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08-25-2013 05:58 PM

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...

03-29-2013 08:41 AM

How to turn wood with a drill press and a Skilsaw. - 17 replies! Somebody please learn me how to embed videos.

03-29-2013 02:04 AM

$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…?

03-27-2013 11:03 PM

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.

03-27-2013 05:57 PM

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

03-27-2013 05:15 PM

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?

02-12-2013 08:00 PM

What would these be used for? - 11 replies

Some kind of hole gauges maybe. click for larger picture.

01-31-2013 09:10 PM

Desktop Wallpapers For Woodworkers. - 2 replies

I’m Just posting a link because the image is to large fit the whole thing.

01-26-2013 01:17 AM

Swedish City Of Woodworking Lesbians! - 62 replies

When I first seen this I thought “where do I sign up? READ MORE: 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 ...

01-25-2013 04:17 PM


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,...

01-19-2013 04:52 AM

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 ...

01-18-2013 02:59 AM

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?

01-16-2013 01:26 AM

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.

01-13-2013 06:04 AM

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?

01-12-2013 02:33 PM

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!

01-12-2013 01:30 AM

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...

01-11-2013 06:27 PM

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?

08-31-2012 03:18 PM

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?

08-28-2012 11:39 AM

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.

08-25-2012 12:06 AM

This gives woodworking females a bad name! - 12 replies

but it’s kinda funny

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