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  1. General Woodworking Discussion
    Howdy all! First time furniture builder here and need some advice from you experts. I am building a dining room table with a concrete top. The top is approximately 4'x8' and 2" thick. I used 8 80lb bags of concrete, so I am estimating the top to be about 700lbs. I planned on making the base...
  2. Trim Carpentry & Built-Ins
    We live in forestland and have milled a lot of our own Doug fir and Ponderosa pine timber for countertops, stairs, etc., which I love. Unfortunately, the front of one of the counter edges obviously had some dry rot which we did not perceive until a couple of years after installation. See...
  3. Wood Finishing
    I've had newly milled, old-growth doug fir recently installed around some door openings and as a couple small benches. I need to seal them and the carpenter recomended Watco teak oil. I like the application and matt finish of the teak oil but I don't like how red it looks. Can I stain the fir...
  4. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hi I am an ant keeper and create ant farms out of Douglas fir. Would carpenter ants be able to chew through it? My other ants cannot but I am concerned that they could gnaw their way out. I saw that they are listed as a 4 on the 1-4 strength scale for soft woods. P.S. I wasn't sure where to...
  5. Design & Plans
    Greetings, folks. I'm hoping someone can give me some advice on this. I am trying to fix up some very large loudspeakers (Klipschorns from 1972). The plan was to veneer them using some pressure-sensitive self-adhering walnut veneer. I have stripped the old paint off of the speakers, planed, and...
  6. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hello Gents and Ladies- I'm remodeling my 1915 CA Craftsman Bungalow. I've removed, saved and gathered a good amount of 3/4"x12" Douglas Fir that was the wainscot in the building. I am in the process of trying to resurface this beautiful old growth wood to make my kitchen cabinets and other...
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