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09-11-2020 02:15 PM

"safe" woods to work with for outdoor furniture - 9 replies

A friend of mine is asking me to build them an outdoor table and bench set. I’m all-in, sounds like a fun project. However, I’ve really only ever worked with treated lumber for outdoor stuff, and it wasn’t exactly fine furniture. He was originally thinking Teak, until I talked him out of it due to the price. It really got m...

08-03-2020 08:02 PM

Disposing of old PVA glue? - 9 replies

I have a half a gallon of old Titebond II that I tried using recently and it just didn’t set well. I made some thicker drips and even a full day later it was still gooey in the middle. I’m assuming it should have been dried considering it’s summertime here in Michigan. It’s been sitting around for 2-3 years, so I’...

07-28-2020 02:12 AM

how would you fit this shelf panel? - 5 replies

I’m making a short credenza / entertainment center and it’s looking pretty good IMHO. I’m currently making the bottom shelf. I knew this was a question mark before I started but pushed on anyway figuring I’d think of something before I got to it, but here I am and I’m debating a couple options. Would you notch ...

05-04-2020 10:43 PM

Unsatisfied with my glue-up. Help? - 46 replies

I’m making these 4-piece legs for a credenza and I’m not happy with how my first leg turned out. Basically I used every clamp I had: I tried to wipe away or scrape off the glue as best I could either wet or once it skinned over, but it’s impossible to get it all with all these clamps. Also, when I took it out and s...

04-26-2020 02:16 AM

Jigsaw blade not perpendicular? - 20 replies

Is this normal? This is set with orbit off. I can’t find an adjustment for the guide bearing, and the manual doesn’t indicate one either. I did some sleuthing and found even the manufacturer stock images of this model show the same weird angle on the blade… I’m working on a gymnastics bar for my middle...

04-15-2020 07:21 PM

Questions on making a Moxon vise as my first - 17 replies

I don’t have a vise, but I really need one. I have some short pipes for my pipe clamps so I think I’m going to make a Moxon vise I can clamp to the top of my workbench. I was thinking I’d make it out of hard maple as I have a few more boards than I need for my list of other projects. Question is – should I add a R...

03-30-2020 02:40 PM

Mission-style credenza - how to switch to solid wood? - 4 replies

Before our recent quarantine I managed to pick up about 50bf of red oak for this project and many others, but I was saving my plywood purchases for a later date. Now that we’re all on lockdown, I’m really not interested in venturing out to get the plywood, even for a while after. I’m wondering if I need to table this idea (no...

03-30-2020 01:53 PM

Thinking about selling plans - 17 replies

No my name is not Ted. And I only have a handful for now. It occurred to me on one of my recent projects, based on the feedback I was getting, that people might actually be interested in knowing more details about my creations so they can make them themselves. I already make a sketchup model for just about everything I make, so taking it on...

03-30-2020 01:38 PM

Mirka Ceros leaving a heavy layer of dust - 5 replies

I recently tried sanding the finish off an old piece of plywood I got from a salvaged entertainment center – some kind of clear coat, likely an oil based poly, and a layer of stain. It was sort of working, but it was taking a long time, and I noticed a thick layer of dust on the surface as I went. I could wipe it with my hand and my whol...

03-22-2020 03:25 AM

Can't tighten table saw blade / dado stack - 9 replies

Hey everyone. I’m having a problem with my table saw arbor and nut. I have an old right tilt powermatic 63. For a while I couldn’t tighten my blades quite right but found it was because I use thin kerf blades and the threads on the arbor shaft end between that and a full width blade. So I added some shims from my dado stack and...

02-10-2020 02:18 PM

Incra Miter 1000HD flip stop feature? - 8 replies

I just recently got an Incra Miter 1000HD. Just had time to get it out of the box and drool over it a bit, and after reading the manual and looking around online in some forums and videos, I’m really wondering what these extra clips are for on the flip stop. Does anyone have any idea? I drew some blue arrows on the picture below: ...

12-16-2019 01:27 AM

quick finish recommendations? - 33 replies

I’m coming up on a deadline for a project and unfortunately I don’t have time for my typical varnish finish. This is going to be applied to my business card holders I have a few blog posts on. They will be sitting on a desk and rarely touched, so they don’t need a ton of protection. What I’m looking for is something ...

02-27-2019 08:08 PM

safety of curing (not drying) varnish smell? - 21 replies

On my wife’s request, I made some name signs for my boys to hang in their room now that two of them are sharing a room. They look cool, I think. One is cherry, one is stained red oak, one is clear maple. The maple is finished with water-based poly to keep as white as possible, and that’s more or less done doing what it’s goi...

02-17-2019 12:31 PM

Looking for a simple finish substitute for cherry - 8 replies

I’m making some wall signs for my kids, all different woods to represent their characters. For the cherry one, I want to copy the look of another cherry project I’ve done in the past: 1. Sand to 3202. Soak in BLO, wipe off excess3. Leave in direct sun for 4-8 hours4. Bring inside and let “cure” for a week5. Finish wit...

02-10-2019 03:49 PM

Removing paper template applied with spray adhesive on small parts? - 11 replies

Hey all, last time I tried this the parts were much bigger and I just sanded the paper off. The adhesive underneath really gummed up the sandpaper though (3M 45 general purpose). These parts are too small for a ROS this time, so I feel like removing with a solvent will be better anyway. Can I just soak in mineral spirits or acetone and peel i...

02-06-2019 01:52 PM

Wipe-on poly applicator of choice? - 32 replies

Saw the thread about removing dust after sanding between coats. Good stuff. My blue shop towels are failing me. I’m trying to build up a finish with Arm-R-Seal and the nubs are killing me. I eventually gave up and just put coat over coat (3 coats) thinking I would just sand before last coat, but the nubs are multiplying. At first I ...

02-04-2019 06:29 PM

best books about built-ins? - 8 replies

Looking to turn a back closet into a mud room with built-in locker style units for each of our family members. I’m a little uneasy about taking on a home trim type project with non-square walls and a settling floor. Does anyone have recommendations for books about built-ins? How-to’s, techniques, or even designs?

01-29-2019 02:22 PM

Sawstop price increase - 17 replies

Saw an ad from Rockler trying to drum up sales prior to a Sawstop price increase from the manufacturer. Confused, I checked out their site and sure enough, it’s true. https://www.sawstop.com/news ”Effective February 1st, USA prices on most SawStop saws and many SawStop accessories will increase. We continue to refuse to cut...

01-24-2019 04:34 PM

best 4" dust collection hose on amazon? - 13 replies

Hey everyone. I have a birthday coming up and family wants to know what to get me. They would prefer to buy on Amazon is all. I really need more/better DC. I have a 4-inch setup currently. I plan to upgrade to 6” in the future, but I can always reuse the 4” hose, so I thought I’d go that route as I’m still getting my ...

01-03-2019 02:33 AM

How to do cloud lifts on thick stock? - 9 replies

I’m about to start on a Greene and Greene inspired quilt rack. It has 2 long feet, a leg rising off the top of each foot with two stretchers going across, the top of which is a quilt bar. I’ll have 2 wings off the sides of each leg allowing for 2 more stretchers offset front and back for a total of 3 quilt bars. I have typical G...

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