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416 days ago

How to tell if wood is dry enough. - 10 replies

I recently ordered a piece of Claro Walnut, and when I got it, it had a note attached saying that it may still be green, and may need to be seasoned. How can I figure out how wet it is? I know there is a meter I could get (if home depot sells them, otherwise I’d have to order one), but I would prefer not getting something I wouldn’...

627 days ago

SCORE! New plane for the collection. - 8 replies

I went to a garage sale the other day, and happened upon this rusty old plane for $5. It was all there, and the wood was in really good condition (no cracks)(the finish on them is a little rough though). I bought it and was on my way. :DI am now the proud owner of a Millers Falls No. 14C jack plane. I have already restored it (Everything but the...

627 days ago

How do I get the perfect high gloss finish? - 37 replies

I have been trying to get the perfect finish for a long time, and have yet to succeed. I’ve tried lacquer, poly, shellac, and a combination of a few other things, but I still get get it right. I was talking to a guy the other day and he had figured out how to get the perfect finish without buffing/polishing. He just put the finish on, and ...

770 days ago

Woods to use/avoid for cutting boards - 15 replies

I have never made a cutting board, and I want to change that within the next few weeks. I know some woods like oak and hickory are not good choices because they have an open grain, and some other species are toxic, but what specifically should I use, and what should I avoid? Here are a few wood’s I’d like to use (not all on the sa...

772 days ago

Drill bit drift - 10 replies

Hi everyone, I’m currently making a set of grips for a friends pistol, but I’ve run into a problem. When I try to drill the hole that would allow the screw head to sit flush with the wood, the drill bit drifts. How can I get it to stop? The hole as to be extremely exact, or the screw will not sit into it correctly. Thanks.

776 days ago

Central Machinery drill press question - 4 replies

My grandpa recently got an older Central Machinery Model T-583 drill press from his neighbor, and it is missing the chuck key. We tried a few keys, but none of them work well with it. I was wondering if anyone knew what size we should try? Thanks.

779 days ago

Curved box lid - 5 replies

What’s the best way to make a curved box lid? I have a customer that’s wanting a box with one, and I have no idea how to do it. It’s not a sharp curve, only a slight one. I’m using solid (3/4”-1/2” thick) aromatic cedar, so would some kind of steam bending work? How else could I do this? Thanks in advance.

835 days ago

What finish for pistol grips? - 19 replies

I just started making pistol grips, and was wondering what the best finish for them would be? Basically, I want them to be glossy, tough, and resist dirt and grime that may come into contact with them. Would Tung oil be good for this, or should I stick to lacquer or poly? Is there something else that works well? Thanks

878 days ago

AZ Desert Ironwood Question - 1 reply

A good friend of mine is wanting me to make him a set of grips for his new pistol. I’m wanting it to be as stunning as possible, so I was wanting to use either Amboyna Burl, or Desert Ironwood. My question about the Ironwood is, will this stuff crack after being shipped around? It will come from Arizona to me in NE Texas (humid), after tha...

892 days ago

Clock Parts - 2 replies

Hi everyone, I was at Hobby Lobby a while back, and saw that they had a line of clock parts (mainly mechanisms) under the brand name “The Clock Shoppe” (at least I think thats what it was). Has anyone had any experience with this brand? How good are they? Will they perform as well as the clock parts that Klockit sells? Thanks.

950 days ago

Making wood harder??? - 8 replies

Hi everyone. I am finishing up a box made of white cedar (it’s really soft like pine, maybe softer) and I’m wanting to harden it a little. I was wondering if wipe on poly or sanding sealer would work. It doesn’t have to be as hard as steel when I’m done, I just want it to be a little harder. Thanks

977 days ago

Satin or semi gloss poly? - 10 replies

I am working on a rustic box for a friend of my mom and I’m having trouble picking a finish. The box is made of some kind of light colored cedar (HD wood) and will have antique brass hardware. I want to either use satin or semi gloss polyurethane (spray). What would you guys do?

1002 days ago

UN wants US to abolish the 2nd Amendment - 75 replies

Ok, I know many of you do not like politics, and I try to avoid discussing them on this forum, but this is something I have a passion for. I love guns. I believe we have a right to own any gun we want and any law preventing it is unconstitutional. The UN wants the US to sign a small arms treaty that will severly limit our 2nd amendment rights. O...

1005 days ago

Want to see something funny? - 6 replies

Here is the list of the 50 most popular women on the web. Click on the link and look who made #7. http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/50-popular-women-web-google-search-results/story?id=10573331

1019 days ago

I need a tool restoration expert's help. - 8 replies

I recently (Last Sunday) put a few coats of engine enamel (dupli-color) on my #5 plane and I missed a spot so I waited until today to put another coat on to cover it. Well, it became really bubbly and rought (cant even see the NO. 5 on it now. What should I do? P.S. I only did it 1/2 an hour ago so it’s still a little tacky.

1021 days ago

What hand tools do I need? - 31 replies

I’m wanting to get more into using hand tools for everything and I was wondering, what hand tools do I need? Which ones are completely nessesary, and what do you recommend? I have things like braces, a hand powered drill, and a #5 stanley. I have my eyes on a few more planes but I was wondering what saws and chisels I would need if I wante...

1026 days ago

Ordering wood from out side US question. - 7 replies

Hi everyone. I ordered a package of Bethlehem olivewood pen blanks (10) from Isreal a month a go and still have not recieved it. I bought it off Ebay from a person who has a pretty good rateing and they said that the shipped it on Sept 2. It was suppose to arrive on the 21st at the lastest. I am wondering if customs has something to do with this...

1027 days ago

America's budget. - 6 replies

Yes, it another topic about politics. America’s budget is really messed up and the numbers prove it (found this one another forum) Why the US was downgraded… • U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000• Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000• New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000• National debt: $14,271,000,000,000• Recent budget cut: $ 38,500,0...

1037 days ago

The American Dream - 0 replies

I saw this video on another forum and thought it was pretty good. It explains how banks work and is pretty interesting. Its long but I’m glad I sat through the whole thing. Enjoy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPWH5TlbloU&feature=player_embedded

1038 days ago

Selling Projects? - 8 replies

Hi everyone I am still trying to find what selling method is right for me and I was wondering, Are there websites that I can make a deal with to help sell my projects? You know, where they can get orders for my projects and send them to me so that I can make them. (not like etsy or ebay) Is this a good idea? Can I make decent money doing this...

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