Inlay using coffee grounds...

I’m very new to this forum and I’m not to sure if this is even in the right category, but wanted to share a little test project I did using coffee grounds as inlay material. A while back, another wood worker had come to our shop to have me use our laser to add his design (deep engraving) in his piece of walnut, (I use the laser like others would use their CNC or routers). I asked him what he was going to add to the new holes I had just made and he said small rocks, glued in place with CA...

Workbench to give away to a good home.

With finally moving up from the Stone Age and purchasing a new table saw, my old bench/saw is available to anyone that wants it for free. It has a 10" skillsaw table saw built in. It is 4’ wide, 6’ long and 37" high. It is made from 2×4 s and plywood. It has a bottom shelf, and recess for a compound powered mitre saw, and a recess for a router. It is fairly heavy, 200lbs plus. Anyone wanting a bench with saw built in can have it.

Handle ideas

As some of you may know, I’m building a cantilever sewing box for the wife. I’m at the point where I need to attach the carry handle, but I’m having a problem designing the actual handle itself. Basically, the problem is the stock is square, but I don’t want a square handle. I would like it to be a little more decorative than just running it across a round over bit. I don’t have a lathe and recent experience has taught me not to experiment with the router table;) You can check out the blog...

Items For Sale

Please view the items for sale. If interested in anything then respond below. I accept Paypal. v v >>>>>THIS ITEM IS SOLD<<<<<<<< Craftsman Miter Gage With Hold Down Clamp This miter gage is from an old 113.XXX table saw I used to own. The miter bar is a standard 3/8” x 3/4” For it’s age is in good condition. Comes with Hold Down Clamp. Hold Down Clamp is complete with all hardware, instruction manual, and box. Asking $25.00 plus shipping. ...

New to site

Hello All, my name is Dave. I have been a sign maker and screen printer for 35 years. Along the way I have been a framer, trim carpenter, cabinet maker, licensed pest control contractor and even taught commercial art to high school students. I look forward to spending time on the forum and learning more as I go. I am putting my play area (as my wife calls it) at home back into more of a wood working shop than the other various things it has been over the years. I have quite a tool collection...

I'm Mike

Hi, I’m Mike. Thanks for letting me join the forum. I’ve been a long time tool owner, but consider myself a real beginner when it comes to woodworking. I’ve decided to put the stuff in my garage to use instead of just gathering dust. I don’t intend to do any large projects at this time, but likely things like boxes and turnings, stuff the wife wants :-), etc. Stuff that won’t take a long time to complete or take over the garage. I’ve also decided to learn how to use hand tools. (at...

New Table saw

Starting to look around at upgrading my table saw ( the one I have is a old Beaver saw Its about 45 years old I remember my dad having it when I was a kid many moons ago) its a belt drive will take a 8" blade no guards of course and top is approx 18 x26.for the most part it does what I want just not real accurate for angles .Most of what I am doing is smaller pieces mayby as big as a cradle not in to building cabinets large furniture My work shop shop is a attached single car garage (no...

Howdy from South Central Texas

Howdy from South Central Texas! Been in, and out, of woodworking since 1983. I’m a former shop teacher (and school counselor) and taught wood for years, until 1997, as well as doing personal projects, and some production and commission work. I haven’t done much fine work in years, and am ready to get back into woodworking, doing things other than the mantle for the house that we built into in 2006, as well as a bench and a display unit (heater and AC cabinet) for the hot tub house we...

Here's a Key to making precise Box Joint Cuts.

I believe that all jigs share the same principle in that they work or use a key and spacing system and in order to have a smooth joint the spacing has to be precise any minute fluctuation in the spacing can leave for a bad joint, 1. A gap between each pin (box joint) and slot is caused by a key (spacing) that’s too close to the bit meaning when first setting up for the cut depending on the size of your joints when spacing between the bit and the guide pin or guide bar the spacing was to...

Resident Skills

I’ve commented, previously, that a Forum is defined by the skills and mentoring-willingness of its active members. And, there is the other side of that coin, that other members need to be asking the provocative questions to draw-out and provide a context for the active members. I have no idea if others agree with me; but I’ll take a stab at something… I’m calling on this Forum’s members to discuss what they do well (not a time to be bashful); and to discuss what they need help with: for...

Lessons learned...or what every new woodworker should know...

I have been accused of having a bit of a sense of humor in the past. If I can’t laugh at myself, well, I might as well die. I compiled a short list of things every new woodworker should know. Some of them are things I have learned from experience this past month. I’ll let you decide which are real. Feel free to add. 1. Never have your hand in the path of the chisel, no matter how careful you are. 2. Keep plenty of band-aids on hand. 3. Blood doesn’t wipe off of wood. It’s much easier...

Customer Discovery

I need your help!!! Really I’m not trying to sell you anything today, maybe at some point in the future but not today. Today I just need to understand a few things about people, who like me, create items of interest and beauty from wood. What I am trying to find out is what type of projects do you like to work on? Big ones that take a month plus to finish, medium that take a week or two, or small weekend types of projects? How much do you typically spend on a new project? Do you...

Post-Project Shop Reset; Optimizing the Small Shop

The following covers two areas: getting my shop ready for the next project, and optimizing the small shop. Post-Project Reset We each have our procedures; one of mine is that after every project, I reset the shop. The reset includes re-touching each tool that I’ve used, and performing whatever cleaning, oiling, sharpening, and re-aligning is appropriate. Also, within my relatively small shop, where everything is on wheels, other than my Table Saw and Jointer/Planer, getting the equipment...

Some what new to woodworking

Hello Everyone I used to work in a shop in Calgary Alberta called Solid Stairs building spiral staircases, I was really young and didn’t fully appreciate the talent that surrounded me at the time. I recall bits and pieces of certain things and a few tricks. How I wish I could go back in time and talk to all those guys again. We had about six guys from around the world working in that shop. which were all masters in their own field of woodworking. Just wanted to give those guys a shout...

Few kinks fixed

So a week or so ago i had an issue with my oribtal sander and the pad (hook & loom) keeping the sanding disk attached. So as i was at home depot this morning i was just going to buy a new one. The ryobi had a good pad, almost looked like velcro. I figured i would just buy that. Well they were out of stock, so i look at the pad replacement for the ryobi and it is 4 hole, and my dewalt is 3 hole. Well i bought it any ways got it home drilled new holes and bam, fixed. The bad on the sander...

Good News! I made virtually perfect dovetails on a drawer box today!

No, they weren’t hand cut. I have a really rinky-dink dovetail jig that is impossible to set up for consistently accurate dovetails. I had already made 2 of the 7 drawers for my current project and neither of them was even close to perfect. I was so proud of how perfectly these drawer sides aligned and how tightly all four corners fit. Then I went to route the groove for the bottom and . . . Bad News! . . . I realized I had reversed the pins and tails. What a bummer! Has anyone else...

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