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1472 days ago

we need a chatroom or some sort of instant messaging!! - 15 replies

I was just fooling around tonight on the site and just realized we could see who was “online” at any moment. It got me thinking – I think it would be GREAT to have some sort of “Chatroom Tab” – kind of like the “Forums Tab,” there could be different Chatrooms for different topics. I’ve lea...

1476 days ago

Cherry finishing question - 19 replies

I’ve heard Cherry doesnt take stain very well? Is there other things Cherry doesnt take well, or should be avoided with cherry? And the opposite…what works really well with Cherry (coloring, finishing, etc)? Thanks a lot!

1477 days ago

Finally starting Palmer! (grad school) - 18 replies

Hey everyone, just thought I’d let you all know on Monday i Officially start grad school at Palmer, which is a chiropractic school – the best in the world I might add!! Just hoping you guys can wish me luck, and hopefully I’ll be able to stay around and join in on some stuff from time to time. This site has been awesome, and ...

1490 days ago

cutting board/butcher block question - 10 replies

So i have my newly made table saw sled, and my digital gauge to get the blade at exactly 90 with the sled. I can now make perfectly square and multiple cuts!! (yay!!) I was fooling around making some practice cutting boards but can’t quite get the joints EXACTLY dead on. there is always a gap somewhere. I know you can’t have any ...

1492 days ago

Are you a Plywood or OSB guy/gal???? - 12 replies

When either/or can be used, do you prefer plywood or OSB? and why? (not looking for product knowledge – because I already have the knowledge..haha – actually if you need advice on which to use…ask me) – i’m mostly just curious as what people prefer….. (I’m an OSB kind of guy)

1533 days ago

I saved a puppy tonight! :) - 17 replies

The other day I saved a puppy from the cold rain here in the midwest. It was a chihuahua, and it was soaking and cold. I took it in, but it didn’t have any tags. I took it to the humane society and it did not have a chip either. The idiots at the Humane Society basically said they were going to put it to sleep because of its “tem...

1538 days ago

Putting a finish on MDF - 14 replies

How do you finish MDF? I want to make a couple of modern furniture pieces (like a modern coffee table) and thought that maybe I’d use MDF. I want it to be glossy (very glossy) BLACK. I was wondering how you finish MDF…....do you sand it til smooth, paint it, and then coat it? Simple as that? I’ve never tried it – and...

1542 days ago

How do I make this rustic Pine table top?? - 27 replies

Hi fellow lumberjocks. My girlfriend’s mom wants me to build her a pine table top that sort of looks like the picture I have posted below. She already has the base of the table wish has some turned legs, all black. All she wants me to build is the actual top to attach to the frame. Whats the best way of doing this? Can I just go b...

1567 days ago

A possible walnut score??? - 11 replies

So there is a guy (about 40 minutes away) I found on Craigslist that is selling some black walnut for $2.50/bd foot. It has been air dried for 4 years. It is 4/4 with live edges. He milled it himself. Lengths are up to 12’ and 13” wide. He says its very nice. Before I make the trip out there – with just that knowledge, do...

1568 days ago

sanding edges and end grains - 11 replies

I was curious as to how you guys sand your end-grains and edges on your projects. I recently made a couple of prayer kneelers as gifts, and I rounded over all the edges with my router – i had trouble sanding them down with out deforming the perfectly round edges. Any tricks you guys use? Also wondering what your techniques/steps are for...

1574 days ago

wood conditioner VS. sanding sealer - 8 replies

I know wood conditioner goes on after sanding and before stain, so you do not get blotchy staining results – but what does sanding sealer do?? And when do you use it? I heard from someone it goes on AFTER the stain, and before the finish coats? Is this true, and if so, does that mean you can sand it before putting the finish coats on? ...

1577 days ago

sanding, SANDING, staining, etc, etc.....fixed maybe??? what do you think? - 8 replies

So I want to thank everyone for their help with my sanding/staining problem. I know pine isn’t the best wood to build furniture out of, because of how easy it damages, and stains very poorly, etc, etc. I really didn’t want to sand it all down and try to redo the stain – the wood only cost me about $15 and the stain was only a...

1581 days ago

sanding, SANDING, sanding...ugh...staining...WHAT WENT WRONG??? - 26 replies

I’m a beginner woodworker/wood finisher…..so I made this prayer kneeler for someone, and everything was awesome, until staining, and then it got ruined. I have all of these sanding spots all over. Its only out of pine, because I didnt want to spend big bucks on it and ruin it – Being new to woodworking, this is my first BIG p...

1663 days ago

Janka scale, wood hardness - 4 replies

So I work at Menards, and work with a lot of lumber.. people ask me questions all the time, and would like to give them some answers (and would also like to know for my own knowledge)!!! – I’m new to woodworking, and have a few questions if anyone would care to respond to some, or all…. I looked up the Janka scale online, and s...

1675 days ago

spray can or brush on lacquer? - 5 replies

Was curious if anyone has yielded good results with a lacquer finish from a spray can (that you buy at a hardware store). I decided to finish my humidor with lacquer, and bought a spray can lacquer. Any advice, comments? is brush on better or easier??

1676 days ago

Lumberyard Etiquette - 46 replies

So I just got home from work. I’m a little ticked. I work at Menards part time (Menards is a midwest lumber/hardware store). I work out in the lumber yard. Today I worked the aisles where all the construction grade 2Xs are kept and plywoods and OSB’s…etc. Part of my job is to keep the stacks looking nice and neat and stock...

1679 days ago

Finishing my humidor, QUESTION!! - 3 replies

This is my second question. I’ve never finished anything before (as in stain, etc). I’m trying to finish my humidor that I just made as my first project, and think I’m going to go with a lacquer top finish so I can get that hard glassy (glossy) feel/look. The box is completed. It is made of oak and aspen. I’m going t...

1680 days ago

HELP!! How to finish project! - 11 replies

Hi Lumber Jocks, I am a beginner wood worker. While I have been building things and fooling around with wood for a while, I am now doing, what I consider my first REAL project. I just joined LJ.com and need some advice. I see all these awesome projects on here and would love to be able to make things like this. The skill is here, just t...

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