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07-12-2018 01:19 AM

should i age live oak wood before making live edge table? - 11 replies

Ladies & Gents, I have a neighbor that is going to be cutting down a large Live Oak tree. I’d like to use it to make a live edge table or something similar. I’ve never done this before mainly because I’ve never had the opportunity. I have skills, but this is new to me. Do I need to let it age/dry before doing this ...

01-31-2018 03:44 AM

timber framing with pegs question - peg sizes - 7 replies

I am building a workshop with joinery and pegs. I’ve been collecting the posts and beams and am about to get the foundation started. I am curious about pegs though. I’ve got 6” and 8” white oak beams that will be pegged. but what size pegs should I use? So say I use a 1” diameter peg, should I make the hole a ...

01-22-2018 02:49 AM

What kind of wood pegs do I use to peg white oak beams? - 11 replies

I’m building a workshop that is post and beam. I’d like to use joinery and pegs, but I was always told you use hardwood pegs to join softwood joints. Would hard wood joints take hardwood pegs if I lubed them up with wax?

01-21-2018 01:29 AM

Suggestions on a timber finish? - 8 replies

So I am building a post and beam workshop that will be 12’x20’ in my backyard. I have access to a lot of 6”x6”x8’ white oak beams for super cheap ($10 each!) and they are beautiful….or will be after I clean them up a hair. I had planned on treating them against moisture and pests the old fashion way grandp...

11-03-2017 04:00 PM

highest quality hand plane blades? - 7 replies

I would like to try my hand at making a wooden bench plane. I was curious who are some of the higher quality hand plane blade makers out there? Might as well start with the best blade possible! thanks all, chris mccollum

10-26-2017 12:31 AM

4 broken screws stuck in bowl! How do I remove them? - 6 replies

I searched the archives for this but can’t seem to find any advice on how to remove broken screws out of a bowl I’m turning. After they broke off, I looked at the box and they are cheap chinese screws that I used in error to mount the screw plate to the bowl part of a padauk and brazilian rosewood bowl I’m turning. The rosewo...

10-22-2017 02:57 AM

Need help on new PSI turnmaster commander - 8 replies

I met a guy that was retiring to Florida and was dumping woodworking equipment to young newbies like me for insane prices to help get youngins like me started. Incredibly generous of him i thought! So i got the PSI Turnmaster Commander, a $100 chuck, lathe table, and 16 different Rockler brand lathe tools of various kinds for $250. I got it...

10-08-2017 03:30 AM

Safe finish for hot liquids? - 21 replies

I looked through archives and didn’t find (or maybe I missed) the answer. I want to make plates, bowls, and cups for my family to actually use. Most of the time there will be hot foods and/or liquids in them. Does anyone have any final answers on a safe finish for these that won’t alter the taste? Or can point me to the right ar...

10-06-2017 02:53 AM

Pyrography machine that's NOT made in china? - 11 replies

I just need something simple to burn my name into the work. Would prefer a machine instead of a pen that just plugs into the wall. I’d prefer it be made in the US, but I don’t care which country its from except china. Everything I’ve ever bought that’s made there is crap.

10-06-2017 02:52 AM

Pyrography machine that's NOT made in china? - 2 replies

I just need something simple to burn my name into the work. Would prefer a machine instead of a pen that just plugs into the wall. I’d prefer it be made in the US, but I don’t care which country its from except china. Everything I’ve ever bought that’s made there is crap.

10-03-2017 04:03 AM

Need an orange colored wood for a project - 11 replies

So I want to turn a segmented Halloween bowl for my parents who always enjoy the kids coming around each year. I was thinking some African Ebony with some Bodark/Orange Osage but my orange osage isn’t very orange. Any thoughts on what a good wood would be for this?

08-31-2017 02:12 AM

What the heck?!....awesome! - 6 replies

I’m fairly certain that she may have built something out of wood, but I can’t remember what…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WewRQWNA-p4

08-30-2017 11:42 PM

What type of wood for an iphone speaker tube - 6 replies

I want to build something like this bamboo tube but out of something other than bamboo. Should I go with something more soft or hard? Should I keep the walls of the tube thick or is thinner better?

08-12-2017 08:30 PM

Storing finishes in corked glass jars - 9 replies

I searched the archives and didn’t find anything about this, but i was given a box of really cool looking glass jars with corked lids. Can I transfer all my solvents, stains, oils, etc into these and have them be stored safely and where they won’t go rancid? I live in Texas, so its damn hot and rarely gets below freezing. But IR...

08-05-2017 01:29 AM

question about drying a stump before carving - 18 replies

I saw a man cut a stump and then use hand tools to carve a large bowl. It’s obviously time lapsed, but can one just grab a newly cut stump or log and start carving it? Or do you have to let it dry out for a while first? I fear that cutting a bowl out a newly cut log would cause the bowl to split or crack once it dried.

07-31-2017 03:00 AM

Arts and crafts style in other countries? - 7 replies

Being new to woodworking, I’ve been reading about the arts and crafts style and sub-styles, but it made me wonder. What are some similarly gifted craftsman style woodworkers from other countries that are highly regarded and admired? I’ve read about Greene & Greene, Stickley, Ellis, F.L. Wright, et al, but who are some similar cra...

07-30-2017 02:59 AM

most common wood used for Craftsman style furniture - 13 replies

I’m new and learning about historical woodworking, but I haven’t figured out what kind of wood was most often used. Oak?

07-27-2017 03:20 AM

How to properly store wood - 27 replies

Hi there, I’m new here and am building a woodworking area on my soon-to-be enclosed back patio. I’m wondering how I should store the wood so that it doesn’t bow and twist in the intense north Texas heat and humidity. Surely everyone doesn’t keep their lumber stock air conditioned…. but again I’m new to woodw...


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