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4 days ago

Built-ins question - 8 replies

I suppose this more of a drywall/trim carpentry question, but hopefully someone can help me out. I’m going to be building some built-in cabinets with upper bookcases to go on either side of our downstairs fireplace. The problem is that the downstairs walls currently are paneled with v-groove wood paneling, which we are going to be drywal...

18 days ago

Smoothing/deburring planer bed? - 17 replies

I have a DeWalt 734 planer, and I love it. For a relatively cheap lunchbox it’s kind of a beast, and since I don’t have a jointer it also does face-jointing with a sled. And that’s where I screwed up. I was flattening some cherry by countersinking screws through a piece of plywood; where the cherry was warped high, there was...

19 days ago

Will lighter cherry "catch up" with darker in a panel? - 8 replies

I’m making an entry bench out of cherry and walnut. As you can see in the cherry benchtop, two of the boards were exposed to sunlight more and are darker than the third board (the difference isn’t dramatic in the photo, but in reality the contrast is pretty high). After putting BLO on the whole thing I realized that I didn...

20 days ago

Joining apron to entry bench - 4 replies

I’m making a relatively narrow cherry/walnut entryway bench – roughly 40” by 16”. Do I need to use floating tabs/z-brackets to attach the benchtop, or is wood movement likely to be so minimal that I can pocket screw it to the apron? Also, if wood movement is an issue, can I still use pocket screws to attach the bench ...

26 days ago

First time finishing cherry - advice? - 13 replies

I’m building a medium-sized entryway bench out of cherry and walnut. The benchtop and apron are cherry, the legs are walnut. Pics: I’ve never finished cherry before, and I’d like the piece to have a durable, glossy finish. I’m not too worried about scratches because it will be most-used by people sit...

35 days ago

DIY remote for HF dust collector? - 8 replies

Does anyone happen to have step-by-step instructions for making a remote switch for the HF 2hp dust collector? For a while I’ve been using a basic “Christmas light”-style remote from Amazon, but it’s only rated for 13 amps and I’m worried about damage to my DC. My electronics work so far has been limited to instal...

49 days ago

Tip: magnets for keeping blast gates closed - 1 reply

I’m moving my dust collection line to the ceiling, and I wanted to mount my plastic blast gates upside-down to minimize the amount of dust that gets jammed into the bottom and prevents them from closing fully. The only problem is that the gates tended to fall into an open position. So I epoxied tiny rare earth magnets to the gate frame...

53 days ago

Wood ID help - looks like cedar, but HEAVY - 15 replies

I snagged this board for free from a pallet/scrap pile consisting mostly of SPF and cedar, some pressure-treated, but also a little bit of cherry, oak, etc. I have no idea what this is – it looks kind of like cedar, but it is really heavy/dense. I ripped one edge to show the grain but I haven’t planed/sanded it yet (I’m a lit...

76 days ago

Planer sled idea - 6 replies

I don’t have a jointer, so I need to make a face-jointing sled for my planer. Since this will be used regularly I’d like to make a dedicated, accurate and long-lasting jig (as opposed to just using hot glue for one-offs), but not something too complicated. I was thinking of building a 4’ long torsion box (for rigidity) and ...

83 days ago

Match for sweet gum? - 3 replies

I picked up some sweet gum in a stack of pallet wood and used it to make a play table for my two year old daughter: The problem is, I’ve run out of sweet gum and I need to make two chairs to go with the table. Apparently it’s not very easy to find sweet gum in Minnesota, so I was wondering if anyone has suggestions for a wood...

88 days ago

Recommend a HVLP sprayer? - 11 replies

I’ve applied all my finishes exclusively by hand, but I’d like to start using an HVLP sprayer for bigger projects. I only have a pancake P-C compressor, which I doubt can hold/move enough air for a compressor-based sprayer. Are there any good HVLP sprayers that don’t require a compressor for under $100? Thanks! Edit: this...

117 days ago

Table saw base cabinet construction - 3 replies

I’m going to be making a base for my R4512 similar to this – – and I’d like to use up the piles of sheet goods I’ve got laying around. Overall dimensions are roughly 50” wide by 25” deep by 20” tall. I’m planning to make the bottom and the sides (incl...

134 days ago

Pallet wood ID? - 26 replies

I picked up a bunch of these boards for free from the pallet bin at Home Depot. I made a few rips to clean away the dirty and discolored surface; they have a greenish tint but seem denser/heavier than poplar (although I could be wrong). Any ideas what I might have found? Thanks!

161 days ago

Custom base for R4512 - 5 replies

I’d like to put my R4512 table saw on a custom base cabinet in order to maximize efficient use of space in my 11’x16’ shop. Ideally, the base would incorporate stands for two benchtop tools as well as storage compartments. These are my general specs so far: -4” dust collection at least as good as the OEM dust port;-S...

162 days ago

Looking for resaw services in Minneapolis/St. Paul area - 0 replies

I’ve got some walnut and other slabs and boards that might be good candidates for resawing/bookmatching. Does anyone on LJ offer those services in the MSP area (and at what charge), or can anyone recommend a person/company that offers resawing services? Thanks!

172 days ago

Big wood score - help with identification? - 10 replies

I picked up about 25 boards the other day in a fantastic Craig’s List find. Problem is, I can’t ID wood to save my life. I’m hoping some more knowledgeable jocks can help? I believe that the haul may have included oak, cherry, walnut, sassafras, and maple – but I don’t know for sure. Fair warning, there are a ...

173 days ago

Wood gloat (and forthcoming request for identification help) - 2 replies

Christmas came early this year! Yesterday I picked up god knows how many board feet of roughsawn hardwood for $120. I found a very nice older gentleman who was starting to phase out his woodworking and wanted to unload a substantial lumber collection: 25+ boards, each 8’ long x 6”-18” wide x 1”-6” thick. The sta...

176 days ago

Good "assembly line" projects for holiday gifts? - 20 replies

I’m looking for ideas for projects I can make for holiday gifts for my and my wife’s extended family – probably 15 gifts, in all. Last year, I made picture frames and we gave them out with photos of our new baby, and they were very popular. I’m looking for other good ideas for gift projects that can capitalize on “...

187 days ago

Screwed up veneer, now what? Please help! - 5 replies

As I was making a sideboard, I realized that one of the boards I selected to use for the legs may be a different species than the rest of the cabinet (the right leg in the pictures below). Thinking it would be an easy fix, I ripped some 1/8” to 1/16” thick strips that match the rest of the cabinet to cover the faces of the...

190 days ago

Plans - end tables with storage drawers? - 2 replies

I’m trying to find some pictures/plans/ideas for building two or three end tables/side tables incorporating DVD storage drawers. I don’t know the official style of our current living room decor; I tend to think of it as “generically attractive and cost-effective Costco furniture.” For example, our entertainment cabinet ...

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