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|03-30-2015 05:20 PM||
How do I match this "driftwood" color? - 17 replies
I’m trying to make red oak look like this: I’ve been testing on a bunch of scrap, and can’t even get close. I tried ebonizing with steel-wool and vinegar, but it came out bluish-purple instead of grey. I tried some “driftwood” stain, but it only colored the pores, leaving most of the surface brown still...
|01-17-2015 02:50 AM||
Can a clamp really be too tight? Tell me your story. - 16 replies
I’m comfortable with how tight to clamp joints when I’m gluing up–I’ve developed the feel and have never had any issues with my joints. In addition, I always use scrap between my clamps and work to spread out the pressure and prevent any sort of damage. However, when I’m teaching someone, they always ask “how tig...
|06-03-2014 01:40 AM||
Spray-can storage from 2x4 cut-offs - 2 replies
I’ve been trying to figure out a way to store all my spray cans, cleaners, and oil in the garage. On traditional shelves, it’s hard to identify the cans towards the middle/back. Also, with my exposed studs in the garage, I was considering how I could keep cans from falling off the back of a mounted shelf. Then it hit me—why not...
|04-16-2014 08:04 PM||
I keep looking at all these plastic easter eggs that are all on sale now. It seems like such cheap little plastic containers could be handy as hell in the shop for SOMETHING, but I can’t think of anything clever. Any ideas?
|07-01-2013 05:05 PM||
How were original treasure chests constructed? - 12 replies
I grew up on cartoons/movies, many of which highlighted treasure chests overflowing with gold and silver: I’d imagine most cartoons are inspired by some degree of truth, and I started thinking about that today—did those chests actually exist? Some more googling suggests that a chest as large as they appear on cartoons/movies w...
|10-14-2012 02:11 PM||
I bought the thing in a package with the rest of my shop, and just haven’t used it. I don’t really care for the turned-leg look. It’s in Rochester, NY. See the CL ad here Thanks!-Adam
|07-10-2012 02:53 AM||
My college roommate and I came up a neat idea in 2006. Since then, we’ve been sitting on it, dreaming about it, and not doing anything with it. Last summer, I’d had enough—”dude, we have to quit our jobs.” “WHAT?! Why?” “It’s been 5 years, and we realistically put in maybe, what, 5 weekends a...
|06-26-2012 01:59 AM||
What should I expect when selling my extra lumber? - 12 replies
I got into woodworking sort of accidentally. I was on craigslist looking for a table-saw, and ended up finding a gentleman’s entire delta tool collection, and with it, about 1000 board feet of red oak, black cherry, and black walnut. Anyway, 2 years later, I’m loving it, but I’ve decided I need to make a little room in my garag...
|06-06-2012 08:45 PM||
Homemade DIY bench cookies (work grippers) - 6 replies
In my free time, I enjoy dumpster diving. This is especially true around the May/June timeframe when all the college kids are moving out of their dorms. You wouldn’t believe the stuff you find! So far, I’ve found and fixed up 7 vacuum cleaners which will find new homes with friends/family first, and then with some new students when t...
|04-17-2012 03:48 AM||
Titebond I II or III? - 28 replies
Last time I bought glue, I decided to go for the mid-grade titebond II. Is it really that much better than titebond I? Am I missing out on some great feature of titebond III? I haven’t had any joints come apart yet…anyone die-hard fans of one or the other? Is titebond original good enough?
|04-07-2012 07:58 PM||
Do you unplug your tablesaw before blade changes? - 151 replies
I’ve read in books time and time again that you should actually UNPLUG your tablesaw while swapping out blades. I must admit, I’ve NEVER done this, and have never even come CLOSE to an accident—I mean, I’m standing on the opposite side, how could I bump the switch? That being said, even though I ignore it, my brain always...
|03-07-2012 09:33 PM||
How do I keep tusk tenon wedges from coming loose? - 23 replies
I’ve only been doing woodworking for about 1.5 years, but thought I’d tackle a big dream of mine: MY BED. I plan to post more of this project later, but for now, how do I keep these pesky tusk tenon wedges from coming loose?! I used an angle of 10 degrees for the mortise/wedge. I think one of my mistakes was coating the wedges with w...
|03-06-2012 04:28 AM||
When I bought my biscuit joiner, the guy threw in a few bags of biscuits with it. Unfortunately, he had them stored in his outdoor barn, and the bags were open. I now have a lot of trouble getting them to slide into my slots because they’re already partially expanded (like they’re supposed to when glued) due to the moisture in the ai...
|03-06-2012 04:02 AM||
My Roomba--a clean shop's best friend - 14 replies
I wanted to take a few minutes to tell you guys my Roomba story. It started quite a few years ago when I bought one on Woot.com for a birthday present for my older brother. He had it for a few months and liked it, but one day came home and found it gnawing away at a lamp cord. ...this coupled with the fact that he watched our neighbors house bur...
|03-05-2012 09:30 AM||
Dust collector? I use my leaf-vac instead. - 11 replies
This is my first post :-D I’ve found that reading is my best friend when it comes to woodworking. No matter what problem I’ve got, someone’s been there before, and they’ve probably written about it. I’ll be damned if I can find the author of the article who gave me this idea, but I thought I’d pass it on to...