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06-28-2013 09:00 PM

Fixing Warped Desktop - Antique QSWO - 2 replies

I found a really neat QSWO library table circa 1910 on Clist. Ended up picking it up for a few hundred dollars. Nice table, entire thing is solid oak. Quadrilinear leg posts display beautiful grain all around. Solid table top etc… It had some areas that came loose. The top rail is attached using an open mortise and as the desk ...

05-06-2013 10:28 PM

Wood ID - 42 replies

I was given about 300 BF of walnut (Don’t be too jealous – Only so far about 60 feet is usable, the rest destroyed by termites) Along with the walnut I got this board. Its pretty heavy. I’m thinking mahogany? I put some mineral spirits on one half to see the grain.

10-31-2012 09:25 PM

Walnut with Termites PPBeetle/Damage - 10 replies

I (through my wife and mother in law) have access to several hundred BF of old Walnut that my wife’s grandfather had milled for him some 50 years ago. A wide variety of lumber ranging from 4/4 to 12/4+ planks. All around 7-9’ long. I was able to pick through the pile of walnut that had been stored in a trailer for more than a de...

07-27-2012 04:45 AM

15 foot long desk surface help - 7 replies

I attached a picture of a buit in desk that I am about to make. I had thought about doing a laminate countertop, but after thinking about it I think I’d like to do a Maple top, with white painted cabinets and drawers. Being this is a buit in and not a “furniture” item I’d rather not use solid wood. The desk surfa...

07-27-2012 12:01 AM

Laminate vs Painted Surface - 2 replies

Hey all, I am building a desk into a nook in my home, I plan to build the cabinets and drawers out of BirchPly. My question is what would be the best option for the surface of the desk? I am thinking Laminate because of durability, but the length of the desk is 15’ so standard 4×8 sheet of laminate would have a seam. What are y...

03-09-2012 06:16 AM

Rip Fence Gouge - 19 replies

Ok guys, I know, I know, shouldn’t happen, but there are some blade pits in my rip fence. I DIDN’T DO IT. I bought the saw like that, never really affected performance much but I have noticed lately that wood gets kinda hung up on the pits and its more irritating than anything. I’m not much of a metal guy, but is the...

09-17-2011 01:37 AM

Best Waterproof "Matte" Finish - 4 replies

I am in the process of building some fishing equipment, and I really would like to have a finish that does not feel like spar varnish, has that texture of the wood but is water resistent. Does that make sense? Recently I played on a Martin Guitar and the finish had no sheen, it felt as if it was just wood but I know it wasn’t bare wood...

07-20-2011 04:59 PM

Band Saw motor dead? - 21 replies

Hey all,I was resawing some White Oak yesterday on my OLD TAIWAN (think Harbor Freight) band saw. I noticed it smelled like “An OLD VW BUG” in that there was a slight burning smell. I figured it was the Oak as it smells when its cut. I came back today and tried to turn the band saw on to finish resawing and the motor just buzzes...

07-09-2011 12:51 AM

Saftey Glasses while Spray finishing - 5 replies

Hello All, Did a quick search in the forums to see if I could find anything specific. Found somethings, but I figured I’d put out a feeler for some replies. As always I wear my safety glasses in the workshop, the clear plastic type that wrap around the eyes but do not seal the eyes. While spraying I do notice that my eyes burn (as...

06-15-2011 10:19 PM

Toning Maple - Toner and Topcoat - 4 replies

Hello All,My neighbor and I have undertaken building his entertainment center, the build has gone well, the carcass to the cabinets are completed and face frames are all built. We have been stuck, it seems forever in the finishing stage. Right now we are still trying to achieve a finish he likes. To start off, the entertainment center is ...

06-03-2011 10:18 PM

Justify the need for a dedicated Dust Collector over shop vac - 29 replies

Hello all,I guess I’m feeling a tad bit guilty, I buy tools, its my hobby. I’d love to say that wood working is my hobby, but I think its collecting tools that help me do woodworking. Harbor Freight had a sale on Memorial Day on the 2 HP Dust Collector for $140. I bought it. My garage gets dusty no doubt, but mostly because I...

05-24-2011 06:53 AM

Router Chip Out on thin Maple Strip - 5 replies

Hello all, I am making a dado jig that calls for hardwood edges that have a rabbit cut in them to allow the collet to guide the straight bit. Basically this is what I’m working with, a 2 1/4×3/4” Plywood strip with a 3/8×3/4 maple hardwood strip. I’m trying to rout a rabbit in the hardwood edging that is 1/8...

04-29-2011 10:57 PM

MDF workbench top warping a bit - 9 replies

Hello All, I am in the process of building my workbench, a few days ago. I built the bench around a 1 1/2” Solid core door and dropped a 3/4” MDF sacrificial top over it. When I cut it, It fit great, flush and flat, but now a few days later I am finding that the MDF is warping a bit causing it to stand proud of the bench apron. ...

04-14-2011 06:27 PM

Cabinet inlayed into wall help - 5 replies

Ok, I’m doing my friends Entertainment center, his house is the exact same floor plan as mine, except when I built mine the TV niche was just 3 walls making it easy to build a box and slide it into place. His has a lip that protrudes off the front of one wall about 3 inches, meaning that I either have to build the box to match the lip, or...

01-17-2011 06:52 AM

Ridgid 4512 - 1 reply

Hello all,I was hoping that someone could help me with a question about the Ridgid 4512 Table saw. I’ve been looking for a better table saw for some time. Wife bought me a cheapie Ryobi a few years back, and its served its purpose. I’ve been basically looking at three saws, the Porter Cable TS270 ($599 @ Lowes) the Craftsman 218...


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