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]
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]
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]
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.
How do people who design and build things bid or pitch a potential project? [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
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]
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]
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]
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?
Anything to do around Cedar Point that's not amusement park-related? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Where can I get a handmade wooden salad set (large bowls + smaller bowls) around the Boston area? [more inside]
Can you help me figure out my router? The woodworking kind of router, not the other kind of router. [more inside]
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?
What to give a woodworker, when you know nothing about guitars? [more inside]
How do I cut a keyhole slot in this mounted poster in order to hang it flush with my wall? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
I'm looking for some art-world advice and/or a gimmick for selling beautiful handmade spoons at extremely high prices. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
How do I put text on this woodworking project [more inside]
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!
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]
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?
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]
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]
How should I finish my reclaimed wood tabletop glue-up without it looking like a mass produced, glossy, shellacked typical table? [more inside]
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]
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]
I need to build a durable lightweight rectangular box. Interior dimensions of about 36"x12"x6". What materials should I consider? [more inside]
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?
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!
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]
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.
I'm taking down a plum tree. What uses are there for the wood? [more inside]
[Crafty woodworker filter] Help me convert an old armoire into a sturdy new standing desk. [more inside]
What grade and variety of plywood should I buy for hidden, inside cabinet carcasses? [more inside]
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]