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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
[Crafty woodworker filter] Help me convert an old armoire into a sturdy new standing desk. [more inside]
posted by vecchio
on Dec 4, 2012 -
What grade and variety of plywood should I buy for hidden, inside cabinet carcasses? [more inside]
posted by jacob
on Nov 14, 2012 -
I've been asked to lead a Boy Scout troop of about 20 boys towards earning their Woodworking Merit Badge. The troop does not allow the use of power tools so can you help me to come up with a suitable project? [more inside]
posted by mcarthey
on Oct 15, 2012 -
I want to make some (very simple) wooden furniture to fit some specific use cases, so I drew my own plans up. I don't have any furniture design peeps or woodworkers in real life that I can ask to look at them. Is there anywhere on the web I can post my plans and get feedback on if this table will work the way I want it to, and maybe get some construction order advice? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz
on Jul 12, 2012 -
Soliciting suggestions from handyperson types: How can I reinforce my futon to withstand heavier loads? [more inside]
posted by blue t-shirt
on May 20, 2012 -
Dad Swan is a very skilled and talented woodworker. He's 73 and has a fairly severe case of arthritis, so his output is not and will never be high, but he makes enough stuff that he'd like to be able to sell some of it, and he'd like to know how to go about finding people to buy it. [more inside]
posted by orange swan
on Apr 23, 2012 -
I want to do some fine woodworking to build a portfolio to apply for jobs in furniture shops. But I don't have a fully equipped shop to do this in, what kind of projects should I be looking to do and what tools do I need? [more inside]
posted by Bengston
on Mar 14, 2012 -
A friend gave me an old woodworker's workbench (looks a lot like this
), and I'd like to put it to use. It has been stored improperly, and has a pretty severe twist in the third near the side vise. The whole top is something on the order of 10 cm (4") thick, and glued up from birch boards. Ideally I'd like to untwist it and flatten it and use it for woodworking. I'm unsure if it's feasible, though. I'm willing to spend a little money, as a new one of the same size is really expensive (USD 1000+).
posted by Harald74
on Feb 10, 2012 -
I have decided that I want to start doing some basic woodworking, but I have absolutely no clue what I'm doing. Where to get started? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche
on Jan 14, 2012 -
I'd like to build a porch swing for my house. Any recommendations on where I can find some plans? Would prefer something more rustic looking but I'm open to all sources. Thanks!
posted by pilibeen
on Dec 28, 2011 -
I need to get a piece of 1" thick, 48"x24" wood cut to a simple pattern. The supplier should accept credit cards and be able to ship. Where can I email this pattern
to and have the work done? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia
on Nov 28, 2011 -
How do I (a DIY'er, not professional) properly dispose of stain soaked rags (in Indiana)? [more inside]
posted by xicana63
on Oct 30, 2011 -
I'm making a gift for a friend and I need to make part of the blade of a canoe paddle rotate. What's the easiest way I can do this? [more inside]
posted by Deflagro
on Oct 10, 2011 -
I am going to build a shed from scratch. Simple construction: plywood over wood frame. I'm wondering if there is a rule of thumb for estimating the amount of framing material you need given the surface area of a building (the walls and and roof, the roof would need more framing material though ( assuming an A-Frame))?
posted by gregg
on Sep 7, 2011 -
If I seal wood with some oil (say, olive oil, or mineral oil), does heating the wood add anything to this process? [more inside]
posted by curious nu
on Sep 2, 2011 -
I wanted to try my hand at building a garbage enclosure (something like this
) and also a mini greenhouse
. Does anyone have any resources to help me get started. I can have a stab at it using the pictures but turning these into actual plans (especially types and sizes of lumber) is more of a stretch. [more inside]
posted by Disco Moo
on Aug 29, 2011 -
Woodworking filter: I need to seal a leak in a wooden vessel but whatever I use needs to be both food safe and high temperature resistant. [more inside]
posted by wile e
on Aug 14, 2011 -
I am shopping for a power tool for simple woodworking/cutting - on a budget. What would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by tgelston
on Aug 12, 2011 -
What finish(es) should I use to finish my art (artist acrylic ink on cherry wood veneer)? [more inside]
posted by ogunther
on Aug 5, 2011 -
Where can I buy 4' x 10' sheets of red oak plywood around Minneapolis, MN? [more inside]
posted by VTX
on Jul 26, 2011 -
Is a truss rod really necessary if I put a strip of superhard wood between the maple laminate of a maple guitar neck? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts
on Jun 9, 2011 -
Got a $400 gift certificate to spend at Lie-Nielsen
heirloom woodworks. I'm a beginner luthier (solid body electrics) and furniture maker. What are the essential basic hand tools for a hobbiest? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts
on Apr 5, 2011 -
I'm going to build a camper shell for my truck and need advice on how to seal/paint it to protect it from moisture. [more inside]
posted by gregg
on Feb 22, 2011 -
What options exist in the Chantilly VA area if I want to continue my woodworking hobby but don't want to rent a place with a garage / shop space? [more inside]
posted by macfly
on Jan 23, 2011 -
I'm looking for good books and blogs on furniture building and other diy home improvement projects for apartment dwellers
. I like building things, and am interested in making my own furniture, but I'd like to use a book that's geared toward small spaces and spaces where one can't actually make "built-ins" but can replicate the look.
posted by ocherdraco
on Jan 19, 2011 -
Where can I purchase a half-inch (.5" or 1/2") diameter, rounded bastard file? My dad needs this for his specific woodworking and sculpting. [more inside]
posted by metajc
on Dec 1, 2010 -
My favorite tree went down in a huge storm here in Brooklyn and I recovered a log from it to turn it into a stool.
It has been sitting on the ground for at least 3 weeks, but looks good, no rot. I did see some bugs and there is definitely dog pee on it.
How should I clean it, make sure the bugs are out and then seal it up (polyurethane I assume). I'm a total novice at this and could use some advice!
posted by lockse
on Nov 14, 2010 -
What is the best path towards becoming a competent woodworker? I would ultimately love to build myself built-in book shelving, a bar, or a deck. I am not looking to build fine furniture. The problem is I don't have a clue about woodworking. Where do I start without embarrassing or mauling myself?
posted by jasondigitized
on Nov 5, 2010 -
I signed up for a woodworking class. Suddenly, I have access to tools that I've never had access to before, and probably won't have much access to for the next few years. I'd like to find a project I can do that will complement my home workshop. [more inside]
posted by chndrcks
on Sep 15, 2010 -