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06-30-2015 03:27 PM

Building very thick table top - 15 replies

Ok I was watching a TV show Million Dollar Contractor. I know it is a TV show but it is about renovating high end apartments in NYC and I find it interesting. I saw they were building a round walnut table top. It was about 3-4” thick. How they made it was to join board for say a ordinary table top and then do another just like it. they ...

01-18-2015 07:21 PM

Building with Fir or simple 2x4's or 2x10's?? - 1 reply

Ok my wife has developed a liking to furniture we are seeing in stores that are built out of what looks like simple Fir or Pine 2x material. I need an education on how to select or dry this wood out so it is usable where it won’t shrink or do whatever where it becomes unsightly. Any experience using for framing has shown it would not le...

01-10-2015 08:03 PM

Large box spline joint jig - 1 reply

Ok I am in process of making walnut mid century style low media cabinet. It is basically a large 43” rectangle with sliding front doors. I am not a huge fan of large dovetails for the corners. I would like to miter the corners for a kind of wrap around look for the box and grain. I also want to have some edge detail. I can support th...

01-08-2015 12:08 AM

Glue up for media cabinet top help - 7 replies

I am building a 13” deep by 43” wide solid walnut media cabinet. I like using veneered tops but have extra boards and have a question. I have 2 board that would equal 14 or so inches wide for the top. I like the grain match as is. I am worried about a crack down the middle. Should I cut them into narrower boards, say about 4 and ...

12-28-2014 01:48 AM

Dust collector vs Shop Vac when using smaller dia hose? - 5 replies

Ok I used the JET Holiday sale and bought a DC-1100VX with the cyclone set up. Before this I was using a HD and Fein Turbo 2 with a cyclone set up. Most of my tools are portable so they do not have 4” ports on them. The biggest reason I bought it was to keep up with my Dewalt Planer. I thought I could retire my above set up and use the ...

07-30-2014 11:01 PM

Less need for hand tools with modern power tools? - 59 replies

Ok I am aware of where I am and no I do not mean to insult anyone. So, I am getting back into woodworking and starting to accumulate the tools I need. I have plenty of general construction power and hand tools. I do some basic furniture building nothing of ultra high quality. I have never had anything but general HD planes. I buy about $50...

07-19-2014 01:10 AM

MINIMAX LAB22?? - 1 reply

Saw one of these for sale and am curious if anybody used one. Not the biggest fan of all in one machines but for limited space like I have it could work out well. Anybody have one? What is a good price? Problems? Love it?? Thanks

07-06-2014 10:30 PM

How to build chunky bookshelf pic inside - 7 replies Ok I am sure there are different ways to go about this. I know you could use 8/4 solid wood but I am looking to make out of veneer ply and maybe solid wood edge. Are they simply gluing panels together to get width? How would you then finish off the front of the panel? Veneer? Or would ...

07-02-2014 01:10 AM

Benchtop mortiser worth it? - 11 replies

Ok quick background, I am currently using a Jessem dowel jig for my joinery. It is fairly accurate although it is hard to lock down and when the joints have multiple dowels the accuracy gets a bit off. Also dry fitting 10 dowels on say one panel between 2 legs gets old. I have looked into other methods such as Festool but in the end I think t...

01-16-2014 04:59 PM

Solid wood drawer front help - 1 reply

Ok I am struggling with this one. I have these beautiful 3/4 cherry 8’ by 6” and I am in the process of building a vanity. I would like to use one continuos piece going vertically cut into drawers. The piece is approx 50” with 14” wide drawers by 6” high. It would create a grain flow across the face of the vanity...

01-02-2014 04:15 AM

Bookcase with this case and no face frame - 0 replies

Ok I have built bookcases before but am unsure how to proceed with this one. Wife wants a contemporary bookcase where there is no face frame but the case itself is approx 2” thick and flush from face to case. I assume to build width you add spacer between 2 sheet goods? My question is how to finish face? Will using a wide piece of ed...

12-15-2013 05:10 AM

Vanity doors solid wood help - 2 replies

Ok I am building a bathroom vanity. I found 2 beautiful 8’ x 8” boards that look like twins. Anyway I want to make to rows of drawers in a 6” vanity. there will be 3 to 4 drawers in each row. I am a little worried about using say 6” high drawers out of one piece of wood? I want the grain to flow from one to the other. ...

11-26-2013 03:17 AM

Baileigh Woodworking experience well almost - 3 replies

I know Baileigh name form when I was into metal working. I saw they had table saws and ck’d out their site. They are having a sale that put their pricing competitive with others I was looking at. I gave them a call as their web site is low on basic info and I feel when people shoot off emails it usually means they aren’t serious. ...

11-15-2013 06:39 PM

Table saw 220 plug question. - 10 replies

Ok my search for the perfect table saw just got some options. I just moved into house and there was n room in box to upgrade to 220 on garage line. My wife was cleaning around drier and tells me there is a huge outlet behind it. I look and it is a 30AMP 220 dedicated line. The drier is mounted on wall behind garage. ALRIGHT!!! Am I right i...

10-02-2013 04:43 PM

newbie basic question for reclaimed lumber - 7 replies

Ok wife loves the reclaimed look and we need some nightstands. This is probably a basic question but for some reason I can’t wrap my head around it. What I do not get is once you cut the reclaimed wood what do you do with the edges or ripped side? Am I wrong in assuming only the outer portion of the wood is going to be gray’d or w...

09-04-2013 04:43 PM

Legs for a beginner - 4 replies

Ok I have a few projects under my belt and have found a local store besides HD that sells some different types of wood. I am getting used to the 4/4 or whatever sizing vs a fraction. The question I have is if I want say 4×4 or 2×2 square legs is everybody gluing up individual pieces or should I be asking for a cut of lumber. OI was ...

06-02-2013 08:19 PM


Just got back from the wife’s shopping at Crate and Barrel. Of course I kept saying I can build that for about a 1/10 of the price infuriating my wife who just wants to buy new stuff. Anyway, I looked under all the tables and bookcases for joinery ideas. Many of the tables had what I think are elaborate expansion joint ideas. One dining...

05-17-2013 04:24 PM

Dewalt vs Bosch prtble saw miter slot question - 6 replies

Ok I need a portable type table saw and like everyone else I am comparing the Dewalt and Bosch saws. Love the rack fence on the Dewalt but do not like the clips that secure the fence. The Bosch fence without the rack actually looks more sturdy. The question I have is, the Bosch has a standard? T slot for the miter slot. The Dewalt uses a simp...

04-15-2013 05:31 PM

SLIDING TABLE SAW - 19 replies

Ok, I just bought a new house and can finally get a table saw vs the track saw route I have been forced to deal with. Track saw are great for what they do but I am tired of all the shortcomings and need to compensate to make simple cuts. Anyway in my mind the safest saw is one you keep your body and hands away from the blade. I live in CA and...

04-12-2013 05:18 PM


Ok I am refinishing a coffee table and has used General Finished gel stain as it was a soft wood that blotched when it was new. Finish went on beautiful and easy. I know GF states that it is a poly/stain and can be left as is but I think with 2 kids it needs protection. Problem is I love the flat look it has now. I have GF Enduro left over fr...

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