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  1. Design & Plans
    Hi Everyone, I'm newer to the woodworking world, but not green. I teach entry level woodshop to high school students so I do know how to use woodworking tools safely and make basic projects. I have designed a table I'd like to build, and I know it will really push my skills. I have two areas...
  2. Wood Finishing
    Hello, I am building a coffee table with a nice Peruvian walnut slab. Being that this species of wood is quite dark, what do you guys think is the best way to finish and to not lose out on its natural beauty. The two products I am looking at is Osmo Polyx-Oil – 3043 Clear Satin or Rubio...
  3. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hey there! First off a little bit of background: I've always wanted to work with wood but didn't have the chance until now (no space, no money). I only have basic handtools and some handheld power tools, which should be enough to start the obsession :grin: I've received a lot of wood as a gift...
  4. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hey everyone. My ROS has an issue, so I've been hand sanding a slab that I'm working on. It's a piece of cypress endgrain (cookie), about 2'x3'. I am using a block with some cork taken from a bulletin board glued to the bottom, and with the sandpaper attached. I've sanded it to 400, and spent...
  5. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hello Everyone - I'm preparing to apply a bar top epoxy as the final finish for a slab of wood I've been working on. I purchased EnviroTex Lite and have been reading the directions and have spoken to the company directly regarding application. There is a lot of informaiton on the flood coat...
  6. General Woodworking Discussion
    I am working on a slab of wormy maple (for a coffee bar top) that is pretty punky and rotten in certain places. I am going to be finishing it with Arm-R-Seal and am worried about wasting a bunch that soaks deep into the punky parts of the grain. The slab has a lot of character (and filled epoxy...
  7. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hello Everyone - Happy Thanksgiving! I was planning on removing the bark on my cedar slab this afternoon, but after taking a closer look, there is a branch that extends from bark into the slab that cannot be removed without creating a cavity. I'm now wondering whether I should try to...
  8. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hello - I'm a newbie DIY'er who is constructing a basement bar. I'm in the process of shopping around for my bar top - dimensions need to be around 12' x 24" x 2"+ thick. I do have some flexibility I'm on Long Island and it's hard to find a wood mill - I found one person who was willing sell...
  9. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hi, I inherited two gorgeous wood slabs, and want to sell because they've been in storage for months and I can't think of a use for them (would be perfect as benches or coffee tables, but don't have the space). I am wondering 1) if anyone could help identify the wood species and 2) what the...
  10. Project Showcase
    Hello everyone! First post on this forum. I think this is a good way to start. Just wanted to show off this simple yet effective method. We hope you guys like it. The good thing about this technique is that it preserves the natural colour of wood so it doesn't look plastic and cheap. What...
  11. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hi, All! I have a round walnut slab approximately 36" in diameter. What I'd like to achieve, is an end table...flattened and oiled, with a bowtie key or two. That said, I'm looking for some advice on the flattening piece of the job. How would you recommend I go about getting this thing very...
  12. General Woodworking Discussion
    First off, I'm a totally newbie. I love wood, but I'm just learning... My grandpa made everything he needed for himself and I was too young for him to teach me before he died, so I just decide I'm going to make something and then I learn as I go... I'm handy with tools, good with math, and I...
  13. Project Showcase
    Recently my neighbor gave me a huge slab of cedar that they were gonna make something with. He had filled a lot of the cracks with epoxy but that was as far as it went. It had sat in back yard for a year and was pretty weathered. So in the fashion of my shop I started working on this...
  14. Forestry & Milling
    I have been given a 12 foot by 22 or 23 inch pine slab, I think it still has the bark on what do I do with that? I want to use if for a bar top, air drying just isn't an option I don't have a large enough space to store it for the quite a few years it will take to dry. So what are my options on...
  15. Wood Finishing
    Hey Guys! So I am deciding to take on a project and make a slab wood table out of a nice piece of Buckeye Burl. The slab is unfinished and I am having trouble figuring out the best way to go about this. Any help is appreciated and because I am new to all this could you please spell out all...
  16. Wood Finishing
    Hello Woodworking! I'm new to the forum. I am working on a piece for a friend in the tea world and am facing a situation i hope you guys can help with. This piece is a beautiful slab of black walnut that has been carved, sanded and is ready for finishing. The trick is that when finish it will...
  17. Forestry & Milling
    Hi folks, by way of introduction, my name is Rad and I live on the eastern part of Virginia. I have been digesting the art and science of drying recently and learned that I need guidance. I appreciated the tone and quality of what I have seen on here and so, here goes :thumbup1: I have...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. Forestry & Milling
    Is there any benefit in letting a walnut sit around and age? I know it can be a benefit for other "white" woods, but not sure with walnut. I will seal ends, just not sure when to have my sawyer cut. Thanks!
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