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02-03-2014 10:58 PM

Website Appears to be Normal Once Again - 2 replies

Thanks to whoever was working on the website. It appears to be normal again. The home page displays the top 15, blog entries are truncated and the pictures zoom properly on the projects page. Since I have AdBlockPlus for Firefox installed, I am not seeing any bothersome ads. Looks good on the ipad also.ThanksMike

01-26-2014 10:48 PM

Your pictures look terrible! - 54 replies

Up on my soapbox – The title says it all. Some of you post the worst pictures I have ever seen. Come on now, get on the stick. You take pride in your work, take that extra step and take good quality photos so the folks here can see and appreciate your work. It is not rocket science. There is no reason to post out of focus or blurry imag...

01-11-2014 07:43 PM

Kitchen Cabinet Finish Suggestions needed - 2 replies

When I get ready to apply the finish to my kitchen cabinets, they will be stained first, then some sort of clear coat sprayed. In the past, I have used Deft Clear Wood Finish for everything I have made…since the 80’s. Just no kitchen cabinets. The only parts to get sprayed are the face frames, drawer fronts and doors. Everything e...

12-25-2013 04:26 AM

Kitchen Cabinet Ideas Needed - 8 replies

I am thinking about building a cabinet or cabinets for my mom’s kitchen. It is small with a window positioned in a bad spot. I think the house was built in the fifties. I have included some pics. I would be replacing the table area between the fridge and the corner. The window is behind the curtain. What do you think about a cabinet ...

12-10-2013 10:21 PM

Cross Cut Dados With Table Saw Question - 9 replies

How do you guys minimize the chip out of cabinet grade plywood when cross cutting dados in plywood. Cabinet bases and wall cabinets have dados cut into the sides for the top, bottom, and back. When I built the cabinets for the buffet, I got some chipping. Not enough to really concern me but I would like to minimize it as much as possible. I u...

12-08-2013 12:55 AM

informal glue strength test - 2 replies

The wood broke but not at the joint. No way I could break the thicker part with my hands. Titebond III. Cutting board in the making. :-)

12-06-2013 04:59 AM

Tools of the trade - 7 replies

Some days all you need is a little heat and a hammer. Heat it up and beat the heck out of it. Then wrap up and get back to work. Bur when all else fails, it may be time to say “The heck with it”

11-14-2013 04:33 PM

Wine Bottle Rack/Storage Ideas Needed - 15 replies

I have decided to build a wine bottle rack or storage project for my step daughter. She loves her wine. I asked her if she could save me two or three empties for a project I was working on and she said “I’ll have four for you by Wednesday!” :-) So, with that said, here is what I have on hand to work with. There are five piec...

11-14-2013 01:44 AM

Spell check failure! - 2 replies

Somebody needs to fire the spell checker! :-)

11-13-2013 04:37 AM

Got clamps? - 24 replies

You can never have too many clamps! Just sayin’! :-)

10-18-2013 01:55 AM

New life for my Kreg Jig - 26 replies

I am slowly gathering parts to modify my Kreg pocket hole jig so it will be much easier and safer for me to operate. Some of you have probably seen my set up (pics shown below). It works great. I have drilled hundreds of pocket holes with it. But, therein lies a problem. When I am drilling holes in panels such as plywood cabinet members, I ha...

10-05-2013 05:21 PM

Notice from Adobe - System hacked - 2 replies

I received this notice via email, but I am posting the notice posted on the Adobe website. They say their network was hacked and suggest I change my password. I use Adobe Reader for viewing pdf files and Photoshop Elements…and Lightroom for editing my photos. Note: I never follow links to sites where a password is required such as PayP...

09-23-2013 07:44 PM

Looking for 12 Inch F Style Bar Clamps - 8 replies

My work table has 7/8 inch holes drilled for bench dogs. I would like to find four clamps that I can insert up through the hole in the 2 inch thick top so I can clamp things in place. What I am looking for is a clamp without the spring clutch. I have some of these and they are a pain to work with. The other requirement is the hole diameter (7...

09-20-2013 05:12 AM

Shop Made Set Up Blocks - 7 replies

While ripping a few boards today, I decided to make some set up blocks . I had a piece of 3/4 inch melamine coated shelving material (particle board core) so that is what I used. For each block, I made trial cuts until I had exact results for each block. So far, I have 1 1/2 inch, 2 inch and 3 inch blocks. I measured each one with a digital ...

09-11-2013 01:46 AM

Mikey's New Toy - 4 replies

I convinced my wife that I needed a drum sander if I was going to build our kitchen cabinets. She fell for it. :-)Actually today I have been sanding the white pine for another toy box and a book case. Boy, I am loving it. This is not a review. I will save that for later after I get some dust piled up. Here it is in all of it’s glory ...

09-07-2013 09:27 AM

Spammers on the refurbers forum - 2 replies

I just dropped in over there to check it out and the spammers are running amuck.

09-02-2013 12:53 AM

Cracked and split barnwood - 9 replies

Just a quick question. I have a piece of 1×12 55 inches long that I plan to use make a picture frame. It is reclaimed barn wood and very weathered – cracks and a few splits. My plan is to rip it and miter the joints so no fresh cuts are showing. It will not be stained or finished, just left natural. What would you suggest I use ...

08-20-2013 07:49 PM

Lowe's Bucket Max - 12 replies

I have been using a Lowe’s Bucket Max for about 8 months for utilitarian duty. Light clean up and dust collection for several of my power tools that have small dust ports. Well, blow me down! I just realized today that the 2 1/2 inch dia hose off my Shop Vac brand vacuum fits the port on the BM perfectly. Turns out, there is a reducer t...

08-16-2013 03:46 AM

Went fishing today - 8 replies

Yes, I did catch what I was after! :-) I hate it when I drop something down into the bowels of my table saw. Luckily this time it just so happened that I had a 36 inch piece of flat bar and some magnets. Fished that washer right out of there. :-)

08-08-2013 03:38 AM

Mineral Spirits to the rescue - 10 replies

Well, sorta. I have never used mineral spirits to check my projects before applying stain but I did today for the first time. Boy am I glad I did. The piece looked ready to stain and was smooth to the touch and looked ready to go. I put some mineral oil on a soft rag and wiped it down. Lo and behold, right in the middle were several scratches...

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