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12-27-2020 09:22 PM

My essential prep for 2021 - 3 replies

I was down to my last push stick, so now I am ready for 2021. Still have to put the magnets in so they are always right where I want them.

11-13-2020 02:36 AM

Clamping drawers? - 9 replies

I was watching a youtube video of a great craftman making some drawers and it dawned on me that some time back I had stopped clamping my drawers. I still clamp non-dovetail ones, but don’t for the dovetails. I thought of this as he put four clamps on a small drawer. I may use a clamp to help seat, but it comes off when the drawer is ass...

10-31-2020 02:17 PM

Why my house always needs vacuuming - 12 replies

I change shoes when I go into the shop to avoid tracking chips and dust up when I am in full on project mode. My efforts are futile. This monster makes no effort to avoid tracking sawdust into the house and mocks me for my efforts.

10-24-2020 02:15 PM

Epoxy recommendations please - 5 replies

Well I cut some tenons wrong on a table (front and side rails that connect to the legs). I gauged the cut off of a slightly thicker rail and the side rails now have a tenon that is too thin and is very sloppy in the mortise. I don’t have enough lumber to remade the rails. I will use epoxy and micro balloons to glue the joint. Howev...

08-15-2020 08:08 PM

Shop Vac with cyclone, 30 gal can, cart and 40' of hose. - 0 replies

Works fantastic. No longer needed. Posting here before Craig’s list. Hose is new, never used. Local pickup only in Rocky Mount Virginia. $75 If interested, msg me on the forum.

06-01-2020 10:41 AM

Local saw mills keep you supplied - 17 replies

I just came back from the middle of North Carolina with a load of Hickory and Gum. Air dried, outside. Will need to sit in the shop for several months, but under $100. If you are willing to drive a bit and don’t want to be able to inspect every board or want your wood skip plained and sitting in an air conditioned warehouse, you...

05-16-2020 12:08 AM

To Corbel or not - 7 replies

Wrapping up my two bookcases and upon adding the corbel per design, I found it detracting. Perhaps I have just been looking at the case without it for a few weeks and grown to like it that way. Your thoughts? Without: With: Front:

05-04-2020 10:10 PM

Embed YouTube? - 3 replies

How can I embed a video in a blog or project post? All of the links I have found on the site simply don’t work (links as in “how to”). Thanks.

01-04-2020 07:02 PM

Glue...your ally and your enemy - 85 replies

Not sharing a skill, but asking for your tips. I am frankly tired of fighting with glue. I find that battling excess seems to be a never ending issue in my work. Here are some examples: While applying glue, I often use my hands. 99% of the time I get it all wiped off prior to using said mitts to grapple with the piece. That 1% causes me no...

12-26-2019 02:36 PM

Cross Grain Bookcase Shelf - 6 replies

I am laying out my next bookcase and thinking through the joinery. The case: The bottom and center shelf attach to the rail of the side piece. Along with the mortise and tenon front and rear rails they will provide a good bit of the structure. However, the shelf is cross grain to the side panel rail, though the rail is short. The four...

04-16-2019 11:32 PM

Guess they don't make them like the used to. - 11 replies

Using a 1/2” bit in a table and at low depth to creep up on a slot. Boom. Fixed that, but man Freud once was a good tool. Personally I can’t stand 1/4” shank bits for this very reason…..

04-16-2019 03:49 PM

Auction of Cabinet Shop - 2 replies

For those close to West Virginia, some cabinet shop tools up for auction:

04-06-2019 12:23 AM

Trestle Desk with Drawers - 13 replies

Looking to make a desk soon. Thinking of a trestle style vs apron with leg. Here is a rough up: Thoughts? There are few examples of mixing drawers with a trestle design. Also, the center support is to prevent sag on the top and provide a support for drawer runners. Size is 30” X 70”, 30” high (I am tall).

04-01-2019 06:47 PM

Table with Drawers - 6 replies

Having finished the dresser, I am thinking down the road to another project. I will eventually need a desk and I currently use a large Steel Case desk that has a single drawer in the apron. I have gotten accustomed to that design as I have two drawer boxes on rollers that I move around as needed. So I think I will make something generally tha...

03-29-2019 12:52 AM

Staining Drawer Faces - Half Blind - 17 replies

I always struggle with this. I make a mess of it so this time I skipped it. The issue is how do you stain the end grain of the face panel without getting it on the side? I can’t stain the face first as drawer fitting involves a great deal of plane work that will just plane off the stain. Previously I would use a cotton swab and hit...

03-23-2019 11:59 PM

Back - glue? - 7 replies

I typically don’t use backs on casework. Just sort of how I came to do it. That said I have a large dresser I am wrapping up and I am thinking of putting a back on it…not for appearance, but for structure. The piece is rather long and a back would weld the drawer frames into a better box beam arrangement. To that end, I am also t...

02-13-2019 06:58 PM

Bookcase with Drawers - 16 replies

Looking ahead to my next project. I am thinking about building two of these. I have been refining the lines a good bit to make the piece flow and generally work right to the eye. Thoughts?

01-10-2019 02:57 PM

Mistakes but moving on - 1 reply

Router lift dropped and ruined a stile that was matched to the other three stiles in a project. Made a new stile from another board. .015 too thin after milling. Grrr. Made a new stile, but fed wrong end briefly when doing the joinery: Going to punt and not make the stile again. Patched: Is at the bottom back of a piece an...

01-09-2019 12:24 PM

Router slipped in lift - 4 replies

Just venting I guess. Last joinery step for this stile and the router slipped in the lift. It is a Rockler Pro Lift. It has been a great lift thus far, but the vibration of use loosened the mounting. Nothing to do but make another stile or rip off the bad part and put in a spline. I guess I will add a periodic tightening of the mount and ot...

01-03-2019 06:57 PM

Drawer Support Frames - two questions - 9 replies

First: When not using drawer side slides, casework for furniture often has a frame that supports the drawer, one lip of this frame usually forms a rail on the front of the casework. I have seen such a frame called a drawer frame, a dust panel and simply a rail assembly. What do you call the part when a face frame rail actually forms a structu...

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