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|09-20-2014 06:54 PM||
Request for reassembly advice - Grizzly G0551 Planer - 14 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...
|03-16-2014 01:34 AM||
I’m using a Shopsmith, and a Makita 10” hollow ground planer blade. The machine is set on the lowest saw speed setting. I canNOT seem to cut Maple without burning the heck out of it. I’ve tried a couple of different blades with no luck. Could someone please explain to me the error of my ways and possibly offer a solution? Thank...
|03-09-2014 09:51 PM||
Hand Plane Jointer Fence - Shop Made - 31 replies
This is my shop made hand plane jointer fence. It’s made from 4 1/8” thicknesses of aluminum. What you see it attached to here is a Stanley No. 4, so the fence is 8 1/4” long. It’s held on the side of the plane with N-52 neodymium magnets, but I will be adding two more magnets to get a little extra holding power as it is ...
|02-22-2014 08:28 PM||
I am trying to figure out what the process is for making a Rob Cosman style wood hinge box like he shows in the first part of this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei_Jq9Z_vAo So far, about all I know is he uses and sells a special dowel drilling jig to accomplish part of this. I can’t figure out where the round drilled dowel go...
|02-08-2014 02:23 AM||
Okay, I’m mystified. I just got a Kreg router table insert pretty much like this one. I cannot for the life of me figure out what that brass post over to the right is for. It screws on to a set screw that screws into the insert top. It is clearly supposed to be on top of the insert, but what in creation could it possibly be for? It’s...
|01-10-2014 10:02 PM||
Humidor WIP Requesting Lumberjocks Input - 2 replies
Okay, I’m about ready to get serious on this project I posted on my blog a while back. I’ve done some research and think I know what a good basic design is, but I am going to be using some of my precious black walnut and maple, and I want the best outcome. Here are the likely suspects, on the right is the 1/4” Spanish Cedar ...
|12-19-2013 07:57 PM||
I am considering getting a dovetail jig for some future larger projects I’ve always cut them by hand before, so I don’t know a thing about jigs. The one thing I have noticed, however, is that a lot of the videos and pictures I’ve seen show rounded back sides to the dovetails, like in the picture below. I don’t m...
|12-09-2013 12:50 AM||
I am starting an online tool business, basically finding deals and closeouts and selling them online. I’ve just purchased a closeout on several hundred router bits made by the same company that makes Amana bits. They are, in fact, the same bits. I’m selling them at pretty low prices on my website. http://www.megaliquidatordirect.c...
|12-01-2013 11:43 PM||
Okay, here is a design I’ve worked on for several days. I’m nowhere close to building this yet, I still have to get the other little monitor table done, but I’d be interested in your responses to the design. Any and all comments both positive or critical will be very much appreciated. Anyone who wants the Sketchup file to di...
|11-23-2013 05:26 PM||
Bridge City Toolworks recently had a display up at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, OR. I was lucky enough to catch it on a free day and take some photos. The exhibition is going on through February 08, 2014, It’s free every Thursday. http://mocc.pnca.edu/exhibitions/5414 ...
|11-21-2013 11:00 PM||
I’ve designed a table I want to build for my father in law for Christmas. I’ve been designing a lot of mission style furniture lately, and I think I’ve maybe bitten off more than I can chew in actual practice. I’m new to woodworking, but I have gotten to the point where I can do hand cut dovetails very well. I have good hand tools IE chisels, pl...
|11-21-2013 10:42 PM||
I’ve designed a table I want to build for my father in law for Christmas. I’ve been designing a lot of mission style furniture lately, and I think I’ve maybe bitten off more than I can chew in actual practice. I’m new to woodworking, but I have gotten to the point where I can do hand cut dovetails very well. I have good h...