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06-27-2016 12:37 PM

Removing rust from brace...citric acid on wood parts? - 6 replies

I stopped by a yard sale this weekend, and for the sum of $3 picked up 8 files, a brace, and a 12” bar clamp. The files will just get the usual citric acid soak, a light rub down with some oil, and put to work. My question is regarding the brace. I’ve read online that the citric acid may dissolve the finish on the wooden parts, ...

05-05-2016 03:12 PM

Looking for input on designing solid wood floating shelves for an alcove... - 12 replies

Some friends of our bought a new house recently, and they’ve asked me to make them a set of floating shelves, along with a floating desktop, to fit in an alcove in the corner of their living room. I have a small stack of 4/4 white oak with no intended purpose, that I got for $0.80/bdft, so that’s what they’re getting. For t...

04-26-2016 03:08 PM

Question re: door overlays and adjacent cabinets - 5 replies

I have question regarding the spacing of doors/drawers when using a full-overlay cabinet door, on adjacent kitchen cabinets. I’m building new kitchen cabinets, and I’m planning on a 1-3/4” face frame, and a 3/4” reveal. I’ll be using Blum 39C screw-in hinges. When I see the commercially available cabinets, in t...

04-22-2016 04:01 PM

Words you never want to hear..."Sold My Mill" - 8 replies

Went out to my usual guy to buy a small load of maple, and noticed that the spot where his little old band-mill used to be was empty. “Sold my mill” he tells me. I guess the physical nature of it got too much for him (I’d say he’s in his early to mid 70s). Really bummed me out. I’ve only been buying from him for...

04-19-2016 03:24 PM

ID this wood...Hickory? Oak? Something else? - 9 replies

So, I picked up this mystery wood from my usual guy, a retired older guy who mills what he has on his land, air dries it, as more of a hobby than anything. As such, he will mill what he finds down, and occasionally cut a tree or two down. He typically mills maple, ash, hemlock, hickory, and oak. Occasionally he will find some cherry. This st...

04-15-2016 03:49 PM

Placement for hanging air filter w/ I-beam in shop - 3 replies

So, today I put my order in for the Grizzly hanging air filter that’s on sale. I just replaced my Shop-Vac & DD with a 3HP DC, so I feel like I’m moving in the right direction. My question now is, where to hang this unit. My shop is a 2 car garage, and my space is 22×22. However, there is an I-beam that spans the garag...

04-06-2016 01:06 PM

Sound Reduction Ideas for 3HP DC - 8 replies

Today I’m bringing home my first dust collector (stepping up from a Shop Vac & Dust Deputy). It is a used 3HP Reliant DC, with 60’ of 4” hose (3 sections, plus connectors). My work is downsizing our footprint and the shop equipment is rarely used, so I made an offer on it. This DC sat connected to both a RAS and 12/14...

03-17-2016 07:16 PM

Kem Aqua Plus - Is it still being sold? - 30 replies

I have some finishing to do this coming weekend, more of a utilitarian project, so I’d like to spray a gray-tinted waterborne lacquer with my Earlex 5500. I was going to go with Target EM6500, but I need it by next Friday, and I think that’d be cutting it too close. I see good reviews of the Kem Aqua Plus product, but I can’t...

03-17-2016 01:05 PM

Suggest updates for 3HP, 2-bag DC - 1 reply

As part of our house-cleaning at work, they were liquidating some old manufacturing stuff. There is a Reliant 3HP dust collector, along with two hoses (each approx. 30-40’ long) that I will be taking home. This will be an upgrade to my existing collection system, which is just a Shop Vac and a Dust Deputy. I will be running this on 220....

02-02-2016 02:46 PM

Iron-on edging for drawer fronts...opinions? - 2 replies

I’m designing/building a storage box for the back of a friend’s vehicle. The box will have two tall (8-10”) wide (36”) and deep (28”) drawers. Boxes will be 3/4” ply with 1/2” bottom (with support strips underneath), and use 220lb full extension drawer slides. Drawers will be inset, and have toggle la...

01-12-2016 08:06 PM

Strong joint for plywood sotrage box, back of SUV? - 17 replies

A neighbor recently came over and was asking for ideas regarding a storage box for the back of his SUV. The box will have a couple drawers, and be the width of the SUV interior. So, as this will be in the vehicle at all times, it will see normal vibration, bumps, etc. I’m thinking that 3/4” prefinished 1-side ply would be the be...

01-05-2016 08:46 PM

Looking for opinions on how to design this piece of trim... - 11 replies

I am currently building a conductors’ rostrum for my wife’s high school. If you’re not familiar with what this is, think of it as a small table, 34”x34” and about 8-9” tall, and the band conductor stands on this while they’re conducting. I’m about 3/4 done with the base, which has spalted maple a...

12-22-2015 06:42 PM

Minwax wood hardener on spalted maple...topcoat? - 0 replies

So I am going to be building a conductor’s podium for my wife’s school. I’m going to be basing the design loosely off of that of a fellow LJ’er (who’s been nice enough to agree to allow me to) : http://lumberjocks.com/projects/70356 I’m planning on using cherry for the legs, and spalted maple for the ap...

12-21-2015 05:47 PM

Working with burl for bottle openers? - 1 reply

So a buddy of mine dropped off a couple of burl blanks (looks like walnut to me) that were too small for his use. The biggest one is about 12” long, 8/4 thick, and 3” wide. I have a couple of these inset bottle opener kits from Rockler, and was thinking of making bottle openers from the burl. I’ve never worked with burl befo...

09-15-2015 05:24 PM

Finishing in garage made my dryer stink - 5 replies

So I just finished putting the final coat of Arm-R-Seal on a table I made. It was 6 wiped on coats over the coarse of 4 days. I finish in the garage, which, in our split-entry, is located right next to the laundry room. A few days ago, my wife makes the comment that the clothes coming out of the dryer have a weird smell to them. Sure enough,...

09-09-2015 12:46 PM

Dumb question about using table top Z fasteners... - 7 replies

So I am wrapping up my table build, and I purchased the Z-style fasteners. I ran the groove along the insides of the aprons. So, here’s my question (it seems dumb, but, whatever)... When I install these, should I push the fastener until it bottoms out in the slot, and screw it to the top, or leave more play? We’re in the peak o...

07-10-2015 05:13 PM

Gluing cross-grain top on small (2" wide) box...OK? - 3 replies

So I want to make a small (roughly 2” wide x 3” long internal dimension) box with a slot in the top to dispose of my used double-edge razor blades in. I was thinking a simple tongue/groove on the sides, and then just gluing the top on (the bottom will be screwed on so I can empty it occasionally). Obviously there will be 2 sides th...

06-25-2015 02:41 PM

Learned my lesson on initial milling of rough lumber... - 14 replies

Well, I guess I got greedy last night. I needed some 60” long by 2” wide strips of 5/4. I had a few 7.5”+ wide boards of air-dried, rough-cut ash reamining, so I figured I could get these last few strips out, and not have to go buy more. “Cut them to 2.5 wide,” my brain told me, “it’ll be fine.”...

06-23-2015 01:36 PM

Wedged tenon in table apron? - 5 replies

So my wife sends me an e-mail yesterday from work, requesting a table. She is a teacher, and it’s not like the school is going to give her money for one, so this is usually where I come in. She wants a table 72” long, 22” deep, and 36” high. She would like a lower shelf as well, but only want it to be half as deep, b...

06-22-2015 01:06 PM

McClellan Angle Brace For Trade - 0 replies

Looking to trade this McClellan angle brace. I picked it up out of curiosity, but have no real use for it other than a decoration. I figure if there is someone out there who likes collecting, it may be of interest to them. Or, if anyone is just super-psyched about decorative braces. The brace has a Millers Falls chuck on it, patent Feb 18 18...

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