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83 days ago

Which wood for an outdoor kitchen - 29 replies

If you were to build a counter top for an outdoor kitchen, which wood would you choose and how would you finish it?

90 days ago

Ailing Dewalt DW735 - 16 replies

Okay, it’s not ailing, it died :( The last few times I was using it, the pitch (scream) seemed to waver a bit but I just put it down to dirty power. I fired it up last week and silence…...nothing. Tried the breaker/reset button, checked the main breaker, plugged it directly into a known good power source, took the top off and dust...

92 days ago

Making Legs for an Audio Rack - 6 replies

Hey folks… I’m making an audio rack for a client from Maple and Mahogany. For the legs, I want to combine the two woods but want to avoid any movement so I’m looking for some advice. I’d like to laminate two pieces of Mahogany together and then add Maple on the end of those boards, as in the drawing. Will this c...

97 days ago

Woodworkers in Ottawa, Ontario - 3 replies

Hi folks I’ve posted this in other forums so to some, this may be familiar…... I was contacted by a client who is looking for someone or for a few people who can handle large volumes of work, mainly kitchen and tableware in wood. So a variety of things, utensils, cutting boards, bowls, etc. I can’t do this on the scale of...

166 days ago

How to make a juice groove - 17 replies

Ok, might be a simple answer to this but….. I’ve made lots of cutting boards but this is the first time someone has asked for a juice groove in one so I’m looking for a little guidance so I don’t screw it up. Is the easiest method to create a template 1/8” smaller than the groove and use a router & guide? ...

192 days ago

Removing 2" from height of Piano Bench - 7 replies

Hey folks…. So, a client contacted me and asked if I could remove about 2” in height from her Piano bench. She purchased a new cushion and it’s raised everything up. From what I can see from the pictures, all joints are glued and the only way I can see being able to remove 2” is to dis-assemble the whole thing so I ...

205 days ago

Large Maple Tabletop - 4 replies

Hey folks…Merry Christmas to all. I’m starting a rather large project, a Maple table the is going to be 40” x 72” and I’m wondering about the joinery. I’d love to run out and buy a Festool Domino system but I’d reach beyond the bottom of the pocketbook so I need alternatives. Would butt joints b...

218 days ago

Chess board on a substrate - 11 replies

Hey folks…. I finished a chess board last year and glued it down to a 1/4” piece of plywood. The board goes through a horrible humidity reaction and 1/2 the board curls up. I just finished another board and glues it down to a 1/2” piece of plywood and guess what….it curled again. So, for those of you who do chess...

231 days ago

What the heck happened?!? - 34 replies

A client contacted me and wanted me to make an end grain table top for her using Maple and Purpleheart, dimensions are 28” x 48” x 1 1/2”, a beast by anyone’s standards. Due to the shere size of this thing, I had to make it in sections and join it all up in the end, which I did. I wrapped the table top in Maple to make it...

244 days ago

Have you ever built a 'minbar'? - 3 replies

A client contacted me and asked if I could build a ‘chair with steps’ I thought it was going to be one of those chairs with steps that flips and turns into a step stool. He sent me two pictures and through research, I found that he wants a ‘minbar’. Never built one and have no idea what to charge. Thoughts??

255 days ago

Don't ya hate it when....? - 55 replies

So, as I’m sitting at my work desk yesterday, slaving away at the ‘real’ job, an email comes in from my website. A lady contacted me and asked the following: Can you quote us on the following requirement for Cutting boards? 1000 per year, 400 pcs at a timeHard maple23”x14”x3” 8 lbliquid groove all aro...

312 days ago

Danish Oil on Plexiglass - 11 replies

Hi folks…. I finished off two hanging chess boards and after all was said and done, I noticed that I had gotten some of the Deftoil Danish Oil on the plexiglass that holds the chess men. Does anyone have an idea for getting the Danish Oil off? Don

321 days ago

Can I charge more? - 12 replies

So, I’m doing a large display stand to be used at a builder site to display the map of the subdivision and it was to be delivered on Aug 17. Problems with the office it was to go to and the warehouse burning down meant that I’ve housed the table in my house for almost 3 weeks. The top section is in my den and the base is in the basem...

334 days ago

Overwhelmed! - 4 replies

Hey folks…. Well, with a little tweaking, my website has suddenly popped way up on a Google search, meaning that I have become rather busy right now. I don’t mind that but a lot of people don’t realize that I have a day job (ugh!) and woodworking is still a hobby for me. I can handle all the small – medium jobs that co...

511 days ago

What the....??? - 3 replies

So, with my new Craftex CX200 table saw in place and humming away, it’s time to turn my attention to my dust collection setup. I have the Craftex CT030 dust collector running to a chip separator to the various machines. I have noticed that the collection is poor at the TS and I have quite a buildup in the bottom of the cabinet. I’...

537 days ago

Deft Danish Oil tacky feel after 2nd coat - 23 replies

A client ordered two Walnut isolation tables for his stereo amps (end grain cutting boards) and wanted a glossy finish to them. I had originally put a coat of Varathane on the bottom of one of the boards but didn’t like the look so I applied Deft Danish Oil to the rest of that board and to the second board. After waiting 24 hours, I lig...

550 days ago

What tools run through your chip separator? - 1 reply

With the new CX200 table saw in place, I want to turn my attention to the bane of my woodworking existence…dust collection and the setup. I purchased a canister for my 2 HP Craftex so that is the first step. I have a dust collection cyclone trash can cover for now and I’ve read that some folks only run their big chip makers (plane...

562 days ago

Old Table Saw sold, New one Purchased....NO HEAT - HELP!!! - 16 replies

Well, I sold my old BT3100 table saw today and have the new Craftex CX200 sitting waiting for me to unpack and set up. Turned on the heater around 09:30, went out at 10:30 and….NO HEAT! It’s a Mr. Heater Big Maxx heater. I called a couple of places who sell it and all the can recommend is calling the 1-800 number on Monday. Any...

580 days ago

Laguna Fusion Table Saw - 10 replies

I’m looking to replace my BT3100 in the New Year and have been doing some shopping around. Thus far, it’s neck and neck for the Grizzly GO690 and GI 50-200R. A friend of mine suggested the Laguna Fusion but I don’t see a lot of mention of it here. Does anyone have one that can shed some light on the situation or have you ...

580 days ago

Your project is worth more than that! - 30 replies

Have you ever had a client tell you that? I set my price for the Purpleheart and Maple Jewelry Box, told the client and he came back with that statement. I’m still in a state of shock…..

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