The Woodshop Shed

adventures in woodworking and home maintenance, from my shop in an oversized backyard shed

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Make a Pair of Bench Hooks

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The bench hook is without question one of the most indispensable tools in my wood shop. The force of gravity and the force of using the tool up against a solid fence is all that it takes to keep the …Source

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Testing for Square

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On a crosscut sled, the fence must be absolutely square to the blade. Here's a super-accurate method of testing for square. It makes errors easier to detect by magnifying them by a factor of four. The same method also works …Source

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Shopnotes Podcast Episode 137

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On the last ShopNotes Podcast episode before Thanksgiving, John, Phil, and Logan are gathered around the hearth to give thanks and discuss the cornucopia of woodworking topics of the day.…Source

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Mail Order Lumber Supplier

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Hi Folks.

Years ago, I used to get cherry lumber shipped in due to not having a supplier near me. I am now in a different location and once again, no hardwood suppliers near me.

Is there a general preferred vendor you folks have used to mail order lumber? Any recommendations?

Thank you in advance!

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Lil Thanksgiving holiday project. Poker chip trays

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Our middle daughter's roommate is getting into playing poker and he asked if I could build some chip trays.

Main body is pine and the end caps are mahogany.

All scraps from the bin.

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Old Bed: Restoration or New Projects?

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We are in the process of downsizing and my wife has an old bed (150 yrs?) that we have moved with us multiple times. It's decision time regarding it's final fate. Structurally, it is in bad shape and would take major restoration to actually use it. I know where I am on this, but would be interested in the wisdom of this crowd.

Options are:

1) Full restoration to usable state - I will not do this, would have to hire someone.
2) Try to sell it. Have no idea if anyone would want it.
3) Give it away. (but I like the wood....)
4) Chop it up into it's usable parts and make keepsake items for the family.

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I cleaned up some of the wood with mineral spirits, as you can see it is gorgeous. Likely walnut, I'm guessing, although I did see a board (uncleaned) that looked like mahogany.


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Sliding Door Bookcase

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Dust-Free Display and No Hinges to Mount! Glass doors make a bookcase, but doors that swing on hinges are a pain to install. Ditto for doors that lift open and slide backon a Barrister's bookcase, for example. Regular sliding doors …Source

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December to Remember Giveaway 2022

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Welcome to the December to Remember 2022 Sweepstakes! Popular Woodworking Magazine and its sponsors …Source

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glass door

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I'm making an interior barn door with a poplar frame and one large glass lite. The glass will sit in rabbets. How much extra space do I need in the rabbets to account for wood expansion/contraction so the glass isn't stressed?

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Crosscut Sled Scale

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My crosscut sled is my “go-to” jig for precise, square cuts. Recently, I added this self-adhesive tape scale - called Peel-n-Stick Ruler Tape - that makes it even more efficient. You can buy this tape on Amazon or at …Source

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Yet Another Rendezvous With Our New but Broken Bamboo Chairs

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If you recall, a few weeks ago, I wrote about the unexpected repair job I performed on one of our newly bought solid mahogany chairs (read parts one and two here). What I didn't expect is that I would have …Source

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Woodworking in America: Sammy D

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We're interviewing makers from across the country. Today we're featuring Sammy D, a woodworker and entrepreneur owner from Connecticut. How did you get started woodworking? I began about eight or nine years ago when my (now)ex-husband bought a fixer-upper and, …Source

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Does anyone own the South Bend SB1099 - 3 HP Cyclone Dust Collector?

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Does anyone own theSouth Bend SB1099 - 3 HP Cyclone Dust Collector?

And if so how do you like it?

https://www.grizzly.com/products/south-b...tor/sb1099

I have low 86" high ceilings in my garage shop and this unit is 81" high. Most of the 2 or 3hp machines are too high for my shop. I really liked Laguna but they are too high.

I want to cry once, and upgrade, so don't want to have to do this again. I want to have some idea if South Bend has decent quality, reliability, and fit and finish. I could only find two reviews on it, on the Grizzly site.

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How to Make A Perfect Countersink

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Countersink first, drill the pilot hole second. That may sound backward, but it's the easiest way to ensure a perfect countersink.Source

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Putting the shooting board to work

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You may remember I developed a couple of different shooting boards earlier this year. Today I used the bevel feature to shoot the ends of the aprons that wrap around a bench I'm working on.

The aprons wrap around that shelf on the top of the legs. BTW, the bench is cherry veneer over plywood.

I cut the apron pieces on my chop saw maybe 1/32" long and thentuned the final fit with theshooting board. You get much cleaner surfaces off the shooting board.



The advantage of the tilting bevel over the donkey ear approach isn't obvious with this piece, but the long aprons are 59" long, a little hard to hold in good alignment against a donkey ear but easy on this shooting board, just add support for the outboard end and go to it w/o struggling. And in case you forgot or didn't know, this shooting board can do any miter angle and mostbevel angles, separately or in combination.

Here's what it looks like on one end after shooting the miters.



Thanks for looking. I'll post something when the bench is done.

John

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Router Table Tenoning Jig

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My simple tenoning jig produces flawless tenons in minutes even haunched tenons. The jig consists of a sled with a glued-on support block and a screwed-on sacrificial backstop. The sled and support block are flush on the work side and …Source

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Armorite Exterior MDF

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Just watched a youtube about this new exteriorMDF by Roseberg. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJ50NmqyYiE
Has anyone used this new offering? How is it priced compared to regular MDF? I went to their website and searched for local distributors but came up empty in a 300 mile circle. Is it that new?
I could imagine it will become popular for many uses besides outside objects if it lives up to its advertising- Painted baseboards and bathroom cabinetry for instance. I used a lot of MDF in my workshop furniture. Much of it is twenty or more years old.Over all it has held up nicely.
Ilive in the great white north so humidity has not been a problem with regular MDF but how about you othersthat live in the humid areas of the country? Does MDF in a non environmentallycontrolled shop deteriorate?

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Confused: Anemometer, FPM, Bill Pentz, drops etc

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I bought an anemometer to measure how well my old DC ( Delta 50-760, 1.5 hp ) attached to a Super Dust Deputy is performing.

I measured FPM at each of the 4" drops around the shot ( my straight runs are also 4" ), and it looks like I'm getting roughly 2300 FPM at each drop. I don't think I've ever had any major clogging in my system
over the years, but recently I've been looking to optimize the system without spending too much. I also replaced the filter bag and have it vented outside, which I like a lot, don't have to deal with filter bags etc.

I think my calculation for CFM is also correct, 2300/(2squared*3.1416)=183 CFM at the drops. I'm thinking this performance is probably "meh" at best. I'm thinking of doing a couple of things: replace all my stove pipe straight runs with 4" spiral pipe and compatiblefittings and geta better chip bin that I know is air tight.

I thought I'd try these things first, before biting the bullet and upgrading my Dust Collector itself. Thing is, if I upgrade to all 4" spiraland then I go with a more powerful system I may have wished my straight runs were 6", but I think 6" may be too big for my current DC which has a 5" inlet.

Any opinions from the woodnet crowd?

Thanks, Dave

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2022 Gift Guide

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Welcome to the 2022 edition of the Popular Woodworking gift guide! This year we're featuring a ton of great gifts for woodworkers, no matter what skill level they're at. Know your price point? Jump right in below, or keep scrolling …Source

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Catalyzed Finishes

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Apply a professional, quick-drying and durable finish at home. You may have heard of catalyzed finishes: pre-catalyzed lacquer, post-catalyzed lacquer and catalyzed or conversion varnish. These finishes are commonly used in industry and in cabinet and professional refinishing shops. …Source

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measure twice and still mess it up!

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So on my kitchen cabinet build, there is a bank of 6 drawers, frameless full overlay cabinets, undermount soft close slides that mount to the inside walls of the carcass.

I measured, twice even, and told myself not to make this mistake (since I almost made it on another bank of drawers which I did properly.)... but I messed it upanyway!

I made the front and backs of all 6 boxes in this particular drawer bank too short - essentially I made the outer dimensions (left to right) what the inner dimension needed to be to fit over the slides.

I'm hemming and hawing between going out and buying more maple, acclimating it, milling it down and making new fronts and backs for these 6 drawers, or just putting 3/8" spacers between the slides and the cabinet walls to make up for it. With the drawers closed you'd never know the difference.. with them open, I suppose if you were looking for it, you'd see it.. what to do.. what to do...

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Wood thickness

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I am wanting to make my daughter a baton case similar to what is shown. Her handle os 0.8" in diameter so I was going to use a 1" box core bit to make the slot for the handle. I was going to make the slot 0.5" deep on both sides. My question is how thin can I have the wood between the bottom of the slot and the outside of the case? I don't want to do more than 1/4" but I was wondering if I could go as thin as 1/8"? The shaft slot is getting a 1/4" box core bit about 1/4" deep. I am not worried about that one.


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What white opaque finish would you use?

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Posting up here for better traffic.

I'm getting ready to help a friend finish a new set of kitchen cabinets and 3 vanities. This is new construction finishing in place. I believe poplar frames and mdf middle fields. The color will be an off white SW 7008 Alabaster color.

I am leaning heavily towards a white tinted pre cat solvent based lacquer. Also thinking a Gemini product unless I have to go SW for the color. I try to avoid SW because they're always more expensive for me. Great products but not always best value, IMO.

I'll be using an airless Graco sprayer with fine finish tip. It will pump and atomize pretty much anything.

What finish would you use? I know there's a lot of new products out there that I haven't been able to use. The architectural trim will be painted with Ben Moore Advanced waterbourne enamel trim paint.

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Woodworking in America: Trey Lord

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We're interviewing makers from across the country. Today we're featuring Trey Lord, a woodworker and entrepreneur owner from Washington, D.C. How did you get started woodworking? Who were your mentors? Honestly just kind of picked it up, and never had …Source

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White Oak

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Scientific Name: Quercus Alba Other Common Names: Swamp Chestnut, Chestnut Oak, Overcup Oak. Growing Regions: USA, Canada and Mexico. Characteristics of Tree: A moderate- ly sized tree, it can reach a height of 100 feet with a trunk diameter of …Source

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Which concealed fasteners for accent ceiling?

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I'm doing about a 400-500 sq/ft cherry accent ceiling in my basement. I'm wanting to install them like the fancy ipe and other exotic pre-grooved decking. Already got a stack of cheery and can route my own groove. Will be leaving about a 5/32" gap to accommodate the screws used with the hidden fasteners. I like this route over T&G or shiplap because I'll be able to remove boards if needed to access the utilities at some point. I like the look of the Ipe Clip but they're close to $1 each after shipping and tax. Would really not like to spend $500 just on fasteners.

https://buy.advantagelumber.com/collecti...5439508522

https://buy.advantagelumber.com/products...4453649450

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Shopnotes Podcast Episode 136

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On this week's episode of the Podcast, Phil and John give the latest update on the Woodsmith World and discuss the things in the shop we avoid doing. …Source

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When Irony is Unintentionally Built Into a Coffee Table

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A Game of Thrones inspired coffee table meets a tragic (and ironic) end.Source

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beginnings of work benches

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The wood is Ash, the thickness is 1 1/16, and the width is 19". And I like building workbenches. The log was just over 17 foot. I gave the other half to the sawyer for his work.We loaded it on his trailer and took it to his mill about 3 miles away.


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The next two are the proceeds from a different dead Ash tree which is now at the sawyer's, yet to be cut up
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And the last two are of me and my wifenot wasting any part of the tree. She is 76 and I am 77 and we split 100 % of what you see. People liketo post pictures of their projects, and this is just a different slant on the long fall project. I will admit I like working wood but the last part did get a little old.


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Thanks for looking,

Tom

PS: I do not know how the repeat picture got in there but.

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Got to repair a benchtop today

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So on alternate Sundays, I volunteer at the Kansas City Woodworkers' Guild shop. We are there to help with large glue-ups, make sure people don't do something (too) stupid, maintain equipment, etc.

Normally I spend an hour or two doing basic maintenance on the hand tool collection. Cleaning, sharpening, whatever. But I also look after the benches and worktops. I've done several patch jobs in the past. Things happen, chisels, saws, miss-drilled holes...

Today I found what looked like a hole from a router bit, the sort of ragged hole you might expect when setting down a still running router. Whoops!

So quick check with the powers that govern shop use to see if my preferred patch would be OK. Then off to find a bit of walnut, a quick visit to the Noun Project for the appropriate art work and et' viola, it is complete.


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The patching was done with my Shaper Origin. Haven't gotten to use it in a while for a complete "project". Mostly been using it to prototype some patterns for a slowly progressing project. This was fun. I may come back and do some additional details, eyes & mouth, with some maple later.

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Kiln-Dried vs. Air-Dried LumberKnow Before Purchasing

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Every good woodworking project starts with properly-dried wood that won't cause you moisture issues in the future. And unless you want picking out wood to be a big guessing gameand a surefire hazard for your projectthen it's of the utmost …Source

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David's Walnut Bowl - Part 2

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After Dave excavated the bowl and trimmed the end grain, he sanded the inner bowl and was ready to add one more element – a stabilizing leg that would level the bowl. As I mentioned last week, each of the …Source

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Adjustable Thin-strip Jig

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Here is my adjustable jig for ripping thin strips on a table saw. Used with a push stick and zero-clearance insert, it keeps my hands a safe distance away from the sawblade. The base is MDF that's 3…Source

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Powder Post Beetles

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I built a box app. 16' x 5' x 4' to enclose some wood from the old barn. It is infested with powder post beetles but I want to save it. It is loosely piled in.
I have read that hot temps between 120-140 for 24 hours will kill them.
I have read that freezing temps for 5-7 days will kill them.
I didn't know if there was a third option. Any consumer bug bombs or something of that sort that I could throw in there to kill the buggers?

If we have a prolonged cold snap this winter, I plan to remove the end plywood to freeze them but a multi-pronged approach would make me feel better.
And if there are no consumer chemicals aerosols available, I will also try to use heat next summer.

TIA

Toney

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Shopnotes Podcast Episode 135

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On this episode of the ShopNotes Podcast, Phil, John, and Logan, are talking about transitioning your shop to cold weather work, an update on Logan's new shop building, and some fun new tools and projects going on in the Woodsmith …Source

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What will happen to your tools when you die?

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A bit morbid perhaps but still a serious question. As we get older many of us increasingly consider our own mortality, even though we may not talk about it much. Many of us also have quite a lot of mooney tied up in tools and machinery while having family who have little or no knowledge of the true value of our kit or how they might realise it. Selling it on ebay is one answer but that that depends on having the knowledge required to describe it accurately and will they want to spend the considerable amount of time needed to sell the contents of a well equipped workshop when they have busy lives of their own.. All too often I'm afraid such collections end up in the hands of dealers who exploit ignorance and pay a tiny fraction of the real value.

So what to do? I don't have any easy solutions, but one thing we can do is to review our inventory. If my experience is anything to go by, as we get older the projects we take on get smaller as does the range of tools we use. Couple this with the woodworker's natural tendency to acquire a lot of kit over time and analysis of your inventory will very likely reveal a lot of kit that rarely, if ever, gets used, and get rid of it now. I did this about a year ago and was be surprised at how it built up to quite a sizeable sum. If you need the money that's great or you can give it to the kids. I was in the lucky position of not needing the money so decided to donate it to the cancer charity for whom my son-in-law worked was a fund-raiser at the time which made both of us very happy.

I still have the problem of the rest of my stuff but at least it's a bit smaller. I w ould be very glad to hear of any ingenious solutions other members of the forum may have come up with.


Jim

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Cribbage Board Peg Holder

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I am looking for some ideas for holding metalcribbage board pegs. I am building a cribbage board with the holes encircling a cut out pocket of a lake that will be filled with blue epoxy. I would like a neat method of storing the pegs with the board. I have seen a pocket cut into the edge of thebottom with a sliding thin metal "door" to trap them in the pocket. I also tried experimenting with a pocket with magnets in the bottom of the pocket to hold the metal pegs. This takes a shallow pocket and a lot of magnets because after the pegs are a couple layers deep the magnet doesn't retain them any more. Neither of these methods appeal to me so looking for any other clever ideas people have used. I only have slightly over 5/8" thickness to work with and the lake and holes take up the majority of the surface area.

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Mahogany

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Scientific Name: Swietenia macrophylla Other Common Names: Honduras mahogany, Belize mahogany, Bigleaf mahogany, Mara, Acajou, Caoba. Growing Regions: Mahogany is found in Central and Latin America. The trees grow mainly in dry forests but can also be found in moist …Source

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David's Walnut Bowl - Part 1

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Last Memorial day weekend, I returned to Peters Valley School of Crafts to teach a Live Edge furniture-making class. Our class was on the short side; concise and intensive. My three students worked hard and completed their project short of …Source

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Mobilizing a Contractor's Saw

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My contractor saw shares a garage with my car, so it's stowed against a wall when not in use. It's not an easy thing to drag into place when it's time to set up for woodworking, so I decided to …Source

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Should I Joint or just Plane?

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I picked up some wide cherry boards, 14 inches that will become a dresser top that will be 22 wide. They are pretty flat to start with. I usually run boards through a jointer first and then a planer. My max with to joint is 8 inches. So, my question is should I:

1.Just run then through the planer as is?
2.Cut them in half on the bandsaw to keep the grain flow together and then joint, plane them and glue back together?

I've done option 2 before and I can always see the cut mark. If I were to just plane them, I will still need to match the grain to make a panel and cut to size. I never tried this with such a wide board. I would hate to see this warp over time.

Thanks,

Mike

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Digital Woodworking

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Learn how computers, software and CNCs can contribute in your shop. There are a lot of ways to do woodworking. For example, there's more than a dozen ways to make mortises and tenons. The same is true for almost …Source

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Did You Know We Have a Podcast?

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Way back in 2020 our sister publication Woodsmith launched new podcast called the ShopNotes Podcast, which included then-Woodsmith editor Logan Wittmer. Logan has been in charge here at Popular Woodworking for over a year now, but we never got around …Source

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Blum Hinge help needed

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I have built 4 laundry cabinets for a neighbor and can't figure what hinge and mounting plate to use. I like the adjustability of the Blum hinges. The hinge that I am looking at is for 3/8 overlay, soft close, clip top for a frameless cabinet. The mounting plates come in different sizes like 0, 1, 2 and 3. I can't figure which mounting plate to use. I have built these to surprise the neighbors wife who is expected back in 10 days.I need to order these tonight. Any help is appreciated.

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Flying Sawdust

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Flying Sawdust Last summer, due to the heat, I covered my portable saw with a canvas tarp and retreated to the cooler air inside my basement shop. For two months, the saw sat under the shed roof, unattended, until I …Source

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