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07-20-2016 01:08 AM

Is It Possible to Build a Flawless Project? - 78 replies

I never have…... With each new project, I think to myself, “This is going to be the one.” The project that finally doesn’t have any flaws. As my woodworking skills have developed, my project’s flaws are getting more and more minor—but they’re still there, and I know it. So, what do you guys thin...

01-28-2016 04:42 PM

How to Center Screw Holes W/O Self-Centering Drill Bit? - 15 replies

Hey Guys! I’m ready to put the hinges on a box I’m building, and want to get the screw holes centered, so the hinge doesn’t move when I tighten down the screws. I don’t have a self-centering drill bit set, and am building only this one box. Does anyone know of a way to get the screw holes centered another way? ...

01-14-2014 04:32 AM

How Do I Mount A Sand Dollar in a Box Top So It's Visible From Both Sides? - 14 replies

Hi Guys! I’m planning a valet-type box in which I’d like to have a sand dollar mounted in the box’s top so that it’s visible from both sides. That is, the top of the sand dollar is visible when the lid is closed, and the bottom of the sand dollar is visible when the lid is open And a corollary question: what do I fi...

09-10-2013 06:23 PM

How to Get a Smooth Finish With Paint On Bare Wood? - 19 replies

Hey Guys, I just finished a set of cabinet doors, out of poplar, and finished them with a good-quality paint, but the texture of the paint is rough to the touch, not smooth. These are the steps I followed: #1) Sanded the doors to 150 grit #2) Brushed on 1 coat of Kilz water-based white primer, and allowed it to dry overnight #3) A...

06-15-2013 12:36 AM

Why Can't I Read Project Comments? - 19 replies

For some reason, in the last 6 months or so, I can’t read project comments. Nothing has changed on my laptop (that I know of), but since about then, the comment section below the project description won’t load. Or it will, but only intermitently, after re-loading the page a dozen times or more. Is there a setting on my laptop, ...

01-24-2013 09:17 PM

Need Good Box Hinges Suppliers - 4 replies

Hi guys, I’m trying to find some good online or store suppliers of hinges for jewelry-type small boxes. Does anyone know of any good suppliers with good prices? Thanks much in advance!

08-15-2012 09:10 PM

What Sells The Best? - 40 replies

Hey Guys! I am wondering what woodworking products sell the best, in your experience. What in your experience are the most profitable items to sell? I am thinking of building and selling adirondack chairs in the summer, and maybe smaller boxes for fall/Christmas season, but would greatly value your input on which items to work on. I’...

03-12-2012 05:48 PM

Splitter For Older Craftsman Tablesaw - 4 replies

Greetings All! I have a 1950’s-era Craftsman tablesaw, and I’d like it to have a splitter. After having a few kickback incidents while ripping, I’ve decided a splitter is absolutely necessary!! Does anyone have any ideas on how to add one to my tablesaw? Are there any aftermarket products available? Any help will be much ...

09-12-2011 08:06 PM

How Do I Cut Round Coasters? - 26 replies

I want to make a set of round coasters (to set a beverage cup on), and can’t really think of a good way or jig to do the outside cut. I want them to be perfectly round, not cut on a bandsaw and sanded. Does anyone know of a good jig that’s quick and easy to make and use? Any help will be greatly appreciated!

05-02-2011 07:52 PM

Morris Chair Or Gustav Stickley Armchair Plans - 7 replies

Do you guys have any favorite plans for a Morris Chair? I am in the process of picking out a set of plans for a Morris Chair, and would love to know of your favorite plans! I found a set of plans that I like in Wood Magazine’s online download section, but want to see some other designs. Also, does anyone know where I might find good ...

10-25-2010 07:56 PM

How Do I Get A Walnut Look On Poplar? - 11 replies

Hi Guys! I saw on The Woodsmith Shop TV show on PBS a couple of weeks ago, a simple staining process to make poplar look like walnut. I didn’t think to write it down at the time, and now wish I had! Can anyone tell me what the process and stains are? Thanks much in advance!

04-26-2010 07:42 PM

How To Build Japanese-Inspired Furniture? - 10 replies

Hi Guys! I want to build some Japanese-inspired furniture, and am looking for plans from which to do that. Does anyone have any good book/magazine/DVD recommendations? Thanks much in advance!

03-02-2010 03:52 AM

What's The Difference Between These Bits? - 14 replies

A pattern bit, and a flush-trim bit? It seems to me that one has a bearing on top, and one has a bearing on the bottom. So what’s the difference between them, and which one is best for what use? Thanks in advance!

02-27-2010 08:33 PM

Has Anyone Made Norm's Teak Deck Chair? - 2 replies

If so, how did you make the crest rail? Neither his plans nor the DVD explain how to make the crest rail. It top of the crest rail is cut from a pattern at the top of the part, and is curved shallower at the ends and deeper in the middle (Concave shape) over its length. So I don’t know which cuts to make, and in which order. Thank...

02-25-2010 03:58 AM

Ash OK For Cutting Boards? - 2 replies

I’ve always used hard maple and walnut for cutting boards, but I came across some ash, and was wondering if it would be ok to use for cutting boards? Thanks in advance!

02-07-2010 08:53 PM

Router Table Help Needed - 8 replies

Hi Guys! I need some help with the router table I’m building. Specifically, how to mount the router plate into the tabletop. My tabletop is 1 1/2” MDF (2 3/4” sheets laminated). I haven’t yet cut the hole to mount the plate and router yet, so no goof-ups to fix yet. I’ve always read that you need to cut the op...

01-30-2010 04:43 AM

How To Make Picture Frames? - 10 replies

Hi Guys! I want to make a few picture frames to house some WWII U.S. Navy ship photos. I have read several books from the library, but none of them detailed how to lay out the length/width of the frames, etc. So my questions are: How do I determine the correct length and width of the frame? How deep should the rabbet be to house the ...

01-27-2010 08:20 PM

Where To Get Plastic Laminate? - 5 replies

Hi Guys! I’m about ready to finish the table-top on my router station, and want to finish it with white plastic laminate. Does anyone know where to get the laminate? And do I have to purchase a whole sheet of it? Thanks in advance!

01-04-2010 02:33 AM

Band Saw Speed Question - 1 reply

Hi Guys! Have a question regarding band saw blade speed. My instruction manual states that for hardwood, the saw should be set at 1450 feet per minute, and for all other woods, 3000 FPM. Why the difference? Also, is there any harm in sawing hardwoods at 3000 FPM? Thanks much!

12-27-2009 11:21 PM

Inexpensive Replacement For Rockler Cookies - 11 replies

Those Rockler cookies seem like great items to use on your workbench for routing and other uses. But they seem a bit spendy for what they are, and what they’re used for. So I decided to make my own. So here’s my inexpensive replacement: Get a roll of non-slip drawer liner at your grocery store. A large roll of it sells for $3 o...

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