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Cutting and Drying Logs into Boards

“I have some red-oak, hickory, cherry, red elm, and spalted maple that I want to cut into boards. I have a band saw mill. Should I cut the boards into 5/4, 11/8, or 1″ material? I also want some 4″ mantel material. Should I let it air dry or have it kiln dried? Should I… Read more

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Preparing Stiles and Rails for Raised Panel Doors

“When preparing stiles and rails for raised panel doors, my work is frequently plagued by tear out on the edges. This becomes readily apparent on the long cut, where there is a thin section on the back side of approximately 1/16″ and the edge of the curved section on the face side. The type of… Read more

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Using Drywall Plaster or Stucco as a Wood Filler

“I am currently working on a project using bird’s eye maple. This wood has many indentations and is difficult to sand smooth. I have heard of a method where drywall plaster or stucco is applied onto the wood to provide a filler. Does this work? And does this filler dry clear so that a wood… Read more

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Breakfast Bar Mounting

“I am building a breakfast bar from the extra fir T&G flooring we put in our kitchen, but I can’t think of any way to mount it to the wall studs that would be strong enough. It is 15″ x 72″ x 1″ & I have studs on 16″ centers. The wall is covered with… Read more

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Shaper vs Router Table

“I am starting to build a wood shop, and plan to do some cabinet making. I have been pricing out router tables. By the time I figure in the cost of a lift, another router, and the table, it wouldn’t cost much more to just buy a shaper. What are the pros and cons of… Read more

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Biscuit Joinery Techniques

“I am building a wine chest and it uses biscuit joints as the joinery method. This is the first time I have used this method of joinery. Can you provide some information on how to install the biscuits? Specifically, can you address what type of glue I should use, and if clamps should be used… Read more

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Cutting a Small Access Door

“I have a finished piece of furniture that I need to cut a rectangular access door into and I would like to hinge the piece I cut out. The size would be roughly 4″ x 6″ for the access. I need to cut 4, very thin cuts through the wood face to make the rectangle,… Read more

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Bench Dog Hole Spacing

“I recently built a new workbench with a front vise and a tail vise. I purchased some bench dogs to use with my new bench, but I’m not sure how to space the holes for the bench dogs. I’m reluctant to start drilling holes into my new bench without some advice regarding the appropriate spacing… Read more

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Using Air Dried Lumber

“I have a barn full of red oak, some black walnut and some white oak; it was sawn by my Dad 7 to 9 years ago. It seems to be very dry and ready to be used. The material is off of our farm and I would like to use the material for tongue and… Read more

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Solar Kiln Plans and Dimensions

“I viewed the WWGOA video Logs to Lumber and I’m interested in building a solar kiln. Where can I go to get plans? Can you give me rough dimensions on the one featured in the video? I live near Nashville Tennessee, and I would like to know what roof angle I would need for my… Read more

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