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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 - 22 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...

11-23-2014 09:54 PM

Understanding How to Use Air Dried Jatoba - 15 replies

A friend offered me a deal on three Brazilian Cherry boards, 9’x15”x1”. I’ve read up a bit and it is supposed to be hard as heck, but pretty easy to glue up and finish. I’ve seen furniture made with it, and I really like the look. However, now that I have it, I have a few questions. The first is the identifica...

11-23-2014 07:19 PM

Using Reclaimed Wood - 17 replies

I bought some wood today (I’ll do another post on that), and the guy threw in a 10 ft x 8 piece of reclaimed 8/4 poplar, suitably darkened with the saw marks still on it. I assume if cleaned up, it would look a bit like this oak: I don’t really want to use this for anything, at least on our main floor, but for a place were it wou...

11-21-2014 12:03 AM - 7 replies

Since the refugees from Popular Woodworking announced they were starting this new venture,, I have not had much clarity as to what this website would offer that others did not. I played around a bit around there today, and I think I am beginning to understand. All content is free through the end of 2014—I haven’...

11-20-2014 02:28 AM

Is there an online library for woodworking shapes? - 13 replies

i’m working on a design, and I need some examples of feet shapes to help me with the design. I work best by doing variations on patterns I’ve seen. Are there any online repositories of common/classic woodworking shapes? Thanks, Charles

11-18-2014 02:55 PM

Face Jointing a long board - 11 replies

I’m relatively new to using a jointer. I mostly love it. I learned a lot by using hand planes to do my face and edge jointing for a couple of years, but I am amazed at how much more quickly I can do the job with a jointer. Now, of course, I want an 8+” model, but that’s another issue. I was having a bit of a problem with ...

11-17-2014 02:12 AM

Designing a wooden pocket door mechanism (like for an entertainment center) - 11 replies

I want to pick your brains. I want to make a shoe rack with a pocket door mechanism, similar to what is often used in entertainment centers. One can buy these mechanisms, sometimes north of $100. Rockler sells this one for for around $60. I have some leftover european style hinges I can use, so I was wondering if it would be feasible to desi...

11-09-2014 06:52 PM

Central Machinery (HF) dust collector just died--any ideas? - 7 replies

I use the 2 hp CM dust collector attached to a remote. I used it couple of times today. Then when getting ready to make a cut on table saw—clicked the remote—nothing. I’ve plugged it in to a couple of different outlets, so that’s ruled out. The switch still seems functional (it’s flips with a hard stop, not mush...

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