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07-24-2019 12:51 PM

Excellent videos showing the details of fine craftsmanship - 5 replies

I find the YouTube videos posted by this gentleman to be an excellent source of fine detail work. His methods of work are shown up close and in depth, and are especially useful to anyone who likes to make their own tools – as that is what he mostly does, however his methods can be applied to other aspects of woodworking. If you are interes...

08-06-2018 01:04 AM

Wooden bench plane question - 5 replies

I have a 16” wooden bench plane that I like to use for edge jointing rough cut lumber, and for surfacing panels. Problem is that the iron keeps being pushed back up in the throat when I hit a hard spot with reversing grain, or a knot area. The wedge looks to be original, same wood as the body, and the iron / chipbreaker assembly seems t...

11-23-2017 05:42 PM

Free public domain books - 5 replies

I am posting to share two web sites where you can read and download free books pertaining to many different crafts, including woodworking and metal crafts. Most of these books were published in the early 20 th century, with some from the 1800’s. I’ve found them interesting reading, and I downloaded a nice and well illustrated book...

10-18-2017 10:53 PM

Good substitute for alder - 37 replies

I’m in the process of designing a new piece of furniture for a family member and the desired wood is Alder. Unfortately, Alder is not easily accessible to me here in western Pennsylvania, based upon searches on Woodfinder & Google. My question to someone more knowledgeable than me is: what wood would make a fairly good substitute fo...

06-04-2017 09:10 PM

Amazing what people will pay for! - 8 replies

I posted a similar forum to this here, and here, and the examples of this topic constantly present themself to my amazement. Going through an antiques web site looking for my next project, I came across this lovely end table that, as you can see for yourself, is a rather delicate piece of craftsmanship worth a king’s ransome. Add...

05-26-2017 11:39 PM

Need help with finishing problem - 12 replies

I’m in the process of refinishing kitchen cabinets, which are about 15 years old and have some wear spots. The worn spots have exposed the raw wood, which is maple that had a cherry stain, and I assume a lacquer finish. The process so far has been:Clean the door with naphtha, followed by a 4 ought steel wool scrub,Sand with 320 paper,Dy...

09-16-2016 07:16 PM

The new wave in furniture replacing pallet upcycling - 56 replies

Just thought I’d bring everybody up to speed with the new a¬∑vant-garde style of woodworking, which I’m sure will be replacing the use of pallet wood.While browsing web sites dedicated to antiques & furniture for inspiration, I came across this new style of furniture that I’m sure all will be able to make, beginners & se...

09-21-2015 07:56 PM

Shellac with wax - 10 replies

I’ve read all the forms, instructions, and suggestions, as well as viewed the many YouTube videos about shellac, how to cut it, when to use dewaxed, how to brush – spray – pad it, what can & can not be used over which type of shellac, etc., but no where do I find the answer to a question I have, that being:Why bother using ...

07-03-2015 09:03 PM

Absolute best use of a reclaimed pallet EVER !!!! - 16 replies

I can’t claim this project, it belongs to my neighbor, and without a doubt I believe this is the best use of a reclaimed pallet ever devised. Do you agree?

09-04-2014 06:15 PM

Harbor Freight pin nailer problem & solution - 15 replies

I purchased a big box special (I think about $79) of a 2 gallon 100 PSI compressor & 18 GA pin nailer / stapler about 8 to 9 months ago, because I wanted it for mounting trim molding on furniture. At first use I discovered that it produced a wide staple size hole in the wood, regardless of the installation of pin nails.I then went to Har...

10-06-2013 01:58 AM

Does Roy take into account wood expansion? - 29 replies

So I was watching the most recent web video of The Woodwright’s Shop, Rachell’s Standing Desk PT. 2 (which can be viewed at: ( ), and I don’t understand how Roy’s frame and panel lid allows for any movement of the 10” wide board, with the four part frame neatly mitered at all...

07-19-2013 01:28 AM

Question about oak finishing, need help - 20 replies

I am in the processing of finish an oak dining room table, first time I’ve used oak, and I’m experiencing a problem that I don’t understand: Three board oak top on the table, dyed dark mahogany using TransTint, and attempting to finish with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal, three coats so far. The attached photos show as best ...

04-12-2013 02:31 PM

Question for the hand saw users out there ..... - 4 replies

To the hand saw users out in there Lumberjocks land, I have a question regarding my intended sharpening of three hand saws I own: In total, I have 6 hand saws, two of which are 26” panel saws & one a relatively new PAX Dovetail saw – Rip Cut, none of which are under consideration here in this survey / question. What I am about...

03-01-2013 03:20 AM

Good application for a SawStop - 7 replies

I’m not promoting SawStop here, not really a fan of theirs, but when you see this guy using his “circular saw” in the first part of this video, I think you’ll agree he probably should consider getting one.

10-05-2012 03:52 PM

Easy & quick Edge Jointing with a router - 5 replies

Having a need to edge joint manu boards for my current project, which I always did by hand in the past, I wanted a quick and easy way to keep this project moving. (Actually, it was the wife who this project is for & she said she hasn’t seen much progress lately) So, I decided to try this following method:Clamp a 4 ft or 6 ft metal stra...

08-17-2012 10:54 PM

Paraffin have adverse effects on glue? - 3 replies

I’m in the process of hand jointing some really gnarly cherry boards for a chest on chest project, and to make the Stanley #7 move smoother, I’ve used paraffin on the sole. It occurs to me, this is wax, so I’m wondering: Will the paraffin possibly have adverse effects on the Titebond properly doing its job? Has anyone had an...

08-11-2012 03:34 PM

I've got an addiction and I need help - 44 replies

OK, I admit it, I’ve got an addiction and I know I need help. I’ve searched the LJs site for assistance and to no avail. Therefore I’m turning to you guys to see if I’m alone in this habit.I just came from a shop cleanup, and I basically didn’t throw away any wood. I’m addicted to scraps. I can’t help my...

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