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|28 days ago||
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...
|280 days ago||
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...
|292 days ago||
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...
|310 days ago||
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...
|322 days ago||
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...
|348 days ago||
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
|348 days ago||
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...
|362 days ago||
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...
|364 days ago||
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 ...
|372 days ago||
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...
|861 days ago||
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...
|863 days ago||
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 ...
|867 days ago||
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...
|870 days ago||
Furniture from construction grade lumber..? - 44 replies
Looking for pictures of table styles recently I came across this site: http://ana-white.com/2009/12/plans-farmhouse-table-knock-off-of.html Apparently the site has inspired a number of women (& men too: http://honeysucklehigh.blogspot.com/2011/02/labor-of-love.html ) to make their own furniture. I wonder what the general take on it...
|877 days ago||
Jointing long boards & getting - 14 replies
I am trying to joint the edge of some 85” long white oak boards on my jointer. The jointer has a 36” bed. I have all the roller stands lined up (4) to keep the boards flat on the table. I have successfully jointed the edge of 3 boards (I’m making a tabletop). However the one edge of the center board is giving me fits. I ca...
|903 days ago||
Chairmaking help - 3 replies
I have a couple of chairs identical to these that I would like to replicate: and some Internet links to the same chair style: Side chair picture 1 Side chair picture 2 As you can hopefully see in the pictures, the back legs/stiles have a bend to them. They measure 1 1/2” by 1 1/2”. The total bend is about 2 1/2R...
|913 days ago||
Questions about this table-top - 2 replies
I’d like to make a table very similar to this one. (complete gallery is here: http://opalko.smugmug.com/Woodworking/Pub-Table/17627272_k8cbg3 ) Some call it a pub table, some call it a refectory table. There are 2 leaves that are self-storing under the top. As you can see in the gallery, it’s a pretty nifty design...
|920 days ago||
2 Table-top construction questions - 7 replies
I’m very keen on the design of the table on this page and would like to build one: http://www.oakdiningsets.co.uk/Refectory-Oak-Dining-Tables.htm In that regard I have the following questions. 1. It appears that the table-top is thicker than 3/4” although in this picture it’s difficult to tell: http://www.oakdinings...
|1001 days ago||
Alternative to these mortises - 8 replies
I’m working on this nightstand project (yes, still) and have got to the point of needing to make mortises in the front legs for what are called “front drawer opening frame” pieces in this plan I bought (part L) in diagram below.The mortises are to be 5/8” x 3/4” x 1/2” deep. These seem a little disproportiona...
|1014 days ago||
What is proper mortise depth ? - 5 replies
I’ve been trying to make a project from some plans I bought online for a nightstand. The plans call for 1 1/2” square legs with 2 mortises on each leg (Cherry, btw) for rails. The mortises are shown to be centered on each leg, 3/4” deep, 3/8” wide, 3/8” from top of leg. Being the ignorant plunderer that I am I di...