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  1. Wood Carving
    Hi All! I just started trying to make utensils from fallen maple logs. So far, I’ve just been doing spatulas. I’ve found that there are some tasks which I don’t have the right tool for. I have an old hatchet, a carving knife, a couple cheap hand saws, a file, and some sandpaper. Right now, I’m...
  2. Hand Tools
    Hello, I have a large piece of highly figured maple that I will use to build the back for an upright bass. The top is straight split spruce that I have split into a bookmatched set and I am looking to do the same for the back. I am looking to build this bass using all hand tools and I am...
  3. Woodturning
    maple black stain
  4. General Woodworking Discussion
    Yes I am excited. Here are two samples of the maple I had cut then I dried. I will post pictures of the slabs once I start working on my U desk. Looks like one of the trees was curly. I knew it was ambrosia. We shall see. The curl is in one of the limbs of the large ambrosia tree. I...
  5. Forestry & Milling
    Just recently have I started to buy a few logs. Here is what I am paying: Ash: $00.12 per board foot Walnut: $00.26 Per board foot White Oak: $00.13 per board foot I am getting 14 logs at an average cost of $57.14 per log Will have to calculate maple and sycamore. I forgot to measure the...
  6. Design & Plans
    Hey I was just wondering if the framing of this desk i made will hold up and be hard as a rock, the square boards are 2x2, and the tope ones under the top of the desk are 2x1. Everything else is 3/4 inch maple. and the whole top will be down an inch so everything connects, i just have it lifted...
  7. General Woodworking Discussion
    I an a novice wood worker. I really like using big and unusual lumber. So I decided to start cutting logs into slabs. I then built a DH kiln. So far two hard maples cut and dried to about 8% MC. I have about 1500 bd ft in the kiln. A few questions: How much warp, twist etc is normal for...
  8. Wood Finishing
    I know I made a huge mistake making shelves for a nursery out of maple, but I had so much left over from a previous project that I felt that I had to use it up. I went to rockler and bought GF Dark brown water based dye. I also bought GF espresso stain. No matter which I use, if I wipe off...
  9. Wood Finishing
    This is day 2 of a 5 day stain, clear-coat and paint job. I hired a painting/staining to stain and paint a new theater room that was lined with maple wainscoting, pillars and moulding. Most of it's pretty good, but about 1/3 of the wood turn out either way too dark or blotchy. I think I...
  10. Wood Finishing
    Hello everyone, I have a beautiful maple bed that I am in the midst of finishing... finally. I have read alot of information used multiple test peices even top few on the under/backsides of the head board legs. I decided on watco cherry danish oil mixed with tung oil, as it produced the rich...
  11. Joinery
    I am making a bar top out of hard rock maple. I am using a biscuit joiner to join 1x3 boards together on end to achieve the look that I want. I have glued and joined the boards together and noticed, even before gluing that the piece will not be completely flat when I am done due to very slight...
  12. Project Showcase
    I'll preface this by saying that I have built lots of stuff over the years, but this is one of the first things that I have made with the intention of having precise, solid joinery, not being over-built, and held together with only glue (and small screws for the hinges). I started with some...
  13. Wood Finishing
    Folks; I am doing some gouge carving work, making designs in 5/16" (ish) maple. The steps are these: 1) Sand to 600 grit 2) Carve cool design 3) Use 1/2 Shelak & 1/2 Denatured Alcohol to apply a wash coat 4) Use a mixture of a small amount of cocoa and mineral oil to highlight the carved...
  14. General Woodworking Discussion
    I have just recieved some very large pieces of wood and need ideas what to do with them. I just got a piece of butternut (white walnut) and it is gorgeous but I have no idea what to make out of it. I got it for free along with several other species. The board is 1 5/8" Thick, 9 feet long and...
  15. Project Showcase
    designed in sketchup (bottom 3 drawers will be equal in height) Glue up of face frame (ambitious glue up for me in one shot) I will post pics as i get further along
  16. Hand Tools
    So here is my very first woodworking project. I decided to make something that is relatively easy and I can use to help make future projects. The head is alternating pieces of Maple and Indian Laurel and the handle and wedges on top are maple as well. I'm not sure why the wedges ended up...
  17. Project Showcase
    My wife and I own a coffee shop/cafe' in Colorado Springs. I made a table out of Padauk and Maple, with alder apron and legs. Here are a couple of images of it in progress and assembled, prior to finish. I ended up doing 4 or 5 coats of hand rubbed linseed oil... It came out great for my...
  18. Forestry & Milling
    Hey everyone, I found someone who says they have some nice maple logs from a tree they cut down. I don't have the resources to mill it down otherwise I would take it myself. I live in West Babylon New York and I know he is not far from me. If anyone in NY is interested let me know and I will...
  19. Wood Finishing
    Hi all. I've got a maple veneered desktop (made of doubled-up 3/4" appleply) that I'm finishing using the following schedule: 0. sanded up to #220 1. transtint/transfast dyes, rubbed 2. 50% thinned zinsser sealcoat, sprayed via preval portable sprayer 3. 10% thinned GF high performance water...
  20. General Woodworking Discussion
    I want to stain a real dark color over a medium (maple) color. Can I use a liquid sander on the spindles instead of paper ?
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