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333 days ago

How to finish mahogany on a garden bench. - 21 replies

I got a pair if cast iron garden bench side from an old garden bench. I had them sandblasted and powder coated. I’m replacing the wooden slats with mahogany. I need to know what the best way is to finish these mahogany slats. I want to bring out the dark color of the mahogany while also making it as resistant as possible to Wisconsin w...

483 days ago

How to turn wood with a drill press and a Skilsaw. - 17 replies

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=unmYI5ruEeY#! Somebody please learn me how to embed videos.

483 days ago

$0.25 hollow plastic handle bevel gauge. Looking to pimp it up w/ a new handle! - 9 replies

I picked up a bevel gauge at a flea market awhile back that has a hollow plastic handle. I’ve been thinking about making a new handle for it. Any ideas from you fine people? Ivory inlays, brass rabbit inlays, wing nut carved from an oyster shell…?

484 days ago

Any machinists out there ever made their own hand plane parts? - 19 replies

Is it worth the time and effort to set up the tooling and to buy tapes and dies to make brass adjustment knobs, knob and tote bolts and nuts, frog bolts, so on & so on? After Becca’s schooling is done we’ll be moving back to Wisconsin where my dad has a metal lathe that almost never gets used.

484 days ago

Would you bring this lumber home even if it was free? - 21 replies

http://www.instructables.com/id/Cheap-Lumber/ You could dilute 1 part shellack with 2 parts thinner and spray the boards with it using a Huddson weed sprayer. When the shellack drys it leave an air tight coat snuffing out the bugs.

484 days ago

Wood hardness vs. cost ratio - 21 replies

I’ve been wanting to find a chart of lumber hardness and price ratio. Is Poplar harder than pine? How much more expensive is it than pine? How about Willow or Ash?

527 days ago

What would these be used for? - 11 replies

Some kind of hole gauges maybe. click for larger picture.http://i50.tinypic.com/4jkyrq.jpg

539 days ago

Desktop Wallpapers For Woodworkers. - 2 replies

I’m Just posting a link because the image is to large fit the whole thing. http://i49.tinypic.com/e7o3gi.jpg http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/members/dean-miller-7275/albums/dean-s-project-photos/1941-ash-woodworking-bench-made-6x8-posts-given-me-my-truckdriver-cousin.jpg http://www.woodcraft.com/Images/products/600/409543.jpg

545 days ago

Swedish City Of Woodworking Lesbians! - 62 replies

When I first seen this I thought “where do I sign up? READ MORE:http://www.theawl.com/2009/10/china-reveals-secret-swedish-city-of-woodworking-lesbians Chinese media have confirmed what we in the West suspected all along: that concealed in the northern Swedish woods is a city of 25,000 women, many of whom have turned to Sapphic love ...

545 days ago

THE GREAT TOTE GRAIN RUN CONTROVERSY - 9 replies

I’ve noticed that most, if not all, totes feature grain that runs parallel to the sole of the plane which is perpendicular to the length of the tote. For maximum strength, should the grain not run with the length (height) of the handle? Or is it a moot point because the bolt that runs through the tote provides all the strength necessary,...

552 days ago

Hardening metal banding for making putty knives. - 2 replies

I acquired a bunch of one and a half inch crate banding and cut them into 6, 7, 8 inch pieces. Now that I know how to peen a brass rivet in a wood handle I thought I could make some cool putty knives with black walnut grips with oak and turquoise inlays. The banding is not hardened, it will kink when you bend it unlike a putty knife. A putty ...

553 days ago

Brass rivets in tool handles (how is it done) - 28 replies

I want to make carving knives from some surgical blades that got ay an auction. I need to know how brass rivets are set. Are they just peened with a hammer? If so what is the technique/best way to do this?

555 days ago

Know of any good flea markets and pawn shops in the Portland, OR area? - 3 replies

I’m new to the Portland area and would like to find great places to find great deals.

558 days ago

Clamp till / storage rack, I'm looking for ideas. - 48 replies

I thought about cutting an old wooden latter in half and screwing them together side by side and mounting it to the wall so I can hang clamps on the rungs. What do you think or what do you do for hanging clamps? Bonus Question: Is it okay to store spring clamps clamped onto something or will it destress the spring after time?

558 days ago

Air Hose fitting Headaches... Do You Get Them? - 16 replies

Most all of my tools I buy are used and all of them have different style fittings. My new Hitachi air compressor came with style M fittings and most of my tools don’t fit! Grrr… There ought to be a law!

559 days ago

Why are squares so damn expensive? - 42 replies

Starrett squares are like over $100 just for two pieces of metal stamped together at a 90° angle. What are some good alternatives to over priced squares? I bought a pear of plastic Rockler clamp-it squares but when I spooned them together I cound see day light throught them on one of the far ends. I have one of thoughs large flat metal sq...

559 days ago

Woods that stink when you cut or sand them. - 30 replies

I’ve noticed that different woods have different smells when cut or sanded. One wood that has a very weird odor is a very blonde and dense wood with hardly any grain lines. What kind of wood could it be?

692 days ago

I want to build a solar lumber kiln. - 18 replies

Our wooded acres have a lot of dead Dutch Elm trees that are still standing and solid. There’s a guy in a town 10 miles away with a portable saw mill and I want to turn those Elm trees into lumber. Does anyone have any experience with something like this? http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/WoodDrying/wood_kiln.htm

695 days ago

making and using finger boards - any good advice? - 10 replies

What type of wood is best for making finger boards?Dementions and other good stuff.

699 days ago

This gives woodworking females a bad name! - 12 replies

but it’s kinda funny http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUMGD8ZIdg8&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL41A68B990B7D34D8

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