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07-12-2011 01:03 AM

How do you saw one of these? - 12 replies

I was going through some photos to post on my personal page and came accross this one. This was before my woodworking days. Well, I went to the park and there they were. The park folks gave me the go ahead, and my father-in-law and I are going to pick them up in a few days…hopefully when it is cooler out. Today was almost indexing 1...

07-05-2011 03:14 PM

Pictures & Questions - 5 replies

About a year ago, Stephanie cut down a small tree with somekind of vine wrapped around it. The plan was to make it into a cat tree, but I ended up using it to make business card holders and wine balancers…and I may use a longer piece to do repairs to the front porch (more about in a moment). My question for yall is: 1.What kind of wood...

06-30-2011 04:07 PM

Nail Gun Gauge Question - 25 replies

I’d like to assemble the stools I make with nails. I’d also like to make a grownup size stool. What gauge nail gun might you use? Thanks, Brandon

06-26-2011 06:54 PM

How do they do that?: Wavy Lines, repeated shapes, thin lines... - 7 replies

I’d like to make a wine balancer with a wavy wood pattern, or at least wavy in the center. That would mean making three identical wavy cuts, and possibly one really thin piece. Do we have a tutorial here on how to cut identical wavy pieces? Is this project too challenging? Should I start with something else, like practicing cu...

06-09-2011 05:47 AM

Slowing Down - 22 replies

I found myself rushing today and just wanted to hear how you all manage to slow down. I hate ruining something or making it take three times as long because I think I can just plow through or wing it, or do just one more… I read two great tags here on LJ’s: If you don’t have time to test a stain, you have time to ...

06-02-2011 11:28 PM

Drawer Slides Installation: Grumble, Grumble...and tips - 12 replies

I just did a few hours of battle with an attempt at installing drawer slides. I wanted to post this for anyone about to do this. Some Tips on Installing Drawer Slides:1. Be sure to have a square carcass/case/chest 2. Be sure that the distance between the drawer sides & the chest sides is the recommended distance for the slides (i.e....

05-28-2011 06:11 PM

Two More Finishing Questions - 6 replies

Here is some wood from a great find. Someone local was dumping a few boards from a fence.I am making them into a few frames. My question is: What is the best way to preserve the wood’s paint, wear, fungus…:Satin Polyacrylic?No Finish? What would you do? Also, After routing this plaque, the walnut was too dark to see ...

05-19-2011 04:55 AM

How Can I Finish This Stump? - 11 replies

I recieved an email from a woman who would soon be putting one of her dogs down. She had been burying her pets in the backyard, and had some crosses, but wanted a plaque for them. She told me she had the wood for it. Little did I know that the little ole’ piece of wood was this big ole’ walnut stump/slice. You c...

05-15-2011 07:30 PM

Hardware question: small hinges - 2 replies

Hey, I am making a small top to a business card holder. It is going to sit on it at an acute angle (maybe 30 degrees or so). I am not really making the top. It is the outer wood the came off from the live edge of a board. I am not sure it will work, considering what the screw will do to that “bark”, and whether hinges can sit o...

05-13-2011 03:05 PM

Important Instructions! - 2 replies

Here is a fun Troubleshooting chart tidbit from my shop vac: Symptom Possible Cause Corrective Action Part/ accessories missing Packed in tank Check in Tank I love the corrective action!

04-23-2011 05:29 AM

What is this? - 9 replies

I recently refurbished an old craftsman jointer. This fits into its fence. What is it?

04-01-2011 07:18 PM

Tung Oil - 13 replies

I have been using Pure Tung Oil from the Real Milk Paint company. I love how it works, but again I have the same old concerns about proper drying and dry time. I am building picture frames, and want to be able to finish a piece from 1st coat to 3rd in at least 5-8 days. I use a lot of red oak, walnut, but also several other woods. So here a...

03-25-2011 03:42 PM

Table Saw Height - 25 replies

What tricks do you use to accurately set the height of your blade? Spunwood

03-23-2011 04:49 PM

Question: Double Blind Rabbets (not the hopping kind) - 2 replies

I showed my frames to a local photagrapher, and she is going to buy some! Just in time for graduation pictures.I want to have some more variety so I am trying to create some non-mitered frames. Well, I am trying to construct some picture frames that are mortise and tenon or 1/2 lapped rather than miter jointed. But I do not like how the rabbe...

02-27-2011 10:01 PM

What size Nailer? - 5 replies

Well, I am excited to say that I am looking into making picture frames and selling them locally. I want to get a nail gun to aid in assembly. We decided to start small, no matting or glass yet, just rustic wood frames. I will have pictures soon of the samples I made and the ones I made for Grandma’s birthday (when I finish that blog). ...

02-17-2011 06:38 PM

16" Grizzly Bandsaw: What do you Think? - 4 replies

There’s a fella selling one for $350 (possibly a bit less) on CL. ( It is a discontinued model. Maybe I’ll just keep waiting.

02-12-2011 04:40 PM

2 Questions - 6 replies

One question I have posted in my new blog entry: The other has to do with getting a Central Machinery (Harbor Freight) band saw. Do I need to belong to the Inside track to get the best deal. I was thinking of just using Craigslist or checking the website for deals every now and then. ...

01-29-2011 05:39 AM

Craftsman 12X40 LATHE w/ 13 turning tools and book (Sold /Closed) - 5 replies

I am refurbishing a lathe, the tools and selling it with a book on turning. I am in TN near nashville.

01-28-2011 03:32 PM

Question about end grain vs. crosscuts - 7 replies

Can someone explain why it “appears” to be easier to make a crosscut than to work with end grain. Aren’t they essentially the same thing? It is really difficult to sand endgrain, but a crosscut is relatively easy. I am reading L. Lee’s book on sharpening and this has been bugging me. Any thoughts?

01-09-2011 02:17 AM

Dust in the Face - 20 replies

So, I have started to notice a big build up of dust behind me after sawing. Today, I watched as a steady stream of dust went flying. The blade was 1/2” over the particle board (particle board…gross). Is it normal to have dust shoot back at you when using the table saw? I have read that this could really be an alignment issue. Any...

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