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|595 days ago||
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...
|853 days ago||
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...
|926 days ago||
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...
|1133 days ago||
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...
|1179 days ago||
lathe chucks - 14 replies
Lathe chucks, which is better and why- keyed or lever?
|1202 days ago||
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.
|1226 days ago||
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
|1236 days ago||
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...
|1488 days ago||
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...
|1506 days ago||
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...
|1577 days ago||
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...
|1648 days ago||
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 ...
|1652 days ago||
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...
|1710 days ago||
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 ...