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11-21-2016 04:33 PM

Help!! Why is my white oak table "bleeding"? And other questions?? - 5 replies

So I’m finishing up a white oak table for the backyard. About 95% done so have it outside now doing the final touches. However, two questions. First… it rained last night and I saw this this morning on the pavement underneath it. It completely stained my new concrete patio! this isn’t treated or stained… (pictures belo...

11-05-2016 06:43 PM

Help! Trouble making tapered legs on my jointer - 13 replies

I am making an outdoor table out of white oak. The legs are 3.5” square and I was planning on tapering down a full inch on two sides. I have a tapering jig for my table saw I’ve used on other projects, but these legs are too big for my clamps and the blade doesn’t reach high enough. My dad recommended using my jointer. I lo...

12-12-2015 03:52 PM

Question about an unconventional workbench plan - 10 replies

I’m finally getting around to building my workbench. However, I have a bit of unique set up in my shop, and I also need my workbench to do double duty as an outfeed table for my delta unisaw. Instead of having the long edge of my workbench butt up along the table saw as most do, due to the somewhat unique layout of my workspace/workshop...

06-06-2013 06:57 PM

Do I need to fix this crack in the desk top? - 3 replies

Overall, I’ve been really happy with the progress on my first real project. However, I have made some mistakes along the way, and none more so than not being more careful with wood selection. The picture here shows a crack right at the edge of the desk top. The crack was barely noticeable until I did my final cross cut across the table to ...

06-03-2013 06:37 PM

finishing recommendations for a walnut writing desk - 5 replies

I’m in the process of making a antique-style schoolhouse writing desk. It’s made completely out of walnut, except for the drawer bottom, which is walnut veneered plywood. I am totally new to finishing furniture, and this will be my first project that isn’t painted, soo… I’m trying to find a good simple solution. ...

05-21-2013 06:36 PM

Need some help using my jointer - 11 replies

So I bought a barely used Craftsman jointer recently. Probably the same model this fellow lumberjocker shared. I’ve made sure that the fence is at an exact right angle to the bed, and I’ve made sure that the outfeed table is exactly level with the blade height. Here is my problem. I can’t figure out how to use the stinking t...

05-20-2013 05:06 PM

Do I need extra support on the legs of a writing desk? - 11 replies

I’m in the final planning stages of a desk I’m making for my son. I posted the drawings and plans here as the first of a series of blog posts. I’ve included the drawing below as well. As you can see in the drawing, I am thinking of connecting three sides of the legs with stretchers for extra support against racking. Then I r...

05-07-2013 02:23 AM

Gifts from my dad - a whole drawer full of hand tools - 14 replies

Christmas came really early this year. I have been building out my shop since buying a new house and told my dad I’m interested in learning more about how to really use hand tools. So yesterday, he showed up at my house with a drawer full of tools I’d never seen – tools he had from when he was an apprentice cabinet maker prior ...

03-01-2013 09:19 AM

My new baby! (Delta Unisa X5) Now need some help staying safe. - 13 replies

First time poster here. I’ve been in the market for a good table saw for a while and had settled on a Grizzly Hybrid saw (Polar Bear G0715, I think). But after lurking here on this site for a long time I figured I’d go with the prevailing wisdom here and hold out for a good deal on a cabinet saw. After a few months of looking for the...


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