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03-09-2018 10:35 PM

Spalted Hackberry and Worms - 7 replies

I have several hackberry trees in my garden and a couple of years ago, one threw a large limb so I cut it into 2ft logs and left them to rot. I didn’t know that hackberry was worth keeping but the more I read, the more I learned about the lovely spalting and grey colour you can get. So I picked up a large log (16” x 2ft) and ran it t...

02-05-2018 04:00 PM

Fresh cut Avocado wood - what to do? - 3 replies

This weekend I had to take down part of my avocado tree as it was getting far too tall and impractical to have avocados so high up (the critter get to them way before we ever do). Anyway, I have some 3-4 foot sections that are probably 4-6 inches in diameter and was thinking what I should do with them? This is more for fun than a practical sourc...

01-09-2018 03:33 PM

Dewalt DW715 now tripping breaker - 15 replies

I have a Dewalt DW715 15A miter saw that I have been using for over a year. I make a lot of picture frames so it’s probably the one tool I use every time I’m in the shop. In the last couple of months, on first use, it trips the 20A breaker that covers the 110V outlets in my shop. In the past, this never happened. I would have my s...

12-13-2017 08:33 PM

Made a mistake - can you help fix it? - 6 replies

I’m making a pen box for my sister from walnut and purpleheart and I made a mistake cutting the edge splines – the box moved a little in the jig when cutting the top spline and gouged a chunk off the corner. I haven’t cut the top off the box yet and the plan was to cut just below the first spline. I’ve had several ...

12-12-2017 04:03 PM

Google Safe Browsing alert on - 12 replies

I just got the following warning when trying to view a project: Google Safe Browsing recently detected phishing on Phishing sites pretend to be other websites to trick you. Everything was fine yesterday – this just started for me now. I’m using a script blocker but have the main site on the...

10-12-2017 03:34 PM

Router blues - 15 replies

I have a Bosch 1617EVS mounted in my router table and a whole bunch of Whiteside 1/2” bits and love it. I’m making lots of frames these days and want to get a palm router so that I can do roundovers etc on completed pieces which don’t work so well on the table since the the bed isn’t that large. But from what I can see, a...

02-21-2017 07:33 PM

Picked up a couple of rusty planes - 7 replies

I was dragged around some antique stores by the wife and my eye caught this pair of planes. I thought, why not make them a project so they were snapped up and I’ve been watching videos on plane restoration! One is a Craftsman labeled Made in USA and the other has no markings that I can find. The no-name handle is a little small for me and ...

02-06-2017 10:37 PM

Cedar too soft for furniture? - 9 replies

I picked up some cheap cedar from Home Depot this weekend just to try as I have never used it before. I made a couple of picture frames and it was a real struggle to keep the wood from getting blemished. The boards I used planed up really nicely but marked up from the clamps and any small dings during handling. This is my first experience with c...

11-18-2016 04:40 AM

Table Saw resale value? - 11 replies

Hi guys. I’ve never had a table saw before but want to get my hands on one soon. I’m too lazy to spend a lot of time sourcing and restoring a used tool so I’m set on getting something new (that I know will need some tweaks to get perfect). I was thinking about a Delta 36-725 which is a reasonable price for a decent saw. I...

11-16-2016 07:28 PM

Building a workshop from scratch - 13 replies

Hi everyone, my first post here though I have been reading a lot! I have been working in my garage for a while on small projects (work tables and picture frames) but nothing really significant. We have moved to a new (to us) house and I would like to set up a dedicated work space since we have some room and Houston summers make the garage alm...

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