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William asks…

Wiring to a work shop?

What size wire do I need for service to a workshop. I will need to go through attic and under ground. Total about 130 ft.. I will need to run a 30 amp Rv traveltrailer and small woodworking tools; table,mitre saw,small a/c, light,etc. Thank you

Denny answers:

For a basic workshop, I usually recommend a 60 amp sub panel. #6 copper or #4 aluminum is usually adequate (if you use TW or UF conductors you would need to increase the wire size by one standard size). While the size would be more than adequate for your current anticipated use, you would have plenty of reserve for possible expansion in the future without worrying about overloading the system.

Mary asks…

i have an 18v delta battery woodworking pack: drill,circular saw,brad nailer,jig saw. I can’t find parts .?

can’t find batteries or a replacement charger for these tools. is there any compatible battery that can be substituted?

Denny answers:

Here’s the Delta/Porter Cable web site: http://www.deltaportercable.com/

Mandy asks…

woodworking help…?

I really want to get into woodworking/carving, especially carving cool pieces of wood with a dremmel tool. Space is limited in the garage and stuff. any tips on getting started?

Denny answers:

Take a 2×2 board 8 feet long, draw on it to look like chain links. Remove everything that isn’t part of the chain. Whittle the links apart as you go. When you get done you will have a very unique wooden chain. I have seen them sell for a lot. When you get done post again and I will give you instructions on the next step. Be patient this is very time consuming

Betty asks…

how do i convince my dad to turn his shed into a workshop?

hey, I am a 12 year old boy who loves woodworking and i have heaps of tools, i have been wanting to save up for my own shed but they are too damn expensive… and we already have a shed but it is full of crap that half of it we don’t even need anymore, if he said yes i would clean it for him and stuff, even if i only got half of the shed it would still be enough. how do i convince him, he is a tough cookie to crack too… thanks

Denny answers:

Well, for starters, I know exactly where you’re at. You see, I started my woodworking at 11 years old to now being a master woodworker by trade. In my beginning, I to had a very stubborn father who liked to do things only his way or no way. We had this back room in the house that always seemed to be cluttered with stuff that no one ever used. You know, junk…The problem that I was facing is my father really never knew at the time how much interest and actually how creative I could be with the various woodworking projects that most would suspect a grown-up to have done. Like you, I was convinced that my dad wasn’t going to really cooperate with me by granting me the privilege of transforming this “junk” room, into a useful, learning environment. So this is what I did. I first cleaned the room in its entirety, paying close attention to what was actually garbage & what was not…I simply tossed all the garbage on trash day & as far as the remaining, “junk”, I built some storage cabinets out of some scrap lumber & stored this remaining clutter nice & neatly inside. I was able to attain 75% of the room for a efficient, workshop environment. I was still skeptical on my father’s reaction prior to the unveiling of my efforts. Would you believe that not only was he overwhelmed, in a good way, but he financed the remainder of $ to help build the necessary workbench & remaining storage cabinets to make this shop complete. I’m not saying that this is the solution, but it could be part of the recipe… By what you have already mentioned about your interests in a hobby shop, you’re on the right track…However, your choice of words seems to be a little distasteful for your age. I only mention this because when I was your age, if I were to ever say any kind of four letter word, I would have gotten punished in a physical way, which was severely wrong at the time & I highly disapprove. Please take this advice for what it ‘s worth, because the best thing about it is….It’s Free!!!
Take care & I wish you the very best in your bright future….Oh, & one last thing, No matter what, “Always measure twice & cut once”…You’ll see……………………………………………………………………………………………….

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Linda asks…

What’s the best brand in table saws for a good price?

My guy would like to do some woodworking projects and he mentioned that he needed a table saw to start. I know nothing about tools so I was hoping someone out there could help. Did I mention I’m on a budget?

Denny answers:

Your question is sort of like asking, “I need to get a car. I’m on a budget.”

What are you going to do with it? Are you willing to put up with a lesser featured or lesser quality, or used model, for less money? Are you going to use it to cut some bookcases and then have it sit for a year, or are you going to use it daily?

There are various categories of saws: (at least in USA)
- Portables such as those used by contractors and hauled around to sites
- Contractor : bigger and beefier, but still somewhat portable, though not easily
- Hybrid – features of above and below types
- Cabinet – heavy duty, meant for continuous duty
- Professional – typically very high end large machines that would weigh several thousand pounds.

Try browsing some of the woodworking magazines for reviews and some ideas. Most of them have a year-end issue highlighting tools.

Personally, Sears would be my last choice.

Sharon asks…

Starting woodworking as a hobby?

Hi,

I recently made a simple gated fence for my backyard vegetable garden. It gave me a small feel of woodworking, and it was something I immediately took to.

I wanted to start off some woodworking from scratch. Simple things like tables, chairs and cabinets to start with.

How would I go about doing this? What would be the bare essential tools that I would need for a garage woodworking hobby shop? Where does one buy ‘better’ wood – cherry, maple, rose etc.

Is home depot a good go-to place for this, or are there better places.

thanks

Denny answers:

Dear Brian Wong

Its very good idea for hobby of woodworking, I think you should try to Pen turning also, its very easy and good for hobby, just search in web video pen turning, you just want a very small lathe for pen turning, you can earn much more money for pen turning,

Please visit my website for Wooden Blanks for pen
http://www.mahadevwood.com

Lisa asks…

Woodworking help…?

I really want to get into woodworking/carving, especially carving cool pieces of wood with a dremmel tool. Space is limited in the garage and stuff. any tips on getting started?

Denny answers:

All you need is a good table, a vice, a decent set of wood chisles…and if you want to cheat, a dremmel. Also its nice to have a hammer.

Tip 1:Wood carving is something that isn’t extremely hard to start playing around with. But before you start cutting away, get a sketch book. What ever idea you have, just jot it down. You may see something you didn’t see before, or you may developer better ideas. And don’t stick to the one drawing, take the general idea and rework it into another sketch. No artist gets it right the first time, i’ve seen some pretty bad sketches by Di Vinci, Raphael, Michelangilo, and many others. What made them good was thier ability to learn from thier mistakes. And to more mistakes you make the more you can learn. So don’t worry if you sketches don’t look like a piece of art, they are just meant to be an intermediary between you mind and your eye.

Tip 2:when you are working with the wood, place it in a vice, but this is the tricky part, you must do it in a way that doesn’t create marks in the wood. There are rubber accessories you can by to put on the teeth of a vice to help with this problem, but it is still possible to make dents if you tighten it down too hard.

Tip 3: don’t rush! Make a cut then step back and take a look, see if you did it right, as you get better you do this less and less but you still do it. The only thing that separates the greats from the not so greats are the size, not the amount, of the mistakes.

James asks…

How can i become a furniture maker?

How is it that i go about becoming a furniture maker or a cabinet maker? is it necessary to have a college qualification or can i start out by buying tools and a workshop and setting up my own business with no qualifications and a bit of experience from doing some woodworking as a pretty serious hobby in my spare time. I feel as if i could make most pieces of furniture right now that i would need to but is college going to do any good for me?

Denny answers:

I apprenticed starting in my early teens until I graduated. I then went on, after graduating high school, to work in the trades. I also spent some time working in a medium sized shop where I learned a lot about how to do production type work in a shop. This has served me very well as the shop I apprenticed in in my teens was a custom shop in which 50% of the work we did was antique restoration and repair with very little emphasis on production work.

I did not take college classes for furniture/ cabinet making but I did take business classes which you will also find to be very valuable. My shop started as a by product of my contracting business and has grown to become where I spend the majority of my time now. I have invested a lot of money into the shop and my reputation was developed from products I designed and fabricated for clients and other contractors. We produce a wide variety of projects from highly customized items to production type items. The difference between doing it as a hobby and making a living doing it are substantial. You will need to understand design, systems, production, fixed overhead, project overhead, taxes, profit, business related law, licensing, as well as the mechanics of how to build pieces.

My recommendation is to spend at least two years apprenticing in a shop while getting at least an associates degree in business administration. When you do start your apprenticeship soak up everything you can and forget what you think you know. I know many hobby woodworkers who can build some beautiful pieces. I don’t know many who could jump from doing it as a hobby to supporting themselves while doing it. Learn the systems a successful shop has put in effect and when you are ready you can modify them to suit your needs. Make sure you understand the basics of running a business as well. Failure to understand and comprehend the numbers is what leads to the majority of business failures.

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When joining wood for woodworking projects, use different types of wood joints, such as dovetail joints, lap joints, 45-degree miter joints and tendon joints. Discover how to join wood with these different types of joints in this free video from an award-winning woodworker on basic carpentry. Expert: Kent Perdue Bio: Kent Perdue is a senior in the furniture-making program at VCU, and has received many scholarships and awards for his work. Perdue sells his work at various furniture stores in Richmond, Va. Filmmaker: nate thompson
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When making woodworking projects, there are different ways to join wood, and each wood joint has a specific use, such as dovetail joints for tabletops, and mortise and tendon joints for benches. Learn about the strongest and weakest wood joints in this free video from an award-winning woodworker on basic carpentry. Expert: Kent Perdue Bio: Kent Perdue is a senior in the furniture-making program at VCU, and has received many scholarships and awards for his work. Perdue sells his work at various furniture stores in Richmond, Va. Filmmaker: nate thompson

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Mark asks…

Will a dremel bit on a drill cut wood?

So I’m doing a little woodworking project over summer with some friends, we have all of the lumber and tools necessary, but we’re still missing the most important tool we need, a dremel.

We tried looking online but no where near-by has a dremel for rent and we don’t want to spend $100 buying one.

Here on Yahoo awnsers, I saw there was a question about a dremel bit being used on a drill so here’s my question:

If you put a dremel bit into a drill, will it be able to cut throught wood?

The other question said it would’nt be able to cut metal, but nothing about wood, so anyone got anything?
The wood being cut is a 1/2 inch plywood

Dusty answers:

It will cut, but at a slower speed, so make sure you clean the bit often when cutting because the cut material will build up on the bit edge..

Ken asks…

What tool should I buy my husband?

I recently suggested to my husband that when birthdays and anniversaries come up, I will start buying him a tool for each. He loved this idea since he is a fairly handy person, but it seems like every time we go to do a project, he borrows tools to do it. It always turns out that he would have to buy two or three tools at a time to complete a project, and we can’t afford that many at once. So my question is, which tools could you not live without? He already has a drill and a circular saw. I’m pretty sure that’s all the power tools he has. In what order should I buy him the tools so that he gets the most use out of them?

PS He does mostly DIY jobs around the house like shelf building (pantry shelves – nothing fancy), painting, tiling. I think he wouldn’t mind getting into a little woodworking.

Dusty answers:

Screw gun

http://www.lowes.com/pd_113874-70-DW255_4294932521+4294926871__?productId=1205647&Ns=p_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr|0||p_product_quantity_sold|1&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl__4294932521%2B4294926871__%3FNs%3Dp_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr|0||p_product_quantity_sold|1&facetInfo=DEWALT

Saws all

http://www.ecrater.com/p/5040112/dewalt-10amp-reciprocating-saw-dw304pk

jig saw

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&safe=off&q=dewalt+jig+saw&bav=on.1,or.&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=2110422374627709608&sa=X&ei=ouBnTZXjCcL58Aajo5CuCw&ved=0CGAQ8gIwAA#

Palm sander

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=dewalt+Palm+sander&hl=en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=5586013729586534291&sa=X&ei=4-BnTcXFFYT78Ab6rZjxCw&ved=0CG8Q8gIwBA#

Pry bar

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&ds=pr&sugexp=ldymls&xhr=t&q=pry+bar&cp=3&qe=cHJ5IGJhcg&qesig=LYpj3KpHPmMFqd70TfN7xQ&pkc=AFgZ2tkYUe5LGL-oObaipNjX3YxhJwcwmf74qTmCVOlHUkL8fIXLQUI2kyKhD13UMO9ja_9PjAHwkJWncwZyOo_4kyNyslCKyw&safe=off&bav=on.1,or.&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=5301302774756363216&sa=X&ei=3OFnTbr2JoTGlQe80on_AQ&sqi=2&ved=0CJIBEPICMAI#

Miter saw

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&ds=pr&sugexp=ldymls&xhr=t&q=dewalt+miter+saw&cp=8&qe=ZGV3YWx0IG0&qesig=snI3h4dMUa29qW_i2bj89Q&pkc=AFgZ2tn6ZtcYql127viZ_cD3PKcD_dZCpoB3Ig3QWexC4ihkdbqi06u0O0PfTgqi1lHlBUKI1pWrJDSuqzfZC7ZHIjboTWJ5XA&safe=off&bav=on.1,or.&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=2478216009571400520&sa=X&ei=L-JnTcWrEYaBlAek-oH_AQ&sqi=2&ved=0CGAQ8wIwAA#

These others are hand tools
Hand saw

Level
Framing square
Cats claw
Hack saw
Nail sets
25′ Tape measuring tape
Screw drivers both types.
Hand plane

I hope this helps.

I’m a builder 33 years.

Lisa asks…

Powering my workshop?

I have a workshop in my basement for woodworking that runs a lot of power tools. Is there any way I could make it more energy efficient or cost less? I just currently use the electrical power provided by the power company.

Dusty answers:

You could look into solar or wind power attached to the grid and see what credits or incentives are avilable for those. You could use a generator or battery-powered tools. Power tools usually require a lot of power, so regular electricity may be your only hope, sorry. You could look at it from the other side and make sure your projects are cost-effective, as in, do projects that will make the most money for you.

John asks…

Can moisture meters be used to detect pipe leaks in a house?

Many that I have seen in online stores have these pins and I think they are mostly used to measure the moisture of wood for woodworking projects. But I’m interested in detecting leaks behind walls. Any recommendations for what tool I need?

Dusty answers:

Don’t thing that will be necessary but in case a leaky pipe inside the wall visible sign of wet wall is the indication unless the hole is pin hole which will increase given some time hope this will assist.

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Your Questions About Woodworking Tools



Laura asks…

how to find manuals for woodworking power tools?

Manual for a jepson 2hp fixed base router

Dusty answers:

Couldn’t find any manuals, might try the link below and email the support. Good Luck

John asks…

where can i buy cooling fan for amatures on woodworking tools?

Dusty answers:

I’m not exactly sure what this is, could you explain further?

Paul asks…

What is the best brand in plumbing/power/woodworking Tools ;-) ?

Dusty answers:

In my experience, Makita tools are some of the best. I’ve used different brands and so far I haven’t found anything I’ve liked better than those.

Richard asks…

Is it posible to do small woodworking projects without having any power tools?

Dusty answers:

Absolutely !! Small projects AND Large !! Until I was 20, all I had was a hand-saw, miter-saw, coping-saw, planes, chisels, hammer, a hand-drill, clamps and glue: I built bird-houses, chairs, tables, picture-frames, etc.

SURE it takes LONGER, and you get blisters at first… But I think it’s often more rewarding.

When I was 18 (and a Boy Scout), two other guys and I built a 18 foot square CABIN by hand… The only power tool we used was a TRUCK to haul the logs. We had axes, saws, mauls and wedges, frows, draw-knives, chisels and hand-drills. That cabin was built in 1979 and is still standing and in use today, 30 years later.

Of course TODAY I have endless power-tools !! I’m just too old to cut down trees and turn them into firewood by HAND !!

GOOD LUCK

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Betty asks…

How can I turn my built-in dishwasher into a portable one?

I was recently given a slightly used dishwasher but I have no counter space for it, so I decided I would just convert it to a portable one. I have all the hoses and everything to make it functional but there is no cabinet. Not only is it ugly, but you can’t open the door without it falling over. Are there any pre-built cabinets or anything to help counter balance the door? I don’t have access to woodworking tools, so building one is out of the question.

Dusty answers:

Hi Joshua. Converting it to a portable one is (as you’ve already discovered) not going to be an easy fix. Yes, it can be done, but you would have to make your own counterweights, remove the leveling feet and replace them with wheels, hook up longer electrical cords and plumbing hoses, etc. Etc. Etc. Then, you would still need to make some sort of cabinet as none of them come with full cabinets since they are designed to go under counters. So all in all, yes it CAN be done, but it’s going to be a lot of work, a fair amount of cost, and a new portable unit will save you a LOT of headaches if you aren’t handy to begin with. It would be a fun project for someone who IS handy, but not very practical.
Al

David asks…

cleaning rust off metal tools?

I left a toolbox in the rain, now many of my woodworking tools have rust on them. Is there a good solvent to use that will clean the rust and preserve the metal?

Dusty answers:

Go to a hardware store and get a jar of naval jelly and a couple Scotch Brite pads. They will look like new in no time. Hope this helps.

Paul asks…

Can moisture meters be used to detect pipe leaks in a house?

Many that I have seen in online stores have these pins and I think they are mostly used to measure the moisture of wood for woodworking projects. But I’m interested in detecting leaks behind walls. Any recommendations for what tool I need?

Dusty answers:

You won’t have any luck with a moisture meter if you’re trying to detect leaks inside walls, Toxxmaster.

If you’ve recently driven and nail to hang a picture on a wall containing plumbing, you’ll need to open the wall there and look for the leak. If there has been no work done to the wall where the water has appeared, you’ll need to open a larger chunk of the wall to find the leak.

Keep in mind that water can travel laterally before it appears, so don’t open sections of the wall blindly. Make your best guess as to where the plumbing runs are relative to where the water appeared before you open the wall or ceiling. Try to take advantage of any open areas such as an attic or basement to track the plumbing and path of the water prior removing any drywall.

Good luck with it.

Ruth asks…

What steps do I need to take to start a small woodworking business?

I would like to set up a small woodworking business but am not sure of how to go about it. I work as a carpenter right now and dont have alot of money to use towards start up. The only things I think I will need to get started would be some better tools and a building to work in. What type of loan and permits should I be applying for? Any help would be greatly appreciated! I live in a Central New York if that helps.

Dusty answers:

First, you’ll need to decide what kind of entity type you’d like to form. Each entity type has pros and cons, and you’ll need to determine which best fits your needs. For instance, a sole proprietorship is the simplest form of business to set up and has the lowest tax responsibilities, but you will be personally liable for the business’s debts and contracts; a corporation, on the other hands, gives you the liability protection, but there are tax responsibilities you wouldn’t otherwise have (which will further be determined by the type of corporation, whether S-corp or C-corp).

Then, once you’ve determined the type of business, you’ll have a better idea where to start on your licenses and permit requirements.

Hope this helps get you started — good luck!

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