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Hey all, apldeap123 here. I know I have not been active with the sub over the past few months, and I would like to apologize for that. I slacked off of this sub because of things happening with my life, but that will change! Hence the return of the Hump Day Wednesday. Well, since today is Wednesday, that means that we are halfway through the workweek/schoolweek! So, what are you all up to, projectwise or otherwise? This is a general discussion thread, so anything goes.


For those building workbenches, how concerned are you about the tp being flat and level all over?


This got booted from the woodworking forum, hoping it's ok here I'm going to belt sand a 500 sq foot deck that's pressure treated paint (I want to get the paint off so I can do a clear stain).

Would an N95 dust mask do, or should I go full on respirator? And if so, any suggestion which to get from the list here or

Edit - thanks for the info. Ordered a 3M 6502 and P100 filters and some new glasses.


Hello! I just got done watching a video about wood movement, and while what he's saying makes sense I'm curious what the implications are for inlays and mixing wood types even when you can match grain direction. Wouldn't this be a problem? If so, how do you solve it?

Thank you in advance,


I recently fell and bucked a dead oak tree on my property, which gives me a little bit of wood to play with (I know, it probably still needs to dry a bit). So I halved one of the thicker logs on my band saw, and I'd like to make a few 1" deep rips through the flat side in order to give me enough space to fit in a piece of copper tubing. Is it safe to do this on my table saw? Do I just make a pass, and then adjust the fence over appropriately in order to make another pass, and then repeat until the desired width is reached?

I'm not too much of a beginner, but I'm green enough to not know the answer to this question, and I just want to make sure I'm working safe.

Thanks all.

EDIT: Thanks so much for all the responses, folks! I have a router table that I think I'll use instead. Sounds like it will be much safer, considering it's an odd shaped log. Thanks again!


I bought this 12” ridgid miter saw cheap, I’ve looked for a model number and I cannot find one anywhere. I want to replace the throat plate but I have no idea what model it is so I cannot get a new one.

Why does the throat plate get like this? A couple cuts I’ve seen more of it get chewed off by the blade even after I’ve double checked for square.

Also not sure where the laser is coming from, it’s a little off and I’d like to adjust it.

This is the closest I could find with any info, are any of these a model number?


So, I'm new to all of this. I've done remodeling in the past and have experience with roofing/doors/windows throughout my years, but I've decided to finally build up a modest workshop where I can learn how to make things like chairs, tables, nightstands, headboards, beds, etc. Basically things for me and my family that can save us a bit of money, but also be 'ours' ya know? I have a good chop saw and table saw as well as myriad hand tools from my window and door days (chisels/drills/hammers/levels/chalk line/etc).

Anyways, enough about me. We are doing a remodel of our kitchen and have decided to just get new cabinet doors instead of all new cabinets because apparently even cheap new cabinets are really not cheap at all... The problem is, our drawers are 3 sided and not 4 sided. The drawer fronts are attached to the sides and the fronts don't match the shaker style we are going for around the rest of the kitchen. Now, we can get matching fronts for these drawers from the same company making our doors, but I'll need to cut off the current fronts in order to make it work.

Now, to my actual question (I know, I'm sorry): Is a band saw the right piece of equipment here? I have a sawzall, but that really seems like using a shotgun for a mosquito if you catch my drift. I just see the sawzall potentially destroying the drawers if I go that route. Also, I'd like to further round out my budding wood shop so a new piece of equipment that I'll definitely find a use for doesn't seem like a bad way to go either.

All that being said, funds are limited. I don't want to spend a fortune as I'm rather new to all of this, but I also want equipment that is going to last reasonably well. What's the best bang for the buck here? I would think $4-500 would be the absolute limit and I'm hoping to find something for around $300. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Edit: Picture of drawers for further clarification


I am working on a project where I need to cut a curved "tip" on pine board that is 3.5" wide and 0.5" deep. I need to cut hundreds of these things...

I have switched back-and-forth between on making the initial cut with a band saw (then belt sander to clean it up) or a table router that traces a pattern to get the curved tip that I want. I am pretty happy with how they turn out but what I really would like to do is increase the amount I can rep out at once!

I can make two at a time but it would be GREAT if I could cut many more at a time. I am willing to buy new tools if need be.

[EXAMPLE OF CURVED TIPS IN COMMENTS] Sorry for the black and white crap and this picture was taken after using a band saw but before sanding down to the exact curve I need.

Thanks so much!

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