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06-16-2019 01:09 PM

Been Practicing but could use some advice - 2 replies

After getting advice from my other thread about what I could do while waiting on my leg to heal, I started practicing some chip carving. I have a long way to go but I don’t think I’m doing all that bad so far. I am using a standard pencil for my layout lines which isn’t that helpful. I’ll be sure to use the mechanical ...

06-01-2019 09:57 PM

Incorporating Relief Carving into Other Wood - 1 reply

Based on your advice, I am going to start practicing my relief and chip carving skills while waiting for my leg to heal with an eye to my future projects I have in mind. All of the reading I have done states Basswood is the easiest wood to start off with for a beginner. Additionally, some harder woods like Walnut and Oak can be done but are a ...

05-28-2019 10:42 PM

Working with a broken leg - 20 replies

A few weeks ago I busted both of the bones in my lower left leg and had a plate surgically installed. I have been on no weight bearing for that leg since and thanks to the doctor’s attitude, I still have another month to go of toe-touch only pressure. I really need to get back into the shop and pick up on a couple of projects but am a bi...

05-15-2019 01:19 PM

Painting Small Pieces - 10 replies

I am planning a clock project that will contain two figurines (the USNS Comfort and the USS Finback fast attack submarine) which I’ll want to paint in their actual colors instead of a stain like I would normally do. I’m thinking of using poplar for the wood as I don’t want to waste my good wood under paint. Would it be best f...

02-24-2019 06:22 PM

Another Vintage Lathe Question - 5 replies

I have searched and read through the various threads on buying used lathes but will have to ask for your input one more time. I first learned how to use the lathe right before Christmas when I visited the Air Force Base’s hobby shop for a class (I’m retired military). I have since been out there a few times to practice turning spin...

01-06-2019 07:32 PM

Relief Carving with Purple Heart Wood - 8 replies

I have done some relief carving in the past but always with a softer wood – primarily Pine. As I want to use purple heart in the doors of a cherry makeup vanity desk that also contains a jewelry cabinet, I’m thinking of also doing some carving of a purple rose on one side and something else on the other. Can anyone tell me what to ...

03-09-2018 12:18 PM

Wood Choice For Horse Trailer Tack Room - 9 replies

I want to build a new Tack Cabinet for my horse trailer that will replace one I started on but never finished several years ago. Because it’s going to be indirectly exposed to the elements, I have been told I can use white oak but I wondered what other options I have. Has anyone built a project for an RV, Travel, or other type of trailer ...

02-05-2018 02:47 AM

Determining the Look of a Project? - 11 replies

How do you determine what router profile, shape, scroll work, etc. you will use for a particular project? Although I try to figure out something nice to go with mine, I would like to move away from the safe things and try something different. Unfortunately, I don’t always know what would look best or how to get something done without was...

01-13-2018 05:08 PM

Finishing a piece with a tenon - 4 replies

I’m building out the interior pieces of a jewelry box first and then will make the actual carcass soon. This is being done for space, to allow for the same lacquer finish but slightly different stains, and to ensure everything sits the way I want them to before glue-ups. One of the pieces will be attached to the carcass with a mortise an...

01-11-2018 04:20 AM

Forstner Bit or Hole Saw? - 8 replies

How do you decide which to use when you are wanting to drill a hole for a project? I tested both on a scrap piece tonight and think for this project I’ll use the forstner but a hole saw worked just as well.

01-01-2018 02:10 AM

Handheld Sabre Saw versus Table Version - 3 replies

I have an older handheld Craftsman Sabre Saw that I have used mostly for cutting slots in plywood but I want to try to make some more unique interior cuts on regular hardwood than I previously have done. Is there a problem using that saw or do I really need to fork out the money for a good table Scroll Saw?

12-09-2017 11:57 PM

Hinge Selection for any project - 4 replies

I’m in the designing stage of my next project and its potential complexity for me is causing me to look long and hard at all aspects of it. One of them is the hinge selections I’ll need to make of which there are going to be a few different types. As one example, I am going to include a lid that will raise up inside of another bo...

12-05-2017 12:25 PM

Attaching a Mirror to a Small Box Lid - 10 replies

I’m about at a finished point with the music boxes and looking to do a couple of things, one of which is to glue the mirrors on to the lids. I intend to stain the wood first with an Ebony color than glue the mirrors on. I found the posts mentioning “mirror glue” but the only stuff I can find locally is the Liquid Nails. As I...

11-24-2017 12:25 AM

Project Glue-ups in cold garage - 16 replies

I searched the forum before writing this and found some basic answers to my question but wanted to run one other question by you. Previously, any work I would do during any winter used to be in Albuquerque where even winters could stay in the 20s and 30s for evenings. Now that I live in Ohio, I haven’t done much work in the winter until ...

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