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996 days ago

how many of us have the disease? - 12 replies

My wife gets annoyed now….everywhere we go I cant help but get lost in the architectural beauty of the place we are in…or we will be watching a movie or television show and I will actually rewind the dvr to view a piece of furniture in the background again…..does anyone else find them-self doing this or do I need to seek help&#...

998 days ago

Jointer or planer...hand planes??? - 10 replies

Hello, so I have primarily been running a custom cabinet shop for the last few years but true woodworking is what I aspire too. So my mindset and creativity usually comes from the production part of my brain that is very creatively limited. My question is this…We have a joiner but I very rarely use it because I don’t necessarily unde...

1005 days ago

over the bench dust collection - 2 replies

Hello. Does anyone have any ideas or plans to build a dust collector that I could hang above the work bench to capture the dust from sanding?

1019 days ago

learning sketch-up - 3 replies

Hello, I have used sketch-up a few times to make up some renderings for customers as a selling tool to close deals for cabinetry. I would like to learn more about this fantastic program. I feel that there is so much more in this tool that has been untapped by me. I would like to use it to design furniture….not just the aesthetics of it but...

1026 days ago

Getting Maple to accept a dark (dark walnut,mocha) color - 7 replies

Hello, I have a large kitchen project coming up and the customer wants maple cabinets with a dark mocha color. I tried to steer them to alder but to no avail. They want the hardness of maple or birch but also they like the grain patterns( even though most of it will be lost in the dark stain color) I have always had difficult getting uniform res...

1040 days ago

delta rt-31 cabinet saw - 0 replies

we just purchased one of these at an auction for about 700. After looking around found out that these are going for around 2000 or more easy. Well I didnt really know what I was getting so now I have a great saw…just not what we need…it has a 1” arbor and a very shourt one at that so using a dato blade is a problem…I cant...

1097 days ago

spray finishing with stain - 13 replies

Hello, I am considering aking on a maple project where the customer wants almost a cherry color stain on the cabinets. They are showing me samples of a door from a box store. I am under the understanding that most of the finishes of these are done with mixing the stain with the poly or spraying the stain on…any words of wisdom?Maple is not...

1100 days ago

making frameless cabinets - 9 replies

Hello, I have been cabinet maker for a while now and I have the opportunity to make some frameless full overlay european style cabinets…I am probably overanilizing the process but what would be the best way to go about it…the customer wants continuous virtical grain fir cabinets…my main question is: do I build them out of plyw...

1257 days ago

red birch tinting? - 5 replies

Hello, I am currently doing a kitchen out of red birch…btw, no plywood in any of the upper cabs other than the backs…I am almost complete and gave the customer a sample section of some glued up birch with a semi gloss finish on it and he said he was looking for more of a red tint to it…any ideas as to how to approach this with ...

1277 days ago

outdoor furniture - 2 replies

Hello, my son just came to me with a project that he needs to complete for advanced woods class. He needs to make an outdoor table and I am not sure what to suggest…there are all the obvious cedar,green treated,etc. Being a woodworker and he wanting to be one…I would like to do something more…ya know, not cookie cutter…I ...

1362 days ago

woodworkers in Minnesota - 5 replies

Hello, Would there be anyone from Minnesota out there that would like to have a round table gathering or hangout session? Is there already such a group gathering? Are there any good shows coming up in our area soon? Where do I get that information?Thanks,Brian

1362 days ago

trouble with glaze...aka bar glaze - 13 replies

Hello, I am rather new to lumberjocks and thought I would try to get some feedback on a particular dilemma I have. For Mothers day I built my wife a dining table out of maple with three african paduke squares set down the middle of the table. I then sprayed the table with poly then applied the glaze after about a month or so. The problem with th...


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