Jamie McGannon

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  1. I have a mini split but it ain't installed yet. I have done hvac for a living for 12 years and it was my first choice for my well insulated garage space

     Safe to assume you're installing yourself? I've received quotes in my area that are more than double the retail cost of the unit itself. I understand that it generally only takes a few hours to install these. In your opinion, is this something a DIYer can tackle? I can easily do the wiring myself and from what I can see through YouTube videos the install seems very simply. I'm trying to understand how guys can charge 6k for a 18k BTU unit?

  2. Jamie,


    I went through this adventure last year as well. I ended up deciding on the Mitsubishi Split system. I t worked great through the winter and keeping it cool through the summer. They are not cheap but worth the expense.

    What is the square footage of your shop, croessler? Being in FL did you install mainly for the cooling or heating capability of the mini split?

  3. I'm looking into various heating options for my 2 car garage and would love to hear your opinions. The space is approximately 19x19 located in the North East. The house has natural gas so that would be the fuel source. I've read that forced hot air has a lot of moisture and not ideal for machined surfaces like our tool surfaces. The space currently is not insulated with exposed beams up to the ridge beam which is 16 feet from the ground. 


    Any radiant tube heating experts?

  4. Hey Brian,


    Thanks for reaching out. Like you I was a newbie a few years ago and I found the best way to get involved with woodworking was to use the internet for all its capabilities, social media, websites, podcast, etc. I also joined the Professional Woodworkers Guild of North Jersey, http://www.njwoodguild.com/

    It is a great way to meet others who are either professionals by day or hobbyist like you and me. Give it a look and let me know if you'd like to come to one of our monthly meetings. There is no obligation to join the guild at that time.


    I need to update my profile, I recently moved out of Hoboken.






    Nice looking table Eric. I have the incra also. I bought the 25in and found I never needed the extra length it also took up a bigger foot print in the shop so I switched to the 17in. I built my table from plans I got from Woodsmith. I modified the top for the Incra fence. I have the woodpeckers router lift which I love. and a porter cable router. If I was to do it over I probably would not get the Incra fence seeing how I don't use all the features of it.


    Really nice looking table, Bart. It not only looks great but proves to be very accurate and functional. Do you have a link to the plans?




  6. Hi guys and gals, I'm in the market for my first router table and have reviewed many of the different brands/models and would love to hear the opinions from the online community. 


    What do you like and dislike about your router table? Please indicate which model.


    Which lift do you have? Pros and cons?


    Which fence system do you have? Pros and cons?


    I know you have opinions on your router, let me hear them!



    Lastly, after you gained more experience in woodworking, would you have purchased the router table configuration. 



    I am a hobbyist woodworker who prefers to invest in good tools rather than buying just to get the job done. 




    Thanks for reading and for sharing your opinions.




  7. Jamie,


    Could I ask you a question? Do you wish you had not asked the question  :D

    Not at all. I knew what to expect when asking the question. I recognize that this community can be tough to break through and that everyone sort of puts you through the right of passage hazing! Ahh, those college days how I miss them. :)

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  8. I'm still not sure I can help you here.

    Not trying to be difficult, but I'm having trouble wrapping my head around what you really want.


    Do you want A: A list of table saws, then a list of routers, then a list of planers etc...

    Or do you want B: A list of my favorite brands?


    I really don't know how to do either of these. I've used my stuff and I've used a few of my woodworker friends things. But I've certainly not used every brand of every tool that's out there. Not only that, but I don't know what to use for criteria. Is money no object? Or should I use best value as a criteria?


    "Best" is a strange word, "Worst" is even stranger. And "tools" can mean almost anything.


    Right now I can say I've liked almost everything I've ever got with the Veritas name on it. But even having said that, I'm not sure I would say Veritas is "Better" that Lie Neilsen?


    I want to help you but the question is very broad and very confusing.


    I'm sorry that this came across as broad and confusing. Let me try to sum it up while being as clear and concise as possible.


    My intention was to start a high level conversation to help new woodworkers like myself navigate the flooded market of tool manufactures. I understand that most contributors on this forum havent had the opportunity to test out every table saw, router, planer etc. on the market and I wasnt trying to gain that knowledge. More so I was hopeful that I could get your insight as to what you use and why you decided to go that route. Looking back now I can see why my request created the confusion it did. Again, sorry about that. 


    I am a garage woodworker with an above average appetite for first hand experience information. Havent you bought something that you thought was the right choice at the time only to realize that it wasnt what you expected and in the end you purchased the higher quality once you gained experience and insight? Its that insight that I was looking for. 


    Hope that makes sense!


    Thanks for your input


  9. I'm sorry, I'm not sure I really understand the question.

    Are you asking us to list table saws from best to worst and then make another list for power jointers and then make another list for thickness planers etc...?

    Or are you just asking us to list brands best to worst, because I don't understand how to do that?

    I mean if I compare Festool to Grizzly. I don't think I'd be alone in saying I like Festool's track saw better, but I much prefer Grizzly's bandsaw...


    Perhaps some additional clarification in what you are asking would help.


    You're on the right track, Chet. I guess the best way to illustrate would be by tool and then brand. sorry for the confusion. 

  10. PB, much like the automotive food chain the same exist in all products. A compact car gets you from A to B just like a luxury does but the experience is much different. A band saw will cut wood but some do it with more precision and options. This is the feedback i'm interested in. In the end arent we all just taking big pieces of wood and making them smaller? Shouldnt matter what I'm looking to do!

  11. Guys,


    I'm interested in your opinions on the hierarchy of quality woodworking machines from BEST to WORST. Covering, power jointers, thickness planers, dust extraction, table saws, hand held powertools for the small pro shop to the over zealous home shop.


    I know this could lead to a big debate and personal opinions but I thought for the beginning woodworker like myself it would be a valuable resource to help sort through all of the choices. Keep cost out of the conversation, even though it plays a role it is uniquely personal.





    1. Powermatic (Tablesaw, jointer, planer)

    2. Festool (all)

    3. General (router table)

    4. Jessem (router table)

    5. Jet (Dust extraction)

    6. Grizzly

    7. ShopFox




    Thanks for your input,



  12. If you cant make your banding stock flat its not going to work being as thick as you are wanting. There is no need to band the sides with thick stock. You may be better off going down to 1/4" and just flush trimming with your router. 

    I originally bought 8/4 maple and thought i would dimension rip to the needed sizes the self required. Thats when i realized there must be a better way and figured something along 1/4 - 1/2 in is more the norm. 


    When you suggest using the router, are you suggesting bearing guided flush trim and turning the shelf om its long edge or using a rabbeting bit and plunging down to match the ply surface. Sorry if this is a strange question, still learning pros and cons of each task. 


    Thanks for your help,



  13. These work great.  Whiteside also makes a little cheaper version for Eagle America, and Eagle also sells an import for even less.  They also make one like this with a little tongue and groove in the middle, but I couldn't easily find a link to those.



    I thought about this option however I dont yet own and router table and noticed the bit manufactures indicate table use only! :(

  14. The shelf is going into a box that is 29" in width and 30" deep. So the shelf overall needs to measure 27.875" x 27.875" I previously made the edge banding way to deep at 1.75" This made securing and lining up to the shelf difficult. I cut the mitres on my Festool Kapex and carefully measured and accurately cut however the joint isnt as tight as I would have expected. 


    I was also concerned about attaching the slides directly to the ply, i imagine its better to screw into solid wood, right?

  15. Hi guys, 


    I'm a novice woodworker with a decent complement of wood working tools.


    Here is my dilema, I'm building a closet built in that has two pull out shelves. I've glued up 2 sheets of 12mm baltic birch to make the shelf thick enough to accommodate the slides. The plan is to edge band the ply with hard maple and mitre the ends. The problem I've experienced is that I cut the edge banding to 1.75"x1.187"x 28" and during glue up I really struggled to register the solid maple to the ply. So in other words I didnt leave the maple proud to later trim flush and the ply being flat the maple isnt exactly. I've considered scrapping the first piece and starting over and reducing the banding to 1/2"-3/4" thick and block plane it flat.


    I dont own a thickness planer or a jointer so i realize I am limited in what I can expect. I own a T55 with Festools parallel guides and the Lie Nielsen started set of hand planes. 


    Am i going about this all wrong? Please help!




  16. Hi Jamie,

    You chose very well to set up your shop!

    I've never been disappointed by Festool or L-N.

    Don't forget an air cleaner though!

    I work out of the basement, so I catch hell when I kick dust around the house.

    Once I got a shop fan filter to catch the little airborne stuff the main collection missed, and added a dust deputy to keep the main filters clean complaints dropped by a good 80%.

    (Until I'm finishing a piece...oh well.)

    Hoboken: home of the best shwarma, Cuban sandwiches, and Maxwell's!

    Been too long since I've been there...

    Cheers! mike.

    Thanks for the warm welcome, Mike.

    Sounds like you know Hoboken rather well. I'm really happy with Festool, what's not to be happy about right? And I look forward to making enough dust to worry about an air cleaner, I'm still setting up the shop space!



  17. I'm building a closet built in for my sons bedroom and need your opinion, which is a better shelf material?

    The shelf measures 28"x28" and will be attached to slides to pull out and needs to be measure 1" thick to accommodate the slides.

    1. Does anyone know if Baltic birch multiply is available 1" thick?

    2. Would 1" thick MDF serve as a better shelf material?

    The shelf will hold 30-50lbs.



  18. Hey guys, I am in the design stage of building a built-in for a baby's closet. It occurred to me that getting it into the closet fully built might not be possible and I began exploring options of knock down hardware. The dimensions are roughly 56'w x 94"h with selves and hanging on one side, large drawers and more shelves on the other side.


    I'm anticipating it holding a good deal of weight and in my original plans i was going to construct the carcase using 3/4 hard maple ply with dado and rabbet glued joints reinforced using screws. 


    What are your knock down hardware recommendations? Do's and Dont's when constructing this type of project.



    Thanks for the advice.