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02-22-2014 04:29 PM

Is this walnut - 32 replies

A friend called and dropped this tree today. He doesn’t know what kind it is. I think this is walnut. Trunk is straight and about 10 to 12 feet long. Also, can you quarter saw walnut? Any help is appreciated. Rick

06-24-2013 08:36 PM

counter top - 9 replies

My wife and I are in the process of remaking a bedroom into an office/scrapping room. I am going to order counter tops for the desk. Saves time and is what the wife wants. We are going to have an open look. The tops will not have base cabinets like a kitchen. One will be 84” , the other 66”. We are going for an open feel. Question is...

10-04-2011 03:04 AM

sketch up help - 1 reply

Need help here. I am not very good at SketchUp. I can do the basics, but nothing fancy…like filling in a curve. I wish I had the time to learn, but I don’t. I have designed a support for a flag case I plan on making. It will hold the coffin flag for an Air Force veteran. I want to be able to show the family the final design for their...

01-18-2011 08:07 AM

coffee bean blank - 1 reply

My wife and I went to the Woodcraft store in Charlotte NC a couple of weeks ago. She found a coffee bean blank and wants me to make a scoop for her. I swore I wouldn’t use this blank, but if mama’s happy…well you know the rest. My question is how to turn this without blowing the beans out and how to finish to a high gloss and s...

11-06-2010 08:07 PM

Jointer problems - 6 replies

I have a Delta 6” bench top jointer. Has been a good machine until lately. When I try to face joint a board, the board comes out with a slight wedge look. One side is narrower than the other. Edge jointing seems fine. Boards come out square that way. The fence is square to the top. I am at a loss as what could be wrong. Don’t have th...

04-13-2010 03:16 AM

Staining maple - 2 replies

I have been asked by my church to stain some processional torches. They are nothing more than large dowels. I need to match the color to a companion piece which is oak with a dark walnut color. The problem is the torches are maple. I am thinking of using a gel stain to reduce the chance of blotching. I will be using test pieces first. Am I missi...

02-26-2010 07:51 AM

lathe chucks - 14 replies

Lathe chucks, which is better and why- keyed or lever?

02-03-2010 07:01 PM

MDF- to paint or stain, that is the question - 5 replies

Have a project in the works. Will be using 1/4 MDF for slats and a middle shelf. What is better; to use the same stain as on the case or match a paint to the stain? Any help is appreciated.

01-11-2010 12:22 AM

Re-saw blade - 10 replies

Looked around for reviews on a band saw re-saw blade. Found some 2 year old reviews and wanted to know if anyone has any good recomendations. Was looking at the Woodslicer and seems like a good blade all though the consensus seems to be that it dulls quickly. Will be re-sawing 4/4 red oak. Any help is appreciated. Rick

12-31-2009 11:36 PM

Osborne EB-3 - 16 replies

Don’t know if this is the right place for this, but I was looking around last night on the web. Went to Osborne’s web site and they currently have their EB-3 miter gauge on sale for 119.95 with free shipping. Been wanting one for a while now after I read all the good reviews here and other sites. Mine is one the way. I figured if No...

04-23-2009 05:36 PM

Shadow Box - 2 replies

I have a design for a shadow box that I have to build for a friend. The box is four sections, with the outer boxes being at a 15 degree angle to the center box and the flag holder on top . I want to use four stiles only so the box doesn’t look bulky. What would be the best way to mount the glass and the two inner stiles so that I still ha...

04-06-2009 01:39 AM

Door inserts - 3 replies

I am currently in the middle of a volunteer project where I am building a bathroom vanity for an elderly lady. The doors are next. Question is: should I put raised panels in or use 1/4 MDF for the panels. The vanity is going in a mid 80’s trailer and will be painted white. I am leaning towards the MDF simply because it will be easier and i...

01-24-2009 04:04 AM

boxes - 16 replies

I have been asked to make a set of grips and a display box for .45cal 1911. My question is this: is there a set rule on thickness for the box depending on size or is it what ever the builder chooses? I’d like to use 3/4 stock, but since the box will be small, I don’t want it to look bulky. This box will be about 10X7X7 (approx.). Mad...

11-15-2008 12:32 AM

Dremel tool - 25 replies

I am thinking of getting a Dremel. Would like some thoughts on the pro’s and con’s. Lowes has an “all in one package” for about 90.00. I do have a request to make some pistol grips and was wondering if this tool would be able to handle the carving aspect of this project. Does anyone use a Dremel for carving and,if so how ...

11-10-2008 03:35 AM

Pens for Troops - 1 reply

Saturday, Nov 8th, my daughter and I went to a local wood store, Wood Zone in West Columbia SC. This day they hosted an event called “Turn a Pen for the Troops”. What you could do was turn a pen and it would be sent to SC troops who are deployed for the war effort. You could also send a note to the soldier who received the pen. I no...

09-13-2008 03:53 AM

Food safe woods - 6 replies

I know that cherry, walnut, maple and oak are good for making cutting boards. But what about Paduck (spellcheck). I am in the process of making an end grain cutting board with paduck in it. My local wood supply shop said it would be okay, but I would like a second opinion. This is a paying job and I like to NOT kill the client! If the answer is ...


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