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07-09-2016 08:48 PM

advice on raising the height of a desk - 15 replies

I made this desk for a friend’s daughter about a year ago and she’s already about to outgrow it. He asked me if I could raise it to standard adult desk height. When I made it I intentionally left the legs square rather than tapering them (which I would usually do) cause I had a vague idea that it would make it possible to add height ...

05-31-2016 11:41 AM

dehumidifier in shop - 7 replies

My shop is in my basement and in our climate here I have to run a dehumidifier from mid-May to mid-October in order to make my basement livable and to avoid rust on all my tools. The dehumidifiers I’ve bought don’t last more than about 2 years, and I suspect that the dust in my shop is one of the reasons. I’ve ordered a new one...

01-14-2016 05:35 PM

looking for joinery suggestions for modern chair - 8 replies

I’m working on making a chair similar to this one: It’s coming along well, I finished the bent lamination for the back “spring” and carved out the backrest. I’m trying to decide how to attach the backrest to the bent spring or post. I’m not quite s...

12-09-2015 07:17 PM

finishing a carved chest - 5 replies

I’m working on a small carved chest using a fairly simple, repetitive pattern that fills most of the surface. I’m looking for advice on how to finish it. I’d like to use traditional finishes, since this is a 17-th century kind of chest, but am a bit worried about using BLO or tung oil because it may be difficult to wipe all of ...

11-29-2015 06:34 PM

wood identification - is this beech - 8 replies

I’m always on the lookout for trees I can use for green chairmaking, and while out running in the forest I found what seems to me to be a stand of young beech trees. They’re growing almost as if they had been coppiced, with several branches growing together. I’ve read that beech will tend to grow this way, since the bark diseas...

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...

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