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  1. I used it once. I was drawing to the formaldehyde free properties. I was not very impressed with it though. Lots of voids in the 3/4" sheet I used. No different than other BORG sheet goods
  2. I picked up a Skil HD5687M and couldnt be happier. I have yet to bog it down (even cross cutting pressure treated 4x4's). Fairly light weight (I suppose its due to the magnesium base). It will come in under your $100 budget. Leave the worm drives to the framers, I think they are too heavy for general and shop use.
  3. I know this post is a few days old, but if you still need it and If its something quick and easy, send me the dimensions your need and I'll bang something out on my lunch break.
  4. She's looking for an even tone. I'll give the GF water based a try. Thanks again
  5. Thanks for the ideas everyone. I'm gonna the water based stain and just keep layering it on and see how it turns out. If the wife doesnt like the look, I'll just pick up another sheet of ply and try something else.
  6. The wife asked me to make a headboard for the bed and gave me a picture she found online. Thedesign requires 1/4" plywood woven in to a lattace of sorts. I dont want to spend a lot of money on this as she has a tendency to redecorate at least once a year and I have a feeling she might get sick of the design at some point in the very near future. I found some baltic birch plywood for very cheap, so I figure I'll be using that. I know that birch has a tendancy to get blotchy when stained. I thought about using a pre-stain conditioner before the stain, but I've been told that it will not allow the stain to get as dark as it normally would. She wants this thing black. Not painted, but a very dark black stain. I watched Marc's video on blotch control, and he recommended a dewaxed shellac and a General Finishes gel stain. I looked at General Finishes website, and they dont carry a black gel stain. He mentioned that he has had problems with other gel stains (i've read a lot of very negative reviews on other brands as well). What do you think is my best option? Thanks, Brian
  7. Not sure on the decibel levels from saws, but I know they make automatic earmuffs for shooting. They amplify ambient noise (animal movement, etc) and block out anything over a certain decibel level. Some of these are VERY expensive (over $2000), but there are cheaper versions. Here are a couple I found on Amazon Howard Leight R-01526 Impact Sport Electronic Earmuff Caldwell E-Max Low Profile Electronic Muffs Just take them off when you need to answer the phone
  8. I've heard of guys using naphtha (lighter fluid) to wipe down a section of wood to see what a finished piece will look like. Naphtha is good for removing adhesive and waxy substances from wood. Just make sure to use it in a well ventilated area
  9. Just over the border there is a place called Badger Hardwood. I've gotten a few projects worth of wood from them. Nice guys with a good selection. Prices are pretty good as well. Only issue I have had with them is their hours. 8-4 Monday through Friday. Both times I was there I had to take time off from work.