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    Band Saw & Planer/Thicknesser for hobbyist

    Another thing I would add is that although I buy my timber in lengths of 10-12ft, I don’t think I’ve ever had the need to plane and thickness a full length board since I’ve owned a planer thicknesser. So depending on what it is specifically you like to make and how you design your workflow, its...
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    Band Saw & Planer/Thicknesser for hobbyist

    Ian, I’d say that using hand tools to plane a board before thicknessing almost negates the point of having the machines that do the work for you. Where abouts are you in your woodworking journey? Have you owned or had any of these machines before or will this be your first time owning such...
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    King of the Drill bits?!

    So my FAMAG 5 pc Brad point drill bit set arrived today and they are by far, the best drills I’ve ever used in wood. The smaller sizes track much truer even when drilling into end grain in Oak and Ash than I’ve seen before, even when used on my cheap bench drill which has much to be desired in...
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    King of the Drill bits?!

    Thanks guys. I can get a 5pc Famag set in 3/4/5/6/8mm for £25 which isn’t a bad price at all if their Brad point drills are as good as their forstner bits. I think I’m going to give it a go. Im interested in trying the Fisch and the Star-M drills too but I’ll try these FAMAG ones and see how...
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    King of the Drill bits?!

    Hi all, Just wondering what are your go to brand of Brad point drill bits for wood. Is there a king of the drills (brand/make/model) in your eyes? I’m looking to replace my cheapish drills with some high quality, premium brand versions. I’ve so far used all the regular power tool brand...
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    Garage/workshop floor slab repair

    All, Thanks so much for the comments. One thing I’ve taken in from reading these suggestions is that there is no cheap solution to this problem… Now I suppose I have to weigh up the amount of work and cost I want to put into fixing an existing issue or paying even more to start again with a...
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    Garage/workshop floor slab repair

    Looking at this another way… if I we’re to raise the internal floor space, what would be the best material to use that would be strong enough at the smallest thickness? Would I not be able to just lay a new concrete floor over the existing one and put a chamfered edge where the doors are so...
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    Garage/workshop floor slab repair

    Hi Colin, Thanks for the reply. The issue is, the ground surfaces surrounding the garage are all uneven all way around the garage. So water is seeping in through 3 of the 4 garage sides (one side is lower and grassed). Where the garage is situated, that sort of method wouldn’t work. Ideally...
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    Garage/workshop floor slab repair

    Hi all, Just wanted to pick thy brains for ideas on the best way to fix my double garage floor slab. It’s an old prefab garage where the slab looks like it’s been laid in two parts (garage erected before we moved here) and is on two ever so slightly different levels. The issue is that it’s...
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    Spiral vs shear - router bits

    Brilliant, thanks for the info, Chunky.
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    Spiral vs shear - router bits

    Thanks for the second recommendation. Chunky and Spectric, would you be able to explain what the benefits of cutting one at once would be? What would be your reasons to say it wouldn't be worth doing two stacked together? Surely if the router cutter edge is designed with a 50mm cutting length...
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    Spiral vs shear - router bits

    Spectric, You may be able to help me out here... I'm fairy inexperienced to using a router table and routing in general. My current workflow goes as follows: Get stock to final thickness and flat. double stack the two parts to be cut. trace template onto the stacked parts and cut close to the...
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    Spiral vs shear - router bits

    Chunky, thanks for the recommendation. Unfortunately I need to start the project before the end of next week and that bit has a lead time of 31 days according to scosarg website. Droogs, would you say a compression bit is advantageous considering the template will protect the face of the work...
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    Spiral vs shear - router bits

    Hi guys, I'm looking to spend a few quid on a new router bit for use in my router table for template trimming. I'm about to batch out a load of European white oak parts using a 10mm polycarb template and need to decide whether its worth spending thrice the price on a 1/2" solid TC spiral bit...
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    Pre-planing/thicknessing rough stock

    Adam, Fortunately, I can keep my stack inside my workshop so fully covered all year round. There is adequate ventilation in there too. And pgrbff, Thanks for the input. What you suggest seems just about what I'm doing now. Hopefully at least partly milling the pieces and taking all of the...
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    Pre-planing/thicknessing rough stock

    Thanks for the info guys. On a side note, how far apart would you usually place your stickers to ensure you had adequate support on the board stack?
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    Pre-planing/thicknessing rough stock

    Jacob, that's what I'm currently doing. It makes sense as the longer the length of rough board, the more you usually need to take out to get it to a regular, flat size. So I usually cut them into maybe a double the length of the product, per board after being crosscut at the rough stage...
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    Pre-planing/thicknessing rough stock

    Hi all, I was wondering what is best practice when it comes to planing and thicknessing boards for future use. Say I make a lot of products to order that I would like to sell. These products just so happen to be 20mm thickness for example, and I buy in my rough sawn timber at approx 25-27mm...
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    cross cutting saw...

    Marcros, Space in the shop is very limited. Also, I don't want to remove the possibility of making long rip cuts completely.
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    cross cutting saw...

    So I'm looking at investing in a cross cut saw with the VERY occasional plywood ripping capacity. I'd like to be in a position to get myself a lovely Alt F45 panel saw, but due to current workshop space restrictions, that ain't gonna happen right now... So I'm looking at getting myself either...
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