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03-21-2020 07:35 PM

fastening wood to a log - 12 replies

There are two trees that have fallen over a creek near my house. Someone put a bunch of 2×4s across them to create a bridge. It’s great and the neighborhood kids love it, but the wood boards are not fastened to the logs so if you step wrong they can flip up. I tried screwing the boards to the logs but the wood screws won’t bi...

01-09-2020 02:30 PM

CNC Fabrication in the DC metro area? - 6 replies

I need to hire a shop to do some CNC work for me and I am not sure how to go about finding one. My Google searches only come up w/metal and of course I need CNC for wood. Willing to drive anywhere w/in 2 hrs of Washington DC. thanksDan

08-21-2019 09:26 PM

help selecting a lathe for a newbie - 24 replies

I need to do some woodturning for table lamps and of course need to start w/ a lathe. I have narrowed it down to these two but they are the same price and I don’t understand all the differences and why I might choose one over the other. All advice welcome, thanks Jet 719115 JWL-1221SP Step Pulley Wood Lathe Jet JWL-1015 Wood Working...

08-19-2019 05:45 PM

Making a 20" bowl - 10 replies

Newbie question here. Can a lathe make a 20” bowl? The ones I have seen look smaller. Does it require a special extra large lathe? If so, any suggestions on what I should buy? thanksDan

08-19-2019 04:24 PM

Looking to hire the right woodworker w/in 2hrs of Washington DC - 12 replies

I am starting a business designing wood lighting (I actually first posted about this a year and a half ago to test the waters and am finally able to move forward). I am starting w/table lamps and then branching into floor lamps, ceiling fixtures, etc. The lamps are high end, very unique and combine hand blown glass with 2-3 types of hardwoods. A...

02-09-2018 04:00 PM

Having my designs manufactured - 51 replies

This question is a little different than the focus of this forum, but this was the closest I could find. I would like to start a business selling my lighting designs. At the start there will be 6-8 models of table lamps but I plan to expand. I have lots of sketches and early prototypes, but this and this are examples that will help you get a sen...

01-21-2017 06:20 PM

4mm dado cuts - 17 replies

This isn’t exactly joinery but wasn’t sure where else to post. I am sliding panels of glass into dado cuts. The glass is only about 2.5mm thick, so I need my dado cuts about 4-5mms thick. I have a common Dewalt plunge router with 1/2” shank. I can’t find any bits that are smaller enough. I can use a table saw, but the dad...

08-05-2016 07:14 PM

purchasing wood by the board foot - 25 replies

I am still relatively new to woodworking and have been looking online for my wood purchases. I have noticed that many if not most websites sell by the bf. For example, I found the 6/4 purpleheart I was looking for and it says, “4-10” Widths & 5-10’ Lengths”. How on earth are you supposed to buy for a project when you ...

06-28-2016 11:17 AM

stain issue - 9 replies

I built a table in Maple, then applied Pre-Stain Conditioner and then applied Minwax stain. I got these areas where the stain is much lighter and it looks really bad. It wasn’t visible in the wood before I stained. What did I do wrong? Is there anything I can do now? See photo. thanks!

01-03-2016 03:20 AM

Why does my finish always dry rougher? - 16 replies

newbie question.. I am using an oil+urethane finish on a tabletop. I sand it down real smooth, put on a coat, and then it dries with little bumps. I can buff them out with 0000 steel wool and apply another coat but the same thing happens when it dries, and I know on the final coat, I can’t buff. Is it dust in the air that sticks in it as i...

01-01-2016 03:15 PM

final grit for oil+urethane topcoat - 3 replies

I was about to apply my arm-r-seal oil&urethane satin finish when I read the directions and noticed that it said I should finish with no finer than 220grit sandpaper. I used 320 grit because I like how silky it is. Is that ok, or do I need to redo it with 220?

12-26-2015 12:46 AM

Is it worth adding pocket holes to a glue up? - 8 replies

I am an amateur and just glued up several boards to make a large tabletop. At first I thought just glue would be enough, but the boards were a little bowed or warped since I didnt have access to a joiner or planer. I glued them all flush(ish) with a clamps and they look ok for the moment, but what I am wondering is will the boards hold together...

12-25-2015 06:44 PM

Will this table base damage the hardwood floors? - 10 replies

I am working on a dining room table. The tabletop is 100”x45”x2” and is made of different types of hardwoods, so it is very heavy (not sure exact weight). The legs are cast iron and shown below. They are maybe 50lbs each. The table will be going on my new hardwood floors which are 4” hickory. Judging by the weight of the ...

12-24-2015 01:10 PM

Flattening a large bowed piece of wood w/o losing thickness - 34 replies

I am making a 100” table top and now have all my boards more or less flush on the sides (in case you saw my question yesterday about that). One of them is cupped and therefore rocks when it is laid on the floor with the others. It is 8”x100”. Even if I had a joiner that could handle that, I cant remove any thickness because all...

12-23-2015 11:50 AM

question about a bowed piece of lumber - 4 replies

Newbie question..I bought this Walnut slab (see photo) and had it sliced in thirds at the lumber yard because I plan to add other strips of wood in the center to make it wide enough for a dining table. Notice how one of them is bowed and therefore wont cleanly line up if I were to glue other strips of wood to it (it’s flush at the ends, ju...

12-01-2015 07:45 PM

are some screwdriver bits better than others? - 29 replies

Are some screwdriver bits less prone to stripping than others (the bit being stripped I mean, not the screw)? Does it matter what they are made of? I would be happy to pay more if it meant the bit was less prone to stripping. thanksDan

11-09-2015 01:34 PM

Can I use a shop vac with my table saw? - 24 replies

I have cabinet maker grade Sawstop table saw with a 4” dust collection port. I also have a shop vac with a 1 1/4” hose. I havent used the table saw yet. Two questions:-Can my shop vac handle the output from the table saw, or do I need to buy something else?-If yes, what is the best way to go from 4” to 1 1/4” hose? I have...

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