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|356 days ago||
Tamboti - 3 replies
I recently worked on Tamboti for the first time and I am having some minor issues with it… it’s turning green on me. One piece is entirely the darker part of the wood so the green is very subtle, but the other piece has mostly the lighter portion of it and it’s a very, very obvious green. It looks kind of like I put it in a bat...
|368 days ago||
Bark Edge - Help? - 16 replies
I have been asked to make some ornaments from logs – it will basically just a slice of log, with a hole for the ribbon (and some engraving but that’s not important to the question). The customer is very insistent that the pieces have the full bark around the edge… they will be able 2-3” dia. How do I keep the bark in-t...
|508 days ago||
Picture Rail - 35 replies
I am going to be installing some picture rail in a house—a fair amount of it, let’s say six rooms. I’ve looked up the picture rail online and it is fairly expensive—average price I found was $15/8’ length… and it is SPF. I would prefer a hardwood, maybe even a kind of cool looking hardwood… Having tro...
|517 days ago||
Bed lumber - 17 replies
I am planning on building another bed… I made the one that I sleep on every night now, but it is made mostly of dimensional lumber. I have decided it is time to move up a little and I have my heart set on some hardwood. (Tigerwood, specifically) What I am wondering about is the thickness of the main components. I’m having some tro...
|540 days ago||
Carving Green Lumber - 9 replies
I am doing some CNC carvings on green lumber. It was a living tree less than two months ago. I am not concerned about cracking or checking or any of that—for what I’m doing, any of this will simply be “features”. What I AM wondering is about the tooling, feeds and speeds. Any of you that use a CNC ever run green lum...
|542 days ago||
Cutting Board Table - 45 replies
I am working a project that will require me to make a ”’butcher block” style table that will be roughly 100 inches by 50 inches. It’s going to be out of hard maple (what else) and roughly 5” thick. What I need advice on is—should this get a layer of plywood on the bottom for stability or should it be okay ...
|543 days ago||
Cork - 3 replies
I have a bunch of sheets of cork – about an inch thick (maybe a little thicker) in varying sizes from little pieces up to 12×18”, or so. Maybe a little bigger. I have no particular need/want for these. Anybody interested? Not sure what this kind of thing goes for but I will sell it cheap .. :) Nice thing is shipping on this w...
|543 days ago||
EEE tips - 6 replies
I have this jar of EEE finish and I’ve tried to use it a few times and I feel like maybe I’m missing something. Can you guys give me any tips with it? What’s the best grit to start at when I apply it? How long should I rub it? Is this best with a liberal application or a very small amount? Does it stand on its own or should ...
|549 days ago||
Rock Maple - 1 reply
As many of you know already, I have a boat load of salvaged rock maple flooring. I have significantly more than I need for anything and would love to see a lot of it get happy homes for projects with other people. Here is how they clean up: The wood is all Michigan-grown, old-growth very hard maple with very distinctive...
|550 days ago||
Plywood - 8 replies
I am looking for some sources to buy cabinet-grade plywood. Specifically, I am looking for something a little on the unusual side.. interesting woods or grains.. preferably out of a darker wood(s). The edge of the ply will be visible in my projects so it should look good on the side as well. I’ve found a few places and I bet LJs know of...
|551 days ago||
Knife block plans - 2 replies
I want to make a couple of knife blocks… the solid wood kind, rather than the type filled with skewers or other material. I’ve looked around a lot and I just find myself getting perplexed. Can anybody show me some plans? The few I found were rather vague.
|558 days ago||
Milling Advice - 7 replies
I recently got a bunch of logs—Mulberry, Ash, Hickory, Cherry, Elm and maybe Sycamore. The logs are all relatively short (about 2”) and vary between 6” and 14” dia. A lot of them I will be using for turning, but I want to make a bunch of boards too. I milled a couple of them this weekend and it was not too bad! But I a...
|572 days ago||
Segmenting with a steep angle - 10 replies
I am doing some segmentation and I have been playing around with angles. Specifically I am doing something akin to the Celtic Knot, except just one line rather than the whole knot. I am turning some things on a bottle stopper mount. Three or four times now I have been midway through turning and end up snapping the wood clean off at the glue j...
|769 days ago||
Finishing pen off the lathe - 17 replies
I have been making some pens lately, and it’s been great. I’m going to start doing a little bit of a mass production of them for a fundraiser, and I need to hammer out this process. The part I’m stuck at is finishing. From what I see on the internet, everybody finishes it on the lathe. I can’t do that. That’s...
|842 days ago||
Casting Epoxy to Turn - 18 replies
I did some searching, but found that all I could find was posts on filling cracks so I do apologise if this is a repeat subject (or at least a recent repeat…) I have a bunch of extremely pretty exotic sawdust and some chips that came out neat.. like curly-cues or something. Also have a bunch of sawdust-like chips from some plastic proje...
|850 days ago||
Help me out, guys- jointer - 38 replies
Hey all, I tried to order a Grizzly jointer this week. Just the little Grizzly G0612, which is roughly $200. I figured it would be worth trying since Grizzly CS is known to be pretty spectacular generally. Except, it was AWFUL! Seriously guys- they were really awful to me! They refuse to process my order because I need it shipped to a diff...
|885 days ago||
Working with old plywood... - 18 replies
I have a surplus (and by surplus I mean “100+ sheets”) of 4×8 plywood that was produced somewhere between 1970-1975, I think. Maybe a little earlier but definitely not any later… It was part of a subfloor so it has nail holes around the edges but that is mostly confined to just the perimeters of the wood. I am fairly certa...
|892 days ago||
Easy glue question - 19 replies
I am looking for a glue that I can use to adhere magnets (little round disk type) onto wood and plastic. (Acrylic, if it matters.) I did my testing with some of that low-expand gorilla glue and it still expanded a lot (but the magnet sure is not going anywhere! :) ) and yesterday I did some tests on plastic with generic CA, which sure stuck i...
|1020 days ago||
Impregnating wood - 6 replies
I’ve been doing some research into impregnating wood with some kind of resin and dye. What I want to do is thoroughly saturate a piece of wood with dye, the stabilising part of it is just a by-product. (Although a very welcome one!) If you’ve seen my blog you know I’ve got a lot of maple… I want to turn a bunch of it i...
|1050 days ago||
Modern Kitchen Design - 34 replies
I’m working on designing a new kitchen, and I could use some inspiration pictures to help mull over designs. I have two desires: 1- Extremely clean, modern design2- Wood I’m thinking slab-style fronts, much like you see at IKEA. But, you know, with real wood and a little more soul than that. I’m leaning towards either ...