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04-06-2011 09:09 PM

Repairing a table top - 9 replies

Hi everyone, I recently purchased a used dining room table. The price was great and it fits with our home, however it does have chips through the veneer showing the plywood/particle board underneath. I was wondering how to go about repairing these. I’ve never really dived into refinishing, so any advice or suggestions are more than we...

02-28-2011 05:16 PM

Laminate Sheet Advice - Need help - 11 replies

Hey LJ’s I am looking to make and install a countertop in a laundry room. The counter itself is actually larger than standard kitchen size so I am thinking about making the top myself. I saw at laminate sheets at Lowes and HD and would like to glued down a sheet overtop of the wooden counter, however I am planning to have a bullnose o...

08-24-2010 07:10 PM

Where can I buy Pumice and Rottenstone - 6 replies

I’m finally starting to learn the value of a good finish and interested in using pumice and rottenstone to really bring out a nice sheen on my projects, however I am not able to find pumice or rottenstone anywhere. For those who know or own it, where can you buy it? I have checked out Lowes, HD, Lee Valley, and hardware stores, but hav...

06-06-2010 04:53 AM

Pen problem... Help!!! - 7 replies

So I’m new to pens and spent the day turning a few slimlines. I was putting one together and wasn’t paying attention and inserted the twist mechanism too far (about 1/2 inch too far). Anyway, so now I’m stuck because I can figure out a way to get it back out (at least without wrecking the twist mechanism). Anyone have some...

05-12-2010 02:52 AM

Pen Turning Question - 6 replies

Hi everyone, I finally picked up a lathe and am now quickly playing around with some beginner projects. One thing I would like to get into is pen turning however I do not have all the equipment that is typically used. In particular everyone I see making pens use a drill press to drill out the blanks for the tubes. However, I’m wondering...

04-07-2010 01:39 AM

Building a Dining Room Table - 5 replies

Hi Everyone, So I have been puttering around with small projects for the most part. However, with the purchase of my new house, my fiancee and I have been looking at formal dining room tables. So here is the curse, every table I see at the stores I am thinking to myself. “Why would I spend that much, hell I can just make it” ...

04-01-2010 02:40 PM

Lee Valleys Newest Tool !!!! - 21 replies

I think I’ll get 5 of them!

02-21-2010 04:08 AM

Creating profiles with a router - 6 replies

I have been making picture frames for a while now and for the most part I have been using my router and a standard bit (bead, round over, cove) to put a simple profile on the frame. However, I now find myself wanting to expand and create a more complex profile and was wondering if anyone out there can suggest their favourite profile and how the...

09-09-2009 06:19 PM

Carbon Paper? - 4 replies

Hey everyone, I’m doing a bit of carving and will be attempting to make some router signs. One of the things I keep seeing is that I can use carbon paper to transfer patterns. I just have one question. WHERE CAN I FIND IT? I don’t know of any stores that sell it. Has anyone else purchased it?

09-03-2009 11:25 PM

What type of oil do you prefer and Why? - 6 replies

Boiled Lindseed OilTung OilDanish OilAnother type of oil I don’t have much experience with oils, so I figured I would ask, which do you prefer and why?

08-26-2009 03:19 PM

Fixing a Block plane - 3 replies

I recently picked up a Footprint block plane from the Habitat for Humanity Re-store here in Ontario. Not sure if you have them in the states, but essentially, they get used items and donated items from stores looking to clear out their old stock, or items that are slightly defective. The proceeds from the sales go to the charity. Well this ...

08-20-2009 01:32 AM

posting a project problem - 5 replies

Anyone else have this issue. I can upload the first picture no problem, but can’t upload other pictures. I just keep waiting for it to upload, but it never happens. I’m working on the a mac if that matters.

08-18-2009 04:02 AM

What to look for in a bandsaw - 1 reply

Hi LJ’s, I have an opportunity to purchase a used bandsaw from a family friend. I’m going to be heading over on the weekend to check it out and was wondering if anyone could give me some advice into what I should be looking for when considering if the used bandsaw is a good deal. Any help is appreciatedCheers

08-18-2009 02:10 AM

Finishing Recipes - 11 replies

What’s your favourite finishing recipe and Why?

08-16-2009 12:52 AM

Working with Bark - 7 replies

Hey LJ’s I am making a project that involves working with bark, I have pretty much managed to get the project up to the finishing stage, but I’m a little concerned. The bark easily breaks away from the rest of the wood. I was wondering if anyone might have an idea of what I can do to try and make the bark not break away so easil...

08-11-2009 09:12 PM

Jelousy Issues! - 14 replies

So I will admit I am kind of jelous of my American neighbours to the south. It seems pretty clear from all the shop talk who the big names our when it comes to quality tools. The problem I’m finding in Canada is that there is very limited access to some of these brands. It seems that the brands I run into for the most part or MasterCraf...

08-07-2009 09:16 PM

Using Wooden Pallets - 8 replies

I was driving the other day and saw a sign giving away wooden pallets. I have never really tried salvaging a pallet because I figured the quality would not be good. I just ran ito a project that used mahogany from a pallett. As you can imagine this a sparked my curiosity in grabbing some pallets. I was just wondering if others use them reg...

07-29-2009 07:03 PM

Is there effective critique on this site? - 51 replies

I’m not looking to start an argument, but I just realized as I’m scrolling through the projects that 99.99% of the comments are all in praise of a project. There is nothing wrong with that praise is excellent to hear, but it makes me wonder if its helpful in making us become better woodworkers. Perhaps it’s tough to do on a site ...

07-26-2009 07:05 PM

What should I get first a Jointer or a Planer - 21 replies

This question has been on my mind for a while. I purchase lumber that tends to have at least one side dressed. However, I am looking into either picking up a jointer or a planer. Is there one I should get first. Is it possible to plane with a jointer, can you joint with a planer?

07-23-2009 03:57 AM

What else attracts you to woodworking - 36 replies

I was just working on a project and while using a smoothing plane, when I realized that one of the nicest experiences in woodworking is the sound and feel of taking a thin shaving using a smoothing plane. I find it kind of weird, we talk about, skills, techniques, tools, finishing and all the rest of what is necessary for learning and accompl...

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