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03-03-2014 04:28 PM

Coffee Table Top Lamination - 4 replies

Just wanted to post some pics of me laminating the top for my walnut coffee table. I edge glued four boards together and used some homemade cauls I made with my jointer to keep them aligned. Needless to say, I need more clamps :-/ I was pretty happy to get it all done before this cold spell hit last night (~21 degrees here, lowest temp so far...

02-22-2014 06:19 PM

Problem with bowed wood - 5 replies

Houston, we have a problem. I thickness planed this cherry a few weeks ago and put it under my bed till I had the chance to turn them into a table top. Well I now notice that a couple of boards have slightly bowed. Here is a pic of one bowed board against a straight board and then me applying slight pressure in the middle to flush the two boards...

02-07-2014 04:48 PM

Chisel recommendations.. New or Old? - 19 replies

I am officially tired of the clunky woodworking chisels I got from Lowe’s. They are bulky which makes them harder to use in my sharpening setup and harder to hold steadily enough for accurate chiseling and paring. Also, they don’t seem to hold an edge as long as I would expect them to. I have gotten by with them but I only paid ~$20 ...

01-30-2014 05:02 PM

Coffee Table Design - 14 replies

I’m posting some pics of the coffee table I’m designing. It’ll be from cherry and walnut with two drawers using curly cherry as the drawer fronts. Let me know what you guys think or if you have any advice or recommendations for the design. Thanks for looking,Maroon

01-19-2014 01:56 AM

Mixing hardwoods. Anything I should know? - 20 replies

Hey guys,I am designing a coffee table and have this idea. It involves using both walnut and cherry to make the top. Is there anything I should know or any tips you guys could give me about combining woods before I start making the top? I’ve never combined two woods together in one piece like this and I don’t have any wood left in c...

12-07-2013 08:47 PM

Where to work when it's 28 degrees outside? - 58 replies

It is 28 degrees outside so going out to my uninsulated shop would be torture. No problem, I’ll just smooth out parts of my end table inside, watch college football and test out our new vacuum cleaner ;) I just need to get it done before the fiancĂ© comes home and sees the huge mess haha

11-20-2013 11:04 PM

Your thoughts on this router plate insert.. - 9 replies

Hey fellas,I didn’t want to fork over the 180$ for the Bosch router table at Lowes so I decided to build my own router table. I have already built the carcass and have moved on to the top which will be an 18” x 24” piece of melamine. I was going to make a router plate insert out of lexan but read of issues with it warping under...

09-29-2013 07:29 PM

End table design help.. - 8 replies

I’m stuck on choosing the right table size for a couple of end tables that I’m making..at first I was going to make the top 18”x18” but then I started thinking about the top being rectangular since it will be on either side of our couch. If I made it rectangular I would make it 12”x18”. What size and shape wou...

09-27-2013 01:42 PM

Understanding Wood Finishing by Bob Flexner - 16 replies

Hey fellas,I’ve decided I’m going to purchase this book. It has great reviews and I looked through it at my local bookstore and was very impressed. I can buy it over 10-15 dollars cheaper online so I’m about to buy it from Popular Woodworking. I noticed that they have the first edition for 15$ and the second for 25$. I typicall...

09-17-2013 11:41 PM

Solution to checks in face grain? - 3 replies

Hey guys, noob question here. I’m planing down some more walnut and unfortunately revealed checks that were in the face grain. How do you guys handle situations like this? I’m afraid I can only salvage the parts that don’t have internal checking but before I split up the wood, is there a way that is common to fix or best hid...

08-26-2013 11:16 PM

Bench dog question - 9 replies

Ok fellas I’ve been thinking this over all day and I want to know what y’all think about it. I am about to make the holes for my bench dogs in my new bench top. I have decided I will drill 3/4” holes for my bench dogs to go in. I was going to buy 3/4 inch dowels and make my bench dogs out of that but then I thought, why canR...

08-18-2013 06:38 PM

My first experience with cabinet scrapers... - 22 replies

I have to admit that I have been a bit intimidated by cabinet scrapers. I had heard about the difficulty in sharpening them and a lot of the talk about hand tools seems (to me) to be centered around planes, saws and chisels and cabinet scrapers aren’t brought up a whole lot. I figured the best way to learn is to just buy one and start p...

08-08-2013 02:17 PM

Someone in North Texas better jump on this.. - 10 replies

If I could make it I would be up there in a heartbeat buying this stuff. Someone is selling their Grizzly equipment on Craigslist and seem to be in good condition. Who knows, they may not work at all but they look like they have been taken care of. 250$ for a 2HP Grizzly jointer? Yes, please! http://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/tls/3987794016.ht...

08-04-2013 10:19 PM

New Veritas Dovetail Saw or restored dovetail saw? - 16 replies

Hey Lumberjocks,I am planning on getting a good dovetail saw soon and I read a good review of the Veritas 14 tpi dovetail saw for around 70 bucks. I want to get one that will last forever but don’t have enough of a budget right now to buy one as good as the Lie Nielsen dovetail saw. I am willing to spend 70$ on one that will last but I hav...

07-31-2013 01:29 PM

Wives and Storing Lumber Inside - 64 replies

I have been keeping a few pieces of Red Oak indoors to help it dry out more and will eventually be putting some Walnut and Cherry indoors for a bit after I dry it out. Anyways, I am about to get married in 4 months or so and I wonder if my future wife realizes that she might be looking at stacks of lumber scattered throughout the house! how d...

07-30-2013 01:43 AM

Good place to dry?? - 21 replies

I got myself a thermometer/hygrometer yesterday and tested it inside my house overnight. It seemed to be accurate saying that my house relative humidity was around 45% and 74 degrees. So this morning I reset it and placed it in my attic at 7 AM and checked it when I got home around 7 PM. Here is the reading. It was 30% humidity when I took the p...

07-28-2013 01:58 AM

Kiln dry lumber that has been air dried for years? - 10 replies

Hey guys,I went and picked up a big load of walnut and some cherry today. The seller said that it has been air drying for over ten years and it looks like it has. I tested the MC with my cheap Lowes moisture meter and is around 11-12%. I’m assuming that is because it has been stored and dried outside and since it is so humid in these parts...

07-23-2013 02:46 PM

Air Dried Walnut - 10 replies

What do you guys think of this walnut? Obviously there are some boards that aren’t worth a whole lot but I was somewhat impressed by a few that I was shown. These pics were sent to me from the seller. Can yall see some good color and figure? Its hard to tell in some rough sawn walnut until you plane it down but I’m hoping its a good ...

07-17-2013 05:51 PM

Saw this on Craigslist - 23 replies

http://easttexas.craigslist.org/tls/3941757146.html What do you guys think? Good deal?

07-17-2013 04:22 AM

Building furniture in an uninsulated shop.. - 19 replies

Ok, so I have searched through a couple of different threads for a solid answer to this question but didn’t find an answer that would satisfy me. Here’s what is bouncing around my head: As some of you may know through my recent threads, I have been drying a bunch of red oak that I plan to use in a couple of furniture projects for ...

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