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Porter Cable 5" Random Orbit Sander

Been wanting an electric orbital sander for a while, as I’ve been using my air powered auto body sander for years now. Has done a good job, but the small compressor, in the hangar, runs and runs. Figured I’ve spent as much on electricity as...

961 views, 0 by Shin


DIY Surfacing Sander?

When I taught shop, we had a Thickness Sander, that was awesome. Can’t afford to buy one, so I’d like to build one, similar to the photo. Anybody built their own Thickness Sander?

664 views, 0 by TonyCan


Sander pads

I have a dewalt random orbital sander, and i just recently replaced the pad, it is the hook and lock type. I use the diablo sandpaper disc, and after a few uses the disc will not stay stuck to the pad, what could be the issue, and what can be the...

870 views, 0 by Kelly

Exception Festool Sander Deal

Over on that other forum, someone posted a never before heard of deal on a “Festool ‘PRO 5 LTD’ ETS 125 REQ Random Orbital Sander” – Festool is running a special and putting them out the door for $99.00. For that, you also get a special...

688 views, 0 by MJCD

Oliver 6910 Oscillating Spindle Sander - 1st Thoughts

I want to pass along some good news – that is a favorable experience with a manufacturer (their Customer Service) and the first heavy use of their product. My focus is sculpted furniture, with forays into wood sculptures – always in hardwood....

2,672 views, 0 by Kelly

Again With the Gloating

I just bought the two of these for $250.00. A guy, who owned a box making factory, gave these and a 38” thickness sander to the local junk yard. A friend beat me to the thickness sander [and that’s how I learned about these (now I have to help...

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Need construction ideas

I am dying to try my hands on a couple of Enrico Konig work. I accumulated pictures of his pieces and have been analyzing it for a while. I am eyeing this coffee table. The glass top will obviously be bought. I am thinking the following:...

760 views, 0 by MJCD

Resident Skills

I’ve commented, previously, that a Forum is defined by the skills and mentoring-willingness of its active members. And, there is the other side of that coin, that other members need to be asking the provocative questions to draw-out and provide a...

894 views, 0 by TonyCan



Has anyone tried their hand at a giant jenga? I was recently asked if i could make one i said sure, why not. Well it was a B!! I was not happy, i told the lady to take it try it and if she was not happy to return it, i was not happy with it. I...

860 views, 0 by TonyCan


Spent $91 today!!

Best $91 spent ever! So i went for a router and some misc small clamps, but walked away with all this!! Had to share, i was stoked!! First the router, its a like new porter cable, 1.75HP, with fixed and plunge base, all the tools, 1/4 &...

1,357 views, 0 by Bill T

New Table saw

Starting to look around at upgrading my table saw ( the one I have is a old Beaver saw Its about 45 years old I remember my dad having it when I was a kid many moons ago) its a belt drive will take a 8" blade no guards of course and top is approx...

1,017 views, 0 by Kelly

4' x 6' Sandpaper Eraser/Cleaner

I was working on a door and some swirl marks came through on the stain. That meant sanding back through the stain. Of course, that meant I was going to load down sheets and disks of paper just holding the sander within a few feet of the door. ...

1,081 views, 0 by Jeff B

Jeff B

*sigh* sharpening

Hello all, Well, this morning I find myself procrastinating about heading out to the shop. I have to join 6 boards together to make a panel. I don’t have a jointer, mostly because I couldn’t jam another machine into my tiny shop if I wanted to....

1,484 views, 0 by Fred Hargis

Supermax 19/38?

In a really stupid move earlier this year, I sold my Delta 18/36 drum sander that I’ve owned for about 13 years. It’s really earned it’s keep, but I have used it a lot less over the last 4 years or so. That led me to sell it to make room for a...

1,000 views, 0 by Kelly


I have a Unisaw with a 52" fence. Needless to say, cutting a forty-five on 3/4" stock longer than its capabilities is a challenge. I could run against a sacrificial fence, but that requires me to rely on the cut portion, in back of the blade,...

702 views, 0 by Jack


What the heck happened?

About a week ago I was working on another music stand. I already had one pour of System Three Mirror Coat on it and waited the recommended time to do the flood coat. It went on fine and I covered it to dry. It was beautifully smooth and a...

558 views, 0 by David Roberts

CNC Router

I am new to this site and have been wood working for 3 or 4 years now and it seems that I am always looking for that next tool! So I am looking towards 2 new tools now, A CNC router and a drum sander! Expensive tools to say the least! Just...

1,094 views, 0 by MontyJ


Wipe on poly

I recently completed a small cherry table and finished it with colonial maple stain and wipe on poly. The entire table came out great except for the top. If you look at the pic below, you can see that it appears blotchy looking. That is the only...

742 views, 0 by TonyCan


Few kinks fixed

So a week or so ago i had an issue with my oribtal sander and the pad (hook & loom) keeping the sanding disk attached. So as i was at home depot this morning i was just going to buy a new one. The ryobi had a good pad, almost looked like...

668 views, 0 by MJCD

Post-Project Shop Reset; Optimizing the Small Shop

The following covers two areas: getting my shop ready for the next project, and optimizing the small shop. Post-Project Reset We each have our procedures; one of mine is that after every project, I reset the shop. The reset includes re-touching...