conleya

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  1. Thanks for the suggestions. Unfortunately, I don't have a low angle plane or a drum sander, so i think I will go with the feet option.
  2. I have been working on a bunch of Marc's end grain cutting boards as Christmas gifts, and during the finish sanding noticed that a few of them don't sit flat on a countertop. I sanded them with a random orbit sander so they are completely smooth, but apparently the corners are not co-planer. Any tips on how to get them completely flat? I have been sanding the two corners that don't rock, and have had a little success, but the process seems to involve a lot of guess work. Just wondering if there is an easier way to determine where I need to remove material to make them flat. Any advice is
  3. Thanks for all the great suggestions. I think I will probably try my hand at making a nice little box. I have been wanting to work on dovetails, so this sounds like a great project. I am thinking I will try half blind dovetails for the face of the box and through dovetails on the back. I can't wait to get started! I have a few more cutting boards I need to finish up for Christmas presents, but plan to start on it after that.
  4. I am looking for suggestions on what my next project should be to continue to build my woodworking skills. I am just getting started in woodworking; my first project was the end grain cutting board. That simple project taught me a lot of valuable skills, from properly setting up my table saw, plane sharpening, milling, glue up and clamping, finishing, etc. I am looking for another project that will help me learn a bunch of new skills, but I don't want anything super difficult that will get me discouraged. The tools I have are: Table Saw Miter Saw Jig Saw 12" Planer Router Drill Ro
  5. I just got my RO 125. I don't know how I ever lived with out it. I only had time tonight to use it for about 10 minutes, but my forearms are already exhausted. I can't believe the power this sander has. I am sanding some end grain cutting boards, and the RO 125 with a hard sanding pad and some Rubin P50 is doing an amazing job. I had been sanding on them forever with my old cheap random orbit sander and not getting anywhere. 10 minutes with the Festool RO 125 and they are almost perfect. For now I am just using a shop-vac for dust extraction, but plan to get a CT 36 or 48 soon. Thank
  6. Thanks for the great advice, I think I will wait until I can afford the 48, I would hate to buy a smaller size and be constantly regretting not waiting and buying the bigger size. I will probably still go ahead with the RO 125 though. Has anyone used this sander with a shop vac? Does it work well enough to get me by until I can afford the CT48?
  7. I am looking to make my first Festool purchase and am looking for some advice. I need to get a new sander to work on some end grain cutting boards I am making for Christmas presents. I am looking at the Festool RO 125 and a Midi Dust extractor kit. I am just a hobyist, but want to by a quality tool that will last me a long time, and I like how all of the Festools work together as a system. Does the Festool RO 125 and Midi Dust extractor seem like a good fit? Is there an advantage to going with a larger Dust Extractor? Eventually I plan to add a Festool 1400 Router and TS and want to make