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  1. My suggestion would be to find a harder wood and stay away from spalted wood for any project that comes in contact with food. I really don't think you could ingest enough of the spalted material, short of eating part of the board, to do any damage, but it's best to be safe than sorry. You never know what someone might be allergic to. You sure found a pretty board! It would make a great looking box, picture frame, coffee grinder box - all fairly simple projects.
  2. I don't have this particular table saw model, but I do have a Grizzly 12" cabinet saw. I love it. As a matter of fact, all my equipment from my 12" jointer, 15" planer, oscillating belt sander, band saw, and dust collectors are all Grizzly products. They make excellent machines and their customer service is 2nd to none. I'd say go ahead and take the plunge!
  3. This might not be an original idea, but it worked well for me. I finally wore out my push blocks that came with my original jointer. I wasn't getting much grip when I was pushing boards across the knives. I removed the left over rubber from the blocks using a sharp chisel. The original glue was a booger to get off, but I eventually removed it all by holding the blocks on my flat belt sander. I then took one of my old mouse pads from my office and traced around the blocks with a razor knife - cutting new bottoms from the mouse pad. A little 5 minute epoxy and I have new push blocks with plenty of grip. I used the blocks several hours this morning and there is no sign of the new pads coming off. I thought I'd pass this along in case anyone was interested.
  4. What ever brand of router you decide to buy, I'd suggest a router combo that comes with a fixed base and a plunge base. Here's a link to five combo router reviews.
  5. I have the Grizzly 12" 5hp cabinet saw. It's NEVER bogged down on me no matter what type of wood I'm cutting. Do you need a 5 hp? Probably not. I'm just a big "Toole Time" fan and I just had to buy the "MORE POWER" saw. I like the 12" blade because I cut some pretty thick material.
  6. Rockler has a product called "Space Balls" to be used on panel doors. I've bought some but have never used them. Here's the link : You might try them.
  7. I've made several cutting boards using ash along with other woods like purple heart, walnut, hard maple and cherry. Ash works well and is very hard. Mine were all end grain boards.
  8. As a seller of high quality lumber on eBay, I'd suggest looking there. Especially if you are wanting specific lumber that you can't find elsewhere. With that being said, if you have the equipment to work rough lumber, then that's what you should buy. It's much less expensive buying it that way.
  9. I own some Freud blades but prefer the Forrest blades.
  10. Hello everyone. I have a question regarding the proper beginning moisture content for lumber to build a project that will be placed outdoors. When I'm building furniture for indoor use I choose lumber in the 6% to 8% range. But if you are building a table with benches that will be used outdoors, is it better to use wood that already has a higher moisture content since it will draw moisture once it's outside? I was asked this question from a customer of mine and I really didn't have an answer that I felt comfortable giving, as I've never built any furniture for outdoor use. Any help will be greatly appreciated. The wood in question is walnut that will be finished with spar varnish with a high UV rating.
  11. What does it mean when a post is "pinned?"
  12. I'm more of a power tool guy who is wanting to expand his woodworking knowledge with hand tools. I've used card scrapers, but with arthritis in both thumbs, I find using them difficult.
  13. I'm the same way, but it's nice not to freeze "the boys" when it's cold outside.
  14. This question is to all you hand tool experts. To be exact - hand plane experts. I've decided to buy three new hand planes. The sky is the limit as to price, but I am planning on buying them from Lee Valley. I've never used a hand plane, but I decided if I was going to learn how to use them, I'd buy the best that I could. So, the question is, which three should I buy. I'm limiting it to three because I really don't want four. Well...maybe four. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. I should mention, that I do have a shop full of power tools. 12" table saw, 12" jointer, 15" planer, mortiser, bandsaw, router table, 5 different routers ( I like routers). So I have a complete shop and am now wanting to learn to use hand tools. I like to build furniture and clocks and have had instances where a hand plane would have been very handy. Kent
  15. My wife doesn't visit that often. It's more of a safety issue with us. She just doesn't want to be the cause of my getting injured. I keep the door locked too in order to keep my friends from just coming in and scaring me at the wrong time. I do invite my wife out to see what I've been working on and on those rare occasions when I need something heavy moved. When she does come out to visit it's always the same question...."When are you going to clean your bathroom?" I remind her that my shop is also called "Man Land."
  16. They are pricey, but are worth every penny. I too, bought a Jessem system. I bought the Mast-R-Lift Excel with all the options. I couldn't be happier with the product. Mine has the black solid phenolic top which is slick and dead flat. The router lift system is absolutely wonderful. So yes, I'd say they were worth it.
  17. Really like it. Just the the dust collection isn't so nice. That's very true about the dust collection. I have a shop vac attached to my Makita and it still blows dust everywhere.
  18. I have the Makita 10" compound miter saw. I've put it through hell and it's still cranking. I've sawn every cypress board that is on the outside of my 1200 square foot shop with it. I use it every day and it's accurate and tough. Hope this helps.
  19. I really enjoyed watching your video of making this board on your blog. I've made many cutting boards, but find it always interesting watching another person's technique. I'd suggest strongly that you consider using a push block while running your stock across your jointer. It scared me to see how close your fingers came to the blades when you were moving your wood through. I'm sure there are things that I do in my shop that would make a person pause and wonder why I didn't do that process in a safer manner. Please don't take my comment as a criticism. I'm only offering friendly advice. I really liked your video and learned a new technique for the glue up. Thanks for making it!
  20. A wall hanging cabinet would be a great project. I can always put hands on it if I want it to be a clock.
  21. I'm always up for building a clock! There are easy builds and more advanced level builds.