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01-15-2018 08:25 PM

Oak slab desk out of plywood - 4 replies

One of the projects Im currently working on is a set of built-ins that include a desk. The cabinets will all be painted but the actual desk top I want to make out of oak and stained. Now the desk section is going to be big (6 feet wide by about 3 feet deep) so making it out of solid oak isnt feasible from a cost perspective. I also want the d...

01-12-2018 08:45 PM

Best way to finish painted cabinets - 23 replies

Hi All – I have a bit of a conundrum on my hands and looking for some input. My wife would like me to tackle a built in desk in the office and she wants the finish to be painted a specific color. I’ve done cabinets before that were painted and have had mixed success. The first set I sprayed with a HVLP gun using Shermin Williams p...

09-25-2017 11:29 PM

Paneled Doors for cabinets - bit question - 7 replies

I’ve been making panel doors for a couple of projects and had great success with Freud router bit sets to use on the router table. Up until now, I’ve been using a fairly basic set of two bits that allowed for making simple shaker style doors. My wife is now interested in me making some cabinets for the laundry room and she’d ...

09-20-2017 05:49 PM

Work bench finish - 11 replies

I know this topic has come up before – and I’ve read many posts on this but I ran into an issue that I didnt expect. Before building a new workbench top I had read about using a finish similar to what I use on cutting boards. Essentially a mix of canning wax and mineral oil. It works great on cutting boards that I’ve made an...

05-04-2017 03:32 AM

Wood to use for garage paneling - 6 replies

Hi All. I’m aiming to redo my garage and I’d like to add a lower wall sort of wainscoting. I’ve always liked the look of half the wall being something other than dry wall in the garage. I had started thinking about using corrugated metal but quickly gave that idea up and settled on some type of wood. A friend suggested usin...

11-23-2016 02:47 PM

Shelf pins... - 15 replies

Hi all. I’ve been working on a new set of built-ins for our upstairs loft and so far I’ve been really pleased with how they’ve turned out! This is my first cabinet project so I was a little hesitant to jump into something this big but so far things have been going great. Until today… The built-ins consist of two bas...

11-11-2016 02:59 AM

Bosch Miter saw - Just cant get it square - 9 replies

I’ve been the relatively happy owner of a Bosch GCM12SD miter saw for over a year now. I’ve used the saw on and off since purchasing it but never for anything that really required absolute precision. While I found the default adjustments mostly square, I did notice that 45 degree miters were never quite perfect. The other day I de...

09-23-2016 08:45 PM

Cooking paddle finish - 6 replies

Hi All – I’ve been in the market for a large paddle to use when we do outdoor seafood boils. While I can easily buy one for a reasonable price, I think it would be a fun project to make one. I’ve been searching the forums here and trying to determine what type of wood and finish I should use. Im assuming I’d want somet...

09-19-2016 08:00 PM

Opinion on using edge-glued boards - 2 replies

My wife has asked me to build a built-in around a set of windows we have upstairs. She wants a storage bench and then a set of shelves on either side. Right or wrong, I’ve used something like poplar in the past for this type of build since she wants it painted and not stained. At least around here, poplar seems to be a bit cheaper and s...

05-06-2016 02:13 PM

Corner post dovetails - technique problem? - 1 reply

I recently bought an Incra LS positioner router system and have been very happy wth it. After trying many other joinery options on the Incra I decided to try out corner post dovetails. Things were going well until I had to cut the dovetail grooves down the length of an 8 inch board. Im running into two problems… 1 – The bit gra...

05-01-2016 03:02 PM

Scroll Saw or Band Saw first - 12 replies

Hi All – Looking for more advice on how you guys use these tools. The next power tool Im after is a scroll or band saw. I think eventually I’d like to have both, but Im trying to prioritize from a cost and shop size perspective. Here’s my current thought process on each tool… Scroll Saw – I like the idea tha...

04-03-2016 11:15 PM

Larks Tongue chamfer stop - 7 replies

Im wondering if anyone has any advice on how to make a ‘larks tongue’ end to a stopped chamfer. Something like this… http://cadsetterout.com/inventor-tutorials/ifeatures-larks-tongue-chamfer/ I have a chamfering bit for my router table and could easily cut this without the stops, but Im not sure on how to achieve the slo...

03-29-2016 03:37 AM

Glue - before or after finish - 13 replies

Im a newer wood worker – so this might be an obvious question. My wife asked me to build a book shelf for our sons room and she wanted one made of oak, something heavy duty that he could keep once he moves out etc. My usual approach to building is to glue as I build then finish (including sanding) at the end. The bookshelf is largely do...

03-27-2016 10:54 PM

Bits for an Incra LS positioner system - 8 replies

Hi All, I finally pulled the trigger on an Incra router table. I got the Combo #3 and I’m anxiously waiting through my 4-5 week waiting period. While I wait, I was thinking about what bits I’d need for the system. Specifically, what size dovetail bits I’d need. As I dont have the instruction book or manual yet I’m ...

03-03-2016 01:21 AM

Router table and plate mounting - 8 replies

Im sure this is an easy one. Do plates or router lift plates fasten into the router table top? I had initially assumed they did, but now Im wondering if its the weight alone that holds the router plate in place. I tried to look up the manual for install a couple of router lifts but none of them seem to mention how they actually mount in t...

02-06-2016 04:38 PM

Routing table - 39 replies

Hi All – I had a question about router tables. Im at the point in my wood working where I’d like to start building cabinet doors. Seems like the most popular means to do that is using a cabinet door router set like this… http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KZM0NVE/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=26UD6TMKHC8XB&...

12-27-2015 07:13 PM

Ebony Bar Build - 10 replies

Hi all. My wife and I are looking to start finishing the basement here shortly and she’s asked that I ‘sort out’ what I want as far as the bar goes. I’ve got most of the design taped out, but Ive been having a hard time picking how to finish it. Then I found this picture… https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/o...

12-21-2015 07:07 PM

A basement wood working space - 44 replies

Hi all – Long time reader, first time poster. Im looking for some advice on building a basement shop. Here’s my story… My wife told me a few months ago that I needed to get a hobby. I’ve always enjoyed working with my hands, so I thought wood working would be fun. I start by buying some basic tools, and as I enjoye...


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