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  1. Two leaf dining table

    Another couple and my wife and I were having dinner at a new neighbors' house when my friend commented on the quality of their 9' plastic Costco table. Our host commented that his wife hadn't found something she liked. So, Rob pipes up and says, "I can build one for you," and off I go!
  2. Wood Finishing
    I am new to working with red oak, so looking for some suggestions from those with experience. I am making a dining room table and I am looking for suggestions on the finish for it. A type of finishing that goes with hairpin legs.
  3. Forestry & Milling
    My lumber guy dropped two loads of logs that will be cut up soon. He decided to give this to me. It is 42" wide, 28" deep and 17" tall. I have used Maple Burl. This has been cut for about 45 days. My questions? Cut into slabs? I was thinking cut like I will have logs cut Save chunks for...
  4. Project Showcase
    My log guy, has a very old and solid Red Oak I can get. It will be 3 or 4, 6 to 7 foot logs. He had to use a crane to bring them down and since it was so large (wide) he cut into those lengths. He said he expects the tree to be over 100 years old. He can only put 3 logs on his dump truck...
  5. Wood Finishing
    Hello, I bought red oak stair treads from one of the big box stores. I sanded them to a 220 grit finish then stained them with oil-based stain. I did two coats of stain, rubbed off excess stain after 15 mins for both coats. The last coat was done about 60 hours ago and the boards have been...
  6. Trim Carpentry & Built-Ins
    Hello, I bought red oak stair treads from one of the big box stores. They came sanded to a 150 grit finish. I sanded them to a 220 grit finish then stained them with oil-based stain. I did two coats of stain and as it was drying noticed that there are small wet spots on the wood. It looks...
  7. Design & Plans
    Hello, I'm a new to this site and somewhat new to woodworking, though I love working with wood and would like to do more in the future. I had a large red oak tree in the back yard that I cut up into 1" lumber and it has been drying in my basement for the past year and a half. The wood was...
  8. Wood Finishing
    Hi All, I'm sorry if this question has been asked a million times. I'm getting ready to build a built-in for a closet. I will use plywood for box construction, and solid wood for face. I have a choice between mahogany, birch and red oak for building material (I live on an island in...
  9. Project Showcase
    Hello all, I'm working on a small wedding chest for my wife and wanted to share. When it's complete I'll share what I've learned with this project.
  10. Joinery
    Any advice on joining some 12/4 red oak lumber together for a table top? I can use biscuits or dowels, but would like to know what works best. I have never joined anything so thick. Table will be 80" x 40", and the lumber I have is 12/4 and 10" wide. Thanks in advance, Ernie
  11. Wood Finishing
    I am making flooring out of my oversupply of red oak I have. I like the contrast in the grain using Dark Walnut Watco Oil. The problem is the overpowering red in the wood. Even the Black Walnut Watco leaves the wood with a red tint. I need to get to closer to a black/grey shade rather than...
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