Andrew1

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    Furniture, general carpentery

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  1. Andrew1

    Where to buy sandpaper

    Anywhere but home depot or lowes...which is where I always end up because of lack of options or needed it in a pinch. Always much more expensive there.
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    hearing protection

    As much as I can/remember to. My dad used to work on those big generators big companies use and never wore anything in the shop or chainsaw ext and was wearing hearing aides in his 50s. Not for me.
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    Air Compressor

    I have the 6 gallon I believe dewalt it really isn't that loud. No problem with air guns or impacts or even blowing up tires. Conversely I had a 3 gallon harbor freight special that was worth it's price to throw out. I could shoot about 3 nails before it needed to refill and the motor would take about 10 mins to fill the tank. Took 45 mins to fill my daughter's blow up pool..half way...then I said good enough.
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    Wood storage in humid climate

    Virginia humidity always great. I'm in the blue ridge mountains and my boards are 10 to 12% moisture content, and that is the boards that was kiln dried and stacked for three years in my conditioned basement with a dehumidifier which I don't empty enough obviously. I fill the 5 gallon tank in one night if its bad out.
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    What Nail Gun??

    Professional contractors swear by Hitachi which are easy to find at lowes. I like my 16g Hitachi more than my 18g ridgid.
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    Affordable table saw

    The ridgid and delta are basically the same price as the better dewalt contractor saw. The ridgid is on casters and I believe the delta is too. Ridgid is the home depot model and delta is lowes. I checked out the PC when it was on black Friday sale I wasn't that impressed. The fence seemed less than reliable and just overall built cheap. With that said they were super cheap too and will still cut wood so it may provide bang for your buck.
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    Radial Arm Saw

    Seems to be that these old tools are probably more accurate than some of today's miter saws. My dad has had one of the old craftsman, the one norm had, forever and still cuts perfect 90s and 45s. With that said I prefer the miter due to portability and size in my small shop as I try to work outside if ever possible.
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    Wood for porch

    Doug fir is a historical choice and can last a long time. However if it's not rift sawn, or what the decking guys like to call vertical grain don't put it on a deck. The change in moisture will cause it to twist and pull itself up from the nails. Also flat sawn will expand a lot width wise, meaning you better take into account expansion. Moral of the story, if it's not rift sawn don't use it. The this old house guys use it often if you want a reference.
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    Planer replaced

    Some good finds. I scan all the time on craigslist and FB marketplace. Slim pickings in my area. Of course what can you expect in a city that does not even have a hardwood dealer (we do have 1 but only open upon request and even then in my experience are never open). I have seen one old 1/2 HP craftsman dust collector in 3 years here, thats it.
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    Plunge Router Recommendations

    I have one of the 2.5 hp craftsman routers. Does the job in plunge and in the table with plenty of power. The stock fence isn't made as good as my trash can though and works as a fence just about as well. But it was one of those sales I couldn't refuse and has done the job for 4 years. Come to find out Bosh made the router so thumbs up for Bosh two thumbs down for craftsman accessories.
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    Wedding sign finish

    Just to update I tried the shellac on the whole sign after just using on a test piece. Once it was bigger than a couple inches it looked like crap. So I tried another coat looked just as bad. Tried to buff it out looked awful. So I sanded it to wood and went with spray lacquer. Both shellac and lacquer worked with artist pens. I may just have had a bad can of shellac idk it was streaky and didn't soak in evenly at all to the maple or cherry.
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    Wedding sign finish

    After the wedding I have all the time in the world. I have until Sunday to find what works
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    Wedding sign finish

    I have tried shellac and varnish and a couple different types of pens and it is still smudging. Any more thoughts on types of pens?
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    dowel max

    The dowelmax kit is in line with the triton dowel tool. I would imagine that provides good results even if not the best tool out there. Never used either though so maybe somebody else can give a review. I do love me some power tools though (Tim Taylor grunt)
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    Recommendations on wood

    Where can you get wood? Normally oak is not to pricy compared to some other options. Can always find somebody who saws for fun bit that normally means you need to invest in a lot of drying time. Sometimes that's the best route though. I'm 3 hours from a hardwood dealer So that's what I got but prices are great. I can get cherry for like 1.25 a bf.