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458 days ago

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 ...

481 days ago

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 “...

515 days ago

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...

589 days ago

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...

590 days ago

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...

592 days ago

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...

621 days ago

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...

621 days ago

HOA & Noise Complaint - 90 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...

654 days ago

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 ...

690 days ago

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...

692 days ago

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...

692 days ago

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

785 days ago

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...

809 days ago

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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