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04-01-2015 12:00 AM

Can I use biscuits to join BC plywood? - 8 replies

I am making a set of recycling bin shelves for my garage out of 2×4’s and 19/32” BC plywood. The frame is the 2×4 material and the shelves that the bins sit on are the plywood. Doing this in a hurry and I screwed up and made the shelves too narrow…..aaarrrrghhh! Actually what happened was I made them wide and had p...

03-10-2014 04:30 PM

Wide headboard to post - allowing for movement - 1 reply

What is the general recommendation for joinery between a wide solid wood headboard (12”) to bedposts? I have Jeff Miller’s book where he shows a similar headboard made with 3 separate tenons spaced about 2 or 3” apart, all glued? But more recently I have a FWW issue that he wrote on bed design that just shows one long tenon w...

02-19-2014 06:18 PM

Preferred Bed Joinery Hardware? - 2 replies

I’m getting ready to make a queen size shaker style bed. I’m considering these 2 knockdown hardware options: Bed Rail Fasteners Bed Bolts Is there any advantage of one over the other? I’m leaning more towards the bed rail fasteners as they look like they would be a little easier and quicker to assemble with. Thanks

02-11-2014 09:10 PM

Can you explain 90/80 90/50 No. 1 Common grades to me - 4 replies

I’m looking at cherry lumber at some online dealers and they are listing the following grades:- No. 1 common or better- 90/80 Prime cherry- 90/50 Prime cherry Can you explain the differences (visual aids help!) and examples of what I’d want to use and where in furniture; for example if I am making a solid wood shaker style bed, wh...

01-13-2014 02:17 PM

Bits and magnetic bit holders - am I doing it wrong? - 10 replies

I know there has to be a better way but I don’t know what it is. This past weekend I had occasion to drive several hundred 1 5/8” deck screws with a star head. This particular brand comes with a star bit in each package of screws. So I place the bit tip in the magnetic bit holder (like the one in the image below) and start driving...

01-02-2014 07:55 PM

Old cordless tools - dump them? - 22 replies

What do other LJ’ers do with their cordless tools like cordless drills & saws when the batteries go dead for the final time and the only batteries available are aftermarket ones? I have 2 cordless Bosch drills, a 14.4V and an 18V that never let me down when there were still batteries available from Bosch and a tidy little Makita saw...

12-31-2013 10:38 PM

Looking for hardwood dealer in Mississippi - 3 replies

Used to go to Colco’s in Memphis but alas, it is no more (for quite a while now). I’m looking for a place within reasonable driving distance (less than a day round trip!) that carries domestic hardwood and good hardwood plywood. Particularly looking for a place that carries kiln dried and 16/4 for turning stock. I’m in the no...

11-21-2013 12:28 AM

How would you "woodwork"-ify this? - 6 replies

I’m getting ready to make a work table for my wife’s craft room. She absolutely does care about or not want anything fancy. It’s going to be an odd size: 40” high (wants to be able to stand and use it), and 36” long x 26” wide. Yes, it’s small and a quirky size, but we measured, remeasured, and re-rem...

03-13-2013 01:38 PM

Shim & Trim Confusion - 10 replies

I’m working on a “built-in” set of bookcases, my first built-in project. That is, it is not a free standing set of shelves that can be moved around the room, but attached to the wall as a set of cabinets are. Ok, let’s say the book cases run 8’ along a wall, abutting another wall (corner). (The bookcases are ac...

03-01-2013 04:38 PM

Cabinet "Applied Back" - 0 replies

I’m reading Gregory Paolini’s “Kitchen Cabinets Made Simple”. His construction technique for these cabinets is butt joints with steel screws (Please, let’s not debate butt joints here). For upper cabinets, there is a 1/4” back that is in front of 3/4” nailers. The sides are screwed to the 3/4” n...

02-11-2013 08:21 PM

Hardwood floor layout questions - 2 replies

Hello all -I hope this is the correct forum to ask this in. I have a 3/4” x 5 1/2” T&G pre-finished oak floor (solid) in our hallway. As usual, the flooring in the hall runs parallel to the length of the hallway (longways). We put this floor in a year or so ago. Now we are ready to move on to the first room off of the hallway...

01-30-2013 03:50 PM

Need help making this trim profile - 6 replies

A good friend of mine is adding onto their late 19th century home and wants to be able to use trim that looks as close as possible. He’s asked me for help, and I’m asking you for yours! He has done woodworking in the past for some previous renovations and had a shaper cutter make a piece quite similar to the original. Unfortunatel...

01-04-2013 07:03 PM

Hardwood plywood source (online)? - 13 replies

I have an upcoming project that I need a couple of pieces of cherry plywood – 2’x4’ is the largest size I need. Anyone know of and/or dealt with any online sources for this stuff? Sure would be nice not to have to drive 300 miles or so for my nearest source.Thanks

01-04-2013 03:29 PM

Plastic tool cases - do you keep them? - 50 replies

I’ve amassed an assortment of portable power tool cases. You know the hard plastic ones that routers, hand drills etc. are sent in. What do you folks do with them? They seem like a good idea but the reality is I don’t use them and prefer my own storage devices..drawers, shelves etc. But I’m reluctant to get rid of the cases...

12-21-2012 03:27 PM

How do you edge sand without an edge sander? - 11 replies

I have a long piece – roughly 48” that is convex along one edge (concave down) that I need to sand to a line. I do not have access to an edge sander. I do have a handheld belt sander that is impossible to hold perpendicular to the face of the board while sanding. I’d love a Jet oscillating edge sander but it won’t happ...

12-19-2012 07:55 PM

Safe stopped grooves - how? - 9 replies

Currently working on a project that involves a frame that holds a panel. The stiles of the frame actually extend up beyond the panel to another section that holds a mirror, which fits in a rabbet and not a slot. The lower panel goes into a 3/8” slot on all 4 sides. I’d love to cut this with a slot cutter but am in a bit of a time ...

12-11-2012 07:38 PM

Need 5/4. Can I glue up my own? - 19 replies

I’m getting ready to start a project that calls for 5/4 quartersawn white oak. Unfortunately, living in the middle of nowhere I don’t have access to quartersawn of any variety. That leaves me with a mail order option. But the place I’m looking at buying from only has 8/4,4/4, or 1/2” QS white oak. What I was thinkin...

08-10-2011 05:00 PM

Spindle repair help - 0 replies

Turning a leg yesterday for the farmhouse table I “blew out” some grain (torn area) in the transition area between the pommel and circular turned part of the leg. I don’t have a pic handy but am wondering if there a repair for this sort of thing or am I faced with tossing the leg and starting over!? I thought about slicing of...

08-08-2011 04:50 PM

Routing tenons with a straight edge? - 12 replies

I’m making a table which will have aprons nearly 6’ long. I’ve never had good luck making tenons on the table saw and even though I have a crosscut sled I don’t want to try them with it as they are just too long. I had the idea of laying the long aprons across the workbench, placing a straight edge a certain distance ...

08-04-2011 05:07 PM

Need tips for gluing up leg blanks - 3 replies

I’m making some legs for a table that will be turned on a lathe. I don’t have access to thick stock so I’m having to glue up 4 pieces to make a single piece that is the correct thickness. I am running into “slipping and sliding” when I get more than 2 of them with glue on them and it gets tough to squeeze all of t...

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