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75 days ago

Stroke - 36 replies

I thought some people would want to know that I had a stroke. I’m still in rehab and hope for a full recovery.

160 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?

200 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...

211 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 ...

269 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...

273 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...

276 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...

702 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...

758 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?

834 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...

860 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...

867 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...

873 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...

876 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...

883 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...

883 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...

900 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 ...

903 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 ...

906 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...

911 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...

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