TomInNC

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  1. Thanks. So would this mean that if I got something like the SawStop integrated table, if I bought the fancy Incra fence down the line this could be used for both the router table and the table saw? I have only used the stock fence on my SawStop, and I am not sure how these after market fence systems work on the table saw. Incra said their fence system is on at least a 6 month backorder, so I was leaning towards getting the integrated table from SawStop, then adding a better fence system down the line if I felt it would be helpful.
  2. Is there any advantage in having a router table mounted to the table saw instead of as a standalone table? I've seen several setups like this and was curious why people go that route. My table saw is 240 and there are no nearby 120v, so going that route would require wheeling around to the other side of the shop. I was watching some videos last night on the Incra wonder fence and their #3 bundle. Seems really cool, but I have no idea how much I would use a lot of the joinery functionality. Incra's videos make everything look suspiciously easy.
  3. Have you had any issues with wood movement having a solid panel attached to the frame in the bottom? I am still struggling with when you need to be really concerned about wood movement. Until recently I had been building things with almost no thought given to movement. I guess I got lucky as I haven't had any issues yet with pieces breaking. Now, after reading way too much about wood movement, I am concerned that everything I put together will break apart the second the humidity changes. If I was really concerned about the bottom of the case moving, would it make sense for me to use frame-and-panel to construct the bottom, then mount the frame and panel on a frame as you suggested?
  4. Thanks for the feedback on the spindle sander. If my bandsaw ever comes in, I will have to look into the ridgid model. A purchase that I will likely make before that is a router table. I currently have one of the Bosch fixed/plunge combos, but I do not have a table, nor have I ever used one. I know I want a lift and want to be able to change the bit above the table. Aside from that, I really can't tell what the difference is between a lot of these table options. Is it worth dropping the extra money to get the high-end packages from Incra and Jessem? I'm having trouble projecting exactly how I would be using the table since I have not had access to one before. It does seem like the table will make a lot of what I have been doing with the handheld router safer.
  5. Thanks. So in your case, did you fasten the panel to the ledge, or just let it float? Good idea on the slats. I am using slats for the shelves on the other side, so this should simplify things significantly.
  6. Nevermind. I found the table of contents. This does look like a fantastic reference. I am still building out my library. Any other recommendations for must-have books? I currently own Flexner's finishsing book, the complete book of woodworking, the complete manual of woodworking, and woodworking basics. Now that I am getting more comfortable with how to properly use the tools that I have, I am looking to learn more about the options for designing and assembling different types of furniture. The Hylton book looks spot on in that regard.
  7. Thanks. Does the book discuss solid wood construction? I was looking at a few cabinet books that they have at our library, but all of the books assumed that you were working with plywood.
  8. I was watching the build below for ideas on how to add a solid wood bottom to this thing. Around minute 6, it looks like he cuts a tongue on some glued up panels and then sets then in grooves that run along the rails. The video moves very quickly, and it is hard to see the grooves.
  9. Do you sand after using your rasp? I have some cheap ones that I picked up at woodcraft. I use then occasionally, but the surface that they leave is really rough.
  10. Ah, Ok. Now I get the reindeer thing. Seems like a good way to get rid of some scrap.
  11. I see reindeer mentioned a lot of woodworking sites. Are these actual reindeer? Or a reference to something else?
  12. So I'm getting close to ordering the lumber for this project. I'm thinking that I will use 3x3 for the entire frame, then add the panels to the sides and back and discussed before. The last thing I need to figure out is how I am going to install the floors of the carcass. If I am sticking with solid wood, should I make up 2 panels for each side of the case, then add a groove around the rails to accept the base panel? Is there a woodworking term for building a floor like this? Looking for something to google. For the trash can, I am going to use some pullout hardware from Revashelf that mounts to the floor of the carcass. As I understand it, this means that the base needs to be the same height as the top of the bottom rail.
  13. I also prefer smoothing with handtools to sanding. When the bandsaw comes in, I wanted to make some bandsaw boxes with my kids, and for most of those bandsaw box designs, I don't think it would be possible to use a spokeshave or a card scraper. That was one of the reasons I was thinking about getting the spindle sander down the line.
  14. I got the DC yesterday, and while I was walking around the store, I started looking at the oscillating spindle sanders. I will be adding a bandsaw to the mix in the fall, which means sanding curves. I have only added significant curves to 2 projects so far, and I sanded them with those little sanding drums that you put on the end of a drill. Not ideal, and results were questionable. If I am going to be sanding down to cut lines to clean up bandsaw cuts, is it worth investing in a spindle sander? If so, any recommendations? The store I was at had both the Jet benchtop and cabinet/standalone spindle sanders. The lower price of the benchtop model is appealing, but I don't want that sitting on my bench all the time. Once you add a table to hold the benchtop model, it is going to take up as much space as the cabinet model. Right now I just use a Dewalt ROS for power sanding.
  15. Thanks. My run should involve a lot less wire. The location of the subpanel in the garage is almost directly above the main panel in the basement, so that should be, at most, a 30 foot run. From the subpanel we are going to run up the wall, across the ceiling, and then drop down. That might be 100 feet when you add it all up. From the subpanel we are adding 2 120v and 2 240v. Our normal electrician initially told me that this should cost about $1600. Then when he wrote a quote up, it suddenly became $4500. He's always impressed me as a pretty honest guy, so I assumed he was just trying to price himself out of the job. I have 4 guys coming out this week to give quotes. When I described the job on the phone to one of them, he also said likely 1600-1800.