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09-13-2015 05:00 PM

Damned if I do... - 17 replies

Hey folks, a local sink making company owner contacted me to see if I was interested in making multi-wood above sink cutting boards for him. It tweaked my interest and we chatted through email. When I gave him my pricing, he balked and we eventually settled on a price that (kind of) fit both our needs. I made a prototype and he liked it but I...

08-18-2015 01:11 PM

What happened to my wooden statues?? - 2 replies

Hey folks, a friend of mine brought back a couple of wooden statues from Cuba last year. She left them wrapped up until just recently because she had no room to display them. A couple of things happened. She noticed that there was mold growing on them and they had started to crack. The cracking is easily explained but I’m scratching my ...

06-29-2015 11:27 PM

Boxes racking on me - HELP! - 25 replies

Hey folks, looking for some advice because I’m stumped. I made three sand boxes for a restaurant and when I started to apply the finish on them, I noticed that all three are racked to some degree. What causes the racking and can I fix it without having to rebuild the boxes? Thanks

06-01-2015 11:55 AM

Walnut Chess Table - 6 replies

Hey folks, I’m in the middle of building a round, pedestal base chess for a client. The pedestal base has been done for a while and I have the top almost complete. Problem is, I’m not entirely thrilled with how the top turned out. I made the chess board and then fitted Walnut around it then routed it round. I chose to use solid...

04-26-2015 02:22 PM

Round Chess Table w/Drawers - 1 reply

Hey folks, I’ve been asked to make a round chess table with drawers for storage. I purchased some of the bendable plywood for the sides but I’m struggling with the design for the drawers to get everything to match up. How do I make sure the curvature of the drawers match the sides? Do I make the drawer fronts from solid Walnut to mat...

03-27-2015 05:20 PM

Round Chess Table with Drawers - 4 replies

Howdy folks, A client has asked me to make a round Walnut chess table with drawers for storage on each end. What is the best technique for the rounded sides? Should I try bending plywood? Don

02-20-2015 04:09 PM

Dewalt DW735 popping the breaker - 13 replies

Hey folks, I’m in the process of running some boards through the planer and it suddenly pops the breaker on the front of it. I took the board out, expecting a huge gouge where I had started taking too much off but nope, just a sliver. I waited a few minutes, reset the breaker and continued. A few minutes later, POP. Rinse and repeat to ...

02-13-2015 12:59 PM

'Cracked' dresser or boxes - 5 replies

Hey folks….. Has anyone posted a tutorial or blog on how to make the cracked dressers or boxes? I’m sure I could figure it out but would much rather review the steps from someone who has already made one or two and worked out the wrinkles. Cheers…Don

01-26-2015 12:22 PM

Best finish for a kitchen counter top - 5 replies

Hey folks, I have been commissioned to build a countertop for a client’s kitchen. The counter top will be around the sink water and over the dishwasher (steam) so I want to use a finish that will make sure this thing lasts a very long time. Looking for suggestions. Thanks…Don

12-29-2014 06:17 PM

Refinishing in the Ottawa, Ontario area - 0 replies

Hey folks, a client approached me to refinish an old amp and pair of speakers, neither of which I’m extremely comfortable doing. I’m trying to find someone in the Ottawa area to do it for him. If anyone knows of a person or business in the Ottawa area that can tackle the job, can you let me know please? Thanks…Don

11-06-2014 12:27 PM

Can I put a finish over a sticker - 5 replies

Hi folks, A client has asked me to make a personalized cribbage board for her hubby and sent me a picture of what she is looking for. The tracks are coloured in blue and white and she wants a sports logo in the middle of it. I suggested laser engraving but I think she is looking for colour on the board. If I purchase a sticker of sorts and...

09-01-2014 06:53 PM

Dust collection for the Mitre Saw - 1 reply

Hey folks…. I was looking to purchase the Keen Dust Collector for the mitre saw but in an email from the company, the initial product was pulled because it wasn’t a universal fit. I don’t have the space to build a large dust trap to hook into the DC system which is why the Keen product looked very attractive. Is there ...

08-22-2014 05:21 PM

Which wood to paint? - 7 replies

Hi folks….. I client has asked me to make a keepsake box for her niece, nothing fancy but she wants it painted. I’m not about to make the box out of an exotic wood or a highly figured domestic just to have it covered in purple paint. I don’t want to use Poplar which leaves me with…..Maple? Oak? Birch? If you have...

07-27-2014 04:47 PM

Which router for a router table? - 5 replies

Hey folks….. Well, I am finally sick and tired of trying to muscle the height adjustment of the router that currently resides in my router and purchase bigger and better. I bought a Ryobi combo base kit and installed it in the table but the ring used to adjust the height is a bear, most (99%) of the time. I’ve tried everything I c...

04-29-2014 02:29 PM

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?

04-22-2014 11:48 AM

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...

04-20-2014 01:49 PM

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...

04-16-2014 12:31 AM

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...

02-05-2014 02:39 PM

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? ...

01-10-2014 05:59 PM

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 ...

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