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11-17-2018 05:51 PM

Built scale model of my table - advice, comments on proportions, joinery, etc? - 13 replies

I had an idea for a table, but couldn’t draw it (don’t know sketchup) and couldn’t find similar ones online. So I took 15 minutes to build a 2/3 scale model from plywood and cardboard. It’s intended to be a side table by the recliner, about 25” high, with perhaps a square top about 20”x20”...

11-16-2018 12:20 AM

Joining bent legs to form a pedestal? - 1 reply

I have an idea for a side table with 4 legs that are so curved, they meet in the middle, making them sort of a pedestal.The closest picture I can find online looks like this: Which is nowhere near what I’m going for but the leg morphology is similar.I’m thinking of a somewhat tall and light side table to go next to my recliner; th...

10-17-2018 10:46 AM

Tapered butt log - best sawing approach when chainsaw milling? - 5 replies

I have a homemade chainsaw milling rig. It consists of a flat board that I can screw onto a log to create a reference surface; and a piece of plywood bolted via a spacer block to my chainsaw bar, so the plywood is parallel to the bar a set distance away.This allows me to flatsaw a log, PITA though it is to use, when said log is too heavy or big ...

10-02-2018 12:48 AM

Stay-put 4" hose that actually holds its position? - 2 replies

Can anyone recommend a 4” hose that will hold its position pretty well? I want one end of the hose clamped onto the blast gate at the back of my workbench, then gooseneck the hose around to wherever I am generating dust – and let it stay there. What I find right now is that the hose end sags toward the floor under gravity’s...

09-20-2018 11:31 PM

Selling my R4512 tablesaw - 0 replies

I’m selling my Ridgid R4512 tablesaw. Downsizing the shop while I move, then I’ll upgrade.Not trying to advertise or spam here at all, but do we have a “for sale” section? If so I’d like to post it there. Houston area. Here’s the Craigslist posting:https://houston.craigslist.org/tls/d/ridgid-r4512-tablesaw/...

09-19-2018 10:37 PM

How to complete this box? - 3 replies

Small box of QS sycamore and cherry. The corners and knob are not glued on yet. I relied on my creativity to get this far, but now I don’t want to ruin it with a bad choice, so I’d love suggestions. A) thinking of tapering the legs further, almost to a fine point, while keeping the length. Bad idea? What else would look...

09-13-2018 12:53 AM

Wood ID: European hardwood with quilt/chatoyance? - 6 replies

Pulled this chunk out of a firewood pile in Ireland a few months ago. End grain: (yellow paint was my sealer, scraped some off for the pic) Flatsawn grain: Quartersawn grain: Hard to capture the quartersawn chatoyance. That surface is smooth, just looks 3d bumpy because of the grain. Medularry rays are very pronounced. I’...

09-10-2018 12:52 PM

Hand and eye folks, suggested proportions for 6-board chest? - 5 replies

I’m suddenly obsessed with this Nooristan (Afghanistan) tusk-tenoned 6-board chest. I think I’ll make a tiny version as an elegant jewelry box… or maybe a sizeable version as a toybox… Question for proportion-based designers:In such a chest, what would be good proportions for the 3 primary dimensions of the box?Also, ...

08-15-2018 09:47 PM

Best way to route a half-pipe? - 11 replies

I need to route a round-bottomed groove (if that makes sense) down the length of a 2×4. The groove must be such that the 2×4 can have a 2” diameter pipe (actualy 1.875”) laid down the length of it. Thus, calling the groove a half-pipe. I see piloted cove bits, but the bearing is in the way. And I’m not sure they...

08-12-2018 09:11 PM

Industrial (3ph) cabinet shop tools for sale - 0 replies

https://houston.craigslist.org/tls/d/woodworking-tools/6643023616.htmlRan across this on CL. bunch of industrial woodworking tools, looks like a cabinet shop shutting down.Just in case it’s useful for anyone.

07-29-2018 04:27 PM

About to scrap a beautiful project - advice welcome - 8 replies

I just built this beautiful bed, and now I may have to scrap it:(Ball finials and a bit more paint are all that’s left) I’ve explained everything in this blog post: http://lumberjocks.com/JohnMcClure/blog/125129Sorry to double-post, but I’d like all the opinions I can get on this so I’m also putting it here in the foru...

07-14-2018 01:47 PM

Painting Bedroom Furniture - lots of questions! (aiming for Pottery Barn) - 9 replies

I’ll be painting a dresser and bed for my little girl’s room. It’s supposed to feel wonderful like Pottery Barn paint, and NOT be shiny.Is a satin enamel a good choice? How about a semi-gloss or gloss and sand it down or otherwise reduce the shine?Some other kind of paint I should use? And while we’re at it, any other...

07-05-2018 12:56 AM

Dowels or screws for knockdown, when thru-tenon not an option? - 2 replies

I’m designing a bed. Portions must be disassemble-able, of course, to fit through doors and such.I had M&T joinery planned out pretty well before I realized it can’t all be glued, so I’m wondering if I can pin some of the joints with dowels (or brass rods?), or should use screws with decorative heads, or something else?The ...

07-03-2018 12:12 AM

How to do this curvy molding? - 6 replies

We are about to bring home a daughter. LOML wants a fancy bed for her, so I’m going to make something like this: My mind is good at solving structural issues, but not good at deciding what visual (non-structural) elements add interest to a design. For that reason, I’m going to go with a decorative trim similar to what’s in t...

07-01-2018 06:55 PM

Wormholes turned white - help me recover this finish! - 26 replies

I made this tabletop from wormy oak that I milled and kiln dried.Finish is System 3 Clear Coat epoxy.SWMBO likes it, but says it’s too shiny. So I took the shine off by sanding with 400, 800, 1200. This created a lot of white dust, which collected into the wormholes (which didn’t fill with epoxy). Now I can’t get the du...

06-17-2018 03:09 PM

WOOD ID - is this nasty looking wood diseased elm? - 7 replies

Small trunk, 8”-6” diameter. Bark makes me think elm… very tapered.Milled into boards and they are this weird shade of brown. It looks ugly to me. What do y’all think? is this an elm? is the nasty color due to dutch elm disease? I tried to research what effect DED has on the lumber but couldn’t turn anything up.No e...

06-04-2018 08:55 PM

Dovetailing a table skirt? - 3 replies

I am building a small coffee table. It occurred to me (without any prior research) to build an apron/skirt using dovetails, then glue square legs into the inside corners (no joinery required there, due to lots of glue surface). That was my thought, until I searched for examples online and found none. Most everyone uses M&T (apron into leg...

05-16-2018 08:41 PM

Aesthetics of this table design? - 7 replies

I want to make a tall-ish, small-ish side table to sit next to my recliner. I have never made something with fine, sweeping lines like this before, so I’m just free-handing the shape and hoping it looks right. What do you think? Is there a rule of thumb for sweeping/tapered legs like this? I hope the drawing captures what I’m goi...

05-10-2018 04:23 PM

Help damping vibration from DC? - 12 replies

Can you recommend a way to dampen vibration from my DC? It’s vibrating the whole house.Details:I’m building a ducted dust collection system using the 2HP HF blower motor, atop a cyclone separator, atop a trash can, blowing the exhaust through a dryer vent to the outside. Have not yet installed the ducting because the vibration is...

04-12-2018 11:45 PM

Recommend quality safety glasses? - 10 replies

(Existing threads on this topic seem to be several years old. So here’s a new one.) My safety glasses are terribly scratched, to the point of being unusable. And when I wear a dust mask, the glasses fog terribly despite the mask’s best attempt at redirecting my respiration downward. I do not wear prescription glasses. Can an...

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