G Ragatz

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    East Lansing, MI
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    Furniture, cabinetry

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  1. G Ragatz

    Need some input!

    Nice piece of work! Might want to put a little knob on that drawer - it fits so cleanly, I'd never be able to figure out how to get to my ground coffee, bleary-eyed at 6:00 am.
  2. I've seen these plastic inserts used in MDF doors (basically, the same concept as what I B suggested): https://www.amazon.com/Rok-Hardware-Plastic-Inserts-Screws/dp/B015O4DCBK
  3. G Ragatz

    New project with crazy angles

    Okay, I see what you're asking. On my TS, the bevel gauge runs from 0 degrees (a 90-degree cut) to 45 degrees. To cut the bevel you need, I'd set my gauge to 90-58.285 = 31.715 degrees. I'm guessing there would be quite a bit of trial-and-error to get there
  4. G Ragatz

    New project with crazy angles

    If I remember my solid geometry (iffy), the dihedral angle is the angle formed by the intersection of the side of one of your pentagons with the side of an adjacent pentagon. So I think the bevel you want to cut on the sides is 116.57/2 = 58.285 degrees. If you were making a cube, the dihedral angle would be 90 degrees, and you'd cut 45-degree bevels, right?
  5. G Ragatz

    Lifting cabinet saw solo

    I think Mark is right about the joists in the garage. 500# sounds like a lot of weight, but surely your joists could handle a couple of NFL running backs doing pull-ups at the same time - especially if, as Mark suggests, you spread the load across a few joists. If you want to hire help, my wife and I have had good luck with Two Men and a Truck for help moving furniture and appliances. I think we paid ~ $80 to have a couple of guys move a refrigerator into the basement and move a bedroom suite from first to second floor - about an hour's work. Pricing may depend on how far they have to travel to get to you (our guys didn't have to travel far).
  6. G Ragatz

    The duststopper

    In the video bleedinblue posted, it looked like the guy filled the 5 gallon bucket about 2/3 full (within ~ 5 inches of the top), and didn't get any significant blow-by into the shop vac. Couldn't tell what the mix of chips/fine stuff was in the test, but it didn't look like all fine dust.
  7. G Ragatz

    Black Friday cometh

    This is Pony/Jorgensen's web site: https://ponyjorgensen.com/ The Hardware City seems to have Cabinet Master bar clamps available, and they're on sale (no idea whether these are good prices or not): https://www.thehardwarecity.com/index.html - just search for "jorgensen"
  8. It might provide more support than something like a butt hinge, but you'll notice that on that table (when it's all set up), there is a tubular metal bar that runs perpendicular to the boards that make up the table top - I suspect that's where the real support is.
  9. Seems like you could get the support you need with the hinged design, but I'm not sure you can make it so it will fold up as compactly as you'd like. The second design, with the ropes seems like it would be fairly compact, but I don't think you could ever get enough tension on the ropes to keep the top from sagging between the legs. My understanding is that they have some X-shaped receptacles that fit into the tops of the legs, and will hold a 2x4 in place. If you had six of those, you could hinge a couple of 2-foot (or a little longer, if you want) 2x4s at the ends, so that they would fold up pretty compactly, but when unfolded and fitted into the fixtures the long way, would give you solid support for whatever sort of 2' stock you lay across them. You could use your rope design, and you only need enough tension on the ropes to hold them together horizontally - the 2x4s provide the vertical support.
  10. G Ragatz

    Reclining couch in camper

    Maybe a piece of plywood the same length as the back support, hinged to the wall, with notches cut into the edges of the back support to allow the plywood to lock into the back? Might need to add a piece of stock to the edge of the back support to accommodate the notches. I think you could get at least a few different angles with pretty solid support.
  11. G Ragatz

    Need jointer, planer, and bandsaw have $900

    As others have said, $900 is a pretty tight budget for buying the tools you want new, but I think it also depends, to some degree, on what you're building. If you're building smaller things and not working with large pieces of stock, you have more wiggle room. Some possibilities: I have a DeWalt 734 planer (mentioned in an earlier reply) - $400 new. I think it does a good job. It's 12 inches wide and has only one speed (vs. 13" and two speeds for the 735). I use it as little as possible, because it's kind of noisy, kind of messy, and I'd rather be making something than planing rough stock. I have a Delta bench-top jointer - $349 new. I use it almost exclusively for edge jointing, and rarely working with stock longer than 4 feet. For my purposes, it does a good job. If I were working a lot with longer stock or if I were face-jointing stock, I would probably want something better (the place I buy wood will face-joint for $0.09/bf, so I'm not going to be doing that job). I've also read some positive reviews on Cutech jointers that are around that same price point - but no first-hand experience. The bandsaw could be a challenge, if you want to use it for resawing. I have a Rikon 10-306 that I just got about a month ago - $340 new (with a 15% off coupon). I use it for cutting curved pieces, and I'm happy with it for that job. I did resaw a couple of small pieces when I needed some stuff 3/8" thick, and it did okay, but I wouldn't want to do a lot of that (and I think it's limited to a 4-1/2" cut). On the bright side, the holiday season is upon us, and there should be some sales going soon.
  12. G Ragatz

    How would you make this

    If you decide you'd rather spend your shop time working on something else, these guys sell the hangers for $8.25 a pop: http://www.hangupscompany.com/store/p11/Ash_fabric_hanger.html
  13. G Ragatz

    Floor protection

    I see that type of flooring a lot in the weight room in gyms. They stand up to some pretty heavy equipment with steel legs/feet, so I imagine it would work well in the studio. Also will have a little bit of "give" to it, so might be easy on your back.
  14. G Ragatz

    Bandsaw help

    This looks like it "might" be the one: https://www.grizzly.com/products/g4186z/parts
  15. G Ragatz

    Hinges for glass doors

    I had the same thought about the glass thickness - and if you go 5/16 or 3/8, you're probably looking at a 40-45 lb. door. Pretty sure the shower door hinges could handle that with two hinges per door. The concealed hinges, I'd guess you'd need at least four per door. I believe they also have versions of those hinges that don't require a hole in the glass.