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|10-04-2015 12:36 PM||
Flatmaster sanders-great or gimmick? - 6 replies
I really don’t enjoy sanding. Before the neanders suggest an assortment of hand planes, I find those frustrating probably because their names are meaningless to me (4 1/4, 59 1/5, etc), I am not a great sharpener, I don’t have access to a skilled instructor and I don’t have the coin to get a complete set from the Lie-Neilsen ...
|08-01-2015 10:50 PM||
Pop Up Table Mechanism - 8 replies
I am considering making a pop up top coffee table. I can purchase the mechanism from Lee Valley and others, but they are expensive and aren’t rated for much weight. I think I recall seeing some guidelines here on LJ for making them, but haven’t been able to find anything. Can anyone help me with this? Thank you!
|06-20-2015 11:53 PM||
Shop lighting recommendations - 23 replies
Hi, I recently moved into a house that has a mostly unfinished basement which I will convert into a shop. I think I have most of my requirements figured out except for lighting. I have searched and read a lot and think that I will be best served by using T8s with 5000K tubes. The space has an 8’ ceiling and measures about 19’ by 2...
|04-24-2015 05:28 PM||
Angled sides for tray - 10 replies
Is there a standard angle for the sides of trays? I was thinking of making them at 45 degrees, but that looked to be too much once I drew it out full size. I know I could have them at 90 degrees, but I thought it might be more interesting looking with the angled sides. Thanks!
|02-26-2015 07:30 PM||
Stickley #220 Sofa-Project Completion - 8 replies
Last Fall I completed this project and posted it without the cushions and fabric since I would not do that work. We finally got it back from the upholsterer today so I thought I should show the fully dressed sofa. Thanks for looking.
|02-18-2015 12:12 AM||
Small box hardware source - 19 replies
I like making small, decorative boxes, but have not been able to find a single source for the hinges, latches and chain stops of a quality/price point I like. I really like the quality and price of Horton Brasses hinges, but they don’t offer the other accessories. The offerings from Rockler and, even, Lee Valley aren’t of comparabl...
|02-07-2015 02:56 PM||
Packaging imprint in finish ? - 15 replies
I finished a box with Danish oil, rattle can spray lacquer and Johnson’s paste wax. When the recipient opened the package the packaging had imprinted in the finish. The oli cured for a week before the lacquer which dried for 24 hours before the wax and that 3 days before putting it into the box. Any suggestions on how the client can eli...
|02-04-2015 06:02 PM||
Shop space in Ft Worth, TX? - 6 replies
We are considering moving to the Ft Worth area to be closer to our daughter & SIL, but mostly for the grandkids. Is anyone aware of shop space that is or might be available? I guess I am thinking like a woodworking coop, but I haven’t been able to find one on Google. TIA
|01-21-2015 12:08 AM||
A lack of planning on my part... - 10 replies
...created a headache for me. I am making a small box using frame and panel construction. The frames are 1/2” square and the groove for the panels is 1/4” deep. I want to attach the lid with hinges, but the hinge screws will then be screwed through the frame into the panel. This seems like it would create problems down the road. ...
|12-24-2014 12:09 AM||
New advertising gimmick???? - 5 replies
Maybe it is just me and my computer, but starting yesterday I noticed links to outside sites advertising somewhat related products for sale, such as Ebay and Walmart, in the text of project write-ups/responses. Here is one example. I am not picking on Les because I highly doubt that he included a link to a piece sold by Walmart. Has anyone el...
|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...