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    Furniture, picture frames, and generally spending time in the garage with tools.

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  1. I don't think it would be a waste. Oneida is a solid company, and this looks like an innovative unit. If anything, I would expect that it would collect a lot more dust from a 4" port than most standard dust collectors would. I personally really like the look of it.
  2. I like the Dimar woodpecker blades, if you're looking for thin kerf. They're just thick enough that they still work with a standard riving knife, give a decent cut, and they're pretty reasonable. I standardized on them for my rip, combo, and cross cut blade since then my fence measurement and my cross cut sled work with them.
  3. This is also the reason that you want to match the size of the cyclone to the dust collector. In my case, I made sure to get the smaller super dust deputy to pair with my 1 HP collector, so that it would be able to pull enough air to separate efficiently. It always puzzles me a bit when I see setups with the HF collector connected to the xl size super dust deputy, since it seems like it wouldn't pull enough air for it (although I'm sure it still works).
  4. It just goes to show you that everyone works differently. For me, I don't have a jointer, but I can't imagine working without my planer. I usually buy rough stock, and I'll quickly flatten one side with a hand plane before using the planer. I use a straight line rip jig on the table saw to get my edges close to jointed, but if it's a critical glue up I'll use a hand plane too. You need a somewhat substantial table saw to use a jig like that safely (I wouldn't try it on a job site saw). @Chestnut is right that dust collection should be up there on your list. I went the route of buying a small 1 HP collector and adding a dust deputy and canister filter. I went that route mainly for space constraints, but I ended up with a setup that's almost the size of a short cyclone but not as powerful (but also at just over half the cost).
  5. I had a few woodworking gifts. My parents wanted to know what they could get me that I would actually use. I pointed them towards an earlex hvlp system, since it seemed to match my needs pretty well. The gift that surprised me was from my in laws, and it was a Gramercy bow saw. I had asked for the hardware kit to make one a while ago (last Christmas maybe?) but the saw itself was quite a bit more. My wife helped pick it out. I haven't gotten out to the shop since Christmas, but it'll be getting a spot in the tool cabinet soon. Otherwise, my wife put a few other items in my stocking like the LV plug cutters, a ruler for setting drill collar depth, and a clamp for holding a light to a power tool.
  6. There's also a good chance that there's just a piece missing from the apron where the drawer is. I have a coffee table built like that (bought as unfinished furniture that I stained/varnished before getting into building). It holds up ok, but it is weaker than the construction the other guys showed - I'd go with those methods.
  7. The snowmen were a big hit. My girls informed me that there was a Mr snowman and a Mrs snowman, so here they are. I may have done a few touch ups after their paint job, and they've got shellac over it to seal it in. They've already put in their order for snowman kids for next year.
  8. With the lead up to Christmas, I haven't had much time to try using the lathe. Last night I finally made something that wasn't just practice. These snowmen are for my girls, so they can paint and assemble them. I still need to drill holes for dowel arms and the nose, but you get the idea. It was a perfect project to spend a couple of hours. I am starting to see where a chuck would be really useful for this sort of thing. I'm having a lot of fun with it. I'm also seeing that there are gaps in what I can do with my current tools, since I have nothing that's good for smaller details.
  9. Picture frames are the perfect project for spray lacquer. You can put on 4-5 coats in a couple of hours, and it comes out very clear. I've also had good luck with it a few times on purple heart. It also will spray just fine in colder temperatures, so I usually spray it outside then bring it into the garage after it's dried for a few minutes.
  10. I can see the problem. I usually only use that kind of finish on decorative things like picture frames. I have wiped on the water based finish before with good results, but spraying would be easier.
  11. I've tried it a couple of times and had very mediocre results. Spray shellac works great, as does lacquer from a spray can. I think the poly gums up the inside of the nozzle almost instantly. I always find it's uneven and sprays the occasional blob of finish. I just brush instead.
  12. That's awesome Drew, thanks for the tutorial. I might see if I can make up some pen blanks using this technique. I think it might look better on that scale with a thinner kerf blade...
  13. Thanks, @Mark J, I figured you might chime in. So far I've tried with the (1 HP) dust collector, although an advantage of the small shop is my shop vac is located well within reach as well. My thought was to try and get mostly the dust from sanding, and maybe a bit more from turning small items like pens. I had the dust collector hose about 3 inches from where I was sanding, and that seemed to be getting most of the dust. If the hood is no more effective, I might just make something.
  14. Hey guys, I've only used the lathe a few times so far, mostly just for practice. My wife's looking for a couple more small presents for me, so I was looking at attachments for collecting dust off the lathe. This one from Penn State seemed like it might be a decent option: PSI Woodworking DLHOODC2 Clear Wood Lathe Dust Hood with Magnetic Mounting Clamp Do these actually work, or is it a waste of space? I had decent results during sanding just by using a Bungie cord to hold a little gulp dust hood to my tail stock, but it was a bit MacGyvered. The other option is that I quickly build something to hold the dust hose better.
  15. That's strange. It's still for sale in the Costco website, although I didn't post the Canadian link since it wouldn't be any good to you. It's on the American site in 1x4, but not 2x2. There are similar lights from other manufacturers, but I had the impression these were pretty popular.