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09-26-2011 01:25 AM

Dovetails in extremely splintery hardwood? - 5 replies

Any of you have experience cutting dovetails in real splintery wood like cocobolo, zebrawood, or the like? I have my last little board of cocobolo that I thought could make a nice little dovetailed box but I am afraid the tails are going to be very hard to keep clean. thanks as always

05-10-2011 02:58 AM

Have you ever messed with people on ebay? - 73 replies

Seems to me there are some bidders that are so insistent on driving the price of the items up only to let them go at the last minute. I wonder if some people do that just to get a kick out of it. By the way I am a great ebay bidder…I want to win, but that rush gets expensive! BTW – I am hoping to score a nice stanley 5 1/2 C. A...

05-01-2011 04:02 PM

Bridge City Tools Tenonmaker - any owners out there? - 3 replies

I was looking at this little tool and it is of course very attractive – form and function. Some questions – can it perform the same functions as the kerfmaker as well or is it just for mortises? How often do you really reach for it? Was it worth the $$$ ? thanks

04-02-2011 06:03 PM

What is the best plane blade? - 8 replies

I have experience with LN, veritas, stanley current generation planes and a very old craftsman blade. Of course the LN and veritas blades give amazing results when compared to the cheaper makers. I have read a couple times that there are some other makers that specialize in blades and that they are superior in performance. What brands are o...

04-01-2011 05:18 AM

Newbie Woodworkers' Design issue #1 - Checkerboard syndrome..Everything is black & white - 13 replies

Or red and white? As I made my first pieces and got more and more into the design, my work evolved from being very spontaneous, to the point of not knowing how the piece would come together, to a more planned approach as to the joinery the milling, wood grain orientation, shapes, ratios etc. As I got more involved in the planning of my...

03-21-2011 05:28 AM

How do you properly cut a stopped dado with hand tools? - 19 replies

What is the proper technique to do this without a router or table saw? How do you do it with hand tools and still achieve accurate results? thanks for your help on this one

01-30-2011 05:43 PM

Workbench question- Is Poplar a good choice? - 8 replies

Quick question- Is 12/4 poplar a good choice for the trestle base of a workbench? The top is going to be hard maple and probably weigh more than 200 lb. thanks

01-02-2011 09:46 PM

Using alternate materials in woodworking - 4 replies

I have been thinking a lot lately about a certain marking gauge I saw on LJs although I can’t remember who posted it. It had some brass and it looked real nice. So the question is other than screws, do you glue or epoxy brass or other materials to wood in addition to using screws? What works well? thanks

12-28-2010 03:51 AM

What do you use for marking wood? - 28 replies

My eyes are not that great and neither is my light, and that needs to be pretty intense for my eyes to see my marking gauge scribes. I switched to using a white lead pecil I bought at the hardware store. Unfortunately it keeps breaking so I tossed it. Any suggestions? thanks

12-05-2010 06:09 PM

HELP - 8 replies

I don’t want to float a panel but rather just use M&T. My concern is that the width of the board is 12 in and I don’t know if making 1 big M&T or 2 or 3 smaller ones be better to allow the wood to move. It is 8/4 for the legs and 4/4 for the head board. Your input is always appreciated. best

10-17-2010 02:26 AM

How long to wait for lumber to acclimate - 7 replies

I see many of the more experienced woodworkers recommend to let new boards acclimate to the shop environment for some time. I just bought some hardwoods for a project, so how long do you all think it would be before I cut into it? thanks I assume the wood has been kiln dried

10-03-2010 04:48 PM

Need reco on vise for Ridgid drill press - 10 replies

I just got the Ridgid 1550 drill press from the home depot. They had them on sale so I jumped in. I ‘ve been very happy with it but it didn’t have a vise included. I have been using clamps to hold down the pieces and it is very clumsy. I free handed a couple of cuts but my piece ended up being slung into the wall across the shop....

08-16-2010 05:15 AM

Furniture repair - 5 replies

I have a table that has some mortise and ten non joints at the aprons. They have gotten weak but they won’t come out. anyone out there has some ideas as to how to strengthen them?. The table is a bit wobbly. Thanks as always

08-08-2010 10:41 PM

How does one use a smoothing plane instead of sanding? - 12 replies

I have heard and read many times that preparing for the finish on a project is much better using smoothing planes and scrapers. I have tried it a couple of times but with bad results and end up back sanding. Can anyone out there outline the proper steps to doing it correctly with the planes and scrapers….What are some tips to make it wor...

06-01-2010 04:12 AM

Through wedge tenon tutorial? - 2 replies

I was wondering if anyone out there knows if there is a tutorial out there on the proper way of doing wedge tenons. Or if someone can explain the best way to do these? How big do the tenons need to be? What is the grain direction that one should follow? What is the depth of the cut into the tenon? What is the proper way to shave the through ...

05-11-2010 03:15 AM

Wood bending question - 8 replies

What woods lend themselves to bending? What woods don’t bend? What is the process by which they bend? Can I do this in my shop or is this something you need special equipment for?

05-02-2010 03:24 AM

Minwax won't dry- Question - 22 replies

It has been 2 weeks ago that I put on a coat of minwax finish and stain all in one product on a small table. It still tacky a bit today on certain spots. Has anyone experienced this before? The temperature has been between 55-78 F and humidity around 30% . I didn’t want to throw out a little can my wife had bought last year but now I...

03-13-2010 11:01 PM

Question- Table top developed a check - 4 replies

It is not yet assembled. It is a 2 board lamination of 8/4 padauk. It developed a 12 inch hairline check starting at the end grain. The check is only visible from one of the sides. The boards have been in my garage/shop for 4 months and the check only developed in the last couple of weeks after I laminated them. Is there anything to be don...

03-02-2010 03:22 PM

Gluing up Padauk - 7 replies

I am about to start a project using some great looking padauk. Should I have any special considerations with gluing it up? I have never used exotic woods before. thanks for your help


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