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  1. Design & Plans
    Hello I am currently in the process of designing a workbench. My main feature would be that one side of the workbench has some soldering/electric/cutting mats stuck on it for my most common requirements, and the other side of the top is left perfectly flat wood for when i need it for general...
  2. Wood Finishing
    Its been a few days since I picked up this beautiful bargain 2.4 m solid teak display table to use for my kitchen island/ diner. The plan for it was for the top to be refinished and we would be set to reuse it. I have noticed now that it has a slight sag in the centre. The sag difference is...
  3. 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...
  4. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hi all, i've made the base of my 3’ x 5’ kitchen island and am now at the stage of getting the wood for the 5'x9' top. I am getting 2"x8"x10' reclaimed chestnut that is at least 100 yr old. The island top will over-hang about on 3 sides of the base and will be supported by 2 legs and one big...
  5. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hi everybody, For my first attempt at woodworking I'm (ambitiously) trying to build a dinner table using reclaimed wood. To start with, I got a batch of 14 pieces of backside-planed reclaimed oak barn lumber off a shop on ebay. Since I'm entirely new to woodworking I have a bunch of questions...
  6. Joinery
    I'm making a table top out of 2x8 kiln dried doug fir. I used biscuits and edge glued the top itself, but for the breadboards I was trying to figure out the best/easiest way to attach them, which are also 2x8's. I know mortise and tenon is probably the best and I do have a router to cut them...
  7. Design & Plans
    Gonna be building a dining table. Daughter wants it expandable (ie, at least one leaf). Wife thinks it would be neat if the top boards ran lengthways instead of across. She thinks it would be no more of a problem to cut the lengthways board and fit a lengthways leaf in than it is to do it with...
  8. Wood Finishing
    We just bought a farm table, constructed from reclaimed barn wood from southern Missouri. We transported the table in a closed trailer, from the Midwest to Northern CA during the summer heat... when we removed the carefully packed table...surprise, there was a huge crack along the grain of one...
  9. General Woodworking Discussion
    Just noticed that a couple of the boards I bought a few weeks ago for a table top are slightly warped across the length. Six foot boards for a planned five foot table top are, when laid on a flat surface, maybe a quarter inch high at the center or ends. Not sure if I just failed to look...
  10. Wood Finishing
    I have a slab wood table top (see photos). It is completely planed and sanded and is ready for finishing except that there are couple small knot holes in the top. I want to fill these in prior to finishing the table so bits of food, etc. don't get lost in the holes. Any suggestions for what to...
  11. General Woodworking Discussion
    The glass patio table top shattered due to temperature extremes. I plan to replace it with a 3/8" MDO plywood. The top is roughly 3.5' x 6' and is oval. My options for cutting it are an older low-end jigsaw (which I think will work better to cut the oval) or an older low-end 7-1/4" circular saw...
  12. General Woodworking Discussion
    My wife and I built a table for our kitchen using a design that uses 2 x 6's across the table top. As better woodworkers would have realized, these 2 x 6s have rounded edges, leaving shallow little ditches between the planks. Our 2-year-old would have filled those ditches with mashed peas, we...
  13. General Woodworking Discussion
    I am wanting to build a dining table out of 8/4 white oak, and I am concerned about it cupping after it is glued up and planed. It will be roughly 8' long and 3' wide. What is the best way to glue it and ultimately design it to prevent it from warping with the change in temps?
  14. Wood Finishing
    I am ready to apply a finish to a coffee table built from solid mahogany. As a coffee table generally sees a lot of traffic, I want a finish that will be durable and will also define the beauty of the wood. The table top was done as a glue-up and has had the grain filled with Behrens water...
  15. 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
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