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324 days ago

Wood from ship(boat)wreck - looking for ideas - 9 replies

An old derelict fishing boat washed up on a military base beach. It will soon be busted up and hauled away. While checking it out, I stumbled across a small straight piece of what I think might be (a little help with the ID please) mahogany. I couldn’t not pick it up. So, my question is, What should I make out of this little (3/4×2 x ...

746 days ago

I'm so excited! - 13 replies

Just have to share. Up till now, I’ve been working out of my garage that is shared with a giant 1968 Oldsmobile, washer/drier, storage…. But, today I’ll close up my new 240 sq ft, dedicated wood shop! (stand by, addional bragging to follow) and to top it off, I’ve got a new Rigid R4512 table saw with a Woodworker II bla...

761 days ago

I'm almost there... Outside miter joints (photos) - 8 replies

Need a little advice from you guys and gals. I’m going to frame a REALLY nice piece of maple burl with some African mahogany and don’t want to mess it up… Want to get it right the first time. I’ve practiced a little with some scraps (see below) and am getting really close but still not quite perfect. What tips and/...

765 days ago

How to handle porous woods - 5 replies

OK… Novice here – only been doing small stuff (boxes, etc) for about a year and would like the opinions of some of my seniors here on LJ. What have you found to be the best and/or easiest way to finish porous woods to get that glass like smooth finish and avoid the “pitty” look shown here on my latest project (http://l...

783 days ago

Perfect inside corners... How?? - 14 replies

So… I’m trying to build my box making skills and I can get really nice mitered corners but find myself baffled trying to clean up the inside corners. Even taping and slitting the joints, I still find myself spending way too much time cutting, scraping and sanding that tiny bead of glue. Anyone out there have a good method for good CL...

835 days ago

Need some help from the true pros out there - Been robbed! - 19 replies

My house was broken into yesterday and the thieves ran off with a jewelry box and a votive that I had posted here and I need some values to give to the insurance folks. I was hoping that some of you who make and sell your work could lend your expertise and help me place a value on these items. I’ve never sold any of my work so I am at a ...

955 days ago

Source for CA glue - 11 replies

Does anyone have a source for inexpensive CA glue? Rockler’s prices for a little 4oz bottle are driving me to the poor house. I’ve looked on line but all that I could find would come up to about the same cost when you add shipping. Appreciate the help!Dan

958 days ago

Box joints on the cheap??? - 6 replies

Hello LJs,I’m just getting started and would like to start expanding my skill set and my horizons… and I don’t have a lot of $.So, here’s the question; how do I get a decent box joint using a cheap table saw, cheaper blade (no dado set) and a “developing” skill level? Thanks to your help, I was able to make...

966 days ago

Newbie needs some advice - 3 replies

I’m going to try my hand on a few small boxes (working my way up to a humidor if all goes well) in a simple garage workshop (no finishing room or sprayers). I’ve got some Jatoba for the sides and some nicely figured maple for the sliding top. I would like to end up with a smooth, high gloss, deep finish. I’ve got nothing in m...

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