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947 days ago

Drawer frame question - 5 replies

So I’m building a chest of drawers – I’ll have 4 columns of drawers divided by vertical pieces but my question is do I also need the horizontal dividers (there will be 3, maybe 4 drawers per column) or can I do without them?

1225 days ago

What are your favorite leg styling touches. - 2 replies

So I’m finally moving forwards with my sideboard build and was wondering what your favorite styling touches are with regards to legs. I’m thinking along the lines of the shallow you see on greene & greene – just something to elevate them beyond square sticks (which is what they are currently) I have about 5” below the...

1235 days ago

How to attach wixey digital fence - 10 replies

So I’m trying to attach my Wixey digital fence to my xacta pro fence but I can’t for the life of me seem able to drill through the guide bar – I think it’s made of an alien titanium alloy or something. So how on earth can I attach it? Thanks!

1253 days ago

Who are todays most influential furniture designers? - 16 replies

Is any designer working today fulfilling the role that Krenov, Maloof and Nakashima played in their prime? Which contemporary designer has influenced you?

1271 days ago

Lacquer vs Formica - 11 replies

So I’m in the very early stages of thinking about a potential project that will have white sides. I’m considering either spraying with lacquer or potentially using something like Formica. Which of these options do you feel would give the more ‘luxe’ appearance? I’m not too familiar with how modern Formica looks/feel...

1579 days ago

Any tips for moving a woodshop? - 22 replies

So we are about to move – any tips with regards packing/moving my workshop up?

1692 days ago

Fantastic Customer Service from Wixey - 7 replies

So I’ve had a planer digital readout unit that I got for my birthday back in August. Finally got around to installing it and the display wasn’t working (top segments blank) anyway I emailed them this morning and within an hour or so Barry from customer service is sending me a replacement :) So yay Wixey. I have all of their readouts ...

1744 days ago

Push to open and soft close hardware - 14 replies

Are there any undermound drawer slides that will allow me to both push to open and also handle a soft close? I think with Blum Tandem it’s one or the other.

1860 days ago

How dimensioned is dimensioned enough.. - 16 replies

This is really a followup to a tweet by @AdamKingStudio regarding what the biggest problem we encounter is and mine is the dimensioning of long boards. I butt up against the desire to keep my boards as thick as possible but still having them sufficiently jointed that their being less than perfectly flat and square doesn’t cause me probl...

1883 days ago

Proven: tools really are an extension of the body - 7 replies

It’s often said that when you become proficient with a tool you become ‘one’ with it; that it becomes an extension of your self. Well turns out your brain agrees with you.. http://www.physorg.com/news164892284.html

1902 days ago

Cupped Lumber Solution? - 6 replies

So cutting the long rails for my sideboard and the lumber is quite badly cupped. I’d rather not lose the thickness to joint it flat so I was wondering if I could re-saw it and then glue it back together clamping it flat. Would this work?

1930 days ago

Can I use glue past it's shelf life? - 8 replies

So I have some of this Ultra Cat glue that I bought way back in March 07, how can I determine if I can still use it? It says it has a shelf life of 12 mths, but I can’t quite see how a powder goes ‘off’. Thoughts?

1937 days ago

Is Makore (African Cherry) similar in color to actual Cherry? - 10 replies

If anyone has any pics of the two woods used together that’d be great too.

1939 days ago

Sideboard Joinery - 8 replies

What style of joinery do you prefer to use when constructing large cases like sideboards and do you tend to use ply or all solid wood?

1945 days ago

Where can I see examples of the California/Maloof Round - 4 replies

I’m in the process of designing a sideboard and intend to use the California round but I can’t seem to find any good close up examples of it. I thought it was just a simple round over, but in one pic I see Maloof tying the vertical pieces to the horizontal ones with butterfly keys. Anyway if there is a decent gallery of Maloofs wo...

2067 days ago

Surprising Fine Woodworking Joint Strength Results - 16 replies

Just got this months FWW with the joint strength article, can it really be true that a splined miter is really stronger than a mortise and tenon joint? Not to mention that a straight miter joint is almost as strong as a floating tenon. Weird.

2070 days ago

Suggestions - Pulse view without never checked and groups - 4 replies

Can we get a pulse view that removes the never checked items? I want to be able to see only the things that I’ve actually commented on. Also groups – in flickr you can create a group and then have folk add pics to that group – how nice would it be to be able to create say the turners group or a modern furniture group and the...

2156 days ago

Extension Table Flatness - 10 replies

What are the typical tolerances for the flatness of an extension wing? Setting up my new tablesaw (blog post to follow) and one wing is crowned .003” which prevents me getting it perfectly flush with the saw. Also if it is in spec would I be better off having the front and back .003” below the top with the crown level or vice-vers...

2164 days ago

Amps for 240V table saw circuit? - 38 replies

How many amps should a 240V circuit be rated to run a 3HP 240V saw?

2165 days ago

Xacta Fence II vs Vega - 5 replies

So my new table saw will come with an Xacta Fence II, but I already have a 50” Vega so I’m wondering which one is better? I like the micro-adjust and the fact you can place upward pressure due to the back hook on the Vega but I’m wholly unfamiliar with the Xacta design. Thoughts?

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