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06-04-2014 07:02 PM

Is there a Summer 2014 Contest coming up? - 1 reply

I was just wondering of there will a 2014 Summer contest and if so, what the parameters will be. Thanks.

01-16-2013 11:33 PM

making 90-45-45 degree cuts for cutting boards - 5 replies

I am thinking of making cutting boards using quilting patterns/ designs. I have found from researching the Lumberjocks blogs and archives how to make jigs to make angled cuts to make things like the tumbling blocks. But I am not seeing forest for the trees and I have not found how to make a triangle with 90/45/45 degree configuration. Help please.

01-03-2013 02:16 AM

Can I glue oak or walnut that has been previously ebonized - 7 replies

I am thinking of making end-grain cutting boards. As part of the overall design, I want to use black wood. It is possible to ebonize oak or walnut prior to glue up and then do the glue up with a satisfactory result?

12-27-2012 02:57 PM

I missed the boat. What is the mallet swap? - 1 reply

What is the mallet swap? I see pictures of the mallets and I do not know how this started. Please tell me the beginning of this idea.

08-16-2012 05:54 PM

Finish and best type of glue for a trivet--Will obviously come in contact with heat - 0 replies

I am making trivets for Christmas gifts. Does anyone have experience—good and bad—with staining, applying finish to a trivet? I would like to make the trivets attractive, but I don’t want to have any finish melt onto the bottom of a hot pan. Also, I plan to make end-grain pattern of trivet. Any suggestions on types of glue? ...

08-16-2012 03:25 PM

type of finish and glue for trivets - 5 replies

I am planning to make trivets for Christmas gifts. Yes I know it is August, but …. Does anyone have experience, good or bad, with using a finish? Using a trivet with no finish at all is going to do the job of protecting a tablet or counter from a hot pan. I don’t want to have any type of the finish melt onto the bottom of a pan. Sugg...

01-10-2012 02:51 AM

making an oval hole in a cylinder - 1 reply

I am in the process of making a toy turtle. The plans indicate making a cyclinder or circle if you. The cylinder is 1 1/2 inched tall. It is 10 inches in diameter. The plans say to make six oval-shaped holes in this cylinder. The width of the oval holes is 3/4 inch. The length of the oval varies to accomodate either the tale, head or legs. How c...

10-15-2011 05:54 PM

What to do with maple tree cut down in front yard - 10 replies

My brother lives in a house with two 85-year-old maple trees in the front yard. The insurance company will no longer provide insurance for the house because some of the tree limbs hang over the top of the house unless the trees are cut back or removed. One tree cut has been cut down. The second tree will be radically cut back. The result will be...

10-06-2011 09:41 PM

What kind of slot cutter - 1 reply

I am making small pencil boxes for Christmas. I am not terribly skilled at woodworking. I am opting for a dovetail jig to make the corners on my pencil boxes. I need to make grooves to put the bottom of the boxes in. I have seen how to use a slot cutter router bit in a router table to do this. My question is what kind of router bit should I buy ...

08-23-2011 07:45 PM

Using Corian - 3 replies

I am making keepsake boxes for Christmas. I plan to do some inlay. I want a pure black for part of the design. Would Corian (the stuff of bathroom and kitchen counters) be suitable as an inlay material? Any other idea short of using ebony wood?

08-13-2011 08:36 PM

Bending wood for Shaker Boxes - 3 replies

I have seen the instructions for making Shaker boxes using long trays to boil the wood for several minutes. Can I avoid purchasing the long tray or making a steamer by using a large sauce pot? I am wondering if I can put the end of the wood strips into a fairly full pot of water, and then as the wood begins to soften, push more of the wood under...

06-17-2011 07:01 PM

need help making "cross halving joint" or "half lap joint" - 9 replies

I need to repair a picnic table. The legs were made of 2×4. They cross making an X and I believe the joint is called a cross halving joint or a half lap leg joint. Can someone tell me how to make this joint with a router?

11-29-2010 06:23 PM

Best way to align holes for dowels - 2 replies

I am making several wooden toys for Christmas presents. I would like to know the best way to mark and drill holes for dowels. I have a drill press and corded hand drill.

11-18-2010 06:38 PM

Making band saw puzzle box--which blade is best? - 4 replies

First I want to thank all the great LJs who have answered my questions previously. This is a great site. I greatly appreciate the tips I have received. Without exception they have worked for me every time. I want to make a band saw puzzle box for a Christmas present. This involves cutting a “key” into a 4×4 x 6 inch wood bloc...

11-08-2010 08:47 PM

Making a small notch in the lid of a box - 8 replies

How is the best way to make a small thumb notch in the lid of a small box? I am making several boxes of my left over scraps into decorative boxes for business cards, etc.

11-02-2010 10:19 PM

Need help on child's pull toy wheels - 2 replies

Hi. I am brand new as a member of Lumberjocks. I want to make the toy shown in this youtube video, or at least something similar. I cannot find the plans for this. Does anyone know how to make the wheels so the toy has this kind of wobble? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuJM-5TNB24

11-02-2010 09:37 PM

pull toy wheels - 9 replies

I would like to know how to make the wheels on a child’ pull make the toy wobble.


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