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03-18-2013 06:14 PM

Quick question for the bed makers - 5 replies

Nearly done making a platform bed, the mattress will be held in place using an anti slip rubber rug gripper on top of a sheet of ply. Is it necessary to make ventilation holes in the ply sheet so the mattress can breath? I’d appreciate any opinions from anyone who has experience in making beds. Thanks

03-11-2013 10:36 PM

An Aladin's Cave of reproduction hardware... - 12 replies

I discovered this website whilst looking for Victorian hardware. Well worth a look if you are into reproductions. www.optimumbrasses.co.uk

03-02-2013 02:20 AM

Furniture that just stops you in your tracks... - 6 replies

Up until this week, I had one particular favourite piece of furniture in a design book, a display cabinet by Philip Selva. Everything about it seemed just right. I’d look at that page longer than any other, anytime I picked up the book. Then I saw this: It might not be to everyone’s taste, but I saw this and can’t help bu...

02-18-2013 10:15 PM

Gorilla Woodworking Glue. Any good? - 41 replies

I was in my local corner shop today. Next to the fridge with the dairy produce, was a new shelf fixture with stuff like duct tape, silicon sealer and, lo and behold, a dozen bottles of Gorilla Woodworking Glue on it. I think it was ordered by mistake and I might be able to get a good deal on it, but is it any good? Is there anything I should ...

02-14-2013 02:45 PM

38°/52° cutter for cornice molding - 6 replies

I’m in the planning stages of quite a big job, I need to make a big cornice and have found the cutter I need in MLCS, they’ll ship it to Ireland too, which I’m delighted about, but do I need to use a 38°/52° cutter for the edges or will a 45° bevel do? I can’t for the life of me understand why you would need the 38...

02-08-2013 12:36 PM

Need advice on how to make mouldings - 10 replies

I went to look at a job last night. A wardrobe. So I’m thinking, ok, standard melamine chipboard, buy the doors, in and out, onto the next job.I arrive at the gates of what is surely the largest house I have ever seen. 300 years old, full of period detail. The room this wardrobe is going in is nearly the size of a tennis court. The brief i...

01-29-2013 04:06 PM

The 'Tip du Jour' thread - 40 replies

Got a hot woodworking tip or fix to share? Post it here. It doesn’t even need to be that hot! Hopefully we could build a quick reference thread for working smarter, not harder. It doesn’t matter how simple it is, or what level you are, you are never too old to learn. Or something like that. Here’s one to get you starte...

01-12-2013 01:43 AM

Jointer chatter for first 4 inches then fine? - 17 replies

I wondered if anyone had experienced this before. At present I’m making a job out of steamed beech. Every board I’ve tried to put an edge on has chatter marks for the first 3-4 inches, not the close together ones, but bumpy ones, widely spaced.The rest of the piece is perfect. I was careful to put firm pressure along the whole length...

01-05-2013 08:38 PM

How to construct the top for a corner unit seamlessly... - 8 replies

No matter how I look at this job, all I can see is pitfalls. It is going to be beech, the diagram above shows board orientation only. There’s a profile to be routed on the ends and front edges. Option one: If I make it from solid beech, the pieces will contract and expand at different rates and eventually it won’t be righ...

12-24-2012 03:18 PM

Best lower cost alternative to the Fuji XT HVLP gun? - 0 replies

It’s getting to the point where having another spray gun would be useful – one for paint, one for lacquer. Another Fuji XT gun would be nice, but jeez, they are expensive. Has anyone got a lower priced HVLP gun for use with a turbine (NOT A HVLP CONVERSION GUN, thank you) with the 3/4” fitting that they could recommend?

12-22-2012 11:19 PM

The quickest way to a flawless paint finish on mdf, what works for you? - 10 replies

Let me preface this by saying I have painted acres and acres of mdf. I used to use waterborne primer, but invariably found the waterborne formulas would raise those flecky bits more than I would like. So with a waterborne primer the workflow would go something like this: Tack cloth —> spray a light primer coat —> spray light primer coat 2 ...

12-13-2012 02:51 PM

Lumberjocks 2012, what did you learn? - 42 replies

We all know Lumberjocks is a great resource for finding out how other people do things, some of which you won’t find in any book or magazine.If there’s just one thing you learnt to do this year from visiting LJ’s, what was it? I always struggled with putting in threaded inserts until someone had a query. The venerable a1Jim ...

11-21-2012 10:58 PM

Pin it? - 1 reply

Hi guys, just noticed the Pin it button in projects, I’m not exactly sure how it works or what it does or whether you could somehow market your work on here by adding it to pinterest. Can someone explain please.

11-07-2012 12:48 PM

A nice project but in the wrong location? - 13 replies

I was contacted by one of my clients about making a job similar to this. I’m looking forward to the challenge.The only thing is it’s going on a landing, the left side of it will be against a hand rail and ballustrades.I can’t get the image of Lee Remick plunging to her death in the 1976 film ‘The Omen’ out of my...

10-04-2012 02:40 PM

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, or falling at the last hurdle. - 47 replies

You know how it is, you’ve just patiently sanded down the front of that door you made, flipped it over to do the back, then flipped it again to inspect and admire your handywork, only to find that the front now has an indentation from that glob of glue/nail/screw you didn’t see when you put it down to work on it. I’ve had my...

10-01-2012 11:08 PM

Veneers, is there a maximum thickness before movement becomes a problem? - 12 replies

This is for a landing 3/4 of the way up a staircase. The treads are 32mm (5/4) white oak, I am leaning towards making the landing as an oak – BB ply – oak construction – for stability. The oak veneers therefore need to be sturdy – (and to allow for refinishing as well). Does anyone know if increasing the thickness will pr...

08-09-2012 11:36 AM

Planing big pieces - 10 x 2 x 14' - 14 replies

Just wondered if anyone has a tip for thicknessing big planks. I’ve never had to plane anything this long, wide or heavy before. The first thing I’ll do is surface plane a face and an edge using roller stands for support. Then comes the fun part, taking it down to the right thickness. How would you do it other than to hold the piece ...

08-07-2012 02:16 PM

Rattle Can Woes - How can I fix this? - 7 replies

While it’s quiet out there, I thought I’d make a tv stand to fit in the corner. (This is exactly what the wife wanted so I didn’t deviate from the plan).It’s made of mdf, a modern – neigh, retail type black thing for the telly to sit on and it’ll have a couple of glass shelves for the DVD player, receiver etc....

07-30-2012 03:50 PM

Calling all Refurbers - Fasteners for oak... American white oak that is - 1 reply

In the pipeline is the 2nd fix for an attic conversion – skirting boards, architraves, and a staircase – all in American white oak. Question is, what type of fasteners to use for Am white oak?Skirting boards I intend to screw and plug – they’re not an issue, I’m more concerned about architraves and the balluster inf...

07-24-2012 10:30 AM

Quick fix for a missing grub screw - Dewalt track saw joining bar. - 1 reply

I did a stupid thing. Rushing to get home I put the guide rails for the track saw in the van without tightening all the grub screws. The next time I went to join the rails, I was short one grub screw, it had shaken loose, rolled around and disappeared into either a nook or a cranny in the ply lining of my VW Transporter.After a bit of cursing I ...

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