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|397 days ago||
Flame Birch - Difficult for beginner? - 7 replies
I really would like to make a dresser out of flame birch. I’m relatively new to woodworking with only one project under my belt. How difficult is this wood to work? Is it recommended for newbies? Will a card scraper be my best friend for this wood? Thanks,Brad
|1032 days ago||
I have 3/4” stock and I need a half round bead with a 1/8” fillet on both edges…making the half round bead 1/2” diameter? I’ve thought about using a roundover bit…but after the first pass, I’ve lost my edge for the bearing to run along. I’ve also thought about one of those whiteside bullnose bi...
|1057 days ago||
I recently posted a topic here commending the craftsmen in the field of woodworking…that post made reference to a panel glue up or two that I messed up. My panels did not come out flat for a couple of reasons. One reason was that I focussed on the ‘show’ side of the joint too much during my dry fit. I added glue before not...
|1059 days ago||
I’ve spent probably the last year to year and a half reading, studying, surfing the forums, watching videos, and making stuff for the shop as practice…but I learned today, only 1/3 of the way through my first real project, that even the basics require SUBSTANTIAL skill! All I was doing was a glue-up of 2 boards to make one about 1...
|1063 days ago||
I need a smooth painted finish without a sprayer! - 18 replies
Hello everyone. I’ve looked through some of the forums for the answer to this question but haven’t really had any luck with the search. (an area where lumberjocks could improve.) My first project is a painted poplar bookcase. I’m using solid wood throughout. I do not have a sprayer and do not plan on buying one anytime ...
|1076 days ago||
Rough Milling - - HELP! - 10 replies
I just finished rough milling some poplar for my 1st project…both 4/4 and 5/4. As suggested by many on this forum, I took my stock down to about 1/16th to 1/8th oversize. My obvious intention was to come back for a finish milling. I have big problem however…my rough milled stock is bowing along its lenth before I can even get ...
|1126 days ago||
Have any of you used this dowelling jig? - 15 replies
I have a single project that will require carcass construction with dowels…the top and bottom overhang the sides. I found this jig for $12 on Amazon.com and the two reviews were 4 and 5 stars. The use of the jig seems pretty simple…3 bit sizes, adjustable stop (important for my overhanging top and bottom), self-centering and ...
|1162 days ago||
I am new to woodworking so I have seemingly hundreds of questions for everyone on this site. I have a project requiring 13/16 thickness legs/stiles and rails. The top is 13/16 or 7/8 as well (can’t remember without looking at plans). What are the chances I could get those thicknesses out of a 4/4 rough cut board? I realize twisti...
|1168 days ago||
Screwed up Glue up - 34 replies
Have any of you ever completed all of the joinery on a piece, done a dry fit to see that all is perfect, and then lose the piece in a poor glue up because the glue set too fast for you to make everything right? It just happened to me on a planer stand for my shop. Although it was just a planer cart I took great care witht he measurements and ...
|1181 days ago||
How would you do this joinery? - 7 replies
I’m a new woodworker who’s been working on some shop oriented projects this past year. I hope to be ready for my first furniture project this fall/winter. The project I’ll be doing is a nightstand previously built and shown here by Gizmodyne. The plans are from “More Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture” and h...
|1260 days ago||
Miter Express vs. Shopmade Miter Sled - 1 reply
I have Incra’s Miter Express and find that it is very accurate for small to med. crosscuts. I, however, make a lot of picture frames and find that although I believe I’m cutting accurate 45’s, I still end up tweaking the frames a lot to close up the small gaps. I don’t know what the issue is…me, the gauge, somethi...
|1296 days ago||
Exotic Woods - 25 replies
I have a two part question for everyone regarding exotic wood species. Part 1: A little background: I am by no means a ‘tree hugger’ (I work in the metal and industrial mining industry) however I do feel that we must apply conservation in a responsible way to help our planet…we all need this earth and its resources to surv...
|1374 days ago||
Old Stanley Sole Flatness - 8 replies
Continuing with the last of my series of plane questions, this newbie asked the following question of a seller on ebay. Q: “Is the sole flat?” A: “Sole is typical, which is flat from the tail to about 1 1/2” from the nose, where it starts to rise a few thousandths. I Checked a few other Stanley planes I have and th...
|1377 days ago||
What is the black spotting on the sole of the plane? Rust? Does it look pitted to you? Would you purchase this plane? Thanks.
|1380 days ago||
Stanley No. 4 vs No. 4 1/2 - 31 replies
I’m new to handplanes (and woodworking) and I will soon make my first plane purchase. I want a plane that will be a go-to plane for smoothing, flattening, general clean-up etc. Which of these plane models…No. 4 or No. 4 1/2…would be good for this purpose and why do you choose it over the other? Thanks.
|1488 days ago||
Cherry Color Change Rate - 3 replies
I’m new to woodworking (wonder how long I’ll be typing that?)...and I’d like to use cherry for my first project, perhaps many others because I love its rich medium tone. My question in the form of a scenario…I go buy some rough lumber to mill myself. I bring it home…right off the bat I can’t touch it for 2...
|1518 days ago||
Cutting notches w/o bandsaw - 21 replies
I’m a fairly new woodworker and I’m always discovering with my research where I might need to buy something to finish a project, funny how that works. When I step into my first project I’m going to need to cut square notches into the corners of a shelf that fits inside the lower portion of a nightstand. The notches are necess...
|1534 days ago||
Flush Fit Drawers - 2 replies
I’m a new woodworker trying to learn new techniques or tips. I’d like my first project to be a nightstand with a flush front but I have a million questions about how to fit the drawer. To start off the million, what is the best way to ensure your drawer front fits the apron/cabinet perfectly? Also, I’ve notice that some draw...
|1567 days ago||
Planer Sled Construction - 15 replies
I will soon have a need to face joint 8”-10” wide boards 3’-4’ lin length. I am new to woodworking so my tools for this task are limited to a table saw and a benchtop planer. I have completed much research on planer sleds for face jointing. Everyone references the FWW sled but that looks like overkill. I subscribe t...