys, With the small and random stock available during the upcoming Lee Valley Cyber Monday sale, I wanted to do a bit of research ahead of time so I could have a couple items in mind to when the sale goes live. Not to mention I have a couple LV gift cards to burn… I do most of my work with power tools with final finessing done w...

10-14-2015 04:30 AM

Pausing mid-project a bad idea? - 12 replies

Hi guys, I’m in the middle of building doors for my office (I’ve posted on it a couple times now). Because nothing ever goes quite as planned, the project is taking longer than I expected. Long story short, I’ve milled and cut all my parts to final dimensions and finished all my mortises. I’ll be cutting the loose t...

10-04-2015 09:22 PM

Cherry plywood problem - 15 replies

Hi guys, I’m building a pair of large interior frame and panel doors out of cherry, with cherry plywood for the panels. I think it was a misunderstanding on my part when I ordered the plywood – I asked for 4×8’ sheet of 1/2” cabinet grade cherry plywood and assumed both sides would look nice. I didn’t both...

06-24-2015 10:06 PM

Bi-parting door advice - 3 replies

Hi all, Currently, my “office” door is just a large archway off of the kitchen. Because of other logistics (see attached pictures), a bi-parting door seems to be the best option. While on vacation last week, there was a set of bi-parting doors in our hotel room that I took some rough measurements off of. However, I’d like...

03-29-2015 09:17 PM

Is this normal for diamond stones? - 6 replies

I have a couple cheap sets of bench chisels (HF and Craftsman). I had previously sharpened the HF set with my sandpaper setup – lapped the backs and honed by hand (because the cheap honing guide I had didn’t hold the chisels very well, even after I did the modifications suggested in the Lie-Nielsen Youtube video). I was actually s...

03-23-2015 09:34 AM

Craftsman 14" or Rikon 10-325 band saw? - 18 replies

Hey guys, I’ve been researching band saws for a couple months now, looking to buy my first one for my garage shop. Up until now, I decided to go with the Craftsman 14” band saw because it’s essentially a cheaper Rikon 10-321 clone with reasonable reviews here and on other sites. With it being my first band saw, I don’...

03-05-2015 09:03 AM

Central dust collection advice - 13 replies

Hi all, I’ve acquired enough power tools now that pulling around my shopvac/dust deputy cart and moving the hose every time I switch tools is becoming tiresome (when I remember to move the hose, that is). It’s now to the point where I want to get more serious about centralizing my dust collection setup. When I started my slow ...

02-28-2015 12:26 AM

Throat plate tabs - 8 replies

Hi all, I have a Dewalt DW744X portable jobsite table saw, and in the last few months one of the throat plate tabs broke off. Because the saw is still under warranty (past the 1 year warranty, within the 3 year limited warranty), I called up Dewalt and arranged to have it serviced. When I dropped it off at the service center for pickup, I w...


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