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139 days ago

Authentic Mulechest Joinery (bottom of chest compartment) - 3 replies

This recent post by C. Schwarz has reminded that I promised to build a chest (exactly like the one pictured) for a friend’s wedding this summer. For the floor of the top compartment, I was planning to glue/nail some thin battens around the inside perimeter and let the board rest on that but I’m wondering if in antique examples, th...

318 days ago

Best clear matte finish for walnut bathroom vanity (that can be applied without spraying) - 5 replies

Everything I’ve done so far has been low-tech (milk paint, shellac flakes, BLO, tung oil) so I need advice regarding varathanes and such. Seeking recommendations for something water resistant, durable, subtle and not requiring too many steps or any fancy equipment. Widely available would be nice too. Thanks, Paul

422 days ago

Building doll furniture from scratch? - 1 reply

My wife is working on a small bronze figurine and I need to build a tiny chair for it. I’m planning to model it after a vintage oak swivel office chair. I’m guessing the total height will be about 6”. I’d like it to have a nice fine finish but don’t want to have to struggle with any really hard, difficult wood. S...

458 days ago

Dark finish on trim in older homes? - 3 replies

I’ve found some discussion on replicating old trim finishes but wondered if anyone knew what the exact formulation is for the dark finish found on older softwood. Our house, like a lot of Toronto homes from the early part of the 1900s, has Douglas Fir trim with a dark coating that appears to be shellac. The thing about it is that it loo...

463 days ago

Structural integrity of curly hard maple? - 4 replies

I need to make a panel gauge and I’m eying a piece of tiger striped hard maple from my scrap pile. I inherited it from my dad’s intarsia pile, so it has pretty wiggly grain and a few knots but I think I could get the pieces I need from it. I obviously don’t want to test it to failure, so I just thought I’d ask here ...

606 days ago

Trying to find LJ project of lumber pile/secret storage benches. - 3 replies

I want to send a friend a link to a LJ project where some deck storage benches were disguised as stacks of pressure treated or cedar 2×6s. I’ve searched a ton of bench projects without luck. Ring any bells?

648 days ago

Newest "The Woodwright's Shop" audio out of sync - 8 replies

I’m just wondering if anyone else is having difficulty viewing the post 09/01/12 episodes. I’ve tried it on a couple of MacBook Pros with Lion and Snow Leopard (up to date Flash) but get a lot of digital artefacts and the audio is about a full minute out of sync. For example: http://video.pbs.org/video/2265289533 Promos and ...


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