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07-06-2015 08:34 PM

Mocking up an irregular part of a project - 7 replies

I’ve posted a few times about a couple of baptismal fonts I am building. Well, the bowls are finally done so I can make the wooden stands. Because these are custom bowls, they are slightly irregular. I have thought I might mock-up the bowls out of layers of foam insulation b/c I really don’t want to be using the, quite expensive, ...

05-31-2015 04:08 PM

Solar Power Experts: solar outlet in a shed - 4 replies

From what I can tell, my idea is not worth doing, but I thought I’d check in. We have a new (to us) 24v cordless lawn mower, and I store it in an unpowered shed. B&D recommends keeping it plugged in when not in use. Hmm. So, my wild idea was to install a solar panel with an outlet in the shed and keep the mower plugged in to it. ...

05-10-2015 11:48 PM

I tried Glen Huey's technique on Tapered Legs on a Jointer--now some questions - 7 replies

I decided to try Glen Huey’s technique for making tapered legs on a jointer. Video below. Now that I’ve done it, I have a couple of questions: 1) Taking off 3/8” on my old Davis/Wells jointer was a bit of an adventure. It seems plenty sharp for normal use, but I didn’t think to sharpen it before this. If anyone else h...

05-07-2015 11:27 AM

The perfect storm: Festool Track Saw + WoodPeckers - 13 replies

In case the price of a Festool Track Saw is not enough for you, you can now add a really expensive track guide system to the mix from Woodpeckers!

05-02-2015 11:09 AM

Adding weight to a piece - 12 replies

Ever need to add weight to a project to make it more stable? I made a full size model of a piece yesterday out of 2×4s. I wanted to add weight to the bottom to make it more stable. I got the bright idea of adding some big fishing lead sinkers to holes I drilled in each leg sealed with epoxy. Worked really well. However, I did a little read...

05-01-2015 01:03 AM

Mocking up with 2x4's/2x6's? - 5 replies

I’m designing a couple of projects that are made from 8/4 or 4/4 stock, but have some engineering challenges. I’ve made models in sketchup, butI’d like to see how they are in real life. I’m thinking of making a full-size model out of 2×4’s/6’s. I want to check things like balance and stability, so I wa...

04-28-2015 01:24 PM

Sketchup: How to draw four-sided curved legs? - 20 replies

Every once in a while I run into a sketchup issue that I can’t get my mind around, even though I am sure there is a simple answer. In this case I am looking to make a model that uses a four sided curved flared leg that matches exiting furniture. I can do two sides easily using push/pull. But push/pull won’t work on curved surfac...

04-06-2015 01:56 PM

Sofa/Couch Design that is not Arts and Crafts - 7 replies

After finishing my next three projects, I am considering building a couch/sofa for the den. Seems like 90% of the plans I’ve seen are for Arts and Crafts/Craftsman/Mission sofas. My wife does not like that style. I’m looking for a wooden frame design with cushions, not an internal frame that is upholstered. Have you seen any inte...

04-01-2015 02:16 PM

stupid workbench question--sawdust falling through the dog holes - 30 replies

I have a sturdy, homemade SYP workbench. I have not taken time to put in drawers because I want to take time to make things I like. So, I have a simple shelf that works pretty well, except for one thing: sawdust, shavings, and chips go through the dog holes and get over everything on the shelf. With my improved dust collection, the only surf...

04-01-2015 02:16 PM

stupid workbench question - 10 replies

I have a sturdy, homemade SYP workbench. I have not taken time to put in drawers because I want to take time to make things I like. So, I have a simple shelf that works pretty well, except for one thing: sawdust, shavings, and chips go through the dog holes and get over everything on the shelf. With my improved dust collection, the only surf...

03-31-2015 02:44 PM

30 hand cut dovetails in 30 days - 41 replies

Until 6 days ago I had never hand cut a dovetail. Found a blog post by Chris Schwarz in which he writes that he learned to hand cut dovetails by cutting one a day for 30 days. I decided to use my new Dave Barron dovetail guide and learn to hand cut dovetails. I have improved dramatically in five days (I’ll cut today’s sixth dovetai...

03-25-2015 10:55 PM

joint for legs in this Pi Chair - 12 replies

Someone has asked me about building this chair. The back is straightforward. Not sure about the legs, though. How would you join the legs on this chair?

03-17-2015 12:43 AM

My Thien Baffle Experience - 12 replies

I have a HF dust collector. Last year I got a 55 gal plastic barre off of CL and installed a simple box separator and vented it outside. I was very pleased with the suction, but it seemed like a lot of the dust was being vented outside. This weekend I put a pile of dust in front of the floor sweep and went outside before turning it on, and I&#...

03-08-2015 05:04 PM

Tinting QSWO to match - 15 replies

I’m building something out of QSWO and need to match the color to the existing furniture. I’ve looked over my copy of Charles Neil’s Finishing: Simply Put and looked at a number of web resources. So, I’m not interested in ammonia fuming or any other technique that gives QSWO “the best” color. Nor am I int...

03-01-2015 11:03 PM

Sketchup--Irregular curved solid--how to do it? - 20 replies

I am working on a shape like this. It is curved on inside and outside, but the curves are gradual and not parallel. I’ve been able to to come up with something close, but not quite right yet. Two questions:1) how would you draw it in Sketchup?2) how would you “fix” it? Let’s say I draw it, have it 90% the way ...

02-14-2015 07:55 PM

Shop Space in Durham, NC - 4 replies

I may be moving to Durham, NC, and if I do, I will not have space for a woodshop where I will live (near the heart of downtown Durham). I’m exploring options for shop space. I won’t move all my tools if there is no place for them to land. Thanks,

02-07-2015 03:14 AM

QSWO on curved piece - 4 replies

I’m designing a piece that has curved legs. I know that some folks, when making legs out of QSWO, glue a 1/8” thick layer on the sides to give the QS look on all four sides. How would you do this with a leg that is curved?

02-03-2015 02:09 AM

How would you make these joints - 16 replies

Check out this font, designed by a fellow in North Carolina. I’m curious how you think he made the joint under the bowl and at the base. I’m not going to copy it, just trying to think through some interesting designs for a font and thought this would be an interesting exercise.

01-04-2015 08:12 PM

What do y'all bring inside when the shop is really cold? - 19 replies

I’m getting ready to be out of town most of the time for the next three weeks. There will be no heat in the shop, and it is supposed to get down to 0 for some of that time. I’m bringing in: waterborne poly water-based stains and dyes cordless batteries glue What else should I be bringing inside?

11-30-2014 08:57 PM

"Gentleman" Woodworkers - 35 replies

The title of this post should be taken with a grain, perhaps a pound, of salt. I was watching a Charles Neil video the other day and there was a closeup of his fingers—all kinds of stains on his fingers, etc. That got me to thinking. I am in the type of work where having calluses on my hands, stain marks on the tips of my fingers, i...

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