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12-21-2016 03:19 PM

Wishlist? But, more like "Wish there was . . ." - 4 replies

Since its the Christmas season, I’ve recently been asking lots of people for their Wishlists. The other day (for the first time this year), someone asked me for MY Wishlist. Unprecedented! It got me thinkin’ . . . In woodworking, I mostly “wish there was”. I bet others feel the same. So, I’ll start a thread....

01-08-2016 04:29 PM

COLOR (Blue, Green, Red, Yellow) Finishing? - 3 replies

I haven’t agreed to anything, yet. But the boss lady wants a refrigerator cabinet and she wants it colored. It’s kinda in fashion, and she hates the cheap oak cabinets we have in the kitchen as much as I do. Of course there’s the “worn” painted cabinet look, but what she says she really likes is “worn...

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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