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01-14-2019 05:04 PM

Question about when to finish a box with poly - 5 replies

I’ve started making creative little boxes for fun – and gifts. I’m trying to do everything in a logical order and I’ve hit a snag. It gets tricky when I want to apply my coats of poly. If I have a lid that sits in a recess, that recess will fill up with poly and therefore not seat correctly. However, completely finish...

01-07-2019 03:01 PM

Why I'm not posting THAT project - 8 replies

I spent months working on a recent project. It turned out great. The next project would be a drill press table with a fence. It would have stop blocks on the fence and table. Also I designed the fence to have a passage for dust collection with my shop vac plugged into the back of the fence. It was to be EASY. It was to be QUICK. It was to b...

01-04-2019 04:41 PM

The Shop Vac Saga - 4 replies

I have a shop vac that does a great job for my needs. The problem is now that I’ve added a few new power tools, I’m dealing with the whole problem of “it doesn’t fit.” The shop vac hose ends in a short piece of straight tubing that’s 1-3/16” outer diameter. I’ve gone though all possible PVC co...

10-26-2018 02:37 PM

Help finding these latches - 3 replies

I’m trying to find latches like these. Note the long throw on the top of the crate with the 90-degree turn on the front. Amazon searches have me coming up empty.

10-17-2018 03:14 PM

Dust Collection and a Open (Garage) Door Policy - 4 replies

Here’s what I do for dust collection and filtration and my future plans. Please let me know if this will work. I tend to do one project a month. It might be a small picture frame or box or more rarely a large piece of furniture. I’ve probably been doing this for about a year. Before that, I was doing one project every six mont...

10-15-2018 08:25 PM

Train table - 10 replies

I’ve been tasked with creating a train table for my grandson. I’ve sketched out a number of ideas and this is where I could use some help. The parents would like a top to cover it so they can use it as a coffee table when friends come over. Easy enough. But here’s where I want to get a little creative. Where could I stor...

10-15-2018 05:41 PM

Secure your load - 13 replies

Plywood through a windshield. Ouch.

10-08-2018 08:38 PM

Which Wood Would Be Best? - 8 replies

My wife wants a farm table, which I can do, but I found I have questions about the wood. I picked up a single piece of black oak barn wood about 2-1/2×4-1/2 that was bowed and twisted a little, just to see what I could do with a hand plane. I don’t have a jointer or planer. From the small time I spent on it, it looks great. I coul...

09-21-2018 02:14 PM

What Should I Buy? - 19 replies

I have a small workshop (the south wall of my garage) with a workbench, a portable table saw mounted on a homemade cart that I can wheel out to use, and a router table that I can clamp to the top of the table saw cart for usage. My power tools are:Table SawCircular SawJig SawRouterDrillOrbital sanderDremel Tool Hand tools are pretty standa...

09-17-2018 03:55 PM

I just want a simple hand plane - 20 replies

I’d like to have a simple hand plane for occasional use (once a month) such as when I need to shave off a millimeter off the end of a piece of wood, such as with a shooting board. I’d rather not spend more than $40 on it. Does such a hand plane exist? I can’t warrant spending any more based on my frequency of use.

08-20-2018 04:00 PM

Help understanding splining picture frames - 2 replies

I’m working on a picture frame and have made a table saw jig for the corner splines. Where I’m confused is about what I’m reading about the wood used as the spline (or whatever you call the triangular insert). Specifically the way the wood is cut. I would think I should cut it so the grain of the triangle goes long ways so ...

08-17-2018 02:34 PM

My first router dovetail jig - 12 replies

I’d like to purchase a dovetail jig for use with my router. Most of the work will be for making small boxes. The Porter Cable 4210 looks like it would be good. Any other recommendations? I’m not looking to spend a lot while at the same time, I don’t want to buy a piece of junk that causes me problems. It’s something ...

05-30-2017 07:13 PM

Band saw or scroll saw? - 9 replies

Occasionally, I’ll have a project where I need to cut curves. I’ve been using a jigsaw and while it works, sometimes I’ll have a piece of wood that’s narrow and would be better for cutting on something like a scroll saw or band saw. The curves I do cut are usually in soft wood under 3/4-inch in thickness. I’m al...

05-26-2017 02:20 PM

What's your project process? - 2 replies

I’m working on two Adirondack chairs and I’m finally at the stage where I’m ready to assemble it this weekend. Because I only have a couple of hours a day, I’m finding my projects tend to follow this process.1. Get or make plans / Create cut list2. Buy lumber and hardware.3. Cut all pieces as basic shapes and store in st...

05-22-2017 03:19 PM

As parts or as completed - when to finish - 3 replies

I’ve got all my pieces cut for two Adirondack chairs. I figure I could assemble and then paint or paint and then assemble. Having made one of these chairs before, it was very cumbersome to paint after it was assembled. But I can’t figure out how to paint all these parts first. What I mean is how do I set the pieces down to dry? ...

05-12-2017 01:54 PM

My first coffee table - 5 replies

With a handful of projects under my belt, I’m ready to make a coffee table. What I don’t know is how it should be finished. I know it will get its share of cups, mugs, and plates resting on the surface. I just don’t know shellac from shinoal about what to use to protect it. if I stain it, what do I use to cover the stain? ...

05-01-2017 07:18 PM

How to assemble an uneven frame? - 5 replies

My daughter wants me to build a large frame with the center being a sheet of galvanized steel hardware cloth so she can clip photos to it. But there is a wrinkle in the plan. Instead of four even sides… She wants it to be shaped like a mountain. Think of a frame with a normal bottom edge but then the sides go up to form a few mountai...

02-27-2017 09:32 PM

3/4 or 7/8? - 11 replies

I’m building a project in which 80% of it is lumber with a thickness of 3/4”. The other 20% calls for lumber that’s 7/8” thick. Looking at the plans, I don’t see why the difference except for a possible ascetic aspect on the ends of the daybed so you get a 3d look for the frame around the side. Because of where t...

02-24-2017 03:19 PM

Plywood choice - will get painted - 6 replies

My wife has a project for me to create a daybed for a spare bedroom. She wants the whole thing painted white. I have project plans for this and it’s primarily 3/4” plywood. Since it’s going to get painted, am I ok to use baltic birch? I’m new to wood selection for plywood but from what I’ve read, this seems to be...

02-07-2017 04:05 PM

Protecting my jigs - 6 replies

I finally have the time and money to get my little garage workshop going. I’ve created a beautiful cross-cut sled for my table saw and I’m working on an equally pretty router bench-top table (all parts have been cut) – I love finding baltic birch and oak plywood with colored grain patterns. Which leads me to my question. S...

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