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05-13-2020 11:08 PM

Shelf Grain Direction & Wood Movement Help - 4 replies

Hey guys, Quick question, I was curious which direction I should orient the grain of a shelf if it will be seated in a dado on each side? I made a small step stool for practice a couple months back and was worried if I glued the end grain in place on the dados the board would expand/contract and cause the whole thing to twist. So for the stoo...

12-04-2019 07:17 PM

Cupped Slab - 31 replies

Hey guys, have a quick question but first the backstory. I purchased a slab online that was preflattened prior to shipping and was cautious of it twisting or warping on me once I got it. Prior to getting it I got a humidity/temp reader to check the info for the room it will live then took it to my garage to compare. My garage is heated 24/7 and ...

11-04-2019 10:37 AM

Use of plywood in furniture? - 57 replies

Hey guys, I just had a quick question that I wanted to get your opinions on. What do you think about using plywood in furniture? I see a lot of guys online that will build credenzas, side tables and a few other things with veneered ply and edge band it with solid wood. I know plywood can be more stable and less labor intensive to mill but ...

08-15-2019 03:25 AM

Cabinet Face Frames - 20 replies

Hey guys, I had a question about face frames and wanted to get your opinions. I’m building a set of built in cabinets with face frames. One cabinet side is completely against the wall and the other side is partially against a fireplace hearth while a majority of it is exposed. My question is, if I size my cabinet say 1” smaller...

07-14-2019 09:31 PM

Attaching plywood bookshelf to stone counters - 11 replies

Hey guys, I’m building a set of builtin cabinets for a client. Basic two door lower cabinets, counter top and bookshelf on the top. For this build the lower cabinets are built separately from the bookshelves. The entire construction is 3/4” poplar ply with solid poplar doors and face frame. Here’s where my question comes ...

05-24-2019 07:16 PM

Ways to become comfortable with your pricing - 17 replies

Hey guys, I recently posted on calculating overhead and talked about how I came up with my price when quoting. I’m now hoping you might be able to offer advice on being comfortable with your pricing. My pricing is materials, labor, overhead and profit. Let’s say 20% profit as my start. In my previous post there were a lot of...

05-06-2019 09:15 PM

Calculating Overhead & Shop Rate - 27 replies

Hey guys, I just submitted my first official quote for my business and I wanted to get your thoughts regarding overhead and shop rates. I’m a one man shop and operate out of a one car garage on our property so in reality my overhead isn’t too crazy. The only fixed costs for overhead I have are insurance and electric, everything...

03-26-2019 05:56 PM

Separate Shed for Lumber Storage - 13 replies

Hi all, Just planning my future shop, it’s not happening anytime soon but why not start planning now? Ha. I wanted to see what thoughts were on storing lumber in a separate shed/building than your workshop. My original thought was it would be great for saving workspace but I wasn’t sure how the lumber would acclimate. If I brou...

03-16-2019 03:11 AM

Boards warping quickly after milling - 21 replies

Hey everyone, I was working on milling some 2×8 boards for a shelf as well as some dividers. The boards had been in my shop for almost a week prior to milling. I started by running flattening one face on the jointer, then planing down to final thickness. However, when I went back to the jointer to square up one edge almost all the boards...

01-20-2019 07:00 PM

Milling Over Multiple Days - 4 replies

Hey guys just wanted to get your opinion on this and see what your thoughts were on the topic. I saw on a few videos that a guy recommends milling your lumber (jointing/planing) over multiple days. Basically flattening and squaring up the boards, letting them sit to allow any stresses to release and then milling them a second time to get them...

10-01-2018 02:12 AM

Jet Pro Shop Table Saw Arbor Not Spinning - 9 replies

Hey guys, I recently picked up a used Jet Pro Shop table saw and ran into an issue today. I was ripping through some 2 by material and the blade came to a complete stop but the motor was still running and there was almost a squealing sound. I tried reproducing this multiple times to figure out what was going on, I found the belt tension was a...

07-20-2018 07:32 PM

Seeking Mentorship Cincinnati, OH Area - 8 replies

Hey everyone, I’m reaching out to hopefully find someone that might be willing to help. I have been woodworking for a couple years now and so far all of my knowledge has been gained through online sources. While I have learned a lot I am wanting to try and push my fine woodworking skills to the next level and believe for me personally I...

05-18-2018 11:37 PM

Rough Lumber Milling Process - 9 replies

I currently have an 8” benchtop jointer along with a planer and table saw to do my milling. However I have constantly had issues with squaring my boards using the jointer. I’m rather new with this machine and have gone through and checked the setup and everything and have come to the conclusion I am just doing something wrong. I am p...

04-20-2018 01:18 PM

Pricing for Custom Desk - 5 replies

I just had a friend of mine reach out wanting me to build her a custom desk. Something simple with 4 drawers and metal pipe legs. I’ve recently been reading through posts here about coming up with your shop rate and also have read on other places on the web about establishing a flat day rate. I asked for her budget and she mentioned someth...

03-08-2018 02:29 PM

Round Table Design Help/Advice - 5 replies

Hey everyone, My soon to be mother-in-law is wanting me to build her a new kitchen table. She has some requests that I am having trouble figuring out the best way to approach them. Her current table is a square bar-height table that seats 8 people. The thing I’m struggling with is she wants the new table to be bar height, seat 8 peop...

08-26-2017 09:41 PM

Truing rough lumber with hand plane for table top - 10 replies

I am wanting to make a larger sized coffee table and the due to the dimensions my benchtop jointer cannot handle the length of the boards. I recently purchased a hand plane and started putting a straight edge on each of my boards. The idea I had was to get a straight edge on each board, rip another straight edge on the table saw, glue up the top...


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