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07-11-2018 05:43 AM

TransTint question - 1 reply

How colorfast is TransTint dye after it’s dried? I’m applying it straight out of the bottle onto some craft sticks, it seems to be penetrating all the way through, which is what I’m looking for. After they’re dried, I’m going to laminate together different color sticks into pen blanks and turn them. The real ques...

11-25-2016 11:44 PM

Designing monogrammed cutting board - 2 replies

Hi All, I’d like to make an end-grain cutting board with a monogrammed “R” in the middle. Thinking maple background with walnut or cherry monogram. Looking for suggestions on how to do this. The first thought I had was to make it a block letter with diagonally-divided (half maple half cherry) blocks for the transition bet...

09-12-2015 06:00 PM

Freshly milled logs - 4 replies

I’ll be milling some ash today, after its cut, can I stack it inside a garage or basement, it would it give off enough moisture where that could be a problem? All the how-to advice I see says to stack out outside for some months better moving it inside. I was wondering if that was the reason why. Garages are unheated and un-vented, basemen...

08-11-2015 10:49 PM

Big ol cookies - 16 replies

My parents just took down a huge, old ash tree that was damaged in a storm a couple years back. Almost all of what was left standing ended up being good, usable wood, it looks like. I’m going to have most of it turned into usable boards at a local-to-them sawyer. I had the tree service cut a few cookies off of the very base of the t...

07-29-2015 11:03 PM

Router press - 5 replies

Sorry if this is in the wrong forum, I wasn’t sure exactly where to put it. I’m trying to drill fairly shallow, hemispherical holes in some douglas fir/whitewood 4×4. I tried chucking a 1/2” core box bit in my drill press, but it doesn’t have the RPM of a router, and I couldn’t get a clean hole. I need to ...

05-07-2015 05:10 AM

Resilient, Shiny finish - 3 replies

I’m making a wedding present, some lawn dice made from 4×4 fir. Primed and painted her school colors. I want to put a top coat on it, to make it as resilient as possible, because they think they know how to tailgate down at LSU. Rolling of the dice would be done primarily on grass, otherwise on a fake turf mat I’m also making...

04-23-2015 02:48 AM

Sweet CL find - 4 replies

Answered a CL posting for “entire woodworking shop for sale” and found a very nice older guy who was selling all his woodworking stuff. I asked how come he was getting out of it, he said “I’m 92 years old. I retired from my job 30 years ago, and started woodworking. I figure it’s time to retire from that, too!...

04-05-2015 06:35 AM

Edge gluing: to smooth or not to smooth - 7 replies

First of all, I’m fairly new to woodworking. I’m going to be making my first edge-glued panel soon, a butcher-block style top for some cabinets for my mom. They’re landry room cabinets, so the top will be made of poplar. I got 8/4 stock from my local hardwood dealer, it’s what they called “table saw ready” ...

11-09-2014 12:30 AM

Finishing/assembly timeline - 3 replies

I’m a new woodworker, and my experience so far has been making things for around the shop to hold my toys and get organized, while practicing the basics. So far those projects include a router organizer, drawer for under my TS wing, and an assembly/work table. None of them had any significant finish, maybe some spraycan gloss. For my ...

05-01-2014 06:01 AM

Box joint jig key - 5 replies

I am about as new to woodworking as they come, so if this is a foolish idea, let me know. I have been looking at making a simple box joint jig for my table saw, and while wandering the fasteners/etc aisle of my local Menards the other day, I saw some square key stock for like $1.25, and thought, that would probably make a good key/spacer for a ...


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