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03-30-2019 04:49 PM

Finishing Rosewood Veneer - 3 replies

Hi folks, I am in the process of re-finishing an antique jewelry box. I stripped the old, damaged veneer (seems like plastic) and replaced it with non-paper back Rosewood veneer. I’m at a loss as to how to finish it. I have a bunch of test strips set up using Danish Oil, Wipe On Poly, Arm R Seal, Wax but I haven’t found anything I...

05-27-2016 04:05 PM

Radial Arm vs Standard Drill Press - 12 replies

Hi folks, time has come to replace my woefully under powered drill press and I’m considering going with a radial arm one. Reason is to give extra depth between the bit and upright pole. Any opinions either for or against?

05-20-2016 01:27 PM

This can be fixed, right? - 15 replies

Hi folks, my daughter in law’s sister (dister in law?) sent me a few photos of a cake stand she purchased and it’s not a pretty sight. A three layer stand and each layer has a nasty crack in it. I’m wondering, can the wood be squeezed back together and glued?Should I try to fill the crack with an epoxy and hope it’s fi...

04-21-2016 02:31 PM

Large cribbage pegs - 4 replies

Hey folks, I’ve been asked to make a table top cribbage board (board incorporated in a table top) and need to find a source for larger pegs. I’d prefer a source in Canada to avoid extra costs but if not, any source will do. Thanks….Don

04-14-2016 03:22 PM

Iroko vs Teak - 4 replies

Hi folks, a client asked me to make a Teak table for him but the cost is going to go through the roof because of the cost of Teak ($40/bf Cdn). One of my wood suppliers suggested Iroko as a substitute but I’ve never used it before. Is Iroko a good and worthy substitute for Teak? How is Iroko to work with? Any and all comments/sugg...

02-21-2016 05:23 PM

Sealing Jatoba - 6 replies

Hi folks, I made some amp isolation boards from Jatoba for a client. He intends on using a wax (Briwax) for finishing and will do it himself. All he wants me to do for finishing is to apply a sanding sealer to close all the pores, I would assume. I thought I had a can of Sanding Sealer on hand but it turned out to be Wood Conditioner. So&#...

12-09-2015 06:09 PM

Will you take $ instead of $$$ for that? - 76 replies

A client contacted me to make something for him and after getting all the details, I set the price and sent it out. He responded with “I didn’t realize it would cost so much.” He then asked if I would basically give him a ‘buy one, get the second at 50%’. Would you: a) tell him to go pound sand and stick with ...

09-13-2015 05:00 PM

Damned if I do... - 17 replies

Hey folks, a local sink making company owner contacted me to see if I was interested in making multi-wood above sink cutting boards for him. It tweaked my interest and we chatted through email. When I gave him my pricing, he balked and we eventually settled on a price that (kind of) fit both our needs. I made a prototype and he liked it but I...

08-18-2015 01:11 PM

What happened to my wooden statues?? - 2 replies

Hey folks, a friend of mine brought back a couple of wooden statues from Cuba last year. She left them wrapped up until just recently because she had no room to display them. A couple of things happened. She noticed that there was mold growing on them and they had started to crack. The cracking is easily explained but I’m scratching my ...

06-29-2015 11:27 PM

Boxes racking on me - HELP! - 25 replies

Hey folks, looking for some advice because I’m stumped. I made three sand boxes for a restaurant and when I started to apply the finish on them, I noticed that all three are racked to some degree. What causes the racking and can I fix it without having to rebuild the boxes? Thanks

06-01-2015 11:55 AM

Walnut Chess Table - 6 replies

Hey folks, I’m in the middle of building a round, pedestal base chess for a client. The pedestal base has been done for a while and I have the top almost complete. Problem is, I’m not entirely thrilled with how the top turned out. I made the chess board and then fitted Walnut around it then routed it round. I chose to use solid...

04-26-2015 02:22 PM

Round Chess Table w/Drawers - 1 reply

Hey folks, I’ve been asked to make a round chess table with drawers for storage. I purchased some of the bendable plywood for the sides but I’m struggling with the design for the drawers to get everything to match up. How do I make sure the curvature of the drawers match the sides? Do I make the drawer fronts from solid Walnut to mat...

03-27-2015 05:20 PM

Round Chess Table with Drawers - 4 replies

Howdy folks, A client has asked me to make a round Walnut chess table with drawers for storage on each end. What is the best technique for the rounded sides? Should I try bending plywood? Don

02-20-2015 04:09 PM

Dewalt DW735 popping the breaker - 15 replies

Hey folks, I’m in the process of running some boards through the planer and it suddenly pops the breaker on the front of it. I took the board out, expecting a huge gouge where I had started taking too much off but nope, just a sliver. I waited a few minutes, reset the breaker and continued. A few minutes later, POP. Rinse and repeat to ...

02-13-2015 12:59 PM

'Cracked' dresser or boxes - 5 replies

Hey folks….. Has anyone posted a tutorial or blog on how to make the cracked dressers or boxes? I’m sure I could figure it out but would much rather review the steps from someone who has already made one or two and worked out the wrinkles. Cheers…Don

01-26-2015 12:22 PM

Best finish for a kitchen counter top - 5 replies

Hey folks, I have been commissioned to build a countertop for a client’s kitchen. The counter top will be around the sink water and over the dishwasher (steam) so I want to use a finish that will make sure this thing lasts a very long time. Looking for suggestions. Thanks…Don

12-29-2014 06:17 PM

Refinishing in the Ottawa, Ontario area - 0 replies

Hey folks, a client approached me to refinish an old amp and pair of speakers, neither of which I’m extremely comfortable doing. I’m trying to find someone in the Ottawa area to do it for him. If anyone knows of a person or business in the Ottawa area that can tackle the job, can you let me know please? Thanks…Don

11-06-2014 12:27 PM

Can I put a finish over a sticker - 5 replies

Hi folks, A client has asked me to make a personalized cribbage board for her hubby and sent me a picture of what she is looking for. The tracks are coloured in blue and white and she wants a sports logo in the middle of it. I suggested laser engraving but I think she is looking for colour on the board. If I purchase a sticker of sorts and...

09-01-2014 06:53 PM

Dust collection for the Mitre Saw - 1 reply

Hey folks…. I was looking to purchase the Keen Dust Collector for the mitre saw but in an email from the company, the initial product was pulled because it wasn’t a universal fit. I don’t have the space to build a large dust trap to hook into the DC system which is why the Keen product looked very attractive. Is there ...

08-22-2014 05:21 PM

Which wood to paint? - 7 replies

Hi folks….. I client has asked me to make a keepsake box for her niece, nothing fancy but she wants it painted. I’m not about to make the box out of an exotic wood or a highly figured domestic just to have it covered in purple paint. I don’t want to use Poplar which leaves me with…..Maple? Oak? Birch? If you have...

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