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07-29-2017 05:51 PM

A few tips for woodworking business. - 2 replies

I started my shop about 6 years ago. Had lots of good tools and didn’t know what to make that would sell. I tried making a few nice things that everyone loved, but no one bought. I then turned to turning bowls. Got some sales, but no where near enough to justify not having a conventional job. It was when I realized that you need to have...

06-05-2017 02:27 AM

Finishes on western red cedar. - 8 replies

I make Adirondack furniture from western red cedar and so far I have not found a chemical finish that will hold up more than a couple of years. The reason seems to be that the cedar has a lot of surface wood that is just not very hard, and rots away with ultraviolet light and moisture. You can’t do anything about it economically if you wan...

05-17-2017 11:36 PM

Shou sugi ban wisdom. - 21 replies

Love this process, that is unless the wind is blowing. Toasting cedar and pine produces similar looking wood, tones the ugliness of the pine down. This method does not work well for fine joinery though, no straight edges, can’t glue them up either. At first I was burning them, then brushing them with a wire brush, then using my garden h...

04-23-2017 10:37 PM

Shou sugi ban, as I see it. - 3 replies

I’d post some images, but the site is apparently broken for me. Shou sugi ban is an ancient Japanese wood treatment mainly for preservation, but accidentally for looks. The method:Western red cedar wood 5/4×6 wood used:Adirondack chair, subject: I cut out my chair parts down to the band saw. I no longer need to route off the cor...

04-21-2017 02:16 PM

Plain old wood oil - 32 replies

I’m looking for a plain wood oil that doesn’t have any hardeners in it. Just oil. I want to try it on my shou sugi ban furniture. Been using tung oil and tugn/danish oil for a bit of color. I would like to try and keep the furniture as light colored as possible, I know that’s impossible with shou sugi ban, but I don’t ...

10-03-2015 11:59 PM

Green Eggs and Kamodo Joe - 18 replies

For you guys that make money making furniture, here’s a tip. These Green Egg and Kamodo Joe grills are selling like hotcakes. They come with their own stand, but owners want tables. I’ve seen them from $400 to over $2000. I’ve been making them out of pine with a danish oil combo of cherry and golden oak, then ...

08-06-2015 12:15 AM

Hey who wants to commiserate for a while? - 4 replies

Hey guys it’s been a while. Hope everyone is doing well and happy building. I’ve been doing pretty well with my furniture business. I’m still eating….barely. lol If there is one thing that gives me more problems than anything in this business, it’s finishes. I do good finishing, but sometimes I don’t always...

06-25-2015 03:34 PM

Drum Sander - 26 replies

Can anyone tell me if there is a drum sander out there for under $800 that’s worth a damn?The feed table motor gear extension is plastic in all of them. All the reviews I’ve read say it breaks regularly. Is there one where you can mill a new plastic shaft from something more durable perhaps?I make Adirondacks for a living and I’...

06-24-2015 06:07 PM

Grizzly Drum Sander - 3 replies

Has anyone had any experiences with this drum sander from Grizzly. I’m considering getting one. Need to know how easy it is to find replacement rollers and what the average cost of them would be. TIA https://www.grizzly.com/products/10-Drum-Sander/G0716

06-14-2015 10:35 PM

Roundover bit - 21 replies

Who makes the best bits out there. I need a 3/8 roundover bit that will stay sharp. I’ve had good luck with craftsman carbide, but I’m starting to get a little tear out with it so it must be getting dull. I’ll be using the new roundover with eucalyptus which is a lot like mahogany.

05-12-2015 06:39 PM

Does anything really matter anymore? - 1306 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...

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