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10-17-2016 06:07 PM

Looking for more help finishing (sealing) hickory - 1 reply

Several months ago I asked you all to help me finish some beautiful calico hickory end tables that I had built. You were all incredibly helpful, and the advice to use Watco Danish Oil to make the grain pop was spot on. However, after the danish oil, I struggled a bit to pick how to seal it. On some scrap, I tried my standby, a wiping varnis...

01-01-2016 09:34 PM

Blade Guard and Crosscut Sled - 8 replies

My table saw (craftsman 315) has a splitter/blade guard that is unfortunately difficult to take on and off. I’m going to be building a miter sled and I really like having that splitter/guard on there for safety reasons. All the crosscut sleds i’ve seen rely on you taking the guard off. That would be fine for me for crosscutting if...

12-21-2015 07:15 PM

Made hickory table I'm proud of, nervous I'm going to mess it up with finish - 21 replies

Made these calico hickory tables for my parents for Xmas to put in their cabin (most of their furniture is “rustic”, like peeled pine, cedar, etc.)——still need to attach the lower shelves but you get the idea. Anyway, I’m nervous about the finish. I was going to apply BLO but I’m not...

11-30-2015 01:13 AM

Would you buy a table saw with a rusty top? - 14 replies

Looking to upgrade from the training wheels table saw I’m currently using. I’m probably going to go used since I’m not able to afford the really nice ones now, so I’m not sure how long I’ll have this next one. No use in paying for a new one if I’m going to get rid of it, right? I found one on craigslist, ...

12-21-2014 05:40 AM

Jointing super-thin strips? - 10 replies

Simple question for you all. I see a lot of woodworking projects out there (easiest to find would be long-grain cutting boards) where there’s a lot of laminating done and there’s very thin (1/16 inch or so) accent strips laminated inside. How do people do this? If I rip a 4/4 board to 1” wide, I know how to joint that edge. ...

11-18-2014 04:35 AM

Straightening rip edge with thickness planer? - 20 replies

I just got myself a thickness planer, but I still don’t own a jointer. I have some 8/4 purpleheart stock that has a crook in it. I’d like to be able to rip it, but I need to straighten it first. I’ve seen/read some good info here on how to use the table saw to straighten it out and also suggestions about using hand planers...

11-15-2014 11:12 AM

Dealing with rough cut lumber? - 18 replies

I’ve been doing amateur woodworking for the last few years. In the past, my local Menards has had an acceptable selection of S4S hardwoods, including things like cherry, walnut, etc. So this allowed me to do some decent tables, cutting boards, etc. without much other than a power drill, table saw, sanders, and clamps. Now Menards has ...

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