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10-27-2013 03:07 PM

My laminations suck, am I cheating or just new? - 21 replies

I promised myself 5 maple cuttingboards by the end of October. I have the time to finish them even if I have to toss out (into the bin for other projects) all the awful laminations I have so far, which may be the case. This is almost certainly going to evoke facepalms and groans of “you doofus.” I’ve been buying those 1&...

10-10-2013 02:13 AM

maple cross-cut tearout - 11 replies

I’m at my wit’s end here. I’m sure this is a simple problem that I’m the last person to have unsolved. The goal is end grain cutting boards. I laminate maple 1”x2” staves side by side for what I refer to (for lack of a better term) as the primary lamination, leaving me with what one might call “a ...

01-01-2012 06:07 PM

Filling gaps in maple cutting boards? - 2 replies

Try though I might, I can only run my hastily made cutting boards through the planer so many times before I end up with fancy sheets of paper. Is there something I can use to fill the couple gaps that are just too big to ignore in a maple board that’s safe for food? The product descriptions all talk about how sturdy the stuff is, whi...

12-17-2011 08:04 PM

Botched my lamination. Tightbond III in the planer? - 11 replies

So I screwed up in my haste. Unfortunately my first maple cutting board went off without a hitch, so I’m not sure how to contend with this pair of issues. In trying to get everything clamped before the glue set (and before dinner time) I made two mistakes: 1) I didn’t wipe off the excess glue that squnched out the bottom of th...

12-08-2011 07:53 AM

Toy block dimentions? - 2 replies

So my sister now has three adorablicious little munchkins. Six months up to four years. It occurred to me that it would be fun (and squarely within my skill level) to make a set of wooden blocks for them and a box to keep them in. I’ve spent a dizzying amount of time online looking for something that would constitute a “standard&#...

10-27-2011 05:10 PM

Plane(s) for the new guy? - 23 replies

Ok, it’s been a few months now. I’ve bought… nevermind. It’s insane what I’ve bought. Most of it has gone to pretty good use, a box or two here, a cubby-dresser system for clothes, a 2” thick end-grain maple board, etc. I need a plane. If I judged by the few books I’ve read so far, I need eleventy ...

09-03-2011 06:47 AM

Solid-core door top desk, structural needs - 19 replies

Heya, I’ve been looking around at plans for workbenches and desks for a while and finally settled on picking up a solid-core door to use as the top for what will essentially be a computer desk (I like lots of desktop real-estate.) I’m perfectly content to have a rough 4×4 or 2×4 based construction. I’m really no...

08-06-2011 05:20 PM

Sanding/Planing and the ultimate n00b question. - 12 replies

So I’ve read an awful lot here and elsewhere. Beginning books on woodworking, magazine articles, etc. And it’s distinctly possible I’m either sailing over a few details without realizing it or they are so basic as to not be worth writing down. Let’s say my goal is an 18” square piece of 1” pine. IR...

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