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|18 days ago||
Soaking or steaming - 25 replies
I am wanting to try my hand at a small project using bent wood lamination. Something small to see if I like the process, and get a feel for what the uber dry weather here might do to it. I have been watching a few videos and I have seen both techniques. I have no idea if the wood I have is kiln dried or air dried. When I asked at the lumbe...
|64 days ago||
Lots of pain but I still have all my fingers - 28 replies
I would like to blame the saw but it was all my fault. I was squaring up some bass wood on my Skil model POS. The problem is I was in a hurry and did not use my push stick. Just a piece of scrap. I had a hunch something was going to happen and it did as I was moving my left hand away. The blade caught and I felt my left hand pulled in. I d...
|65 days ago||
Finishing in winter - 3 replies
Life happened and a project was put on the back burner. I will be picking it up again but will most likely finish while it is still winter. While it does not get excruciatingly cold hear It will be below the recommended temp for glue and finish. My shop is not heated. Should I put the project back on the back burner until it warms up?
|80 days ago||
So what do you think ........ would say? - 5 replies
I have seen a bunch of projects linked to prominent woodworkers who are no longer with us. I wonder if people would be making these links if those folks were around? I have read:Krenov style cabinetMaloof style Morris The next thought is, if these folks were around, how do you think they would critique these items? Just some random tho...
|92 days ago||
Source for info on bending - 11 replies
I am looking for a source that explains what is involved in bending wider pieces of wood. Like 6-8 inch wide boards like in these dressers http://www.poshtots.com/baby-furniture/baby-furniture/dressers/sobey-dresser/18/4279/1323/21863/poshproductdetail.aspx This is not what I want to do but it shows it can be done. I am wondering if it i...
|100 days ago||
Flexcut not sharp - 3 replies
I got the last flexcut carving knife. It was either a demo model or returned after being abused. It is NOT sharp. I have stropped it but it is not getting sharp enough. Do I sharpen like a normal blade or is there something special?
|109 days ago||
Source for good basswood - 13 replies
I do not live near a place that has any sort of bass wood. I have some tools on order and I am going to start whittlin to pass the time. Seems like a quiet way to pass the time on the porch. Where do you folks get your basswood?
|112 days ago||
Wondering about box wall thickness - 8 replies
I am wondering about box wall thickness. I see most folks have a wall thickness of 1/2 inch. Is this for strength, or convenience? Does it depend on the size of the box?
|115 days ago||
Portable/table easel - 2 replies
This question is for artists or someone who has made one of these. My sister-in-law has started painting and seems to enjoy it. They do not have room to set up a dedicated easel in their small place, and 4 little one running around would not be good. So, I thought I would make an easel/storage box for her but am not sure how to finish the i...
|124 days ago||
Mantel question - 6 replies
We have a fire place plugged with a pellet insert. It is in the middle of a large expanse of gray tile with the ugliest hearth in the world. I am not going to rip out the hearth because that will be a MUCH bigger job than I want to do right now, plus I would then have to replace it with something. My wife and I were wanting to put up a mant...
|142 days ago||
The official DOH!!!!!!! I screwed up thread - 51 replies
In another thread I jokingly said I could participate in a thread about screwing things up. I got to thinking about it while surfing the projects section. I can’t be the only one that messes up. There are lots and lots of threads about successful builds and restorations. Seems wrong to not have an area where we air out the dirty litt...
|150 days ago||
Cooperative woodshop space ?? - 23 replies
I have an incomplete wood shop with lots of space, a friend has no space but does have some machines that will complement what I have. His father in law has no space either but has more tools. I bet between the three of us we got a well equipped wood shop. Here is the deal-I have the space, and we have kicked around the idea of combining ou...
|150 days ago||
WHat is paper tape used for? - 6 replies
3 years ago our middle school shut down the wood shop. Obviously the good stuff grew legs, but the other stuff was auctioned off. That is where I got several planes in need of rehabbing. I also got a lot of other odds and ends. What has perplexed me the most was the numerous rolls of paper tape. Before I toss it I thought I would ask: Si...
|164 days ago||
Wood hand plane Price insanity - 12 replies
My hand surgery is driving me nuts. I can’t lift much which means I can’t do much in the shop. As I was scratching my head trying to figure out what I can do, I decided I could make a plane. It has been on my to do list. I did some looking here and elsewhere for instructions and not only does it seem doable, it looks like a pre...
|173 days ago||
Hand Surgery - 10 replies
Assuming the Insurance approves, I go in for endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery on Wednesday. It is supposedly a quick procedure. Doc says I will be able to type and write the same day. I supposedly can drive the next day if I am not on pain meds. I could not get a real solid answer out of him about timeline to get back to work in th...
|176 days ago||
Slab question-Bark and finish - 4 replies
My table top is coming along slowly. I removed the bark on the outside using a wire wheel on a grinder, after getting as much off as I could with a sharpened putty knife. This is a crotch piece of wood and it has a bark vein (no idea what the official name is) running for quite a way. Do I gouge this out, or just leave it. The slab is the ...
|182 days ago||
I found a Disston 4b - 7 replies
I am sure there is nothing special about it, and it did not cost me anything, since I found it. I wire wheeled it a little to see what condition the metal and the wood was in. Looks like it will be a pretty good back saw. That is what it is right, a back saw? Haha, the scavenger comes home the victor!
|183 days ago||
Sans Table saw - 21 replies
Some of you may have heard the flushing of my table saw hopes down the drain yesterday. I had back surgery a little over a year ago for a blown disk that was blocking roughly 80-90% of my nerve in L5. The initial MRI pointed to several problems in my back and apparently one of those other problems was worse than originally thought to be. ...
|185 days ago||
Table top glue up questions - 1 reply
I am slowly progressing on my dining room table top, and it is time to begin planning the glue up. The table top will be two book matched walnut slabs and some trim. By the time the dimensioning is complete I anticipate an inch and a half in thickness. I have done a lot of reading the last couple days and I have not found a description of h...
|185 days ago||
Why do soles get cupped - 22 replies
I think that is the word for it. I am rehabbing a Bailey #5 and it has been a devil to flatten. How and why does this happen?