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|3 days ago||
How do you manage your cords? - 7 replies
The other thread about the ridiculous cases that come with power tools got me thinking about cord management for tools that don’t go back into the case. Actually, getting the cord into the case, when they do go back, is probably the most annoying thing about the case. So when your tools are not in use, or even when they are, what do yo...
|50 days ago||
Grain direction for trays - 2 replies
So I am going to making a few trays as Christmas presents. The tray will be a thicker piece of walnut, with a thinner piece of maple laminated to the top, so when routed out, the tray has a maple lip. I’m wondering if there is an ideal way to lay this out as far as grain direction goes. Enter my awesome MS paint skills… H...
|71 days ago||
Picking the right joint for this toy box... - 3 replies
So for Christmas, my mother-in-law has requested a toy box to keep my daughter’s (and future grandchildren’s) toys in. Box will be made of quarter-sawn white oak, and will be modeled after this one : My question is in regards to joining the front to the sides. My first instinct is to cut a dado in the sides to accept the fro...
|216 days ago||
Good morning, all. I have a question regarding wood choice for a project. The project is 2 outdoor gates, one for our deck, and one for the babysitter’s deck, to keep the rugrats imprisoned. To match the decks, I will be using PT wood for each. Since this is something I just want to get done and out of the way, I plan to make a simple ...
|276 days ago||
Questions about jointers...on a budget. - 79 replies
So over the weekend my wife handed me an envelope with $250, saying that it should help me towards getting a jointer (I guess I complained enough about not having one?). This is a big amount of money for us right now, so adding additional funds is not an option. At this point, I’m just scouring Craigslist on a daily basis to see if one ...
|296 days ago||
Resawing 8/4 flatsawn walnut? - 6 replies
So I have this kiln-dried 8/4 black walnut board that’s been sitting in my garage for about 6 months now. It was one of those purchases where I saw the board, loved the figure, and the price was dirt cheap. This board is approximately 5 feet long and 7” wide. I would love to resaw it and make a nice bookmatched top for a sofa tabl...
|324 days ago||
Arm-R-Seal over Zinsser Amber (NOT dewaxed)? - 4 replies
I have a kitchen island I am working on, and have a finishing question. My main finish is going to be GF Arm-R-Seal. The cabinet construction is 3/4” maple ply with solid walnut face frame and trim. I was considering doing an initial coat or two of Zinsser’s amber shellac first to give a little bit of a warmer hue. My concern is ...
|351 days ago||
Epoxy for cutting board feet? - 6 replies
I’m wrapping up my edge grain cutting boards for Christmas presents. I plan on attaching 4 small feet to each board to keep it from slipping. I’ve got these ready to go. It looks like you can just drill a hole and shove these in and they fit pretty tight, however I was thinking that if one came out, I didn’t want it to go ...
|364 days ago||
I've watched too many episodes of Woodsmith Shop - 13 replies
Any time I read a woodworking tip online now, in my head I hear it in Don Peschke’s voice. Anyone else suffer from a similar problem?
|381 days ago||
Attaching hardwood accents to plywood - movement? - 10 replies
So my wife tells me the other day that she would like a mobile island for our kitchen for Christmas, and if I can do that, I don’t need to get her anything else (don’t worry, I’m not stupid, I know that’s a trap). Basically a rolling cabinet with a butcher block top. Anyways, given the short deadline, and the fact that ...
|385 days ago||
Would you spend $100 on this jointer? - 11 replies
I don’t currently have a jointer. I do, however, have a 3-month old, so a new Grizzly or the likes is not in the budget. Anyone heard of Industriline? I see this one is on CL for $100. What do you think? Besides checking the blades for damage, and making sure it runs, and maybe putting a board through it, what else would one check?
|409 days ago||
Is this a good approach to walnut/maple lamination? - 11 replies
My upcoming project is going to be a baby gate for our house. To give a interesting look, I decided I would like to sandwich a thin layer of maple in between two thicker layers of walnut, to give it a nice highlight around the edges. The other alternative is to do an all-walnut construction, and then cut a groove down the middle of the pieces ...
|440 days ago||
Economical Source For T-Track - 26 replies
I was just wondering where everyone here gets their T track from. I have not found any place locally that sells it. I’ve spotted it online from any of your normal sources (Rockler, Woodcraft, Amazon, etc.). Where do you get yours? Anybody know of any other placs, perhaps an industrial supply-type place, that sells it? I’d love...
|441 days ago||
What's on your woodworking to-do list? - 30 replies
So I was thinking this morning about what is on my to-do list as far as woodworking projects. We just had our first child on August 16th, so time in the garage has plummeted. Items are being added to the list faster than they are being knocked off (this was the case before the baby, but not as lopsided). My List (not necessarily in the orde...
|461 days ago||
Diablo Router Bits Closeout at Home Depot - 14 replies
I was at Home Depot yesterday, and they have several router bits on what appears to be closeout. The majority are still regular-priced, but a few 1/2” shank bits were good finds : Lock Miter Bit – Normally $79.97, on sale for $19.03 1/2 inch Mortising Bit – Normally $18.97, on sale for $6.70 23/32 Plywood Mortising Bi...
|483 days ago||
Need help picking out hinges - 3 replies
I am building some base cabinets for my shop. Carcasses are just about done, legs are in the mail, and I need to think about hinges. The cabinets are constructed of 3/4” plywood, and are faceless (I will be adding some solid stock to the front to conceal the plywood edges, but no overhang). The cabinet has 4 main sections, the two outer...
|507 days ago||
Wishing we had a woodworking store around here! - 20 replies
This past weekend my wife and I took a “babymoon”, as she calls it, one last vacation before our baby comes (due Aug 16th). We decided it would be wise to not travel too awful far, so we made the 4 hour trek to Buffalo/Niagara Falls. While we were out there, I told her there was a Rockler 10 minutes away, so we went to check it out...
|511 days ago||
Mineral Spirits and Poly Problem - 28 replies
So I went do to HD the other day, grabbed some Kleen Strip Oderless Mineral Spirits (NOT the green eco-friendly junk), and a can of MinWax oil-based poly. I mixed them 50/50 and put down a coat on some 1/2” dyed birch ply. When it dried, I noticed that the finish has spots in it of white. So I sanded down, did it again, same issue. So ...
|524 days ago||
Brown Dye Turns Green...why? - 2 replies
I have some TransTint dark walnut water-based dye that I’ve been using with good results on several projects. I have noticed that if I get some drips on MDF, plywood, even some rags, sometimes it ends up dark in the middle and green around the edges. Anyone know why it turns green? Obviously it hasn’t been a problem in my work, ju...
|526 days ago||
Any of these saws worth saving? - 12 replies
I saw this local Criagslist ad. I could use a hand saw or two (right now I only have a small dovetail saw), but don’t know enough about saws to look at this picture and tell if they might potentially be decent saws that just need some TLC. I don’t mind cleaning up some rust and and a handle or two for a good saw. Then whatever I do...