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12-18-2016 09:28 PM

Removing TONS of glue squeeze out - 23 replies

I got lazy doing a couple cutting board glue ups the other night because I was in a hurry. I used an abundance of Titebond III and didn’t bother to clean up the squeeze out while wet. The top wasn’t so bad, but when I unclamped this morning it is a mess on the bottom. Usually I use an old chisel or card scraper, but this thing is goi...

12-05-2016 02:23 PM

Problem with Poly. Options? - 8 replies

I have a stained cherry project (I know, why stained? Client wanted darker color.) I used a gel stain that I let dry for 2 days. Now my satin Poly refuses to play nice. Milky, small puddles and streaks. Tried many times. Stripped more than once. I just can’t believe that it’s moisture from stain that isn’t set. I have brushed a...

10-20-2016 03:48 AM

Material for Cheap/Quick workbench - 10 replies

I am about ready to build myself a decent hand tool bench, but it’s going to be a placeholder for a year or two before I get to a real lifetime quality creation. I have a sheet of unused MDF and also a 2×6 piece of nice maple plywood. I was thinking that since I HAD this material I would create a 2×6 bench with three layers (MDF-...

09-05-2016 06:38 PM

Window Seat - Minimum Height? - 4 replies

We have always dreamed of a window seat, and our new house has a perfect window, already framed by bookcases. It would be a quick, simple project, but I have issues with the height. The window is so big that it comes to low. It is 13.5 inches to the sill itself. I am thinking of making a test “box” just to sit there and see how it fe...

01-20-2016 05:24 AM

New Miter Saw, Sliding Craftsman vs Compound Ridgid - 9 replies

My old miter saw is dead. Need a new one and wasn’t planning that in the shop budget. I don’t want a cheapo, but want value and accuracy. For a similar ballpark range it looks like I could get an (on sale) sliding 10” Compact Craftsman or for a little less, a stationary Ridgid R4112. I like Ridgid, Craftsman worries me a little...

01-18-2016 01:51 PM

T.S. Dust Collection Blade Guard Help - 7 replies

Last year I was about to build a nice acrylic blade guard for dust collection, but then we went and moved. Now I have a great new deep garage to build a shop in, but I also have 12 foot ceilings. My old plan of using a ceiling mounted boom just doesn’t seem smart or easy. I hesitate to build a fixed boom arm from the right side of the saw ...

03-28-2015 02:41 AM

Wraparound built-in desktop HELP - 8 replies

I am doing some more work for a friend, and what she would like is a desktop next to the kitchen that slides between two extended stairway walls, wraps around, and joins the side of the kitchen cabinets. After checking the squares of the walls, as expected they are not square. The problem is that the one wall is pretty severely cupped, about 1/2...

01-25-2015 07:20 PM

Advice on Benchtop Design - 19 replies

I am in the process of kind of a full shop revamp and upgrade, trying to go from light hobby to serious amateur. Of course a critical part of this is a decent workbench. Now, 10 years down the road I would love a solid maple and walnut Roubo or something, but for now, I am going to do the best I can with mostly what I have. The bones are goin...

12-01-2014 09:55 PM

Looking everywhere for 1-1/2 inch straight bit - 2 replies

You wouldn’t think it would be tough to find ANYTHING online anymore, but even Google isn’t helping much right now. I’m trying to track down a 1-1/2 inch diameter straight bit with a bearing to use for a JessEm plate install (Route-R-Plate instructions suggests it). I figure it’s worth it because I can use it in a sled fo...

07-15-2014 12:28 AM

At my wits end trying to get a nice poly tabletop - 10 replies

It’s not my first time around the block with Poly (oil) although I do hopes it’s my last. I did an oak table last year that turned out great, but now I am working on a pine top that has sections layed in multiple angled grain directions, therefore impossible to brush on with the grain. I stupidly tried brushing individual sections wh...

10-23-2013 12:34 AM

Refinishing a nicked up pine table top - 10 replies

My wife picked up this table on CL, and I do like it, but she wants to have it refinished with black legs and a deeper black cherry type top. I’m cool with that, except that it is PINE…it is veneered…and it is really beat up. In the past I have used Citri-strip with great success, and usually sand afterwords to take out the ...

10-12-2013 03:03 PM

Mounting a L-shaped Mantel - 7 replies

I have built a mantel for a friend, and it mounts around a brick corner fireplace, both ends abutting walls. It is hallow design with cross pieces for stability, and it will attach to a pre-mounted 2×6. My friend has just asked for it to be screwed down to the top of the 2×6, which I was fine with, but now I am having second thoughts o...

08-25-2013 08:38 PM

Sanding an angled board - 3 replies

I have a 72” by 3.5” board, with a 30 degree angle cut the length on half. So, roughly 2 inches with a straight face, and 1.5 inches cut at the 30 deg. I’m not sure how well I am describing that… Anyway, I do not have a jointer to smooth it, but I can tell that I do have some minor tool marks from the tablesaw blade, a...

07-25-2013 06:43 PM

Frame making choices - 3 replies

After researching some artwork framing at a local frame shop, the sticker shock has made me consider trying this myself. Not something I have done, but I certainly have all the tools to accomplish it. What I am wondering is what wood to choose. I am not currently doing any black painted frames, as I would just use pine if I do some of those, but...

06-23-2013 05:51 PM

Best Joinery for Boxed Mantel - 5 replies

I have a pic here of what I am planning to do with a boxed mantel for a friend. This is a project I haven’t had experience in, so I’m shooting from the hip here. The Yellow top and bottom are maple plywood, the lighter fronting piece is hard maple, and the brown at the back is a 2×6 which is lag bolted to a brick facing. I am th...

08-01-2012 07:30 PM

CL listing for Craftsman Table Saw 152.221140 - Advice? - 3 replies

I am literally a week or two away from finally purchasing a table saw. Had great advice from you guys a couple months back and had settled on a Ridgid, but just found this on Craigslist. He wants 490, which seems maybe a little steep, maybe not. But it feels like a good buy and better than the Ridgid R4512 at the same price point. Reviews for it...

06-08-2012 08:44 PM

First Table Saw Purchase, Price vs Safety - 40 replies

First, I realize that “table saw advice” is everywhere online, and yes, I have searched this and countless other forums and read up what I could. I have thoughts and good ideas on what saws I should be considering. I have watched craigslist and some auction sites for almost a year, but haven’t really found the right deal in the...

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