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    Hi Gunter, The last time I built a deck I used...

    Hi Gunter,

    The last time I built a deck I used square drive stainless from McFeeley like Steve, although I did countersink. I love the look but you should know that the SS screws are soft and...
  2. Thanks, Mike. I was curious about the RTJ400. I...

    Thanks, Mike. I was curious about the RTJ400. I use an Excalibur lift in my router table, so I should be able to get very accurate results. I'm a little apprehensive about another Leigh - They're...
  3. Dovetail Jig - "Conventional" vs. Router Table

    I have an old, old jig that I'd like to retire and get newer technology.

    I'm trying to decide between a "conventional", benchtop jig versus a router table jig.

    Has anyone tried both and do you...
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    James - I second the sound advice above. If...

    James - I second the sound advice above. If buying the bandsaw now will delay the purchase of the jointer/planer, then pass and focus on the jointer/planer and drill press first. If you have enough...
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    Jacob - If this router is going into a lift,...

    Jacob - If this router is going into a lift, you'll will want a larger motor. My choice is the Porter Cable 7518.

    The Bosch is a good router for freehand/edge work, but not powerful enough for...
  6. I'm a big fan of the Woodpeckers 1281 square - I...

    I'm a big fan of the Woodpeckers 1281 square - I find I reach for this more often than many other measuring/marking tools. The way it's designed it works very well on a variety of materials.
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    Jacob - I don't have personal experience with...

    Jacob - I don't have personal experience with Bosch routers, but I've heard lots of positive comments. At $259 for the MRC23EVSK (new on Amazon) you really can't go wrong. You get a brand new unit...
  8. Ramboard is also great. it's not as thick as 1/8...

    Ramboard is also great. it's not as thick as 1/8 hardboard and easy to cut with a knife.

    For cleanup - Try Naptha it will take any sticky residue off without hurting the Glitsa. Naptha is great...
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    Mark - Best wishes for a speedy recovery! ...

    Mark - Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

    You'll get no discussion on your practices or judgement from me. I just appreciate you sharing with the community.

    After getting whacked in the chest...
  10. I agree with Jamie. If it were me, I'd use...

    I agree with Jamie. If it were me, I'd use straight pieces to work around the sink.

    Personally, I use Blum Tandems for most everything. I'd stick with those and you easily shim out to deal with...
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    Brent - I agree with everything above. The...

    Brent - I agree with everything above. The jobsite saws mentioned are not up to the task of accurate hobbyist woodworking. Using one of these will be very frustrating.

    When I started out I found...
  12. Hey Mark, Jim addressed this very well. For...

    Hey Mark,

    Jim addressed this very well. For me, it's his first and second points:
    1) Vibration free, and
    2) Dust extraction

    My old PC did the job, but made me numb too. Maybe the newer...
  13. William - I use the Festool 125 and love it. ...

    William - I use the Festool 125 and love it. This was an upgrade from a conventional Porter Cable 5" RO sander. The Festool was life changing. I almost don't mind sanding now. I use all Festool...
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    I Love This Forum

    Fellow Sawmill Creekers,

    I've been spending a bit more time in my shop lately - Cleaning up, tuning machines, (and building a few things ). As a result I've been spending a bit of time in this...
  15. Joe - Great advise from everyone above. Like...

    Joe - Great advise from everyone above. Like Roger, I keep duplicates of all my blades on hand so I can have a sharp blade. I didn't see using the correct blade mentioned above (sorry if i missed...
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    +1 for Brian's method above. I have installed...

    +1 for Brian's method above. I have installed hundreds and I don't use a jig for mounting holes. Using the Tandem, mark the hole location with a vix bit, then finish with a 5 mm bit. Then use 5mm...
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    Hi Pat, Makerspace is very cool. I'm the CFO...

    Hi Pat,

    Makerspace is very cool. I'm the CFO of a private foundation in Denver. We just funded a Makerspace project in rural southeast Colorado that seeks to engage older adults in projects...
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    I take Jacob's approach - I use a spray-on...

    I take Jacob's approach - I use a spray-on graphite.

    However, I'm tempted to try a test with white grease to see how long it takes to get caked with dust and get really crummy. I suspect over the...
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    Like everyone else, I run the PC 7518. It's a...

    Like everyone else, I run the PC 7518. It's a beast and just keeps running.

    For the lift, I bought the General Excalibur based on a Fine Woodworking review. It seems to be less common than some...
  20. Hi John, My suggestion is to invest in a...

    Hi John,

    My suggestion is to invest in a stapler and use the 1-1/2 stainless staples you mentioned.

    I have used narrow crown staples for a long time and think they have their place. The...
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    Hi Marshall I run a cabinet saw and I've...

    Hi Marshall

    I run a cabinet saw and I've looked into adding an aftermarket slider. For me it doesn't make sense because I can't enough capacity with one of these to run a full 8' sheet. Plus, as...
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    I put a Byrd in my Delta DJ-15 jointer and love...

    I put a Byrd in my Delta DJ-15 jointer and love it. I changed the bearings at the same time and would recommend that.

    Like others, I didn't want to deal with knife alignment. I've been happy...
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    Jack - What a brilliant project - The "Nightstand...

    Jack - What a brilliant project - The "Nightstand Dog Kennel". I'm sure Fine Woodworking will want to publish this :).

    Your work is great for a first build. Just keep on building and you'll...
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    Edward - I agree with Dan. A 1/2" bit will work...

    Edward - I agree with Dan. A 1/2" bit will work fine in 1/2" material. I just finished some shop storage drawers with half-blinds using all 1/2" baltic birch. With my jig the pins extend pretty...
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    +1 for the Blum Tandems. Once you get used to...

    +1 for the Blum Tandems. Once you get used to the setup, they're so great. You get very predictable results. I just built a pair of end tables for a room and even though they are "furniture"...
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