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09-30-2010 04:24 AM

Need Help: Outside finish coat for China Fir - 5 replies

hey LJs, My girlfriend’s mom just bought some adirondack chairs for her backyard. She said they are made of china fir (or chinese cedar) and stained with an oil stain. She is wondering whats the best top/protective coat to put on them to keep them protected outside. The only one i’m aware of is Spar Urethane but wasnt sure if...

09-20-2010 03:39 AM

Top 10 Reasons: Addicted to Lumberjocks - 8 replies

10. Your “latest activity” on your homepage only shows what you did THAT day 9. You can upload pics to Photobucket with your eyes closed 8. You check your email ONLY to see if you have any Lumberjock notifications 7. Your Posts outnumber your days of membership 6. You have at least THOUGHT about making an “Andy...

09-19-2010 02:57 AM

a Fix for the old Table saw... - 7 replies

Hey guys, I posted a forum topic last week about fixing my neighbors old craftsman table saw. Here is the link if you are wondering what I was trying to fix (side metal was bowing out and sucking in, not allowing me to get an exact 90 and 45 degree) Anyways. I fixed it by attaching some angle iron to the sides to stiffen up the the metal wh...

09-10-2010 04:22 PM

Help!!! Old Craftsman tablesaw - 13 replies

hey Lumberjocks. While i am no dummy, and am definitely smarter than a tablesaw (haha) it seems like the old craftsman table saw has gotten the better of me. my neighbor lets me use his woodworking shop and all his tools (nicest guy ever, he quit the hobby, so he has all this equipment just sittin there). anyways, I can not get his table saw ...

08-27-2010 02:03 AM

Search Function - 11 replies

I was wondering if there is a way to search for things (like projects) with pictures? When you search for a project you get a huge list of descriptions of each project, which means you have to click on each description to see what it is, what it looks like, etc, etc. Maybe I’m missing something, and there is a way, but i’m not see...

08-11-2010 07:20 AM

figured wood finishing question. - 12 replies

Hey LJ’s I’m doing some research before i start to make my first ukulele (small guitar). I want to use a figured maple for the sides (maybe for all of it). When using a very figured wood, how do you finish it to get the the figure to really pop out?? or maybe a better way to say it is how do you enhance the figure and give it s...

08-09-2010 02:28 AM

VERY helpful links for guitar or ukulele building!! - 6 replies

Both links are completely safe. I’ve been looking at them for a while now – trying to build up the courage to attempt my first ukulele build. This first link has a great picture tutorial – the “how to” for the Rosette Inlaying is AMAZING. There is some really unique/cool jigs in here, as well as a process of st...

07-27-2010 06:31 AM

wipe on poly, question! - 13 replies

I am restoring a 100+ year old ukulele that was sitting up in my parents attic for god knows how long. It has no sentimental value, but I actually play the ukulele so thought I’d be a nice addition. I sanded it down as best I could. It has a lot of stress fractures in the wood – not sure if thats the correct term – but it lo...

07-18-2010 05:17 AM

Where would you even begin????........ - 30 replies

So i’m guessing (if anyone actually takes interest in this) this might stir up a LOT of different ideas as to how this might be done. Unfortunately none of these ideas will come from me!! haha…Where would someone even begin to build the WOOD aspect of this? Once I graduate Palmer and have time to hone in on my woodworking skills &#...

07-13-2010 03:11 AM

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...

07-09-2010 06:09 AM

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!

07-07-2010 07:17 PM

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 ...

06-25-2010 01:09 AM

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 ...

06-23-2010 06:15 AM

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)

05-13-2010 06:07 AM

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...

05-08-2010 06:35 AM

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… you sand it til smooth, paint it, and then coat it? Simple as that? I’ve never tried it – and...

05-03-2010 07:22 PM

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...

04-08-2010 06:29 PM

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...

04-07-2010 03:01 PM

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...

04-02-2010 06:41 AM

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? ...

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