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08-26-2019 02:21 PM

Cutting board finishing - 6 replies

Hello, I have a client that uses a number of walnut cutting boards at food shows, and they currently have a pretty stringent routine of cleaning them with bleach, and maintaining them with food-safe oil and beeswax. They are asking if there are any other options for food-safe finishing that would be less time consuming (they wash and re-wax ...

08-02-2019 06:50 PM

Hand tool skills - 7 replies

Hello, I have been into woodworking for about 5 years now. I started out with power tools, and have a good variety of them at this point, but I am starting to see the value in hand tool skills such as chisels and hand saws. I have started learning about Japanese joinery from a video series online, but I also think it would be valuable to fi...

06-27-2019 03:15 PM

What type of wood is this? - 20 replies

Hey guys, I recently cut down a tree in my back yard, and decided to mill up the larger pieces and do something with it. I’m thinking it might be ash, but I’m not sure, and wondering if anyone can tell me for sure? The tree has been dead for quite a while, so I don’t have any of the leaves, but I have some bark and the grain ...

06-15-2019 03:36 AM

Scalloped edging - 5 replies

Hello, I’m curious about the best way to reproduce the scalloped edge in the following photo? I’m thinking an angle grinder with an ArborTech disc, but I’m also curious to see what ideas other people have.

05-03-2019 06:59 PM

Planing/scraping vs sanding - 33 replies

I recently started staining a 25” x 35” panel, only to have the stain reveal some course scratches from my orbital that I obviously didn’t get out with the finer grits… I’m now wondering if there’s a better option than an orbital sander. I have heard that finishing a board with a hand plane or scraper can ...

10-30-2018 03:15 PM

Wanted: Woodpeckers 1281SS and 641SS set - 8 replies

Hello, I am looking for anyone who might have this set of squares from Woodpeckers and interested in selling them. It was one of their OneTime tools, so it was only available for a short time. I wouldn’t need to buy both squares from the same person, I just need to end up with both of them one way or another. If you have one or...

10-09-2018 02:54 PM

Professional cabinetry advice - 2 replies

I have had a strong woodworking hobby for 3-4 years now, and I’m giving some serious consideration to taking it professional, primarily in the way of custom cabinetry. I’ve learned a lot about woodworking and I think I’ve honed my skills pretty well, but there is certainly stuff I still don’t know, especially related to ...

10-08-2018 05:53 PM

32mm cabinetry system - 23 replies

I am considering switching from my normal day job to cabinetry, and I have a couple questions for other professional cabinetry makers, especially those that build cabinets using the 32mm system. My plan (at least to start with) is to make cabinets with the 32mm system, using a number of Festool tools, most notably their LR-32 rail system. Th...

03-18-2018 03:22 AM

Advice on finish repair - 2 replies

I know someone who has a coffee table that has a little damage on it, and I’m wondering if anyone would have any suggestions on repair, as I’m not great with finish. I believe it was caused by nail polish, and part of it is all the way through to the wood, so the stain will need touching up as well as the clear coat. My first thoug...

01-22-2018 05:58 PM

Doweling question - 8 replies

I have used dowels for a few projects, and I’m curious to hear how other people approach gluing them. Method 1- Squeeze a little glue into each dowel hole, and let the glue squeeze into the dowel flutesMethod 2- Rub a little glue around the dowel before inserting itMethod 3- Use pre-glued dowels (coated with dry, water activated glue) ...

01-11-2018 09:13 PM

Slab leveling with a router - 4 replies

Hello, I am working on leveling a maple slab with a router, and I have a question on which bit to use. Currently, I am using a 1.25” diameter bottom clearing bit, but I am really only able to cut approximately 1/16” depth at the full width of the bit without slowing the router motor down too much (I’m using a Bosch 1618). ...

08-10-2017 04:13 AM

Powermatic PM2244 question - 6 replies

Hello. The next big tool I will be adding to my shop is a drum sander, and I’ve pretty much settled in on the Powermatic PM2244. I did have a couple questions about it for someone that owns one though, as I have not owned or used a drum sander before. A lot of what I am doing right now is cutting boards which require various thickness...

07-26-2017 09:35 PM

Favorite power tool brands? - 16 replies

Hello. I am slowly starting to add tools to my arsenal as I have the money for it, and I’m wondering what some people’s favorite brands are? I already have a Sawstop table saw, Bosch 12” miter glide saw, Laguna dust collector, a Delta drill press and scroll saw, and a Jet spindle sander. I plan to buy Laguna’s 14|BX ...

07-19-2017 08:38 PM

Woodworking specific CAD programs? - 6 replies

I am wondering if anyone has heard of any CAD programs that are designed specifically for woodworking? I know there are a few programs out there for designing raised panel doors, or other specific applications, but I am looking for something that could be used to draw up any woodworking project in it’s entirety. I used SketchUp briefly...

07-11-2017 02:15 PM

Improper grain direction? - 7 replies

Hello, I made a cutting board a while back, and some of the joints at the corners have started to open up (see close-up photo). My theory as to why, is because I have the grain throughout the cutting board running vertically, but on the edging it is running horizontally, which causes the different parts of the cutting board to expand and con...

11-28-2014 06:52 PM

Natural finish on Mahogany - 15 replies

I am making some small shelves from mahogany (approximately 2.25” x 1.75”, 3’ and 5’ long), and I am wondering if anyone can lend some advice on finishing. I am not necessarily skilled at woodworking or finishing, so I think that I’ll be able to produce a better result with a simpler process. I also love the way...

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