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10-14-2009 08:37 PM

How would you square this leg? - 4 replies

I’m making some bent laminated legs for a table and trying to figure out how to trim and square them once they come out of the bending form. There’s squeezeout all over them and try as I might the edges of the plies aren’t quite even. I want the final leg to have a rectangular cross section. This is the first time I’ve...

09-21-2009 02:41 PM

Walnut or maple? - 9 replies

I’m building a pub table as a wedding present. I know that the recipients like “dark wood” as they describe it, so I’m debating between walnut and maple stained dark. Does anyone have any thoughts on the relative pros and cons of these two woods? Here’s the way I see it. I’m sure you guys will be able to...

06-08-2009 04:27 PM

Glass table top thickness - 3 replies

I’m designing a pub table as a wedding present, and have a question about what thickness I should use for the glass table top. The design will be conceptually similar to this table witha 24” diameter piece of glass supported all around the circumference by the bordering wood. The clear part of the top will be layered like this f...

12-23-2008 07:58 PM

Brad nailer capacity - 15 replies

What size brad nailer do you guys have/recommend?I’m starting to shop around, and see a bunch at the 1 1/4” size and a bunch at the 2”+ size. I’m trying to determine if it’s worth the extra money for the bigger capacity, or if the smaller size is really all that’s necessary.I would anticipate using it mostly ...

11-20-2008 04:50 AM

When to burn signature? - 12 replies

Although I don’t have one of those branding iron things, I’m toying with the idea of signing my name with my soldering iron. The question for the experts is: when in the grand scheme of the project should I do this?I’m guessing post-sanding/pre-finishing since I don’t want to sand it away and don’t want to burn the...

09-16-2008 03:05 AM

Edge banding MDF top - 23 replies

I’m in the process of building a version of the FWW Getting Started in Woodworking bench and want to modify it a little by wrapping hardwood around the MDF top (3/4” MDF doubled up into a 1 1/2” top). Looking for advice from the forum experts about how to go about this. I’m thinking right now of just routing the edge ...

07-15-2008 12:55 AM

Basement shop - dealing with the furnace - 6 replies

I’ve managed to convince the wife to let me have part of the basement as a shop area while I try to figure out what this woodworking thing is all about. The room is about 14’ square, with appx 4×4’ in the far corner occupied by our incredibly ancient gas furnace. I’ve been reading that there is the potential for fi...

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