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05-08-2020 06:54 PM

Lathe tailstock slipping - 9 replies

I just bought a harbor freight wood lathe, and I like the machine, except for the fact that when I try to tighten a workpiece between centers, the tail stock will slip backward as I turn the tightening screw. Is there a way to make it hold better? I thought about maybe adding some adhesive sandpaper or rubber to the square washer that tighten...

01-19-2020 06:36 PM

Splayed leg coffee table joinery questions - 8 replies

I want to make a modern style splayed leg coffee table. I have some bits of walnut that I split from a tree that I’d like to use to turn the legs (it’s been drying for 3 years). I’m thinking about setting the legs in a cross grain batten under the table, with a 3/4” thick top and the battens being like 1.5” thick...

01-08-2020 07:40 PM

Store lumber outside? - 19 replies

I just bought a house, and recently fenced in my small backyard. Because of the position of a tree I have a 4’ strip of land about 12’ long along the property line that is outside the fence, under a big maple tree. My wife doesn’t want lumber stored inside the fence, and I honestly don’t either because the yard is already...

12-24-2019 12:15 AM

Glue squeeze out in parallel bar clamps? - 11 replies

I just bought a couple bora portamate parallel bar clamps when they were on sale st Woodcraft. I have never owned any before, always using either pipe clamps or those aluminum bar clamps. I liked them a lot until I took them off my cutting board glue up, and found my squeeze out dried on the little serrated section of the clamp! It faces up o...

10-30-2019 01:28 AM

Lengthwis ridges from grizzly helical planer? - 19 replies

I had been eyeballing the grizzly 13” helical head planer for a out a year, and finally just decided to go for it! Well I was all excited to try it out tonight, fully expecting the glass smooth surface that all the online articles about helical cutter heads tll me to expect. I ran a piece of birdsey maple through, knowing that my old pl...

09-15-2019 09:29 PM

Should I attach my French cleats to a block wall, or make a frame first? - 20 replies

I just bought a house, and my wife says the basement is mine! It’s a little smaller than my last shop, so I need to get a little more organized than I was at the last place. I want to install a French cleat system on the wall, but the old block walls are crazy hard! I can drill a hole with a borrowed hammer drill, but it’s a lot of w...

06-27-2019 02:18 AM

Fixture to make a wagon vise hold a board on the front of the bench - 4 replies

Hey folks! I built a bench a few months ago that incorporated a wagon vise. I really wanted to do a traditional tail vise though, since I think they opening in the front of the bench would really come in handy, but couldn’t justify the extra time it was going to take. I do remember a while back seeing someone using some sort of angled b...

04-02-2019 11:45 PM

Should I buy this lathe? If so, how much should I pay? Sprunger 10-36 - 5 replies

I have been wanting a full size lathe for a while now, and my dad just told me about a friend of his that has an old Sprunger 10-36 wood lathe that is in a garage full of his late father in law’s (very) complete shop. It is the same model as is listed at this website It comes with the motor, plus a stand and like 30 gouges, scrapers,...

04-02-2019 11:44 PM

Should I buy this lathe? If so, how much should I pay? Sprunger 10-36 - 3 replies

I have been wanting a full size lathe for a while now, and my dad just told me about a friend of his that has an old Sprunger 10-36 wood lathe that is in a garage full of his late father in law’s (very) complete shop. It is the same model as is listed at this website It comes with the motor, plus a stand and like 30 gouges, scrapers,...

03-03-2019 07:59 PM

How wide is too wide for a solid wood drawer? - 9 replies

I’m designing a dresser for my daughter who we are expecting in June, and my wife had given me dimensions she’d like like me to build it to – 36” tall x 40 wide x 18” deep. It’s going to double as a changing table for babies first few years of life. Issue I’m having is that in the 40” wide case ...

03-02-2019 08:40 PM

Dog hole problem - oiled bench after drilling holes! - 16 replies

I am finishing up my Moravian workbench build, and I wasn’t thinking and put some finish (boiled lindseed oil, polyurethane, pure tung oil, and mineral spirits blend) on the bench after having drilled my dog holes. Now, my holdfasts won’t wedge themselves into the holes! They just bounce back out. It’s only been a couple day...

11-26-2018 07:25 PM

Anybody have any experience with Yost tail vise hardware? - 1 reply

I’m planning to start building a traditional workbench in the new year, and I’ve decided on a leg vise ad my face vise – easy to install, cheap. But I haven’t made up my mind about the ta vise. Right now I have a “wagon” vise (I think that’s what you’d call it) – a vise screw that moves a pi...

09-24-2018 12:30 PM

Want to turn a pepper mill - Questions about the Penn state industries kits. - 5 replies

I’m am relatively new to turning, and would like to try to turn a pepper mill from this kit. I am also planning to buy a lathe chuck because I would like to turn some bowls. The instructions for this kit say that it “requires” that I buy a pen mandrel and some bushings. Why? If I have a chuck, do I need the mandrel and bushi...

08-20-2018 07:59 PM

Has anybody made Chris Swarz's bowsaw chair? Question. - 1 reply

Ok. I decided to make this chair with some 6/4 white oak that I’ve had around forever. However, it calls for 2.5” thick uprights. Maybe it’s just because I’m using white oak, but the uprights seem a lot thicker and heavier that I’m thinking they need to be. I feel like they look heavier than they do in the pictu...

05-15-2018 04:00 PM

Will this chair hold up? Mike Abbott style greenwood chair. - 11 replies

So, a while back I browsed through a book by Mike Abbott about making a chair from green wood. I had a less than optimal white oak log given to me – slightly twisted, so it was tricky to work, and also shorter than I needed for the full size chair. I roughed out all my parts, and they’ve been drying in my shop for a little while. ...

11-09-2017 07:30 PM

Square peg in a round hole - 1 reply

I have been building a rocking chair for what seems like forever now, and finally glued it up last night! One thing I really struggled with was the square pegs to secure the crest. I had trouble keeping them aligned, and trouble making them look nice and even – I wanted them to be proud of the surface of the chair, with a faceted cushion l...

10-16-2017 01:16 AM

Windsor Chair spindle problem - 3 replies

I’ve been working on a walnut rocking chair based on plans from Peter Galbert for quite a while now. I was gifted some walnut trunk sections, which I made into chair parts and allowed to dry. Well now I’m approaching the finish line, but have encountered a snag – the 1/2” tenon on one of my spindles is significantly un...

07-02-2017 01:58 PM

Cutting board construction - 13 replies

I have been thinking about picking up some hard maple to make some cutting boards from. All of the cutting boards I have ever used have been glued up from thin pieces, but I wonder why that is the case? Most older wooden cutting boards I’ve seen that were made this way also have a glue joint or two that are failing. If I have wide, clear ...

06-04-2017 06:30 PM

Plywood drawer questions - joinery, drawer slides - 6 replies

I’ve been showing my family my woodworking lately, and now everybody is coming to me with their woodworking needs! Most recently my grandfather asked me to complete a mahogany dresser that my aunt started building then never finished 30 years ago. He already has all the lumber, the case is fully assembled. The drawer fronts and plywood ...

05-25-2017 02:03 PM

Improvised scratch stock tip/trick - 1 reply

I am in the process of building a fishing net, and needed to make a groove around the hoop of the net for the string with which I will be attaching the net. I do have a scratch stock, but it is just a block that I use for beading – it doesn’t really have the capability of making a groove 1/2” off of the edge of a workpiece. ...

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