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575 days ago

Wood Species & Historical Significance? - 22 replies

Does anyone know if there are any species of wood that have some type of historical significance? I know that this is the case with colors/dyes. For instance, in ancient times purple dyes and pigments were rare and very expensive, so only royalty and the very wealthy has purple garments. So, purple has become know as a color of royalty. I’...

986 days ago

Finishing Basswood - 4 replies

I bought a beautiful extra-wide piece of basswood this afternoon. I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to make with it, but I’ll be building someone’s Christmas present with it. I know many people use basswood for projects that involve carving, but I’ll probably going to build a jewelry box out of it. My quest is thi...

1007 days ago

Pricing your work: Starting out - 15 replies

I have recently been asked by a friend to build a bookstand for him. I’ve always built my projects to give as Christmas gifts. I’ve never sold anything. I was originally thinking of charging him for lumber, hardware, and supplies only. However after reviewing the plans, I realize that this project will require a significant amount o...

1007 days ago

Compliment for pine? - 11 replies

I love to pair 2 contrasting woods in a project. This can give wonderful visual effects…subtle or dramatic. However, I’ve always done this with hardwoods. I’m curious if anyone has paired pine with another wood in a project. What are your suggestions for a nice complimentary woods to use in a project with pine? Josh

1187 days ago

good woods for cutting boards - 3 replies

I’m thinking of using up some scrap in the shop to make a cutting board or 2 as a jump start on Christmas presents. I’ve not made a cutting board before, but I’ve seen plenty of them posted here on LJs. I know that fruitwoods should be good for making boards and open pored woods like red and white oak are not good choices. Are ...

1325 days ago

ebonizing wood - 4 replies

I have a beautiful pice of black and white ebony that I want to pair with some solid black wood. Naturally gabon ebony would be perfect but its too expensive for my woodworking budget. I was thinking of simply ebonizing some soft maple that I have in the shop with india ink. So here’s my question: can I ebonize wood this way and still b...

1382 days ago

A question on resawing - 16 replies

Hey fellow lumberjocks:Over the summer I purchased my first “real” bandsaw…a 12” JET bandsaw. This is a real upgrade from the 9” Delta benchtop model I used to have. The benchtop model was too underpowered to resaw any lumber, so I had to either plane lumber down thinner for small projects or purchase thin lumber fr...

1465 days ago

Half-Lap Joints - 3 replies

Does anyone have experience with using half-lap joints for workbenches? I saw that Megan Fitzpatrick used them in here knock-down, Roubo style bench that she and Chris Schwarz made with LVL lumber. I was planning on using half-lap joints with glue and screws for a more permanent build instead of carriage bolts and nuts for a knock-down style ben...

1493 days ago

Holdfasts anyone? - 8 replies

I’m trying to plan the design of a new workbench for my shop. I ran across some pictures online of old english joiners benches and I like the simplicity of that style of bench and the size looks like it could be talored to fit whatever space is available in your shop. The pics that I have seen show a bench with no vices but tons of holes f...

1493 days ago

Bandsaw question - 23 replies

I am planning to purchase my first real bandsaw later next month and I’m trying to decide what saw to buy. I have had a benchtop delta shopmaster bandsaw for years and it has been OK, but it is not powerful enough to resaw lumber, not big enough to do bandsaw boxes and I’ve always had major problems with the blade drifting and wander...

1497 days ago

Bench vice question - 14 replies

I am definitely an amateur woodworker and I’ve been working on a bench that is more a worktable, built from 2×4s and plywood using a kit of metal brackets from Home Depot. This has been OK, but now I want to try more hand tool work and become more serious with my woodworking, so building a new workbench is my next big project. My ques...


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