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|05-14-2015 06:49 PM||
How to Stick it to Stickley - 66 replies
Well, Stickley really knows how to put the Stick in Stickley. I requested some information from them on their #703 finish because I have a client who wants me to refinish a 1994 Stickley dining room table. They refused to even give me any guidance, much less tell me about their formulation, citing it as being proprietary. Thank God for ...
|05-03-2015 07:14 PM||
I have a refinishing customer who wants me to manufacture two leaves for an antique Duncan-Fife dining room table. She believes it’s solid Mahogany, but I’m not so sure that it’s not some sort of composite or veneered laminate. Anyway, my experience tells me that making leaves out of solid wood is risky to say the least because...
|04-25-2015 07:09 PM||
How to Eliminate Band Saw Blade Drift - 21 replies
This article appears in popular woodworking from the August 2006 issue #156 Make Drift a Myth Thought it would be a good share as this continues to be a pervasive problem. This is the magic bullet for making your own veneers.
|03-27-2015 02:27 AM||
I'm Baffled.... - 6 replies
Okay, I made this lovely Thien baffle for my new HF dust collector. and my plan was to vent it to the outside, I’ve read that’s the best thing to do, especially since the HF filter bag is only good for 5 micron particles, and from what I’ve read, the most dangerous ones are in the 2-3 micron range. So I thought that ...
|03-20-2015 06:54 PM||
Well this is my first day back on my feet since Monday, when I suffered a severe allergic reaction to some Spanish Cedar I was sanding for the liner of a humidor build I am doing. I was using a NIOSH certified face mask with a P100 rating. I guess I didn’t have it fitted to my face properly, and a little of the obnoxious dust got in, maybe...
|03-15-2015 01:37 AM||
Home Made Dado Stacks - Genius or Lunacy - 45 replies
I was divided about where to post this, but ultimately since I’m wondering if this is safe, this is where it wound up. After looking at multi – hundred dollar dado sets, I had to ask myself, “Self, what really is the difference between a bunch of saw blades mounted on the same arbor and an “official” dado stack? ...
|03-07-2015 05:25 PM||
Kerfing Plane - 8 replies
As Mark TWW would say, only those of us of the “galoot” persuasion might appreciate this amazing and unique hand tool. Go to time mark 2:40 to see it in action. I thought this was the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time. View on YouTube
|03-06-2015 03:00 AM||
Please say a prayer for a good man's wife - 11 replies
My friend Ryan Ramsey of Cigaraccessories.com told me today that his wife had been hospitalized with a blood clot in her heart and was going to have to undergo surgery to get it removed. Could we all take a moment and say a short prayer for her speedy recovery. Thanks,Jerry
|02-27-2015 04:12 PM||
What is the best way to put a top on a box? - 9 replies
Okay, I know it might seem a little strange for me to be asking this question after I’ve made so many boxes. Every time I make a box I wonder, is this really the best way to put a top on the box? When I did my first boxes I just glued the top onto the box, later I started putting in captive bottoms on the boxes, but I knew that would look ...
|02-25-2015 04:09 PM||
Butter Makes Your Pants Fall Off!!! - 5 replies
I know that as I get older, I have a harder and harder time controlling my weight. I just found this video today and was so astonished, I thought I’d share it with all of you. View on YouTube
|02-11-2015 10:26 PM||
Those of you who were embedding videos from youtube in the past know that since this site does not support flash or iframes that you had to use the “use old embed code” option on YouTube. Well, true to form, YouTube has messed things up again, the button is gone, and the old embed code is no longer available from YouTube, but take he...
|01-28-2015 07:28 PM||
Does anyone know how to make foam inserts for boxes? - 17 replies
I just finished a box that I want to turn into a harmonica case for a friend of mine. He’s a professional musician and has several harmonicas, all of varying sizes. I want to make a foam insert for the inside of the box that is cut to fit each harmonica exactly. I don’t have a laser cutter and it would probably be too expensive to ha...
|09-20-2014 06:54 PM||
Request for reassembly advice - Grizzly G0551 Planer - 29 replies
Okay, so I bought this planer yesterday, an amazing find at only $300.00, but here’s the catch. I have to reassemble it. It used to look like this: but the guy I bought it from had to disassemble it when he bought it because the thing is so darn heavy, and that is the crux of my problem. I know how the parts go back together, but ho...
|08-20-2014 08:46 PM||
Request for refinishing advice - 9 replies
I’m refinishing a bedroom set for a client. It’s Canadian Maple, stained with a satin varnish over the stain. This has turned into the nightmare job. The client wanted to remove the old stain and refinish with the Maple’s natural color which, as you can see, is much lighter. The problem I’m having is that I have not...
|05-30-2014 07:07 PM||
Need some help with ideas on how to fix this please - 12 replies
I have been advertising in Craigslist for doing small repairs and refinishing on furniture. I got a client yesterday that has this chest of drawers that she wants the corner of the door repaired. I’m pretty sure this is going to be plywood and she’s already informed me that the door is veneered, and she does not want to go to the exp...
|04-27-2014 10:05 PM||
I have a potential client that wants me to make boxes for him that have, and I quote: ”...some kind of a hidden button to open the box so that a key is not necessary, some kind of trick latch or something.” I came up with what I thought was a pretty ingenious idea for a magnetic catch, but he seems to not want to deal with a ma...
|04-09-2014 02:23 AM||
Agghhh, I'm going crazy, how do I do this??!! - 19 replies
Every time I bring a piece of maple home and cut it into pieces to make a box, the next day all of the pieces are cupped. I’ve managed on several occasions to use heat to remove the cup and flatten them back, but in the case of the top and bottom pieces for the box I’m currently making, I had to edge join two pieces of maple to achie...
|03-30-2014 08:33 PM||
For all of you Shopsmith owners, I found this great PDF file that goes through all the steps necessary to make your Shopsmith perfectly aligned and how to perform all the maintenance necessary to keep it like new. http://www.shopsmith.com/ownersite/manuals/help_kit_manual.pdf
|03-30-2014 08:26 PM||
How to make money as a woodworker - 28 replies
My wife got laid off and had to take a much lower paying temporary job, while I was trying to get a woodworking shop put together, get some skills, and start some sort of a business, so now we’re up against it. I’m 60 ( yeah that picture is 30 years old ), so getting a job is getting really difficult, and I’m hoping to make it ...
|03-23-2014 12:57 AM||
Some of you may have seen my review of the “Freud LM75R010 10 Thin Kerf Glue Line Rip Blade a couple of days ago. Today, when I was putting the crosscut sled back on and lining it up ( I have a shopsmith, so the table moves too, hence the need to line up ) I noticed I was having a real hard time, so I got up close and personal, and eyeball...