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789 days ago

what have I done wrong this time - 22 replies

I am trying to make a solid wood table top. It is made of six 5” wide boards. I did two, 3 board glue ups. these went together with no problems. The boards were all jointed perfectly, I didnt have to use any clamp pressure to get them to come together. I then tried to put the two 3 board units together. They seem to now have a convex...

1656 days ago

So long Im done - 57 replies

I cant take the frustration any more. Ive been beating head against the wall with this woodworking BS for too many years now and have accomplishing nothing. The scrap man is coming tomorow to haul away all this junk. Now I will at least have my garage back.Bye

1657 days ago

Pocket hole jig problems - 16 replies

I just got a Kreig pocket hole jig. I am trying to put together a frame with it. I cant get the 2 peices to come out flush on the face. I clamp them down flat and when I tighten the screw it pulls the one peice proud of the other by about 1/64. I have even put a shim under the one to compensate and it still ends up not flush. What am I doin...

1661 days ago

I assume Im just stupid... - 8 replies

To me it seems as though tape measures are all printed backwards. I am right handed and cant even hold a pencil well with my left hand. So if I want to mark something I hold the pencil with my right hand and hold the tape measure with my left. When you do it that way you hook the tape on the right and pull it towards the left. So then you ha...

1678 days ago

router table dimensions - 2 replies

Hi,I am thinking about building a router table. The base is going to be a bathroom vanity with laminate on top. What would be a good amount of fence travel? How close is the cross slot to the bit opening? And how much should there be from the bit to the front of the table?Thanks,Skidiot

1682 days ago

Holy tearout batman!!! - 1 reply

Since I work with skids and found wood I seldom really know what kind of wood I am using. I am working on a simple bench for my sisters mudroom. It is going to be painted so I grabbed a large crate that has been hanging around too long. I thought it was willow or cottonwood since it is light weight and light in color. When I went to plane it...

1713 days ago

what kind of wood is this? - 2 replies

Hi,I use a lot of skid wood and sometimes I see some really weird looking wood. I have some that is very hard heavy & tough. When planed smooth it has a plasticy feel to it. It is almost white in color and has no smell when cut. The grain in this stuff is incredible, a combination of burl and quartersawn oak. But the grain goes the whole...

1731 days ago

spalted birch plywood - 1 reply

Hi,FYI there are 2 sheets of blue line spalted birch 3/4” plywood at the Menards store in Woodstock Il. I was digging though the pile on Sunday. I didnt want them but maybe one of you more talented folks may be interested.Skidiot

1746 days ago

help with a tabletop - 3 replies

Hi,I am building a large desk. I am making the top out of qswo. It will be 30”X50”. There will be 6 boards glued up to make the width. I have no access to any large equipment. How can I smooth and level the top after gluing without spending the rest of my life sanding. I am afraid to use a belt sander because I have had nothing...

1751 days ago

random orbit sander - 6 replies

I just bought an inexpensive random orbit sander and have had no good results. All i get is swirls gouges and tiny fisheyes. What am i doing wrong?

1845 days ago

arts & crafts design help - 9 replies

I would like to dress up some of my arts & crafts style items with some inlays. I have found lots of designs on the web but they are all way too complex for my limited skill level and would not be apropriate to go with the basic furniture designs I have made. Any help with some simple yet elegant A&C designs. I have absolutely no abi...

1881 days ago

Ive run out of ideas - 9 replies

I need some ideas for projects to make. I have lots of small pieces of wood laying around I just hate to thow out. Some are small cut offs 3/4X2X 12 or so. Then I have lots of thin pieces that have cool graining or figuing but after I plane them out the may be only 3/8 or 1/4 thick. These are about 12X3”. I have a couple places I m...

1968 days ago

need help with a box joint - 12 replies

I have been trying to make a square box joint. I have no problem getting the pins and slots to fit nicely. I cant get the boards to line up when I put them together. It seems like the width of the boards have to be an exact multiple of the size of the pins and slots. Is this how it works or can any width board be used?

1979 days ago

quarter sawn red oak - 2 replies

Is there any way to get the rays and flecks in quarter sawn red oak to show nicely like they do in white oak? It seems the problem is the rays in red oak are brown and get hidden by the stain. The rays in white oak are white and contrast when stained.


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