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08-24-2017 09:42 PM

Easy woodworking table - 55 replies

While I’m putting together dovetail joints, or practicing doing so, I’ve been struggling with having a decent space and vice to work with. I was wondering if you all thought a woodworking table is something I should be focusing on instead? I wanted to keep it simple, made with 2×4’s and 4×4’s so I can transpo...

07-28-2017 11:58 PM

Spend money on a dovetail jig or learn to do them by hand? - 187 replies

I want to build a few small keepsake boxes and music boxes with decorative joinery. I doubt I’ll ever build a bunch of drawers or what have you. I was looking at the Porter Cable jigs vs. trying to learn how to do them by hand. I’d also like to do box joints as well, and I’ve built a few cheap jigs for my router table to try an...

06-21-2017 10:19 PM

Rattle Can Minwax Lacquer Leaves Rough Surface - 41 replies

Hi, I’m trying to use some clear gloss Minwax lacquer from an aerosol can to put a nice finish a project I’m hopefully close to completing. The wood I’m using is softwood, mostly 2×4’s, which I sanded to 220 grit and applied two coats of a Minwax gel stain. Because of odd angles, I went the rattle can top c...

06-12-2017 01:36 AM

How to best apply polyurethane to quilted table top - 22 replies

I built an end table where the boards of the table top have a quilted pattern. That is, I have two boards connected side by side with the grain running parallel to each other. On the end grain of those boards, I have boards attached that have the grain running perpendicular to the first two. I hope that makes sense! I applied a gel stain to ...

06-03-2017 09:22 PM

End table is level in shop but not in house - 11 replies

I’ve finally gotten back to my end table project made out of 2×4’s and pocket holes. I’m generally happy with it but it certainly showed me some areas I need work in. I basically don’t have level surface in my house or garage/shop it seems. And now that I’ve gotten a leg wobble, I don’t want to try any...

05-21-2017 05:22 PM

I have a ROS. Is there a reason I might need a sheet sander too? - 22 replies

I’m working on an end table made of 2×4’s. Several of the boards have some machine marks. I’m also going to stain it, so I’ve been using my ROS to speed the process. When reading another thread here, one person wrote that they only used a ROS with 80 grit paper to start, and the rest of the sandpaper grits were ap...

05-15-2017 06:15 PM

What Material Should I Use For First Bench Tabletop? - 50 replies

I’ve been avoiding building a woodworking table for several reasons 1) I don’t have a pickup so large sheet goods would be tough to transport, and 2) I have other smaller projects I’d prefer to work on instead. I bought a Kreg Mobile Project Center, and while it’s a nice bit of kit, it’s somewhat unstable for han...

05-14-2017 12:42 AM

Worx Pegasus Impressions or Opinions? - 5 replies

I’m interested in a small but sturdy work surface with bench dogs and clamps. Most of my projects are small in scale so a large workbench isn’t necessary. I’d like something heavy enough to allow me to do hand planing on it. I was pretty set on the Kreg Mobile Project Center since I can also use the Kreg clamps I already own. ...

05-06-2017 08:27 PM

Question About My End Table Made of 2x4's and Pocket Joints Project - 8 replies

Hi all, I had scoured the internet awhile back trying to find relatively simplistic projects that I could cut my teeth on. I wanted to make sure the project was relatively cheap and functional. I found a website that had a ‘30 Day 2×4 Project Challenge’ and one of the designs was and end table you’ll see pictures of her...

04-29-2017 08:20 PM

I seem to lack the sharpening mojo - 38 replies

I’m trying​ to settle into a good plane iron and chisel sharpening technique without much luck. I’ve read in a few places that when you’re new, pick a method and stick with it so you learn its nuances. I have an ACE hardware combo corborundum stone, a combo India stone, and a combo soft/hard Arkansas stone. I’m try...

04-23-2017 05:23 PM

Dado joints separating one year later - 30 replies

I built this decorative bench a year ago. I had just started trying woodworking, and I didn’t really have any idea what I was doing. I tried using dado joinery for the first time, but I had to use an old router I rescued from a pawn shop and free hand it (at that time I thought a ‘jig’ was an Irish dance or something). I reinfo...

04-22-2017 01:38 AM

What methods do you all use for sharpening A2 steel irons? - 31 replies

I bought some old planes off eBay recently, and they all had the original irons. Generally thin, I could basically sharpen them in no time with a variety of methods: india stone, cheap waterstones, and the Worksharp WS3000. But I bought some new Stanley Sweetheart planes, and they have much thicker, harder A2 steel irons. I hate trying to ree...

04-16-2017 11:14 PM

Brass collars slipping off old wood handle turning tools - 4 replies

I inherited some old turning tools/chisels from my late uncle today. I don’t have any experience with wood turning, but the tools seem to be in good shape overall. Probably haven’t been used for years. My question is about the brass collars that slip down over the iron and sit on top of the wood handle (like a hilt on a sword). Th...

04-03-2017 09:48 PM

Getting Worksharp WS3000 Aligned - 6 replies

I bought a Worksharp WS3000 yesterday and kind of regret it. I already have several DMT diamond bench stones and a Veritas Mk II jig. There was nothing wrong with the bench stones but I felt like I was spending more time sharpening plane irons than actually, you know, planing wood (I’ve alluded to this in a previous post). My local wood...

03-28-2017 06:38 PM

It's taking me too long to sharpen my plane irons - 51 replies

Hi, New to woodworking here, and very new to hand planes. I bought a couple off eBay that I’ve gotten into good working order, and I purchased a new Stanley SweetHeart with the A2 iron. It takes me forever to get these irons sharp! I’m using some DMT Diamond bench stones, and a Veritas Mk II honing jig. Getting the backs of ...

03-16-2017 02:57 AM

Can anybody tell me anything about this plane? - 24 replies

I bought this plane at a local woodworking store. The plating on the cap seems cheap, and the iron was proud along it’s back. It has the dimensions of a No. 6. I lapped the sole and sharpened it the best I could. It seems to work on soft wood well. Who is this manufacturer? I scoured the net and only found the axeminster line which is p...


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