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|734 days ago||
Does anyone, especially our mates down under, have experience designing and/or building a leadlight kitchen cabinet? I fell in love with them whil living in the NT and would like to build a replica piece since the cost of shipping one over here would be prohibitive. Thanks!
|1030 days ago||
Free in Denver - 5 replies
If there are any woodworkers in the Denver area that want some free wood, I’ll give it to the first who claims it (and claims it all, please). Should include a little tiger maple and purpleheart in there with some rock maple and various forms of oak. Nothing great, but some wood that ought to be salvageable and free to a good home. PM...
|1135 days ago||
Removing unwanted expoxy squeeze-out - 4 replies
I’m planning to stop by Woodcraft this afternoon to ask their input as well, but here’s what happened: I’m building a frame for my wife for a Mother’s Day present. It’s tiger maple with santos mahogany trim. The maple is already dyed & oiled; the mahogany is as yet unfinished. I’m planning to go with...
|1142 days ago||
Glue after BLO? - 4 replies
I’m making a bread box for my wife. I decided to use aniline dye to stain the whole thing before assembly so that I wouldn’t have any issues with missing spots, that kind of thing. Then I lost my mind and wiped on a coat of BLO. Then I realized that I still need to glue this thing togther! Will the BLO interfere with the glue (...
|1162 days ago||
Dang lucky - 12 replies
I was using my TS to dado a long piece of santos mahogany for a picture frame I’m making and my 4 year old son (whose picture I use as my avatar) was out there with me banging nails into a board. I told him to stand back and watch, but neglected to tell him exactly where to stand. Despite two feather boards and every precaution I could...
|1186 days ago||
Finishing "layers" - 6 replies
I’m building a small apothecary cabinet for my wife’s quilting supplies. She’d like it to have a gloss finish. It’s predominately cherry, with pulls made from maple stained black (because I already had them cut when she decided she wanted ‘em dark). I’ve already stained the cherry using General Finishes C...
|1249 days ago||
Suede Tex undercoat adhesive stained project - 3 replies
I was applying suede tex undercoat adhesive to the inside of a box I’ve been building and dripped a little bit. Unfortunately, when I went to wipe up the adhesive, it spread and appears to have stained the area where it was with a faint reddish color (the adhesive is wine colored). I suspect I’m going to have to sand down and re-fi...
|1261 days ago||
You just can't get any safer than this - 16 replies
This would be hysterically funny if it weren’t for the fact that I’m sure someone actually used this! And to give credit where it’s due, I saw this on “There I Fixed It”, at http://thereifixedit.com/2009/12/10/well-wood-shop-isnt-complete-until-someone-loses-a-finger/
|1263 days ago||
I’m getting ready to assemble a box I’m building from curly maple with curly walnut accents. Before doing so, it occurred to me that I might want to sand the pieces prior to assembly. Here’s what I’m thinking: 1. RO-sand the box pieces with 80, 120, 180 and 220 grit before assembling them.2. glue the box together3. R...
|1369 days ago||
Reface or rebuild kitchen cabinets? - 5 replies
I’m considering building new kitchen cabinets for an upcoming project, and will be converting my kitchen (and much of the rest of the house) to look as Arts & Crafts as possible. Wainscoting and the like. But in the kitchen, I was wondering about simply building new face frames and either replacing the existing ones or adding these...
|1409 days ago||
Edge joining doesn't quite look right again! - 7 replies
I’m making two more of the quilt rack I recently completed (and of which I posted pictures recently), and wouldn’t you know it, again one of my sides didn’t quite fit along the edge joint the way I would have hoped. There are some slight gaps and irregularities that didn’t appear when I was test-fitting it on my workbenc...
|1459 days ago||
Pattern routing -- what went wrong? - 27 replies
Okay, so I decided to try pattern routing the feet for my quilt racks today. The first one was going very well (apart from the fact that the pattern i’d clamped to the foot kept shifting slightly, but I managed to compensate for the most part), as can be seen in the photos below. Then I switched to the other side and it all came ap...
|1460 days ago||
Can a bad glue-up be saved? - 12 replies
Well, I royally screwed up one of the sides for a quilt rack I’m building. It’s my first real woodworking project, so I’m trying not to beat myself up too much. Here’s what happened: I had the boards (two) jointed, and half of a mortise cut into each. They’re about 30” long, so I used five dowels to join...
|1510 days ago||
When to joint & plane? - 10 replies
I’m about to embark on my first project using hardwood. Until now, everything I’ve done has used dimensional lumber and sheetgoods from my local Home Depot, but now I’m going to build a craftsman-style quilt rack for my wife and another (at the same time) for her quilting partner. I’ve got a bunch of 3/4 thick white o...
|1562 days ago||
Router table update - 1 reply
I just got a free router table when a woodworking buddy upgraded to a new Woodpeck table and his loss is my gain. That said, his insert plate didn’t fit my Freud router so I’ve picked up a new plate from Rockler. It’s a tad bigger than the current opening so I picked up an MDF template also from Rockler and routed out a new...
|1660 days ago||
Craft table for my kids - 12 replies
My wife and I were really intrigued by this kids craft table and after realizing that with shipping to Denver it was going to cost us nearly $250, I decided to try to design a similar table that I could build for them. I have a SU model at home that I’ll post this evening showing my current plan. I’m trying to suss out what to us...