The Woodshop Shed

adventures in woodworking and home maintenance, from my shop in an oversized backyard shed

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Angled apron joinery

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I'm making a cabinet on a stand, sort of Krenov style, but mixing it up. I'm going to do mitered dovetails for the cabinet carcass, but bevel the edges toward the inside, so the doors will be inset a bit.

I saw the attached post and thought it would be cool to angle the aprons of the base to the legs - sort of match the beveled edges on the cabinet. But ... I'm struggling with how to attach them to the legsand maintain strength in the joint. At the inside of the leg, I won't have enough wood to do a mortise/tenon joint. Maybe dowels will work?

Anyone have any ideas? Maybe it's a bad idea? Appreciate any thoughts!

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Our Top 10 Articles of 2022

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As we wrap up 2022, let's take a look back at the articles you kept coming back to time and time again this year. 10. Modern Shaving Horse 9. Master Cabinetmaker's Bench 8. How to Make Lock Miter Drawers 7.…Source

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Mid-Century Nightstand

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A simple case is elevated by a unique leg design and elegant suspension. Project #2203 Skill Level:Intermediate Time: 2 Days Cost: $150 This was a real project of growth for me. I've written before about my …Source

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Whiteside Plus Industrial Saw Blade Review

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Tool: Whiteside Plus by Dimar Industrial Saw Blades Shop Now   Manufacturer: Whiteside MSRP: $76+ I had the opportunity to spin the newest blades from Whiteside Plus by Dimar. I thoroughly tested the Whiteside Plus dado blade in cabinet-grade plywood, …Source

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Resin/epoxy recomendation

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What can I use to hold a raw edge from chipping or otherwise coming of

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Planer-Puss

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Planer-Puss After my friend Jason and I purchased a truckload of rough lumber, we headed for his garage workshop to plane the boards before divvying them up. All of Jason's tools are on mobile bases, because he has to share …Source

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A knife or two for Christmas...

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I suffered a hand injury that kept me from major woodworking projects for a good while, and I still have a pucker factor when I use the table saw or the router, so I avoid those when I can. I broke the left wrist in two places in a fall and the corrective surgery caused nerve damage resulting in loss of range of motion and weakness in the grip. It was a year before I could close the hand and form a fist. I have about 80 to 85% of the range of motion back. I won't get it all because of the metal plate, it physically stops the full movement.

Strength is about 45 to 50% at this point, but can continue to increase.

I have been back at work in the shop, mostly sticking to leather work and making knives using purchased blanks.

This year I have made a few that turned out pretty well. I sent a couple to my old ortho surgeon in VA. The first one was his long time request:
He wanted a knife with cocobolo scales. I gave him the website for the knife supply warehouse in Davis Oklahoma and he chose this one, The Shawnee.

I put it together with brass bolsters.



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He had originally gone on and on about cocobolo and Damascus. But the knife he chose wasn't available in Damascus. I think he didn't want to choose a Damascus pattern due to the cost... but I surprised him and chose one anyway. I built that one with bone scales and he knew nothing about it. It was a complete surprise when he opened that USPS box.



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The Cocobolo was to be a daily use working knife so I made him a sheath as well.




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He had done so much for me over his thirty years as my surgeon and as my friend. I wanted to do something to show my gratitude. He loved the knives. I am still learning, and they were far from perfect, but he loved them.

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Glue failure

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Yesterday I glued a mirror frame together using maple with 45 degree angles with Titebond 2 glue. The shop is not heated and the outside temp was 0 degrees all day and all night. Today it fell onthe floor and three out of the 4 glue joints failed.
So I want to reglue it and this time I will let it set in a heated part of my basement. But can I reuse the Titebond glue or should I use epoxy since I already used that glue?

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Walnut countertop finish

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Hi all,

I have a friend who has some beautiful walnut slabs that he's (we) are making into kitchen countertops. He'd like to use Rubio Monocoat as the finish. Thoughts, other than don't use wood for kitchen countertops.

Thanks,

Damon

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Modifying a 3/4 Holdfasts to Work in 1 Hole

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Since I received my Benchcrafted Roubo workbench a year ago, my woodworking life has tremendously improved. My new and heavy bench (I wrote about it here and here) has 1 holdfast holes that can be fitted with the excellent …Source

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Support Clamp

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To support a large panel while I drilled holes in the edge for dowels, I added a second sliding clamp jaw to a pipe clamp and clamped it to the edge of my workbench. -Steve Keller…Source

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Sharpeners' Anonymous

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A 12-step program for regrowing forearm hair. I head through the main doors, down the stairs to the basement, arriving at the third door on the right. Like everyone else, I grab a cup of coffee before finding a seat. …Source

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Hand Plane Restoration

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Bringing an old hand plane back to life is simple to do, and will yield a top-not tool. When I build a project, I use a variety of fancy tools (readers' words, not mine). Lie-Nielsen, Bill Carter, and Blue Spruce, …Source

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Microjig BladeClean Review

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Tool: BladeClean Shop Now   Manufacturer: Microjig MSRP: $99 Sharp bits and blades are the keys to getting clean cuts and crisp routed profiles. More often than not, what appears to be a dull blade can simply be a dirty …Source

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EZ-Grip Router Wrenches

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I own several routers and they all have thin wrenches that are awkward to hold. To avoid frustration, I made the handles thicker by housing them in transparent plastic tubing from the hardware store. To keep the tubing in place, …Source

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Old Saw Handle Push Stick

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I have two kinds of push sticks I use all the time. The first is the excellent Big Horn 10230 orange plastic push stick which is good for anything wider than (otherwise, you'll be risking grooving its sole). The …Source

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1/2" DOWELL IN 1/2" HOLE

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The drill tests to 1/2" but it's a challenge getting the dowel through the 1/2" hole and pushing the dowel approx 5" to next hole.

A 9/16th drill bitresults in hole that's just a hair too big.........obviously!

I've been running the dowel on my bench belt sander but it's inaccurate and a real time suck.

Suggestions?

BTW, I select "Subscribe and receive email notification of new replies" but I never get notifications when there are replies ( ??? )

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posted at: 12:00am on 17-Dec-2022
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ShopNotes Podcast Episode 140

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On this episode of the ShopNotes Podcast, John and Phil talk about the science behind woodshop worksurface usage and discuss what woodworking, Christmas gifts we have on our list. This episode is brought to you by Shaper Tools, makers of …Source

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Makita 91/4 36V Saw Review

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Tool: 9 1/4″ 36V Track Saw XSH10 Shop Now   Manufacturer: Makita MSRP: $542 As the owner of a sawmill, I have a variety of sizes of lumber that I work with regularly. Recently, as I've gotten into bigger pieces …Source

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My "Over the Christmas Break" Project....Marble Toy

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Got the week between Christmas and NYD off so I thought I'd try my hand at building this. Saw it in a shop in Syracuse a while back. Didn't take measurements but I think I can figure it out.

Thought about how to build the "pistons" then I realized I can get 2 out of one stick/board but simply anglingthe DP, drilling the hole and then flipping the lower one around which would be the 2nd piston. I think I'll cut them a bit long at first. I should be able to get the angle off of the picture.Thereafter I can adjust their height so that the marble travels "upstream" nicely. I just noticed that the top one needs to be cupped 90 degrees to the others so that the marble goes backwards and down the ramp (which is tough to make out in the picture).

I'm still working out how to make to "cam shaft" though. I do have a hole cutter and maybe I can cut a thick piece of wood and then bring it to the TS to slice off the circles, although I need to figure out how to hold the cylinder as it runs through the TS.

I'm all ears on any advice you might offer in building this toy.

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Guide to Finishing 11 Common Woods

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Improve your results by understanding wood characteristics. Each species of wood has unique finishing characteristics, both positive and negative. To help you determine how to choose the right wood and get the best results when you finish your next project, …Source

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On Wood Selection

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Both fast- and slow-growing wood present good opportunities. Wood selection is an important part of any woodworking project. I sometimes feel like I take it to an extreme, like I'm some kind of oak snob. Sometimes people see pieces …Source

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Shaker-Inspired Bench

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Some simple adaptations turn this 19th-century bench into a modern mudroom necessity. There is an old Shaker hymn called Simple Gifts that begins with this line: Tis the gift to be simple. This bench carries many of the qualities …Source

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Blue Spruce Toolworks Scrapers and Burnisher Review

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Tool: Card Scraper and Dual-Handle Burnishers Shop Now   Manufacturer: Blue Spruce Toolworks MSRP: $21.99 The very first hand tool that I ever purchased was a set of Lie-Nielsen card scrapers back when I was taking high-school shop. Boy, did …Source

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Don't Let Eventually Become Never

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If someone walked up to me and told me I wasn't a very smart man, I'd have a hard time arguing with them. There are often times when I do something knowing full-well that the outcome isn't going to be …Source

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Drilling a Long (12") Hole

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Has anyone every drilled a long (i.e. lengthwise) hole into the end of a th. shelf? I am trying to install a small LED at the front end of the shelf and would like to conceal the wires in the hole and run them to the back of the shelf to the power supply. Anyone attempted this? Tips?



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A Stylish Eye Protection - Reviewing a new Safety Glasses

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I think my eyes are the most valuable tool in my bodily toolbox, so I'm trying to take care of them the best I can. I am not just talking about the importance of reducing screen time, intermittently gazing at …Source

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ShopNotes Podcast Episode 139

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On today's episode of ShopNotes Podcast, Phil, Logan, and John share updates on Popular Woodworking, Woodsmith Magazine, and now ShopNotes Magazine! Plus, join us for a discussion on woodworking tools and more! This episode is brought to you by …Source

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Leather Upholstery

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Knowing the techniques will help you, even if you aren't doing the sewing yourself. For a woodworker, upholstery can be intimidating. It's hard to know what you want, until you can clearly explain the finer points. Even if you have …Source

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Bow Arm Rocker

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This modified design builds off a classic Morris chair. Inspiration for the next project can come from many sources, but for me, all it took was a trip to an antique furniture dealer. Legacy Modern is a boutique dealer in …Source

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Has anyone built their own low profile airtight dust bin?

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Has anyone built their own low-profile airtight dust bin?

How difficult was it to achieve air-tightness?

Thanks,

Dave

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Compact Miter Saw Stand

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It's all made from one sheet of plywood. Space is at a premium in my small shop. Everything goes on wheels and is as compact as possible-including this miter saw stand. I made the stand quite strong and stiff, so …Source

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Rolling Cart for Pizza Oven

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Because I got tired of carrying my pizza oven in and out when I wanted to use it,I decided to make a rolling cart for it.

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It is made from simple 2x4 and 2x6 stock from the local big box.

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It was also my first foray into floating tenons. I made my own jig and made heavy use of the masking tape and superglue trick.

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The LOML gifted me a cover and hanging plate and inspired this project.

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It may be my imagination, but the pizza has been tasting better since I put this cart to use.

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Glue recommendation for redwood outdoors

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Hi- I'm building a garden bench out of redwood and would like a glue recommendation. The assembly will be a bit fiddly so a long open time is helpful. Most of the glue will be used for joinery, but there is one place where two boards must be laminated to get adequate thickness. And my shop is cold especially at night (usually in the 50-60 degree range). All suggestions (and reasons) for the glue are welcome. Thanks -Howard

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Bowsaw Basics

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An ancient European tool that still has a place in the modern American shop. Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the November 2008 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. Why should you own a bowsaw? Why not? You have many …Source

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White Ash

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Scientific Name: Fraxinus americana Other Common Names: Canadian Ash and American White Ash Growing Regions: Canada and United States Characteristics of Tree: A small- to medium-sized tree, about 50 to 60 feet in height, with a trunk approximately 2′ 6″ …Source

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Extendo Chucks

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I have a hard time throwing things away, such as these chucks from a couple of worn-out drills. To put them back into service, I bought a 3 ft. long, 3/8″ dia. threaded rodat the hardware store and cut …Source

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How would you repair this chair?

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This is a kitchen table chair of my moms, she's had the set for years & years.

I need to reglue it, it appears to be slightly "dado'd" based on the edge on picture.

It also appears to have been repaired in the past, given the metal straps underneath.

I'm not sure if the two edges are straight or not, should I just take it apart, clean it up the best I can, reglue and clamp it?

If both edges are straight, should I take each side lightly through the planer to start with a fresh surface and then reglue?

Thoughts, tips, tricks are appreciated.

chris.


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Cherry Bench

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Related to my Shooting Board Post, here are some details about the actual bench. Dimensions are 59 x 15 x 15. The legs are 2-1/2" thick; the top is 3".It's low because it's designed for something to sit on top, not people, although it's more that strong enough to hold several people. It's made from shop sawn cherry veneer over plywood with solid wood edging. To build the bench I made a semi torsion box grid that bits over a tenon cut on the top of the legs. The long grid members also fit against the ends of the legs as a lap joint and in the middle as a bridle joint.



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Looking for a simple outdoor bench design for an Eagle Scout Project.

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My Nephew is looking to build 4 benches to help out a school as his Eagle Scout Project. I have offered to help him with the project, even though I am nearly 1000 miles away. I am helping pick a design that is easy enough to build yet be sturdy as well. I have given his dad a cheap miter saw, but otherwise the tools and skills on hand are limited. The scout troop will be building the benches as a group, including a way to fundraise for the costs.

An adult will need to do the cutting for the project. I am hoping one of the scout leaders or fathers has some skill and tools to assist in the project.

I have looked around at bench designs and chosen this one for now, but would appreciate any other suggestions.


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Cross-cutting Aid

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My son is seven years old, and so far, I have tried to refrain from proselytizing woodworking to him. My hypothesis, at least for now, is that the love for woodworking should come naturally and be cultivated with joy. So …Source

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ShopNotes Podcast Episode 138

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On today's episode of the ShopNotes Podcast, John, Logan, and Phil discuss new books, a shop update, and the Christmas Project decision tree. Find all of the ShopNotes podcast episodes here. …Source

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Becoming a Part of the Woodworking Community

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Craft is a part of well-rounded college education. Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the August 2018 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. I recently moved to Kentucky from Maine to head up the woodcraft program at Berea College. Most …Source

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Help designing this table?

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M&T legs and apron. Legs will be purchased.

My first thoughts are a rectangle frame for the large section and a smaller rectangle for the L. My concern is the top itself. Should it be glued up as one piece--two sections glued into an L? 90* between the two sections? If so, how?

Top will be attached to the base with figure-8 clips.

This is a commission that's coming soon. Any help in design would be appreciated.

How would you do it?

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Laser engraving forum

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I have a woodworking project where I want to do some laser engraving. I have a Sain Smart laser engraver that attaches to an Ender-3 3D printer. I have not had good luck with it but wanted to give it another try. It worked long enough for me to get it set up but when I went to do the actual engraving I had no laser. I am looking for an active forum on laser engraving to help me do some trouble shooting. I was hoping someone here might know of a good forum. I have found a couple forums but when you open them up and the front page has posts covering the past year and only a couple of them have one or two responses I don't think they are very active.

Just in case someone here can help with the actual problem, here is more information. The engraver plugs into a 24V fan port on the printer. This port controls the fan by PWM. On the cable to the laser there is a small board. On my laser it looks like a custom MP1584EN buck converter. When examining this board it appears one of the IC chips may have let out a little magic smoke. I only get 0.22V out of the board. If I look at a current picture of the laser for sale on the Sain Smart website it has a very obvious LM2596 buck converter, I can find the exact same one on Amazon. I have ordered the same buck converter as on the newer ones and it will be ease to install when it arrives. What baffles me is you cannot control the laser power by PWM with the buck converter inline. I also find conflicting information if this is a 24V/12V laser of just a 12V laser. Unfortunately there is no electrical information on the laser so I can only go by sketchy documentation in website postings. If it can work on 24V why can't I just remove the buck converter?

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Rout Arches of Any Size

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This millwork technique can be used to make curved parts with accuracy and ease. Much of my recent work has been making period-appropriate arch-top sash windows for an historic building. They are 6 12' tall, with …Source

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