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12-28-2016 01:44 PM

Building an inexpensive small shop workbench - 2 replies

For under $200 you can build yourself a workbench that does everything a beautiful $4000+ workbench does. And it can be built in a day… 1st start with a base – I used a solid core door I cut down too the size I needed 30 inches X 70 inches. If you can’t find a solid core door use 2 sheets of cheap construction plywood (you c...

04-22-2013 02:47 AM

PL glue - 6 replies

I did a little experiment today using “LocTite” PL glue and the result took me by surprise. I’ve been boasting for a while how nothing sticks to my workbench’s new surface which is bamboo flooring. Wood glue, stains and paint are easily removed from my workbench. Today I glued 2 piec...

04-15-2013 04:10 AM

Scrollsawing - a woodworking accent - 4 replies

I’m not sure why, but there seems to be a divide from woodworking and scrolling and the divide should not exist. Maybe it’s because the scroll saw doesn’t make a lot of noise or cut big pieces. But for me, my scroll saw is an important tool in my woodworking. I’ve posted pictures of refrigerator shelves made of wood which...

12-31-2012 09:02 PM

easy fix-up - 1 reply

Oops – I clamped this inset door a bit too hard and it buckled on me, so I’m correcting the problem while I can still do it the easy way. The face frame is laying flat on my bench as is the door and my craft sticks are properly positioning the door. Problem is 2 corners are proud of the face frame. This is the 1st time I had the f...

12-31-2012 04:37 AM

Table saw - check Router - check Scrollsaw - GO - 6 replies

Here is my ultimate blend of woodworking and scrolling blend. They really do go well together The design is from ScrollSaw magazine and the insert pattern was too big, so I copied the picture of the intarsia project and traced it on the different wood species. I have real boot laces coming in and out of the gromets.

12-28-2012 04:18 AM

Srollsawing - problem solver - 2 replies

Scroll saws are a great tool for transforming art onto wood. But living in an old farmhouse. I’ve run into lots of tight jams and my scroll was there to rescue me. Installing floor planks around radiator, I cut cardboard templates and accurately cut my new flooring. Our refrigerator doors shelves were broken for the 2nd time in 2 years....

12-23-2012 09:20 PM

First hooked on scroll saw - 8 replies

When I 1st built my workshop 12 years ago, my wife requested a vegetable bin. I hadn’t built anything but a few bookcases so I went shopping for one. I didn’t like what I saw – wire mesh on the front and sides, so I decided I would design my own. At the time I had inherited my dad’s scroll saw (early 60’s model with...

07-17-2012 04:00 AM

ID help needed - 1 reply

Hi – My wife has a co-worker who is trying to sell her dad’s tools at a fair price and I’ve been asked to help with 1 particular tool. It looks to me like a Dremel (rotary tool) proto-type. The manufacturer is Ralmike (NJ based or used to be a NJ company) and the flex shaft is Ralmike’s Tool – a -Rama cat# 6370 T...

07-04-2012 02:35 AM

Unique small shop workbench - 38 replies

This is actually a re-post of my workbench that got buried in the “workbench smack down” post – mine was #315 of 1000+ posts. But I think my unique bench is worth posting again especially for all owners of small workshops where space is important. Brief history – for the past 12 years my bench was a solid core door tha...

11-02-2011 05:08 AM

Inset drawers and doors - 15 replies

I’ve always been eager to try new things but was always afraid of making that big leap from overlay face frame cabinets to inset doors and drawers. Everything I read about the subject and everything fellow wood workers have said was scary stuff. It is rather intimidating because the 4 space around the door or drawer have to be equal and t...

07-23-2011 06:02 AM

USA Roadtrip - 51 replies

Hi every body – Just thought I would shoot this out. My wife Diana and I are taking our 2nd road trip across the USA. She has two sisters and a brother in the LA area we want to visit. We did this 2 years ago for an 18 day trek. We saw Kansas, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Las Vegas (sorry we only saw the strip and you didn’t get any of our mo...

07-06-2011 06:16 AM

Detecting Glue Residue - 6 replies

As I’ve posted on different posts and projects, I’ve noticed how most of us (myself included) have work methods we hold dear to our hearts. The list could go on forever like what joint is best for this or that? What tool is best for this or that cut? We are all so protective of our own methods we forget to consider posts which sugges...

05-22-2011 04:59 AM

Router bit slipping - 13 replies

Hi folks – I started a new project today using 12 X 1 maple. I was trying to assemble the top of the carcase with half blind dovetails and put a bit too much pressure on my PortaCable plunge router. First time this has happened to me so I could use some advice. It seems the bit slipped out of the collet and it wasn’t cutting, just bu...

02-02-2011 06:59 AM

woking according to book plans... nevr again. - 19 replies

Have you ever found a really good project in a book or magazine and decided to build the project according to plan? I’ve made that mistake and will not do it again. A couple of years ago, I saw this great looking outdoor oak bench in a book and decided to build it. I was determined to do my 1st “professional” job so I read the ...

01-08-2011 06:48 AM

10 inch board on 6 inch jointer - 7 replies

Hi… working rough lumber is a new challenge for me. I always bought finished lumber but inherited my Dad’s 6 inch jointer and 12 inch planner. I got those rusty old tools working just fine, but tonight I wandered into uncharted territory. I’m trying to get one finish side of a 10 inch wide,very rough and bowed piece of cherry. ...

12-08-2010 05:20 PM

Wood fillers - 4 replies

Hi again… you folks gave me such good advise on oozing glue, I thought I might as well throw out another questions to all of you. This concerns wood fillers… are there any fillers out on the market that accept a stain as well as the surrounding wood. Many manufactures claim their products does, but none of them work. ...

12-06-2010 05:47 AM

excess glue - 11 replies

Hi Folks – I’m a self taught woodworker with a deli ma. When gluing up projects, I always end up with a bit of glue oozing out of the joints. I used to follow the glue manufacturing solution and wipe the excess glue with a damp cloth. This always resulted in a finishing problem. Stains do not take well to the oozing areas. Last ...

09-26-2010 04:13 PM

Stuburn stains - 1 reply

Hi folks – Just refinishing an old piece of furniture fpr a daughter-in-law and have removed old satin with a cabinet scraper and sanded down to 150 grit. Pieces look good except for a few old stains deep in the wood that JUMP out at me. I did some research and learned oxalic acid will remove (bleach the wood) the stain. Another site says...

08-30-2010 04:28 AM

Milling without a jointer - 9 replies

Hi all – I’m new and tried this post on my home site… hope you all enjoyed it ha ha! I’ve got a lot to learn but this seems like a real good site. To the subject————- I’ve been working with expensive milled lumber because my workshop has limitations, a 24 X 24 space. It’s more then so...

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