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12-07-2015 12:35 PM

New boardfeet calculator - 12 replies

( a bit of a crosspost from the Canadian WW Forum ) Hey all! I made a simple boardfeet calculator app that I thought some of you might find useful. You can have a look here: Boardfeet. It’s pretty simple — just put in a board width in inches, a length in feet, a thickness and the price. The bottom, reverse part is what I like t...

06-15-2015 01:39 PM

Reproducing this oak finish - 4 replies

Hey all! Any ideas on what the treatment might have been on this oak desk? Also, is this oak quarter sawn? Or something else? I’ve never been huge on oak furniture — I never really like the big open pores and the tendency towards that orange-y finish. But I absolutely love the f...

06-15-2015 12:46 AM

Impossible to finish birch project - 3 replies

Hey all I’m having an absolutely impossible time trying to choose a finish for a birch plywood dresser refinish project. I’ve tried almost every combination I can think of: — just stain (5-6 kinds)— just gel stain (3-4 kinds)— just water-based poly, just oil-based poly— Danish oil — wood conditioner + all of the above — A Ch...

06-11-2015 01:25 PM

Table saw bogging down and stopping half way through cut - 50 replies

Hey all! I’m a beginner — the title of this post gave that away =) — and I have a beginner table saw question. I’ve got an old Delta contractor saw that my dad used to own — one with the tubular rails and the hard-to-true fence. When I rip even thin 3/4 stock, my saw gets really bogged down. By the time I get to a 3-4 foot ...

06-10-2015 06:53 PM

Joint a 2x4 without a jointer - 16 replies

Hey guys I’ve been wanting to make a few table saw sleds for a while now, but I don’t have a jointer for flattening the front/back fences. I recently picked up a planer, but quickly realized (as you all will know) that you can’t directly flatten boards with a planer. Sad. I’ve seen videos on complicated sleds for bo...

05-26-2015 11:38 PM

Squaring up a new (to me!) Delta XL-10 - 3 replies

Hey all! So! My dad had an woodworking shop when I was growing up and still has all his old tools. He no longer works at that, and he and mom have since moved away, so all the tools are just lying around. As I get more room for them, I’m going to adopt an 8” General jointer, a 24” General planer and a few other big pieces of...

05-21-2015 04:27 PM

Worth buying a paint sprayer? - 8 replies

Hey all! I’ve got a TON of painting to do at our new house. Basically every single room needs (/wants)to be painted over the next while. I’ve also got a large-ish deck, some outdoor furniture, and I’m getting into more and more woodworking projects. Questions: 1. Are paint sprayers “worth it”? By which I ...

05-20-2015 02:01 PM

Is this a Delta Unisaw? - 25 replies

I’ve been hearing an awful lot about these mythical Unisaws =) I found this Delta for sale here (somewhat) locally. Is it a Unisaw? also: is in worth $2000? I’m thinking that price is a little high.

05-19-2015 04:31 PM

King table saws? - 7 replies

Any Canadians here got experience with King table saws? They’re a pretty compelling option if they’re any good. I saw this 2hp model at my local supplier a few weeks ago for around $1100CAD. Any experience with them? ps:...

05-18-2015 12:21 PM

Small footprint mitre saw - 10 replies

Hey all! So…. a few years back, I bought a Makita LS1017LX1. This guy here: Back then, I never had anywhere to set it up but outside, so I’d do all of my project cutting on the front lawn or deck. I never realized how big the footprint of thi...

05-14-2015 07:13 PM

Tips on achieving this completely matte finish? - 3 replies

Hey guys! I discovered West Elm a few nights ago and I got to say — I’m hooked! I want to try and reproduce almost everything on the site! In my week or so of experimenting with different finishes, I’ve learned a ton! Conditioners, gels, stains, oils, etc. None of what I’ve played with so far have gotten me to this Wes...

05-11-2015 09:43 PM

Finishing basics - 17 replies

[ This is a crosspost from Canadian Woodworking forum ] Hey all! I’m just getting started with woodworking and am having a real hard time trying to find some good info about finishing. There’s no shortage of info out there, but it all seems contradictory and all over the map. The details: I’d say 90% of my projects ...

05-08-2015 05:23 PM

Identify this plywood? - 8 replies

I’m sanding this dresser that my dad made years ago. He thinks it must be maple. Look right? Thanks guys!!

04-11-2015 04:32 PM

Built-in Bookcase material - 1 reply

Hey all! I want to build in a large bookcase(s) into my wife’s basement office. It’ll be about the size of these here: I’m wondering about what material to use. I’ll be painting the bookcases white, just like in that link. He...

04-01-2015 02:21 AM

Requirements for basic setup under $2,000 - 28 replies

Hey everybody! We just bought a new house and it has a workshop in the basement! Success! I can’t wait to start working on some simple projects. I’m wondering what you all think a good basic setup is for a beginner. I’ll start with what I already have, and then look at some ideas for what else I would need: I have a...

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