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  1. Steve, do you have any interest getting into CNC routing? Would it help for the main work you do?
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    Tools for Glueing huge areas

    Warm water (I only use it with titebond). The roller on the one I use can also pop out of the handle.
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    Tools for Glueing huge areas

    These ink rollers are the best for large surfaces or even edge gluing. Only take a moment to clean.
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    Need jointer, planer, and bandsaw have $900

    If you're making pens, probably not much. If you're trying to do bigger projects, prepare yourself for frustration. Here's a comment from another thread from @Chestnut: If i've learned anything. You'll more likely regret the $500 you didn't spend over the thousands you do spend
  5. I can weld - not great but much better after a few years of practice. The frame will be rigid - I can add a few pieces going from front to back under the top. It's the mitre join that I've never done before so that's got me thinking about what will support it from underneath. The sagulator seems like a good app to play with - I'll give it a go.
  6. I'm not thrilled about the current desk I'm using. I built it last year using a simple steel frame and solid timber top but didn't really think about storage and cable management. My current idea for a replacement is a corner desk that has a mitre join connecting the two pieces. If this idea doesn't workout, I'll probably just make a straight desk with the storage on one side. It will have a steel frame (with adjustable feet) and a small cabinet with drawers for supporting the top. The mitre will be cut with a track saw and reinforced with dominos. A couple of questions: Any thoughts on the design? Do you think there will be enough support considering the span of the top and the mitre join?
  7. Welcome to the forum. Those boxes you linked would probaly be plywood cut with a laser cutter. They would be cut perfectly will no error. I'm sure you could set up a table saw jigs but I know I could never match it. You're probably better off looking at boxes that have different joinery. I've always like the style of this box: http://www.startwoodworking.com/sites/default/files/sushi-box-plan.pdf. It's cut with machines and hand tools. Instead of nails, he uses brass pins to add support to the joinery. This kind of box could be easily made with simple tools but you'd need a table saw to easily/consistently cut the slot for the lid.
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    Floor protection

    Maybe something like this? https://www.bunnings.com.au/ultimate-flooring-1200-x-1800-x-5mm-rubber-ute-mat_p6100432 I imagine you could find something similar in the US.
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    West Systems Fail

    Which hardener did you use?
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    Need your IDEA

    What tools and machines do you have?
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    Table saw arbor nut frozen

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    Strongly Considering Domino Purchase

    Do it. It's worth it. Buy the systainer kit to start with. It gives you a range of options. You can work out which dominos you'd use the most. I've made floating tenons where I want a bigger size than what the domino would allow for. You can double up on the domino but making them was simple enough. For the standard sizes, though, I just buy them. There are some arguments for making floating tenons out of the same timber you work with but I've found the beech tenons strong enough so far. From memory, these were about 50-60mm wide. Used for table legs.
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    I got the itch...

    A good project to start on is a rolling pin. Easy to turn and you get something useful. You can use the same techniques for a carvers mallet (easy to turn and get something useful). I started using carbide tools this year (for the one project I've done). They're excellent. No need to worry about sharpening.`
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    TableTop Alignment

    Assuming you have a Thicknesser, how wide is it? I found it easier for my tabletop to glue it up in 3 sections, run the sections through the Thicknesser and glue those up. It was fairly straight forward. I did use dominos to help line everything up. Biscuit joiners are cheap though.
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    I Can Not Get A Flat Glue Up Ever

    I think that most pine panels I've glued up have bowed at least a little. The pine that I use is all plantation grown so it's probably not the most stable timber.