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1285 days ago

A little help on wood expansion/contraction? - 3 replies

Hi guys,I have a quick one… I am just finishing up a step stool project and did the glue up last night. Now after looking at it and standing on it I would like to add a little reinforcement where the treads meet the side. They are through mortise joints but they were my first try and not as tight is they should have been. Now I’m a l...

1343 days ago

Wood ID & Finishing - Help Please! - 10 replies

Hi All,I bought an “assortment” of wood on craigslist and I’m not sure what type of wood this is. Can anyone help? It is not very hard and not very dense. It planes super smooth, in fact it came out of the thicknesser like glass.I tried oiling it and it went on a little blotchy. You can see this in the first picture with the...

1581 days ago

Left Handed Workbench - 4 replies

Hi All,I’ve got a workbench I’ve had for a couple years but I have no vice on it. I bought a Veritas twin screw for the face vice and I plan on getting something for a tail vice (not sure which one yet…suggestions?) My main question is why is it preferable to have the face vice on the right side and/or the tail vice on the l...

1607 days ago

Waxing Oak and/or Birch - 3 replies

Hi all,I have made a tool board in my shop out of some Birch plywood with Oak trim. I haven’t applied any stain or sealer or anything yet but I want to protect it. On the Poker table I made (see my projects) I actually waxed the oak with automotive car wax. I don’t remember why I thought that would be a good idea but five years later...

1611 days ago

Routing Oak and preventing chipout - 9 replies

I’m putting an ogee profile on some 4/4 oak for some moulding. I have been using three passes to complete the profile travelling left to right (with router facing down so not a climbing cut) but I am getting quite a bit of chipout. Any helpful tips? I’m new to “fine” woodworking and I’m sure I will learn a lot of...


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