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01-04-2017 02:37 PM

another "what finish should i use" thread - 7 replies

like many, i am still on the “finish roller coaster” and have tried many different finishes, but of course there are as many different applications as there are finishes. my previous dining tables were farmhouse tables made from 100-yr old reclaimed pine flooring, rustic – so my choice was just Minwax satin poly and they are v...

01-16-2015 06:24 PM

long leaf pine - value? - 8 replies

i have little experience with pine, and am not sure of what to look for in this wood. i am assuming i would want the tightest rings possible – correct?looking at these photos i am just not sure if this is a good deal or not – i see some tight and some not so tight rings.he wants $7 per lineal foot. claim is it is from a 1905 house ...

10-25-2014 02:59 PM

Carraige bolt solution - 3 replies

i have seen past posts looking for a way to keep carraige bolts from spinning, especially in softer woods. i was amazed that the “prong” or “torque” washers were not easy to find, and where i did find them they were only up to 1/2” and i needed 5/8”. plus i needed black since i am using antique bolts that are...

10-16-2014 02:29 PM

how to finish antique pine table - 8 replies

i am making the mother -of-all-farmhouse tables for my daughter and son in law who – wait for it -just bought a 100-yr old farmhouse in central Texas. so a farmhouse table made from 100 yr old wood is being re-purposed for 100-yr old house. at a Restore in Houston I found some 8/4 pine flooring (1-5/8). i planed the top enough to remove th...

08-24-2013 04:56 PM

need suggestions on "Mother of All Wedding Benches" - 8 replies

ok, daughter and wife asked me to make a wedding bench for my daughters wedding next month. the idea is to have a bench and people sign the bench as opposed to a guest book and they have all those names and memories on their front porch for eternity. so of course if i am going to make something i am going all out, and i have a stockpile of sla...

07-27-2013 04:04 PM

Cypress density - 4 replies

i felled a suburban cypress tree about a year and 4 months ago, and milled it in January. i am in Houston, and we had a warm winter. i air dried it in a stack that was well stickered. i put a 4.5” x7’x20” slab in my attic for about 3 months, this is being used as a seat for “the mother of all wedding benches” th...

07-12-2013 12:08 PM

lost in the maze of finishing an extrior piece.... - 2 replies

I am now in the construction phase of “The Mother of all Wedding benches” for my daughter and son-in-law to-be, made out of live edge slab cypress. Waterlox and other marine poly’s add a undesirable yellow color and i really dont want that. The bench will be on a porch, subject to occasional windblown rain and maybe very low ...

04-23-2013 08:34 PM

looking for a mill near Houston - 2 replies

anyone know of a mill for cutting slabs around here? band saw best of course, my old source flaked on me and a new source has a small saw that cant cut over 20”, less the more shape or crotch the log has.

04-16-2013 12:28 AM

i FREAKING LOVE osage orange!! - 5 replies

THIS WOOD IS AWESOME! a friend gave me a log that had been dead a while, slight spalting in a few areas but not enough to get excited over. i milled it out, and letting it dry, but as an experiment i went ahead and made an experimental table to see how it does, otherwise, as dense as this wood is it would take 4 years for a 2” slab to ...

04-15-2013 01:49 AM

"TheMother of All Wedding Benches" mock up...... - 4 replies

a bit back i posted questions in the finishing forum on this project – my largest ever. from “pinterest” my wife and daughter found an idea and decided i should make a “wedding bench” for her wedding. basically you just make a bench, and your wedding guests sign it so you have their memento every time you enjoy a ...

03-19-2013 02:08 AM

wedding guest bench finishing ideas - 3 replies

i make slab/live edge furniture, mainly for myself and family and am starting to sell a few. lately my finish of choice – due to ease of application and appearance of a quality product – is an optional base application of danish oil, the dark if i want to stain a light colored wood, followed by General Finishes Gel Topcoat. I reall...

02-26-2013 04:01 AM

drying slabs.... - 2 replies

i have a thick slab of red oak – bad wood for movement i know, but i got the wood for free and i am not going to wait 5 yrs for it to dry. if nothing else its a learning piece. the wood has sat out in the Houston heat for 8 months after milling, and was on the ground as a whole log for and undetermined amount of time, but long enough f...

12-27-2012 02:05 AM

Rockwell/Delta Model 10 TS - 22 replies

we are a familiy of modest means so a nicey nice table saw of my dreams will always be just that, especially with my other financially draining hobbies (cameras, surfboards, and mountain bikes) just cant do it all. so my son pooled the wife and sister together, did a ton of research, and found the above table saw for a very sweet price – ...

08-08-2012 02:40 AM

quarter sawing for a newbie - 18 replies

i have a friend/potential client that wants me to make some things from some oaks they had to fell on their property due to out horrendous drought we had in texas last year. they want a table or two since they came from their property, a park bench, and are going to build a new house in a year or 2 so i suggested they go ahead and mill out a Nic...

05-15-2012 08:30 PM

wood porn - milling trees from your own property revisited - 37 replies

just joined – and read another post on this subject and it was the reason i looked into this site in the first place. i have made a few slab tables in the past, but it was 30 years ago and i got lucky on some really nice mesquite. infact i recently reclaimed them and made a really nice coffee, end, and entry table set. 12/4 thick, no cra...

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