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11-13-2014 12:36 AM

When is the finish... You know, finished? - 4 replies

If anyone has been following my cutting board posts, first, I’m sorry. I’m sure you are very much over it by now. But this has the very real potential to be my last one. These end grain boards (walnut, cherry, hard maple) have gotten two coats of straight salad bowl finish (not thinned). They are keeping their color nicely...

10-26-2014 08:35 PM

Cutting Boards should be called Cupping Boards - 9 replies

ok. So my foray into making end grain cutting boards for family this christmas has become a study in board cupping. First came the realization that a board can go through my planer cupped and still come out cupped. And I’m okay with that (well I’m okay with the physics of it at least). So I built a router planing jig to both regi...

10-14-2014 07:10 PM

Sloped dado? - 11 replies

I was using my dado set the other day to cut a slot to fit my digital caliper to use as a gauge to calibrate my table saw. So that means I was using my mitre gauge and a sacrificial fence to cross cut a shallow ~5/8” dado in a thin strip of hardwood. The width came out perfect (yay!), but upon closer inspection I noted something very weird...

10-06-2014 01:37 PM

Sanding for End Grain Cutting Boards - 8 replies

So the good news is that I started the christmas gift projects early this year. The bad news is that it is not proceeding as swimmingly as advertised. I am making end grain cutting boards from 8/4 cherry and hard maple for christmas gifts, mostly following the plans at woodwhisperer for this same project. I don’t have a drum sander, and...

01-30-2014 07:00 PM

Delta 22-560 Thickness Planer: Repair/Fine Tune - 0 replies

I recently acquired my first thickness planer from a craigslist ad- a Delta 22-560 in “ok” condition. For $150 it was just what I was looking for. Seller was up front about the fact that the planer had fallen once years ago, and bent the infeed table. upon further inspection it was bent away from the stock (i.e. down) and so I tho...

09-30-2013 05:38 PM

Truly Sliding Sliding Dovetails - 10 replies

So I am doing some prototyping for christmas gifts this year. The plan is to have a wall mounted bottle opener with a cap-catch. Ultimately there will be beveled edges and routed profiles on nice finished hardwood and all that stuff, but for now I am playing around with pine and plywood to get the design just so before I start producing them. ...

09-23-2013 04:05 PM

1 1/8" Groove Cut Jig- Need advice - 10 replies

I am working on a new router table top made out of 3/4 phenolic faced ply, which is going to be so much nicer than my current plywood tabletop. I’m also adding in t-track and, pertinent to this post, a mitre channel. For the mitre channel I need a 1 1/8” wide groove. Lucky for me I just purchased a new dado set (my first!) and fig...

08-22-2013 03:28 AM

Router table redesign: need help with dust collection - 4 replies

So I’ve had this bench top shop made router table for a couple months now, and I really do like it. The problem I’ve run into is that now I am getting more diligent about dust collection, using the dust deputy (which I love). The dust port on the back of the fence works well only if I am doing a through cut and don’t totall...

07-22-2013 03:42 PM

Material Recommendations for workshop cabinet countertops - 10 replies

Hey! So I purchased some used kitchen cabinets to add into my garage workshop, which has already been a great boon for my organization/sanity. They aren’t intended to be my primary workspace for woodworking- I have an assembly table and a workbench, but they will be used for storage, tinkering, setting glue ups, etc. I’m also plannin...

07-09-2013 03:49 PM

Planers, jointers, sanders... oh my! - 15 replies

Hey everyone! So I recently came into some money for my birthday and I have acquired some new and desperately needed tools for my garage shop, like a drill press, block plane, etc. What I’m finding now is that I’ve gotten into some more projects where I find myself needing to adjust the thickness of my stock, say down to 1/4 or 3/8 f...

06-20-2013 11:31 PM

Coffee table build: corner/center bracing - 3 replies

So I’m partway into this coffee table and looking for a little structural advice. The aprons connect to the leg with mortise and tenons (but haven’t been glued yet). The first question is if I need some corner bracing like a piece cut at a 45 in each corner (and if so how to connect that to the aprons). The second question is about a...

06-17-2013 10:06 PM

Case of the Mystery Hand Plane - 8 replies

Trying to figure out what I’ve got on my hands here. I got this from my dads garage where it has been buried for years untold. Notably it is stamped “made in usa”, and features a “4 way blade” (square blade sharpened on all sides- presumably to rotate?). Is this just a piece of knock off junk that happens to be twen...

05-31-2013 08:42 AM

Clamping Coffee Table Trim - 6 replies

Hello! This is my first post on lumberjocks and I’m excited to be a new member. I’m an amateur woodworker with a garage shop in Bowie MD, so some of my parlance may not be quite as sophisticated or precise, and I hope you can forgive that! I am building a hardwood coffee table for a friend, and have a clamping question. The table ...

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