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09-20-2020 06:09 PM

Workshop office framing question - 12 replies

Hello fellow jocks. I’ve got a 30×50 metal shop with concrete floor. I’ve decided to build an office into one end, but want to utilize the space above the framed in office for storage. My question is, to make a safe floor on the second level, do I need to frame the office in 2×6 or will 2×4 walls be sufficiently strong to suppo...

05-01-2015 10:06 PM

Removable table top - 4 replies

Ok LJ’s. I would appreciate your help. I’m building a trestle table for a friend. The top is 6/4 oak slab, built up from 8” wide boards, without an apron. The top is 40×75”. He asked if it was possible to make the top removable, for moving (military family). I’m a bit unsure of how to accomplish this withou...

04-18-2015 05:43 PM

Red oak prices - 7 replies

I haven’t worked with oak much at all, but I have a comission for a dining table in red oak. I found 6/4 red oak (not quarter sawn) for $1.40 a bft. Seems like a great price… Should I buy up all they have?

04-17-2015 07:01 PM

Board foot calculations - 14 replies

Hey LJ’s. Hoping for some simple help. I’ve been building furniture for about 3 years now, but hav always bought wood from the box stores, and have never done board foot calculations for a big project. I’m building a dining table, with a 1.5 inch thick 40×75 in topthe base is very similar to the pic ive attached...

04-14-2015 04:22 PM

Opinion on MDF as a table top Core - 18 replies

I have a new comission for a dining table, 42×76 top, in oak. All of my previous table tops have been pine. I am contemplating starting with a 1/2 or 3/4 sheet of MDF, wrapped in 3/4 oak. This table is for a military couple who will be moving to alaska, and then overseas afterwords, and they want something to hold up over many m...

10-20-2013 07:21 AM

Seeking advice on door construction - 17 replies

I’ve been tinkering with the idea of replicating some old (100yr+) doors. I’m trying to make a decision on construction type. I don’t want to do laminated, because the edges of the door would give away that it is new construction. Traditional r&s doesn’t fit the look I’m going for. Think old castle doors. I...

03-15-2013 10:49 PM

Can I put a standard blade on a "re-saw" bandsaw - 8 replies

Hey jocks, I need a little help. I’ve never owned a bandsaw larger than little harbor freight table top version. My uncle is moving out of the country, and has offered to make me a great deal on his hitachi re-saw bandsaw. He currently has a 2 1/2 inch resaw blade on it. What I’m needing to know is if I can put a standard 1/4 or ...

12-11-2012 06:25 AM

Need table saw help - 11 replies

My 25 year old Delta (not impressive) TS finally died. Have found a 10ish year old jet right tilt cabinet saw on craigslist for $950. The best I can tell is it is a jet jtas 10-1, from around 2002. Was in a commercial cabinet shop. Not sure if it is 3hp or 5. Any ideas on value, or generally is this a good/bad/great deal, assuming TS is in ...

02-02-2009 12:53 PM

any points I need to know on working with antlers - 6 replies

A friend of mine offered me a fair sized pile of deer antlers that he picks up during hunting season. I’ve seen lots of great pieces that incorperate antlers, but I’ve never made any. I’m not sure if I should even take them, Is there anything I need to know about antlers? can they be machined? Are they safe to work w...

01-18-2009 01:59 PM

dumpster diving anyone? - 16 replies

As I’ve been familiarizing myself with the LJ’s I’ve been amazed at the ingenuity of Lumberjocks at finding tools, machines, parts and lumber. So I’m curious, how can I expand my ability to bring home nice wood, and tools, beyond the BORG, my local Woodcrafters, and local lumbar yards. Tell me your best advice, stories,...

01-16-2009 02:32 PM

Yates American Table saw - 9 replies

OK, looking through craigslist and found a listing for a yates american g-89 table saw that looks to be in incredible condition. From what I’ve seen looking arround the price seems really good too, but I know nothing about Yates american. Anybody out there that can educate me?? If you are interested, the listing is here—-> http...

01-16-2009 01:13 PM

drying lumber - 5 replies

I was watching Keith Cruickshanks video on Craig Vandall Stevens @ (thanks for the great website Keith.) and I noticed that Craig had some cut lumber stacked and drying outside, uncovered, in what looks like an area that gets at least a fair ammount of rain fall (really green and lots of trees). does this prolong the drying ...

01-16-2009 08:01 AM

finishing question - 2 replies

Just another newbie question… I’m contemplating my first project with contrasting woods, probably bubinga and maple (ive seen it a few times together, and I love the contrast). My question is, when finishing, do I apply the same finish to the entire project? or do I need to pre-finish the different species seprately? Thanks...

01-15-2009 09:35 AM

shop design help please - 4 replies

LJ’s My wife finally got the new house she has been wanting (yep, I’m there too). There is, however a noted lack of out building or room for such. That means I get 1/2 of a 21×23 garage for my shop. I thought I had most of my issues of placement figured out, untill today. (I’m new to LJ’s and haven’t p...

01-14-2009 11:20 AM

hand cutting dovetails - 9 replies

LJ’s I’ve been woodworking for a few years now, but only just got interested in hand tool work. I’m very interested in learning to hand-cut doevtails, and have been doing research. Lots of articles recently (last several months really) on japanese pull saws for dovetails. Anybody have opinions on this, and more specific...

01-14-2009 09:18 AM

milling question - 17 replies

I’m brand new to LJ’s, but impressed with the ammount of knowledge I’ve seen in a few days looking.Here is my question: I have a huge tree in my yard that needs to be taken down. I believe its elm. I’m talking probably 6’ diameter, has to be 60 years old. I’ve never attempted to mill any wood myself. ...

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