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06-18-2015 06:47 AM

stain and finish in one coat - 10 replies

I have no experience with staining wood at all, but am going to do a solid wood built-in bookcase for my brother, and he wants the whole room to be dark brown, like a traditional library or men’s club/smoking room. Time constraints are significant, since he lives 1000 miles from me and I only have a week to get it all done (I’ve ship...

04-02-2015 11:51 AM

router table design and construction question - 8 replies

I’m building a router table based on on this FWW video series: It has a MDF top with countertop laminate glued on (with solid maple stretchers to hold the lift and keep the MDF from bending). My question is this: in the video and plan they have you laminating countertop mate...

02-25-2015 06:49 PM

Jessem Rout-R-Lift II and table, plus why does no-one sell a router table with a motor? - 16 replies

I’ve decided to upgrade my router system by getting a lift. I’ve been looking at the Rout-R-Lift II along with the Jessem table and fence. FWW rated it as a best buy a couple years ago. I was just wondering if people who have one like it or regret not having sprung for the extra $150 for the Mastr-Lift (or any of the others that cost...

01-18-2015 12:05 PM

wood river vs veritas side rabbet plane - 10 replies

I’ve decided I’d like to buy a side rabbet plane and am seeking a bit of advice. The choices seem to be limited to the Veritas ($139), the Woodriver ($75) and the Lie-Nielsen pair ($225). The LN seems too pricey to me and I like the idea of having just one plane instead of two. I lean toward the Veritas one, but the Wood River seems ...

01-04-2015 03:47 PM

link belt for Rikon 10-325 bandsaw - 5 replies

I’ve had the Rikon 10-325 bandsaw for a couple of years now. Very happy with it overall. I’ve found, however, that I’m using up the belts and having to replace them faster than I think I should. I wonder (a) if anyone else has the same problem, (b) does it suggest misalignment of the pulleys somewhere? and especially© if a...

11-06-2014 03:23 PM

Lee Valley free shipping event - 0 replies

See title. Lasts until November 13.

10-08-2014 04:36 PM

free Ridgid R4510 ZCI for someone in Canada - 2 replies

I have a new Leecraft zero-clearnace insert that fits a Ridgid R4510, still in original package, never used. It’s up for grabs to the first who responds. You’ll have to be in Canada, as shipping to the US is too expensive.

10-02-2014 01:37 PM

mj splitter for free to Canadian woodworker - 1 reply

I have an MJ splitter (the original, plastic one) that I bought but never installed (because with my ridgid jobsite saw it wasn’t really possible to make a zero-clearance insert and now I have a new cabient saw with riving knife). Anyone in Canada want it? I’ll mail it to you for free. They go for about $20 new.

09-04-2014 09:55 PM

one way to protect endangered trees - 1 reply

Take a look at this article on the website of The Atlantic, about the new strategy by the Ka’apor Indians for protecting their forests from poachers. Pretty interesting pictures. I’d worry, though, that the poachers might start shooting:

08-11-2014 04:00 PM

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...

05-22-2014 02:29 PM

"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’...

05-08-2014 09:39 PM

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...

04-13-2014 11:53 AM

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...

03-24-2014 03:36 PM

Is this a crime? - 9 replies

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

02-04-2014 05:01 PM

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...

12-12-2013 01:27 PM

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...

12-01-2013 07:01 PM

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...

10-14-2013 06:41 PM

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...

08-29-2013 08:45 PM

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...

05-05-2013 07:17 PM

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...

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