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02-12-2011 02:31 AM

vexed by how wood moves - 25 replies

Hi All,I’m going to be installing hardwood flooring, and while one normally posts such projects over on Homerefurbers, my question is really about the nature of wood. I’m using standard nail-down 2 1/4 by 3/4 strip oak. The manufacturer says to leave 3/4 of an inch gap around the perimeter of the room to allow for wood movement. ...

06-02-2010 03:12 AM

manual re-sawing - 8 replies

LJs,A few days ago, somewhere on this site, was a guy who made a handsaw for the sole purpose of re-sawing. I think its called a frame saw. Anyway, I thought that thing was so cool and I have a desperate need for re-sawing, but don’t have the money nor space for a bandsaw, and don’t have the skills for making my own frame saw (while...

05-29-2010 02:50 AM

Why is oak the only species that can be purchased as quartersawn? - 29 replies

I don’t get it. Quartersawn refers to the angle at which the board was sawn out of the tree, right? Is there no such thing as qtrswn cherry? Oh, and while I’m at it, am I just cheap or is wood expensive? Depending on the species and thickness, one could pay anywhere from $4 to $10 per board foot. Your average bookcase would hav...

01-08-2010 05:11 AM

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12-04-2009 01:55 AM

need help picking out an xmas gift - 12 replies

Dear Lumberjocks, My wife wants me to give her a gift suggestion for xmas. The challenge: it has to be in the 50$-75$ range. What I don’t have: there are many things I don’t have. I prefer hand tools over power tools, and I also consider myself a beginner. Ideas anyone?

09-05-2009 05:01 AM

yet another planing issue - 4 replies

Here’s the deal:a little over 6ft of 5/4 cherry, about 6in width. got some cup, some bow, and a bit of twist. I have a 14in low angle jack. Cup was no problem. Now tell me, is it possible to fix the other two with what I have , or not? What do you think? Will I need to puchase a proper jointer plane? All the rules say you can’...

08-28-2009 03:49 AM

squaring up a post with minimal tools - 8 replies

Dear All, I am what I would consider a beginner woodworker, and I am making a bed for my 3 yo daughter. I started with milling the bed posts (final dimension to be 1 3/4 square) with a hand plane from rough cherry stock. I have no problem flattening the first face, and I can flatten and parallel the opposite face as well. But when it comes ...


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