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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? - 16 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) : 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...

06-19-2015 05:35 PM

Craigslist score paid for second craigslist score - 13 replies

Not absolutely gloat-worthy, but a good deal nonetheless. I picked up some air-dried rough 4/4 cherry two years ago, 115 bd ft for $80. That was a gloat. I used about 50 of it, kept another 25, and today traded 40 of it for a Delta 14-650 mortiser in barely used working condition. I could’ve sold the cherry for more than the mortiser w...

06-19-2015 01:18 PM

Help identify this MF brace - 9 replies

So I was doing the neighborhood yard sale with my daughter last weekend, and I picked up a nice Stanley brace for $1. Score. Then the guy asked me if I wanted this for $1, and I said sure. The chances that I will ever use this are slim to none, but I figure if nothing else, it’s a nice wall decoration for the shop. The chuck says Mil...

06-12-2015 06:53 PM

Porter Cable Dovetail Jig $40 Off @ Amazon - 7 replies

Well, this is for PC power tools and accessories in general…there is a $20 off $100 on right now. I was going to purchase at Home Depot online, but Amazon has the best price. I just ordered the 4212 for about $127 after tax. Normally $157.99 on HD and Amazon. I found that if I added it to my cart on HD, it would knock $20 off, making...

05-20-2015 05:54 PM

Anybody use this Whiteside Rail/Stile bit for solid panels? - 16 replies

Still in the design phase for the kitchen remodel, and my local hardwood distributor came back with a price of $90 per sheet for 1/4” MDF-core G2S maple plywood. My cabinet doors are going to be a flat panel shaker style, and I have 20 to do. I could spend $200 after tax, and have doors. I’m a bit disappointed in the price, since ...

05-12-2015 08:56 PM

Which screws for clamping plywood in dado while glue dries? - 12 replies

For my upcoming cabinet build, the carcasses will have the sides dado’d to accept the bottoms (for both base and uppers). Since the outsides will not be visible (well, one end will have a 1/4” applied finished panel), I want to use screws, from the outside, to provide the clamping power until the glue dries. Which screws do you guy...

05-07-2015 06:55 PM

Spraying EM6000 over water-soluble dye - 4 replies

I’m wondering if one can spray (w/ Earlex 5500) a water-soluble aniline dye onto maple, and then topcoat directly with a few coats of sprayed Target EM6000?

05-06-2015 05:18 PM

WTB - Soft maple 150 bdft - Binghamton, NY - 6 replies

Looking to buy approximately 150 board feet of dried maple near the Binghamton, NY region. Looking for 4/4, can be rough, or surfaced. I can transport, and can travel up to an hour or so to get it. Wife wants new kitchen cabinets. Does anybody have any they’d like to part with?

05-05-2015 03:54 PM

Options for 2-door cabinet with no center stile - 27 replies

I’m working on designing the new cabinets for my kitchen. The existing ones are at the end of their life, literally peeling, broken slides, etc, and for the most part, I’m doing a one-to-one replacement. Also convinced the wife to let me buy an Earlex and a PC dovetail jig. We do have a 27” wide cabinet, and I’ll be a...

04-19-2015 01:29 AM

Is this miter box serviceable? - 5 replies

I don’t know much about miter boxes, but I’ve been keeping an eye out for one. I spotted this one locally for $20, can anyone identify it, and see if anything jumps out (good, bad, missing parts, etc)? I don’t mind a bit of cleanup, I’ve spent quite a bit of time on planes, saws, and chisels…but don’t want t...

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