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07-29-2018 04:27 PM

About to scrap a beautiful project - advice welcome - 8 replies

I just built this beautiful bed, and now I may have to scrap it:(Ball finials and a bit more paint are all that’s left) I’ve explained everything in this blog post: to double-post, but I’d like all the opinions I can get on this so I’m also putting it here in the foru...

07-14-2018 01:47 PM

Painting Bedroom Furniture - lots of questions! (aiming for Pottery Barn) - 9 replies

I’ll be painting a dresser and bed for my little girl’s room. It’s supposed to feel wonderful like Pottery Barn paint, and NOT be shiny.Is a satin enamel a good choice? How about a semi-gloss or gloss and sand it down or otherwise reduce the shine?Some other kind of paint I should use? And while we’re at it, any other...

07-05-2018 12:56 AM

Dowels or screws for knockdown, when thru-tenon not an option? - 2 replies

I’m designing a bed. Portions must be disassemble-able, of course, to fit through doors and such.I had M&T joinery planned out pretty well before I realized it can’t all be glued, so I’m wondering if I can pin some of the joints with dowels (or brass rods?), or should use screws with decorative heads, or something else?The ...

07-03-2018 12:12 AM

How to do this curvy molding? - 6 replies

We are about to bring home a daughter. LOML wants a fancy bed for her, so I’m going to make something like this: My mind is good at solving structural issues, but not good at deciding what visual (non-structural) elements add interest to a design. For that reason, I’m going to go with a decorative trim similar to what’s in t...

07-01-2018 06:55 PM

Wormholes turned white - help me recover this finish! - 26 replies

I made this tabletop from wormy oak that I milled and kiln dried.Finish is System 3 Clear Coat epoxy.SWMBO likes it, but says it’s too shiny. So I took the shine off by sanding with 400, 800, 1200. This created a lot of white dust, which collected into the wormholes (which didn’t fill with epoxy). Now I can’t get the du...

06-17-2018 03:09 PM

WOOD ID - is this nasty looking wood diseased elm? - 7 replies

Small trunk, 8”-6” diameter. Bark makes me think elm… very tapered.Milled into boards and they are this weird shade of brown. It looks ugly to me. What do y’all think? is this an elm? is the nasty color due to dutch elm disease? I tried to research what effect DED has on the lumber but couldn’t turn anything up.No e...

06-04-2018 08:55 PM

Dovetailing a table skirt? - 3 replies

I am building a small coffee table. It occurred to me (without any prior research) to build an apron/skirt using dovetails, then glue square legs into the inside corners (no joinery required there, due to lots of glue surface). That was my thought, until I searched for examples online and found none. Most everyone uses M&T (apron into leg...

05-16-2018 08:41 PM

Aesthetics of this table design? - 7 replies

I want to make a tall-ish, small-ish side table to sit next to my recliner. I have never made something with fine, sweeping lines like this before, so I’m just free-handing the shape and hoping it looks right. What do you think? Is there a rule of thumb for sweeping/tapered legs like this? I hope the drawing captures what I’m goi...

05-10-2018 04:23 PM

Help damping vibration from DC? - 12 replies

Can you recommend a way to dampen vibration from my DC? It’s vibrating the whole house.Details:I’m building a ducted dust collection system using the 2HP HF blower motor, atop a cyclone separator, atop a trash can, blowing the exhaust through a dryer vent to the outside. Have not yet installed the ducting because the vibration is...

04-12-2018 11:45 PM

Recommend quality safety glasses? - 10 replies

(Existing threads on this topic seem to be several years old. So here’s a new one.) My safety glasses are terribly scratched, to the point of being unusable. And when I wear a dust mask, the glasses fog terribly despite the mask’s best attempt at redirecting my respiration downward. I do not wear prescription glasses. Can an...

04-07-2018 02:08 AM

With limited space, will I regret a benchtop jointer? - 16 replies

I have a 2-car garage devoted to this hobby. It’s already pretty full of benches, storage, junk, and machinery. But now I want a jointer… and while I can save for a nice 8” (Thinking of a Grizzly that is 6ft long), I simply can’t fit it. It’s not in the cards until I move and have a full-size shop. I think I just ne...

03-09-2018 09:27 PM

Any LJs in Ireland? Visiting. Hoping for bog oak. - 3 replies

I’m visiting Ireland for a wedding in Cork in a couple days. I would love to visit any fellow LJs shops, and particularly I would love to buy some bog oak, or other unique Irish woods. Any suggestions?

03-03-2018 03:28 PM

anOTHER wood ID - is this walnut? - 3 replies

Found this log by the curb. Sapwood was punky, white, bug-infested, soft.Heartwood is dark, beautiful colors (photo doesn’t do it justice). I’m thinking walnut, what do you all think?Location: Southeast TX, north of Houston. There are wild walnuts here, but not common. I thought the bark looked like Cherry – that’s why I ...

02-26-2018 03:02 AM

Plumb axe re-handling question - 6 replies

I am re-handling a Plumb carpenter’s axe. I have fitted my handle to the eye of the axe, but it seems the eye is tapered so that the hole is larger toward the top – IE, if the handle is snug at the base of the head, it has a gap all the way around at the top of the head. A wedge will help, but the gap is significant fore-and-aft too....

02-16-2018 04:10 AM

Titebond or superglue for this? - 6 replies

As you can see in this picture, I wish to attach this walnut handle to the lid of this oak box. While it is long-grain-to-long-grain, there is not very much surface area. Also, since both parts are curvy and the lid is very thin, I’m concerned I may not be able to clamp tightly. Given this, do you folks suggest I use superglue inste...

02-09-2018 06:28 PM

How do I torch a large logo into wood? - 16 replies

Here’s my plan: make a tabletop from roughsawn lumber, apply a “mask” in the shape of three bold letters (a company logo), then use a torch to darken the tabletop.Remove the mask, the company logo stands out as not blackened.Then, sand the tabletop – since it was roughsawn, the high points sand down but the low points are...

01-13-2018 11:26 PM

Super Dust Deputy owners, please advise: building a ducted DC system - 9 replies

I intend to build a ducted dust collection system, running the 2hp harbor freight DC motor atop a super dust deputy, with ducts leading to 4 “drops” where I can hook up whichever tool I happen to be using. QUESTION: Oneida sells a Super DD with 4” ports, and one with a 5” inlet/6” outlet. (That second one also ap...

01-05-2018 02:02 PM

Talk me out of- or into - buying a jointer? - 26 replies

The last thing I need in my small space is another power tool. Especially an expensive one. And I have a lunchbox planer already. But I recently milled a lot of logs into lumber. I think the jointer is the next step after drying. Thing is, the cheap ones are only 4” beds – doesn’t sound like much good on a 10” wide board....

01-01-2018 03:09 AM

Bought a 22" wooden plane, got a couple questions - 12 replies

I bought this wooden-body plane at an antique store. The chipbreaker and iron are in a vinegar bath now and I’m thinking about how to proceed to make this a user. I’m new to this and have a few questions if any of you have the patience for it: The body is 22” long. Does that make this a jack, smoother, jointer, or what k...

12-30-2017 02:56 AM

Card scrapers, cabinet scrapers: sharpening, using? - 20 replies

I’ve never heard of card or cabinet scrapers until recently. I think I’ve been missing out on a crucial tool, for things like cleaning glue lines or removing marks from my misaligned #4 plane. Are these tools in common use? Do you consider them indispensable? Do I need just the cards or the holders (Which is what makes it a cabinet s...

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