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12-01-2013 04:00 PM

King Sized Cannonball Bed - 8 replies

Over the last 38 years, the queen-size Cannonball bed that my wife and I bought when we got married has been destroyed – piece by piece (it was the five kids, and the dogs, and the movers – honest). All we have left is the headboard. And now the darling girl has decided she wants a king-sized bed. So I started drawing, trying to...

11-13-2013 05:19 PM

Stacking Hobbit Tables - 4 replies

So I was watching The Hobbit movie with the kids the other day and had to grab the remote to pause and study a scene. (This is why the kids hate watching movies with me. I’m much more to interested in the furniture used for set decoration than I am in the movie.) What caught my eye was a set of what appear to be stacking tables. They...

10-06-2013 11:09 AM

Cabinet Back: Beaded Tongue & Groove. How? - 5 replies

Thinking ahead to a future project (next year?). Cabinet back will be made of butternut boards, and I like the idea of beaded tongue and groove, but had no idea how to do that. Saw a Roy Underhill episode yesterday that showed how to do it with hand tools. Basically, make a tongue & groove joint, then use just the right molding plane to...

02-22-2013 08:30 PM

Morris, IL Commission: Pub Tables - 2 replies

Anyone in the area want a small custom job? Contact wants two round “pub tables” for a media room with a built-in bar. One to be free-standing, one to be built around an existing 5” x 5” load-bearing post. Mentioned that she was thinking oak. Says she has the stools. This is in Morris, IL (SW of Joliet). If in...

09-20-2012 01:43 PM

Cutting a really wide chamfer? - 36 replies

How to cut a really wide chamfer? This is for the top of “sideboard” (that will actually be used to store AV electronics). The top is 50” long and 18” wide and 1-1/8” thick. I want to cut a wide chamfer of about 8.5 degrees on three edges. That will leave 3/4” cut edge thickness, and provide a chamfer ab...

06-05-2012 03:14 PM

Buffing and Polishing Old Tools - 7 replies

I’ve been slowly and frugally collecting selected old hand tools. These are “users”, not collectibles. I’m not gonna become a collector (I swear!). But I do like pretty. Many I choose are already “restored”, but these are pricier. Others are in good condition, but “as found”; and some of tho...

04-29-2012 05:29 PM

Time for Festool? - 18 replies

Am I too cheap? I’m not happy with my sanders. A Porter Cable ROS and a Dewalt orbital. The Dewalt’s a couple of years old and functional – but numbs my hands. The Porter Cable is the second in two years; first just up and died after a year; this one won’t hold the dust bin on (after repeated gasket replacements) &#...

03-27-2012 04:52 PM

Online Lumber Sources - 18 replies

It’s hard to find lumber. It would be nice to have a trustworth list of online sources. I have a handful of local sources, but each is about an hour away. Traveling to check out what’s available is usually a 3 hour investment – EACH. Of course, I never find what I want on the first trip. And I can’t go out everyda...

03-22-2012 05:13 PM

Help Me Refine a Shaker Sideboard Design - 10 replies

I’ve been putting off this project for a couple of years now, because I lack confidence in both my skills and my design. I have two large boards of well-figured 8/4 cherry that I’ve been hoarding for about 7 years, and I’m afraid to waste the material. They should be enough for most of this piece (though I’ll probably h...

07-20-2011 08:12 PM

Bench Grinder: Is there a reasonable solution? - 10 replies

I want to add a bench grinder to my home shop. I do HAVE a Tormek, which does a fine job honing – but it’s WAY to slow for actual grinding. I do plane irons and chisels, most frequently, and grinding is actually only an occasional thing with those (mostly, just hone and polish). But it does take FOREVER if I do have to grind, a...


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