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06-27-2017 11:38 AM

New Grizzly T series helical heads? - 12 replies

Hello, wondering if anyone has any experience with or insight into the T series heads from Grizzly. They’re cheaper than Byrd and even the original Grizzly spirals (helical and indexed). They are obviously a different design than their original helical, but I have no idea if that has trade offs. For instance, the T27697 is just $275 for...

06-01-2017 11:32 AM

Festool Granat or Rubin or ? - 2 replies

Hello, I’ve been buying Granat for my RO150 and so far really love it. It seems to be quite aggressive and to last much longer than what I was previously using. While slowly filling in my supply of grits .. as the budget allows … it dawned on me that … gee, I hope this really is the best choice, considering I haven’t trie...

03-27-2017 01:52 PM

Any tricks for glue-ups with many small pieces? Cutting boards. - 1 reply

So I’m finally getting around to making some cutting boards. I find it time consuming and tedius to deal with all the squeeze out around components (say a row) before continuing on to glue them into the bigger picture. I used a fixed belt sander with reasonable success but I have my eye on a design that uses many smaller pieces (end grain)...

03-27-2017 01:42 PM

Trick for flattening on the router table - 15 replies

I’m finally getting around to trying my hand at cutting boards. I was thinking about how flatten them and whether I could invert the old router sled approach. It turned out to be very quick and easy. Sure, you have to deal with end grain tear out, but that’s not specific to this technique. Place the side you want to flatten face d...

09-27-2016 12:31 AM

Arm-r seal walnut. How many coats to fill grain? - 8 replies

Hello all! I am in the final stages of edge grain walnut counter tops. I’m 5 coats. I fell like I’m almost there, but you know it can be, coat after coat and still getting the dimples on the grain. Do you think I should be almost there? Or, should I stop now and buff it down with liquid compound? Thank you! UPDATE: IR...

07-25-2016 04:52 PM

Butt joining a 45 degree bevel end to a 90 degree end - 17 replies

Surprisingly I’ve never come across this challenge before and find it to be interesting. Wondering if anyone’s thought this through before. Because of the length of the beveled end the middle board needs to be thicker. I did not pay attention in geometry class, unfortunately. I’m sure the required thickness can be calcul...

04-07-2016 02:08 AM

Filling large wormholes, knot holes and cracks/checks in rustic oak floor - 7 replies

I’ve read a bit about using epoxy on small projects, but wondering if anyone has any experience with “Cabin grade” oak flooring? I’ve got reclaimed timbers that were milled into new flooring. While I love the look (I use wormy lumber often in furniture), I can’t imagine leaving the larger holes open on a floor. Susp...

02-07-2016 11:49 PM

Lumber options for cabinets - 17 replies

Hello. I am in a kitchen renovation at home. Looking for rustic farmhouse. Originally assumed I’d build the cabinets from cherry but have since decided we want them painted. That being the case, what do you thinkninshoukdnusenfor lumber? I’ll do maple drawers but do I stick with maple all Around or downgrade since it will be painted?...

12-10-2015 03:20 PM

Drop-down, pull out drawer from behind apron - 6 replies

I’m pretty much finished a beefy, rustic coffee table, but apparently not ready to let it go just yet. I’m thinking about building a shallow drawer (remotes, books, etc.) that will be hidden up under the table, behind the 5” apron. The idea is to reach up under, grab a handle of sorts and pull down an assembly that houses th...

12-08-2015 01:50 PM

Think I want a branding iron. Is "HAND CRAFTED" considered 100% hand tools? - 28 replies

I see a lot of “hand crafted by” irons and it makes me think 100% hand tools. No router table, no table saw, jointer, planer, etc. Am I reading too much into that? Not really sure what I want to get, but I’ve made enough furniture now that I feel like I should be stamping them.

12-04-2015 03:28 PM

Decision time on bread board ends and length of aprons/stretchers - 15 replies

Ok, so I’m not entirely sure how I found myself in this predicament, but clearly I miscalculated something along the way. I’m building a rustic coffee table from reclaimed wood. I wanted beefy bread board ends. The idea was 1.5” of tenon into a 3.75” wide breadboard (no science behind that width – I simply though...

12-02-2015 12:13 PM

Should I buy tenon saws? - 16 replies

Hello, This is another question that I suspect might be dumb, but I’ll give it a shot anyway cuz I’m used to looking dumb. I have a “dovetail” saw that I bought from Woodcraft a few years back. It’s a fine TPI (not sure #) and marked Garlick & Sons. Frankly I’ve never been a huge fan of it, but then ...

11-30-2015 03:01 PM

Any ideas for this newly cut cedar? - 9 replies

Hello, My in-laws asked me to clean up their woodline a bit and I grabbed some of the better cedar to bring home. Figured I’ll anchor seal it and set it aside in my redneck yard. Any ideas as what I should use this for? Obviously, it’s not that big. Bird houses comes to mind. Is cedar good for turning? I wouldn’t think so...

11-28-2015 11:44 PM

Who wants to see an idiot taking an oak bowl off the face mask? - 32 replies

ALWAYS WEAR A FULL FACE MASK !!!! So as most of you know, I’m new to turning. I’ve now blown up 3-4 bowls at the very end of the project … finishing the bottom. The next bowl will be different. I swear it. I’m going to quit while I’m ahead, saw off the thingie and sand it out. Here’s a video of a natural...

11-28-2015 11:26 PM

How to plan for movement of a top when it's wrapped in a mitered frame? - 16 replies

Ok, this one’s got me stumped. My Mother In Law requested a coffee table like the one below and I just so happened to have to perfect reclaimed lumber for this project. I’ve made a few panel glue-ups that include bread board ends with floating tenons, but I have no idea how it should work once the parallel running mitered edges ar...

11-27-2015 11:29 PM

Finishing with a polisher - 6 replies

Hello, wondering if anyone’s got any experience with a polisher for the last steps in finishing. I feel like my best finish so far involved paraffin oil, pumice grits and finally rotten. It was messy as heck, but came out really smooth. I’ve had a makita PV7001C 7 inch polisher in my Amazon wish list forever. It would be expensive wi...

11-23-2015 09:05 PM

Tell me how I stack up against you - 16 replies

I got to thinking this weekend as I slaved over a kitchen island top. I’m very curious to hear how much effort/time you think this type of project should have taken. This was my first paid commission and I’m trying to establish a value. Yeah … you’d think I would have done that...

10-24-2015 10:55 PM

Thinking of buying round tool rest sets - 39 replies

I stumbled across a site called best wood tools that offers 3/4” and 1” round tool rest components and I’m thinking of ordering straight and curved sets in 3/4” size because I only have a 12” PM. They also have a box rest for supporting a scraper for bottom scraper that looks awesome. For $300 I can get what I th...

10-20-2015 06:13 PM

Do you use a face shield when sanding? Dust mask? Trend Airshield? - 31 replies

Curious if you are 100% face shield for all spindle and bowl work, or if there are scenarios. Is sanding considered to be safe enough for just glasses? Trying to decide on a new shield. Sanding dust is a big deal, too, that I need to figure out. I think ideally I’d have something to suck up most of the dust and a low profile respirator ...

10-18-2015 06:02 PM

Can't figure out how to finish lid without cole jaws - 9 replies

Feel free to tell me how I should have approached this, but I now find myself in a pickle with a small lidded box. I finished the lid and then parted it and made the bottom. The last step is to impart a concave lid bottom but I can’t figure out how to mount it. I tried making a cole jaw of sorts and just could NOT CENTER it! And even we...

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