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11 days ago

stair railing question - 8 replies

I’m looking for a bit of advice. I just bought a new house (means I get to do a shop the right way) and am busy painting and doing small repairs. I can’t decide what to do with the bottom of the stairs (see pics). I’m going to tear out that funny grid thing you see in the picture and would like to replace it with a short length...

92 days ago

"re-hydrating" dried wood? - 3 replies

I got some ash logs recently (thanks to LJers for helping me identify the wood) and have started riving and shaving chair parts. But the wood is very dry (I don’t have a moisture meter so can’t give numbers, but it’s easy to compare it to my experience working other species green). Very hard to work, to the point that it’...

106 days ago

tree identification help - 24 replies

Some neighbors just had a big tree taken down. I asked them and they said to take what I want. It’s cut a bit short, but I think there’s wood there for a few greenwood chairs. I can’t figure out what kind of wood it is. Here are pictures of leaves (taken off the ground from last fall), bark, end and long grain. And also, the in...

131 days ago

why I'll never make money at woodworking (but that's OK) - 20 replies

I just finished a blanket chest for a friend. I did the milling with machines but cut the dovetails by hand and handplaned all of the panels after glue-up. The project used 24 bf of yellow birch, which sells for $3 per bf, about $5 worth of white pine for the bottom (resawn to 3/8 inch thick, hand-planed tongue and grooves). Hinges cost a...

151 days ago

Is this a crime? - 9 replies

Not sure what the punishment is or should be, but this should definitely be illegal:

199 days ago

question about Woodwright's shop videos on Popularwoodworking - 3 replies

I have a question for anyone who is subscribed to the Roy Underhill videos on popularwoodworking ( how many seasons are included? I signed up last year and they were up to 15 seasons (1-14 plus 20). On the sign-up page they clearly haven’t updated since it still says they are only done seaso...

253 days ago

question about using apple for greenwood chair - 4 replies

Someone who knows I’ve been dabbling in greenwood chair-making has recently offered me some apple wood. Of course I said yes (duh), since at worst I can use it to carve a few spoons and bowls or make a few shortish boards on the bandsaw, but I’m wondering about trying to make a post and rung chair from it. Any input would be apprecia...

264 days ago

dining table with company boards - 6 replies

I’m looking for advice or plans for making a dining table with company boards. I can’t quite get my head around how they work (slides that disappear into the apron and under the table, and the extensions/table leaves have short battens too, it seems). I looked through finewoodworking magazine index and also popularwoodworking and cou...

312 days ago

bark from northern forests to replace hickory for woven seat of post-and-rung chair - 4 replies

I’ve mostly finished my first post-and-rung chair, made with green wood and all hand tools. I’m trying to figure out what type of bark I can use for the seat. Most people seem to weave the seat with the inner bark of hickory. Unfortunately there is no hickory in our forests. I’m looking for suggestions for a replacement. I̵...

358 days ago

chair devil or scraper, for final shaping of drawknifed chair parts - 7 replies

I’m about to try my hand at making a greenwood chair (ladder-back, woven seat). I don’t have a lathe so will be shaping all round parts by hand. I had pretty much decided to make a couple of chair devils but recently stumbled across the Veritas chairmaker’s scraper (,310&p=548...

474 days ago

question regarding lamination of workbench top - 5 replies

I just acquired a big pile of 2-3 inch thick oak and maple during the Spring garbage collection in my city. (see photo). It comes from heavy machinery pallets that someone has taken apart and has the nails cut off on one side, but the other side is clean on most pieces. I was wondering about using it to make a new top for my workbench, to replac...

530 days ago

scraper plane problem - 8 replies

I wonder if anyone can help me. I recently acquired a Veritas scraper plane and have been trying to use it for final wood smoothing following a no.4 smoothing plane. I’ve set the plane up following their instructions (to the best of my abilities), but it leaves a pretty deep ridge on one side of the plane. It’s not a ridge in the bla...

586 days ago

design help with legs on piesafe/pantry - 3 replies

I’ve been working for quite a while now on this large pantry-ish piece (I’d call it a pie safe, except that the doors are frame-and-panel wood rather than tin with holes). I decided to build the carcase out of four solid pieces, yellow birch for the sides and white pine for the top and bottom that don’t get seen. The pieces are...

1007 days ago

some help identifying my new (old) lathe - 2 replies

I recently inherited this lathe from a relative who is down-sizing and cleaning out a bit. She bought it at least 30 years ago (here in Canada), and has no manual or anything (she did give me a set of Sorby gouges, which is nice). There doesn’t seem to be any brand on it anywhere and I was hoping someone here could help me identify it or g...

1195 days ago

question about chest of drawers - 4 replies

I’m starting to build a 3-drawer dresser out of ash (I’ve finished gluing up the two side panels), and I have a question about assembling the carcase. I’m not really following plans, but I’m basing it on an article in Fine Woodworking. You can see a picture at:

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