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08-13-2019 11:43 PM

2X6X8' Board tapered both edges on a table saw? - 14 replies

Dear fellow lumberjocks,I am making a trebuchet throw arm from an 8’ 2X6. I need to taper about 6’ of it on both edges, leaving the stronger width at the other end for the axle and counterweight. Need about 2” wide on the narrow end of my taper. I have looked at the table saw taper jigs that follow the material all the way thro...

10-03-2016 04:25 AM

Call for advice - dust collection - 4 replies

I can’t claim to be a novice any more, but I still need some advice on a shop decision, and LJ has never disappointed me. Have a look at my present dust collection and separation system. Don’t get a hernia laughing at it, I already know how dorky it looks. I have a very crowded 10’ x 20’ foot shop, and I need to move everything I can off ...

01-18-2014 09:04 PM

Accordion legs for workstation cart? - 4 replies

Anybody out there ever heard of spring-loaded accordion legs for a workstation? Neither have I, but that’s a solution I dreamed up for my own shop. I just don’t have a good idea how to do it. My shop is small, so my large tools are on mobile bases. I want to add more tools, but need a place to store them when not in use. Right now...

05-17-2012 03:49 AM

Dumb question about compound miters - 5 replies

I would like to know the answer to what seems like a simple question about compound mitering, but I feel a bit dumb having to ask it. I have checked the faqs on compound miters but cannot find anything but information about crown molding, which isn’t my issue. If you know of a good reference source that will answer my question, please post...

02-03-2012 04:32 AM

Question: Sequence to Square & Clamp Dresser Components - 2 replies

I’m building a tall dresser for loml and am trying to figure out a good sequence for assembling, clamping and gluing up the side panels, face frame and back panel and still have it come out square. My thought was to screw the back panel (3/8” plywood) into the rabbets along the back edge of the side panels. That will give me a thr...

12-08-2011 09:50 PM

What do you use for masking glue joints? - 2 replies

What do you folks use to mask a glue joint when finishing before glue-up? I have heard the glue from masking tape can spoil the absorption of glue. I have some masking fluid I use for masking watercolor paper. It works very well and doesn’t leave any residue (it can’t or would show up in spades in a watercolor). What is your be...

11-27-2011 12:17 AM

Question on panel alignment - 13 replies

I have had trouble getting panels to line up properly during glue-up. I tried some homemade cauls. They help, but I still get some pretty serious ridges from board misalignment. I have a good router table and a slot cutter. Would it work to run a slot along the edge of each board to be joined, then insert a custom-cut strip in the slot betwee...

10-02-2011 09:55 PM

Question on Purchase of Finish Sprayer - 11 replies

I just finished making a new daggerboard for my son’s sailboat. I used a special marine-grade white polyurethane for the finish, but I don’t have any paint spray equipment. I ended up getting the “Preval” paint sprayer at Home Depot, and was impressed how well it worked. But I think it’s time for me to get a bet...

09-02-2010 10:57 PM

Need advice on painting poplar - 2 replies

I made some raised panel cabinet doors out of poplar with the idea of painting them. They were to replace some old doors that were looking seedy. Before assembly I primed the new doors with an alkyd-based primer. Then after assembly I painted with an oil-based enamel…which promptly peeled off. It just wouldn’t stick. I let each of bo...

07-20-2010 07:54 PM

Where to start in buying chisels? - 28 replies

Please share your opinion with me about how I should go about accumulating a set of reasonably good chisels for my woodshop. I am relatively new to woodworking, and don’t usually acquire tools until I see the need. LOML recently gave me a Worksharp WS3000 for Father’s Day and I have enjoyed sharpening my two stanley chisels, a 1/...

06-01-2010 07:42 PM

WW Gender Question - 45 replies

A female neighbor of mine learned from my wife that I had taken up woodworking. On a recent visit to my home she asked if she could see my shop, which I was proud to show, even though it was (and usually is) a mess. She seemed really interested and asked lots of questions about how certain projects could be done. She said she wished she could...

05-12-2010 10:39 PM

Attaching panel side of French cleat? - 1 reply

Background: I am making a hybrid presentation board for an office, and plan to use a French cleat to mount it on a concrete block wall. The panel is actually two frames, mounted two deep and connected along a vertical edge with a piano hinge. Panels within these frames are .25” ply with magnetic (metal) white board glued to them. Both fram...

03-01-2010 11:07 PM

mitered half-lap advice? - 1 reply

I need to make a large frame for a hybrid presentation panel, and have decided to use the mitered half-lap for the corners because of its combination of appearance and strength. Problem is, I’ve never made one before and there are apparently a zillion ways to do it. I watched the Woodsmith video that describes the table saw method, and ...

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