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  1. I'm back for more help! My wife and I were given a dining table and chair set as a wedding gift a few years ago. My wife grew up eating at this dining set, and it is all in remarkably good shape considering she had 4 siblings. While all the wood is in decent shape and structurally sound, a couple of the chairs have a bit of wobble in the joints. In taking one apart, they are held together with some screws and dowel joints. As far as I can tell, on each of the dowel joints, it looks like only one side of the dowel was glued. In most of the joints held together with screws, no glue was used and
  2. I’ve used it to occasionally send and receive money for many years and never experienced any shady business on Paypal’s part. Just keep in mind that they will almost always side with the buyer in the event of a dispute. Not sure what you’re planning on selling, but hopefully that won’t be an issue.
  3. Inhaling any sort of dust or debris is never good, and can easily cause some mild respiratory irritation. It is very unlikely that the short exposure you had would cause any serious or lasting harm. As others mentioned, best to avoid breathing it in and wear a dust mask when possible, especially with treated lumber.
  4. Yeah, over the winter I made the mistake of leaving everything in the garage. We had a particularly cold winter and all of my glue and water based finishes froze. After having to throw all of that away and buy new, I won’t make that mistake again. I have a bin in my indoor closet to keep surplus glue and finishes.
  5. I finally had a few more minutes in the shop today. I broke down the boards with rough sizes of parts laid out on them into more manageable sizes. I'll run these through the planer to make sure they are the same thickness. Some will be ~3/4" and some will be ~1/2", and I did think ahead and grouped parts with the same thickness together. I also started gluing up the leg stock. I'm going for ~2.5" square, so I ripped the boards to a bit under 3" just to be sure I end up with enough material so I can square it up later. I ripped one board per leg a bit wider than the others so
  6. Welcome and nice project! I am also pretty new to the forums, but have already seen a lot of friendly and constructive criticism and advice on here. A recent issue of FWW had an article about some nice pine furniture. I'll add a pic when I find it. It reminded me that not all pine is the big box variety of pine. Though, in some settings, I do really like the look of SYP furniture. You may enjoy looking at some of the older builds on Jay Bates' youtube channel, he has several project videos using SYP. We have a mass produced "rustic" pine coffee table that was given to us, and it the
  7. I previously had a cheap 15" HP laptop that had a touchscreen on it, but I never used it. The hinge wasn't sturdy enough to keep the screen from wobbling with each touch, and I found that far more annoying than the touchscreen was useful. I now have a Dell XPS 13 without touchscreen. With the smaller screen and better hinges, I don't think this one would have the wobbling problem, but I still don't have any desire for a touchscreen. Laptop screens get smudgy enough, even without poking at them all the time. That being said, I do also have an iPad and it may be that I naturally use that an
  8. True. And hopefully you aren't like me- the first thing I do when showing a completed project to my wife or other family members is point out all of the mistakes I made.
  9. Excellent fix! You'll be the only one that knows it was patched. I'm looking forward to watching this progress!
  10. I have an old midi lathe (original Nova Comet), and I've been a fan of the midi size. It can turn more than pens and bottle stoppers, but can also fairly easily be moved around and stored away when not in use, if space is limited. Just keep in mind that the cost of accessories quickly exceeds the cost of a lathe, especially if you go with a Harbor Freight lathe. Depending on what you want to turn and what comes with your lathe, you may need to buy a chuck, various chuck jaws, mandrels, drill chuck, faceplates, tool rests, and of course the turning tools. Also think about what you'll need
  11. Do you go faster or slower as you get higher in the grits? I usually leave the speed alone, but only because I haven't been told or tried otherwise. I have noticed that I get some swirl marks when I hook up the shop vac to the ROS, especially when I come back from a break and start sanding with the hook and loop on the ROS base instead of a sanding disc. edit: wtnhighlander beat me to the question.
  12. I'd call General Finishes and let them know. There may have been an issue with the batch, or they may have another idea of what is causing the bubbling. It's definitely not normal, ARS is generally an easy and foolproof product to use.
  13. Having them all wide open is not necessarily correct. If the other branches have much less resistance (fewer turns, shorter runs, more efficient duct sizing, etc), then there won't be enough air going to your daughter's room to bring it to a similar temperature as the rest of the house. Dampers are much better at redistributing airflow than registers. In the house we are renting now, the bedroom I use as an office is on the second floor and has wast facing windows. The rest of the house would be comfortable, but I'd be sweating just sitting in that room. Even though the run to this room
  14. Have you adjusted the dampers on the main trunks of the ductwork? Closing off other registers will not do much if there isn’t much air going to that trunk to begin with.
  15. The arbor nut (female threads) is loose on the arbor (make threads)? Or does the arbor itself wobble, as if there is a bad bearing/bushing inside the saw?
  16. I have my wood stickered, but I didn’t have much weight on top. I checked a few more boards, and so far it was just a couple of the boards on the top level that had a slight bow. Again, these may have had the bow in them when I bought them. I did put the nicer lumber at the bottom to make sure it has plenty of weight on it.
  17. Minor update: I started laying out some of the parts on my lumber last night. As stated before, most of the desk will be poplar since it will be painted, but I will use maple for the top since it is harder. I laid out most of the poplar parts for the main desk, and about half of the maple top. The rest of my maple is stacked under a bunch of poplar, so I'll have to dig that out. Some of my poplar moved a bit since I bought it, or maybe I didn't inspect the boards thoroughly. Not much twist but there is a bit of a bow to a couple of the boards I had on top of the stack. I laid out the part
  18. Have you found generic squares that aren't actually square? I hear a bunch of people (especially brands like WP) bash inexpensive squares for being less than square, but I haven't seen evidence of that. I've checked all of the various squares I have bought or inherited over the years, of various quality levels and purpose, and they are all square. At least as close as I can measure by making a knife line, flipping and checking against the original knife line.
  19. I’m glad I’m not the only one with drawer struggles. They look so easy and foolproof in the videos, but it never goes as quickly and smoothly when I build them. Does it just take building dozens of drawers to really figure out and streamline the process that works best for you? I had this exact problem with a couple slides and tried moving the slide components back and forth along the carcase, but didn’t try shimming away from it. I’ll have to go back and give this a try.
  20. The thing that annoys me most about IG is that any time I like or comment on the post of a bigger name (Cremona, Spags, Howarth, etc), I get a flood of follow requests from these generic woodworking accounts that just post clickbait and reposts of reposts, probably not giving credit to the original creator. I know that they are not genuine follow requests wanting to see my 7 posts, maybe two of which are woodworking related. But I have noticed some accounts resorting to quantity over quality. I usually unfollow them once they go too far down that rabbit hole. Same with youtube channels.
  21. I'll try that out and see which she prefers. Good thought. Good catch. I had meant to do that. They are vertical, but I agree that it looks like they are slightly splayed. Curves is a good idea, then I can buy a bandsaw! I'll mock up a couple ideas with curves and see what she likes best. She has requested to have some outlets/usb charging ports in the back of the top section. At most she will have a laptop and a phone/iPad charger going, so it won't need a lot of cable management. But I'll probably add something like that just in case. I
  22. A little more headway on the design. I feel like the frame and panel sides look a bit goofy. I have the top rail at 3" to match the height of the top drawers, and the lower rails at 1.5". Adding a center stile helped, but I'm not sure if or how I should adjust it. Maybe it doesn't matter. In the space this is sized to fit, you won't be able to see the sides, but they may be visible when it is moved to another location. Any thoughts?
  23. I worked at a local chain hardware store for years. I mixed and sold several brands of paint, and was always amazed at the range of feedback I'd get from our customers (some homeowners, some contractors/business owners). However, you could never make a direct comparison because there were too many conditions and factors at play. Coverage varies greatly based on substrate color and paint color (not just light vs. dark). Adhesion can be greatly affected by substrate/air temperature, humidity, cleanliness, how well it was mixed, etc. It's not often you get a direct comparison like this, wher