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11-22-2012 05:07 PM

toddler toy ideas? - 2 replies

I’m thinking about making my son a (some) simple toys for Christmas. He’s 15 months old. I don’t want to do typical cars, or airplanes. I’ve never made toys so I don’t know exactly what I’m looking for. I’ve been searching the net, but thought you all might have better ideas. Any thoughts, tips, or links...

11-12-2012 03:08 AM

Drying thick trunk slabs - 29 replies

This weekend a buddy and I cut down a big burr oak on his land, ~40 inches diameter. The bottom of the trunk had some really nice grain to it, so we sliced a few “disks” from it. They are between 4-6 inches thick. I’m planning on making a few coffee tables from these big slabs once they dry. That leads to my big question. Ho...

07-30-2012 01:11 PM

Help pick design for top of rocker - 7 replies

I’m finally back to picking away at my ridiculously long rocker build. It’s a Maloof/Taylor inspired rocker. I’m using Hal Taylor plans (mostly) but I liked the headrest/back leg shape of the Maloof rocker better. I need help selecting the style of the top “point” to the back leg at the top of the headrest. I have t...

07-27-2012 01:58 PM

Words can't say enough. Thank you gfadvm! - 17 replies

I’ve been involved in many online communities. Some come across feeling a little harsh and hostile, while others more like a big family. I always regarded lumberjocks as a warm and welcoming community, and just recently I experienced first-hand how amazing lumberjocks, and the people here really are. My wife and I hard our first child l...

01-30-2012 02:24 AM

how to spindle sand without spindle sander? - 19 replies

The project I’m on needs extensive work with a spindle sander, but I don’t have one or have access to one. I have several tools that rotate rapidly (router, angle grinder) and am trying to figure out if there’s a way to easily modify the output of one of these to make it work. I was first thinking there must be some kind of ...

12-02-2011 06:38 PM

How to stop cracks - help! - 11 replies

I’ve been working on a maloof-inspired rocking chair for almost a year now. The intent was to get it done before my wife had our first child…..which happened almost four months ago. Oh well. Because of the new baby I have worked on it only about 6 hours in 4 months – not a way to finish fast. BUT, maybe that’s good and ba...

06-28-2011 10:48 PM

Filled black border - how to? - 8 replies

I’m working on a rocking chair seat. It is laminated layers of spalted maple and Walnut. Some of you may have seen me ask questions on this before, but I have a problem. The top layer of walnut did not glue well with the maple beneath it. When I went to carve out the seat pan, a very ugly glue joint was revealed. To combat this, I have dec...

04-12-2011 09:43 PM

Router bushing set - information needed - 5 replies

I have a 1 3/4 hp Milwaukee Plunge router. I need a few bushings for the project I’m working on (actually, I think just one right now because of a work-around). I was looking online, and some come with an extra base plate, some kits don’t. So, a few questions: First, will nearly any bushing work with my current base? I haven’t ...

04-11-2011 07:09 PM

Maloof rocker leg joint question - 2 replies

I’m reading through my Hal Taylor book, and the portion of the text discussing the joint is a little confusing. After describing the utmost importance of having a 1 1/2” rabbeting bit, it then says this: “Using this method it is easy to cut beyond the 1/2” rabbeting depth because, cutting only a sixteenth of an inch deep, th...

04-11-2011 06:33 PM

magnetic bottle opener sliding down fridge - need ideas - 14 replies

I few months ago I posted this project: They are bottle openers, and the one with the spalted top has magnets imbedded in the walnut layer. It is finished with paste wax. Now, when you put it on the fridge, the wood is too smooth and it slides right down – despite the magnets having enough force to ...

04-06-2011 09:04 PM

Wet wood / rocker question - 6 replies

This chair I’m building has been nothing but problems so far. Anyway, I just picked up my wood (walnut) from a local sawmill for the front/back legs and armrests on Monday. It’s a full 2 3/8 thick, so I have some planing down to do. Even still, I rough cut out my blanks last night, and was concerned at some points because my bandsaw ...

04-04-2011 07:07 PM

Help finding 4" kutzall carbide carving donut - 4 replies

I’m making a rocking chair, and the plans call for a carbide burr carving donut-shaped disc for a 4” angle grinder made by kutzall. The problem is that I can’t really seem to find it. I can only find it to order straight from the company at full retail, and I was hoping someone might know of a better location to pick one up. Fo...

02-25-2011 10:43 PM

Too good to be true? - 6 replies

I was cruising CL today, and ran across this: Lie-Nielsen #7 1/2 Low angle joiner…...$60 Really? Can this be true? The post says new-in-box, and it seems like someone actually wrote the post. The price just doesn’t seem like it should be that low though. I sent an email anyway to see if I could pry out anymore details on the ci...

02-14-2011 03:18 AM

Spalted maple needed in Minneapolis - 1 reply

GRRRR!!!! I had a fantastic piece of spalted maple that I was going to use as the seat to a rocking chair I’m building. The sawmill claimed it was kiln dried – now I don’t know how dry it actually was. After aclimating to my house for nearly 2.5 months (and warping/checking during that time), I managed to get the pieces for ...

02-09-2011 03:56 PM

HELP! struggling with moving/warping wood - 20 replies

In early November I went to a local sawmill and bought some ash, soft spalted maple, and walnut. It’s been stored flat, indoors, and dry since that time. I pulled it down this weekend to start making a rocking chair. I noticed immediately that most of the boards had cupped and/or twisted quite a bit. The wood was supposed to be kiln dried ...

02-07-2011 05:04 AM

Which hand plane? - 13 replies

I know next to nothing about hand-planes. I want to use a hand plane to joint the edges of some boards before gluing them. There are a lot of different planes, but I’m not really sure which one is a) best for my application, or b) which one would not only work for this, but also for other applications. I don’t want to break the bank ...

12-26-2010 05:21 AM

How to avoid brush marks in polyurethane? - 13 replies

I’m having a rough time with my finish. I put 5 coats of urethane on a Christmas present coffee table. The wood has some curl and wavy grain patterns. I keep getting brush marks and don’t know how to avoid them. I’m using a foam brush. Should I use a rag and rub it on? Thin the top coat slightly with mineral spirits before appl...

12-20-2010 07:25 PM

Using acrylic as a finish? - 2 replies

I had an idea this weekend, and wanted to run it past those more experienced than me…which doesn’t take much! I’m trying to figure out how to finish my life-edge coffee table (Ash). I want the bark to stay on and not chip off also. What would happen if I mixed up some two-part pourable acrylic, and brushed it on as if it were a...

12-19-2010 05:33 AM

Live-edge table, what to do with edge? - 3 replies

What do I do with the bark on my live-edge coffee table? I’m working with an Ash slab. Right now the bark is mostly on, but I’m thinking that over time, it may fall off, right? If it doesn’t tend to fall off, is there anything I can to do keep it on better, and not chip off? Any tips on what to do/how to finish it?

12-17-2010 04:54 PM

Help! Sanding/scraping/planing problem (anyone around Minneapolis that can help?) - 20 replies

I’m really struggling with getting this wood to look nice. Picture is below. Sorry no close-ups of my problem, only pic I have is from my phone. Slab is Ash (not sure exact species). It was rough cut, then I planed it down with my router sled, hence the tool marks. Last night I took a belt sander and knocked down the cross-grain marks. Mos...

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