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11-14-2014 02:04 AM

Where are the seams!? - 19 replies

I have been asked to make a box for an antique pistol. The gentleman has pointed me in the direction of the box he wants. Apparently collectors of these old firearms are very specific… My question is, when I look at the example he has sent me, I can’t see any seems on the top. What am I missing? It nearly looks like it’s...

04-27-2013 04:25 PM

Which Table Saw - 24 replies

So, my wife has finally given me the green light on buying a table saw. I currenlty have a small Ridgid, so pretty much anything will be a HUGE upgrade. She didn’t really “cap” the purchase, but at one point, I was looking at a $1,400 saw on Craigs List that she seemed okay with me buying. Now, with that said, I am thinking ...

04-04-2013 07:26 PM

Bedroom Furniture Plans - 3 replies

Is there a way to find a complete set of bedroom furniture plans? I have tried every keyword search I can think of, but all the results are pick and choose pieces. We are buying a new house and my wife wants me to build all the furniture in our bedroom. I have found several things I like, let’s say a bed, but then I look for a “...

03-01-2013 07:42 PM

Runs in Top Coat - 6 replies

I am doing a blanket chest and I had used GF Water Based stain. It went on great and I got the color depth I wanted, etc. I decided to spray on GF High Performance top coat to finish it off. Unfortunately, I did it right before the sun went down and it started getting pretty hard to see. Today, when i pulled it back out into the drive way (I...

12-17-2012 02:51 PM

Another Question About Wood Species - 13 replies

This isn’t a great picture, but I figure I could explain this wood well enough that someone can probably answer. So, the board on the left is some cherry. The board on the right is, well, that’s what I am asking. It has profound grain, similar to oak. It’s the color of cherry (maybe a little more orange). It has an odd s...

12-16-2012 04:33 AM

Need help collecting a template - 7 replies

Anyone out there have a S & W Model 629, 8 3/8” barrel? I am making a pistol box for my father in law for Christmas (I know, nothing like waiting till the last minute). I need the outline of the pistol so I can cut the foam. I have tried going to the local places (Academy, Bass Pro Shop, etc) and can’t find this exact pistol...

12-14-2012 01:39 PM

What Species is This? - 9 replies

I bought a truck load of wood a while back for like $200. It was mostly ERC, walnut, cherry and red oak. A guy was just closing down his shop and wanted it all gone. There were some exotic pieces in there, as well, cocobolo, rosewood and purple heart. Yesterday, I was working on a cross and needed some dark wood to accent some maple. I pu...

11-15-2012 01:04 PM

Question About Cedar - 10 replies

Is there a such thing as “Arkansas White Cedar”? A guy is selling some wood and I am trying to find out if it’s a good value, or not. I can’t really find anyone selling this wood by this specific name. So, was wondering if maybe this was a “nick name” of some other cedar. He sent me pictures, and it look...

11-15-2012 04:20 AM

HOA & Noise Complaint - 122 replies

I am hoping this is the right place to start a topic like this, but if not, I apologize. I am reaching out to any law knowledgable people and/or anyone with first hand experience in this. I live in a neighborhood. I work out of my garage and unfortunately, my neighborhood is in a deed restricted community. I have been woodworking about 1...

10-13-2012 04:25 PM

Wood for Cutting Board - 5 replies

It seems I always work with maple, cherry and walnut for cutting boards. What other woods are good for these? Specifically, I am curious about rosewood and cocobolo? I have read about them both and know I am looking for something hard/dense with closed pores, but since they are exotic woods (I think, right?), I wasn’t sure if there was ...

09-07-2012 11:02 PM

Probably a silly question, but... - 13 replies

Some time ago when I originally bought a table saw, I got a Ridgid jobsite saw. I don’t remember the model, but at the time it worked perfectly for what I needed. I didn’t know I was going to “fall in love” with woodworking. After starting to use the harder woods, my surge protector would trip. So, I went and bought...

09-05-2012 05:31 PM

Spalting/Worm Holes in Cutting Board - 2 replies

I have a question, as silly as it may be. I made a cutting board recently. I guess I was only half paying attention, but after the glue up, I realized that there were several small worm holes and a little bit of spalting in areas on the walnut. I am finishing it with General Finishes Salad Bowl Finish. Will this be okay as a cutting board wi...

09-05-2012 05:24 PM

Copyright Question - 19 replies

If you recreate a logo, of let’s say a college team, and burn this onto a piece of your work, are you breaking any copyright laws? I am doing this as a gift, not selling it. Do you have to have written consent to do this? Thanks, Chris

06-04-2012 05:04 PM

Built-In Question - 11 replies

I have noticed most built-ins appear to be plywood that matches the hardwood facing. So, cherry plywood for cherry facing, etc. If I was going to attempt a built-in that would be painted, does the wood itself matter, much? It would be painted black, as that’s the decor in our office. I of course want it to look nice, but if I could cut...

05-11-2012 04:13 AM

Getting Discouraged - 47 replies

Before I go further, not SO discouraged I want to give up. I have done a few projects, that I will eventually post. They have turned out “okay”. I guess what you would expect for someone new to woodworking. But, I am realizing that I mess up more wood than I actually succeed at. That being said, continuing the “learing...

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