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PresentFilter: coffee-table book of furniture?

I have a relative who's a woodworker and carpenter, a very visual and creative guy. I was thinking a nice Christmas gift would be some kind of book of interesting / unusual / beautiful furniture, for browsing and inspiration. Any recommendations? (ideally available on amazon prime...)
posted by gold-in-green on Dec 22, 2016 - 12 answers

How do I get better at sketching out ideas I have in my head?

I have a hard time planning things so when I go about building something I mostly make it up as I go along. I would like to change this. How can I get better at taking an idea I have in my head and sketching it out on paper? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Nov 3, 2016 - 10 answers

Recommend me a quiet wet/dry vac

I'd like to purchase a wet/dry vac (aka shop vac) that is effective, well made, and relatively quiet. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Oct 25, 2016 - 9 answers

Looking to buy or make a flask shaped like a gavel.

For Reasons, I have decided that the perfect Christmas present for my dude would be a wooden gavel that doubles as a flask. Surprisingly, the internet is not providing for me here. [more inside]
posted by frizzle on Oct 16, 2016 - 4 answers

What is this metal thing keeping my deck together?

Just moved into a new place, and low and behold, I noticed several planks of my deck walls have come loose. What are these metal things that were used to connect them? Some kind of stable? And can I just reattach the board by hammering a few nails in there? How would I get the old staple things out? Disclaimer: I am not handy at all. Like, I get splinters from LEGO.
posted by cacofonie on Jul 18, 2016 - 12 answers

How should I pitch this potential project?

How do people who design and build things bid or pitch a potential project? [more inside]
posted by lost_cause on Jun 22, 2016 - 4 answers

Is there a makerspace on Seattle's eastside?

I love TechShop, but there's none anywhere near here. I think there's some makerspaces in Seattle, but I'm looking for something on the east side (Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland). Some place with tools and space to use them. [more inside]
posted by triscuit on May 29, 2016 - 1 answer

Can a beginner make a table without screwing up irreplaceable wood?

I have enough surface wood from an old velodrome to make a smallish coffee table or a large endtable - inspired by this beauty. I'd use the surface wood for the table surface, and mount it on... something. But though I'm reasonably handy, I have no experience woodworking. [more inside]
posted by entropone on May 25, 2016 - 18 answers

Why are woodworking measurements always in Imperial and not Metric?

My kid is taking Woodshop in high school and the class is taught in Imperial units in Canada. Why? Why are inches still the defacto measuring system for woodworking/home improvement? I'm old, so I have an excuse for buying 8' 2"x4"'s, kids don't. Plus wouldn't removing the fractions make it easier for everyone?
posted by Keith Talent on Apr 7, 2016 - 10 answers

Learning woodworking on a small to medium scale

I've always wanted to learn about woodworking, but I know very little about it. I have a workshop in my garage that I primarily use for electronics. I have some room for wood tools, but not a ton. What are some resources to learn how to do woodworking without needing large amounts of space and equipment? [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Sep 15, 2015 - 11 answers

Rectifying a twist in a massive tabletop

Woodworking Mefites: I have a massive (40"x4"x8') reclaimed fir tabletop made of timbers that were planed and jointed several months ago, which...may not have been stored in ideal conditions. There's a fair bit of twist to the piece now that the glue is dry and the clamps are off. Fortunately, I have access to a planer that will fit it. Two options below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Kreiger on Sep 9, 2015 - 14 answers

How can I refinish a kitchen table in my one bedroom apartment?

I recently moved into my first apartment (hooray!) and I've inherited a few pieces of furniture I'd like to take care of. First on my list is a kitchen table that needs to be refinished. I only have a small balcony and sometimes it gets dusty outside. Is it possible to refinish this table with such a limited setup? [more inside]
posted by lalunamel on Aug 23, 2015 - 14 answers

Can I get locally produced wood veneers in California?

I'm looking for (small quantities) of wood veneer strips from wood grown in California. Is such a thing possible? It could be new or reclaimed, but I want to make a ring so any re-used would have to be amenable to that. Additional bonus points for wood from the central coast area. Is having veneer manufactured from locally sourced wood a not insanely expensive option?
posted by sevenless on Aug 16, 2015 - 7 answers

Anything to do around Cedar Point that's not amusement park-y?

Anything to do around Cedar Point that's not amusement park-related? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on Jun 30, 2015 - 5 answers

How to re-affix the wooden top of a chair?

How can we fix this chair in a way that stays? We can't sit in it. Others have tried wood glue + dowel-bits but the dowel-bits snapped. [more inside]
posted by circular on Jun 20, 2015 - 8 answers

How do I safely dispose of a can of Danish Oil?

I have an almost-full pint of Danish oil with a cap that is damaged in such a way that the can cannot be entirely sealed. How do I get rid of the entire thing without burning down my house or starting a fire in the outdoor trash area? [more inside]
posted by alleycat01 on Jun 7, 2015 - 6 answers

How to find someone to share a workshop space with?

A friend and I have tracked down a workshop space to rent out. It's bit bigger than we need for the two of us (we're just hobbyists) and our tools (we don't have loads yet, but some). Ideally we'd like to setup a small scale makers' lab for woodworking. Share the rent, share ideas, share tools. [more inside]
posted by dance on May 18, 2015 - 7 answers

Take me from woodworking zero to woodworking hero!

I'd like a better working knowledge of practical furniture design for wood, along with general woodworking best practices—and I feel like there's probably a better way than my current system of building lots of frustrating projects and learning what not to do one thing at a time. Please point me to the resources—books, magazines, communities, etc.—that got you over the hump. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Apr 3, 2015 - 12 answers

hose/thing for shop vac that will take wood dust right out window?

Don't mean to start another long thread on wood dust collection... but I don't know if my Ridgid 4 Gal vac is quite what I need. My question is, is there anything in the amateur (i.e. non-business) shop vacuum category that is built to run its hose right out of a window? I guess it would include a plate that would look like a short air cond. unit, but would just be for getting the finer dust out of the room... [more inside]
posted by disnchntd on Mar 7, 2015 - 8 answers

What would you do with too much bamboo?

Due to some overzealous purchasing at Ikea, I have found myself with two extra slabs of bamboo tabletop. Any creative suggestions on what I can do with them? Would these be safe to use as cutting boards? [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Nov 19, 2014 - 7 answers

How to recreate the circle pattern found on Eames Storage Units?

I would like to make an Eames storage unit, but am stuck on how to reproduce the raised circles found on its wood panels. Would veneer over thin metal disks work? Other ideas? [more inside]
posted by hermanubis on Nov 5, 2014 - 9 answers

Wooden salad bowls around Boston?

Where can I get a handmade wooden salad set (large bowls + smaller bowls) around the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 5, 2014 - 11 answers

Dadoes, rabbets, routers, and me

Can you help me figure out my router? The woodworking kind of router, not the other kind of router. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Oct 2, 2014 - 18 answers

Where can I go to get some very basic woodworking done for me?

My SO wants this rocking chair. However, making it requires drilling four holes with a drill press... which I don't own. Is there a place online I can get this done?
posted by Spurious on Sep 6, 2014 - 11 answers

Gifts for the modern Canadian luthier

What to give a woodworker, when you know nothing about guitars? [more inside]
posted by monkeymonkey on Aug 20, 2014 - 14 answers

How do I get a keyhole slot cut in my mounted poster?

How do I cut a keyhole slot in this mounted poster in order to hang it flush with my wall? [more inside]
posted by mullacc on Jul 9, 2014 - 5 answers

Best DIY Bible/Resources?

What are the best DIY resources in 2014? I really enjoy thisoldhouse.com, but it's largely just entertainment, rather than instructional. Websites, magazines, and books are all fair game. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on May 22, 2014 - 10 answers

Building a simple, outdoor work table

I want to build something like this or this with the idea that it's going to live outside (get rained on, etc.), get used for things like working on other woodworking projects, and should be cheap. [more inside]
posted by gwint on Apr 28, 2014 - 13 answers

How do I start powerless woodworking?

What tools do I need to start powerless woodworking? If I go to Home Depot, what are the 5 or 6 most essential tools to pick up? [more inside]
posted by BradNelson on Apr 26, 2014 - 20 answers

When is a spoon more than just a spoon?

I'm looking for some art-world advice and/or a gimmick for selling beautiful handmade spoons at extremely high prices. [more inside]
posted by aniola on Mar 16, 2014 - 18 answers

Wood Inlays on a Guitar

So, my wife has purchased an acoustic guitar, and plans to try her hand at inlaying a rosette around the hole on the soundboard. Have any of my fellow mefites tried something of this sort, and if so, could you share your knowledge / words of wisdom? [more inside]
posted by PlantGoddess on Jan 18, 2014 - 11 answers

Making furniture from reclaimed materials. Wut.

I plan to take up a new hobby: making furniture from reclaimed wood and metals. What should I read? What materials do I need? What should I know? [more inside]
posted by Mr C on Nov 29, 2013 - 11 answers

Tilt, tilt, sweet plane of existence! Exactly 0-90° please.

I need to build a cheap drafting desk that is sturdy, free-standing and fully adjustable. Let's say a 48" x 36" surface, 35-48" range of height and 0-90° motion. How can I make this happen for under $100? [more inside]
posted by fritillary on Oct 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Woodworking filter

How do I put text on this woodworking project [more inside]
posted by VTX on Sep 28, 2013 - 9 answers

Help Make this Space happen: Suggest your favorite tools and resources

I am tasked with stocking up a Maker Space gallery that will be part of a museum. I'm very much a crafter and maker myself, but am looking for the Makers of MetaFilter to tell me your favorite tools, especially ones for small hands (we will be catering to kids and families, as young as 3 years old). We will be doing simple woodworking projects (already looking at Japanese Pull Saws), sewing, circuitry, paper art, lots of tinkering (including activities with recycled materials and new materials). We are focusing on "real" tools (no plastic Fisher Price kids stuff, please), and I expect to buy a couple different versions of some items (hammers for smaller people, hammers for bigger jobs). The tools will get lots of use, so I'm happy to spend a bit more if it means I don't have to constantly replace broken items. I am especially looking for specific recommendations for specific tools, reviews, or resources ("these sewing scissors are amazing for the price" or "don't buy this brand of clamp" or "this site sells very good quality paper punches"). Thanks in advance!
posted by leastlikelycowgirl on Sep 19, 2013 - 12 answers

How can I make a speaker cabinet for planar / isodynamic speakers?

I managed to acquire a set of high and midrange isodynamic (aka orthodynamic) Sawafuji drivers, and i want to build a cabinet for them. One problem -- no clue what that should look like. [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan on Sep 2, 2013 - 4 answers

Recommend good woodworking shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn?

I am trying to get a custom plywood/laminate table top made, and I have other things I would like to create in the future. I would like to find a good, honest woodworking shop that does small, piecemeal projects like this that I can have a relationship with. I have been in touch with a few, including some I found on Craigslist, but they are all remarkably flaky; won't answer the phone, won't return calls, don't reply to emails, don't show up to appointments. Any suggestions?
posted by gentle on Aug 26, 2013 - 8 answers

What small, cool things can I put in the secret compartment of a box?

So, I finally finished my dad's (now extremely late) Father's Day gift: a handmade wooden box with dovetail joinery and a "secret" pull-out compartment. Now I'm wondering what cool thing I can put in the secret compartment before I send it. Any ideas? Further details and dimensions, etc., within. [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Aug 14, 2013 - 13 answers

Help for fresh woodworking enthusiast

Due to some large amounts of used wood lying around, I've recently enthusiastic about woodworking, specifically re-using used wood, but I'm already floundering on my first, super-easy project. I have a number of questions on this project and other intro-woodworking issues. [more inside]
posted by miorita on Jul 30, 2013 - 12 answers

Help My Wood Look Good

How should I finish my reclaimed wood tabletop glue-up without it looking like a mass produced, glossy, shellacked typical table? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl on Jul 6, 2013 - 17 answers

What kind of face mask is good for a woodworker with COPD?

Dad Swan was diagnosed with COPD this past week. He's a woodworker. No, COPD and woodworking are not exactly a match made in heaven, but we're hoping that the purchase of a good face mask will make it possible for him to continue working in his workshop for a few hours a day. For those of you who have any medical/woodworking experience, what brand or kind of face mask would you recommend, and do you have any other tips for my father on how to reconcile his hobby with his medical condition? [more inside]
posted by orange swan on May 26, 2013 - 12 answers

I'd like to shimmy if you'd show me how...

The shims that let our our table slide open for leaves are broken, so the table is split in half. If I could just get these little wooden pieces replaced, our table would be like new! So how do I get them replaced? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on May 20, 2013 - 10 answers

DIY Durable Lightweight Box?

I need to build a durable lightweight rectangular box. Interior dimensions of about 36"x12"x6". What materials should I consider? [more inside]
posted by TheKM on May 14, 2013 - 11 answers

Need Wood?

A professional woodworker is finally closing down his shop post post-retirement and finding some large pieces of exotic hardwood e.g. 12'x16"x1.25" rosewood, that have been stacked for decades. CL and ebay don't seem to have much of a market... How would you try to sell these relics?
posted by ennui.bz on Mar 29, 2013 - 14 answers

How can I treat and preserve stained wood to avoid further damage?

I just bought a farm table that the previous owner had in a NYC apt that got hot and cold with vicious radiator heat. It's got some warping and cracking, but it's still beautiful and I'd like to do everything I can to prevent it from getting further damaged over time. I thought I'd just give it a good coat of linseed oil, but the surface is very lightly stained, and I read elsewhere that linseed oil is meant for naked wood. Any suggestions on how to treat my new baby? Thank you!
posted by subpixel on Mar 14, 2013 - 9 answers

Old-school drafting meets complex curves

How do I draw a 3D curve in 2D? Or rather, how do I algorithmically draft an arbitrary 3D curve from a 2D perspective? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on Mar 8, 2013 - 5 answers

How to most easily square a miter saw?

I've got this Dewalt miter saw, and it seems to be slightly out of square -- neither the 0º miter or bevel is exactly square, at least with the door casing I've been cutting. Does anyone have any tips (or links to good resources) on how to square up this sort of saw? For what it's worth, I think I've figured out how to adjust the indicators & scale on the saw, so I'm not looking for advice on how to adjust this particular saw. Instead, I need help figuring out how to determine which direction -- and to what degree -- I need to move the scale to square it up. Advice on how to cut and match a board to test the square is just the sort of help I need.
posted by jacob on Jan 18, 2013 - 7 answers

A like a memento please.

I'm taking down a plum tree. What uses are there for the wood? [more inside]
posted by zinon on Dec 9, 2012 - 10 answers

How to Make a Standing Desk

[Crafty woodworker filter] Help me convert an old armoire into a sturdy new standing desk. [more inside]
posted by vecchio on Dec 4, 2012 - 9 answers

What type of plywood should I use for cabinets?

What grade and variety of plywood should I buy for hidden, inside cabinet carcasses? [more inside]
posted by jacob on Nov 14, 2012 - 7 answers

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