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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

360woodworking.com - 7 replies

Since the refugees from Popular Woodworking announced they were starting this new venture, 360woodworking.com, 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...

11-05-2014 06:05 AM

Ideas on New cast iron wing for 113 Craftsman - 22 replies

I’m thinking of replacing one, maybe both, webbed wings on my Craftsman 113 table saw. Two reasons: I can’t use my lovely mag switch feather board efficiently at all with the webbed wing, and that wing sometimes catches the ends of long, thin boards when they hit the edges. I don’t need one on the right—I’d only do ...

11-03-2014 05:32 PM

Rift sawn vs. Quartersawn walnut - 17 replies

I’m considering building this coffee table for someone The plan calls for rift sawn walnut for the legs (Walnut plywood for the top—huh?). 90% of the info on the web around this concern oak. Around here, QS walnut isn’t easy to come by, but it is possible. I’d have to special order rift sawn. I know a bit about the...

10-31-2014 02:33 AM

Silly Grr-ripper question - 5 replies

I wonder why you can buy replacement legs in either black or yellow? Merchants must stock, track, sell both. Can’t see what the advantage might be to choosing one over the other. Seems silly. Thoughts? What am I missing?

10-30-2014 12:35 PM

Paul Sellers on Bevel Up Planes and Sharpening - 0 replies

Thought it was pretty interesting.

10-29-2014 01:59 AM

If you have just too much money . . . - 26 replies

. . . and can’t tear your own sandpaper, this $12.99 help is for you.

10-29-2014 01:46 AM

New Leigh Router Table Dovetail Jig - 22 replies

I’ve been working at hand cutting dovetails, but this new Leigh RTJ400 dovetail jig looks really interesting. For some reason, this router table jig seems like a much better idea to me than the standard dovetail jig. Price is a bit steep at $365 Thoughts?

10-26-2014 06:14 AM

For those of you with a Wynn Filter and some kind of separator/cyclone for your DC - 30 replies

Why not just set up the DC exhaust outside and avoid the need for $200 filter? I have my DC setup with a good ducting system, etc., but I’m concerned by Bill Pentz’s warning that it’s the dust I can’t see that is the most dangerous. I wear a 3M 7500 series mask when using ROS and hand sanding, but certainly not when u...

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