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|28 days ago||
What finish? - 3 replies
I’m making a small rocking chair. My wife will be painting some decorative designs on it but her painting will not cover the entire horse. I want to put on a finish that goes over both her painting and the bare wood. I also want the finish to be child safe and somewhat durable. Any suggestions for the best finish for this situation?
|69 days ago||
Project for a young boy - 18 replies
Does anyone have experience or ideas regarding a project for a young (7 year old) boy. I want him to feel like it is “his” project. Of course, I want it to be a safe project. I’ll supervise and do anything dangerous myself. Ideally it would be about a 2 hour project, not including any finishing work. Any ideas? Th...
|79 days ago||
DremalSaw - 23 replies
My wife gave me a DremalSaw for Christmas. I smiled and said that it would be real handy. In my mind I was thinking “What the hell am I going to use this for?” It is corded. If I want to use a small circular saw in a remote location I would prefer my cordless DeWalt circular saw. Does anyone else have one of these? What ...
|138 days ago||
Unwanted advice - 63 replies
On at least 90% of my woodworking projects that I do my own thing my own way. I don’t solicit or accept any other opinions on how I should design my projects. That is the way I like it and, pardon my lack of modesty, but I think I am pretty good at it. Now I am building some mirror frames that will be in OUR house. I’m runni...
|141 days ago||
Hardwood at Menards - 22 replies
I’m sure many of you have seen (and maybe purchased) hardwood at Menards. For me, Menards is close. All other sources of hardwood are at least 35 miles away. I need about 15 board feet of cherry for a project i am about to begin. At Menards, all their cherry is sold as finished boards wrapped in cellophane. I did some quick calc...
|144 days ago||
Bathroom mirror revision - need advice. - 23 replies
In our bathroom we have double sinks, side by side. In front of the sinks is a single large rectangular mirror that is almost 4’ by 8’. My wife advises me that these large mirrors are out of style. She would like a smaller framed mirror in front of each sink and some shallow shelves between the mirrors and on the outside of the...
|571 days ago||
Irrational fear - 63 replies
I can think rationally and logically about the risks I face in the workshop. I try to be very careful, but there are still dangers in the shop and I have made 2 trips to the emergency room that confirm this. My question is about irrational fear. I confess that I suffer from it with respect to my 18” bandsaw. When resawing, I alwa...
|627 days ago||
Morse Taper connection on Drill Press - 10 replies
I was using a large (3”) Forstner bit on my drill press. The bit snagged and the chuck fell out. The Morse Taper did not hold. I jammed it back into place. However, the connection is not as secure as it was. The chuck has fallen out several times since then. Is there a technique for getting this morse taper to seat securely?
|703 days ago||
Composite Decking problem - 10 replies
I know this is only a quasi-woodworking subject, but I need some input and i know this is almost always a good source. I’m building a deck for someone. The customer wants composite decking, which I have never worked with and, frankly, don’t like much. The decking has grooves down each side and it is secured to the joists wit...
|729 days ago||
How do you feel about screw head options? - 120 replies
I’ve been working on a project where I had to use a Torx driver to remove some screws. I don’t think I have used a Torx head before. It got me thinking. I know there are a number of specialized screw head designs but there are really only 5 basic designs of screw heads: slot, phillips, square drive, hex drive and torx driv...
|735 days ago||
Installing kitchen cabinet - 12 replies
I know this is more of a carpentry question, as opposed to a woodworking question, but I suspect there is someone out there with good advice on this question. I am installing new kitchen cabinets into a condo. I am using pre-made cabinets. There is one cabinet that sets between the stove and refrigerator. It is only 12” wide and d...
|741 days ago||
Dad's High School shop project - 6 replies
We are moving my Mother into a retirement home. As a consequence of the move, she asked me if I wanted this book shelf. I had never seen it before. Mom told me that it was one of Dad’s high school shop projects. This would have been made in the mid-1930s, probably with no power tools. Oh how I wish I had known about this befo...
|744 days ago||
Bed Hardware - 8 replies
Below are 2 pictures of some bed hardware from a very old bed. This hardware is incredible. When the bed is together, the bed does not appear to wobble any. Yet, when I disassemble the bed, the hardware comes apart very easily without tools. It does not bind. I’ve never seen hardware like this before. I’m building a bed...
|751 days ago||
Am I just being lazy? - 40 replies
Whenever I am cranking my TS to tilt my blade from 90 degrees to 45 degrees I remember the days when we used to raise and lower the windows in our cars and trucks by cranking on a handle. I have not even seen a window crank in many years. Ever car or truck I drive or ride in has power windows. So I ask myself – - Why can’t we...
|751 days ago||
Hand Sanding - 18 replies
Many of us, myself, included, have a wide range of power sanders in various styles. I have 8 different types of power sanders (stationary belt, disk, strip, OSS, drum, ROS, handheld belt and finishing) with 3 variations of the ROS and 3 variations of the finishing sander. I think we buy all these sanders in the hopes of minimizing the effo...
|768 days ago||
Bandsaw Box plans - 6 replies
For some, this will sound strange coming from me. I am an anti-plan guy. Another way to say that is that I like to come up with my own designs when making something – sometimes I do drawings to guide me – usually I don’t. I want to make some bandsaw boxes. I’ve never made one. When I look at a block of wood or ...
|772 days ago||
Gel Stain - Yuck - 45 replies
First let me say that I really don’t like staining my projects PERIOD. However, sometimes it is unavoidable. I’m currently working on a project for my Mother’s church (not my church). I’m building 3 chancel chairs. They insist that their oak should be dark like (in their minds) oak really is. They looked at ...
|774 days ago||
Going deep with a router. - 31 replies
I need to go deep with a router bit. The question is my mind is how shallow can one go in the collet without taking any inappropriate risk. My intuition says that I need to go at least 1” into the collet. I’ve never heard any “official” rule about this. It is probably germane to say that I will be making multiple...
|779 days ago||
Dovetail Discussion - 34 replies
The dovetail joint is a popular, traditional joint for certain applications. If properly done, it is a very strong joint. Many consider it the strongest joint for corners of boxes or drawers. I agree, but I also think there are several other joints that are adequately strong such as: miter joint with splines or biscuits, box joint or a rab...
|781 days ago||
Have you ever bought a tool that you didn’t think you needed? Then, after buying it, you feel you could not do without it. Number 1 on my list for this criteria is my drum sander. I’d didn’t think I really needed one, but a friend was getting a bigger one and wanted to sell his smaller unit, the PerformaX 10-20 Plus. ...