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    Furniture, shop projects, jigs

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  1. IAHawk

    Work Bench Top

    Thank for the help, think I have a plan now. Plain top and drill the holes myself with the drill guide. The vises suggested are a little more elaborate than what I was looking for. Now just need to find some good plans online which is a nightmare to find. I would like to build my bench with either all drawers underneath or cabinet and drawers.
  2. IAHawk

    Work Bench Top

    Thanks Ragtaz That is what I am looking but it is smaller than I would like. I too have found it difficult to find a top with with bench dogs. I guess the other option as suggested would be to drill the holes myself and add a vise. So now is type of vise , brand and place to buy one. I know nothing about vises. Also how would you drill the holes. You really can’t just plop it on your drill press table. Thanks
  3. IAHawk

    Work Bench Top

    Hi, I plan in building a new workbench and I am looking purchase a wood top with a vice/vices and is set up with bench dog holes. I have looked and all I find is just finished wood slabs. Second does anyone have any use with the Laguna combination sander? https://lagunatools.com/sanders/db126-sander/ thank you
  4. IAHawk

    Epoxy Top Coat

    Is this the product you are Talking about https://www.epifanes.com/page/clear-gloss-or-satin Why is this better than say A General Poly, or a Minwax Poly? Couldn’t I just use a gloss u/v Floor Covering? I looked at the West Systems, kinda steep for a top that is only 18x 25, it would be about a $100.00 to coat it. But thanks for the info. I guess what I really wanted the advice for was how to apply the epoxy to the top and edge, how to keep it from dripping all over and not look sloppy. I do not want to just keep it flat, I would like a decorative edge, (skill building). i know it is just a shop cabinet that will get beat up a little but I do these projects to practice for the ones that count. I am interested hearing more about the epiphanes finish for future projects, why it is better than the finishes I have been using Thanks
  5. IAHawk

    Epoxy Top Coat

    Hi I am making a small cabinet to go next to my utility sink and an am making the top ou of some left over walnut I have. The cabinet will take some abuse like wet items that have just been cleaned, brushes, buckets, containers etc... I am looking for a way to make the top as durable as possible but keeping the natural wood color. My idea is to apply a epoxy top coat which I have done in the past but this top is different. I am going to rout and edge with an ogee or some other edge bit. The issue is how do I epoxy the top and keep it level and keep the edge from looking sloppy? Here is and idea of the type of edge I plan on doing to the top. Or if there are better solutions other than using epoxy for the top that are durable and stain resistant. Thank you
  6. Thanks for the input. The fan on Craig's list is about 2 hours away so I will think I will pass on that but thanks though. I was looking at Northern Tool and they have exhaust fans both types. The non explosion ones are not to expensive. I also planned on some type of filter and and either a exhaust hood or shutters on the outside of the house. How do you calculate CFM for this room? As for intake would a bathroom exhaust fan be enough? BTW I will have plenty of lighting, 3 six bulb T8 high bay fluorescent. Have them in my garage I can land small aircraft with them
  7. I am in the process of making a finishing room and plan on putting an exhaust fan in it. Now a majority of the time I use water based finishes and on rare occasions use shellac. But I think in the future I will be expanding my finishing options. The question is do I really need to get an explosion proof fan? There is a huge difference in price when buy a explosion proof fan compared to a regular exhaust fan. Also what size or CFM should I consider. My room is 8x18x9. After doing some research I think I will just use the room to only spray water based finishes which is what I use a majority of there time. I can use my garage to spray other finishes. My plan is to install an exhaust fan in the south wall, have a double door to close the room and the only fresh air would be coming from the ceiling vent, would that be enough incoming fresh air? Before the remodel I just finished by hand in my assembly room. Would installing an intake fan help. If so where would be a good location for it? I have attached some pictures of the room. Thank you
  8. IAHawk

    Stain Colors

    Thanks for the help, i am going to try Tried and True on them.
  9. IAHawk

    Stain Colors

    When you say oil based clear coat, is that a varnish, or a poly?
  10. IAHawk

    Stain Colors

    I would like to use the natural wood tones, a warm classic color. A color to enhance the grain pattern. Are the General brand stains good? Thanks
  11. IAHawk

    Stain Colors

    Hello I am looking for some help on finishing my project I have been working on. I had a bunch of leftover wood and I made some necklace/bracelet holders. I made the out of varying types of wood, Walnut, Maple, Mahogany,Cherry and 1/4 sawn white oak. My plan is to stain them but do not want use the same color for all of them and with the walnut I am just going to leave them natural with coat of finish. What are some good colors for these? I know it is a loaded question. I do not want to go buy a bunch of different stains and experiment and find out there are some U do not like then I am stuck with it having used it. The maple is the hardest to find a suitable color I think. Also I have two colors of Mahogany. I have never used dyes, are they difficult, what are some good brands? I usually use Minwax brands. If there is a another brand where is a good place to purchase them? Thanks
  12. Thanks for all the input, going to try the LE LED pucks
  13. For the lights do you have to use a transformer or can you just hard wire it into the circuit and use a switch? I imagine for the power strip you can hard wire it into the circuit, just cur of the plug and connect it to the a box in the wall. One of the issues I have found with LED lighting is that it is not very bright, unless they have improved over the years. Thanks for the suggestions
  14. Hello, I am looking for some suggestions for lighting to go under my cabinets that hang above my new work bench I am building. I would prefer bright lights that I can use a switch to turn them on. I have found several options but most seem to need a transformer or need to be plugged into an outlet. Also looking for a way to add a number of outlets just above the workbench top without have to install a bunch of outlets, this to I would like it to be hard wired and not use a plug in system. The work bench is going to be about 10' long, it is not finished yet, but the cabinet are already installed. I do not have any pictures yet but can take some and post them if that would help. Thank you