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252 days ago

wipe on water vs oil poly (difficulty / streaking) - 3 replies

I’ve been fretting about finishing one of my first pieces and have reading here on LJ about the differences between wipe on water and oil based poly. my synopsis is that folks lover water because it is quicker to dry and less odor, but oil is easier to get flat and fewer brush marks. I will be using General Finishes one way or the other,...

255 days ago

non-darkening finish technique for walnut bench - 7 replies

I’m putting a walnut bench atop our shoe storage in our new mudroom area. while the walnut glue up has sat in the basement unfinished, my wife has fallen in love with its light cream color, and almost purplish undertones. when i put water on it to test my sanding, the color darkens considerably – quite nicely in my opinion, but to...

257 days ago

wobbly chair refinishing - 3 replies

I have a dozen old dining room chairs in need of refinishing. i could live with the current aesthetics, but they are a bit wobbly. Does anyone have experience with the glue/needle in the joint method of repair? worth the effort? these are antique chairs which i don’t want to mess up, but i also don’t want to pay to send them out ...

266 days ago

ideas for outdoor grill cover? - 2 replies

I have a weber grill which needs to have a large black plastic cover when not in use – if it is not on and it rains, water gets into and overflows the drip pan. terrible mess. the cover is a hassle to get on and off, and when off during cooking is an eyesore sitting on the ground next to the grill since it is so big (6 burner grill). h...

340 days ago

How to epoxy a knot - 17 replies

Anybody care to share (or can refer me to) a step by step guide to how epoxy in a knot? i have bought West Systems epoxy and have glued up a large bench, with a somewhat loose knot in the middle. I guess my first question is how full to fill the knot? half way, dry, then a second batch to fill it in? or fill it in all at once? does the stuf...

464 days ago

Cross cut vs Osborn gauge - 5 replies

I have an Osborn miter gauge. its great. but i see so many folks raving about cross cut sleds. Anybody with an Osborn also have a cross cut sled? what do you use more? Same question for Incra gauge owners…

701 days ago

Router table design - 5 replies

I am about to start the build of my router table (as an extension of my table saw). I was planning on 2 layers of mdf for the surface but saw HD has a large enough piece of melamine to be the top layer. The melamine is over particle board not mdf. It would be easier to use this than laminating mdf for sure Any thoughts on if the particle ...

707 days ago

Edge banding - 4 replies

I am needing to edge band several (a lot) of parts on a new ply built in. the visual portion of the the pieces need to be about 3/4” x 1/4” x length I am wondering if folks frequently use edge banding bits like in the photo (copied from MLCS site), or just glue and pin nail the banding on? I’m sure the routed application i...

710 days ago

Is this plane bed worth using? - 13 replies

inspired by all the plane restoration stories here i came across a cheap Stanley 9 3/4” plane, which i assume is a #4. unfortunately i don’t have any before photos, but I have put some effort into taking all the rust off the sides and bottom and sharpened the blade (scary). when i got done with flattening the bottom, i noticed ...

720 days ago

cheap dust collection system - 10 replies

I was pondering PVC vs flex tubing for my new dust collection, when i stumbled upon this product from home depot. it is called TripleWall, and i believe designed for drainage applications. It cost about $7 per 10ft section, which is way less expensive then flex or PVC. there are end caps, whye’s , T’s also. connections are fricti...

731 days ago

hinge type - 2 replies

I need some help understanding which type of hinge i need for the below design. Any thoughts would be appreciated. i’m building this credenza from ply/edge banding. the first photo shows the front face. there is a 3/4” face frame all the way around the box, and each door/drawer has a 1/4” edging on 4 sides. hence on the ...

733 days ago

doweling into face frame jig - 2 replies

I’m wondering if anyone has a jig example for doweling into the face side of a board multiple inches from the edge? I have seen the Jessem jig (pricey) and dowelmax (pricier) and figure there is a cheaper solution. My initial idea was to take a less expensive self centering jig (e.g rockler or even HF) and unscrew the side parts such tha...

741 days ago

design comments, material comments - 2 replies

This will be my first project of this type, and first use of sketchup. Any and all comments welcome. design: Firstly, what do you all think of this design? It’s a derivative of a plywood entertainment center design I came across. It is a lot wider than the normal (90”), but sized to be sort of a built-in type piece in my baseme...

779 days ago

huge red oak coming down - 35 replies

my neighbor has a 70’ dead red oak being taken down this tuesday (3 days from now). its base is about 4’ in diameter. They are just going to have it taken away by the landscaping company, and i’m not really in a position mill it myself. Any suggestions on what a good middle ground would be? Given my limited ability to mil...

805 days ago

workbench top assembly - 5 replies

I am mid stream into building my workbench. i chose to modify a woodsmith shop design (photos to come), where my top is a solid core door with a layer of MDF and ply underneath. the original plan called for 4 layers of MDF, all of which are glued and screwed together. I have glued and screwed the MDF and ply, but am wondering if i need to glu...

819 days ago

dado setup - 5 replies

i bought a dado set used from a contractor. 3 of the spacer blades were waxed so i figured in good condition. when i took the wax off, the cutter tip (on top) was shorter than the opposing side (on bottom) – see picture. am i suppose to file down the bottom side? could it be that the tips were replaced an put on too short/low?

843 days ago

MLCS XM router table / TS extension (not the cast iron) - 0 replies

i’m thinking of getting this MDF based router table. I am not a heavy user so was thinking i could get away with the MDF version rather than the cast iron. How often, and/or how soon this will fail/warp? I see on the forums most people like their products but i do see some complaints about MDF in the long run. will a casual woodworker ...

849 days ago

kiln dried sacrificial fence - 4 replies

my new table saw manual states that if i make a sacrificial fence of hardwood, then it should be kiln dried. is this really necessary? or will a basic piece of maple or oak suffice?

850 days ago

What is this? - 4 replies

I found these 2 pieces in my attic the other day. one is 3.5’ and the other 4’ long, both about 5” diameter. the house is 1952 vintage, so doubt they were gutters. any project ideas on what to do with it?


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