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  1. Thanks for the response. The kit is beautiful, but it's 1400 bucks! I also see what you mean about the headrest. I think I might put the project on the backburner for now. We're also having a baby soon, and I would hate to start the project and not finish it, or feel rushed. Thanks!
  2. Hi! I'm interested in building a rocker for my wife, and before I start on this endeavor, I'd like to know what I'm getting myself into. I've seen a number of sites offer "Nancy's Rocker and Footstool". Woodcraft has it here... http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2080767/30004/Nancys-Rocker-and-Footstool-Plan-AFD-415.aspx I was wondering if anybody has built this, and if somebody can comment on it. Do you like it? Was it hard? It says you need a lathe, do you really need one? How big of a bandsaw do you need? Would a 10" tabletop work? I would consider myself somewhere between a beginner and advanced woodworking. I do have a lot of tools, but a lathe isn't one of them. I think it would be fun to build, but just looking to see if others have done this. Thanks!
  3. Thanks for the tips. I ended up going with the sawdust and bullseye shellac. So far, it looks good and sanded well. I'm going to be putting a coat of stain on it this weekend and we'll see what happens with it. I was afraid to use the glue because of a possibility it may not soak up the stain and leave a blotch. It's hard to believe I've been working on this project for over a month!
  4. Thanks for the information. Will do next time!
  5. Thanks for the responses. I didn't use other types of joinery. I suppose I could tack them with a brad nailer, but I think the screws + glue looks nicer. On the other hand, the splitting wood looks worse. I think part of my problem may have been me using too small of drill bit. Plus, I drilled the holes in a press and I think I may have put the screws in on an angle. It seemed like when I redrilled them with a larger bit and at the same angle they were going in, things were a little better, but still not 100%. So, is the lesson here that if the wood splits, switch to a larger drill bit to predrill?
  6. Hi! I'm in the middle of making a glider/slider rocker for outside. I'm making it out of cedar, but for some reason, the wood frequently splits while driving screws in. I've tried pre-drilling, pre-drilling with countersinking, driving it slower, and applying bar soap on the screw threads so it gets screwed in better. I can say that the soap trick worked well, but it didn't totally eliminate the issue. So, I was wondering, does anybody have any tips, ideas, or hints on why this is happening and how to prevent it? I'm almost done with my project, but it would be good to know in the future too. Thanks!
  7. Hi! I made a little mistake on a cedar swinger rocker that I'm currently building. There's a corner of the leg that is cut out on top, and there's a big gap there now. I made some shims to fill most of the dead space, but I'd like to make it look nicer. I've read about using shellac with the fine sawdust (flour) from sanding. Since I am new to woodworking, I'm trying to figure out how to do this? Do you just buy the "Bullseye" shellac and mix in the dust until it forms into a peanut butter consistency? Do you buy the raw shellac flakes? How do you melt them down? Heat or do you use a chemical? Thanks!
  8. Thanks for the info. When you say "Ivory Snow", do yo mean the laundry detergent? I was between the Sikken's and the Cabot's Stain. I'd like to stay away from Behr because I've used it before and didn't have much luck with it. Thanks!
  9. Hi! This is a gray area on the forum as nobody has brought this up in the finishing area yet. I have a feeling that the forum is for 'fine woodworking' and not really house maintenance, but feel like this could also be applied as many of us making outdoor furniture. I've recently taken on the task of building a sliding glider from the woodworking magazine and it would be good knowledge on how to finish this as well. Anyways, my question is that I have about a 200' western cedar fence in my backyard that I'm looking at staining. The fence is about 5 months old and still looks new. It hasn't grayed, doesn't have much dirt on it, or anything like that. My first question is do I have to powerwash it if it looks OK? My second question is what to use on it so it will last the longest. I'm thinking about using Cabot's Semi-Solid Deck & Siding Stain #1400 Series on it, spraying it with an airless sprayer and then backbrushing it. Is Cabot's good stuff? Would you recommend using something else? Thanks!
  10. I've been thinking more about it and reading through all the other posts. As much as I love "DIY", I think any injury requiring more than apply pressure for a half hour probably requires medical attention. Yes, I used the blood clotter stuff, but the ER did it and I didn't make that decision. The previous poster made a good point about this. What happens if you have to reattach a finger, but you clotted it, which prevents reattachment? I'm sure we always panic in times of emergencies and sometimes go in shock and make bad decisions. I think it's always good advice to keep 911 on speed dial and know when to use it if you have to. You would hate to do more damage because you didn't go to a medical professional first. Stay Safe!
  11. I want to say that I've had this stuff used on me before and it works great! A few years ago, I was slicing something with a mandolin and I guess I was pressing too hard and my finger got a slice taken off. It wouldn't stop bleeding, so after about an hour, I decided to go to the emergency room. They decided that stitches were unnecessary as it wasn't deep, so they poured this powder on my finger. It looked almost like charcoal or gunpowder, but I'm pretty sure it was QuickClot, or something similar to it. They gave me a packaged 'vial' to take home in case I needed it again. It worked great, but it burned and stung when it was on there for awhile. When I say it burned, it REALLY burned to the point where I guess I almost passed out. It worked out absolutely great, but it burned like something I have never felt before. I'd recommend having some of this stuff around, especially if you're taking blood thinners!
  12. It's great to hear what others say. It sounds like some people like it and others don't. I can understand it can be a positive thing, especially if you're in a class or somebody is showing you how to do something. We all don't know everything, and it is helpful to pickup tips or advice. On the other hand, there's a lot of times where I'd rather be alone with my wood. It's kind of like having 'me' time, allowing 'me' to do whatever, and make and learn from my mistakes.
  13. Hi! I was wondering what others think about this. How do you feel about woodworking with others? For me, it's relaxing to turn on some AM radio, go into the garage, and build something all by myself. I've never worked on a project with somebody else, but I would think it would take away from some of the relaxation time. So, what do you think? Would you rather work on a project by yourself, or work on a project with somebody else?
  14. Wow, that's amazing the guy came out to your house. Now that's customer service!!! I called SawStop up, and I must say that they were extremely nice and helpful. They explained how the blade guard thing worked, what to mail, and what I should expect. I was also caught offguard because I was expecting a "Press 1 for ...". When I was going through the box last night, I came across two small boxes, which I believe are the wings. I didn't unpack anything, but they were heavy. I was able to lift it up myself and they probably weigh about 20lbs each. So, I'm not sure if they're the sheet metal ones or the cast iron ones. I suppose a plus for the sheet metal ones is that they won't rust. Thanks again for the info. Hopefully, I can get to unpacking it a little more tonight and start monkeying around with it!!
  15. Thanks again for the information and the tips. I went to woodcraft last night to pick it up and thought that it would be a couple of moderately heavy boxes. Nope, a couple of light boxes and one really heavy one. The salesman and myself tried to lift it up, but it wouldn't budge. He was then able to use a pallet lift dolly and we slid it into my SUV. Getting it out was a trick, since it's only my wife and I. We rigged a little slide up made out of a wooden ladder and just slid it out of the car and onto the cement floor of the garage. I'll probably set it up later in the week, when I can get some help. I've been to woodcraft in the past and always had a great experience there. I have to say though, that this time when I went to buy the saw, I didn't get a warm fuzzy. The salesmen were nice and very helpful, especially when the guy helped me load it into the car. But beyond that, eh... I think the biggest thing is that one of the reasons I was gun-ho about getting the saw was the free blade guard with dust collection thing. When I bought it, the salesman knew nothing about it and I had to show him the display sign that was in front of the 3hp one. They didn't explain how the offer worked, and I was under the assumption it would come in the box. Last night, I looked in the box, and I received just the regular blade guard. Went online and saw that it's a mail-in form you have to fill out, but they don't say if they will send you a coupon or check for the money. Plus, when I bought the saw, I didn't buy the blade guard because I thought woodcraft would know more about it. There was also somebody, maybe a manager, there that seemed like he didn't want to even bother with anybody, including his employees. The last thing was when I bought it, I paid it in full. They said it would be about a week to 10 days, and it ended up being more like 20 days. When I called them to see what was going on, it was like I was bothering them to get info about it. I don't know, but if I dropped 3 grand for something and paid it in full and if it's taking longer than what they said, it would be nice to feel like I wasn't being a bother. That's just my experience so far. The Woodcraft is nice because it's down the road from me and they usually have a lot of stuff in stock, but I wasn't really that thrilled about my experience there. And it is really odd because every time I was there in the past, they have always been extremely helpful.