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12-09-2014 03:03 PM

What's Santa bringing you (woodworking related and not)? - 2 replies

While surprises are still nice on Christmas morning, or during Hanukah, or Kwanza, or Festivus, it seems that as we get into adult-hood, we know a lot more of our gifts ahead of time. So, what are you getting this holiday season? Oddly enough, I’ve been able to keep myself in the dark as far as what I’m getting this year. I am n...

11-20-2014 02:19 PM

Best way to attach apron to MDF bench top? - 30 replies

So I managed to score some hard-to-come-by time in the garage tomorrow afternoon, about 3 hours, and my goal is to get an apron on my workbench. The bench top is 2 layers of 3/4” MDF, with a replaceable 3/16” hardboard top. It sits on top of a 90”x21” span of cabinets I made. The top itself is 96”x24”. M...

11-14-2014 05:17 PM

Calling all frigid woodworkers! - 60 replies

After seeing increasing threads about the decreasing temperatures in our shops, I thought I’d start a thread about dealing with the cold temperatures in some of our shops. Many people have the luxury of a heated, climate controlled shop. Other people rely on wood-burning stoves, kerosene heaters, or something similar. And yet others (my...

11-13-2014 07:42 PM

Does this seem like a good deal for veneer? - 4 replies

I’ve been interested in trying veneer, maybe on a small box or something, but I don’t have any place that sells it around here, and didn’t want to order online, sight unseen, so I never bought any. All I know about veneering is what I’ve seen T-Mac, Roy, and the Woodsmith guys do on TV. This popped up on the local CL ...

11-12-2014 09:49 PM

Has anyone ordered a Lee Valley calendar? - 5 replies

Has anyone ordered a woodworking calendar from Lee Valley? I’m thinking about getting one for the workplace, but am curious to see what I can expect in one. Their website does not have any samples, besides the one stock photo for the item. Edit : Normally for $6 I’d just do it, but there’s $8 in shipping (that’s pret...

10-24-2014 01:19 PM

Questions on using gorilla glue - 26 replies

So this weekend I’m going to be gluing up a mailbox post I’ve been working on. The post is made of 4×4 pressure-treated lumber. This will hold two mailboxes, and the vertical post and the horizontal pieces are joined by half-lap joints to make a cross. The 4×4’s had been sitting in my garage for about 6 months befo...

06-20-2014 06:45 PM

Shaving...how ridiculous is ridiculous? - 33 replies

So apparently I am behind on the times. There seems to be a lot of talk these days about shaving. With stores like Art of Shaving popping up, and YouTube videos detailing a 15-step shaving process involving pre-shave oils, creams, lathers, shaving oils, shave intermission oils, and post-shave oils, I clearly must have missed something somewher...

06-05-2014 12:35 AM

My new lumberjock-to-be - 18 replies

Not woodworking related, but just wanted to share with my fellow LJ friends. This morning we welcomed our son, Colin. He came in at a whopping 5lb 0oz. This is our second child and first boy.

03-18-2014 12:40 PM

Lumber buying - etiquette question - 41 replies

So I’m driving out this afternoon to look at some air dried cherry. The guy has about 1800 bd ft, but I only have space for about 75, so he’s pulled off about that much and set it aside for me. It’s been sitting stacked for about 5 years and he’s moving, price is $1 bd ft. I’m not expecting the greatest lumber, b...

03-03-2014 12:19 PM

Prefinish this toy box, then assemble? (With picture) - 4 replies

Here is a toy box I’m working on. Construction is almost complete, just needs a top glued up. Top and bottom rails have haunched tenons into the legs. Everything else is stub tenon and groove, panels are 1/4” thick. This is just a dry fit (don’t mind the couple small gaps, they will disappear when clamped up. I’...

02-18-2014 06:35 PM

Pocket hole through MDF to Poplar - 17 replies

One of my upcoming projects is going to be a headboard for our daughter’s new room. Nothing fancy, just two posts made of poplar, with a MDF panel between them with some curves routed on. Painted white. Probably will end up covered in stickers and crayon. First off, let’s get this out of the way :“MDF.” Boos and his...

02-11-2014 01:48 PM

Designing tool storage vs growing tool collection - 2 replies

So I’ve been tossing ideas around in my head the past few days about a small cabinet to store my hand drills, braces, and bits, along with my powered drill bits that don’t have a home (circle cutters, countersink, sanding drums). I have a less-than-pretty plywood rack for my power drills and bit cases, and that’s where they...

02-10-2014 01:44 PM

Craiglist pickup of old hand tools (w/ pics) - 10 replies

I picked this lot up for $20 yesterday. Since most of my woodworking happens at night now when my wife and daughter are asleep, I’ve been stepping up my hand tool usage. I primarily wanted the chisels/gouges, but I wasn’t going to turn down the other stuff in the lot. The guy was an older gentleman who said these we’re his g...

02-07-2014 04:40 PM

Funny Onion article about cabinets - 14 replies

A funny article from The Onion : Couple Never Dreamed They Would Be Able To Talk So Openly, Honestly About Cabinets

01-31-2014 02:29 PM

Any planes worth snagging in this CL ad? - 13 replies

This guy posted an ad, quite a few planes on them, that look restorable, but wondering if there are any worth restoring? I have his number and might try to swing by today to take a look. I have 3 #4’s, 2 block planes, a #5. So the smoothers and extra block planes aren’t really calling my name. Looks like there might be one low-an...

12-02-2013 12:54 PM

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...

10-16-2013 01:59 PM

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...

09-25-2013 02:56 PM

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...

05-03-2013 01:29 PM

Working with treated wood - a few simple questions (I hope) - 18 replies

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 ...

03-04-2013 02:16 PM

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 ...

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