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93 days ago

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...

108 days ago

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...

126 days ago

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. ...

145 days ago

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. ...

155 days ago

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...

199 days ago

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...

227 days ago

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 ...

321 days ago


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...

337 days ago

Dewalt vs Bosch prtble saw miter slot question - 4 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...

369 days ago

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...

372 days ago


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...

439 days ago

Pianting routed MDF doors. - 4 replies

Ok I made 2 mistakes, one not making my own real wood cabinet doors and another was picking doors that have a routed raised look. I have bought pre made routed shaker style doors and they came out perfect but the Co I used did not make that style. My method of painting is to use Zissner primer, GF milk paint and a GF clear. I love that the lo...

449 days ago

Routing MDF cabinet doors - 6 replies

Probably a stupid question but this is a budget project and don’t want to waste money on bits and material if it won’t get results I want . I want a simple MDF slab door but want to route a simple 3/16 groove approx 2 1/2” in from the perimeter edge. I am unsure if using a simple straight bit will give me clean square corner...

568 days ago


I am finishing a mirror frame that was made out of African Mahogany. It looks amazing but so far has been a bit tough to finish. First coat was a wipe on Zissner amber shellac just because I had it and like the color and effect it had. I usually use General Finishes water clear but being a bathroom frame that actually rests on the counter sur...

637 days ago

Blum euro style Hinge install question - 5 replies

Hope this is right area? I am installing some Blum style Salice euro hinges and have a question. I have a jig that drill the center 23mm? bore and has the smaller 8mm? holes. Question I have is why are there 8mm holes when the hinges are secured with wood screws??? I drilled one 1/2 depth and have enough to grab with the supplied screws bu...

666 days ago

router fence and table design questions - 2 replies

Ok I hope I am not asking too many questions. After some of the answers to my tongue and groove needing a table I have been looking at tables and fences nonstop for days. The aftermarket Co’ all offer fences with so many adjustments they just loose me. Then the masters such as have pics of the most simple designs out of basic materials....

669 days ago

using router without table to cut tongue and groove - 14 replies

Is it unsafe to cut tongue and grooves using router handheld vs bits in table? Obviously wood would have to be locked down properly but ??? Common practice? unsafe? I have new Frued adjst bits. No panel bit just tongue and groove. Don’t want to wait to get table. thanks

678 days ago

Buying router and have silly question. - 5 replies

Not sure how I made it so far without one but I need a router. I was looking at the new Bosch but have a question…. If you can lock the plunge on a plunge why do I need a fixed base router?? They all sell in kits but I know I will need more then one say for trim or dedicated table so what is the need for the 2 set ups??? I am looking...

696 days ago

Why so many home grown recipes? - 29 replies

Ok I am new to wood work and finishing and find the finishing the hardest. I am from a automotive paint background so you would think that would be the easy part. Why do so many requests here get answered with a 5 part recipe instead of say a single base and single protection coat? Some of the products are water, oil, etc based and are all mi...

726 days ago

Wood counter questions. - 4 replies

Ok, I made a bath vanity and am happy with the results until I priced a top for a 60” vanity. WOW! I have no idea how they sell them so cheap as complete units at the box stores. It is almost cheaper to buy a complete vanity just for the top. I only spent about $150 for the cabinet itself thinking I saved a bundle. $600-800 for granite or ...

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