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871 days ago

8/4 Wenge bound up table saw - 8 replies

I was cutting 8/4 Wenge today on my 3HP Sawstop cabinet saw today and it was so hard that it bound up the blade. It took all i could to get the piece off the saw after I stopped the motor. Anyone ever have this happen before?

890 days ago

Air dried vs kiln dried - 7 replies

I recently got a call from my local hardwood mill that they received 2 twelve foot 8/4 black walnut boards (12’ wide) and wanted to know if I was interested. I immediately dropped my tools and raced over there. The manager told me that they were air dried in a barn for the last 10-15 years and he can’t put it in the racks with the ...

892 days ago

Using Whiteside 5 Degree Taper Chair Making Router Bits? - 4 replies

Anyone know of any videos online that explain how to use the Whiteside 5 Degree Negative & Positive Taper Chair Making Router Bits? Thanks

899 days ago

What to do with red oak burl? - 6 replies

My brother in-law (log truck driver) found me a nice red oak burl for a Christmas gift. First off is it in fact a burl? What would you do with it? 16” diameter, roughly 10’ thick

905 days ago

Wax for a red oak table? - 3 replies

I am finishing a red oak dinning table that I have been told to use wax on as a final coat. What does the wax do after 2 coats of gloss poly and a coat of gloss varnish (sanded with 320 between poly and varnish coats)? What type of wax? I would like to use my Festool RO 125 FEQ Rotex Sander with a sponge head to apply. What else should I u...

906 days ago

Cherry slab questions - 3 replies

This weekend I was able to visit Hearne Hardwoods in Oxford PA (great place) and I picked up a large 8/4 cherry slab that is roughly 7” long and 2” wide. They had it on sale due to a large knot and some edge rot. I plan on building a coffee table out of the slab and was hoping to do natural edge but I don’t think I can with t...

911 days ago

Help sanding between coats of poly - 9 replies

The first coat of poly is dry on the red oak table that I am building and I need to sand before the next coat to remove any dust particles. I have never sanded between coats of finish before and it makes me nervous. Do I use 400 grit paper and can I use my Dewalt ROS to sand? What do I do after sanding to clean the surface for the next coat? ...

913 days ago

3/4 HP Delta bandsaw keeps bogging down - 7 replies

My 14” Delta 3/4 HP bandsaw seems to never want to cut all the way through lumber without bogging down. My blade is new and this has been happening for over a year. I usually cut 8/4 hardwood which I know contributes to the bogging down but this is ridiculous. The saw is still stock except for the riser block assembly that I installed. ...

918 days ago

Scratches showing through after stain - 9 replies

Let me preface this by saying that I rarely use stain so this might be a rookie mistake that I made. I am staining a red oak table and there are several spots showing up darker than the rest. I also have been noticing several small spots of scratches. I have tried applying a second coat of stain to blend the darker spots but it doesn’...

920 days ago

Oil based finish over a polished surface - 2 replies

I am finishing another Maloof rocker (walnut) and I want to take the finish to the extreme. I currently sand to 400 then burnish to 2000 grit then use a 3 part finish of BLO, Tung oil and Poly. I want to start using felt and then sheep skin after the burnishing to really make the wood shine. Is there an issue with using the 3 part finish over...

922 days ago

Wenge rocking chair - 4 replies

I am thinking of making a new rocking chair as a show piece for art/craft shows and I am leaning towards Wenge. What issues might I face besides cost when working with 8/4 Wenge? I build Maloof style Rocking Chairs utilizing Hal Taylor’s plans. I know that the dust is toxic so I would use a respirator and my dust collection system. I...

926 days ago

What type of moisture meter? - 6 replies

I am interested in getting a moisture meter but have no idea what I am looking for and which ones are accurate.

928 days ago

Walnut slab keeps checking - 12 replies

I have several 8/4 black walnut slabs that keep checking. They are roughly 12 foot long stacked on top of each other with the bark still on it. I don’t currently have the option of standing them up. Dont have a moisture meter to check the current level. The walnut was kiln dried at the mill. How do I prevent/reduce the checking and ...

946 days ago

Stain for red oak table? - 14 replies

I am finishing a red oak kitchen table that the customer wants stained dark. What type/brand of stain should I use to finish smooth with out blotching and will prevent water rings from glasses.

964 days ago

Solid wood radiator cover - 1 reply

I have a potential client that has asked if I could build a 36” x 18” radiator bench cover out of cherry. This piece would just sit on top as a bench and I would use 8/4 or 12/4 cherry. Any potential problems I might face? I think I would route out the center so it was still one piece but slips over the radiator.

981 days ago

Jet 16-32 drum sander adjustment help - 1 reply

I have been building tons of cutting boards lately and noticed that my Jet 16-32 has been burning wood on the inside of the drum. I put a level on the drum and it is dipped on the inside towards the motor. Has anyone ever adjusted the drum arm and if so how do I do it?

996 days ago

Powering digital picture frame at art shows - 2 replies

I bought a digital picture frame this weekend that I will be using at tshows to display work that I was unable to bring. The issue that I am facing is powering it when there is no power available. Does anyone use battery packs for power during shows? If so what do you use?

1000 days ago

Cutting board design software for a Mac - 7 replies

I want to be able to utilize some cutting board design software but I have a Macbook, any idea how to get it to work on a Mac?

1000 days ago

Website feedback - 24 replies

I did some recent updates to my website and was looking for some feedback

1005 days ago

Premade table legs - 4 replies

I have a client that wants a farm table with 4” thick turned legs but my mini lathe won’t handle the length. Any one know of any mill work websites where I can order table legs to te specs I need?

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