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  1. Woodworking Skill Share
    I'm in middle of a project which consists of a tree and river set onto a plain pine board. For the tree trunk, I used my scrollsaw to cut individual sections of the trunk, then sanded the corners so when they were placed together, there were these grooves all over the trunk. Any techniques to...
  2. Hand Tools
    I am making a cutting board using nicely figured 6/4 walnut, entirely with hand tools. This will be a face grain cutting board to show the figure rather than an end grain board. I would like to cut a finger groove in the ends, but I don't have a power router. What is the best technique to...
  3. Woodworking Skill Share
    Hey LJ's, I am looking for a good site or youTube video on cutting sliding dovetails. I intend to use non-powered hand tools. Tommy Mac showed instructions for a small ramp fixture for cutting tails for the face of the drawer dividers on his toolbox, but I wonder if someone has developed the...
  4. Woodworking Skill Share
    I was curious as to how you guys sand your end-grains and edges on your projects. I recently made a couple of prayer kneelers as gifts, and I rounded over all the edges with my router - i had trouble sanding them down with out deforming the perfectly round edges. Any tricks you guys use? Also...
  5. Designing Woodworking Projects
    I was thinking about methods of joinery that I have not yet attempted, and it's a long list, believe me! More specifically, I was thinking about attempting keyed miter joints. I was walking around the lumber store and saw the bins of dowels sitting there and that got me thinking: What about...
  6. Woodworking Skill Share
    I was at Jamestown VA this past week and saw this period trunk. The photos are of a dovetail technique I have never seen. It may have been common for the time, but I can't picture how it was done. Anyone ever cut theirs like this? Were they trying to increase glue surface?
  7. Woodworking Skill Share
    It seems so perfect that there is no way it was hand carved.. I saw this and I can't figure out how i would do it. Any guesses on how this might be done. I just think it is really cool.
  8. Finishing
    Hi - Can someone give me an idea on what stain they think was used here on the crate? I was thinking dark walnut. Also trying to figure out the technique to get the swirls in the lighter stain variation.
  9. Woodworking Skill Share
    I recently was asked by some friends to build them a very simple cabinet for their laundry room that they ultimately wanted to paint. I choose 3/4" plywood knowing that I would have to cover the edges somehow (something I haven't done before). I used the iron-on edge banding to cover the...
  10. Woodworking Skill Share
    Guys, I wanted to share some of my troubles this weekend… I was attempting to cut a dove tail groove in a piece of maple. It should look like this model… however, I really struggled with a couple different issues… I had entry side and exit side tear out: And at a certain point, the bit...
  11. Finishing
    I have some wooden garage doors that are some type of Vineer with a stain and topcoat finish. Some of the areas are beginning to get an alligator look and so I need to repair the finish and don't want to strip and refinish the whole door. Someone told me about mixing matching stain and Polly...
  12. Finishing
    I want to match this finish: http://www.ontariobuildingsupplyinc.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/500x500/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/t/f/tf63404.jpg Any ideas?
  13. Woodworking Skill Share
    Question: Is it a 'newbie' mistake to sand too aggressively? I always thought sanding was a long, hard job, but it seems to me, the lighter and softer I sand, the better my results are. Does that sound right? (Btw, I'm talking about hand sanding the inside of router bowls and trays.) My...
  14. Finishing
    Edited Fellow Lumberjocks! Recently had an order for a round table, 72" diameter, 36" tall. The only wood I could find that was kiln dried at a decent price was Poplar. The client wants it to be a milk chocolatey brown color. see legs of table in image What color stain or dye would work best for...
  15. Woodturning
    About two years ago I had to cut down a large bush. I saved the base that looked like it would make an interesting vase. It's been sitting in the shop ever since. What I would like to do is turn the outside up to the point that the branches come out then hollow out the center as much as...
  16. Safety in the Woodworking Shop
    I have several sections of walnut with large voids I'd like to use as frames for nature photos. Asking if it is safe to run these through the planer, and f so, what methods should I use. Two of tge voids are closed (just big hole in middle of the boards). Two are open on one edge - gap on open...
  17. Blogs
    Scary Sharp Method so just like every other woodworker at one point (what's up with the other every other woodworkers is beyond me…) I was researching and learning about ways to sharpen my chisels, planes, and other blade tools in the shop. Since I am the weekend warrior at this point, and I...
  18. Blogs
    7 Books on Boxes Boxes and boxmaking have always been popular subjects for many hobby woodworkers. What other project type offers such variety in technique, finish, and final application? A box project can often be completed in a weekend, and noone can ever say they have too many boxes! The...
  19. Blogs
    Cool Websites for Woodworkers I today discovered Cian Perez's page, The Index of Fossil-Fuel-Friendly Woodworking Knowledge. This site is chock full of links and articles on using hand tools. A page is also available for power tools. Cian has gathered information from numerous sources and...
  20. Blogs
    Templates So, between TreeFrogFurniture.BlogSpot.com and Robert Lang's book "More Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture", I decided that the corner of our dining room could stand an accent table. TreeFrog has built two different styles, so I "borrowed" the plans for the one I liked (he posted...
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