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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

How much wood could a Boy Scout work?

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 - 12 answers

Please help me not kill anyone with my self-designed furniture

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 - 14 answers

seeking true grit

How do I identify the grit on a sharpening stone? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Jul 8, 2012 - 8 answers

What would a woodchuck build with all this wood?

Usable scrap wood left over from a home project. What can I build with it? [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc on May 21, 2012 - 10 answers

How can I strengthen my futon frame?

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 - 4 answers

How can a woodworker sell his work?

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 - 13 answers

High quality woodworking videos?

Please recommend me more high quality woodworking video content! [more inside]
posted by fonzie on Mar 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Fine woodworking without a full shop, advice?

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 - 20 answers

Novice woodworker dad needs a woodworking-related birthday gift

Help me buy my accomplished novice woodworker father a related gift! [more inside]
posted by ImproviseOrDie on Mar 4, 2012 - 22 answers

Hacking (or just hacking up) my couch, vs. just replacing it already

Can I hack my (Ikea Varnamo) couch? SHOULD I? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Feb 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Untwisting a workbench top

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 - 16 answers

Ron Swanson me.

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 - 26 answers

Porch swing plans

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 - 4 answers

Who can cut a 4'x2' sheet of wood to custom, simple shape.

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 - 15 answers

I'm excited to stain! Help me not burn my house down!!

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 - 10 answers

National Treasure-esque Canoe Paddle

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 - 9 answers

frame job

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 - 9 answers

I need to make some things.

I want to make some stuff, some art in Atlanta. Where can I go? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Sep 6, 2011 - 5 answers

Should I be satisfied with the way my movers repaired this table?

Should I be satisfied with the way my moving company repaired this table? [more inside]
posted by enlarged to show texture on Sep 3, 2011 - 14 answers

Oil's well that ends well.

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 - 10 answers

Tom Selleck and his saw had to get started somewhere

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 - 6 answers

Food safe and high temperature way of sealing wood.

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 - 17 answers

one powertool to rule them all?

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 - 24 answers

Artist needs help with finish(es)

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 - 18 answers

Where can I buy 4' x 10' sheets of red oak plywood around Minneapolis, MN?

Where can I buy 4' x 10' sheets of red oak plywood around Minneapolis, MN? [more inside]
posted by VTX on Jul 26, 2011 - 14 answers

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