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12-05-2016 06:34 PM

Designing for the long term: Wood tone - 0 replies

One of the most helpful things I’ve learned in the past year is that one should design a project for how it will look long-term, not how it looks when first finished. I think of this mostly when using multiple woods. A simple example: I made a simple cutting board with maple and cherry with a strip of walnut separating them. When I m...

11-07-2016 04:45 PM

I'm terrible at sharpening, service or sell? - 18 replies

I bought this at WIA, and I’ve confirmed what I already knew—I suck at sharpening. The sharpening service I use in Louisville doesn’t do hand saws. Should I send it to someone or sell it? I paid $50 for it. Charles

10-28-2016 04:52 PM

Two approaches to marking Mortises - 6 replies

I got an email from Rockler today and it tickled a memory: From Woodpeckers for $169:99 From Rockler on sale for $4.99

10-27-2016 07:16 PM

What joinery would you use for this table? - 17 replies

I’m looking at a table and trying to figure out how one would joint the legs to the base. My thought. A carriage bolt entering the leg joint from the top in a recessed hole that would extend into a recessed hole in the base tightened with a nut. The recessed hole legs would be closed with a plug. Perhaps it would be stabilized with fo...

10-03-2016 08:38 PM

How would you move an old iron drill press? - 8 replies

I’m getting an old floor model Delta/Rockwell drill press from a friend. It is too heavy for my son and I to carry. It’s kind of an awkward item. I need to get it out of their basement/garage, into my pickup, and then into my shop. Because of the design of their house, we don’t have to take it up or down steps in either loca...

10-03-2016 06:45 PM

Thinking about buying some air dried lumber - 17 replies

Going by a fellow’s place on Thursday. He has a lot of air-dried cherry, and some elm and oak, all at good prices. At least some of the cherry needs to be dried some more. Any tips on what to look for? After going to a workshop at WIA, I think I understand a bit more about air-dried wood and its advantages and disadvantages, but I&#...

10-02-2016 09:42 PM

Pretty odd front page today - 7 replies

09-18-2016 12:35 AM

Woodworking in America - 8 replies

I went to Woodworking in America this weekend. It was my first woodworking show. A few thoughts:1) I was really eager to hang out in the marketplace, but it was really different than I expected. The folks who were there I expected: Lie-Nielsen, Veritas, some smaller hand tool makers, SawStop, and others. That was all good. What surprised ...

09-13-2016 02:46 PM

Pickup truck and hauling wood (and other stuff) question - 13 replies

I just picked up a used F-150 crew cab with 5.5’ bed. I’m not spending a fortune on accessories, so I’m not getting a matching fiberglass tonneau for $2000. I’m wondering about some kind of cover, but I’ll be using the tie downs for ratcheting straps when I haul rough lumber or plywood, so a cover seems like a c...

09-07-2016 09:46 PM

Looking for Some Design Help on a Baptismal Font - 6 replies

After building two baptismal fonts last fall, I thought I was out of that line, but I have another one to build. I don’t do this for profit—I might get enough out of this one to get a proper HVLP system. My design parameters. I like open designs using a glass bowl so the water is visible. I like the symbolism to be in the design ...

06-28-2016 11:15 PM

Installing LED strip Cove lighting? - 18 replies

I decided to install led strip cove lighting in our bedroom—long story. Anyway, I can pretty easily install the cove, but I am working on the LED lighting. I found some pretty straightforward instructions at Family Handyman and I was all ready to get going. FH recommended LEDlightingworld.com. I went through their estimator (the gu...

06-02-2016 02:14 PM

Praise for Whiteside router bits - 10 replies

I always lean toward the cheapest workable solution. Almost all my tools are CL finds, for instance. I didn’t go bottom of the barrel for most of my router bits, but I didn’t spend a ton either. In the last three months I have purchased 3 Whiteside bits, straight 1/4” and 3/8” and a rabbeting bit set. I had purchased ...

06-01-2016 01:48 PM

A Soap Finish Tip--you'll want to pay attention to this one. - 2 replies

After a recent Chris Schwarz blog, i decided to try soap finish on a picture frame I was making for an environmental certificate for our church. I figured soap finish was perfect since it wouldn’t need to be protected from much and was organic, biodegradable, etc. I made up a little bit and experimented and I liked it. I was using Dri...

05-06-2016 01:37 PM

Graco HVLP 4900 Turbine--need some advice - 1 reply

so, I’m doing okay with my cheapie Summit HVLP system, but I’m going to upgrade at some point. On Craigslist is a used Graco 4900 with hose, but no spray gun for $125. I think the complete system sold new for $900 or so (not totally sure). Two questions: 1) guy is asking $125 for used turbine with hose, no gun. I was thinking ...

04-23-2016 01:51 AM

School me on mirror glass - 8 replies

I think I’m going to make five mirrors, four for wedding gifts and a big one for our living room. Any tips on mirror glass? Do you just go to a glass shop, buy old mirrors from garage sales, or somewhere else? I’d love to learn from any wisdom hat you have.

04-01-2016 03:56 PM

Quilted Northern Rustic Weave--Toilet Paper for the Woodworker - 3 replies

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03-29-2016 04:24 PM

HappyLumber is spamming multiple threads - 2 replies

I flagged a couple of them.

03-29-2016 11:19 AM

Why should I upgrade my HVLP? - 14 replies

So, I’m a convert to spraying finishes, primarily spraying shellac followed by GF High Performance waterborne. I wanted to experiment without spending a ton, so I got the Summit system for $70 from Peachtree on sale (if I were doing it today, I’d get the entry-level Earlex from Lowe's on sale for $89). If I were to spend $180-300 ...

03-28-2016 02:12 PM

Design: Arts and Crafts and the new Maker movement - 5 replies

I listen to the “Looking Sideways” podcast on design. The current episode (#6) interviews Kasyz Varnelis on the Arts and Crafts movement, its failure, in his view, and how it compares to the modern maker movement. I found it very interesting. A few notes: Very interesting to see the socialist origins of the Arts and Crafts move...

03-15-2016 11:06 PM

What would you do with this wood? - 12 replies

My brother-in-law gave me about 30 pieces of 2.5” cherry, 4-6 feet long that is fluted along each side. It was screwed to a wall as paneling. I could rip off the flutes and use it for anything, but that’s hardly worth the trouble. Ideas on using it with the flutes?

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