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20 days ago

Steel shop - 9 replies

Morniing all. I’m kinda sorta thinking of building a proper shop in the back yard, so I can get outta the damned garage. After doing a quick check with the local authorities I find the start up costs (drawings and permits are gonna be a bugger. Then I started thinking about the steel pre fab sheds/shops. Mine would be about 16’ X...

46 days ago

Band saw quest. - 1 reply

I’ve watched several Youtube vids on sharpening a band saw blade with a Dremel and a small round grinding attachment. Like their chain saw sharpening stone. Does this sound like a reasonably good idea? I kinda think you might take off to much of the set…such as there is. I have a 1/2” 3T/I blade. It’s a good quality bl...

46 days ago

4th of July - 1 reply

Happy Independence Day to all my LJ neighbors south of the 49th. Have a great safe day.

60 days ago

Plater question - 4 replies

Does any one turn platters from green wood? I’m thinkin’ the platter will twist and warp as it dries???? Thanks.

60 days ago

Table question - 1 reply

Afternoon all. When building a table top, am I correct in assuming that if it’s a 1 piece top, then the boards run parallel with the sides c/w bread boards.? And if it has extensions for adding leaves then the boards run parallel to the ends? Thanks.

64 days ago

wood quest. - 1 reply

I have an end of a Cherry log 9” in dia. by 4” deep. Is that to short to do anything with? Any thoughts?Thanks

82 days ago

Need some help please. - 5 replies

Afternoon all. Got a problem…...again. To make the curved backs of the chairs I’m making I needed 8/4 stock and at $10.40/ BF I didn’t really want to go there. So I laminated 2- 4/4 pieces together and cut the curved back. On 2 of the upper crest rails I wasn’t paying attention to the layout of the curve and I cut fro...

84 days ago

Spraying question - 7 replies

Afternoon all. I’m contemplating trying my hand at spraying on my clear coat(s) on my chair build. I just brushed on the first coat and it took forever. I’m using “Varathane Diamond Wood Finish water based”. That’s the stuff I always use and I’m pretty satisfied with the results. The thing is I know nothi...

94 days ago

DIY teak oil - 4 replies

Morning all. I’ve read several articles about making your own teak oil. I tried the equal parts BLO, varnish and thinner. I seemed quite watery. I would think if I add more varnish, or blo or less thinner ,it should thicken up. Any one know of possible issues. I will defiantly try it on a piece of scrap first, but fore warned…...

98 days ago

Bowl questions - 7 replies

Afternoon all. I have 3 bowls I rough turned in Nov. I think. I put them away in the garage in paper bags for drying. I took them out today to find they have developed those “interesting shapes” everyone keeps mentioning. So the 1st question is how do I finish turning an egg shaped bowl? They used to be 5 1/2 to 7” in dia....

109 days ago

segmented bowl question. - 5 replies

Morning all. I have a bunch of strips leftover from “ripping” 4/4 Cherry boards. About 1” square and about 16” long. I was thinking of cutting these to about 1-3/4 L by 1” sq. Cutting the appropriate angle on them. Doing a glue up and creating a segmented bowl blank. The only issue I can see is I’d be cutt...

126 days ago

Block plane restoration - 2 replies

Wandering through an antique store the other day I found a Sargent block plane with an adjustable nose plate. It seemed to be in reasonable condition so I grabbed it ..There was a $25 tag on it, the guy at the till said there was a 5% discount but he took $15 for it. I pretty much just put it on the wire wheel. The blade was a real mess. ...

132 days ago

Blog question - 4 replies

After noon all. Just a quick question if I may. How do I save an unfinished blog entry? Saving the page didn’t work, nor did book marking. I keep seeing a note on the blog page saying my work is saved every 30 sec. but it doesn’t say where. Thanks

142 days ago

Rodell Chairs - 1 reply

So. Finally. I’ve started my chair build. In early Dec. I received my plans from Fine Woodworking for the Kevin Rodel Side Chair. I builtt a prototype using all the material I would use on the real build. My thought was…If I follow the drawing what could go wrong?... :) ....and I’d have a real chair built. I’m ha...

147 days ago

Wood turning tools - 2 replies

I made a couple of wood turning tools. I used 1/2” C/R steel from the Orange store. Picked up the rest of the stuff from a local tool supplier. I laminated 2 pcs of Cherry to make a 1 3/4” x 13” handle, turned on the lathe. I drilled a 1/2” hole 2 1/2” deep and used 2 part appoxy to set the shaft. 3/1...

161 days ago

Kevin Rodel chairs - 2 replies

I thought I had asked this question before, but I’ll be damned if I can find the post. I’m in the process of building a batch of Kevin Rodel’s kitchen chairs. I built a prototype before Christmas. Then Christmas & life got in the way. Now I’m finally getting started again (another prototype just to be sure). The ...

170 days ago

curved surfaces with sketchup - 2 replies

Afternoon all. I’m having a bit of a time tying to draw a curved back for a chair I’m drawing. It’s actually the Kevin Rodel chair. The plan is to draw the chair and add arms to it, to see what it will look like before I build it. As most of the surfaces are straight, it hasn’t been a problem to draw, but I cannot fig...

181 days ago

tool sharpening quest. - 5 replies

If you were turning a 10”D x 6” bowl blank. Green (less than 5 month in the shed) Cherry. and you were using a MaxWood or similar (not that great) 1/2” bowl gouge. How often would you expect to re sharpen your gouge? I ‘m using a DIY jig kinda like “The Captain” uses. I guess it’s not the greatest s...

190 days ago

Planer blades - 4 replies

Morning all. I’ve been watching a number of Youtube videos on DIY planer blade sharpening. While I would like to have a sharpening rig like the guy on AskWoodman, it ain’t likely. What do you guys use and what do ya think of it? Thanks

197 days ago

Dining room and or coffee table - 4 replies

As I mentioned in another topic, my daughter has plans for me to build her a coffee table and or a dining room table. Both will be painted. I’m kinda wondering what would be the material of choice? Hard wood is out, and I’m not to fussy about pine. Whatcha think?Thanks.

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