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  1. Great feedback all. Yes I don't mind building another chair, my main conflict at this point is if I ever use Cypress again. I was originally excited when I found out it was a LOT cheaper than Cedar. Then I found out the southeast, cypress is king - NW cedar is king. So I had high hopes I would be able to continue doing outdoor stuff with cypress. Moisture did sit on this chair for a long time when it snowed here a bunch - but we only get 2-3 snows per year and like I said nothing similar happened with the cedar. As far as the wood not being dry: From the point I got it from the wood place to the point it was actually put outside I'd guess it was 4 months. I don't build things very fast. Something about the sap wood is definitely a factor. I think I'll find a scrap piece with sap wood and just sit it outside untreated and see if it does the same thing. I did search the internet on this and found only 1 instance of it being talked about . With that guy and that thread the seemed to conclude it was just a cypress thing. Kind of disheartening.
  2. I put on 2 coats about a day apart then let it sit for about 5 days. Then sat it outside, it's been outside about 6 weeks. It's sitting right beside a cedar chair with the same stuff on it (but only 1 coat!) that has no similar problems.
  3. I had made several chairs in cedar and never had a problem. Then I made a chair for my wife in Cypress because the wood store was low on choices for cedar. Originally I was very happy with working with it. It only took a month or so and this black/blue dots and smears started showing up. I assume it's mold but don't know. Does anyone know if : #1 is this normal for cypress? #2 will it perhaps go away on its own in the sun maybe during the summer #3 if not, what's a good approach to get this cleaned off and resealed? I originally sealed it with cedar seal - which I used on cedar. Seems to work OK and figured it would work ok on this. Original and molded pictures attached. thank you for your help folks.
  4. Appreciate everyone's feedback. I am sold on a bandsaw, but not at this time. I went ahead and bought a cheap jigsaw that has a locking base. Here's why - and more questions Out of the 10 pieces of furniture I've made so far, I've cut a curve maybe 6 times (not counting rounding edges) and it was all for the arms and back braces of Adirondack chairs (making another now). I make things pretty damn slowly, so I can't see buying the "right" thing...this year at least. 160$ for a pimpin jigsaw is one thing, but when we start talking hundreds more it makes me pause. The rest of what I know I want to make will have no curves, will be table/end table/night stands,etc. JohnG has mean leaning towards a 10" when I get one. However I am intrigued: I live on a lot of land with a lot of trees. Can you literally take a 4" log, for example, and create rough cut lumber? This would explain the need for a larger purchase maybe from my perspective - that would be pretty cool. I don't get the value of resawing - at least not to the point of a big financial investment - when I go to the lumber store I get 4/4 or 8/8 based on what I need. Never even considered that it would be great to make the 8/8 2 4/4s myself - is that for cost savings/convenience?
  5. Thanks chestnut, which bandsaw do you have?
  6. So I'm about a year and a half into woodworking. I have the basic big equipment (mitre, table, jointer, planer) with proper dust collection. Early on a bought a cheap black and decker jigsaw. Damn thing just made me ruin a couple boards because the base plate won't stay in position - so I refuse to use it again. Looking at my options I'm leaning towards a 160$ dewalt. It made me think, well I'm using this jigsaw because i don't have a band saw - how much are those? I see the Wen 9" is cheaper than the jigsaw I'm looking at. A bandsaw OR drill press is about the only thing left I'd consider adding- mostly because of room. I don't want to make the same mistake I made early on (buying a cheap jigsaw for instance - I sadly also bought a inferior chop saw which I suffer through). So while logically I think a band saw is the way to go - I wanted to see if folks could recommend one that isn't ridiculously priced. The WEN seems to have a lot of questionable reviews. The work I do thus far is all just furniture making with nothing thicker than 2". If I have to make curved pieces identical I clamp/screw them together, jigsaw them, then sand them to the right shape. Probably the biggest reason I didn't go all in and get a bandsaw to begin with is the thought of having my hands so close to blade makes me nervous. I had the same problem with table saws, but I've finally improved my technique and safety procedures to get me out of table saw fear. The jigsaw just "feels" safe. Your help would be greatly appreciated :)
  7. I got the rigid table saw. I have nothing to compare it to but as far as I can tell it's doing a fine job. Out of all the tools it was by far the hardest to put together but the instructions were fine ( unlike the jointer). It's a heavy beast
  8. Right but looking specifically at what I linked , does it filter dust? Says it does but also lists vapors
  9. Hm. So I am a bit confused . I asked in another thread of suggestions for a respirator and didn't get any specifics. So I got this which says fumes and dust https://smile.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00009363G/ref=yo_ii_img?ie=UTF8&psc=1 but some of your comments made me look deeper and now I see there's a difference between vapors and dust filters, so did I get the wrong thing?
  10. I just got a respirator and in one of the reviews someone said to store it in a large plastic bag when not in use. This makes sense from one standpoint, but from another standpoint I would think that the moisture from breathing in it would then cause a bacteria problem because it wouldn't properly dry out. Thoughts / suggestions?
  11. Just finished putting it up. Worst instructions ever! Even had to make a run to the store because it was missing bolts.
  12. So what's a good respirator mask? i started looking for a hard core one and got lost
  13. A lot of insight here folks, as always I appreciate the input! So let me try to get something clear so it's clear. I am new to woodworking and I do it very part time. 1 project every 2-3 months of small furniture. I have a list a mile long but I'm not in a hurry and I do have other hobbies (like fishing!) along with a 3 acre lot to maintain. I will never use more than 1 tool at the same time, I just don't have that many arms. So the going consensus is a 2HP 70 gallong 5 micron dust collector using blast gates based on the tool I'm using would just be a band aid. A 3 HP would be oh so much better and keep me alive longer? I'm just trying to reconcile what appears to be a controversial subject 3 HP like one of these?I am willing to spend a few hundred more for something that is more long term and/or safe. I do wonder about the true difference I'd see in 2 vs 3 hp though and these are a lot more space... http://www.grizzly.com/products/3-HP-Dust-Collector-with-Aluminum-Impeller-Polar-Bear-Series/G1030Z2P?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIqMfOu9P81QIVV1YNCh1mKgcdEAQYASABEgJok_D_BwE https://smile.amazon.com/Oasis-Machinery-DC5000-Heavy-Collector/dp/B005LO9WMW/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1504016949&sr=8-13&keywords=3+HP+dust+collector
  14. I feel like I'm learning a new term every day. Now it's blast gate! So I get this: https://www.harborfreight.com/70-gal-2-hp-industrial-dust-collector-61790.html Or this: https://www.harborfreight.com/2-hp-industrial-5-micron-dust-collector-97869.html Plus this: https://smile.amazon.com/POWERTEC-70201-4-Inch-Three-Machine-Collection/dp/B01N21P1WE/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1503942381&sr=8-9&keywords=blast+gate Plus 4" tubing and I'm good to go?