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  1. An adequate sander

    I did purchase from the most "local" woodworking-oriented store for my area, so I assume the disks were intended for wood. But they may well have been from the bottom end of the line.
  2. An adequate sander

    I'm the odd one out, but I was very disappointed in the Klingspor disks I purchased earlier this year. Maybe I just got a bad batch, but the Shopsmith disks found at my local blue box store performed much better.
  3. Good source for aluminum?

    I can't say that anyone on this forum has ever mentioned milling aluminum, AFAIK. We all stick mostly to wood.
  4. Minwax oil modified polyurethane vs GF Enduro var

    I have no experience with the water borne stuff, but my view of Minwax overall is pretty good. But I also don't spray. Hand-applied poly or shellac all the way, baby!
  5. Walnut desk finishing question

    I think the oil will affect the glue bond if using PVA. Might be different with something like RapidFuse.
  6. Walnut desk finishing question

    If you really want the look of oiled walnut, you CAN oil it prior to adding the holly inlay. Give it a while to cure before cutting the inlay channels, and be careful with the glue so cleanup isn't too aggressive.
  7. Cutting Plastic on the Table Saw.

    In any case when cutting plastic with power tools, be prepared for static-charged chips that never go away!
  8. 'Safely' cutting plastic pipe

    I would set the TS blade as low as possible to make the cut, and use a featherboard just ahead of the blade. The just push the pipe through. I'd be more worried about the pipe coming up off the blade, than rotating. If the length is short, maybe clamp it to a straight line ripping sled, aka a tapering sled set to zero degrees.
  9. Music Boxes

    Very nice! Did you make up the veneer patterns from scratch, or have some particular inspiration?
  10. Drawing up and marking out

    Honestly, I rarely draw projects out to use like a plan. I might sketch on paper to see if dimensions look right, and sometimes use Sketchup in 'X-ray' mode to confirm joinery. Otherwise, I (re)design on the fly as needed. But I rarely do any sort of built-ins that require precise dimensions to fit.
  11. Cordless RO Sander- Ryobi issues- Need Council

    I'm in the same "not able to justify Festool" boat (so far). But my advise is go corded for most of your sanding, with a DEDICATED vac. Strap the hose and cord together, or get some braided cable sleeve to feed them through together. Making a dedicated sanding machine this way is one of the best things I ever did for my shop space. And I'm still using a $19.99 HF special ROS that just won't die, no matter how hard I try. For the record, I also have a Kobalt 24volt cordless ROS. Brushless, and the 2ah batteries give me a good 30 minutes of run time. I assume the Ryobi you mentioned uses a brushed motor?
  12. Table/Pergola wood selection

    Another vote for WRC, mostly because is is very light. That will be a huge benefit for that cantilevered design.
  13. Dining room table - some assembly required

    Very slick design feature!
  14. Daughter's night stand/cabinet

    So, build another cabinet around the drawers! No sense in letting all that effort go to waste.
  15. Endless oak

    Minwax wipe-on poly. Multiple coats of gloss, followed by one coat of satin. Extra coats on top of the table left it a bit glossier than I like, but it works.