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01-05-2017 05:31 PM

Inlay on stair treads for increased traction - 11 replies

I am about to embark on a project to refurbish the very old and worn down staircase in my house. I plan on making the stair treads out of maple. The treads will be roughly 9” wide, 36” long and 1” thick and I plan on routing a bullnose for the leading edge. The treads will be built out of glued up 2-3” maple boards. ...

03-17-2016 12:30 AM

Guitar repair - Advice needed - 4 replies

Due to what, I’m sure, is improper storing conditions, my acoustic guitar is showing some signs of distress. There is a small crack that has appeared in the top, but what is more troubling to me is that the back panel has become separated from the sides. I know there are some very talented members on LJ who specialize in guitars. I...

02-18-2016 08:33 PM

Looking for recommendations for hardwood floor finishing - 4 replies

I’ve slowly been renovating our old house. Ultimately, there will be new hardwood floors installed throughout the entire house. For a variety of reasons, the main floor will get done last, probably in a couple of years. However, in a couple monthes I’ll be doing the hallway upstairs and the stair treads. Ideally, I would like to i...

01-25-2016 04:03 PM

Mitered joints in casings opening up - what to do? - 9 replies

I have been rehabing our old house for the last couple years. During the course of this work, I have replaced almost all of the trim, including door and widow casings. None of the mitered joints are perfect, but I’ve improved as I have done more of these and changed my methods. The most recent ones, I assembled the casings, using glue a...

01-05-2016 09:29 PM

Choosing Veneer Type - 15 replies

I have agreed to help a friend build a media console. It’s a simple cabinet with sliding doors in the front. The plan is to build it out of plywood (glue and screws), veneer the sides and top, and paint the inside and shelves. The inspiration for this comes from a recent YouTube video by Jon Peters. I’ve never really worked ...

10-19-2015 06:52 PM

Golden Larch - 9 replies

Hi all, I just wanted to share with you all a tree that I just “discovered”. It’s a golden larch. A quick wikipedia read informs that it a deciduous coniferous tree. Which means that is a conifer tree that loses its leaves anually. Not a typical type of tree in New England. Interesting enough that I thought it was worth...

02-25-2015 08:11 PM

LED strips for shop lighting - 35 replies

Hi all, I just wanted to share with everyone something I tried, which in my opinion, worked quite well. My workshop is in the basement of an old house. Often times, it feels more like a cave than a shop. Anyways, I had several fluorescent light fixtures which provided a reasonable amount of light, but I had problems with shadows. I would ...


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