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  1. Battle Ridge

    Homeright Super Finish Max HVLP Paint Sprayer - Seeking Info

    Thank you for the replies and it has been most helpful. At the present, I think I will wait and get a higher quality (and more expensive) HVLP sprayer which would fit my ultimate needs better when the budget allows. With summertime arriving, I am presently working on a variety of outdoor projects (potting benches, plant stands, ornamental benches, etc.) in which I am primarily using Behr Porch and Patio Floor Paint - which actually recommends an airless sprayer. My initial posting came after painting a section of lattice, which by brush can be quite time consuming (a coat of primer on each side, and two coats of finish on each side), and I hoped I could find a quick and inexpensive solution to make things easier. Instead of a one-tool-does-all, I may just focus on obtaining an airless sprayer for the present projects. As the seasons begin to change and I become more focused indoor furniture and items (more with the General Finishes products), hopefully the budget will allow the purchase of a better-quality HVLP sprayer to take residence in my finish shop. With my woodworking shop in a building that is separate from the house & clean finish room, running air between the two isn't really feasible, as well as not wanting to leave the air compressor turned on in the unattended workshop. Thanks again for everyone's help.
  2. I am considering purchasing a Homeright Super Finish Max HVLP Paint Sprayer and would appreciate any information anyone would have. I am also interested in anything anyone would like to share in regard to similar HVLP options at an affordable price. I have a larger air compressor in my shop, but my (clean) finish area is in the house basement and I would prefer to avoid the hassle of moving the compressor back and forth. I also have a smaller air compressor for my finish area but use it primarily for final brad nail assembly and it is likely not large enough for spraying. I would also like to avoid the issues involved in HVLP spraying with an air compressor as the source, but am open to hearing opinions in that regard. My primary usage would be for General Finishes products including Milk Paint, High Performance Topcoat, Exterior 450 Topcoat, Pre-Stain Conditioner, Water Based Stain, and also products such as Behr Porch and Patio Floor Paint, as well as other latex paints and primers. The items I intend to spray are wood furniture, individual boards and craft-type items. Basically after spending hours of time painting with a brush, I am in need of an alternative means that can provide a quality finish, speed and efficiency, and to fit into a reasonable price point. Thank you in advance! Below is a link to the sprayer on Amazon…
  3. Battle Ridge

    Bandsaw blade query...

    I like the bi-metal Lenox Diemaster 2 blades and run both the 1/4" 6tpi and the 1/2" 4tpi with each providing great cut quality, durability and overall value. I get them from and they have free shipping on orders over $100 with orders filled and delivered quite quickly. Each blade is made to order and you can specify the length to the nearest 1/8". Other blade suppliers also offer blades built to the size you specify and the price can be as cheap and at times less expensive as pre-boxed blades. The specs for my Laguna 18BX is for a 143-3/4" to 145-1/2" blade length and I order my blades 145". With this length, should an unexpected blade brake occur that doesn't otherwise damage the blade, there can be an option to have the blade repaired which may not be possible with a shorter blade, though I have yet to have a blade fail for me.
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    12-14” bandsaw resaw - what brand? Sub $2k

    My bandsaw focus was originally on the 14" category which then branched out to include the 15" saws. To actually see and touch each of the saws, my travels took place over a period of time and reached out to several different dealers, each an hour away and in different directions. One of the dealers had an 18" Jet on the floor and my initial reaction was that it looked way too big and I never gave it any consideration. Interestingly, the final dealer I visited to find the last of the saws I was considering had an 18BX sitting at the end of the display. It kind'a caught my eye and after a thorough look at the smaller saws, I gave the 18BX a look and liked what I saw. We (my CFO / loving wifey and I) then went through the rest of the store and returned for a final look, also taking the time to speak with the dealer about the saws. Once home I did a lot more research and the more informed I became, the more I liked the 18BX. My original intent was to buy a smaller saw for much lower $$ (the budget was a definite concern) but in the end, the saw itself (and looking toward the future) took priority and we were able to work the budget to fit it in (with the help of a 10% sale and the dealer having the saw in stock that saved us the standard $75 delivery fee). The saw I originally wanted was actually closer to the $1,000 range, but my search slowly evolved and "for only a couple hundred more" for a 'better' saw, my focus kept evolving and moving up to the point I almost doubled my original price point. I haven't regretted it once though and in retrospect I am most satisfied with where I ended up. I would highly recommend getting your hands on as many of the machines as you can (as well as in-depth research online and elsewhere), I know that it made a huge difference in my evolving search. Also, I created a couple of spreadsheets with each of the features of the individual machines listed side-by-side as an easy to view comparison - particularly highlighting what is most important to your needs. My search originally focused on a 14" Rikon and I could have likely found it to be a good saw. Personally, I think that many of the Rikon, Jet and Laguna saws, as well as the Grizzly, Powermatic and possibly others could provide a quality product that many folks would be satisfied with. I think that one of the features on the Rikon that swayed me away was the location of the upper dust collection outlet. While perhaps not a biggie for most folk, I envisioned it protruding into my workspace and thus liked the location on the Laguna better. With some of the work I do, I find myself starting on the infeed side of the machine and ending up on the outfeed side, and having a nice clean area to walk around is helpful to have. Even though I have a 30' x 40' x 10'h workshop, I keep my woodworking space relatively compact because I also use the shop for general mechanical work, tractor storage, parking for my pickup (when space is available), as well as for other tree farm purposes.
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    12-14” bandsaw resaw - what brand? Sub $2k

    My first 'real' woodworking machine was the 18BX and from my research and in viewing different machines in person (Rikon, Jet, Laguna), I really liked what I saw and I haven't been disappointed. My previous equipment was a Craftsman radial arm saw that I've had for 25+ years and an inexpensive Rockwell table saw (each purchased new), so the Laguna was a significant step up. Earlier this year I was able to purchase a new Dewalt DW735X (with extension tables and spare blades) when Amazon dropped the price to $450 and to make better use of the planer, I started looking at jointers. I really didn't know much about Grizzly until I came across a G0490 8" parallelogram jointer in great condition on FB Marketplace and after some quick research, I purchased it for $750. The seller was preparing to move out of state and had a whole workshop of Grizzly equipment that he was starting to sell (the jointer was the first). While there, I had the opportunity to look over additional Grizzly machines and was impressed with what I saw. The seller had pretty good things to say about his experience with Girzzly tools. Several weeks ago I bought a new Grizzly G0548Z 2hp Dust Collector w/ one micron canister filter for $200. The seller purchased it new a few years ago but before assembling he purchased a larger dust collector at an auction and the Grizzly sat unused in the corner of his garage until he needed the space for something else. He couldn't find all of the parts that went with it (handle, clamps, etc.) but Grizzly's website made finding and ordering the parts quick and easy and their shipping was quite prompt (the missing parts totaled about $40). This seller also had great things to say about his dealings with Grizzly (he had a large metalworking lathe and other big $$$ items from Grizzly). I wouldn't rule out considering Grizzly for equipment in the future, particularly taking into consideration the price point of their tools, and I've been impressed with my Grizzly gear and the comments of others. All things considered though, for a bandsaw I am still partial toward the Laguna 18BX particularly with the ceramic guides, dust collection port locations, blade brake and a couple other features. I haven't really checked out Powermatic or other mfg's. With the larger name companies, each seem to be relatively reputable and in my case, it came down to the specific features and creature comforts I felt best with. In the end, a person could likely be satisfied with any of the machines sitting in their shop. It also doesn't hurt to check out Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace as an option and while I have been partial to buying new, occasionally a great buy can be found in the used market, both in finding a great price or in finding more machine than would originally fit into a budget.
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    12-14” bandsaw resaw - what brand? Sub $2k

    I have the 1" Resaw King blade and the 18BX tensions it without a problem. While the saw is rated for up to a 1-1/4" blade, I generally prefer not to work at the upper limits of my equipment so i went with the 1". Also, the 1" blade can do everything I want it to do so I'm not sure there would be a lot to be gained by going larger. From where I had the tension set, the saw seems like it would be capable of doing the larger blade but I'm not sure the larger blade is actually needed to get a great cut. I will be reclaiming & resawing a good amount of 8/4 lumber from an old one-room schoolhouse and I am planning on picking up a less-expensive 3/4", 3 tpi blade to resaw some of the questionable wood. While I will be doing my best to locate nails both by sight and with a metal detector, I don't want to risk damaging a more expensive blade on wood that I'm not sure about. Once I have gone through a portion of the wood and am comfortable, I may switch to the RK, depending on the cut, durability and quality needs.
  7. Battle Ridge

    12-14” bandsaw resaw - what brand? Sub $2k

    I have the Laguna 18BX bandsaw and don't hesitate to recommend it. The ceramic guides have been great, the spacious table offers a lot of room to comfortably work. the 3hp motor offers plenty of power, both dust collection ports on the same side of the machine are nice, the resaw capacity of 16" should fit your needs well, the unit is well built and sturdy, the brake is indispensable, and the fence and other features are great. I was able to buy the saw during a 10% sale and the dealer had the saw in stock which also allowed me to save the $75 shipping fee. I had looked extensively at the Jet, Rikon and Laguna 14 - 18" saws and the Laguna had the design and features that fit my needs best.
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    New jointer season? I think so.

    A good used unit could have potential. I have always been a fan of buying new but to increase my woodworking capabilities in the shortest and the most affordable manner, I've incorporated Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist into my purchasing strategy. With some diligence, a little patience, and a bit of luck you can sometimes find a great machine at a great price which can give you a tool you want with enough money left over to buy something else or for other purposes (installing needed electrical upgrades). I found a Grizzly G0490 8" Parallelogram Jointer in great condition and paid $750 (it is $1,300 new with delivery). I eventually plan to upgrade to a Shelix head but the present blades are doing just fine now. I also paid $200 for a brand new Grizzly G0548Z Dust Collector (2hp, 1,700 cfm w/ one micron canister filter - $604 new delivered). The owner purchased the DC then bought a larger unit at an auction and the Grizzly sat unassembled in his garage for a couple years. He was asking $250 but couldn't find several of the parts when we were there to pick it up and knocked off $50 (the missing parts cost me $40 to replace). If you buy used, you can also have the option of upgrading in the future and sell what you buy used now at a later date (possibly at the same price you bought it for, with the original owner taking the biggest hit on the cost). In regard to installing 220V, is there an option of doing it yourself? I installed all of the electric in my shop (30' x 40' x 10'h pole building) and doing it yourself can make things more affordable, isn't real difficult, gives the versatility to adapt to changing arrangements in your shop. Since having the jointer in my shop, I can easily say that having a nice jointer with the added width and longer table length is a great advantage over the smaller varieties, and if you can find a good unit that fits your budget & shop, it can be a worthwhile investment.
  9. Battle Ridge

    Bandsaw question

    My search for a bandsaw centered on the 14" and up Rikon, Jet and Laguna saws. I spent countless hours researching online and covered many miles visiting multiple dealers to view the variety of options and to be able to touch each of the machines. In the end I chose the Laguna 18BX and while it wasn't really within the budget, my CFO (and loving wife) and I were able to make it work (with the help of a 10% discount and picking it up at a dealer where I saved the standard $75 delivery fee). One of the reasons I chose the saw was for the blade brake and it is definitely a feature I am happy to have. The brake is great to shut down the saw and bring the blade to a stop more swiftly, particularly when there is a need to remove a smaller piece of wood that was left near the blade or when moving from one task to another that requires adjustment of the blade guide or fence. It is also quite handy during certain cutting tasks when you start on the in-feed side of the saw and end up on the out-feed side, where you can conveniently tap on the brake to stop the saw and it doesn't require going back to the shut-off switch. It is surprising how long - and how silently - the blade can continue to move once the power is shut off, and if you are actively moving from one action to another (cutting a board, placing the board on the assembly table, then moving back to set-up the saw or begin another cut), coming back to a blade that is fully stopped is much, MUCH better than inadvertently coming in contact with a moving blade that has the potential to cause serious injury. Depending on the work I am doing, I don't always use the blade brake, though I often do with an easy application to shut off the saw and to bring it to a gentle stop. The other features that swayed me toward the saw I bought were the ceramic blade guides which I truly love, having each dust-collection port on the same side of the machine (several saws have one of the outlets protruding into an area I use for a workspace and would be an inconvenience), the fence, features and overall build and quality of the machine. I have also found the larger overall machine - horsepower, wheel size and particularly the table size - to be a nice plus. The saw meets my needs exceptionally well and since placing it in my shop I haven't looked back with anything but satisfaction. Each persons individual wants, needs and use varies though and with any investment, it can be good to do a lot of research (which it appears you are well involved in) and to get your hands on as many machines as you can. Overall it could likely be easy to be satisfied with either of the machines you are looking at, it just comes down to what you think you will be most satisfied with - and is an investment toward future happiness. While I have been fortunate enough to not have any unwanted events such as a broken blade or other surprise, the unanticipated can occur and having the option to bring things to a quick stop can be an advantage (should you remember to do so in the heat of the moment). Below is a video that David Falkner was kind enough to share, and it can serve as a wake-up call as to how quickly and violently things can happen. Very much worth the view.
  10. Battle Ridge

    Bandsaw blade choices

    My primary bandsaw blade collection for my Laguna 18BX consists of a 1" carbide Laguna Resaw King for resaw work (from ), and the bi-metal Lenox Diemaster 2 blades, 1/2" 4tpi & 1/4" 6tpi (from ). I bought each for the longer life of the carbide and bi-metal blades, the combination of price & value, as well as the overall quality they provide. I haven't been disappointed in any of the blades.
  11. Battle Ridge

    Planer replaced

    It looks like the price of $549 for a Dewalt DW735X (with the extra blade set and extension tables) is good through 6/14/2018. Additionally, if you are a veteran (which I am), the 10% discount drops the price to $494. I was lucky enough to snag one during the short time price drop to $450 on Amazon, but the Lowe's price isn't bad at all.
  12. Battle Ridge

    Planer replaced

    While a planer & jointer have been on my wish list, it hasn't been in the budget (ideally, I would have loved a Jet JJP-10HH, but at $3,500 it is well out reach at the present). I often scan Craigslist (via and Facebook Marketplace, as well as various forums in search of a bargain, and while they can be few and sometimes far between, occasional gems do pop up. Diligence can be a friend in this. Last Monday evening I saw a forum post for a Dewalt DW735 package with the extra blades and the extension tables for $450, first available via Ebay and shortly thereafter via Amazon (which evidently lowered their prices to match the Ebay listing). After conferring with my Chief Financial Officer (and wonderful spouse), I ordered one from Amazon just after midnight on Tuesday at the $450 price. By Tuesday afternoon, the Amazon price was back up to $599.99 (today it is listed at $579.99), and the Ebay offering has ended because the item is no longer available. Of course, the companion to a planer is a jointer and while you can find many 6" jointers, larger ones can be more difficult to come by. Interestingly, I found a well cared for three year old 8" Grizzly G0490 Parallelogram Bed Jointer listed for $800 on Facebook. The posting was less than a day old and after a one hour drive, I picked it up last night for $750 (new price is $1,145 shipped and they are presently backordered). Ideally I would like to upgrade each to Helical Heads at some point, but for the price point I made my purchases, I have my foot in the door at a reasonable cost and can begin work in areas that wasn't possible before. There is disappointment to be found in bargain hunting too and after coming in from a tree planting (I have a 103 acre tree farm), I found a new Facebook Marketplace listing for an almost new Jet Dust Collector (with the canister filter) and a picture of a Jet Dust Filtration Unit (the ceiling mounted type) in a box listed for $150 and located about half an hour from me. Upon contacting the seller, someone else had already jumped on it and while she gave me the opportunity to get it if they didn't take it, they gobbled it up. I'm still kicking my bottom over that lost opportunity, but it has increased my faith in the possibilities that are available.
  13. Battle Ridge

    Laguna 18BX (and similar size bandsaws)

    In short, I love my Laguna 18BX (though this is perhaps an understatement). I spent a lot of time researching online and traveling to dealers in multiple directions, as well as gathering the wealth of forum information that was provided, and in addition I contemplated over a variety of concerns and reservations I might have had, but in the end, each brain cell expended in the process was well worth it and I have no reservations in the saw whatsoever. My one remaining concern was about the saw being perhaps "too big", but that has vanished and I have found no negatives in having an 18" saw over a variety of smaller choices, and if anything, having the additional capacity, power and particularly the table size has been a huge benefit. The saw cuts and performs well and the build and quality is quite satisfactory. The only fault I found was that while adjusting the lower guide, things seemed to be a little bit off. In removing the plate that holds the guide, I found a small spot of weld splatter in which I used a Dremel tool with a drum sanding attachment to easily make the problem go away. Also, I became concerned at one point in which the saw would not come on, but a check quickly found that the brake pedal had not fully raised (the saw was new and the fit was still a bit snug), and a little nudge upward was all that was needed to re-engage the shut-off switch. Otherwise all has been outstanding. The size of the saw is great for both large and small work and there is plenty of capacity to work in all directions without feeling cramped, additionally it is quite stable with no movement and the table height is quite convenient. The horsepower is more than adequate and provides plenty of power, and the ability to change blades and perform other functions is easy with the design of the saw. I also appreciate the dust collection outlets being on the same side of the saw and would find having outlets on two different sides to be a hindrance and protrude into the workspace between my bandsaw and my workbench / assembly table (which also holds my belt / spindle sander). I really love the ceramic Laguna guides (adjusting the lower guides can be a little snug, though no worse than any other manufacturers designs) and while I haven't used a saw with roller type guides, I find myself without any desire for anything but the ceramic - though at some point I may drop down to a 3/16" blade and add a Carter Stabilizer to fill the gap between my scroll saw and my 1/4" bandsaw blade. The brake feature is definitely a worthwhile feature and I use it more often than I though I might. It is convenient to more swiftly stop the blade after a cut to remove any smaller pieces of wood that may be lingering, as well as decreasing the time necessary before adjusting the guide height or for setting up the fence for another cut. It can be surprising how long the blade can continue to spin when the saw is shut off, and if you lose attention for a few moment and return to do something, a silently spinning blade can have the potential to present a danger to any flesh that may come near. It is also easy to find yourself on the out-feed side of the saw when cutting longer pieces and it is much easier to give the brake a tap to shut the saw off, than returning back to the in-feed side to kill the power. My blade selection consists of the carbide 1" Laguna Resaw King which performs superbly and while the saw is rated for up to a 1-1/4" blade, I generally prefer not to work in the upper limits of my equipment, though it appears that the saw has plenty of capacity to fully tension the 1-1/4" blade. I also have the bi-metal Lenox Diemaster 2 blades - 1/2" 4tpi and 1/4" 6tpi. I am presently doing a lot of work with smaller pieces of wood and thus the 1/4" blade has been my primary go-to, leave-on-the-saw blade and it handles much general cutting well. When working with larger pieces of wood, the 1/2" blade sits on the saw and also seems to handle smaller work well too without needing to switch to the smaller blade. Of course, the RK is great for resaw work. As mentioned earlier, I may add a 3/16" blade and a Carter Stabilizer for detail cutting, but haven't reached the point of going there yet. I have also been considering adding a blade suitable for cutting some smaller log sections (1-2" length) into boards. I own and live on a 103 acre tree farm and while my future plans are to add a portable sawmill, I would like to do some initial tinkering before taking that step, though am contemplating the concerns in doing any working with the bandsaw in that aspect due to the moisture and sap concerns (clean-up / rusting). Additionally, I have some reclaimed lumber from our one-room schoolhouse that I would like to resaw and while I will be checking both visually and with a detector for metal, I would like to add a blade to resaw questionable pieces to avoid the chance of destroying the RK blade. Those are a few of my thoughts and impressions of the saw. Basically I would recommend it without hesitation and since having it in my shop, I haven't looked back with anything but good experiences.
  14. Battle Ridge

    Workbench / Assembly Table Drawers - Seeking Recommendations

    As I begin to use the workbench and do assembly work on projects, I should develop a better idea of the type of things I use and will need on a regular basis. Instead of taking a one-size-fits-all approach, a mix of smaller and larger drawers might work better and utilize the space to it's maximum potential. One of my original thoughts was that the shelving and storage spot for my fastening and other hardware was on the other side of the shop (not convenient) and not the best organized, and as I transform a storage area (mowers, tiller, etc.) to a woodoworking area, I need to have the items, tools and other things closer at hand. I may just keep enough of the often-needed supplies for several projects at the work area and restock it when needed from the larger quantities I usually purchase, negating the need for the larger workbench drawers. For now, I may settle on having a few cardboard or other boxes at hand and as things accumulate I can use the forum info to develop a more carefully-considered plan to customize the work area. I appreciate all of the info everyone has shared and it has given me a much better perspective.
  15. I am in the process of building a combination workbench / assembly table for my shop. The basic construction of the bench is 2x6 & 2x4 framing with a double layer of 3/4" plywood for a top and a tempered hardboard work surface. My plan is to install two drawers that will hold a variety of items including screws and fastening hardware, handtools and a variety of other items. Given the size of the drawers and how quickly the weight can add up, I would like for the drawers to be strong and heavy duty enough to support the load without sagging or failure - though at the same time economical to construct (thus no fancy drawer slides or hardware). Each drawer will be 30-3/4" wide by 42" deep and 5-1/2" tall. The drawers will be accessible from each side of the workbench and will pull out about 20 inches with the remainder of the unextended drawer supporting the extended section (thus allowing half of the items to be accessible from one side and the other half of the items from the other side of the workbench). The drawers will rest on a full depth support ("A" in the photo) and my plan is to install 1/32" thick "Slick Tape" on the top of each support and/or on the bottom of the sides of the drawer. There is a full depth 2x6 along the top of each side of the drawers to prevent the drawer from tipping and dropping when extended (with enough clearance to remove any swelling & expansion concerns). I would appreciate recommendations on the drawer construction and supports. What would be the best material for the fronts of the drawers, the sides, the drawer bottom, and for the drawer supports ("A" in the photo)? Also what type of construction / joinery would be best, and what type of additional supports would you recommend. I have searched around online but due to the drawer size and the weight of the contents, as well as the use (nothing fancy is needed, just adequate long-term functioning) I wanted to get the insight of anyone here. Thank you in advance.