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  1. Ours is batteries and chargers only, for a couple cordless tools or for my wife's selection of garden equipment.
  2. People are selling a used DW735 for $400? I'd sell mine for $200, since I am not using it any more and I have to walk around it. I still think the DW735 is a great planer. Great quality on the cuts, easy to replace knives, and powerful chip blowing. (I used a Rockler separator after the planer, and I had to clamp the lid to the bucket of the separator or the 735 would blow the lid off.) The problem for me was that my jointer was only a 6" model, and I wanted something wider. While I started shopping for a wider jointer, I ended up with a big combo machine, so now I use that for all my jointing and planing work.
  3. Geoffrey

    Sapele Wood

    For quarter sawn, 4/4: $5.95, 8/4: $6.25, 12/4: $6.75.
  4. I am very happy with mine. I turn it on almost every time I work in the shop. It's a handy guide for how long to run the air cleaner and to keep the dust mask on after activities. (The air cleaner's shortest timer setting is two hours, but the Dylos will show very clean air in ten to fifteen minutes.) On the other side, it shows how good the dust collection is with other tools, when I see the Dylos barely increasing. I am glad I have it.
  5. Beautiful cabinet. I love the kumiko door. Just the door alone must have taken longer than the rest of the cabinet.
  6. Bankstick, I think the saw may have been made in 1995 (I am pretty sure it was in the mid 90s, and the first two digits of the serial number are "95", so maybe?). wtnhighlander, hah! The label may be a bit of an exaggeration. That's "max developed" HP all right. It plugs into a regular 120V outlet, so it's not quite the 3HP a 240V motor would be.
  7. As I start using hand planes more, I realize I need to replace my worktable with a better workbench. To make room for that, I need to part with the old table saw that I haven't used since my wife surprised me with a SawStop one Christmas. This is a Sears Craftsman built by Emerson, model 113.298762. I have upgraded the fence, replaced the original pulleys with machined pulleys, replaced the belt with a link belt, and added the PALS precision alignment system for adjusting the trunnion. It does run smoothly. If anyone in the Warrenton, Virginia, area is interested, I am asking $250.
  8. I have the Incra Mast-R-Lift in a table I built based on the Norm Abrams router table plans. The lift is great. I also really like the router table design for being able to use featherboards to push against the fence as well as down to the table, for its dust collection, and for its storage for bits and accessories. Either of the Jessem or Woodpecker tables shown would be ideal for the lift, but need help for the dust collection and storage side of things.
  9. I use the Domino 500 on just about every project, and I love it. I also bought the kit with the 4, 5, 6, 8, and 10 mm cutters and tenons. I've used all the sizes, so it was worth it for me. I do not have a Festool vac, but my Rigid shop vac works fine with it. I have not tried any of the Woodpeckers or Seneca accessories. I do use the RTS Engineering Self Centering Guide ( ) all the time for centering on the width of narrow stock or aligning mortises on pieces. It does not look like it is still available, though.
  10. Before getting a dust collection system, I used the Rockler Dust Right Separator (then called the Vortex) on my DW 735. I had to clamp the lid down on the separator to keep the blower on the planer from blowing the lid off. The 735 has a pretty strong blower!
  11. You can get a jointer plane, a jack plane, and smoothing plane for around $900 from Lie Nielsen or Lee Valley. For power tools, you'll need to pick one to start with. A new DeWalt 735 planer with the extra infeed/outfeed tables would be around $600 and allow you to plane rough lumber up to 13" wide. You could put off the immediate need for a jointer by using a sled with the planer, or a scrub plane / jack plane, to remove high spots from the rough lumber and get it flat enough for planing. The DeWalt 735 is well-regarded for a portable planer. It's also what I have. Because my jointer is only a 6" model, I have to use the planer sled method for any rough lumber wider than 6". Eventually, I would like to get a wider jointer, or a Hammer jointer / planer combo machine and have a jointing capacity the same as the planing capacity.
  12. I have the 500 and love using it on pretty much every project. I have the set with the 4, 5, 6, 8, and 10 cutters and dominos. I've used all the sizes, but mostly the 6 and 8, since most of the pieces I've worked with are 7/8" or 1". The 4mm came in handy for some 1/2" slats, though. I recently made my own dominos because I wanted very wide ones I could put a dowel through for attaching a breadboard end. Other than that, though, I buy the beech dominos. I have not tried the new connectors. The domino has become a standard step in my workflow.
  13. I have the same problem resawing on the bandsaw, so I do the same as Chestnut. Two passes on the table saw with a thin kerf rip blade, leaving a narrow connecting strip, and then finish with the bandsaw (if the board is under 6 inches wide so it fits). Then the thickness planer cleans it up. I do like Stickley pieces with some heft. I like to use a full 1" for most parts, or 7/8 at the least.
  14. I like to pre-finish all pieces individually before assembly. It's just easier for me. I never have to worry about glue squeeze-out during assembly that way. With a cup hook stuck in the end of the piece either next to a mortise or on the bottom end of a vertical part, I can hang the pieces up to dry between coats of finish. I also only glue the mortise and the tenon, not the end grain.