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08-04-2017 02:30 PM

Mortis & tenon for bench legs - 3 replies

I am making a 72” long bench of cherry with a painted pine spindle leg base. The legs are 2-1/4” square pine and the aprons will be 3/4” pine. My thought is to mortis into the legs for the aprons but I am concerned for the integrity of the legs. What would you recommend for the size of the mortis in thickness and depth? Should ...

03-01-2017 04:45 PM

Ripping 1-3/4" cherry don't have a rip blade - 16 replies

I need to rip about 10 pieces of cherry 1-3/4” thick and 70” long. My general purpose blade broke so I need to buy a new blade. I don’t do enough thick ripping to justify a special purpose ripping blade, so am thinking to get a new general purpose blade. I’d like a flat tooth configuration to handle tenons and I have a th...

08-22-2016 02:42 PM

Distressed table top. advice, tricks, tips, methods help needed - 11 replies

My daughter and son in law would like me to build a kitchen table similar to the one pictured below. They like the farmhouse look with the grooves between the boards and the rough sawn look. They also like the wood which I can’t identify.I have made large tabletops before but spent hours making them look prefect and am stymied by the m...

12-15-2015 04:36 PM

Help removing Bradford Pear stains on concrete - 6 replies

I belatedly cut down a 30 foot tall Bradford pear tree because of the terrible berries that get everywhere. I said belatedly because I should have cut it down when I first bought this house. Long story but take it from me NEVER PLANT A BRADFORD PEAR. In doing so I dropped the top of the tree that was full of berries in my nice white concrete ...

10-13-2015 03:54 PM

Wood Magizine 3 in 1 Crib problems - 5 replies

I have completed the crib for my first grandson made to the Wood Magazine 3 in 1 crib plans. The plan for the bed itself was well done except it calls for using connector bolts and barrel nut system made by Products America. These are long bolts with a 1/4-20 thread that gets screwed into these little barrel nuts. The good news is I got 6 of the...

09-14-2015 06:07 PM

Danish oil with Arm R Seal incompatibility??? - 3 replies

I am making a table of Spalted maple with a border of Ambrosia maple. I wanted a natural finish so I gave it 3 coats of Watco Danish Oil for a little color. I let it dry for almost 3 weeks (it dried completely and was fine when I prepped it for top coat with 4OOO steel wool) and then began applying a top coat of General Finishes Arm R Se...

09-13-2015 02:23 PM

Wipe on stain problem Need help - 4 replies

I am building a baby bed for my first Grandson. It is made from cherry which is very blotchy so I conditioned it with Charles Neil’s pre stain conditioner. I used General Finishes Gel Stain-Candlewood. I followed instructions to put it on wet and even in excess and then wiped it off with the grain. Everything went well except in one promin...

07-15-2015 06:56 PM

3 in 1 crib need source of wide cherry - 3 replies

I am planning to build a 3 in 1 crib for my daughters first baby and am using the Wood magazine plans. The cutlist is very efficient IF you can find a source of boards that are 7 1/2” or wider. I visited my normal purveyor of all things wood and I couldn’t come up with enough Cherry or maple that will fit the bill. I need a minimum o...

07-15-2015 06:42 PM

Failed mortise & tennon glue joint need opinion - 11 replies

I am building a trestle table and have completed the base. See the pictures attached. The picture shows the base upside down. The tenon glue joints are the joints identified in the picture. These top stretchers have slots that accommodate wood pieces that hold the top to the base. The problem is the glue failed and when I released th...

05-30-2015 02:26 PM

Problem with Grizzly 14" Band saw - 9 replies

I’ve got a Grizzly G0555 14” bandsaw that I purchased used. I have never been able to use it much as I can’t seem to get it tuned to cut curves. I’ve cranked up the tension and the blade rides the belt well. But I noticed that the blade does not line up with the support bearing above the table. When I cut straight th...

05-20-2015 02:27 PM

Triton MOF001 Router parts source in US? - 8 replies

I have the above plunge router that I purchased at Woodcraft about 3 years ago. They no longer sell Triton tools.The red on off switch has failed and I am trying to buy the TRA054 switch 100v, but the Triton website only leads me to purchasing the switch directly from Triton in Australia. I am trying to find a US source for the switch. I contact...

05-12-2015 03:35 PM

Japanese maple tree trunk drying advice - 4 replies

Our beautiful Japanese Maple of 25 years died with the cold winter of 2013/14 here in Michigan. I left it standing last summer in hopes it would come back, but only parts of the tree sprouted so it had to come down. I just sawed it down and plan to make a cocktail table height table and use it as the base of the table. As part of the tree h...

04-10-2015 04:37 PM

Japanese hand saws VS American saws - 6 replies

I am lucky to have a Lie Nielsen Dovetail saw which is one of the most beautiful and functional tools I have ever bought. I also have a quality Gyokucho Japanese dovetail saw. The LN has a .013” blade and the Gyokucho has a .010” thick blade. Both cut extremely well but I seem to gravitate to the Japanese saw because it cuts on the ...

03-22-2015 08:58 PM

Benchtop mortiser or drill press your input is appreciated - 6 replies

I have been woodworking for 4 years now making mostly cabinets and small tables. Up till now I have been able to get by without a drill press. However, I am going to be making numerous projects using mortises (table breadboards, cribs with lots of slats etc.) and am thinking of getting a mortise machine. Can a mortise machine be used as a drill ...

02-22-2015 05:08 PM

Breadboard ends help needed - 31 replies

I am making a table from 7/8” thick spalted maple with a border of 1 3/8” rustic maple. The rustic maple is used to make the top appear thicker. I planned to put breadboard ends on the tabletop, but have an issue. The table is supposed to be 60” long and I planned to have two 6” wide breadboard ends to make ...

12-16-2014 10:08 PM

Spalted Maple wood, do I need to stabilize - 4 replies

I hope I didn’t screw upI purchased Spalted Maple wood for a table for my son and his wife’s wedding present. It has many fine line black “spalted” marks and generally feels quite hard. I started glue up today and had no issues, it ripped well and the glue up and clamping went well. It occurred to me from reading some c...

12-11-2014 05:38 PM

Making a table top look thicker by laminating - 4 replies

I am going to be building a spalted maple table 42” x 60” with breadboard ends. I want the finished thickness to be 2”, but am having trouble finding quality material in that thickness. I am thinking to use 1” material and on each side laminate a another 1” piece to the top board so the edge is 2” thick. In ...

12-03-2014 08:16 PM

Breadboard ends, recommendations needed - 10 replies

I am planning to make a table for my son and his new wife as a wedding present. The top will be 42” wide X 60” long, made with 2” thick stock. They like breadboard ends and I agree the table needs them to look more finished. Unfortunately I have never done them so need recommendations on the method and style of breadboards to m...

10-31-2014 07:22 PM

need 1/4" premium domestic wood help - 16 replies

I am in need of 1/4” or 5/16” finished tiger maple, curly cherry, figured walnut and other fancy domestic woods. I am making boxes so the wood needs to be nice. Up to now I have had to purchase 4/4 boards and have them planed down to thickness. I hate to waste a nice 4/4 board and use only 1/4 of the wood in the board. My wood needs...

09-21-2014 08:39 PM

Steel City table saw fence help needed - 6 replies

I have a Steel City Hybrid table saw model 35990. The fence from day 1 has been a problem. When you lower the locking lever the fence cams to the right, leaving the fence angled so it is tighter on the outfeed side causing pieces to bind as they go through the saw. See the picture below. It is out of square by 1/8” compared to the table gr...

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