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924 days ago

Is Danish enough moisture protection for coasters? - 6 replies

Need to spit out a quick set of coasters and would love to just use a few coats of danish instead of poly. Enough moisture protection? Thanks, Greg

1286 days ago

Source for solid hardwood lettering... - 4 replies

I am beginning a project that will need lettering…maybe 5 to 6in high. Without making them on my own, which I have neither the tools or experience to pull off in the time frame I am trying to stick to, is there a source that sells nice solid hardwood lettering? An internet search pulls up a number of options but I don’t want plywood ...

1330 days ago

Lid Stay - Has Anyone Tried This? - 7 replies

I am playing with a design for a lid stay and have retro fitted it onto a few previous boxes before I put something on my new most recent box. I have installed a small piece of wood on the seam of the lid and body between the hinges. The lid, when opened far enough, rests on this piece and it stays open. Has anyone tried this before? Was i...

1417 days ago

How to get/where to find LARGE dowels - 5 replies

I’m an planning a project that will need a large dowel…really a pole…about 1.5”-2” in dia about 6ft long. It needs stability in its straightness and strength as it will be slightly top heavy when finished…and I don’t know what wood species yet. likely Cherry or Walnut…but maybe even mahogany. It...

1489 days ago

Peppermill...without a lathe. - 4 replies

What do you think? Is this possible? Any suggestions? I don’t have a lathe but want to make one for my sister’s wedding this fall. I’m thinking a “box” structure with an inner dimension smaller than the min ID needed for the mill internals. I have a big drill press for boring the internals. Then contour and sh...

1500 days ago

TB II clamp time...really. - 14 replies

The bottle says clamp for 30min. Manufacturer’s directions are always conservative, right? So…what is the min clamp time I can get away with? Thanks, Greg

1503 days ago

Assistance needed....thanks junior joiner and wdwrkr - 5 replies

Hi all. I am in the shop trying to get some work on a chess board done tonight and I need advise before I make the next cut. See here for the whole story… but basically this…I have a 14×14x7/8 thick slab of paudk that I need to keep from warping (it warped overnight after I planed it flat) so I will cut it into a few small...

1571 days ago

Making small squares... - 13 replies

I am planning a chess board. A bit of a different design, though I doubt i’m the first one to try it. The design will pose a number of challenges…but that is the fun part, right? As you can see in the rendering below, the squares sit on top of a base and are separated from each other…in this rendering by 1/8”. The squa...

1640 days ago

Grain orientation when laminating 2 different woods... - 3 replies

I am planning some reversable coasters. Two woods, laminated together with identical depressions cut on both sides so you can rest a glass on either side. Should the 2 woods be glued with grain in the same direction or perpendicular to each other? Thanks! Greg

1662 days ago

Finally getting ready to cut my walnut stump.... - 4 replies

I am finally getting ready to have this cut into slabs. My plan is to stack the slabs in the attic above my garage for the winter and spring…with the hope to use them next summer/fall. The attic is not insulated and is your standard above garage attic where I have to crawl through rafters and such. Is this a good plan? I really don̵...

1692 days ago

What is a Kerfmaker? - 6 replies

I’ve seen many an LJ build the little guys…but I have to be honest, I don’t know what you do with a Kerfmaker. What is it for? Thanks, Greg

1711 days ago

Too good not to share... - 16 replies

I read this tip somewhere here buried in a post and used it last night and thought it was too good not to share again. I have no idea how popular this already may be but to me it was brilliant! I just completed the 3rd coat of poly on a box…sanded 400 in between. It came out pretty smooth but still with a few little nubs in it…mak...

1719 days ago

Quick question regarding humidor interior finishing.... - 10 replies

I’ve been digging around and found some great threads on humidors that have helped me think through my current humidor build, first one for me, so thanks to everyone who contributed to those threads…that is what makes LJs such a gold mine. OK..to the question…. My liner is cut and I am about apply the finish. I have planned ...

1731 days ago

Experience with this type of hinge? - 4 replies

I’ve seen these barbed hinges used a couple of times and then stumbled across them on Woodcraft. They look pretty slick. Does anyone have experience? Are they worth it? See here Thanks, Greg

1735 days ago

How to fix this tearout??? - 14 replies

Hi all…I’m building a box using Mahogany with Paduk accents. I was trimming the paduk spines flush with a flush trim bit on the router table and on the last one got a blowout (see pics below). What do you suggest is the best way to fix this corner? I am considering routing out the corner again to remove all the paduk then re-gluing a...

1745 days ago

Resawing a 1" board on a TS - 12 replies

Hi LJs! I have a 1” thick board, 6” wide x 15” long. I would like to resaw it to make bookmatched panels for box lids. I only have a table saw that could do this. Here is my thought but before I try it I’d like your comments/concerns on the procedure. 1. Set the fence the right distance to split the thickness in half.2...

1766 days ago

Material and finish for drawer slides... - 12 replies

My Unlce is referbing some of the drawers in his house and they are in need of new drawer slides. Just a simple “U” channel mounted in the center of the drawer. I am thinking Maple will do the trick since it is hard and inexpensive…? The other big question is whether or not to put a finish on them. The only reason I was cons...

1767 days ago

Too much moisture in the wood? - 14 replies

Question: If a board has picked up too much moisture, what will the surface look like if you mill it with a router? I am afraid that the midwest humidity has penetrated my boards. I was thinning some stock on my router jig and the surface that was left was “fuzzy”...looks like the wood was tearing and not cutting clean. My router ...

1776 days ago

Applying finish before assembly of a small box...does the glue still work? - 3 replies

I am into my box making phase…I keep reading posts about finishing BEFORE glue-up of the box. But surely if I apply danish oil and then a few coats of wipe on poly before I glue a joint this will decrease the effectiveness of the glue, right? Doesn’t the glue need to contact the wood itself? As I am writing this it occurs to me th...

1794 days ago

Danish oil smells! - 5 replies

I used Danish Oil for the first time on my last box. It stinks…still. After a few weeks the smell has not diminished much. I did not put anything over top of the oil. If I use a few costs of wipe on poly will that help? Obviously it will smell like poly then but my experience has been that the smell of poly goes away. Will that cover up th...

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