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659 days ago

Need advice on an outdoor chair pivot... - 4 replies

I’m looking to build a set of chairs for my elderly in-laws for their patio. I want the chair to be able to pivot under the seat. Very much like an office chair. My question is: Does anyone know of a mechanism that would accomplish this for outdoor use? Or…if there is a alternative way to accomplish the same thing????? If you have...

671 days ago

Outdoor chair design help needed for Grandparents. - 4 replies

I am looking to build a chair for the Grandparents to sit outside on. I was thinking along the lines of an Adirondack “style” chair that pivots just under the seat so they can lean back. Please don’t confuse that with a rocking chair as that is not what they want. I have Googled looking for plans but can’t seem to find...

950 days ago

My wife bought me a Rockwell Bladerunner for Christmas - 8 replies

Model # RK7320. I was wondering if I could get some advise from a scroll saw person. Can these machines do fine detail work? The blades they give you look too wide for intricate work. Can you get smaller blades for finer scrolling? What are your opinions on this saw? I don’t want to hurt the wifes feelings but if this is not a good saw ...

956 days ago

My neighbor had a baby recently and asked if I could make teething rings... - 39 replies

Are there any videos or tutorials on making teething rings? I plan on using a lathe and wondered about how you would make it round and still be able to mount it. Wht kind of jig…if any do you need for the lathe? Any special tools etc. Sounds like it could be fun.

1089 days ago

I want to build a boat!!! - 22 replies

Hello fellow Lumberjocks: I am considering building a small wooden boat. Why? Because no one told me I couldn’t and because I have never done it! Two great reason. After some web research, I came accross the Minimost ( www.minimost.com ) This boat to me looks like a blast. Inexpensive to build and can be easily pulled behind my 1930 Fo...

1187 days ago

Installing Hinges on a box. Would you teach me? - 4 replies

Hi Everyone:I am working on a small keepsake box for a gift and am trying to put hinges on the lid. This box is about 11” x 11” and the sides are 3/4”thick cherry. I tried recessing the hinges using a sharp chisel. The end result is horrible to say the least. Yes, I only installed a minimum of screws as there is no point going ...

1216 days ago

What Finish should I put on a steamer trunk? - 5 replies

Hello good folks:I am thinking about building a steamer trunk to mount on the back of my 1930 Ford Model A. I have the plans and am still trying to decide what wood to build it out of but my main concern is what finish to use. Although the car is an antique and is mainly used on nice sunny warm days, the trunk will still be out in the element...

1245 days ago

Saw Dust...All this Saw dust...What can I do with all this saw dust? - 17 replies

I have a dust collector bag full of sawdust. When looking at it, there are different colors of chips. Walnut, Spanish cedar, maple, pine, cherry, mahogany etc. Actually all mixed together it looks kinda neat. I got to thinking ( a very dangerous thing for a man to do) How can I reuse this? Is there a way to join these random particles together a...

1253 days ago

Hinge Installation Help - 6 replies

Hi kids…What’s New? :-)I am working on a cabinet that I am installing some 3/8” offset hinges in a door. I am following a set of plans that calls for a 3/8” rabitt around the outside of the door to inset into the cabinet. The pictures I have seen on the websites where they sell these types of hinges shows that these just ...

1270 days ago

Should I or Shouldn't I use Shellac? - 8 replies

I am building an entertainment center for my wife out of cherry. I had planned on finishing it with a coat of boiled linseed oil and then shellac. After buying and reading Bob Flexner’s book on finishing, I’m not so sure now. I love the look of natural cherry. Is shellac a good finish for an entertainment center or would I be bett...

1274 days ago

Old Craftsman 4 1/2 Joiner help - 11 replies

Hi Guys:I have a Craftsman 4 1/2” Joiner-Planer I got from a neighbor (it was free so I couldn’t turn it down ). It is missing the guard but it does work, although it is a little loud. The blades were dull so I purchased a new set. I was surprised but Sears still has the blades available. My problem, and question is does any one k...

1297 days ago

Scotch Brite Pads Vs. Steele Wool question - 6 replies

I have seen in many posts people recommending using scotch brite pads instead of 0000 Steal wool. I can’t seem to find anyone at the stores ( including Rockler ) who can tell me which color scotch brite pad in comparable to 0000 steal wool. Is there such a thing? If so, what color do I need? Thank youBill

1299 days ago

Looking for Traditional Entertainment Center Plans - 6 replies

My wife would like me to build her an entertainment center for our 55” console TV. I have googled plans and only find a few that really don’t fit what she likes. Does anyone know of a website or a place to look at and brows for plans? I don’t want to design one. I’d rather purchase a set of plans that I can modify if I ne...

1308 days ago

Exploded Views in Sketchup....Help!!! - 5 replies

I have searched the web for my specific question and can’t seem to find the answer, so I am turning to the experts at LJ. I am trying to make a simple box in Sketchup. I have completed making all the components. I have saved them as components. I have a complete assembled drawing. Now I want to make an assembly view and an exploded view...

1341 days ago

Making Big Wooden Wheels - 15 replies

The other day I submitted a post asking for help on how to make wooden wheels for toys using a router. I got a lot of responses from several people. You guys are just the best! After reading through all the responses, I realized that I really was not clear on what I wanted to make. I know that one way to make wheels is with a hole saw, but I ...

1344 days ago

How do you make wooden wheels? - 9 replies

Happy Thanksgiving LJ’ers: I’m looking to make some wooden wheels for some toys for the kids. Some wheels will be 4 inches and some will be about 3 inches. I have made a few on my lathe but they didn’t turn out as well as I think they should ( no pun intended)! My lathe is a home made lathe I picked up and it doesn’...

1368 days ago

I have a Silly Question... - 6 replies

Cruising through the YouTube, I ran across some wooden steam engines that people have built and they run off of compressed air. I was FASCINATED by them. I would love to build one and was wondering if anyone knows of any place to get plans or books with various plans etc. I have built Matthias”s engine and was looking for something a li...

1396 days ago

I need some help with finishing Please - 14 replies

I am building a small project out of walnut. I am using poly gloss as the finish ( not a wipe on ). What I am looking for is a glass smooth…high gloss finish. I have attached some pictures of what problems I’m having. Hopefully you can see them in the pictures. First, I have used the poly to fill the pores sanding down with 220. I...

1411 days ago

Trouble getting a smooth finish on my walnut project. Please help! - 12 replies

The pictures show my walnut project i am trying to finish. What I’m shooting for is a gloss smooth as glass finish. I am using Arm-R-Seal oil and urathane wipe on finish. I have 5 coats on when I took these pictures.I would apply 2 coats then wet sand with 320. I then put on 3 more coats sanding between with 800. It is my understanding ...

1454 days ago

Setting up Router for Dove Tail Jig......HELP! - 6 replies

I have a plunge router that I want to use with my newly purchased HF Dove tail jig. I also have a set of bushing for the template but I don’t know how to use them on this router. Do I need a different base? If so, would you know which one I need? where I can get it?Can anyone help me as to what I need to get or do so I can learn how to ...

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