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|56 days ago||
change of location (finally!) - 7 replies
Hi, all - Well, it’s official. In another couple of months, I pull up stakes and leave the once-great state of California, my home since birth, to move to the now-great state of Idaho. I haven’t found a new home yet, but rest assured, it will have at MINIMUM a three-car garage, a workshop, or a site where I can build a workshop...
|139 days ago||
mentally designing some garage storage... - 5 replies
Hi, all - I’m planning to build a cabinet for garage storage. It will be 6’ tall x 4’ wide x 14-16” deep, and have maybe four shelves. Intended material is 3/4” plywood. I’d like to put some doors on at least part of the cabinet. (I’m thinking about leaving the bottom shelf open, for oversized stuf...
|150 days ago||
dust collectors: needed power? - 16 replies
Hi - I’m sure this question has been bandied about ad nauseum, but I have to ask: how much dust collector do I need? I was looking at the PC400AP at Lowes. I hear people saying to avoid the 1 HP units, and I will do that if necessary, but…here is my situation: 1. never using more than one tool at a time (unless you count the du...
|351 days ago||
any tricks for miter cuts? - 22 replies
I’m building a small box with miter cuts for the edges. I need to get the dimensions really exact on this one. The first cut is easy, of course, but the second cut (on the other end of the wood) is more problematic. I’d like to put a stop block on the miter saw, but I’m concerned about how effective this would be with a board t...
|353 days ago||
personalizing your work? - 5 replies
I’m making a small item for a friend, and in anticipation of doing other projects for friends and family, I’m thinking I’d like to leave my initials somewhere on my work. I’d like to hear if/how others do this. Whatever I do, it needs to be something small, simple and not time-consuming (no ivory inlays here). What doe...
|367 days ago||
frame for sliding cabinet doors? - 8 replies
Hi, all - I’m getting ready to build some cabinets for the garage. Nothing fancy; just a 6’x4’ plywood box with a bunch of shelves. But, as tight as space is, I was thinking of going with sliding doors instead of swingers. So…good idea/bad idea/other? I was envisioning building a frame, possibly out of 2×4, to ...
|397 days ago||
hanging doors...any tips? - 14 replies
I probably should have asked this before I started, but…I just put a door on a cabinet, and despite my best efforts, it hangs about 1/8” low on the unhinged side. (The door is about 24”x24”.) Can this be recovered, or is it yet another learning experience? I was even thinking of removing the hinges, putting dowels into...
|418 days ago||
source for high quality cabinet hardware? - 12 replies
Hi, all - I am building a short, wide cabinet and it’s time to think about hardware: door hinges, a center latch, stops (if necessary), etc. I want to get some hardware that is high quality. I don’t want ornate, but I do want decorative, as this cabinet is going to go in my entry. So far, my web searches haven’t revealed ...
|533 days ago||
Not sure how to approach this project - 16 replies
Hi, all - I have a rather unusual project that is going to be tricky to describe. Imagine that you have a smallish block of wood (say, 6” by 12” by 1”). You wish to cut a relief into one face of the wood that is 1/2” deep and 4” by 10”, leaving a 1” border on all four sides. I’ve heard of usi...
|700 days ago||
what tool would you use for cutting slots? - 8 replies
Hi, all - I want to cut some slots in the sliding lids of cigar boxes. The wood is soft (probably cedar) and less than 1/4” thick. What would you use for cutting nice, clean slots in it? The slots will need to be about 1” by 3” or so. Thanks.
|773 days ago||
wood treatment for damp particle board - 11 replies
Hi, all - I realize this isn’t exactly a woodworking question (though it may become one!), but I thought I’d ask the braintrust here. The subfloor under my kitchen sink has had some moisture on it for a sustained period. (The shelf above it, which I’ve torn out, allowed some sink leaks to pass through.) The particle board...
|834 days ago||
aligning my miter saw fence/stop - 12 replies
Hi, all - I’ve got an issue right now that’s driving me nuts. I cannot for the life of me properly adjust the fence (or what the manufacturer calls the “stop” for my miter saw. The saw is a Bosch 4212L. Here’s a pic of the part in question (p/n 26): It’s held down to the saw by 4 bolts. When the bolts...
|848 days ago||
where to buy very small amounts of exotic wood? - 28 replies
Hi, all – I’m contemplating a small project that will need a piece of some kind of exotic wood (haven’t decided yet) that is about 1”x6”x12”. My google searches haven’t turned up a single source for wood in this size. Can someone point me in the right direction? Thanks. mz
|1032 days ago||
best way to use a router table for board ends? - 11 replies
Hi, all - I just invested in a router table. One of the things I’d like to do is use it for cutting profiles into the ends of boards (such as for glue joints). What’s the best way to do this? Miter gauge and some clamps to hold the workpiece to the clamp? Thanks for any suggestions.
|1210 days ago||
best wood for surfacing a workbench? - 20 replies
Hi, all – My workbench is a solid core door (32” x 80” if memory serves). A few years back, I put some ugly vinyl flooring squares over the top to protect it. It’s time to refresh those. While I was poking around Lowe’s home page, looking at vinyl, it occurred to me that I could use some kind of hardwood flooring inste...
|1282 days ago||
need a specialty fastener - 9 replies
Hi, guys - It’s been awhile…hope everyone’s doing well. I’m building a small press for gunsmithing purposes. I’m going to use 5/8” steel rod as the bolt, and I need to a nut that I can make captive to the frame of the press. Not knowing what such a nut is called (if it even exists) makes googling difficu...
|2284 days ago||
how would you build a cubby? - 15 replies
Hi, all - I need to build a small cubby-hole box for the garage. Here’s a really crude drawing: I would like some input on the proper design for this. ordinarily, I would countersink and drill, but obviously I can’t do that on both sides of a board. Some loose project specs: - the box is going to be about 18” sq...
|2295 days ago||
Hi, and request for recommendation - 15 replies
First, I just want to say hello. I activated my account earlier today and have already received several warm welcomes. I think I’m going to like it here. On the subject of tools, etc…I recently bought a set of reversible drill-countersink/screw bits from Sears (part # 26171 if anyone needs a better description). I inserted them in...