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04-17-2019 03:16 PM

glider bench for porch - 11 replies

Anyone built a porch glider bench and can recommend some plans? I’ve looked online and found a few for purchase from Woodcraft and Wood Magazine. I anticipate needing to purchase the plans in order get something worth building, so would love some reviews or feedback from anyone who has done this. I’m still fairly new to woodworking s...

04-10-2019 05:29 PM

Suntanning poplar - 27 replies

I’m considering a project using poplar, which will likely be painted. But, in thinking about other potential uses for poplar that don’t involve painting, I was wondering about ways to change its color. I know you can do some special preparations to get good results from stains/dyes, but I’m not ready to stretch my coloring s...

04-09-2019 07:43 PM

Flatten plywood - 8 replies

Hello all, I’m working on a cart for my table saw. Plan called for 3/4” plywood. I went to the big box store because it was easier and I wasn’t worried about getting top quality—it’s a work surface not fine furniture. That said, there were only exactly enough sheets in stock and some of them weren’t exactly...

03-30-2019 05:30 AM

Right of passage - 36 replies

Hello fellow lumberjocks, So I just returned from the ER after my first table saw injury. I am still somewhat of a novice, and though I have watched countless videos of people demonstrating and advocating safety, I did something I shouldn’t have. I was making a slim rip that required two pushsticks and I was only using one. The cut went...

03-26-2019 07:02 AM

Mortise and tenon easier than half-lap? - 38 replies

Hi all, I’m planning my first table build and looking at various designs. I’ve been considering what kind of joinery to use for legs and supporting pieces and I keep coming back to half-lap and mortise and tenon joints. I know M&T is a staple of woodworking, but honestly it has scared me because it seems like you have to be ab...

03-11-2019 12:39 AM

Dining Table Design - 20 replies

Hello all, I’m preparing to build my first dining table. My family has been using an awful table from Walmart for many years and we can’t take it anymore. I bought loads of ash and have an idea in mind. I’d like something like this (found here): You can see this design doesn’t use breadboards or aprons. Can you guys...

03-03-2019 10:31 PM

Tips for side table base - 18 replies

Hi all, I recently finished my first piece of furniture. It is a side table for my wife. I took a plan I found online that was made out of pine and “classed it up” by using walnut and ambrosia maple. I was quite pleased with myself because I also used half-lap and rabbets for the joinery instead of pocket screws. It was a great pr...

03-03-2019 07:04 AM

AZ woodworkers, how do you do in the summer? - 10 replies

Hi all, I am a new woodworker and anticipating my first Phoenix summer as a woodworker. Temperatures here are likely to stay triple digits for a few months straight. My workshop is basically my garage when I’ve pulled the car out. Ventilation but no climate control. Which brings me to a few questions. 1) I store my lumber in the gara...

02-26-2019 05:10 AM

Floating desk for small office - 20 replies

Hi all, I recently moved into a new home and there is a small 5’x5’ closet that I want to turn into a small home office to put my computer and related equipment in. In my haste, I put some 3/4 red oak plywood up on some cheap big box store brackets. I’m not loving this setup, in part because it required minimal planning and ...

02-20-2019 07:22 AM

Joint long edge from table saw with smoothing plane - 36 replies

Hi all, I just bought a bunch of ash that was on sale for my first full size table. I’ve done smaller stuff before, and nothing that needed to be perfect. As this will be our family dining table and hopefully something that will last for a while, I want it to be as good as can be. I don’t have a jointer, so in the past I’ve ...

02-05-2019 05:05 AM

Removing dust in between finishing coats - 54 replies

I feel like an idiot for asking this basic question, and I really appreciate all the help you lumberjocks have given me over the past several days as I’m working on this project. I’m embarrassed looking at how many questions I’ve asked recently. You guys are awesome! I’m applying arm-r-seal to walnut and lightly scuff ...

02-03-2019 05:54 AM

Base for table top is not flat, how can I fix this? - 11 replies

I’ve been working on this side table for my wife. It’s my first piece of furniture so I’ve been learning a lot through trial and error. I finally got everything assembled and went to dry fit the top to the base. I had no illusions that my workmanship was square and true, but I thought the wood would be a bit forgiving and the s...

02-03-2019 05:46 AM

How to protect finish from tripod marks? - 5 replies

Hi all, I am applying some wipe on varnish (arm-r-seal) to a walnut panel. I was just preparing for my second coat and noticed some pin pricks in the first coat that I believe were caused by the painters tripods the panel was resting on. How do you guys avoid this? Are you supposed to finish one side at a time, just accept this happens, or is...

01-30-2019 03:35 PM

raise grain before applying water based poly? - 15 replies

Hi all, Just a quick question. I’m preparing to finish one of my first projects. The piece is ambrosia maple, no stain, dye, sealer, etc. I like it’s natural look with just some extra pop from a nice topcoat. I planned on applying General Finishes high performance water based topcoat. I’ve read that a water based topcoat wil...

01-30-2019 05:23 AM

Best way to fix proud joint - 29 replies

Hello all, Total novice question here. I am working on my first piece of furniture for my wife. It is a side table with ambrosia maple base and walnut top. I have finished assembling the base and some of my joints are a little proud. I’m wondering what the best way to trim them flush would be. I have a basic chisel, loads of sandpaper (...

01-25-2019 06:28 PM

How to sand a panel flat - 31 replies

Hi all, This is probably only a difficult question (for me) because of my rudimentary equipment. Lacking a jointer, planer, belt sander, or even hand planes, flattening is a challenge. I recently glued up some 6/4 walnut planks for a side table top. It is a hexagon shape, roughly 2’ x 2’. Naturally, the resulting panel is not f...

01-16-2019 08:12 PM

To fill grain or not to fill grain? - 15 replies

Hi all, I’m a novice woodworker, still getting my toes wet in the whole process. I am making a side table for my wife. It has a walnut table top and ambrosia maple legs. I’m thinking about the best ways to finish the walnut top and think I will go with Arm-R-Seal (or a homemade wipe on varnish) for protection. But before I get to ...

01-15-2019 04:16 PM

New stain over old stain - 8 replies

Hello all, New member, older forum follower :) I’m getting ready to refinish my childhood bunkbed in hopes of breathing some new life into it for my young children. This will be my first refinishing project and I’m looking for some advice. I started by sanding a few of the pieces to eliminate the finish and the stain to get to the...


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