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297 days ago

End Table Design Help - 2 replies

OK…...I’m building 2 end tables for my girlfriend. She’s leaving the design up to me, and her only request is that a “shelf” can extend over the edge of the bed so she can sit and watch TV on Sunday mornings and her coffee can rest on the shelf and it can be within close reach…......ideas on how to create thi...

422 days ago

I NEED HELP!!!!! - 3 replies

So here’s the deal…...my girl friend has 2 bowls that were used for chicken feed on her grandfather’s farm….probably 50+ years ago. The larger of the two, about 15 inches in diameter had a very large crack about 1/2 way across. I lightly sanded them yesterday and gave them a coat of Watco to bring them up a little…...

432 days ago

Existing Kitchen Cabinets - 9 replies

My girlfriend purchased a home a few months ago, and the cabinets are a little dull. They appear to be oak, stained what I would call “medium brown”. They also appear to have a satin top coat. I’m wondering if there might be a product out there that might darken them a bit and liven them up some??? We looked into refinishin...

547 days ago

Dark Stain Options - 5 replies

Good Evening Jocks! I’m looking for some real-world experience here. I’m getting ready to start a captain’s bed for my girlfriend with storage baskets underneath. It will be made from red oak with a few panels made from red oak ply. She has requested it to be “dark”, so I need some good suggestions on a stain(...

582 days ago

Lathe Chisel Recommendation - 32 replies

I received a Rikon 12×16 VS from my girlfriend today…..now I need some chisels! I’d like some recommendations from the experienced folks. I would like a “decent” set that I can learn on, but that I won’t constantly have at the grinder for sharpening. I would also like to keep the cost reasonable…...I k...

610 days ago

Shop Electrical Question - 9 replies

My garage doubles as my shop. There are 2 outlets along the back wall, and about a week ago I noticed my deep freeze no longer had power (luckily there was nothing in there). Anyway, no power to either outlet, but still power to the garage door openers…..and only one breaker in the fuse box labeled “garage”.......any ideas wh...

613 days ago

SketchUp Question - 8 replies

I downloaded SketchUp today and all went well. When I try to open a SketchUp file someone else has linked, my cmputer tries to open it in Photoviewer, and it doesn’t work…...can someone tell me how to change the default program for opening these files? Sorry this isn’t really “woodworking”...... Thanks,joe

772 days ago

Clear Finish Over Adhesive Letters - 3 replies

So I’m working on a ukulele for a co-worker’s special needs child. He loves music, and I think a small instrument that will allow him to make some sounds and improve his coordination will be kind of nice. I purchased a kit from Grizzly, nothing too wild, wanted to make sure I had time to finish it. Anyway, I was thinking about add...

801 days ago

Cutting Board Feet - 5 replies

Finished up my first end-grain cutting board, and am currently applying the finish…...problem is, the darn thing slides around on the counter-top pretty bad. Can anyone recommend some type of “feet” to add to the bottom to help keep it still…...I was thinking some kind of rubber pad????? Joe

922 days ago

Jewelry Box Inserts - 14 replies

I’m wrapping up a small jewelry cabinet for my daughter. Can anyone point me in the direction of somewhere I can find foam inserts to add to the drawers? Namely, I’m looking for something to hold rings. Since the drawers are already made, I’d need this to be “cut to fit” Thanksjoe

950 days ago

Poker Table - 2 replies

A co-worker of mine is interested in having me build him a poker table. It sounds like he is set of a 10-person design that is basically rectangular with radiused corners. He has shown me a “plan” he found online that basically uses 2 sheets of plywood…..you will cut out various sizes of ovals and then build-up a cross sectio...

996 days ago

Cabinet Refinishing - 1 reply

So i have my house on the market…..alot of the feedback states that the lookers aren’t crazy about my light cabinets. Not sure what type of wood it is, though it is quite open grained. Cabinets are just sprayed with clear (I’m guessing ploy or lacquer). Anyway, wondering if there would be a compatible finish that I could add...

1010 days ago

Thinning Danish Oil - 3 replies

I’m wondering if it’s possible/practical to thin danish oil….say Watco…..to get a deeper penetration into the wood. If so, would it even be necessary? I’m basically wondering if you thinned for deeper penetration, would this enhance the differenct tones of the natural wood grain.joe

1014 days ago

Pilot Holes for Hinges - 6 replies

I currently have a “self centering” drill bit for making pilot holes for hinge screws…..dosen’t seem to work all that great. Today I installed some small hinges on a jewelry box, and the afore mentioned bit was a little too large. I tried my best, but had a very hard time getting the pilot holes centered…..drill b...

1016 days ago

Curly Maple - 4 replies

Will be finishing a small jewelry box soon, and thinking of using boiled linseed oil to lightly “pop” the grain but keep the natural color of the wood. Will Arm-R-Seal work as a topcoat over BLO assuming it has properly cured? Also, if anyone has any other finish suggestions, send them my way…..I’m pretty much open to a...

1021 days ago

India Ink Replacement - 5 replies

I’m working on the “treasure box” shown on Woodsmith TV a few weeks ago. The sides of the box are coated with India Ink, and I’m having trouble finding it locally…....can you folks suggest a subsitute? Would a decent quality spray enamel work here…..going to top coat with Seal-A-Cell. joe

1024 days ago

Finishing Bubinga - 13 replies

Looking to make a jewlery box for my daughter from bubinga. I would like to keep things “natural” looking, and wonder how this might best be accomplished. Was wondering if a BLO finish buffed with wax would be suitable, though I’ve heard bubinga is kinda oily and don’t want to do something that will never cure properly....

1055 days ago

Resawing Logs - Green vs. Dry - 6 replies

I’ve been doing some research, and it appears there is an even split between those who resaw mostly dried found wood and those who resaw it green…...I assume green wood would cut easier, but what are some other differences?joe

1058 days ago

Resaw Sled and Bandsaw Drift - 2 replies

Put together a quick sled today to resaw a few logs…..got to thinking? If I run the base of the sled through the blade (with runner in miter slot) will I get an even thickness slab if I referenced the upper portion of the sled to the cut line, ie. measure back at each end of the base (closest to blade)? Or will I need to somehow compensa...

1061 days ago

First Resaw of HoneyLocust - 12 replies

So I grew impatient and instead of picking up some lumber and making a resaw sled, I just screwed a piece of honeylocust to a some plywood and ran a log through to see what was inside. It was a small (about 8” diameter) piece with a branch at the bottom…....awsome! By the way, the 3 tpi; 1/2” Timberwolf cut like butta! Also,...

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