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649 days ago

Bent steel rod - 12 replies

For my current project, I need to either make or buy a steel rod (probably either 3/8” or 1/2” diameter) with a 90 degree bend in it. I can find all the straight steel rod I could want online or in local stores. Does anyone have any experience with bending rods like this, and if so could you please share! Thanks,Mike

978 days ago

hard or soft maple for closet organizer? - 4 replies

I’m building another closet organizer (you can see the walnut one in my projects) and am going to use maple. Since I’m never really sure when to use hard vs. soft maple, does anyone know if soft maple is okay for something like this? Thanks!Mike

1302 days ago

kids in the workshop - 18 replies

My oldest son (just about 7) has considerable interest in anything having to do with building/putting things together. He is constantly taking things apart in order to turn them into something else, and has shown a ton of interest in woodworking projects. For christmas, he received a “real construction kit” which is actually pretty...

1405 days ago

rags? - 13 replies

I use rags a decent amount for various tasks in the shop. Usually I buy the t-shirt material rags from Home Depot, but when using these rags to apply/wipe off BLO or for similar tasks, it seems that a bit of the t-shirt material gets left behind. Can anyone recommend an alternative that will not leave anything behind when applying an oil/var...

1427 days ago

buying lumber off of craigslist? - 12 replies

So, I’m going to look at some walnut lumber I found listed on craigslist. The price is pretty fantastic, which always makes me wonder why? Any suggestions for what I need to look for to make sure I’m not buying junk? Here are some pictures that were emailed to me (btw, the price is $3/bf)

1432 days ago

Woodworkers' Journal - 8 replies

Anyone subscribe to Woodworker’s Journal? I just received a $10/year subscription offer and I’m always looking for good woodworking magazines to subscribe to. If you subscribe (or have in the past) did you enjoy it? -Mike

1433 days ago

Reinforcing good safety habits - 10 replies

So I’ve been thinking a bit about how I can be safer in the shop. Since my job as a programmer necessitates that I have most of my fingers, I figure it’s in my best interest to ensure that I keep them all! Since I have not taken any woodworking classes, I feel like I should spend some time researching safety tips. One thing I...

1439 days ago

Bent Lamination - 1 reply

I have an idea for a project that will require some bent laminations, so I’m doing some research. There are certainly lots of artciles here and elsewhere on line that have given me a good start. Can anyone recommend a good resource that can help me figure out the minimum radius for a curve when factoring in the thickness of the laminat...

1442 days ago

Fire Extinguisher - 13 replies

I’m embarrassed to say that I do not yet have a fire extinguisher, but this week is when that oversight will be rectified. As I understand it, since I do a small amount of working with metal (mostly cutting brass and aluminum), and plan on doing more in the future, I would need an extinguisher that is ABCD rated? Does anyone have sug...

1443 days ago

Jet JTS-10DD ? - 0 replies

I saw a Jet JTS-10DD on craigslist for $400. While I would not but this for $400 (I don’t think) does anyone have this saw and have an opinion of it? If so, any idea what a fair price would be? Thanks,Mike

1448 days ago

Deft Brushing Lacquer - Exp. Needed - 2 replies

I’m curious if anyone has had any exp. with Deft Brush on Clear Lacquer (not the spray can). I’m on the finishing stage of a desktop and the matching shelves are finished and hung with Deft Clear Gloss Spray Lacquer. I’ve done test pieces of curly maple cut-offs form building the desk with:1) Behlan Rock Hard Tabletop Var...

1455 days ago

working with aluminum (finishing your project) - 2 replies

I’m planning a project that will have a strip of aluminum running down the middle, either 1/8” or 1/4” wide and I’m trying to figure out the finishing phase so that i can try it out on a test piece I’m doing. When I’ve worked with brass in the past, the brass ends up looking great by just using progressivel...

1606 days ago

Hard vs. Soft Curly Maple - 4 replies

Fellow Jocks, I’m planning a desktop and floating shelves for our home office and light wood has been requested. I think we’ve settled on Curly Maple. While I’ve read some stuff online about hard vs. soft curly maple, I’d like to hear anyone’s thoughts about the difference. I’ve only worked with soft...

1637 days ago

brass rod for wodden plane pin - 4 replies

I’m working my way towards making my first wooden hand plane. For those of you who have done this and used a brass rod for the wedge pin instead of wood, how do you set the pin? IOW, what keeps it in place? Do you glue it in? Or just make it really tight? I’m kind of at a loss.. Thanks!-Mike

1651 days ago

custom closet - 7 replies

I’m planning out a custom closet for our master bedroom and am having some trouble with how to do certain parts. This is a standard 2-door closet, not a walkin and I think I’ll be using Walnut. It’s a very simple/standard design, with 2 sections. Hanging sections on the left and right, and selves in the middle. Each secti...

1657 days ago

huge hand plane collection (baltimore craigslist) - 8 replies

figured I’d post it in case anyone might be interested. http://baltimore.craigslist.org/tls/1544810321.html (not affiliated in any way shape or form, just happened to run across it)

1703 days ago

Working when it rains - 8 replies

For those of you who have garage shops that are not climate controlled: Do you work when it rains? I want to get started milling for a coffee table but I’m not sure If I should wait until a Few days of lower hidity? Thanksmike

1713 days ago

maloof finish - 11 replies

I’ve been reading a bunch about the “Maoof Finish” (equals parts pure tung oil, BOL and poly) and I’m going to do a couple of test scrap pieces for my current project. For those of you that have used this finish before, what kind of polyurethane am I supposed to use? Oil based? water based? does it matter? Any oth...

1714 days ago

picutres of table with 2x2 legs? - 5 replies

I’ve designed a set of end tables and a coffee table that will have legs that are 2”x2” in thickness. Last night I milled the walnut for the legs (man what a great purchase that jointer was), and now that I have all of the leg pieces to their correct thickness, I’m concerned they might be a bit “beefy”. ...

1727 days ago

routing out lip for a jewelry box top - suggestions needed - 16 replies

So, I figured out (the hard way) last night that when using a hand-held fixed base router to rout out the lip for the lid os my jewelry box, the router just isn’t stable enough. The slight wobbles when going around the inside edge of the box were pretty bad (to put it nicely). So I’m going to have to use the table saw to cut a 1/2&...

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