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12-05-2017 06:21 PM

convince me to keep my jointer - 46 replies

So I’ve got a 6” jointer (yorkcraft)... haven’t used it in at least a year, maybe 2 (i really don’t remember the last time). I’ve been doing edges with handplanes, and faces with a quick handplaning of the high spots and then running through the planer. Any reason I shouldn’t sell it and free up the floor s...

10-09-2017 07:15 PM

seeking small acorn finials in cherry - 3 replies

I’m building an adaptation of Mike Pekovich's Hobbit Cupboard, and I’d like to include some acorn finials. I don’t have a lathe, and was wondering if someone could make some for me? They’d need to be made from cherry, and 3/4”-7/8” diameter. I’m looking to spend around $10 for these… they can...

10-27-2016 02:51 PM

krenov style jointer - question about details - 2 replies

So I’m building a ~ 24” laminated jointer. I have a couple questions, mostly about what makes a generic laminated plane a Krenov design: 1. where should I put the cross-pin? Should its axis be centered vertically or elsewhere? I’ve read about the true Krenov design (vs a generic laminated plane design) making use of a lower ...

01-26-2015 02:37 AM

Mineral oil as a permanent finish - 15 replies

I finished some maple toys with mineral oil and really liked the neutral non yellowing look and smooth feel. I was wondering how it might work as a finish for something like a bookcase that won’t see a whole lot of abuse. I also like that it’s so easily repaired. Obviously it doesn’t provide a whole lot of protection, but again...

08-19-2014 12:04 PM

band saw tire keeps popping off - time for replacement? - 17 replies

I got my Jet 14” bandsaw used, not sure how old it is, but not more than 10 years and from a hobbyist. One of the tires keeps popping off the wheel… is this a sure sign that it needs replacing? It doesn’t appear cracked or brittle in any way…

06-01-2012 02:12 AM

advice on bent gouges for shallow bowl carving - 0 replies

My wife would like to get started in carving some shallow bowls. I’m more of a”straight board” woodworker, so I dont really know too much about this type of thing. It looks like she can get away without an adze or scorp based on the size and geometry of pieces she wants to work on. This means that bent gouges are going to be do...

02-23-2012 01:40 AM

what I saw today, and what do you do? - 25 replies

biking home from work, two guys around a portable table saw, one in front, one in the back. Looks like they were ripping some long molding or something – basically a long piece about 10’ long. maybe one feeding and one catching it. blade raised all the way up. no guard. no fence. what is the right response (i drove away quickly)?

07-26-2011 10:51 PM

workbenches: new fangled, 21st century, or...? - 24 replies

I’ve been thinking about how to go about a new workbench. Been reading “the workbench book” by Landis and also Chris Schwartz’s book, and looking around the net. I work partly by hand, partly with power tools, and I’m a hobby woodworker – so I need some versatility. I definitely see the need for a workbench to...

01-29-2011 03:54 PM

Cambering blades on the Worksharp 3000 - 2 replies

I just got my WS yesterday, thanks to HD honoring their advertised price on the product. I like to very slightly camber my plane blades (jack, smoother, etc – they dont need a heavy camber). I’m not sure about the best way to do this on the WS. The best way i can think of so far is to drill and tap screws in to the side of the bla...

11-16-2010 01:28 AM

small shelf support needed - 7 replies

I’m building something like this shelf. Instead of drilling through holes to screw the shelf to the wall at top and bottom, I was hoping for a sort of hardware keyhole I could set into mortises in the back and so make the supports invisible. searching the net turned up nothing, but I’m sure i’ve seen this sort of thing before &...

07-13-2010 05:45 PM

lumps in rough stock - will they reappear in dressed boards? - 3 replies

I’ve got these cherry boards that I got from a local sawyer. they’re air dried, and are pretty nice. In the rough, the boards are “lumpy”. There are swirls in the grain around points that are almost very tight knots – no knot actually there, just all the wood is in rings around these points. it looks like as the woo...

07-01-2010 03:38 AM

request for design ideas - 6 replies

Hi all, for my next project I’d like to make a nightstand. I’m looking at the top being cherry and the rest maple. Perhaps drawer fronts cherry too. So far the best design i’ve found is the Stickley model done so well by gizmodyne. I’d like something just a tad more contemporary though, and so I’m wondering if an...

05-13-2010 02:25 PM

Shopsmith Mark V for sale in WV - 2 replies

First off, I have NO connection to this guy, but I have noticed that he’s trying to get rid of a Shopsmith that appears to be in decent condition. I mention it here because a few weeks ago he was askin $900 and the price has been dropping every few days: it’s now at 650 obo, ...

05-03-2010 04:02 AM

got an old bandsaw, what now? - 7 replies

So I picked up an older craftsman bandsaw (model 113.243311) for $25 with a few blades thrown in. (also got a couple bench planes an assortment of other hand tools for another 20!) anyway, it’s a 1/2 HP 12”. and it’s my first bandsaw. the overall condition seems decent, and it seems cared for, although was sitting unused a w...

04-05-2010 05:25 PM

wooden hinges strong enough? - 10 replies

I think it’d be a good idea to have handmade wooden hinges on the blanket chest I’m building. The top is about 40”x20” of 3/4” mahogany. It will be supported on both sides with rocklers lid supports: given that the lid should be pretty much fully supported, is it feasible to use 2 or 3 finger jointed wooden h...

04-04-2010 03:46 AM

blanket chest mid-build redesign? - 2 replies

So I’ve milled out all the pieces to my latest project, a blanket chest: pretend that it’s framed in mahogany and there are bookmatched cherry panels in there :-) Now, I was just looking through a book and came across the G&G hall bench, and thought – maybe i could use the design of the slats in the back of th...

03-23-2010 02:55 PM

help with panel wood selection - 2 replies

I’m redesigning my blanket chest to have a mahogany frame with cherry panels. A problem Ive run into is that I want: 1. the center panel (of 3) should be somewhat wider than the two panels on either side. about 12” and 9” wide, respectively (including the part embedded in the frame). 2. i want to bookmatch some nice cherr...

02-26-2010 04:29 PM

Choice of hinges and stays for blanket chest - 6 replies

I’m a bit bewildered by the options for hinges and lid supports for a blanket chest I’m planning. The design is cherry with walnut panels, the inside will be lined with cedar. The overall design will be in a fairly simple maloof-dresser meets Shaker sort of way. That is, no classic moldings, but no crazy angles either. I’m look...

02-25-2010 11:13 PM

MLCS Power Push Block vs. Micro Jig GRR-Ripper - 6 replies

I don’t have experience with either, but does anyone with experience with one or the other have something to say about this?

02-16-2010 05:11 AM

Breadboard ends - loose tenons an option? - 14 replies

I’m planning on doing breadboard ends for the top of a blanket chest. The rest of the construction will be frame+panel joined with loose tenons. I’m wondering if loose tenons alone would suffice for the breadboard end. Designs I’ve seen usually are a combination of tongue and groove with ~3 tenons (i know there are other option...

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