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09-09-2012 05:09 AM

Epoxy brand recommendation request - 7 replies

What type of epoxy do you use to repair defects in wood such as loose knots, dings, holes, etc.? Since I haven’t made any repairs of this type, I am just thinking out loud. So, if I have a knot that I am worried about possibly coming loose and falling out, I want to fill the imperfection with epoxy (after staining the wood), then apply ...

08-23-2012 07:46 PM

Thought for the day - Reclaimed Oak Flooring - 7 replies

I made my first visit to a Habitat for Humanity store today and they had a bunch of pallets with oak flooring stacked in bundles. Hmmm…my first though was what could I make out of some of that stuff. This is not the thin veneer stuff but the real solid Oak that has been pulled out of houses. The only problem I see is the nails have been...

08-02-2012 04:37 PM

Need routing advice for tight places - 6 replies

Simply put, how can I rout into tight places with a round over bit? I cut a star out of a piece of 1/2 inch wood that is about 4.5 inches across so the points of the star are too tight for a 3/8” round over bit because of the ball bearing. I am routing the inside of the star. What I wound up doing was finished off the round over proc...

07-31-2012 07:11 PM

Wine bottle balancers / wine racks? - 5 replies

Can someone share the reasoning behind some of the various ways people store or display their wine (or beer)? I have seen different types of wine bottle racks where just a hole is cut through the wood and the neck of the bottle is inserted in making the bottle be upside down. Since I am not a wine drinker, I couldn’t figure out what the th...

07-30-2012 03:36 AM

Using a Forstner bit to drill aluminum plate - 11 replies

It may never work again, but using a Forstner bit, I was able to drill a 1/2 inch hole in a Rockler router table insert plate (1/4 inch aluminum). Previously I had drilled a hole in the insert so I could make adjustments to my Bosch 1617 Router from above the table. Well, it was off a little. Today, I was able to drill another hole just off-c...

07-29-2012 07:20 AM

Question about plywood and formica... - 9 replies

I have a lead on some free 3/4 inch plywood that was previously used for shipping container for machinery. So I am thinking about taking a look at it since it is only about 6 miles from my house. My question is have any of you covered regular 3/4 plywood (probably c/d stuff) with Formica or any other veneer to make a useable work surface? ...

07-27-2012 08:02 PM

Using PayPal at Home Depot - 19 replies

I made my first purchase at Home Depot today using my PayPal account. Lately I have been selling some of my photography equipment, so there is a nice balance in the PP account. Last week I signed up so I could use PP for purchases at HD. There are other businesses that accept this type of payment but I don’t shop there (Abbykrombee & F...

07-23-2012 02:04 AM

I need Some Hand Planer Advice - 6 replies

I know there are a lot of you that love your hand planers and restore the old ones. I have a small palm sized one that I have only used a few times. I would like to buy a larger one but I just don’t know where to start. So, if you throw out the high end ones and the cheap ones, where does that leave me for a first purchase? Your advi...

07-19-2012 04:47 AM

Drilling hole in a log - 10 replies

How would you go about creating a hole in the side of a small log that a wine bottle would fit into? Say 3 1/2 inch hole perpendicular to the log. It doesn’t have to go all the way through. I was thinking about sawing the log length wise to create a fairly smooth bottom then saw through the middle of it.Then cut the half cirle on each p...

07-03-2012 01:57 AM

How do you attac edge banding? - 4 replies

I am building a workbench using a solid core door. I plan to add 3/4 in oak banding . The door core is particle board. What method do you suggest I use to attach the oak strip. Glue, screw, biscuit…all? Thanks in advance.Mike

06-23-2012 08:07 PM

Will contact cement adhere to Melamine? - 3 replies

Can I get some quick advice? I need to add a piece of MD to the bottom side of my router table, which is made out of melamine. Will contact cement bond the two pieces together? I don’t have any scrap melamine to test. Thanks in advance.Mike

06-13-2012 04:39 PM

Harbor Freight Mobile Base - 12 replies

I bought the mobile base this week while on vacation and should start putting it together today. At least prepare the wood and get ready to cut to length because my new Grizzly 14 inch G0555LX is on a truck in Dallas and should be here tomorrow or the next day!!! Oh Happy Day! :-)

06-11-2012 02:25 AM

Photoshop fail! - 0 replies

While browsing the July issue of Wood Magazine, I found several poorly doctored pics. I guess the photo editor will do whatever it takes to make a pic fit the story. Hands and feet with no body! Really? Check out the table of contents on band saw resawing (page 60) – hand and legs, but not body. Then on page 60, there are two hands but ...

05-30-2012 01:28 AM

On vacation ... What kink of wood should I look out for? - 11 replies

Live in Houston, Tx area but we are on vacation and currently in Colorado springs, Co with Salt Lake, Utah our destination for granddaughter’s high school graduation. Then we will be returning to Texas via Tulsa, OK. I was thinking if I could find some rough lumber at a decent price, I would bring it back with me (pickup truck). But wha...

05-17-2012 11:46 PM

Solid core door! What's it good for? - 17 replies

Like the title says, I found a guy with three solid core commercial doors he wants to give away. They are 3×9 footers. I plan to make a workbench out of part of one. My question is what can I do with the others? I don’t want to be greedy but if I can recycle them, I will most likely bring all three home. I called a friend to ask...

05-13-2012 09:48 PM

Advice needed - Attaching hardwood to plywood edges - 11 replies

I am in the planning stage of building a teacher’s podium for my niece as a college graduation present. I want to make the sides and front out of either maple or Baltic Birch or maybe even Red Oak. That decision hasn’t been made as of yet. My question is how do I attach a piece of the hardwood to the edge of the plywood. Say about...

04-16-2012 10:10 PM

Towel Storage Ideas needed - 2 replies

My daughter asked me to build her something she could mount on the wall above the toilet in her apartment so she could store extra bath towels. I haven’t seen the room but space is apparently limited to the area above the toilet and maybe 16-18 inches wide. If you have any ideas or know of any plans I could take a look at, I would great...

04-04-2012 06:01 PM

Budget Router Lift - 6 replies

I saw a video of someone using a car jack as a router lift so that gave me the idea to make one for my HF Router table. I am fairly new to this site, and just this morning, I saw a post of almost the exact same setup. I guess I am not the only redneck in the woods! :-) I made it out of stuff I had laying around the garage including some all t...

03-28-2012 08:04 PM

Router Table Plate Recommendation for Bosch 1617EVSPK Router Needed - 6 replies

I am appealing to the Bosch owners out there that have mounted their routers to a table. I have searched the internet to no end and read reviews that were provided along the way. I just can’t figure out what router plate to buy. Phenolic or metal – some aren’t flat, others don’t fit…yada yada yada. I am not what ...

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