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|23 hours ago||
One thing that wastes a lot of my time and causes a bit too much anxiety is how to start breaking down lumber to make parts for a project. For example, I have several wide pieces of 8/4 maple that i’m going to use for cutting boards. I start worrying that if I rough cut them the wrong way, I might not have the right pieces in the right si...
|2 days ago||
Black Friday/Cyber Monday Gloats - 20 replies
I’m curious to know what great deals everyone scored on Black Friday/Cyber Monday. I got a Rikon 3 Speed Air Cleaner for $139 from Woodcraft. It’s still available at that price, actually. Let me know what you scored. http://www.woodcraft.com/product/2083293/45254/rikon-3-speed-air-cleaner-400-cfm.aspx
|55 days ago||
Using mineral oil for general finishing - 43 replies
With the cold weather coming (and no heating or insulation in my shop), i’m thinking of ways I can still get finishing work done. I use mineral oil on cutting boards all the time and it occurred to me, why not use it for furniture as well. It’s cheap, easy to apply, keeps wood from drying out, has a nice satin-y surface and doesnR...
|63 days ago||
Idea: V-drum sander/bench grinder combo - 2 replies
I’ve been thinking for a long time about making a V-drum sander. I’ve got a tiny shop, so space is a premium. I have a Delta bench grinder and rarely use it. I want to keep it for when I do actually need it, but the idea of giving it double duty really appeals to me. The motor speed at its lowest setting is 1725, so that would work ...
|125 days ago||
Purchase of used jointer - 8 replies
Pending the sale of some other stuff on Craigslist, I’m about to pull the trigger on a used 6” jointer. I’ve got three possibilities nearby, a Grizzly G1182ZXHW for $200, a Rikon 20-100 for $375 and a Jet JJ-6CSX for $400. These are the CL list prices, so there might be wiggle room. I like all of these jointers. I think I’d be happy with any...
|125 days ago||
Roasted maple -- information on process - 28 replies
I just discovered roasted maple thanks to a mention in Fine Woodworking. Does anyone have information on the process of roasting maple? I read that the wood is kiln dried to 4% then heated at 360 degrees F for four hours. The carmelization goes through the whole board. Is this something I can do in a regular oven? Has anyone ever tried this?
|140 days ago||
Re-envisioning an old melodeon - 1 reply
A relative has offered to give me a melodeon, a 19th century keyboard instrument (example below). It is made of rosewood and I believe has ebony and ivory keys. She says there really isn’t an antique market for these. There was a botched effort at restoring it as in instrument a few years ago, so it doesn’t work as an instrument. As much as ...
|141 days ago||
Loose tenon thickness -- your 2 cents - 6 replies
I’m making a table out of walnut (but oak and cherry in the future) that will have 1/2” thick stretchers and I’m going to use loose tenons. (they will extend about 5/8” into the legs and the stretchers.) I’m thinking of making the tenons 3/16” thick, going with the 1/3 thickness rule. There will be double te...
|199 days ago||
Sketchup compatibility with Windows 8 - 8 replies
Are there any Sketchup users out there who use it on a Windows 8 computer? Also, is it possible to use a stylus to draw on the tablet in Sketchup?? Please let me know your experiences. Thanks,Mitch
|256 days ago||
Commissioning Sketch-up Drawing - 3 replies
I’m a not-so-talented beginner at Sketch-Up. I have a long way to go to build my skills, but I have a project that can’t wait for me to catch up. I’d like to talk with someone who is very good at making Sketch-Up drawings of reproductions going by a couple of photos and basic dimensions. Basically, there is a project I’...
|268 days ago||
V-Drum Sander Question - 8 replies
I’m considering making a V-Drum Sander and I wanted to ask people who made them and used them over the last couple of years to describe their experience with them. The main thing I would use it for is flattening end grain cutting boards, but I don’t even know if this is possible on a V-Drum Sander. Please let me know your experienc...
|297 days ago||
I’m seriously considering buying the Veritas Low Angle Block Plane. I’m intrigued by the idea that you can add an optional tote and knob and use the plane as a small smoother: http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=41715&cat=1,41182,48942 It seems like a great idea, especially if you’re like me and don’t have ...
|302 days ago||
I’m in the market for a block plane. I’ve read the reviews of the Lie-Nielsen planes and the Veritas planes. I’m sure I can’t go wrong with any of them. They seem to be such high quality. My question is about the Lie-Nielsen low angle 102 – the one without the adjustable mouth. The 102 seems great for lots of t...
|405 days ago||
Folks,I’m going to San Fran next week and am wondering if any of you have recommendations for woodworking/furniture doings. Any galleries to recommend? Stores that sell handmade furniture? I’d appreciate any suggestions.Thanks,Mitch
|448 days ago||
Advice about a stack of air-dried maple - 4 replies
My brother had a maple tree cut down and milled into boards. They have been stacked and stickered in a barn for about five years now. I’m not sure if the maple is hard or soft. I also don’t have a clear idea of how much he has. Once I determine board dimensions and board footage, does anyone have suggestions on what to do next? ...
|497 days ago||
Do Knots in Cedar Cause Structural Weakness? - 11 replies
I’m making a set of Adirondack chairs and this is my first time to really use Western Red Cedar. If you look at the crude drawing, I’ve tried to show the location of a knot in one of the boards I’m going to use for arms. Will a knot in this location cause structural weakness? Thanks for any comments.
|638 days ago||
Handsawing question - 7 replies
I’ve got a sweet Lie-Nielsen dovetail saw that I’d love to blame for my sloppy saw work. Seriously, when I make a full stroke, it kind of bounces a little. Is that telling me it needs to be sharpened? I’ve had the saw for probably 5 years and used it a lot. Thanks,Mitch
|660 days ago||
Using a router to cut a segmented ring - 2 replies
I’d like to hear some suggestions on using a router to cut a segmented ring. The wood (cherry) is glued up in three layers of segments. The final outside diameter is about 5 inches. The inside diameter is about 4 inches, so the ring is about 1 inch wide. The three layers make it about ½” thick. The first thing I tried was attaching the glued u...
|696 days ago||
I currently don’t have a zero-clearance insert on my table saw but am getting one soon. My question is when to use an insert. Is it a good rule of thumb to use a zero-clearance insert all the time except when you are making angled-blade cuts?Thanks, as always.
|715 days ago||
Router bit question -- upcut vs. downcut - 11 replies
Can anyone explain the difference to me? I’m wanting to buy a simple 1/8” router bit for routing grooves to make boxes. I’ll be using it with a router table. I’m looking at Whiteside bits on Amazon and want to know the difference between these two: Upcut:http://www.amazon.com/Carbide-Spiral-Router-Diameter-Cutting/dp/B...