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  1. It might pay to make your initial cuts with a bandsaw, if you have one. Ripping stock that binds on the table saw is an invitation to disaster. At least, don't stand directly in front of the blade!
  2. Big Orang Retail Giant, genericly used to refer to any large chain retailer of buildung materials. (yes, I mis-spelled 'building', but it seems oddly appropriate). Find a lumber yard that doesn't have stores in 17 states, and you should be OK.
  3. Interesting DC design. I don't believe I've ever seen one that places the impeller under the collection drum!
  4. Some fences actually clamp at the rear to prevent deflection, but that one looks like it may be ok without that.
  5. Here are a couple of tips. Don't buy 2x4s, buy 2x10 or 2x12, as long and clear as you can find. Look for a non-BORG building supply house, they usually have better quality. Bring the boards home, cut out any pith, and sticker them for a month or two. Whatever stays straight that long is likely to maje decent material to build from. It won't be old-growth, and the changing density of the early - late growth rings will drive you nuts when you plane it, but it can make some beautiful furniture. You just have to learn to use the properties of the material to your advantage.
  6. If you mean a cut list, there are multiple plugins available for Sketchup to do that.
  7. Using a hot iron to attach veneer can beaccomplished by painting the mating surfaces with PVA glue and letting it dry. Then place your veneer and apply the hot iron. I've seen it done, but not done it myself, so I can't say how well it holds up.
  8. In that case, I'd say a species other than construction SPF might be in order. More costly, of course, but straight-grained wood that has been properly dried will be less likely to sag and warp. Keeping it well protected from the elements is key, also. Soak some epoxy into the end grain, and paint the whole thing thoroughly with a good outdoor paint. If the octagonal 2x4 is "good enough", you should be able to round the poles (using straight grained lumber) from octagonal, using just a spokeshave. Much cheaper than a lathe setup, and not all that slow, with straight stock.
  9. Wade, that thick stock will be great fodder for sculpted furniture, if you don't want to do slab tables!
  10. Don't worry, Lester / Kevin / Ted / Bruce / Alvin / Angus / Xavier, your history here indicates your sense of design is not exactly 'wall turd' level. (PS - Any of those names correct? )
  11. Was that pan for catching dust, or hydraulic fluid leaking from the saw motor?
  12. Metal or wood will be fine, although you might find metal parts that give you more strength and better balance for less bulk. Do you plan on using radial feet at the bottom of the pedestal, or a disk? A disk base gives you the full radius of supprt from every direction, while feet that radiate from the pedestal give support at a shorter radius between any two of the feet. So keeping the center of gravity low makes such a table less "tippy". Kyle Toth used barbell plates attached under a table base to help this issue.
  13. I know nothing about horse jumping, but do these parts HAVE to be wood? Could you use a pvc pipe, with the octagonal 2x4 inside to stiffen it?
  14. Is the base made of wood? Can you add weight to the bottom? Lowering the center of gravity can let you have a smaller footprint and remain stable. If the table is all one species, and has a relatively light base, I'd tend to stay around 2/3 of the top diameter. If you can add enough mass to the bottom, 1/2 the top diameter, maybe a bit less,should work fine.
  15. I would suggest pricing those around $80-$100 in pine or poplar. Higher price for nicer materials and finishes. Then build some jigs to make repeatable operations quick and easy, batch the crap out if them to get your cost down. Charge more for some with unique features done by hand. And keep in mind that, just like lumber, pricing for such thing varies wildly by region.