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12-04-2018 12:05 AM

Smoothing old finish - 5 replies

If the above image makes you queazy, pretend it’s a piece of pine veneer. This old violin looks like someone in the distant past slapped a coat or two of something like polyurethane on it with a big old brush. Then it suffered water damage, or high humidity. It could be as simple as storage in an attic. So I solved the hazing p...

05-08-2017 01:32 AM

Learning Finishing? - 9 replies

Is there a resource, book or otherwise that would help me repair the finish of wooden musical instruments? I’m learning how to repair violins, cellos and the like and between the boss and myself, our weak point is repairing finishes in spots where we’ve made a repair. I have one situation coming up where I’ll need to repair a s...

12-17-2016 09:41 PM

Unfinished finish? - 6 replies

Is there a term for when a piece of furniture, usually a chair, is sanded smooth but no finish is added? The idea being that contact with human skin will impart some sort of oils to the parts that are touched? I heard about this being done, but I wonder if there is an actual term for it.

08-26-2016 09:37 PM

Need help from metric woodworkers - 7 replies

I have a question about wood dimension in metric countries (countries in which the metric system is the standard). Am I correct that lumber is sold in even number centimeters, I.E. 2cm, 4,cm, 6,cm? What are the typical lengths of boards, 2 meters? 3 meters? (I realize that (apparently) real lumber yards will sell lumber by the cubic mete...

05-21-2016 11:16 PM

Wood ID of branch - 6 replies

Anyone nice enough to ID this wood from a tree branch? Sorry there’s no leaves. It was growing here in northwest, New Jersey. Thanks!

05-14-2016 08:25 PM

Wood from Old Church Pew, but What Wood is it? - 9 replies

I got my hands on a pair of old church pews, but I’m not sure what wood it is. Can anyone help ID it? [Below] I scraped and sanded a piece of one of the boards to get a look at it. I have a few suspicions of what it might be, but I’m no wood specialist. One of the reasons I got these pews is that the wood was splitting along ...

11-11-2015 05:57 PM

How Large a Slot for a Smartphone - 29 replies

I’m going to build a desk accessory for three family members based around a passive smart phone amplifier. My only problem is how big to make the slot for the smart phone? I don’t own one and I don’t even know which one(s) the future recipients have. Is there an average or standard size to make the slot to accept a smart phon...

08-05-2015 03:54 PM

Can Anyone ID This Wood? - 12 replies

I was pruning a few trees near my house here in northwest New Jersey and I removed a few limbs from this tree. Based on the location, the bark and the leaves shown in the photo, can anyone ID what kind of wood this is? Thanks!Dave Rutan

06-19-2015 11:18 AM

Simple Alternatives to Pocket Holes? - 11 replies

Before the pocket hole jig was invented, what was the method used to securely butt join two boards? Dowels? Biscuits? I see a lot of video woodworkers using pocket hole joinery. While these same woodworkers happily tell you that a jig saw can be used instead of a band saw, they never mention an alternative to pocket holes. How was it routinely...

01-15-2015 12:01 AM

Posting Videos - 4 replies

Has a solution ever been found for posing videos? Several Lumberjocks recently posted YouTube videos and the video is successfully embedded with the thumbnail and everything. Others, myself included are forced to just put up a link pointing to the video. I tried every choice that YouTube gave me under the ‘share tab. Neither worked. I...

11-05-2014 08:05 PM

Could this be Maple? - 20 replies

I was playing with my planer today and finally cleaned up a dresser top that I found along the road. It was too wide to fit through my planer, so I had to cut it at 12 inches. So what is it? It’s got some nice figuring in it and even when planed to 1/2 inch it has some weight to it. The photos above and below show the wood in its R...

10-28-2014 07:56 PM

Simple, Out of Copyright Woodworking Book? - 3 replies

I’m looking for recommendations on an out of copyright, woodworking book. Presuming that one exists, I’d like to translate it into Esperanto. Of the few I’ve found so far, they have been way too technical, going into sharpening saws and how long to dry wood. I’m just looking for something that introduces the tools involve...

05-12-2014 06:25 PM

What kind of joint is this? - 9 replies

I recently made a small project and didn’t want to just use butt joints, so I put a rabbet at the end of each piece and fit them together with glue. Is there a name for this sort of joint? I can’t find any named examples of it. A double rabbet joint maybe? Thanks,Dave

05-12-2014 06:00 PM

Shelf for Displaying Plates - 5 replies

I need to put a dado in a shelf so that plates may be displayed on it. Question: how far from the wall should the dado be made and how wide should the dado be? Thanks,Dave

02-04-2014 03:12 PM

Photo-Examples of Bandsaw Boxes - 7 replies

I’m starting the editing for a video and I realized I need a few photo examples of Bandsaw boxes. The video is about how I made one, but I’d like to show examples of others. Knowing it is much easier to ask than to beg permission later, Here I am. If you’ve made a bandsaw box, particularly one out of the ordinary, and wou...

07-01-2012 05:04 PM

What to Do with Worn-out Files - 21 replies

I inherited a bunch of old files from my dad, but they’re pretty worn out. If I can’t find a way to renew them to usefulness, how does one dispose of old worn-out woodworking files? Thanks,Dave

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