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08-31-2015 03:54 PM

Need help cleaning old wood - believed to be smoking residue - 8 replies

I have a picture of me an infant that is printed on wood. The picture is covered in these random brown spots. My parents were smokers (hey, it was the 1970s after all) and my dad believes that it is smoke residue and nicotine on the piece. Are there any recommendations on how to clean it without damaging or destroying the pictures?

01-09-2015 02:50 PM

Repairing stain damage made by rubbing alcohol - 4 replies

A friend is looking for a way to repair a stain on a table. She said she spilled rubbing alcohol on the table. It looks to me like the table had varnish or lacquer on it, plus teh stain, and the alcohol dissolved it all. What are the options to repair, if any? Thanks in advance.

12-29-2014 03:04 PM

Cutting a circular top - 12 replies

Recently, I acquired some pieces of 1 3/4 oak and I want to make a circular top out of it. What is going to be the best way to cut the top? 1. I have looked into a circle cuttlng jig and spiral bits for my router. Bits that cut to 1 3/4 are a bit expensive (pun intended) but I am willing to do it if that is best. 2. I could rough cut it ...

12-18-2014 08:23 PM

Opinions on Membership type shops - 17 replies

It is dangerous to ask people their opinion but here goes - What is your take on the membership type shops, where you pay a monthly subscription to use the shop? Where I live ( NW Louisiana) I keep running into other woodworkers but none of us are connected . There is not a place or group for us to learn, grow, share, kick rocks, or commise...

09-11-2014 02:53 PM

Building outdoor shutters - 2 replies

I have been asked to build some replacement shutters. These are west facing and get some water from a sprinkler system, so we are having problems with rot and fading. There is not much to do about the fading (any recommendations?). But the rot can be addressed. I am thinking of using cedar or cypress, painting it with Kilz, and then some ou...

04-18-2014 02:16 PM

Buying hardware in bulk from overseas supplier - 14 replies

A local brewery has asked me to build a bunch of taps for them. The taps handles are easy but the prices on the ferrule and hangerbolt are outrageous. Rockler sells them for $4.99. I can buy the parts separately though other sites, but the price for the hardware is still around 3.50, but I cannot find a supplier with bulk discounts. So i fo...

12-27-2013 08:08 PM

What is the best sharpening system - 16 replies

I am considering upgrading from my Lansky and wet stones to a powered sharpening system. I mainly would need to sharpen picket knives, chisels, kitchen knives, and planes. Tormek, Grizzly, Worksharp, Sorby, modified bench grinder, etc. all look to do the same job, but what do you find is the best system for sharpening? I want some advise from ...

10-17-2011 02:40 AM

Finishing old pine - 13 replies

I am building a table for my wife out of old pine that was salvaged from an old school house. The beam that I had resawn was 5”x8”x14’! It was a massive piece of history! Pics will be posted once I complete it. I need some tips on finishing old pine. There is a fair amount of pine sap/tar in the wood so I am wondering if ...

03-21-2011 11:23 PM

Need someone to resaw a beam but no one will help me! - 22 replies

I have long read about the beauty found in using resawn boards from old buildings. Well, over the weekend, a friend gave me a 3 large beams to use on a new kitchen table for my wife. The three beams are old grown pine – the longest – approximately 5.5”x8”x90” and shortest 5.5”x8”x50”. Talk abou...

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