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1282 days ago

air drying beech - 2 replies

Hi I have access to a beech log and I would like to air dry it. Mostly some small square blanks for plane making, and probably some boards also. I have heard that beech is very difficult to air dry. Anybody had success doing it? If so any tips? I will seal it’s end with anchorseal, and store it in an unheated shed, but is this suf...

1318 days ago

is variable speed a must for marquetry? - 1 reply

Hi All I would like to get a scroll saw for marquetry, and wonder if variable speed is a must . I could get my hand on a hegner 14” but it is single speed. thanks for comments Martin

1499 days ago

is 12% MC ok for turning a bowl? - 4 replies

Hi All I would like to turn a bowl out of a 12% MC cherry. It`s for a birthday present in 4 weeks. Is it too wet, can it warp or crack afterwards? thanks for comments or suggestions Martin

1512 days ago

overall vertical movement in frame and panel construction? - 6 replies

Hi all Need some advise here. I will build a frame and panel back for a dovetailed carcase cabinet. The frame and panel back will be glued into the carcase rabbet. The stiles will run the full height of the frame. to minimize stress on the carcase, I need to consider the overall seasonal movement of the f&p. To minimise the overall ...

1555 days ago

hand drill - the use and chuck opening size - 5 replies

Hi All I would like to get an egg beater hand drill for woodworking The vintage ones available have a max chuck opening for 3/16 – 1/4 or 3/8. Sometimes really old one can only accept 1/8 bit shank. I would like to know what tasks, mostly woodworker do with these type of drills and what chuck size do they have or wish they had. ...

1570 days ago

post and panel chest - tenon thickness advise - 5 replies

Hi all I am currently designing a post and panel chest of drawers. The post will also serve as style for the side panel. The groove in the post will be 1/4 inch wide to accept the panel. The easiest would be to have the mortise for the rails tenon to be 1/4 inch also. the rails are 3/4 thick. So is 1/4 sufficient or should I bother to...

1578 days ago

hirsch mortise chisels for sale - 1 reply

Hi all I have this set and they only received a few taps. http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=1&p=49988&cat=1,41504,41533&ap=1 the set sale at 210$ cdn, will let go for 160$ cnd + shp I can send close up picture Martin

1596 days ago

finishing and nailing a wide plank pine floor - need advise - 9 replies

Hi All I am currently milling lots of wide plank of eastern white pine for our cottage floor. Boards will average 7.5 inch wide. I need to shortly make a decision for the finish to use and the nails to use. NAILING: Current floor is 5/8 plywood over joists at every 16” .I will face nail the square edge board on the joist. Should I n...

1749 days ago

double dresser joinery - need advise - 13 replies

I am designing a double dresser for my little girl and I have some doubts on my design and would like to get your comments or suggestions here is the draft drawing The double dresser will be 48 inch wide and 35 inch high. I have planned to use 3/4 thick drawer dividers (horizontal and vertical). Each horizontal divider will run from po...

1836 days ago

need advice, finishing interior of apron table? - 5 replies

Hi I am getting ready to finish a table with danish oil, should I finish the interior of the aprons also, so that the pieces are in equilibrum? thanks Martin

1841 days ago

lathe jig for the drill press - 10 replies

HI Anybody tried this jig. I am thinking to make one for small turning like knobs and small legs. I Can’t afford a real lathe now but I do have a good floor drill press. thanks

1877 days ago

table top overhang design issue - 12 replies

Hi All I am building a writing table, with 2 drawers on the front. The table is 24 by 48. Yesterday when I put the top on it’s base, I found that the 2 1/2 front overhang was too much, even if the edge have a chanfer on the bottom. You couldn’t see or reach the drawers well. 1 1/2 inch is about right to my liking. The table will e...

1912 days ago

air drying - at what % MC is it safe to bring indoor - 4 replies

Hi All I got a pile of cherry lumber from different sources, MC range between 14% and 25%. I wonder at what % of MC is it safe to stack indoor (heated garage in my case) thANKS

1939 days ago

dimensions for shaker tapered leg - 12 replies

Hi I would like to know the typical dimension for the legs of a writing desk, shaker style, tapered on the 2 inside faces. I want the desk to have a delicate look. The desk is 24 by 48 and the apron are 4 1/2 wide, top is 5/8 thick with chanfered edges My initial thought was from 1 3/4 down to 3/4. any suggestions thanks

1966 days ago

can you guess this piece dimension - 18 replies

Hi all I would like to get some guesses on the dimension of this piece. What do you think? Any link or picture to a similar piece would be apprecited thanks

1975 days ago

veneer over solid wood - need advise - 8 replies

Hi All I have a few boards of tiger maple and would like it to use it as veneer. I plan on building a chest of drawer in maple. I want to use solid wood for my veneer substrate for the top and drawer front. I am planning on cutting my veneer 1/8 thick to make it easier to work with. Here is a few question marks: If I use maple veneer ov...

2075 days ago

HELP! powder beetle - 8 replies

Looking at the new stacked lumber this morning and saw that the boards have lots of holes with powder and little beetles. My lumber is getting destroyd. I need a solution fast Thanks

2085 days ago

air drying lumber on garage wall rack? - 6 replies

Hi I have green lumber that I would like to air dry in my garage wall rack. But doing this, I will not be able to stack it as high as I would like to, only 3 or 4 board high. So my worry is, does it require to have some weight on the lumber so that the boards remain flat. thanks

2100 days ago

would you build your workbench base out of curly maple? - 10 replies

Hi All I started milling my 8/4 maple for the construction of the holtzapffel workbench. I was very suprised and quite baffled when I discovered that the lumber is all curly maple. I wonder If I should keep this wood for venering. If so I would have to build the base out of 4/4 lumber which would take some extra time. Is curly maple common or...

2129 days ago

mortise chisel, registered or tapered? - 2 replies

I would like to buy some mortise chisel and I hesitate between the sorby registered mortise chisels or the Hirsch mortise chisels that are tapered in width from tip to shoulder for sidewall clearance. I am just getting into hand mortising and I am not sure what is best. thanks for any comments

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