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08-28-2013 06:25 PM

How do you secure a small shell to carve? - 9 replies

I just got back from a trip to the Bahamas and with us we brought a couple really ugly looking Conch shells (ugly because the outer shell is not pretty but the inside is the beautiful pink you’d see with most conch shells). I’ve looked online and found some real cool things you can do with them by cutting the shell into pieces and th...

08-21-2012 06:36 PM

OneTime Wood Protector - 3 replies

Has anyone used this product before? What do you think of it? OneTime Wood Protector

08-21-2012 12:49 AM

Garden arbor bench finish? - 3 replies

I’ve finished building a arbor bench for the back patio but I want to make sure I finish it well. I live in salt lake city, the bench will be exposed to the sun probably 5 or 6 hours a day. It will be outside uncovered during the winter and snow. The bench is made out of redwood. I spoke with people at woodcraft who suggest OneTime wood pr...

01-22-2011 06:01 PM

Do you need a bend when using card scraper - 3 replies

I got some card scrapers for Christmas and I’m trying to figure out how to use them properly. I was looking around on here and I found a project that I liked that is a card scraper holder and my question is that in the comments ratchet says ‘I am probably going to unscrew the two halves and reshape the curve to more closely match wha...

09-16-2010 09:48 PM

How do you glue up panels - 8 replies

I tried a couple weeks ago to use some of the thinner stock I had to make a panel that I would use for the bottom of a drawer or for the face on a saw stand cabinet. I ripped the pieces on the TS to make sure they were straight and then used a brush to put glue on the sides, clamped them together and let them chill for a day. When I took the ...

06-30-2010 05:34 PM

Is this a deal on a lathe? - 6 replies

I’ve never used a lathe and have not ever looked into purchasing one so I don’t know what to look for or anything like that. I would like to be able to use a lathe in the future for chair/table legs or for candle holders so if this is a deal then I would probably go for it but I have no idea. Anyone want to give their $0.02 on the ad...

06-25-2010 09:08 PM

Make shift card scraper - 7 replies

What are your thoughts on turning a dry wall putty knife into a card scraper? I’m sure it won’t be awesome quality or what not but think it would work to get by for now?

06-25-2010 09:06 PM

Who uses trig in the workshop? - 51 replies

As I get into this hobby, I’m finding myself re-learning trigonometry. As an example, last week when I was putting together my planter box I wanted to cut each post at an angle on all for sides so that it would look cooler. I knew I wanted the top of the post to have a 1”X1” square and I knew that I wanted to start the cut 1.5&...

06-10-2010 08:10 PM

Input on a plane purchase - 11 replies

A local classified ad has 3 fulton planes for $25. I don’t know anything about planes. I’ve been trying to read up on all the great information here but I’m curious what ya’ll think. Is it an okay deal or is it a waste of time? Right now I have a block plane and that’s it. I’d like to get a bench plane or s...

06-09-2010 09:03 PM

Rigid router bushing locknut - 7 replies

I went to attach a bushing to my router last night and I cannot for the life of me find the locknut. So, anyone know of a good way to replace it? Can you just buy the locknut?

06-07-2010 05:00 PM

Do you finish before gluing? - 13 replies

I’m working on a planter box for my wife and I’m at the point where I would join the four sides. I want to put a finish on it to help protect it from moisture from the soil and what not and so I’m trying to decide if I should apply that finish right now before I join everything (which would be easier then finishing after its co...

06-04-2010 06:34 PM

Folding Patio Chair Design? - 12 replies

Does anyone have any plans for a folding patio chair? I’ve been looking online at various styles of chairs and I’m a fan of something like this I’m trying to figure out how to handle the holding part. What I see or assume is there are three parts that need to be able to ‘fold’ Part1 (orange arrow) would be the...

06-03-2010 08:20 PM

Cross Cut Sleds: How thick is your base - 14 replies

I’m working on finally building a crosscut sled and since I don’t have hardly any ‘spare’ wood lying around I figure I’m gonna have to go buy some sort of sheet good to use as the bottom of the sled. So my question is, in your opinion, how thick should the bottom of the sled be so that it isn’t ‘flimsy&#...

05-25-2010 07:27 PM

How do you avoid 'sticky' paint - 4 replies

I recently finished a bookcase for our nursery which we painted white to match other furniture in the room. It’s been 8 days since I finished painting it (we used regular ol valspar semi gloss from lowes) but we are having a problem that when my wife puts a little wicker type basket on the top with diapers and what not, it ends up sticking...

05-21-2010 06:00 PM

Who uses sandpaper on glass? - 32 replies

I just watched a woodsmith shop that I dvr’d last night and it was about sharpening chisels. I’ve seen on here where people say they’ve used sand paper to sharpen but I’m curious to see how many of you actually use this method. It seems like it would be a lot cheaper than buying a bunch of stones. I think I might look int...

05-18-2010 09:39 PM

Avoid tear out when planing - 7 replies

I recently found a block plane at an antique shop that I’ve tried to cleanup a little bit. Yesterday I decided to use it on a bookcase that I’m building right now. I was using it to flush the ‘moulding’ piece on the bottom with the sides of the bookcase. It worked great but on one pass instead of cutting the wood it tore ...

05-03-2010 06:03 PM

Drying lumber for Carving - 3 replies

I had to cut down a nectarine tree this past weekend and I figured I’d save the wood and maybe make some carvings with it or something. I’ve seen how ya’ll talk about ‘anchor seal’ but I can’t find it in the shops (granted I’ve looked at ACE, and HD). Is there something else I can do to keep the wood fro...

04-12-2010 05:35 PM

Spiral Upcutting vs downcutting router bit - 11 replies

Can someone help me understand when I would use one vs the other. I watched a woodsmith shop that said they use the downcutting bit when working with plywood so that it wouldn’t rip/chip the veneer. When would you use an upcutting bit then?

04-08-2010 08:44 PM

Questions about all ya'lls wood gloats - 3 replies

I love seeing the wood you all collect or acquire in these wood gloats but how much does it cost to get those huge logs/trunks sawn/milled or whatever you call it? I hate how much wood costs but I know people who are cutting down trees and I’m curious if its worth it to ask for their wood and then have someone process it.

04-05-2010 07:42 PM

Need help deciding on a new router - 11 replies

This weekend I was working on a bookcase and my little craftsman router that I got at a yardsale for $10 died on me. So, I’m in the market for a new router and am coming to the experts for advice. First of all a little about the use -I’m a newbie so right now I use my router for dado’s/rabbets mostly or for mortising. -For...

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