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  1. Do you have a dust deputy on your HF DC? I have been thinking about going this route on my DC, but two things are making me hesitate. 1. My floor space is absolutely maxed out, and I honestly don't even know where I'd put a fiber drum/garbage can. And 2. I am concerned about a loss of suction by adding more components, bends, etc to the line. Is that something I should consider? Not having to empty the bag every time I do a significant amount of milling would be nice.
  2. Don't know about the powermatic, but I have the same setup as Cliff and I am happy with the results, for what I paid for the DC. I did change the upper bag to a Wynn cartridge filter, so that did raise the total price a bit. Emptying the lower bag kind of sucks, but honestly it really only takes a total of 10 minutes (including the time it takes for me to lug the bag to the edge of the woods). It does a nice job on the dust from the table saw, planer, bandsaw, router, and drum sander. If my jointer was set up for good DC, I have no reason to believe it wouldn't work well for that too. Maybe
  3. I think that is what I'll end up doing.
  4. Good point. That's a good idea. I didn't mention, but please ignore the half laminate top. That was part of the old cabinet and I'm just using it as a stopgap until I can get the new top finished.
  5. Thanks Eric, that's actually what I meant when I said screw into the panel. Poor word choice on my part. Would you see any issue making two 'doors' (I don't really know the correct term for a fake/faux door) and affixing them side by side on the end? Thinking of doing this rather than one big 'door', just to keep the size of the floating panels more manageable.
  6. How should I attach the decorative end panel to a vanity cabinet? I am hopefully posting a pic below (haven't posted pics on here yet, not 100% sure how to do it). The end 'panel' is basically just going to be a faux door. So....construction adhesive? Screws through the inside of the cabinet into the panel? Both?
  7. I made a wall hanging display case for my wife's marathon medals (yes plural, she's a nut). I put the glass in a rabbet in the back of the door (underside, in your case) then cut four thin strips of wood to fit on each of the sides. Then I glued them to the sides (shoulder?) of the rabbet to hold the glass in place. I mitered the corners and used the same species (walnut) as the door. Please take my method with this caveat - that was one of my first 'real' woodworking projects, a couple years ago. I had no concept of allowing or considering for wood movement. And I'm still an amateur comp
  8. This is a very good point. Shipping can be a pain if you arent selling something that fits in a conveniently sized box. Luckily, I am.
  9. I opened an Etsy shop last fall and have been pleased with the results. That being said, I didn't set myself up with unrealistic expectations. I only have a couple sales a month, but since I'm only selling as a hobby, not depending on it as a source of income for my family, I'm ok with that. I've been able to justify a few extra tool purchases with some of the profits, and that is mainly the reason I started trying to sell some stuff in the first place. As long as I am still enjoying my time in the shop, I'll probably continue to try to generate a little 'shop' revenue.
  10. Ray


    Good to know! I may have been subconsciously comparing zebrawood to other exotics that I've found to be more difficult to work with. Canarywood and purpleheart immediately come to mind. I have no data to back that up, I'm just basing my opinion on experience. But again, my experience level is limited compared to many others in this forum. Additionally, I'm really only using zebrawood for small projects. I suppose I might feel different if I was making something larger or that required more complicated joinery.
  11. Ray


    I have some experience with zebrawood, but only in small projects. That being said, I haven't found it to be difficult to work with. Doesn't seem to be too tough on tools, sands nicely. In my limited experience I've found it to be pretty porous, which can be a little challenging when it comes to finishing. The only real negative for me so far has been the smell. It is not an overpowering bad smell, just more of a faint smell of......urine? Or maybe it's just me.
  12. I don't have a lot of space for too many scraps, so anything I keep needs to have a clear purpose. That being said, my definition of "clear" certainly seems to change quite a bit depending on several unknown factors. I say unknown because when I do end up going through my scraps, I often find myself thinking, "why the heck did I keep this". In general though, I keep anything 8/4 that I could use for a cutting board. Thinner stuff needs to be wide enough for something like a bandsaw box. I keep the thin, long stuff until my little barrel is filled up, then give them away for kindling.
  13. Those legs look awesome. Definitely looking forward to watching it take shape. As a relatively new woodworker, seeing projects like this (and others in this forum) serves as great motivation to continue to refine my skill.
  14. I actually like the smell of red oak, though I'm not necessarily a fan of how it looks. Worse smell - canarywood. I rarely do any work on canarywood without a respirator. Just a weird smell.
  15. Thanks for all the help guys, I appreciate it.