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09-05-2014 09:10 PM

Christmas/Hanukkah in September! (Gloat) - 6 replies

Ok, so you may recall my other threads talking about a score I’m getting from an awesome family friend in Asheville, NC who’s getting out of woodworking and giving me a bunch of his stock and some tools. My parents went down there to visit and agreed to drive a U-Haul back up. For the price of the U-Haul rental and gas, this is wha...

09-04-2014 01:22 PM

Storing lumber outside in Minnesota? - 7 replies

So as I mentioned in a prior thread ( ), in the next few days I’m going to be receiving a U-Haul filled with lumber – enough air-dried live edge slabs of domestic hardwood to fill a roughly 10×10 storage room. There is no way that I can store this amount of wood in my house, so I’m going...

08-27-2014 03:48 PM

Fair price for these walnut slabs? - 22 replies

I recently came across a handful of roughsawn walnut slabs, all of which (I think) have at least one good live edge. I don’t have any use for them in the near future and I need some extra cash, so I was going to list them on Craigslist (Minneapolis) – but I don’t have a good sense of what to ask. All of them are at least 1....

08-01-2014 05:56 PM

Computer hutch plans? - 3 replies

My wife has commissioned me to build something similar or identical to this: Does anyone happen to have a copy of, or a link to, some plans I could use as a starting point? The hutch looks fairly straightforward but it never hurts to have something to work f...

07-03-2014 05:30 PM

Fair price for R4512 mobile base? - 2 replies

What would you consider a reasonable price for the mobile base from a R4512 table saw? I built a custom base for my saw (viewable in my projects) and I’m trying to decide whether it’s worth keeping the original. On the one hand, if I upgrade my saw a buyer may want the original base instead of my build (which is specifically design...

07-02-2014 04:13 PM

Workshop tip: retractable casters leverage - 1 reply

I love these retractable casters from Rockler: They make it easy to move a heavy workbench around a small shop, but without the wobble you get even with casters that have both a brake and a lock. There’s just one problem – a fully loaded workbench can be really heavy, making it di...

07-01-2014 06:25 PM

Trash can recommendation for dust collection? - 28 replies

I’m looking to make my two-stage dust collection a little more compact and mobile. Here’s my current setup, using a 55 gallon fiber drum with a Rockler separator kit: I’d like to switch out the drum for a smaller receptacle that’s easier to empty – something like a 30-40 gal...

06-26-2014 06:16 PM

Finishing melamine to make dry-erase surface? - 7 replies

I built a play table for my daughter using melamine for the tabletop, figuring that she could color directly on it with dry erase markers. But the markers don’t wipe off as well as I expected, and I don’t want to have to scrub with rubbing alcohol or other cleaners every time she uses the board. Is there anything I can do to make...

06-17-2014 06:37 PM

Melamine cabinets in laundry room - 7 replies

I’m going to be building a set of cabinets to go above the washer/dryer in my laundry room, as well as installing wall shelves all around the room. I’m planning on making everything from standard BORG 3/4” melamine – – because I have a ton of it laying around, it’s stable and simple...

06-09-2014 02:17 PM

Mods for Harbor Freight 60" workbench? - 7 replies

I’m going to be getting the 60” Harbor Freight workbench because my current workbench is way too big (a conference room tabletop mounted on base cabinets) and I have no time to build one from scratch. It has good reviews (e.g. ), and I think it should suit my needs pretty well. But I’d like...

05-20-2014 07:10 PM

Best way to haul a major score - revisited - 43 replies

A while back I posted a thread asking for advice on moving a large amount of lumber and equipment from NC to MN, and I now have some more details. My family friend is getting out of woodworking and offered to donate to me most of his lumber and a few major tools. The lumber is mostly live edge slabs (maple, walnut, cherry, etc.) and the equipm...

05-20-2014 03:35 PM

Help - fireplace mantel with access panel - 18 replies

I’m building a mantel to fit over my fireplace between my (nearly complete) built-in surrounds that. I left a gap between the built-ins and the wall, and I pre-ran a bunch of cables (a/v, usb, Ethernet, speaker, power, etc.) so that as I put in my entertainment equipment I can keep all of the wires hidden. Most of them will run from the ...

05-19-2014 05:03 PM

Minor mold/mildew issue? - 7 replies

I finished making a rolling plywood cart using some particle board that was left outside during a Minnesota winter. I didn’t realize until I was halfway done that it has greenish spots all over it. There are no big patches, the drops don’t seem to have grown or multiplied, and the board is now being stored indoors in my climate-con...

05-19-2014 03:31 PM

What to do where fireplace side (vertical) trim meets mantel and crown molding? - 1 reply

I’m at the tail end of installing my fireplace surround built-ins with base cabinets and upper bookshelves. The remaining tasks are to build the mantel (it will be a flat box with no profile underneath but some sort of trim where it meets the bookshelves), install the crown molding, and possibly install trim running up the sides where the ...

05-16-2014 04:08 PM

Friend looking for cabinet doors in Twin Cities - 2 replies

I have a friend who is refacing his cabinets and would like to purchase premade doors (paint grade, raised panel). Can anyone recommend a good place in the Twin Cities? Thanks!

05-14-2014 02:32 PM

Fixing (and then preventing) runs in latex paint with airless sprayer? - 0 replies

I’ve been spraying some large cabinets with the HF airless sprayer. Everything looked more or less fine when I left the project, but when I came back the next morning there were quite a few runs, streaks and smears (including cat paw prints – d’oh!). I’m wondering what the best way is to fix the runs, and whether I shou...

05-12-2014 05:58 PM

How to access gun filter in HF airless sprayer? - 1 reply

I picked up the Harbor Freigh/Krause and Becker airless sprayer a few weeks ago, and I finally got around to spraying my built-ins. Everything more or less is going fine and although I haven’t used any other sprayers, as far as I can tell this one works quite well (with a Graco tip to replace the OEM). There’s only one problem: I c...

05-06-2014 04:53 PM

Did I use an ok filler for gaps/cracks in painted cabinets? - 11 replies

I’m building a large set of built-ins that will be painted white (using an airless sprayer). Here’s a recent picture: As I was filling in nail holes with DAP plastic wood (the stuff you get in a small can at the BORG), I decided I might as well smooth out some small cracks and gaps – for example, not-quite-perfect butt ...

04-29-2014 02:17 PM

Best way to transport a TON of lumber and tools across country? - 22 replies

My parents have a family friend in North Carolina who is getting out the professional woodworking business, and he offered to donate a bunch of lumber and tools to me. “A bunch” as in (according to my parents) “enough maple, walnut and cherry to fill several trucks.” Currently, we’ve only thought of one way to get...

04-21-2014 03:21 PM

Best finish for maple cabinets? - 7 replies

I’m building a set of maple built-ins around our lower-level fireplace. I’d rather not paint them, but I do want to keep the color light to make the room feel more open and airy. Anyone have good suggestions for a finish that will accentuate maple’s grain and color without darkening it too much? Thanks! Here are the cabin...

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