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137 days ago

Router Table Mortise Problem - 12 replies

Hi Guys, I’m having problem using a router table to make mortises in cherry. I have a 1/4” up-spiral bit (towards the router) and what I’m doing is feeding my piece each way towards the bit in order to get a perfectly centered mortise. This works well when I’m cutting a mortise at the end of the piece but when I do a p...

177 days ago

Hand Tool Epiphany - 8 replies

Today I had a hand tool epiphany. I’m a middle-experienced power tool operator. But lately I’ve been getting into sharpening my chisels and planes. The other day I was able to flatten some boards with a plane and really enjoyed the process. Today I was prepping some tenon ends for a blanket chest and was able to mark the matchin...

701 days ago

Best wood to use for lathe practice ? - 22 replies

Hi, A friend gave me a low cost wood lathe. I wanted to do some practicing on it. Can somebody recommend an inexpensive and forgiving wood type to use ? Thanks.

733 days ago

Bowl Display Stand - Walnut or ? - 1 reply

Hi, I’m going to build a display stand for a bowl. It’s like those plate display stands but more depth. I was going to use walnut but it will have some sharp curly points and I’m wondering how much risk there is of those points breaking off while I’m rounding the edges and so on. If not walnut then what ? Thanks, Don

739 days ago

"Tung oil" finish. When to quit. - 11 replies

Hi, I’ve been applying Formby’s ‘Tung Oil’ finish to unstained cherry. Sanding with very fine paper between coats. Following Bob Flexners advice. Most of it looks pretty good and shiny but parts don’t. Any ideas on how to proceed or should I just get while the gettin’ is good ? Thanks, Don

745 days ago

Curves - 10 replies

I figure this is the best place to post this. I’m having a heck of a time with curves. I’m working with cherry and trying to make a 4.5” radius curve. I know how to lay out it and used a band saw to cut close to the line. I have a spindle sander but it seems no matter what I do I just can’t keep that arc smooth throug...

866 days ago

Tenons or Dowels ? - 9 replies

I’m making a table from maple and have 3/4×3/4 stretchers between the four legs. My chisel sharpening and hand-mortising skills aren’t so good (yet). These are too small to use a router. I could practice practice practice or use dowels and get the job done. I’ve heard that dowels don’t hold up over time. Should...

872 days ago

Saw Blade Cleaning - 12 replies

I have a carbide tipped circular saw blade that seems to be bogging down when I cut just about anything (lately maple). The blade tips seems sharp but I noticed hard gunk on the side of the tips. Can somebody tell me what would be the best solvent I could use ? Money is an issue so I can’t send away for special saw blade cleaner. ...

877 days ago

Hardwood sources - 8 replies

This question will show my ignorance but I’m still sort of new at this and have never attempted to make any kind of small box. Do you box makers find it possible to get hardwood locally less than 3/4” thickness or do you re-saw thicker stock ? My band saw is light duty and I really don’t want to plane that much wood away...

882 days ago

Name that finish - 2 replies

Hi, I was wondering if you guys could help me identify this finish and hopefully type of wood. It’s an end table I have and my wife me to copy this for a table I’m going to make. Thanks.

896 days ago

Making Router Templates - 15 replies

Hi, I am curious about methods people use to make router templates, particularly ones with small irregular curves. What is the best way to get a nice smooth curve without too much hand sanding ? A spokeshave ? Is hardboard the best thing to use ? I really fall down when it comes to curved edges. I end up sanding too much and the resul...

902 days ago

Cutting box sides on a table saw, drift... - 8 replies

My limited experience with cutting mitered joints on a table saw, (ie 4 sides for a box) has been pretty bad. if I use a feather board to hold the board down, should I expect the wood to stay against the fence or, what is the trick ? padded pushers that I use on my jointer ? There is not much wood to work with in the first place unless I work...

905 days ago

Small shop vac - 9 replies

Hi Guys, I was wondering if anybody could recommend a small shop vac with decent filtering system that I could carry around ? It can have a cord. My garage/shop ends up with dust all over everything and once in a while I like to go around and get it all up with a brush attachment. Lugging my 5 gallon shop vac around with the big fire hose is...

916 days ago

Glue setup time problem - 10 replies

Hi Guys, the other day I was gluing up a small table. I had four small tenons to join at the same time and I was using Titebond III. My tenons fit snugly but could be assembled by hand only. The glue is supposed to have an extended setup time but I noticed that I really needed to have glue applied and joints assembled in about a minute or I wa...

1359 days ago

Router chipout problem - 6 replies

Hi, I have a router problem I can’t solve. I’m routing a roman ogee around the edge of a 1” piece of cherry. When routing the first edge at a corner I can use a backer block to prevent chip out. The problem is when I rout into the corner from the other edge. It seems I need a backer board with the mating image of the fi...

1555 days ago

When to do the finish ? - 2 replies

Hi, I’m a medium skilled wood worker and I HATE doing finishes – particularly the sanding when there are lots of small surfaces. I’m a confirmed Normite and prefer to use machines whevever possible. My aging fingers agree. I’ve started wondering if it might make more sense to do the finish earlier in the process: pe...

1597 days ago

Pin Nailer Mars Surface - 4 replies

Hi, I just got a Bostitch pin nailer. I tested it on some pine – which I know is soft. I noticed that it will leave a small indentation in the wood no matter how lightly or hard I press it against the wood. I get much better results on red oak. But still… I tried different air pressures from too-low to 80 PSI. Is this kind ...


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