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10-25-2018 06:24 PM

Anyone worked with black limba or white limba? - 3 replies

Was just wondering how hard the wood actually is and how hard it is to work with? The janka hardness rating says it is about as soft as poplar so I was kind of surprised about that.

07-17-2018 06:49 AM

What grit to stop at before an oil finish? - 9 replies

I have generally gone up to 220 and sometimes 320 before applying a tung oil finish. Is there any benefit in going to higher grits before applying the tung oil? Was wondering how it would come out if I went to 1000 grit.

06-01-2018 06:15 AM

Using boards without milling them - 8 replies

I have some nice figured maple boards I am planning to use for the sides of a bookcase. Problem is they are both twisted and one corner sticks up about a 1/4 inch. I plan to use dados but was wondering how well would the dados hold if I did not mill the boards flat? Normally I would mill them but I would prefer not to lose any thickness.

04-21-2018 09:29 PM

Question about plug \ receptacle for jointer - 4 replies

The JET jointer I just got says it requires a 230 V connection but not sure if that would work with the 6-20 receptacle I have. Can I use 6-20 plugs and 6-20 receptacle for the jointer even though the manual says to use 6-15 plugs and a 6-15 receptacle?

02-17-2018 08:33 AM

Cross grain joinery with narrow pieces - 2 replies

Is it possible to use cross grain joinery with narrow pieces (~2 inches wide, 3/4 inches thick) without the piece of furniture exploding? I am looking to add a triangle connected to both a leg and a rail.

05-24-2017 05:52 PM

Bookcase header and footer movement - 1 reply

When building bookcase with a toekick (footer) or header, is it necessary to allow for movement? The toekick I am looking to put is about 4 inches wide and is solid wood.

05-24-2017 05:49 PM

Dubuque Clamp Works bar clamps - 1 reply

I was browsing around for some new bar clamps and noticed that the “Adjustable Clamp Company” is no more so pretty much no more Pony or Jorgensen clamps. I’ve been looking for clamps made in the USA and found only one company- Dubuque Clamp Works:

05-08-2017 05:29 PM

Chances of my piece blowing up? - 9 replies

I made a solid cherry night stand using dados. I also added in a solid cherry back to it which might be a problem. The solid backing is a glue up made using 1/4 thick cherry and is about 22” wide and 2 feet high. I installed the solid backing into a rabbet that runs across the shelves and sides using glue and 23 gauge pins. This was al...

04-27-2017 07:25 PM

Resawing on bandsaws - 7 replies

How much of a difference would there be for a 14 inch bandsaw with riser block vs a 17 inch bandsaw for resawing boards? Im looking at the Grizzly G0555 and the Grizzly G0513 and am debating which to purchase. Im guessing resawing 12 inch boards will happen only once in a while; the majority of boards will be around 6 inches or less.

11-04-2016 08:34 PM

Best plane for highly figured woods? - 18 replies

I’ve been working with highly figured woods and have always experienced tear out of some sort either from the jointer, planer, and jack plane. Even with light passes, tear out sometimes occurs. I’ve been looking at various planes to deal with the tear out- namely: LN No. 85 scraper planeLV low angle smoother with a 50 degree bla...

09-30-2015 07:02 PM

Need help deciding between jack planes - 56 replies

I currently do not own a jack plane and I’m looking to buy one. I am having a tough time deciding between two: Stanley No. 5 type 18 in good condition for 50 dollarsor Lee Valley low angle jack plane for 250 dollars I’m wondering if the LV low angle jack is worth the extra 200 dollars. Any opinions?

09-30-2015 07:36 AM

Hand plane for table top glue ups - 5 replies

I am making an oak table top. I glued up some oak boards and one of the boards ended up slightly higher on one end. I was thinking of some of my options for leveling the board. I don’t have much experience with hand planes so was wondering which hand plane would be good for flattening the table top glue up?

09-14-2015 10:58 PM

Satin to matte finish - 4 replies

I just finished a bookshelf with a few coats of satin Arm R Seal. I’d like to dull it down a little bit and give it less sheen. What would be the best way to do this?

06-25-2015 05:55 PM

Upgrade to Delta T2 fence? - 1 reply

I have a Delta 36-650 with the standard rip fence that came with it. How good of an upgrade would a Delta T2 fence be?

06-24-2015 08:05 AM

Need help selecting a chisel plane or flush trim plane - 4 replies

I need help selecting a plane for the purpose of flush trimming, removing glue, etc…. The two I found are these:,41182,48945&ap=1 Which would be better?

06-12-2015 03:45 AM

Using screws along with joinery - 9 replies

I have pretty much used joints and glue for aprons but was wondering would adding screws help reinforce the joinery or be of any help?

06-12-2015 03:20 AM

Glue over finish? - 3 replies

Will wood glue work over Danish oil? I did a poor job of taping one of the mortise and tenon joints and a load of Danish oil went inside the mortise. Some also got on the tenon.

06-10-2015 07:04 PM

Best finish for tabletop made out of imported wood - 4 replies

What would be the best finish for a kitchen table made out of Santos Mahogany? I would like the grain to “pop” but also need it to be very durable. A satin to semi-gloss look would be another requirement.

06-07-2015 06:24 AM

Very bad burn marks with new blade - 20 replies

I just purchased an Infinity Super General blade: It is being used with a 1.5hp Delta contractors table saw. While ripping 5/4 oak, I am getting horrible burn marks. I even get some slight burn marks while cutting 3/4 plywood. I switched b...

05-03-2015 08:35 PM

Table saw opinion - 7 replies

I have been looking at table saws for a while and am planning to get one. I’ve been using a circ saw and miter saw for most cuts. Browsing through Craiglist, would this be a good buy for a first table saw: My budget is 200 and under for a table saw.

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