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09-25-2014 07:11 PM

Milk paint on the top of tables - 1 reply

So I want to change up the coffee tables I built a few years ago. I’ve never been happy with the tops – it was my first real woodworking project with solid wood and then I cheaped out and used plywood for the tops. It just doesn’t look right. Anyway, my idea is to build new tops with ...

06-20-2014 02:08 PM

Non-square apron on new workbench - 10 replies

I”ve been completing a “Matt’s Monster Workbench” over the past few weeks. I’ve glued up the top and glued on the apron. The holes for the vise are drilled and all was going well. I just finished flattening the top last night and realized that the apron is not square to the top anymore. I believe my mistake was waiting until I had both the apron...

06-05-2014 06:56 PM

General 50-200R Dust Collection - 15 replies

Hey everyone, I’ve recently purchased a General 50-200R T/S (and upgrade from my Ridgid Contractor) and love the saw itself. It’s got lots of power and works like a charm. One of the reasons I upgraded was because of the enclosed base and (hopefully) the improved dust collection. What I”ve found is that the dust doesnR...

08-15-2011 11:52 PM

Thickness for a French Cleat - 17 replies

Hey Everyone, I’m trying to figure out how to attach a French Cleat to a mirror (yet to be built) for our home’s entrance. I have the design in mind but am not sure how thin I can make the French cleat to ensure a solid attachement to the wall. I would really love for it to be hidden so I was thinking of trimming out the mirror wi...

03-21-2011 07:01 PM

Need some help with an entry bench/storage - 3 replies

Hey Everyone, So I’m a bit lost. I’m trying to find some plans I can either modify or that have everything I’m looking for and am having some trouble. My wife would like a better solution for the entrance to our house. We don’t have a closet close to the front door (older 50’s bungalow) and we want a good entry b...

06-03-2010 07:02 PM

Finishing - Dye + Stain - 6 replies

LJ’s, This is a tough topic to search so I thought I’d try to solicit some opinions. I’m at the finishing stage for a red oak bunk bed I made my son and need some help. I was planning on spraying the project but realized I just don’t have enough space to set up my spray area for this project – it’s just ...

05-18-2010 08:49 PM

Graduating from Red Oak - 8 replies

Hey Everyone, I’ve made a few projects over the last three years – all in Red Oak – but now it’s time to move on. I’m going to be building a widescreen TV cabinet from Woodsmith: I know I’m going to use Ash for the bulk of it but instead of staining the top and bot...

04-28-2010 07:01 PM

Alternative to Plastic Resin Glue? - 11 replies

Hi there, I’ve going back and forth on doing bent laminations or straight arms for a morris chair I’m going to build. I’ve done some digging on this awesome site and am thinking I might just be able to resaw some cherry on my tablesaw with the help of a handsaw. Anyway, I can’t seem to find plastic resin glue in Can...

04-23-2010 10:50 PM

What kind of arms for a Morris Chair? - 4 replies

Hi there, I’m considering building a Morris Chair for my next project. I’ve decided on cherry for sure as I love the look of some of the other cherry morris chairs I’ve seen. I thought I had picked a design – the AFDC Bow Arm Morris Chair, but I’ve run into an issue. I have plans for both the Bow Arm and Spind...

04-19-2010 08:44 PM

Tried & True finish - what's your thoughts? - 27 replies

Hey everyone, I’ve been doing some researching online about Tried & True after watching/reading Christian Becksvoort’s thoughts on it on FWW. What I’ve read online is that it’s not too durable for most surfaces that get any wear & tear. I want to build a cherry bookcase and cherry morris chair and use this f...

03-30-2010 08:50 PM

What is Shop Cherry plywood? - 2 replies

Hi there, I was at Windsor the other day looking at plywood and the only cherry ply they had was “Shop Cherry.” Can someone tell me what that means? Is there something better? I’m making a bookshelf and will be using plywood for the back and sides…. Thanks, MJ

03-25-2010 07:06 PM

Table Saw How To? - 21 replies

Hi there, I have real trouble ripping plywood on my table saw. i can’t really justify a track saw and don’t have room to build a panel saw. The trouble I have is binding and getting a good cut. Can anyone point me in the direction of some technique artiicles or videos that might help me get better at it? It really sucks when yo...

03-23-2010 11:33 PM

Table Saw blade... - 9 replies

Newbie question. I’m replacing my 40 tooth combination blade that came with my ridgid table saw. I bought a 60 tooth combination blade but am not sure it’s the right one…should I take it back and get the 50 tooth?

01-30-2010 05:40 AM

Straight board laminating - 2 replies

Hey there, I’m working on a set of bunk beds and the plans call for gluing up three 3/4” thick pieces to form the legs. Basically, it’s just a straight lamination of straight grain to straight grain on red oak. From what I understand, that’s a pretty safe situation for gluing…right? What glue should I use? Fro...

01-23-2010 10:05 PM

Wood thickness and cost - 21 replies

Hi there, Total newbie question: I’m building a bunk bed for my son using this plan: The plan calls for 1 1/16 thick stock for the side rails. I went to the place where I get my lumber and because I’m still working on getting a planer, I tend to go for the S4S stuff. To my disappoint...

01-21-2010 06:01 PM

What an I doing wrong? (bandsaw issues) - 13 replies

Hey everyone, I’m not sure if this is a regular issue or not, but I’m having some real trouble with my bandsaw. I purchased it last fall – nothing special, just a benchtop Ryobi from Home Depot. For the life of me, I cannot get it to cut straight. I put a fence on it and still, the blade would drift. I’m new to this...

01-21-2010 04:49 AM

Morris Chair Back - curved or straight? - 13 replies

Hi there, I’m new to LumberJocks but I must say, it’s the most friendliest forum I’ve ever been a part of. Anyway, I’ve been planning a morris chair for the past few months and have settled on a plan that I like (American Furniture Design) but am not sure about the back. I’ve heard that some have opted for str...

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