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1304 days ago

Need suggestions for complimentary wood - 11 replies

I am building a frame and panel style ‘sea chest’ for a retiring Navy Master Chief and he has decided that he would like the panels made from african mahogany but he would leave the wood choice for the frames up to me. I ran down a list of several woods with him and quickly ran out of options: maple – too light, boring, red oa...

1617 days ago

Jointer help - 6 replies

Okay, LJers, I need some help with my jointer. I was trying to face joint a rough board (13/16” thick to start) this morning and realized that after two passes (aiming for 80% flat so I could move to the planer to finish) I’d actually jointed a curved face (end to end, it was straight side to side) rather than a straight one. Figur...

1663 days ago

Edge joining boards - 11 replies

I am about to begin making another piece of furniture (stickley #702 bookcase repro), this one for resale at a local furniture store, and I have a question about edge joining boards. Normally I would joint both edges, aim for a slight bit of center spring and glue them up and call them good. I was unable to find plans online or in my library t...

1716 days ago

Cutting Board wood - 10 replies

My wife has decreed that cutting boards should be made for presents this year..oh joy, oh rapture! From reading I see people making boards from all manner of wood with a small variety in finishing coats. I’m assuming that red/white oak, ash or similarly open grained woods would be bad for a true meat/vegetable cutting board as they wou...

1763 days ago

Circle cutting router jigs - 5 replies

Okay LJ’ers, I’m looking to see who has the slickest circle cutting jig for a router that’s willing to share the design. I’m looking to make a 36” circle in 1” cherry and I’ve already got the circle roughed to 36 1/8” using a bandsaw. I’ve looked online at several different jigs but I wa...

1765 days ago

To fill or not to fill - Cherry gum pockets and pinholes - 8 replies

I’m building a coffee table for a neighbor and as she selected the board arrangement she liked best there were several pinholes and gum pockets now included. I’m not so worried about the black streak of the gum pockets (she likes the look because it will let people know she has real wood furniture) and I’ve had no problems wit...

1767 days ago

Simple finishing method - 11 replies

Here is a finishing technique that the big wood magazines apparently haven’t caught on to yet. So simple a monkey could do it! Wood Finishing Video

1772 days ago

Tabletop advice - 8 replies

I’m reaching out to you, Oh Elite Woodworkers of Lumberjocks, for advice. I’m building a 36” round top cherry coffee table (1” thick) and I have obtained several pieces of varying widths from 5” to 9” wide. I have a few questions about laminating up the top: 1. Wide boards vs narrow boards for visual app...

1813 days ago

Finish question - 3 replies

About two years ago I built the rather obligatory Morris chair from cherry and finished it with BLO sanded up to 1000 grit and topped with minwax natural. Normally I use burlap and buff off the old wax and reapply about every 4-6 months but due to being deployed this year it’s been about 10 months since the finish was refreshed. I notice...


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