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07-19-2011 05:08 PM

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...

07-12-2011 03:40 PM

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...

03-07-2011 02:07 AM

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...

02-04-2011 05:26 PM

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 ...

01-30-2011 07:25 PM

The order of things... kind of confused. - 7 replies

I’m trying to wrap my head around just precisely what order to do things and I think my problem is likely over-thinking it. :) I have wood that is 1.5”-2” wide. Some of it has tongue & groove and some does not. If it matters, it’s all maple so the hardness and whatever is basically the same through all of it. So...

01-26-2011 04:30 PM

My wood is too dry. - 14 replies

I have a fairly large inventory of cedar. It was originally wall panels, of the tongue and groove kind. So… a little over 1/2×4 or 6 in long lengths. It’s really, really dry. It is, however, still very aromatic and in otherwise excellent condition. I’d like to use it for some small projects- interiors of boxes, is the f...

07-14-2010 12:02 AM

A glue question - 24 replies

I am working on my dollhouse and wanted an opinion from the crowd before I go ahead and start gluing things. I have Titebond and if you all think that will work for this, I’ll use it. But if not—I’m not attached to the idea. The “subfloor” is MDF. The “floor boards” are various hardwoods. They are 1/8...

06-01-2010 02:06 AM

Wood suggestions - ideal for miniature work - 15 replies

I am looking for some suggestions from you all, as to which wood(s) I should keep an eye out for, for use in making my miniatures. Working tiny has some challenges – most importantly, it has to look “right”. Oak and Zebrawood, for example, look woefully out of place. So do Bubinga and Cedar. Most store-bought miniature th...

05-26-2010 03:05 PM

Suggestions please - lathe for tiny things - 11 replies

Hi all, I’m looking for suggestions on a lathe to get to do work for my miniatures. (1:12 scale) I want to do some things, like exterior work, which are bigger but I really want to make furniture. Spindles for legs that are 1” long and .125” would not be unreasonable at all. And certainly, if possible, it would be easier to ...

05-16-2010 04:01 PM

Wood ID search - lumber and tree - 8 replies

For the past couple of days I’ve been poking around the internet looking for a website that shows both tree identification and the look of the lumber inside the tree. I’ve been able to find several sites that have a very nice collection of one, or the other, but not both. I don’t need super-accurate listings – I’...

05-15-2010 11:13 PM

Some questions on spalted wood - 18 replies

I have been noticing spalted wood here and there lately and was curious about it so I looked it up.. I have to say I’m amazed at the process of how wood becomes spalted .. nature is pretty impressive! I would like to know.. does kiln drying definitely kill the fungi? Is there any visual difference to the wood before and after kiln dryin...

05-09-2010 01:00 AM

Wood ID help? - 20 replies

I got this little piece of wood today at the wood store for $1. It’s in kinda rough shape but I have a plan for it… What is it? This piece is about 10×6”... In the store I assumed it was maple; in the car I realised it was far more yellow than I’ve ever seen maple. That little corner is white, but it onl...

05-07-2010 02:27 AM

Seeking instructions for boxes - 35 replies

I’m VERY new to actually putting two pieces of wood together to make something. And I want to learn. I’m interested in making boxes. Something really simple, right? I’ve been looking at different instructions and the choices are really overwhelming. And then I get really confused by the super big array of choices and then fr...

04-25-2010 09:27 PM

Stain suggestions - something pink (not red) - 13 replies

Hi all, I’m working on a rather large project ( a bed !) and I was hoping for some suggestions from you all for the stain. I’m using fairly light woods – pine, maple – with a few accent pieces in different ranges – oak, ash, hickory and walnut. I want to stain it, definitely not paint it. I’d like to giv...

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