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  1. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hello! I just picked up this second hand table the other day. It seems to have lots of white "cracks" on the surface of the table as if the finish has been split apart. When running my hand across the surface, I can feel some of these cracks, but others I can not. Is this intentional in the...
  2. Power Tools & Machinery
    Hi there, new guy here. We are about to start building a house and I am going to build all of the cabinets for it. I recently found a Powermatic 66 from 1986 on Craigslist for $500. It's in OK shape, but needs full refurbishment. I took it apart and had problems with only one set of bolts. There...
  3. General Woodworking Discussion
    A neighbor left an old radio cabinet outside to weather and get rained on. When she moved away, I salvaged it for the hardwood, but my spouse turned it into a re-use, restoration project. It will be converted to store glass sheets for stained glass projects. The cabinet has a large hole in the...
  4. Wood Finishing
    Hi All! I am new to the forum and to restoring furniture! I am very or eager to learn skills and work on restoration projects. I found two dressers on the side of the road that were presumably going to be chucked in the landfill the next day considering it was trash day. I want to restore or at...
  5. Wood Finishing
    Hi All, I recently picked up an old Turkish ox cart wheel (?) that I thought was pretty cool and was thinking of throwing it up on a steel display mount. But I noticed that one side of the wheel had a spot that was much darker and was curious to what might of caused it? And whether I should...
  6. New Member Introductions
    Hi everyone, I've been wanting to get into woodworking for a long time now. I mainly just want to pick up some basic skills to fix furniture I might find on FB Marketplace or estate sales. I love history and antiques and vintage aesthetics. I also want to try my hand at decorative carving. I...
  7. General Woodworking Discussion
    I had my interior doors dipped a couple years ago and have been gradually staining them (using gel stain and gel varnish). They don't look perfect, but I think they're really pretty (see first two pics). For my bathroom, the original door was long gone, so I purchased a painted door from a...
  8. Trim Carpentry & Built-Ins
    Question #1: Assuming this assertion by architect Matthew Cummings AIA has merit..... why isn't such high-grade wood available today? Are the trees from which it came extinct? What would these trees or wood have been called (in the United States)? Or did it have more to do with how the trees...
  9. Power Tools & Machinery
    I'm restoring a floor model Rockwell drill press model 1124 (pretty sure its almost identical to the 15-081, but im not sure, cant find a manual for it). Before I get started, I'd like to get an idea of what I'll need to order so I'll have it ready to go. Below is a picture of the chuck. Its...
  10. Power Tools & Machinery
    You can only put up with the little Harbor Freight $50 drill press for so long.... About a month ago I was jumping around on the normal classifieds (Craigslist / Facebook Marketplace / etc ) and this caught my attention. Didn't know much about it, but I knew it was old, I knew it was heavy...
  11. Woodturning
    Hi, all, I just got an old clock on e-cray and it's missing a finial. It's the center one in the pictures that's missing. I would love to turn one, but don't own a lathe. Any ideas how I might get this reproduced somewhere?
  12. Wood Finishing
    I'm in the process of restoring the old pocket shutters in our home. They were removed years ago and stored under the outside stoop in damp conditions and took on a degree of water damage. I've taken the panels apart, cleaned everything and given it a sanding but a lot of the discoloration goes...
  13. Power Tools & Machinery
    Very please with how this turned out. It's such a major upgrade from my portable Skil tablesaw.
  14. Hand Tools
    Just wanted to post this little beauty from my mother in laws that i'm in the middle of reconditioning while I wait for the Atkins raker gauge I got on ebay for $20 Anyone ever had any fun playing with these? i'm gonna be using it to mill up some 2 to 4 foot wide white and red oak for some...
  15. Project Showcase
    - posted this in the introductions thread, woops - Hi everyone, made an account on this site so I could get some advice on a summer project I'm getting underway. I'm about as beginner as you could get really, but I need a new desk so I'm attempting to restore an old tressle table from the...
  16. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hello, I purchased lately an old wooden outdoor dining set, the colour is faded and needs TLC, I have started by cleaning it with high pressure water pump, I noticed that the wood looked like it was already painted and I was able to peal it off while spraying, I assumed this was teak wood, now...
  17. Power Tools & Machinery
    I recently acquired a rust-covered Craftsman table saw, model 113.27520, ca. 1956. I've been restoring it and it's been going well. The biggest issue thus far was that the original Craftsman motor was bad. I just bought another old, identical motor, model number 115.7534. I know very little...
  18. Wood Finishing
    I have a small chest that I would like to restore. I has gotten a few scratches and bumps and some kind of solvent has spilled on top of it dissolving the finish. It is just at cheap souvenir but it has sentimental value so I want to put some work into giving it a nice finish. The chest seems...
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