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  1. New Member Introductions
    Retired from a desk job a few years ago and immediately began accumulating equipment for a shop as it went on sale (one primary piece of equipment each year). Longtime DIY'er (hated to part with $$$ to fix something; results always functional, not always pretty). Have spent most of this early...
  2. New Member Introductions
    I'm glad I found this forum and looking forward to exploring it some more. I have a green log with a really cool looking core, that looks like a starfish. I would like to cut about a 1inch round from it. Dry it and use it for a project later. How should I dry it to keep from splitting? I live...
  3. General Woodworking Discussion
    So I’m new to this whole world but I’m generally pretty handy. For my first big project I’ve decided to make myself a desk... and by make myself a desk, I mean buying two ikea drawer units and buying a live edge slab to finish myself and put on top to make myself a desk. Note: the room will be...
  4. New Member Introductions
    This may be a failed attempt but I am just starting out in wood working. I have seen some incredible work on here and some beautiful pieces I hope to imitate. I live in a condo now so no shop and no grinders and such to work with. I will be using old style techniques. Electrical tools will be...
  5. Wood Finishing
    Hi all. Newbie here. I have 3x IKEA Gerton tabletops that I need help finishing. They are made from solid beech. I'm attaching a photo that illustrates what it looks like out-of-box. I like the color, just need to protect it with a varnish. I've selected a matte water-based varnish that I'd...
  6. General Woodworking Discussion
    So I am brand new and want to setup a workshop in my garage. I am cleaning everything out of my 2.5 car garage that I haven’t used since I moved in and have a ton of space to fill, but I need recommendations on what tools to fill it with. My budget is 1-2K, but I can go up to 3-4. I have a...
  7. New Member Introductions
    Hi all, brand new to the site and woodworking in general. I have owned my own house for 15 years, but I have not done much to it until recently. Started with a new coat of paint everywhere, and has morphed to replacing all my roofing and siding. I recently refinished my kitchen cabinets and want...
  8. Power Tools & Machinery
    Hello everyone! I've been reading this forum for a couple of years now, but hadn't signed up. Recently, though, the bug finally bit me and I decided to go off the deep end into woodworking (my wife says I do that too often with hobbies). I've done quite a bit of home remodeling and have done...
  9. General Woodworking Discussion
    I decided to build a arcade console similar to (just the lower part not as much crap on it but the basic structure is there) However I am think about building a base that is slot fitted so it can be broken down and stored flat. The top is a single unit and sits down with some 'tabs' at the...
  10. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hey everyone, I am fairly new to wood working, ive had some experience, but I want to get into it more as it has always fascinated me. I am currently venturing into a project, to build a beautiful custom PC Case out of wood. I have thought about the types of wood, I know we will be using hard...
  11. New Member Introductions
    Hi All, I am a part time pastor from a small town in PA. Working with wood has always been a dream of mine. I am 22 years old and want to start pouring into woodworking. I have done a few small projects so far, but I am looking for advice and guidance. I look forward to being part of this...
  12. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hi all. I am looking for advice on a new (to me) table saw that will be my first stationary saw in my shop (garage). I am looking to buy used from CL and have been looking at a few models such as the ridgid R4512 (shying away due to the alignment issues with the weak trunnions). I am looking to...
  13. New Member Introductions
    Hi everyone, Nice to find (and join) a forum on woodworking. I'm usually a 'give it a go and see what happens' woodworker, definitely a 'That'll do woodworker' although as I grow older the adage of 'think thrice, measure twice, and cut once' does seem eminently sensible. I've joined here as I...
  14. General Woodworking Discussion
    I have a bad back, and am trying to hollow out a hardwood, still alive in the ground maple tree stump, for use as a planter. So far I've been able to find two techniques: Using a big horizontal-blade axe, or cutting a ****ton of holes with a wide spade bit, and then a lot of chiseling. The...
  15. Woodturning
    I know, I know....the topic's been done, over and over... sorry. I have done some reading on here and other forums, and the main lesson I learned is stay away from the many used Craftsmen Lathes out there. I'm basically a total newbie. I got to turn the inside of a green cherry bowl a...
  16. New Member Introductions
    I have dabbled in woodworking for years. Now that I'm partially retired I'm planning to become more active. My wife and I just had a garage added to the house and I managed to arrange for it to have an extra 650 sq. ft. set aside for a shop. I'm just beginning my purchase of power tools. At this...
  17. New Member Introductions
    I have been lurking for many months and decided to register so I can add my useless two cents. My emphasis these days is designing and constructing unique frames to complement the oil paintings I also produce. I will be uploading some in the future and would appreciate any comments, good or...
  18. Design & Plans
    So I thought it was going to be all sooooo easy and now I am wigging out. I am building a very wide table 45" (and a bit) x96", yeah I am getting ready to invite the whole neighbourhood for thanksgiving this year. I am using 8/4" x 2" x 8" rough hewn white pine to get rustic look to it. I...
  19. Forestry & Milling
    [URL="http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/attachments/f26/49933d1346128105-monster-live-oak-help-im-newbie-pics-getinline.jpg"] First time here, and enjoying it !! - especially this area of the Forums. I am a Mason by trade, an also started honing my woodworking skills as a hobby. I acquired this...
  20. 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...
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