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04-19-2016 12:17 AM

drawer slides? metal, wood, or just guides? - 6 replies

Hello, I’m designing a dresser and I’d like to know how one determines if they should use metal drawer slides, wooden ones, or just the carcass as the guides with some slides? I’m mainly trying to understand if just using wooden guides will be ok? How do you keep the drawer from falling out when you pull it forward? I̵...

11-17-2014 02:52 AM

buying a used lathe: help! - 3 replies

Hello Fellow Jocks,I’m looking to buy my first lathe off of Craigslist. It’s a Delta 46-460 with the extension bed and it’s $550. I’ve never owned a lathe before so i’m not sure what to look for in a lathe or a used one. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can look at it and determine if it’s good to buy? ...

10-29-2013 02:23 AM

hvlp spray training in chicago, IL - 5 replies

I have just purchased the earlex hvlp sprayer and I’ve used it enough to know I could use some training before blowing through a bunch of finish. I’d like to learn how to spray finishes, paint, etc. This is not a negative on the Earlex, it looks good and straightforward but rather lack of confidence in my skills and how long it wil...

01-02-2013 10:44 PM

How do I make this???? - 12 replies

Hello fellow LJs! I’m trying to build something similar to what is in the picture (I have the blue arrows already built ;) however I don’t know how to make the fancy edging on the footrail (?) and on the corner posts. Is this something that’s carved from a single piece of wood (I hope not!)? Is it something steamed, bent, a...

09-27-2010 05:08 AM

concrete countertops - 18 replies

Evenin’ all! I’m building a “homework” island and i’m thinking of using a solid surface for the top. It’ll mainly be used by the kids to do their homework at. It’s going to be stool height. I’d rather not go with a granite surface or a laminate. I’ve looked into building a concrete cou...

08-05-2010 12:16 AM

sealing the buried part of posts with tar? - 38 replies

i’m building a wooden screen for some privacy around my deck. Part of this will include two 4×4 Cedar posts that will be set 3-4 feet in the ground. I’ve had some success by putting in the crushed limestone around posts rather than concrete. I saw a This Old House or New Yankee workshop where they dind’t use concrete th...

03-29-2010 06:06 AM

paint for spraying - 6 replies

Well, I followed the advice of some LJs and bought the woodcraft spray gun last week. I practiced spraying some water to get the hang of it and of maintaining the gun. Now i’m ready to get going with real paint. I tried valspar latex enamel that worked well thinned with a bit of water. I also tried an oil based that didn’t work a...

01-26-2010 06:04 AM

spray painting question - 8 replies

I finally have enough justification for buying a spray system and I’m going to go with the HVLP conversion system but can I put any paint in it? Can I get a gallon of latex paint from Home Depot, thin it with some water and pump it through the sprayer or do I need to go with some specialty enamel paint or something else? I’ve been ...

12-07-2009 08:53 PM

Miter Saw vs. Sliding Miter Saw - 27 replies

Hello all, I’m looking to buy a miter saw and I’m debating whether or not to get a non-sliding or a sliding miter saw. I’ll probably go with a 10in but I was wondering if there were any other benefits to a slider other than a larger capacity? Are there any other benefits or pro’s/cons between the two? I’ve never ...

04-13-2009 05:38 AM

dust collector vent outside - 7 replies

Hello all! I’m looking to install a dust collector and I’m looking at a 1.5HP model (Steel City or Delta) with a cyclone trash can separator. I see some models with a pleated filter on top, other’s with a bag. Anyway, I’ll have the external cyclone and the one inside the DC so most of the wood should either be in the...

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