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|191 days ago||
Pros and Cons of various vise types - 4 replies
So I’m starting my workbench brainstorming and trying to decide what type of bench I want to build. I’ve been doing a lot of research on different styles, have read Christopher Schwartz’s book at least twice, and spent hours looking at various completed benches on LJ. I have a pretty good idea what direction I want to go with...
|206 days ago||
Our first child was born 5 weeks ago (the fastest 5 weeks of my life!) and not unexpectedly, she is quite the time burglar. I am in no hurry to get back into the shop (except when she’s screaming), but I can see it being difficult to find time to work on my projects going forward. I already had little time in the shop before she arrived,...
|227 days ago||
Finishing with Paste Wax - 24 replies
I am finishing up a small side table that I had completed awhile back and I wanted to finish it off with a paste wax coat. I’ve tried looking for some detailed explanations on how to put the wax on and buff it out, but haven’t had much luck. I’ve tried putting it on twice now with disappointing results both times. The first ...
|274 days ago||
What bit would I use to create this edge? - 14 replies
I’m trying to make an edge like the one on top. It looks like it is part of a large radius curve (maybe 3-4”?) but the largest radius bit I’m coming across is 3/4” which seems to bee too sharp of a curve. Any help is appreciated! FWIW the board I will be using will be 1” thick.
|319 days ago||
The Chive visits Offerman Woodshop - 2 replies
As a fan of The Chive and Nick Offerman/Ron Swanson, I approve! http://thechive.com/2013/02/05/thechive-visits-offerman-woodshop-35-hq-photos/ Somewhat NSFW as the site has many links to hot, hot women (not porn). Enjoy!
|354 days ago||
Sharpening frustrations - 21 replies
I received a few new items for the workshop for Christmas, namely an IBC blade for my #5, an 8000 grit waterstone, and a extra course / course DMT diamond stone. So I got to work with lapping and sharpening the new plane blade on the extra course stone, and was sorely disappointed with the ‘courseness’ of this stone (also with the...
|399 days ago||
Cutting lid off round box - 1 reply
I am making a spice dish for my wife for Christmas out of some myrtle burl, which will resemble this: http://www.pauladeenstore.com/Product/detail/Paula-Deen-3-pc-Silly-Salt-and-House-Seasoning-with-Salt-Box/275042 I’ve trimmed off the corners and have it ready to place on a circle cutting jig for my table saw, but I’m not sure...
|408 days ago||
Removing wax from bowl blanks - 2 replies
I’m planning to turn a bowl blank into a spice container for my wife for Christmas similar to: http://www.walmart.com/ip/14323452?adid=22222222227009470111&wmlspartner=wlpa&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=&wl3=13688345350&wl4=&wl5=pla&veh=sem Do I need to / should I remove the protective wax before I begin cutting into...
|464 days ago||
Planer finish issue - 4 replies
Earlier this year I bought a DeWalt 735 planer for a steal and am just now getting to use it after a hectic summer. I’m finding that the planer often leaves very small scallops in the surface, and sometimes leaves grooves behind. It does not happen every pass, only sometimes. I am brand new to the planer world so I’m not even sure...
|593 days ago||
Finishing Rosewood - 1 reply
I’m finishing up a business card holder for my desk made out of honduran rosewood, but I’m lost as to how best to finish it. I’d really like to get the finish to look similar to the second one here (with the pen): http://lumberjocks.com/projects/59806 To be honest the whole finishing aspect of woodworking is a bit overwh...
|608 days ago||
Chiseling a mortise into end grain - 7 replies
So I’m without power to my tools today as it is raining (no extension cords in the rain), and I wanted to get back into the shop to start my second project. So I thought I’d attempt something else in the downtime, and I started working on a business card holder for my new office at work, and do it all with hand tools. So I cut my...
|640 days ago||
I have some 4×4s that were used as a border to a swingset area in our yard from the previous owner. Since we are seeding the area, I removed the 4×4s yesterday and realized that they might make a good table for my construction office. Here is a photo As you can see, the wood has been outdoors for at least a few years, and si...
|649 days ago||
Waterstone care and use - 6 replies
I recently bought my first waterstone after giving the scary sharp method a try and not finding it to my liking. I purchased a 1000/4000 combination stone from Norton and gave it a try yesterday and was quite pleased with the results so far. I now plan to buy a 220 grit and down the road the 8000 grit (will continue to use 2000 sandpaper for f...
|664 days ago||
Stanley depth adjustment knob issue - 3 replies
I bought my Stanley #5 from ebay a couple months ago and fully restored and tuned it. I’ve completed one project so far with it and it has about 5 hours or so of work under it’s belt since I put it back together. Well, today I began another project and as I began adjusting the depth, the knob started to come loose from the plane bo...
|672 days ago||
Removing yellow glue - 10 replies
I’m finishing up my first project and I had quite a bit of squeezeout in my joints (using Titebond II). I’m having a hell of a time removing it now as I prepare to finish. Trying to pop it off with my utility knife is pulling some wood fibers out, and sanding with 120 grit doesnt seem to have any effect other than removing the adja...
|716 days ago||
Wiring for the workshop - 26 replies
Hi all My wife and I bought our first house this past summer and although there is no garage, there is a detached shed in the backyard that is quite large (large enough to fit a sedan in tightly, I would guess 20×15 or so). This will be my workshop (and for now, the garage for the lawn tractor and snowblower as well). Unfortunately, it...
|723 days ago||
Safe finish for utensil storage - 6 replies
My first project with my new table saw will be a replacement for our undersized utensil organizer. I planned to use either a cedar board or whitewood with a stain for my wood choice, but I wasn’t sure about how to finish this since it will be in contact with eating utensils. Are there any finishes I should stay away from? Also, any fini...
|724 days ago||
Joinery for angled connections - 16 replies
One of the first projects that I’ll be attempting is a recreation of an Arhaus design that my wife wants for our living room. I am going to make it out of cheap pine first to learn all the techniques and practice, and then most likely use a black walnut or something with a reddish hue to complement our living room furniture. I plan to ...
|733 days ago||
Getting started in hand planing - 20 replies
I’m just getting my start in woodworking and recently bought my first table saw. Now the fun can start! Being on a low budget, I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I probably won’t be able to purchase a jointer and/or thickness planer for quite some time, maybe years from now (just about to start having kids). I’v...
|747 days ago||
Considering a used Craftsman table saw - 13 replies
Hi everyone, I’m new to the site and fairly new to woodworking. I’ve done a few small (and I mean small and simple) projects using the handful of basic tools that I have, but I’m finding that I could really use a table saw in order to move forward. Unfortunately, my budget is extremely limited as my wife and I are saving t...