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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? - 27 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...

10-11-2015 05:26 PM

Can I spray lumber with worms and still work it? - 9 replies

I treated my post and beam barn structure for wood eating insects a few years ago and haven’t had a problem since. I’ve also been struggling with carpenter bees on the house and barn. Same spray kills them, but I feel like I’m under constant attack! I have a lot of lumber in the cellar and a couple of years ago added a fresh...

10-02-2015 01:46 PM

Has anyone used the Sanding Wonder Ultimate Sander? - 12 replies

While following links in a thread on sanding, I came across this product on Vince’s site. It’s double the price of the Sorby sander. Seems super nice, though. Doesn’t have the big plastic knob. Trying to decide if I should just suck it up and fork over the extra $70 one time. Thanks.

09-25-2015 09:22 PM

Are all #2 live centers compatible with a lathe #2? - 11 replies

Sorry if this is a stupid question. My PM #90 takes a #2 morse taper live center. I have crappy centers with no bearings and want to upgrade. Looking at the Oneway system which seems pretty nice. Will it definitely fit since they’re both #2? Or are there different diameters that are still considered #2, requiring me to dig deeper to fin...

09-24-2015 03:37 PM

Choosing a GOOD chuck from a short list - 53 replies

I am ready to purchase my first chuck for my new old PM #90. I spent a few hours this morning pouring over the offerings, trying to make sense of something I have no experience or insight into yet. I’d love to hear of any actual experience with some of the better offerings to help me make my purchase. First off, the #90 has a 1 1/2̶...

09-14-2015 05:13 PM

Tormek is so darned expensive! And I can' find anything used. - 9 replies

I’m coming down with the bug for the T7 and jigs. It’s surprising that I can’t find ANY used units for sale. It looks like I’m going to have suck it up and fork over what they want. yikes.

09-06-2015 10:59 PM

Buying an older lathe - Advice? - 34 replies

Hello, I’m finally ready for a lathe. I’ll want to learn everything buy pen making. I REFUSE TO MAKE PENS and have made a pact with a buddy to never, EVER do that. ;) Bowls, spindles, whatever. I’ve read a lot of previous threads, but 99% of them seem to be about current models, sales and recent used models. I’d lik...

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