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|1187 days ago||
I am running into an issue with the cold weather and being able to shape a chair seat with a grinder. When it is warmer out I grind my seats with an aggrssive wheel and angle grinder outside. Since it is freezing cold in central PA I can’t really grind outside and in the garage causes ALOT of dust. What do I do? I try to rush home from...
|1195 days ago||
Maloof rocker finish - 19 replies
I just finished my 4th Maloof rocker and I can’t seem to get the finish to where I want it. Everytime I find a rocker online that i love it seems to have a finish that shines like a mirror. What method is being used to get this finish? I have been using the Maloof brand finishes, 4 coats of Poly/Oil followed by 2 coats of wax/oil. Am i...
|1214 days ago||
Materials for first craft show - 7 replies
I am in the process of applying for my first ever craft show, the show will be in July in Boiling Spings PA. I have never done a craft show so I don’t know what to get as far as booth supplies. Right now I have nothing so I am definityly starting from scratch. I also need to submit a picture of my booth and don’t know how to do th...
|1216 days ago||
Steam box - Build or Buy? - 12 replies
I want to start attempting Windsor chairs but a necessary tool that I need is a steam box. I have been looking around at people’s home made steam boxes and at ones that I can buy. It seems that to get it right it is expensive to build. The one that I am looking to buy is Mike Dunbar’s on thewindorinstitue.com website (not a studen...
|1221 days ago||
Angle for wine balancers - 9 replies
I am interested in making a few wine balancers as Christmas gifts. What angle does the bas need to be to balance a full bottle of wine? Don’t know if they are truelly called wine balancers but thats the only name I can think of to call them. Thanks
|1224 days ago||
Finishing methods for wine bottle stops - 1 reply
What do you all suggest for finishing methods on wine bottle stops? The first 4 stops that I made I used the BLO and CA finish just the same as my pens. Do others use this method or lacquer and buffing? I want a finish that will last and is shiny. ThanksYT
|1233 days ago||
Pen mill size for Sierra pen - 2 replies
What size pen mill do I need for the Sierra pen? Will the 7M mill I have work for it?
|1237 days ago||
Training material for Windsor Chairs - 2 replies
I am interested in learning how to build a Windsor Chair but don’t have the time to attend a class at the Windsor Institute in New Hampshire. Are there any step by step plans and templates available for windsors similiar to Hal Taylors plan’s for Maloof rockers? Thanks
|1238 days ago||
Location for marketing pens - 3 replies
I would like to start by saying that I have no dreams of becoming rich by making pens on my lathe I am just looking for a way to market a few. I have checked on the usual location (ebay) and there are several nice wooden pens listed but not many bids. What have others used to sell pens online? Is there a place online or do most use word of mo...
|1274 days ago||
Help with sharpening - 4 replies
I am new to tool sharpening and I need some help. I picked up a few old Stanley planes at a flea marked and I have no clue on sharpening the blades. Whatever help you can lend will be appreciated. Thanks
|1294 days ago||
I am interested in a Festool RAS 115 4-1/2” Rotary Grinder Sander but I havn’t seen any reviews. This will be my first venture into Festool so I want to make sure that it is worth my investment. I have been using a Hitachi 4-1/2” grinder to carve rocking chair seats but the dust is a bit much. During the summer months its al...
|1308 days ago||
Maloof rocker as porch rocker? - 4 replies
Has anyone built a Maloof rocker for use on a covered porch or patio? I have a customer asking if she could use a cherry rocker that I built on her back porch. I am a bit hesitant due to the cherry and how it will hold up to the eliminates. What about using oak or pine? My thoughts are that the solid 2” seat might crack due to changes ...
|1317 days ago||
Steps to take when selling Maloof rocker? - 4 replies
I am about to finish my 3rd rocking chair, this one will be my first Maloof inspired chair. What should my fist steps be in selling it? I am not looking to get rich on them (atleast not right now ;)) but I don’t want to give them away. What steps do I need to know to ship something this large? Do people use this site, their own, ebay, ...
|1320 days ago||
Plans for a wood strip kayak - 6 replies
Where is the best place to find step by step plans for making a wood strip kayak? Know its a VERY internse process thats why I would perfer a step by step with possible templates. ThanksYT
|1325 days ago||
Working with Padauk? - 13 replies
I was able to get a good price on some 8/4 Padauk so I decided to get enough to make another rocking chair. This will be my second Maloof inspired rocker, Hal Taylor edition. What advice do you have for working with Padauk?
|1333 days ago||
Shop stool plans - 7 replies
I am interested in building a shop stool for my shop. the design that I have in mind is the old woodshop stool from school that were metal and had four legs with a brace for your feet. I don’t have a picture but hopefully everyone can imagine what I am thinking of. My question is what angle do i put the legs at? A stool isn’t ove...
|1342 days ago||
Difference between hard and soft maple? - 21 replies
What is the difference between hard and soft maple? I have some soft maple available to me and I am wondering if its the right type of wood to make a chair out of. What is the difference between using hard and soft maple when making furniture, especially rockers?
|1346 days ago||
Ebony rocking chair? - 6 replies
Has anyone ever attempted a rocking chair out of ebony? I know that it would be real expensive but I think that it would look pretty neat. I am working on a Maloof rocker right now and would love to try ebony someday. Thanks
|1372 days ago||
Shipping rocking chairs - 3 replies
How should I go about shiping a rocking chair? I don’t know the distance yet of the shipment but anything over 150 miles will need to go freight.
|1381 days ago||
Removing poly and wax from oak cabinet? - 1 reply
Got a call today from a friend who was trying to use spray on poly on an oak cabinet and it turned cloudy in spots. There was a caot of wax on it already and I think the two didn’t interact well. Thoughts on removing the poly and the cloudness? He has tried mineral spirits with no luck. I suggested using 400 grit sandpaper but not sure...