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|05-12-2015 06:39 PM||
Does anything really matter anymore? - 178 replies
As some of you have already heard, our planet has past the point of no return in carbon emissions. 400 ppm (parts per million).What this means is that carbon, a greenhouse gas, is going to be holding in enough energy to raise the average temperature to a point that will precipitate other greenhouse gases like methane to release, (which is alread...
|02-07-2015 03:35 PM||
Question about Acetone base dye - 2 replies
I’m making some shelving that goes on either side of the mantle for a customer. There are two cabinets each with double wide shelving on top of them. I had to use a professional company to match the stain which is dark. The original woodwork in the home is alder and I’m making the shelves from poplar which is a similar hardwood. T...
|01-29-2015 08:26 PM||
Plywood or boards? - 7 replies
The upright part of the shelves in the picture could be boards or plywood. My question is which is better? It’s not going to have a back, client wants the walls to show through. It won’t be painted, it’s poplar with a very dark stain. Should I used boards glued up or plywood. Without a back, my concern is that it might w...
|01-29-2015 12:41 AM||
Question about shelving wood. - 5 replies
I’m making some shelves that will sit on top of cabinets on either side of a fireplace. I’m still making the cabinets, but my question is this. For the upright shelving, not the horizontal, the height is 76” and the depth will be 12-14” what wood would you use, ply, or boards. I’m using Poplar. No backs.
|01-07-2015 08:21 PM||
Can't stand plywood. - 90 replies
There are definitely uses for plywood, but unless I have a lot of area to cover, I prefer to glue up some 1×8’s for my panels. I’m recreating this from the picture and haven’t used one piece of plywood yet. I find that using a biscuit joiner and Titebond II gives a stronger build than plywood. Takes more time but gives...
|01-07-2015 02:12 AM||
Lets stir the pot - 60 replies
Pro, amateur. really what’s the difference. I have less experience than some hobbyists yet I make a living at woodworking so am I a pro? Either way, when it comes to tools you can tell the real pro’s from the hobbyists. For instance, I know a few pro’s that would have a fit if I were using a table saw for a cross-cut. Conseq...
|01-06-2015 07:50 PM||
Some chair repair advise please - 4 replies
I’ve been supplementing my furniture business with some furniture repair. I get quite a bit just from word of mouth and CL. Some chairs that come in have been beat up pretty badly and I was wondering what is a good glue for this kind of work. I had one last night, it’s a padded dining chair with cloth and leather seat. The seat is at...
|01-03-2015 08:01 PM||
Things are getting better - 5 replies
As I said in my last post, life has dealt me a blow. It was a blow that could have devastated me as it does to most people it happens to, but I kept my head and turned things around. I’m 56 years old, and I was always a late bloomer. I have allowed myself to get into a life that alienated me from friends and family. I was always an idealis...
|12-16-2014 11:45 PM||
later - 9 replies
It’s been fun. see you all later.
|11-22-2014 03:35 AM||
Question about a table - 7 replies
I’m building a table for a client and during our initial consultation I learned a lot from both him and his wife about what they like, which turns out to be the opposite of what the other one wants. I think the husband prevailed because I’ve been speaking with him about the design. One thing he wants is for the table top boards to NO...
|10-02-2014 11:08 PM||
System Three Marine Top Coat Satin - 0 replies
I learned about this product from Charles Neil. I’ve been looking for a more durable surface for both indoor and outdoor furniture all summer long. So far I’ve had opportunity to use it on three builds. It is by far the best product I’ve used. I used it as the can recommends, thin the first coat 10% with mineral spirits and ...
|09-26-2014 02:23 PM||
Relieving stress in a 2" slab - 6 replies
Hi Jocks.Need some advise from people who have worked with hardwood slabs. I have a customer that commissioned me to put a 2” thick by 8’ slab which is about 20” wide and is pecan for a counter behind his sink. I have the slab and have been working the natural edge to get it revealed. The place I bought the slab said t...
|08-09-2014 05:43 PM||
How I've been doing. - 13 replies
Hi guys. I’ve been making a living off of woodworking and a little cedar fence and deck work. I’ve found Craigslist to be a valuable tool in my marketing. I run 7 or 8 ads at a time a couple times a day during peak hours of 10 AM, 2 PM and 7 PM.I have been experimenting on the ads themselves. I have some with prices in the ad, and ot...
|06-18-2014 07:31 PM||
Restaurant tables - 28 replies
Bidding a job to refinish 56 tables at a local chain restaurant. We plan to use White Water Conversion Varnish. The first coat will be thinned 10% with butyl acetate with a full strength spray as a top coat. We’ll be using my partners pot sprayer mainly because that’s all we have and it’s compatible with the varnish. We...
|06-15-2014 03:07 PM||
What do they cost? - 11 replies
I found a guy here in town who’s father owns a construction company. He’s versed in how to do a lot of stuff. So we’ve been bidding an working some jobs. We have an opportunity to refinish some restaurant tables for a national chain. They have birch veneer tables that someone refinished rather badly and the waterbased poly is c...
|06-07-2014 01:36 AM||
Chicago Paint Sprayer - 5 replies
Great unit. Does anyone know where I can get a couple more guns for this unit. Its the one sold at HF. I’d like to have one for latex and one for oil base finishes. This is the one I’m talking about http://www.harborfreight.com/high-volume-low-pressure-spray-gun-kit-44677.html
|05-22-2014 09:50 PM||
Question for finishing with a sprayer. - 2 replies
About to sell a set of Adirondacks to someone who wants them stained walnut. Using WRC wood. I plan to mix the stain with the spar oil base and use my spray gun. What should the mix ratio be in order to spray them both at once? If it’s even possible. Thanks.
|04-26-2014 10:25 PM||
Question for a cabinet pro. - 10 replies
If you’re a cabinet professional, sound off. I need some advice about a build I have coming up and I only want professional advice. It involves construction techniques for a 36” floating vanity. Thank you.
|04-25-2014 11:19 PM||
Floating Vanity - 13 replies
I have a customer who wants a floating vanity. We decided on walnut doors and one end cap. The frame will be fir. I find myself wondering if there is something special that needs to be done on a cabinet that has so much weight pulling on the back. Has anyone seen some decent plans online for a floating vanity. I just need to check some constr...
|04-13-2014 04:08 PM||
First pour on finish - 3 replies
This table is my first attempt at a pour on epoxy finish. I needed strong light so I poured it outside. It was a lousy day for it, the temp was perfect, but the wind was blustery. I took it back into the shop after about an hour becuase the tiny tree crap kept falling on it. After I got it into the shop a large gust of wind came and kicked up so...