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11-21-2014 02:11 AM

Screwy questions - 7 replies

I will be installing some hardware that requires #1 and #2 brass screws. Heretofore, I have used a Vix bit and a steel screws with paste wax when using brass screws, but I haven’t been able to find those items in this small size. How do you install tiny brass screws without twisting them off in the work piece? How do you ensure they are...

11-15-2014 01:44 AM

Wood Handles in the Desert - 16 replies

We moved to the desert SW a few years ago and I noticed that the handle on a file has shrunk so that the tang and the ferrule are both loose. I can remove the metal and soak the wood in either water or mineral oil. Which of the two is preferable or is there another better option?

10-03-2014 01:12 AM

VersaSpin 360 - 6 replies

I am currently finishing a project which I am spraying. I use painters’ pyramids and have been having problems with smaller pieces sliding off them or the air from the jet I use to blow dust off the project piece blowing the pyramid onto the floor, etc. I saw this and wondered if it is worth the money. I know that I could drive screws t...

09-04-2014 05:59 PM

? re spraying shellac - 9 replies

I normally only use WB products, but am now considering using an oil base stain which I will apply by hand-wipe on, let soak in and wipe off any excess. My question is whether or not it will be okay (safe) to spray the shellac in my spray room with normal electric lights and fan as opposed to explosion proof lights and fan? Would a 1# cut be t...

08-03-2014 01:28 AM

How would you suggest doing this? - 21 replies

I will make a L & JG Stickley Prairie Settle #220 like the one pictured. I think I have it pretty well figured out except for attaching the the top to the side and back panels. Notice that unlike a Morris chair, there are no through tenons holding the top securely in place. Here are my current thoughts:1. Use desk top fasteners. Ugh! ...

07-25-2014 01:15 AM

Mail order lumber/McKinney Hardwood Lumber - 12 replies

A little over a year ago I asked about others’ experiences regarding ordering stock from Hearne Hardwoods. Generally, Hearne didn’t receive any recommendations for mail order. Furthermore, mail ordering lumber seems to be concerning due to the quality and the price of the stock, not to mention the shipping cost. I remembered s...

05-08-2014 12:23 AM

Angle grinders-variable speed or single speed - 7 replies

I would like to try my hand at making sculpted boxes and it seems that an angle grinder is pretty much the go to tool for this. I had pretty much decided on a Makita GA4030 until I saw a recommendation to get a variable speed grinder. Here is my dilemma a VS Makita 9565CV costs about $100 than the GA4030 and I am not certain how much I will ...

03-29-2014 11:45 PM

Considering purchasing this - 10 replies

I have never done any scroll sawing, but think I might like to try my hand at intarsia and/or inlay. Is this a decent saw for a beginner? Is the price reasonable for the saw? Any other thoughts, tips, suggestions are welcome. TIA

02-08-2014 09:52 PM

Floating tenon sizing questions - 13 replies

I am making this headboard. It is for a king size bed so the rails are 76” between the legs. I will bolt the headboard to the metal mattress frame. Therefore, the headboard is more decorative than functional. I will use floating tenons to attach the rails to the legs and to attach the back splats to the rails. The wood is qswo s...

12-30-2013 02:44 AM

Making my own veneer questions - 12 replies

I am certain these questions have been answered previously, but I couldn’t find the answers tonight. I intend to resaw some bubinga to make my own veneer. The process, as I understand it, is to resaw it to a reasonable thickness, say about 1/8”, then run it through the drum sander on a sled to get it down to the final thickness. W...

12-14-2013 06:40 PM

Deft spray lacquer over Danish Oil??? - 14 replies

I am finishing a couple small boxes (10”x6”x4”) and used Danish oil to pop the grain on the bubinga and qswo. Does any know if I can safely use Deft lacquer over the oil without there being any adverse effects like crazing or whatever? I intend to let the oil dry for 3-4 days and I have a couple samples for test purposes, but...

10-21-2013 10:46 PM

An outstanding A&C home - 7 replies

This may not be the proper forum for this but I didn’t see an option that seemed better. I ran across this article and knew that I had to share it with all the LJs whether A&C is your “thing” or not, the woodworking is incredible. Hope everyone enjoys the scenery!

07-24-2013 09:30 PM

Angled shims - 8 replies

I need to make some shims at a 3 degree angle. My thought is to tilt the TS blade to 87 degrees and rip a board. Is that the best way to do it? Can angles plastic shims be purchased reasonably anyplace? Thanks for any guidance.

06-26-2013 02:11 PM

Has anyone requested info from Hearne Hardwoods? - 8 replies

June 18th I emailed Hearne Hardwoods for info regarding lumber and what shipping costs might be for the quantity I need. As of today, June 26th, I have not had any response from them. Has anyone requested and received info from Hearne? Is this a “typical” timeframe for them? I would appreciate hearing about others’ experien...

06-01-2013 10:17 PM

Ripping @ 50* - 17 replies

I am working on a speaker stand project and the riser needs to match the front of the speaker which has a 100 degree angle on the front. Any suggestions how I can rip boards at 50* since my TS only angles to 45 degrees? Thanks in advance!

05-02-2013 06:31 PM

Voids in oak - 20 replies

I have a piece of white oak that I want to use. Unfortunately, it has some voids in it. They are only on one face of the piece meaning that they don’t go all the way through. I seem to recall that the piece can be stabilized by filling the voids with glue or glue and sanding dust. Any particular type of glue? Is anyone aware of this a...

02-11-2013 05:10 PM

Zebrawood cracking - 11 replies

I made this CB for my son & DIL. She is a zebra fanatic so it had to include the zebrawood. About 5-6 months after completion, they have noticed small cracks in the zebrawood, but the maple and walnut are perfectly fine. All 3 woods were KD and had been in my shop for at least 3 months when I made it. I know there is no way to repair thi...

01-29-2013 11:18 PM

"Best" way to make mortises? - 53 replies

I make a lot of Arts & Crafts style furniture as you may have guessed by my pseudonym. I have been using a Jet bench top mortiser that has been okay, but the hold down is poor at best IMO. Today I tried to make some mortises 3/8” wide by 3”long by 1 3/8” deep. The hold down didn’t work at all even though I was only...

12-27-2012 01:17 PM

Mission Drawtop Table - 8 replies

I am considering making a drawtop table. Does anyone know how to make the actual draw top work so that when one or both ends are pulled out, they sit flush with the top and can easily be returned to their stored position? TIA

10-22-2012 01:26 AM

Making round end grain cutting boards - 11 replies

I would like to make some round end grain CBs. My thought is to use a circular router jig, but I don’t want to drill a hole for the pin in the CB, So, I thought I could use the jig to make a template from 1/4” plywood, then double stick that to the blank and use a top bearing bit in the router to clean up the rough edges left by the...

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