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06-14-2020 02:03 AM

Quick electrical question - 10 replies

We have a pantry where the previous owner installed a push switch so when the door is open, two light bulbs in sockets turn in. I was replacing the bulbs with LEDs today and learned: 1) that both bulbs need to be installed for them to work, and 2) that if an LED build is installed, only one will work. The other bulb, LED or incandescent does not...

05-19-2020 01:17 PM

If you've thought about building a router table, try this - 17 replies

Some people make shop furniture to the same standard they make fine furniture. I am amazed by some of the workbenches and such on here. I try to reserve as much shop time for making things that I love, so I do my shop furniture down and dirty. I made a router table 12 years ago or so, and it has been a disappointment ever since. I just didn̵...

05-06-2020 08:33 PM

Looking for some specific carving chisels that won't take a second mortgage - 9 replies

My daughter is making some bandsaw boxes from a Fine Woodworking video series. The videos call for #12 6mm v gouge #5 30mm sweep gouge #5 12mm sweep gouge #9 3mm sweep gouge These appear to be gouges usually sold individuall at about $50-80/piece—I’m not up for $200+ for this one set of projects. I’ve checked out numerous starter...

05-06-2020 06:03 PM

Specific, inexpensive carving tools - 3 replies

re-posted in the woodcarving forum

04-28-2020 05:54 PM

Hinge question - 14 replies

I’m going to make a TV stand similar to this, but with 18” doors on either side, with the open area in the middle for stereo equipment. I don’t actually use hinges all that much. What would you suggest as the best hinges for this application?

01-23-2020 04:03 PM

Help me think through some joints on Round Back Chairs - 7 replies

I like the design of these chairs and am thinking of tackling them at some point. I know they are constructed with M&T and Dowels, probably some screws in there somewhere. I have a pic and then a pic with my guesses on joints. I’d love any feedback, partcularly on attaching the back legs. I also wonder how the support for the upholster...

12-22-2019 10:40 PM

Planer bed . . . warp? - 4 replies

I have a Ridgid lunchbox planer that I’ve put a lot of miles on. It’s been a very good, reliable machine. I was planing some cherry recently and noticed that the lumber wasn’t going through smoothly. I figured that I needed to clean and wax the bed and clean the rollers, but I didn’t take a close look. Today a piece of wa...

08-28-2019 02:09 PM

Dumb GU10 bulb question - 3 replies

I’m wondering if someone on LJ knows the answer to this. I have googled many times and I just can’t seem to find an answer. On some GU10 Halogen bulbs, light shines directly as a spotlight and then light shines from the base to produce ambient light. I have been stumped on two questions. 1) How is the bulb described to note th...

06-12-2019 05:24 PM

Favorite Coffee table Design - 5 replies

I’ve been asked to make a coffee table for a friend’s 60th birthday. If you clip or save favorite designs, I’d love to see them. Thoughts (no required): Not live edge (love live edge, just not going there this time, unless it’s an incroporation and not the entire top)Perhaps a shelfMetal legs are possibleWood will b...

04-18-2019 04:57 PM

new Kreg alternative . . . or is it? - 5 replies

Saw an ad today for the new Genius 2 in 1 jig. it looks like this:But if you watch the demo video, the jig looks remarkably like a Kreg R3. The ad even says this, “Whether you’re crawling under a table to make a quick repair or taking Kreg Joinery on the road.” What is this thing?

02-11-2019 11:08 PM

Wood Talk Podcast - 2 replies

I was disappointed to learn today while listening that the Wood Talk podcast is ending I guess I’d be tired of it, too, after 450+ episodes over 10 years. There are a lot of new woodworking podcasts that have come out recently, but Wood Talk had a great combination of host chemistry and real woodworking talk. Bummer http://www.woodtal...

01-28-2019 08:37 PM

From Sketchup to Fusion 360 - 21 replies

After using Sketchup for a number of years, I am experimenting with Fusion 360. My son works for AutoDesk, so that makes me a bit interested. A few notes: 1) Fusion 360 has features that make precise a lot of things that are reeally convenient. The wide number of specific constraints alow you to do things precisely that would take a lot of...

01-20-2019 08:43 PM

Handling large glued-up pieces - 6 replies

I’m in the midst of building a king size bed. Looking for some tips here. The rough head board is 7’x3’x1” at the moment. I will be about 10% smaller when cut to shape. I’m a bit afraid of baning it around after i’ve done the sanding and in gluing up, etc. Just trying to anticipate problems. Have you done a...

01-16-2019 04:49 PM

Driveway marker/lights - 10 replies

Thought I’d see if anyone on LJ had some wisdeom on this one: In our new (to us) house, ee have a moderately steep, moderately long driveway. We have lots of trees, so most of the area alongside the driveway is covered with leves and pine straw, so it is kind of dark brown in color. We have a cut out for folks to turn around to go ou...

12-19-2018 11:39 PM

Laying out a 2 car garage shop - 10 replies

I moved back in the spring, and the good news was that I had a spacious 2 car garage shop instead of a scrunchy 1 car garage space. The bad news is that, although I put a fair amount of time and though in layin gout the tools, I haven’t done a good job. Everything seems to be in the wrong place. All workshpaces need to fit the peculaliar ...

12-05-2018 02:55 PM

How much mattress size allowance on bed frame? - 7 replies

I’m building a Shaker moon bed, platform style. King mattress is 76×80. how wide/long do you make it between railes and between had and footboards. I was thinking 77×81, but love to hear from those of you who have made one.

12-01-2018 03:02 PM

Discoloration in grain on cherry - 5 replies

I’ve buit a lot with cherry, but I’m having a new problem. I have this dark grain streaks in the woods. It looks a little like what often happens with white oak. I’ve just hand planed this whole board after using 80 grit ROS. It doesn’t seem to want to Go away. Ideas?

08-28-2018 04:57 PM

Experience Spraying EM6000 AND Enduro Pre-Cat Lacquer? - 6 replies

I finally have my new shop together and might start actually building things. I have sprayed Target EM6000 and mostly liked it. The biggest pain about it is availability. I spoke to the GF rep at IWF, and it looks like Enduro Pre-Cat Lacquer is the closest analogue, and I can buy it locally. That can come in handy in a pinch. My last time ...

05-24-2018 06:33 PM

New avenues for Woodworking - 1 reply


05-10-2018 01:35 PM

Simple Breakfast Table with Hairpin Legs--need reinforcement? - 5 replies

I’m finally making something 7 months after we decided to move. I don’t have my shop quite together, but I’m anxious to get going. I’m making a 48” round breakfast table out of some 5/4 cherry I have. I’m attaching hairpin legs to get this thing done quickly. I’m doing a basic glue-up. I’m no...

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