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|8 days ago||
For those who make money at woodworking - 43 replies
I think I’ll stop giving detailed estimates. From now on I’m going to ball park it on the spot to see if I’m dealing with someone who’s dreaming or buying. I waste so much time and email and phone calls on these folks, it’s enough to take the creative energy right out of me. What do you guys do when you have firs...
|8 days ago||
Distressed table/desk completed - 5 replies
For those of you following, but never seem to go to the projects tab, here is the table I’ve been working on complete. When I deliver it, I’ll take some pictures of it in the home for my portfolio with a good camera that has a clean lens. The fluorescent lighting doesn’t help either. A big thank you goes out to Charl...
|9 days ago||
White or red oak? - 27 replies
Guys, I am bidding on a built-in job for a client who says he has red oak in his house. I think it’s likely white oak. How can you tell the difference? Is the difference important in any way for indoor furniture? Thanks
|11 days ago||
Table/desk distress - 11 replies
I wanted to show you all the progression of the table I’m building for a client. First the table as it appears in the catalog. Here it is in my shop before any finishing work was done. This is after two coats of tea, (green herbal tea), just before the vinegar and steel wool bath. Here are the distress marks made with the he...
|16 days ago||
Need some input on labor cost for this project. - 30 replies
I have a client at one of the lake communities that wants the picture below done in aromatic cedar. I’ve priced the wood and other materials at $700, including glue, and hardware. I’m getting my aromatic cedar at $2.00 a BF and the frame (the parts you don’t see) out of WRC. The material cost is inflated about 20% so I’m ...
|24 days ago||
My latest commission build - 13 replies
The customer wants this table exactly like shown only instead of 23” deep he wants it 30” deep. That’s 20 2×4’s glued up. Gluing up 20 2×4’s is like herding cats. I’m running each board through the planer and getting it square, then I’m gluing up three at a time and planing them down ...
|31 days ago||
Looking for advise on pine - 11 replies
I’m going to be making a table top for a customer out of 2” pine. The radius is 32” on the table and the pine is aprox 11” wide so I need to join it. My question is, is glue enough or should I use biscuits too? The legs of the table are some metal legs that originally had a wicker top. They seem pretty strong but th...
|43 days ago||
My new old table - 1 reply
Made this yesterday. The top is hard maple with dark mahogany gel coat and one coat of satin poly. The legs and support are maple and walnut, which have a coat of my special mix. 1/3 water, 1/3 latex paint, and 1/3 plaster of Paris. After it sets a few days I’ll run some low grit sandpaper over the lower section which should create tha...
|43 days ago||
93.5" BS Blade - 0 replies
If anyone is in the Kansas City Area and would like a Timberwolf 93.5” blade free, brand new in box, let me know. I use a 105” blade and Timberwolf sent me the wrong one. It’s a 4tpi 3/16th.
|44 days ago||
That attic look. - 4 replies
I was talking with a friend today and she told me that the finish on a few of the items in her store are her own concoction. I asked her what it is. 1/3 water, 1/3 latex paint with whatever color you like, and 1/3 plaster of Paris. She said that if you let it set up 3-4 days it will be hard enough to brush with some sand paper and give it tha...
|46 days ago||
How much will it take? - 6 replies
I’m bidding a job to stain a deck and a wooden fence. I plan to use a waterbase so I can spray it on. I was wondering how much a gallon of stain and seal will cover? And what is the best water base to use on an application like this? The job is 1250 Sqft if that helps.
|46 days ago||
Question for cutting board guys - 5 replies
I’ve been avoiding making checker patterns in my boards. I think it’s mainly because I do it wrong. I’ve been trying to cut out my pieces and glue them up and for some you have to, but for most I have been wondering if you make several striped cutting boards and cut them and glue them up in a pattern rather than cut each piece,...
|49 days ago||
Composite decking - 13 replies
I am bidding a deck building job and a cedar fence on Monday. How does this composite material work? Is it hard on your tools? Do I need special blades or anything? Never worked with it before. The customer said that her fence is rotting away. I hope there is enough good wood coming up out of the concrete, or I will have to drill new holes...
|49 days ago||
DeWalt 735 not feeding right - 5 replies
Since it got cold in my shop, around 50 (+-5) my planer hasn’t been feeding right. sometimes I have to push it through with a stick. So today I took some painters alcohol and cleaned the rollers and waxed the bed and in-out feed tables. Works like a charm now. I was a bit concerned that the bed under the planer has a couple long fron...
|54 days ago||
French rolling pin - 2 replies
I’m going to make one of these for a customer. My pin will be 20” long and be 1.5 inches in the center tapering to 7/8 inch on the ends. My question is how long to make the middle (the 1.5” part). I was thinking 8”. Does that sound right? Anyone made one of these before?
|60 days ago||
Does this look better? - 34 replies
Ok, you guys are brutal. You know, sometimes it takes a while to develop a new concept, at least new to me. I had that oak slab, I have two in fact, and I wanted to use it. I tried something different and it didn’t work, so how do you like it now? The top is old 1×4’s that used to make a shelf in my garage. They are ...
|61 days ago||
My first go at rustic. - 30 replies
The top is from a hardwood store, the legs are reclaimed barn wood, the skirt and lower shelf is from pallet wood. All white oak. Seems like trash to me, but maybe some of you might know if I’m on the right track. I simply have no feel for this type of furniture, I wouldn’t have it in my shop, but I know the public is crazy for...
|62 days ago||
Here's an idea - 3 replies
It always helps to have some products that don’t take a lot of time or materials to make. I can make a couple of these an hour, board to finish. I use 5/4 stock that isn’t cupped, cupping makes them too thin when you get done planing. I cut it to size on the miter saw, 15” x at least 7”, then I trace the pattern fro...
|62 days ago||
Making money - 28 replies
I started in earnest last may making things for money. I do this as my primary income while my wife still has her job and pays the majority of the bills. This gives me enough time to build my business up. One of the things I learned early on in this business is that if you’re going to make a living at it, you have to do everything. And ...
|75 days ago||
How too... - 8 replies
I got a couple 4’ white oak slabs 8/4 that have a nice patina on them. Problem is, the place i got them put parafin wax all over them. Face, ends, sides. Have no idea why they did that, but I want to get all that off and keep the patina on the wood. Any idea’s that arent messy?