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06-27-2012 04:34 PM

table top...where to start - 3 replies

I’ve got some old timber that I salvaged. It was a roof of a chicken coop, I think. Some of it is quite solid, other boards are quite rotted. Wife wants a rustic dining table. I was thinking of a trestle table design. How thick should a dining table top be? These boards are about an inch thick right now. I was thinking of runnin...

12-29-2011 06:20 PM

Some veneering questions - 1 reply

My wife inherited an old cedar chest from a now-deceased great aunt. She is planning to fix it up with some help from me (talk about the blind leading the blind!). Anyway, 4 sides and the bottom are made of cedar panels. Top looks like a poplar panel with a cedar veneer on the inside. The outside of the box was veneered, but it was in bad ...

12-14-2011 07:56 PM

Humidor questions - 1 reply

OK, I recently smoked a “good” cigar and decided that I would like to build a humidor and have a few of these on hand. Now, I found a free description/plan online from Taunton’s Fine Woodworking. This plan had the entire box made from Spanish Cedar. The cedar was veneered, and there was a SCedar insert as well. On the o...

10-20-2011 09:56 PM

mothball smell in cedar chest - 10 replies

So, my wife acquired an old cedar chest used by a now-deceased family member. The thing was made by Sears a long time ago and had seen better days. My wife wants to refinish it and use it. My wife is doing the Lion’s share of the work and I am supervising. One problem with the chest though is that there is a persistent mothball smell...

07-25-2011 01:04 AM

Guitar Stand - 2 replies

All: I’ve seen some nice guitar stands displayed here at lumberjocks. Question for y’all… are there anyplans online for a reasonablynice guitarstand? I recently went to Australia and I bought a didgeridoo and I would like to modify a guitar stand to make it a didge stand. Rick

01-04-2011 06:17 PM

veneer gluing - 4 replies

Hey… Short version of my question: How do you glue veneer onto a piece of plywood when one’s veneer pieces are smaller/narrower than the plywood? How do you get the edges of the veneer to mate up well? Long version: I’m desiring to make a large-ish dining room table for my wife. Still in the planning/dreaming stag...

11-30-2010 08:25 PM

Making a knife - 7 replies

All: I’ve seen a few knives posted on here. I could use a good fixed blade knife for hunting. I also read here that there are kits. Huh… Totally ignorant here. Where would I start if I were to make a knife? Any websites that can describe what I would need to do? Thanks Rick

08-19-2010 06:26 PM

Have logs and a chainsaw... now what - 5 replies

Need suggestions from all who know more than me here (which is most of you)... First a bit of a story: I own 60 acres in SW Michigan. Some of the land is in timber, including oak, maple, walnut, and beech. Some of it is abandon orchard. In the spring, a big storm came up and uprooted several large trees. My brother in law lives near th...

03-30-2010 07:44 PM

Can't get my rip fence aligned - 2 replies

I bought a used Ridgid table saw (TS 2400) some time ago. I noticed a lot of saw marks on the cut edge and other problems, so I started to align everything with a dial gauge. The blade aligned with the miter slot without much of a problem, but I cannot get the fence to align. Here is what I mean. I’ve done a lot of different variatio...

02-22-2010 07:21 PM

When is a design belong to you? - 11 replies

All: Had some friends visit over the weekend. The wife of the couple is doing more craft fair jewelry stuff to help make ends meet. While we were visiting, my wife pulled out a candle lantern that I had made to show it off. The friend exclaims, “you could sell that at a craft fair. That is wonderful.” Well, actually, I coul...

01-26-2010 06:47 PM

pole for martial arts - 9 replies

Just brainstorming here… I am a martial artist. One style which I have practiced uses a pole as a fighting tool. This pole is not like you might see in the movies with the dude holding it in the middle and flipping around both ends. Instead, this is held at one end and the other end is the striking surface… good for keeping som...

01-11-2010 09:21 PM

simulated wood species - 9 replies

All: Relative newbie here… Recently, I’ve seen some pictures of some projects that looked like walnut or even cocobolo, but come to find out, was pine. My window sashes and jambs in my house are pine (aluminum clad on the outside) but my casing is oak. I managed to figure out a formula where I first applied diluted shellac an...

01-05-2010 01:30 AM

Does your wood match - 17 replies

All: Does the wood match in your house? Since I recently started woodworking, the wife has requested some pieces. Two in particular are a dining room table and a corner hutch (also for the dining room). The kitchen nearby has stock wood cabinets made from red oak and finished with a golden/honey oak type finish. So, as I consider thes...

01-04-2010 08:36 PM

What am I doing wrong - 8 replies

All: A bit ago, I asked about boards I was glueing up having a warp or cup after the glue dried. I scrapped that project and started again. I am trying to make an end grain cutting board. Right now I am ripping stock to about 1.5×1.5 inches and about 36 inches long. Problems: 1) It isn’t coming out square from the table sa...

12-28-2009 06:54 PM

edge gluing boards - 6 replies

All: The short version is: My edge glued boards are bowed. Suggestions? The long version: Been trying to make an end grain cutting board. As I am gluing up the strips, I am seeing that there is a pronounced warp to the end product. While I was waiting for that glue to dry, I buzzed down a couple of strips of cherry which I glued tog...

11-09-2009 07:42 PM

Antler mount suggestions - 3 replies

Hello all: I harvested my first deer this year, with me at the ripe age of 40. I’ve looked on line at the kits to mount antlers and many people complain of the cheapness of the plaque (veneered particle board) and overall cheapness of the kits. So I thought of doing it myself. Some specific questions: 1) does anyone have or kn...

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