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    Chopping board finish advice

    Hi folks I have a piece of oak left over from a project that is the perfect size for a chopping board. Can anyone recommend a suitable finish, that is both durable and food safe? thanks, Andy
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    Offcuts and what to do with them

    I'm a bit of a hoarder and don't like waste - I can't bear to throw away offcuts, and as a result my workshop is getting fuller and fuller. I keep even quite small pieces - mostly cherry, maple and walnut. Anybody got any ideas what to do / make with them? What do others do with their offcuts...
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    3 phase wiring advice

    Hi All I have just acquired an overhead router and need to put a plug on it. It requires 4 core cable but I'm going to put a 5 pin plug on it as I have a 16amp 5 pin socket already conveniently located nearby. Existing wires are earth, blue, brown and black as per picture below. Question is...
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    Welder advice

    Hi I am thinking of dabbling in a little welding to add to my repertoire of useful skills and am therefore looking to buy a welder. I have absolutely zero experience of welding and would therefore like some help in choosing a suitable welder. I am looking for something that would be suitable for...
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    Startrite 275 refurb

    I pulled the trigger somewhat hastily on a Startrite 275 on ebay because I had been looking for one for a while and this came up at what seemed a very good price ( I bought it within 10 minutes of it being listed). It was described as having body work in poor condition but I didn't realise until...
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    What is it?

    Whilst refurbishing an old elu overhead router that has sat in the corner of my workshop for years, I found the part below on the shelf under the router table. I must have put it there myself at some point but cannot for the life of me remember what it is or where it came from. I assume that it...
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    Bandsaw advice

    Hi I'm looking to get a new bandsaw. This one from Axminster gets good reviews: Axminster Trade AT3327B Bandsaw but this one from Machine Mart looks suspiciously similar (I'm betting same factory, different badge) for £400 cheaper Record Power BS400 Premium 16" Bandsaw - Machine Mart - Machine...
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    Small workshop fine dust extraction

    Hi I have recently moved to a new workshop and bought a double drum sander. I now need to install adequate extraction to ensure a safe working environment. Ulimately I would like a full ducted system connected to maybe half a dozen machines so would like to buy something that will be able to...