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08-06-2013 07:14 PM

Finishing for Pine - 4 replies

I just finished assembling a change table for my first child, who is due to arrive any time now. The last step is to finish it. I had been planning to paint it but I ended up liking the look of the natural wood and so I am thinking of just applying some kind of clear protection. What should I be looking at using? I’d like to preserve th...

06-23-2013 12:57 AM

Transporting lumber in a car? - 16 replies

Not sure what the best place to put this is, but I think it might be most appropriate here. I’m still a complete novice but I have a few learning projects I want to make. We just moved into a new place and I need to build myself a workbench, so that’s top of the list. The problem I am having, though, is getting my wood home! I just h...

01-08-2013 12:41 AM

Of Dovetails and Chisels - 5 replies

I’ve been trying to learn how to hand-cut dovetails, following John Bullar’s videos on Youtube (here and here). I’ve had limited success, though. At first, I was trying to cut them into 3/4”-thick pine, and I started to have a bit more luck when I picked up a 1/2” piece of poplar. Now I can get my cuts to look ok...

01-01-2013 04:41 PM

Ryobi RTS21 Table Saw Slots + Milescraft Featherboard - 3 replies

I have a Ryobi RTS21 Table Saw that I received as a gift (my first saw) that I am growing to dislike immensely. The main problem for me is the silly slots. As you can see in a picture on Trev_Batstone's Table Sled project, there are little lips that makes them pretty well useless for any after-market slot accessories you might want to get. I ...

11-24-2012 12:22 AM

Catan board - 4 replies

I want to make my own board for Settlers of Catan (see Basically, I need to make a bunch of little, uniform hexagons that will fit together perfectly, and then a frame into which they will fit snugly when the board is assembled. What’s the best way to do this with a table saw? Is there a jig I can make? Any ideas?

08-15-2012 01:21 AM

Thoughts on Power Planes? - 5 replies

I don’t have room in my “workshop” (really a corner of the basement in the house we rent) for a jointer or planer. I was wondering what people thought about power planes. They seem fairly affordable but I don’t hear a lot of people talking about them. I can get the edges of wood pretty square with my table saw but I thoug...

08-13-2012 12:27 AM

Ryobi RTS21 (or 20) - 1 reply

I got my first table saw, a Ryobi RTS21, for my birthday last week. So far it’s pretty okay, but I want to create a mitre extension to it. The trouble I am having is how to attach it. Most other table saws I have seen make it pretty easy to run a couple of screws through a piece of wood, but the Ryobi makes it pretty tough to access the en...

08-12-2012 11:36 PM

How to keep SQUARE - 4 replies

I’m building my first ever project, a very basic flip-top table (I modified these plans to fit my space a bit better, and used 2×2s instead of stair rails) for my wife and I to throw our keys on as we come in the door. It’s a very simple build made simpler with the use of pocket screws. At any rate, everything’s going o...

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