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  1. General Woodworking Discussion
    One of the tools I inherited recently is a bit of a mystery to me. It has a sanding bar across the bottom but no overhead assembly. I think it looks like a kind of drum sander but I don’t know how even pressure could be applied across a piece in progress. It is definitely home made. The frame is...
  2. Design & Plans
    I recently acquired this vintage record cabinet and the hinges need replacing but I’m pretty new to woodworking/refinishing and don’t know what type of hinge this is so I was wondering if someone could help me with what I would need to look up to find a replacement hinge ! this is a photo of...
  3. General Woodworking Discussion
    I have very little woodworking experience but have been wanting to do a project in an office for a while now. The plan is to build an alcove desk in my office area and combine two workspaces and printer/file cabinet storage into one space. Unfortunately, I want it to be 13' 4.5" long and 30"...
  4. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hi, I'm really interested in starting woodworking but it seems that's not so easy to do in the era of coronavirus. I can't get a proper respirator mask anywhere. Do you all have any recommendations about what I might do to get started? Is it enough to just wear a normal relatively tight-fitting...
  5. Design & Plans
    Hello all. I am going to attempt to make a tree-shaped bookcase (yes, I know, how original) for my partner's birthday present. I have seen various designs that are fine but all seem to involve either screwing all the pieces into a huge piece of mdf backboard, or screwing all the pieces into...
  6. Power Tools & Machinery
    Hi Everyone! I'm entirely new to woodworking and I really want to do this as a hobby for a while. Making tables, stools, etc. I have a miter saw, circular saw, orbital sander, jigsaw, drills and a few other misc. tools. There are still a ton of tools that I want to buy but as my pockets get...
  7. Woodturning
    Hello all! I have inherited an old belt driven woodworking lathe and am very excited to get started working with it. It has been awhile since it was used, so I first went to break everything but the headstock spindle down to apply some wd-40 and general cleaning. When I went to turn it on it...
  8. Design & Plans
    So this is going to be my first wood project, so yes I’m new to the whole thing. I have someone experienced to help me with it all, but I need some help figuring out the plans. There’s a picture that I made of a mock-up with cardboard to help understand what the idea is. It’s going to be a shoe...
  9. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hello, I've inherited a wood shop along with my lab class as a middle school teacher. I found this lathe and I'd like to get it working. The drive belt is rotted through. It hasn't been used in at least ten years, probably much longer. Other than the drive belt, does it look like I'm...
  10. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hello all, I'm working on the design of a side table and I've hit a wall. I'm having trouble finding a solution to installing the bottom shelf in this table. Image attached/posted below. At first I thought I would just glue blocks to the stretchers below the shelf (with the grain running...
  11. Power Tools & Machinery
    I recently acquired an older (1985) Makita 2030N combo planer and jointer. Looks like a great machine but I need some help on replacing the current switch. Motor is good, replaced the carbon brushes, cleaned the commutator, but I am trying to replace the original switch which doesn't work with...
  12. Power Tools & Machinery
    Hey everyone, I picked up an *old* Unisaw over the weekend. Serial number dates it back to 1948. When I took it off the trailer, I found a part sitting on the moving blanket. The problem is that I don’t have a clue where it goes. I have looked through the part diagram, but it lacks the...
  13. Power Tools & Machinery
    I have a Delta TS300 that the fence assembly was lost during a move. Every site I check says the part is no long available. What do you suggest? Is there another one that is captable? I hate the idea of having to toss the saw. Is there some kind of cross reference for parts that I can check?
  14. Design & Plans
    Hello, i do not know if this is the right place to ask.. but i will do it anyway :) I really want to build a loft bed like the picture (see link) and i REALLY do not know how, is there anyone who can help out with some plans, tips or some experience. I would really like it to look like the...
  15. Design & Plans
    Not sure if this is the right section, but my dad recently moved and I helped him take apart an 8 piece shelving unit. I know nothing about carpentry other than how to use a power drill. Now I can't for the life of me figure out how to put this thing together. I've included pictures of the unit...
  16. Woodturning
    Hello I am a young wood worker looking for some advice from the "Pro's". I am extremely interested in wood turning and am hoping to purchase a lathe in the next couple weeks. I am looking at a 12 In. X 33-3/8 In. 3/4 HP Wood Lathe With Reversible Head from Harbor Freight on the account that...
  17. Design & Plans
    I have an odd question... I'm an industrial design student and I want to make a lamp that looks like a log, but is hollowed out so thinly that some light can pass through. I know this won't work with a wood that has a thick bark, but do you think it would work with something like birch? I know...
  18. Woodturning
    I made a honey dipper and then took it off the lathe and tried to put some melted beeswax on it. The problem is the wax solidified too quickly and now there is too much on the dipper. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to fix it?
  19. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hello All, I'm new to the forums here. I'm a novice, but far from new to woodworking, but I've recently taken it back up as a hobby. I hope that I can learn a lot here and maybe improve my craft/hobby skills. But I have a problem that has reached a critical point, hence the forum post. I've...
  20. Design & Plans
    Hello, I am somewhat new to woodworking, but I have experienced wood workers in extended family. We think it would be cool to build a roman scorpion ballista that is, for lack of better terms, double barreled. It could be two scorpion ballistas attached together, as long as it van fire two bolts...
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