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  1. Good morning, I’d like to make my wife a cutting board for Valentine’s Day. My wood selection is limited to Home Depot. I’d like to make something Two toned. I know I should use hard woods, but I don’t know how to finish it. What to use to seal or safe stains to use, etc. Thanks in advance! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Thanks for everyone's responses! I've tried to use cheap foam brushes and that just didn't work very well at all. My time in between coats is about 4 hours and I sand lightly with 220. I never thought about using minwax or arm-r-seal. It looks like I'll start using old t shirts to apply and save the brushes for painting. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. How is everyone applying poly and what's the clean up? Do I just brush it on and throw the brush away between coats? Doesn't seem cost effective. Do I use thee different brushes and then let them soak in thinner or mineral spirits? Total newbie. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I'll look into cleaning the blade. Should I just google how to align my fence to my blade? Also, my fence only clamps on one side. The other side just kind of sits there. It's a hand me down saw from my grandfather. I don't know if I'm missing pieces or not. I assume I'm not as he gave me the box with all these other pieces and the original instructions. It doesn't look like other pieces are missing. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I have not figured out how to use a block plane very well yet. I've tried everything I can to figure it out, but right now I feel like a monkey screwing a football. I've adjusted the blade a million times to try and get it right. I have 3 block planes that just collect saw dust. Thank you for the compliment though. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I don't know what a featherboard is. I used my hands to apply pressure against the fence and the top of the table saw. Applied pressure down and to the left. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. So to measure the bevels, I just propped the board up against the table and titled until I found the angle I liked and then drew a line. From there I put the board up to the table saw and then tilted the blade until I found the same angle and then I cut the main piece. Put it on the bench and decided if I liked it, cut the prop piece of the back at the same angle. For the part of the prop board that butts up to the main board I propped both pieces up and then drew that line. Angled the saw to match the degree of the line. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Hey guys, I'm relatively new to this world. I've been building odds and ends out of pallets simply because being a single income family with 5 kids under 7 doesn't afford me the funds necessary. Anyway, I was asked by a coworker if I could build her a recipe book holder. I made it out of 1x12 poplar, but I ran into some issues. I couldn't make a straight angled cut to save my life. One cut was 40 degrees and the other two were 25. The table saw just kept wanting to turn it and in some cases it started burning the wood. Any ideas? I'm asking here because I believe you all will be able to see the flaws like I can. Constructive criticism is welcomed. Do I just need a better blade? More patience? Like I said I'm still pretty new and teaching myself as I go. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Damnit! I just got rid of all my scraps! This looks awesome! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. This is amazing! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Can these be bought at Home Depot or lowes? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. James Miller


    If I wanted to buy a paint gun to paint my pieces what would I be looking at? Would regular paint work? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Thanks brother. Unless you say these won't work, I think I'm going with this style. Thanks everyone for helping this newbie out! http://www.rockler.com/heavy-duty-cross-dowel-and-bolt-8-pack Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I'm over in graf. I frequent OBI, I was actually there this morning. I forgot to look for the knock down bolt system. Would platte river fasteners work too? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Thanks gents. I should mention I'm stationed over here in Germany. Any certain sites to buy from? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk