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|44 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...
|47 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...
|51 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...
|477 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...
|533 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?
|609 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...
|635 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...
|642 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...
|648 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...
|651 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...
|657 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...
|657 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...
|674 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 ...
|678 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 ...
|680 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...
|685 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...
|687 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. ...
|688 days ago||
How many projects at a time? - 34 replies
As I write this I have: (1) all the pieces cut and ready for assembly on a chair, (2) the legs cut out for 2 night stands, (3) the main parts cut for 2 tortilla presses and (4) a big bowl blank mounted on the lathe with a little turning done (much more to go on a 15” bowl). This is typical for me. I like to have multiple projects goi...
|693 days ago||
"Open time" versus "Grab time" - 17 replies
With respect to glues, we probably all know what open time is. A longer open time gives us more time to arrange pieces for assembly before the glue dries. I’d like to define what I call “Grab time”. If you are putting together a joint like a sliding dovetail and others, once the two pieces of wood, with glue, come togeth...
|697 days ago||
Woodworking television shows - 35 replies
I’ve been watching woodworking television shows for a long time. I’ve also watched various woodworking DVDs. Have you ever noticed how, on these shows, they almost get the mortise and tenon joint, dovetail joints or other joints to fit perfectly the first time. At the very worst, they may have to make a second cut to get th...