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08-02-2014 07:08 PM

Ran into possible problem making coasters - 5 replies

I’m making coasters for my sister and brother-in-law and have had the design down for a few weeks now but am just starting to work on it now. Below is the design I have in mind. NOTE – arrows indicate direction of the grain as I was planning The problem I’ve run into that the two pieces on the sides (maple and walnut)...

06-14-2014 12:22 PM

Help identifying wood - 31 replies

Hi all, Recently started a project and was planning down boards from our fence that is falling apart and I’ll tear down soon. We assumed it was cedar that had been stained but after planning it, I’ve never seen cedar with amazing grain like that. I don’t know exactly how long the boards were up in the elements for, at lea...

05-12-2014 08:17 PM

Which base should you put a template base plate on? - 5 replies

Hi all, I’m ordering a template guide base plate from Eagle America to work with my Bosch MRC23EVSK combo kit. Problem is that I’m not sure which base, fixed or plunge, I should buy it for. The fixed base is 6” and the plunge base is 7” so I have to pick one or the other. This is my first time getting into template bus...

03-19-2014 09:49 PM

Question about wood burning after staining - 6 replies

Hi all, Working on a project and after putting on 3 coats of stain on pine, my signature that I burned on (with a wood burning pen) is much harder to notice because the surrounding wood is darker now. Unfortunately I didn’t think about that before staining. So my question to you guys, can I go back over it now and darken it up some, ...

03-03-2014 01:54 AM

Seeking advice on wood burning - 8 replies

Hi all, I’m working on my first project for someone other than family or myself and would like to sign my name on it (in an inconspicuous place) once finished with it. On a couple previous projects, I’ve just used a Sharpie but clearly not a nice looking way to put your name on something. So I’m looking into getting somet...

01-18-2014 06:56 PM

Advice about upcoming project - 20 replies

Hi all, My pastor recently came to me asking about making a case to hold amps in and I’ve been trying to come up with a design that will work. It will basically just be two sides, top and bottom with some pieces going across to keep it from racking. The main problem is he said that fully loaded it could be 50-60 lbs. so it definitel...

08-29-2013 11:35 PM

Combination square, precision square, or T square?? - 40 replies

My birthday is coming up soon and I’m narrowing down what I want to ask for, one of which is a better square. For awhile I’ve been using a cheap plastic combination square (blade is aluminum of course) but I’d really like to upgrade. I’ve been looking at combination squares but wouldn’t mind having a Woodpecker squa...

06-17-2013 01:58 PM

Finishing Cedar - 11 replies

Hi all, I’m slowly working on building a gate and small section of fence for our patio area. I like how cedar will gray over time but my mom doesn’t and asked if there was a way to prevent it from graying and I wasn’t sure. Can you put an exterior polyurethane or some other type of finish on to prevent it from turning gra...

12-21-2012 01:18 AM

Help with Wipe-on poly on rosewood - 3 replies

Hi LJ’s, After seeing the Woodworking for Mere Mortals video on wooden neckties I had to make one. So got some thin stock at Woodcraft, Birds Eye Maple and Bolivian Rosewood. Everything was going fine til I was waiting for the third/final coat of Arm-R-Seal to dry that I realized most of the pieces had some tackiness to them. I don̵...

12-07-2012 12:24 AM

Need help picking a flush trim bit - 20 replies

Hi all, I’m interested in getting a flush trim bit for a project in the near future and of course for others down the road. The problem is, even after some research I don’t really understand which type of flush trim bit would be best overall. Straight bits are cheaper but seem to have some tearout sometimes. Spiral bits make a smo...

10-08-2012 11:08 PM

Making a Dado on a miter saw?? - 4 replies

Sometime soon, I hope to make a coffee table and just working out the details now instead of when a problem arises. I remember a video of someone using a miter saw (with a normal blade) to make dados for half lap joints. I’d like to do this for the corners of the top of it but unsure if this would 1) be a strong enough joint and 2) can a m...

06-08-2012 10:27 PM

Need sharpening advice please! - 14 replies

I’ve done a few projects of varying degrees of difficulty but I’m still working on some of the basics which brings me to my question. After finishing my last project I knew I should sharpen my chisels but didn’t really know how. After looking around the web I found several articles and videos so I’m pretty much set for...


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