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11-14-2016 08:54 PM

General Finishes Arm-R-Seal - Hmmm... Coat the Bottoms? - 18 replies

So I’m getting down to the finishing touches on my most ambitious project; a large table with slide extensions and leaves. It’s Red Oak and looks nice. I sanded to only 150 per the instructions on the finish. (Though I did a test piece to 220 and it was just silky smooth. So I almost went for that, but was concerned about it taking s...

10-26-2016 02:00 AM

Help with Screw Up on Breadboard Extended Tenon - 11 replies

So. Rushing with power tools is never a good idea. Pressed for time to go pick up kid from daycare, I mistakenly cut off one of the extended tenons on a table top intended to slip into a breadboard. (You can see this on the closest table top, far right. You know, the part that looks like something is conspicuously missing as compared to the othe...

10-02-2016 04:34 AM

Any Wide Belt Sanders Available in CT ??? - 2 replies

Howdy, I’m wondering if anyone knows of any cabinet shops or woodworking places in the Fairfield County, CT or Westchester Country, NY areas where they have a wide belt sander and willing to help me flatten some table tops. I’ve already checked with a Woodcraft shop nearby and they don’t have one. What I’ve got is t...

05-06-2016 02:19 PM

Dining Room Table - Trestle and Extension Dilemmas - 2 replies

So after five years of promising to build a dining room table, wife says it better be this summer or we have to buy one. Having had some success with other projects, I’m semi-ready, but with some challenges. Our goal is pretty big; The usual 31” high, then about 112” long, 44” wide, with 24” worth of extension. (...

07-01-2015 04:11 PM

Help with Accuride 3832SC Installation. Maybe. - 4 replies

Hi, Why maybe? Because I’m not sure if I have the right part. I’ve got some Accuride 3832SC side mount sliders; or at least that’s what the packing slip and the individual packages – and instruction sheets say – but something isn’t adding up. The instructions say the front mounting screw goes through a s...

06-23-2015 04:37 AM

Poplar Dresser with Pine Leg Posts? - 5 replies

So I found these great plans for a child’s dresser that calls for 2×2 legs. (or 1 3/4 actual) To make it easy to build, I was thinking of using 2×4 or 2×6 Pine and cutting it down since it’s carried by my local lumber yard. My concern is whether or not it will take a semi-gloss paint as well as the poplar or just be...

05-10-2015 03:13 AM

Online Source for 1/4" Red Oak Boards? - 10 replies

So this was a new one for me… I’m still a novice and there’s this project plan I wanted to build. It caslls for a bunch of 1/4” red oak boards. No big deal, right? Except for one thing. This apparently isn’t a common item at either the big box stores of course, or even my local lumber mill, which is usually prett...

11-04-2014 12:11 AM

Wow. Beautiful Expandable Table Strategy - 3 replies

While searching on here and elsewhere for plans for an Expandable / Extension Dining table to build, I came across this: Here’s the YouTube Video for how it works… Wow. This is beautiful. The only thing ...

10-23-2014 06:44 PM

90 deg Pivot Hinge Selection - 2 replies

Wondering what you all use for drop down hinges… Next project coming up will be a shoe storage cabinet so the ugly rack in the bedroom can be disposed of. My plan is a simple box with three shelves, but then use some face boards to go over each shelf’s level, with a knob or cut out in the top to pull it down so it rests at 90 d...

10-06-2014 05:04 AM

Learning to Buy Wood for Better Furniture - 24 replies

I’m getting better, but still super novice. A few of the pieces I’ve been building for our home have come out great just from boards I got at Home Depot. So far so good. But now… I’ve got plans for a couple of new projects and I’m just not really sure how to buy the wood! I think I understand the whole board feet...

09-15-2014 01:29 PM

Hinge Identification for Fine Furniture Fix - 2 replies

Hoping an expert can help me ID the hinge below to fix my wife’s table left from her grandmother. It’s a nice table in need of refinishing and it has leaves to expand, but one of the main hinges is busted. I’ve done the usual searches, but I’ll bet this hinge has a particular specialty name I just don’t know, so it ...

06-14-2014 02:26 AM

Shelf Pins or Cleats? - 10 replies

So I’m about to build a hutch, (just the top part), something like this… or this… Planning on using good pine to try to match the long ago purchased b...

04-27-2014 04:17 AM

Determining Molding for Frame and Panel - 1 reply

So they no longer make the hutch for the dining room sideboard my wife bought years ago. Which is good. Because now I can build one! And I’d obviously like to match the style of this pine wood construction. Here’s the thing though… The sides apparently use Frame & Panel construction, though just for design; they’re...

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