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06-02-2018 10:38 PM

Advice on outdoor woods for tiki bar / kitchen - 11 replies

Building a hybrid kitchen cabinet / tiki bar outside; currently, it’s a plywood cabinet, and the outside perimeter will be that pre-fab rock stuff you get at lowes/HD, the top will be a bunch of spare tile I have, and then the two hard parts: 1) I figured I’d just cover up the plywood interior and build shelves out of Redwood. Wel...

01-15-2018 01:25 AM

Lacquer finishing problems - 9 replies

I have a maple and mahogany chessboard I’m finishing with lacquer—never done it before and therefore, don’t know what to expect. I filled with aquacoat, sanded, and then put on 5 or 6 coats of spray lacquer on waiting 1/2 hour in between each coat just like the can said. I waited a couple weeks to let it harden. I think o...

11-26-2017 04:57 AM

Mirror finish - 13 replies

i’ve always just used poly or danish oil and happy with the results, but I have a chess board that I think I’d like to try a mirror finish with—never done it before. where I’m unsure: - I believe I need to “fill the grain”. It’s maple and Sapele. What would be the correct filler? - does it need to ...

11-25-2017 02:16 AM

Unstable table saw blade - 21 replies

I have a DeWalt 7480 contractor saw. I’ve nearly exclusively used a Diablo 80 tooth blade in it since I bought it 3 years ago and no complaints. The Diablo mainly cuts plywood and cleans hardwood edges. A couple years ago, before I bought my Laguna bandsaw, I bought bought a 24 tooth Forest WWII blade to attempt to cut hardwoods, as I move...

11-05-2017 04:10 PM

Sharpening DW 733 Planer Blades - 6 replies

The guy I bought my 733 planer from gave it to me with two sets of extra blades. Finally changed them for the first time. The ones I took out don’t look that bad and still did a fair job I just have a project I wanted to be extra careful with so changed them. So I’m thinking about sharpening them. They look pretty meaty, for those wh...

10-23-2017 03:43 AM

Lumber Yard Math - 39 replies

Curious how others deal with the most vexing part of buying wood: lumber yard staff counting up board feet. It’s not rocket science, but it’s on the more abstract end of consumer level math and the average person on the street just isn’t used to thinking mathematically. I myself use an excel spreadsheet just to be sure (somethi...

07-16-2016 10:00 PM

Router bit for finger joints - 15 replies

So I built this router table, fence, and finger joint jig, and I think I can see my way out getting it dialed in for accuracy for finger joints, but I’m have a problem with tear-out. So far just practicing on pine and plywood but it’s taken some chunks. I don’t know the name of it, but I’m using the widest bit I have, may...

06-11-2016 10:01 PM

Questions on how to use a plane - 21 replies

So my first real plane came in the mail today after 3 years of woodworking. I’ve done everything I can to avoid using one but it’s time. The main driver is to rely less on my random orbit sanders. I do have a dewalt planer, but if the output must be joined/ or the raw product is too wide for planer my only option is sanding. Typicall...

06-03-2016 03:23 AM

Hinges for small cabinet - 4 replies

I’m building a cabinet, about 21” x 14” with doors and a couple drawers, the little doors are about 4×6 ”. I’ve done a lot of things with the cabinet that are pretty cool I think and were firsts for a production for me, but the effort is completely blocked right now because of what should be the easiest thin...

05-27-2016 06:21 AM

carbide tip bandsaw blade - 8 replies

I finally took the plunge and purchased the 1/2” Lennox Trimaster for my Laguna 1412. It’s going to be a few days before I can use it, so wanted to get some advice on it. OK, I may regret not getting the 3/4, but the idea was that I’m happy with the resaw cut quality I get with my generic 1/2” 3 tpi steel blades, and so i...

09-17-2015 02:29 PM

Laguna 1412 -- initial review and some advice needed - 1 reply

I’ve had a few posts here for bandsaw advice. I bought a craftsman 10” bandsaw last year for curve cutting but ended up caring mostly about resawing. It did great up to 4” with the HW woodslicer blade but blade life resawing maple and Padauk was nonexistent, I may have got 96” total at that depth before the blade dulled. ...

08-29-2015 06:43 PM

Rikon-321 complains? - 1 reply

Hello, I’ve had a couple of bandsaw posts here and got great feedback and so this is kind of a continuation of those conversations. I have a 10” craftsman that I use primarily for resaw (highland woodslicer), but it’s becoming apparent that (thanks to Mr. Huxley and others) that some real limitations are beam strength to sup...

08-01-2015 03:48 AM

Router bit for inlays - 8 replies

I bought a dewalt DWP611 router w/ plunge last year and it’s the first time I’d used a router. I’ve used it several times to route edges but have not used the plunge feature yet. I want to do inlays, and now I’ve finished the easy part of my first attempt, creating the actual inlay, and need to cut out the recess to put i...

07-19-2015 03:14 AM

Bandsaw blade issues - 12 replies

I have the little 10” Craftsman bandsaw, it’s my first bandsaw, and my main bandsaw interest has become resawing. Now, before everyone jumps up at once and tells me to get at least a 14” saw, I’m working on that, but for now I want to solve the problem for my current saw if I can. 1) brute force may win, but the same misu...

07-06-2015 06:33 AM

Table Saw Blade recommendation - 30 replies

I have a basic understanding of cross-cutting vs. ripping, and why different shaped teeth work better in one application vs. the other. The blade that came with my DeWalt contractor saw was a “combo” blade, which I believe aims to be good at both cuts but probably without excelling at either. I quickly upgraded to what I believe i...

07-06-2015 04:27 AM

Dust Collection Journey - 2 replies

Posting this mainly in case it helps someone else to pay back for some of the great answers to questions I’ve got from this site. I use my garage for a shop but unfortunately, due to space constraints, it’s also a multi-purpose room that other family members frequent and the layer of dust everywhere wasn’t scoring me any poi...

02-21-2015 12:46 AM

Dust Hood Port Size: finding nozzle that fits - 7 replies

I have a couple questions related to getting a vacuum hose hooked up to the dust hood on various tools. So, I bought a standard 7’ Rigid 2 1/2 ” vacuum hose and the connecter that comes with it slips into the dust port on my DeWalt contractor table saw and my Craftsman bandsaw nice and snug. I’m kind of thinking the hose is ...

01-26-2015 10:04 PM

Veneer from firewood question... - 5 replies

It occured to me while walking into the grocery store the other day and seeing “hardwood firewood” for sale that hey—did that say hardwood? (I’ve never burned wood in a fireplace in my life so I know nothing about firewood) I recently bought a small 10” bandsaw, and on the recommendation of someone from this foru...

01-02-2015 08:03 PM

Jigsaw instead of Bandsaw? - 24 replies

Hi, I am an beginning woodworker with a bit of home DIY experience. So far, everything I’ve built falls under the categories of “shelf” or “cabinet” and is square or with straight angles. I’ve only cut curves in simple aprons for bookshelves. With pine, that’s worked out well using my blue Ryobi jigsa...


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