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|4 days ago||
I’ve entertained the idea before of selling plans for items I’ve built or intend to build. Do people actually buy plans or are they available for free everywhere? I’ve never looked. As anyone can tell, my work is pretty traditional and widely available. Would Lumberjocks be a good place to offer them for sale or would it be ...
|20 days ago||
Has anybody built glass frame and panel cabinet doors? The client, who is quite knowledgeable and an architect, suggested a rabbet along the back, inside parameter of the frames, with a depth equal to the thickness of the glass. Then an applied molding on the back that bridges the seem between the frame and glass surfaces (molding can be remo...
|40 days ago||
For guys who build for a living and deal with clients, designers, architects on a daily basis; What kinds of designs, aesthetics and materials are most lucrative for you? What styles seem to be trendy where you work and of these, which ones do you see as lasting (i.e. having an appeal that will transcend into the future) Do any current, po...
|66 days ago||
I might drop the dime on one tomorrow, along with a Porter Cable variable speed router (can’t remember the model) that will be devoted to it. I’ve read a few really good reviews on here of this setup and of Jessem in general. Does anyone having experience with this setup have any negative things to say about it? Other advice or re...
|105 days ago||
I posted this before and then deleted it because I was afraid of opening up another big, controversial can of worms about business like I did last time. Anyway, I’m in the early stages of applying for a California State General Contractor’s (B) License. Just got signatures from a couple previous employers and currently completing ...
|116 days ago||
Taking a really close look at my pricing these days and really trying to take everything into account in terms of setting aside taxes and retirement, waste, tool maintenance, transportation expenses and everything else I can think of. I really feel like I’m in this now for the long haul, though it’s not doing much for me yet. Stil...
|116 days ago||
Are your table tops ever perfectly flat or do you accept a certain level of warpage or cupping in solid wood tops? If your tops are perfectly flat, how do you achieve that? Any tips concerning selection of lumber or moisture content in assuring a perfectly flat top? What about different expectations from planing by hand, versus drum san...
|122 days ago||
Just thought this might be interesting to some folks. I just brought home a finished coffee table (posted in my project galleries recently) from the shop. I built it for my own apartment/showroom/portfolio. This morning at about 5:00 AM I began applying paste wax and ended at 3 coats. Then when the sun came out, I opened all the blinds and...
|125 days ago||
How much faster is a dovetail jig for drawers than cutting by hand? Does it only start to pay off when you have A LOT of drawers to cut? Like, say for a dresser with many drawers? I’ve never used one. Seems like a whole lot of setup and I’m pretty fast cutting by hand. Any opinions?
|130 days ago||
What makes Curly Maple, Curly Cherry "curly"? - 16 replies
I know I could just Google it but I thought it would be a good topic for the board in case anyone else is curious. Also, where do the “tiger stripes” in quarter-sawn oak come from?
|172 days ago||
Cabriole Legs Milled From Laminated Stock? - 13 replies
Hi folks! I may have a commission to build a “French Country” style dining room table in Cherry. The design to be used as a basis, has scalloped aprons and cabriole legs. Never cut cabriole legs but I have the basic idea and I’m studying up on the rest. These legs would be approximately 30” tall. The upper and lower ar...
|187 days ago||
Shipping Questions - 14 replies
Hi everyone. I’m trying to get my ducks in a row in terms of shipping large items like coffee tables, bookcases, etc. and was interested in learning how others do this. I’ve never shipped any of these larger pieces. Many of them are within UPS size/weight restrictions but my question there is whether or not UPS will ship a wood...
|207 days ago||
Hey folks. Happy holidays and thanks for reading. I’ve been pondering a couple of problems related to wood movement in regard to a prototype bookcase I recently completed. For reference, here are some pics (More can be viewed in my “projects” page as well as my website blog). So, one regret I have with this piece ...
|218 days ago||
Hey everyone. As someone trying to break into this as a business (and wiggle my way out of my nail bags), I have been thinking more in terms of production lately. I wanted to share some of my thoughts and invite others to share theirs. Parts of this may only be relevant to those who design, build and offer some kind of “standardized”...
|238 days ago||
Craigslist Handplane Score - 12 replies
Happy Thanksgiving! Tried to get some work done but got into the Thanksgiving spirit a bit too early so here we are. I found these on Craigslist night before last for $22. That price included the two Craftsman planes and the Stanley No.4. Not sure how Craftsman numbers their planes but the smaller one is about 1/4” shorter than a Stanle...
|241 days ago||
Ogee Bracket Feet on Bandsaw? - 2 replies
I might have a job building a 3-drawer nightstand with ogee bracket feet that is a copy of an existing piece in the client’s home. The feet are made from three pieces each, mitered at 22.5 degrees, to give a 45 degree face at the corner. I always see people cut the cove of the ogee on a tablesaw, taking out waste bit by bit, cleaning it...
|243 days ago||
Unfortunately I have no pics to share of the problem yet but I’ll describe the situation in detail. Any advice is much welcomed. Just built a miniature dovetailed blanket chest out of cherry. Some of the dovetails at the corner of the chest were a bit tight and when I drove them home, I got a hairline split at one of the pins. I smooshe...