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  1. Pallets to planters

    I wanted to build some raised garden beds for a few reasons, one being to keep the dogs from digging in the beds and to keep them from naturally "watering" the plants. Also, for ease of maintenance. I started pricing cedar and redwood and decided to go the cheap route and found some great 4'x9'...
  2. Hotel front desk

    This is a desk I was asked to design for a hotel we built. The dark panels on the face are actually concrete that is make to look like wood. I made two forms out of rough lumber, left the saw marks in it, sprayed it with form release then experimented with stain. The dark trim is rough pine with...
  3. Mantle Clock

    I built this clock for my sister for Christmas. Made from quarter-sawn white oak and cherry. This is the first time I ever made a clock or worked with these two woods. I tried to fume the oak, but it didn't turn out the way I was hoping. I will have to tinker around with that method a little...
  4. Tage Frid inspired Three-Legged Stool

    I just finished a series of posts on the Craftsy woodworking blog about building a Tage Frid inspired three-legged stool. It was a challenging build from start to finish. These posts detail the whole process. My version is made of Ambrosia maple. Craftsy posts: Introduction...
  5. Rough lumber island

    First large scale project, I constructed a island for my kitchen using left over unplanned lumber from a house build. Added a small cubby to the side and embraced the rough, beat up look the lumber already had by leaving the gauges in the edges some pieces had.
  6. Woodworking Skill Share
    I got this wood from my wife's step-mom, she was having her neighbor store it in his garage otherwise I would have known about it sooner. It came some years ago from another neighbor she was friends with, a woodworker who passed away. She doesn't know what kind it is, and my only guess is some...
  7. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    Hey guys and thank you for all your help you've given so far! I'm trying to make hardwood strips for a project and keep running into the tool $ sinkhole. I want to cut ~40 strips of wood about say… 1.75" x 0.40" x 20". So started doing some research about this and was going to just buy...
  8. Wood & Lumber
    Hey lumberjocks! I found some many year old threads here where people have asked about pricing and it seems to have gone up from a few sources I've been able to verify. Anyways, I'm looking for a place that can sell me rough sawn American black walnut in mostly 4/4 FAS in Southern California...
  9. Wood & Lumber
    Hi Guys, Quick question. I am making end grain cutting boards. I am taking my rough lumber and starting at the jointer and running one face and side to get them flat. then I use my planer for the other face and the table saw for the last edge. my square shows all angles square and my calipers...
  10. Hand Tools
    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...
  11. Focus on the Workspace
    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...
  12. Wood & Lumber
    Last week I purchased over 600bf of 4/4 Hickory that has been sitting in a barn for the last 8 years. I've never really worked with Hickory but I've read that it can be difficult to work with. What are some of the challenges that it presents? I understand that it finishes real well, is that...
  13. Wood & Lumber
    Hi All, My home shop is small and I don't have a jointer. I do have a planer. What would be the best way to mill it? No sides are surfaced, entirely rough. Should I use a track saw or a table side first? What are the steps? There's a lot of youtube videos out there and everyone seems to...
  14. Wood & Lumber
    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...
  15. Woodworking Skill Share
    Here's what I think should be an easy question - Am I missing out by not having a Jointer? Currently I mill my own lumber with a Chainsaw mill, air dry it and then break down the boards with a Track Saw and lastly plane them with a benchtop Planer. I have heard that planning both sides of the...
  16. Woodworking Skill Share
    Hey Everyone, Just curious to hear if you rip each of your boards to the same width when milling for a table top or if you rip to the largest size for each board to reduce waste. Thanks!
  17. Woodworking Skill Share
    Hey guys, I was curious to see if anyone has a method for milling long and heavy boards. I have about eight 12' x 8" × 2.5" boards that I need to mill for a table top. I have an 8" jointer, 15" planer and table saw which normally get the job done. However, I was dying after attempting the...
  18. Blogs
    Taking a plunge After much debate, research, worry, hand wringing and borrowing my brother-in-laws tools, I finally bought a planer. I opted for a DeWalt 735. The decision was difficult and driving me mad. I read many reviews and many justifications for purchasing: 12", 15", 20" Straight...
  19. Blogs
    Which one would you choose? Hey all you LumberJocks out there. I am getting to ready to start a new project, which would you prefer to read about? A flag display case and shadow box, or an Arts and Crafts end table. Both will be made from a couple of oak trees a friend of mine had taken down...
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