JMadson Custom Wood

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About JMadson Custom Wood

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    Western burbs of Chicago
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    Custom cabinets and furniture
  1. JMadson Custom Wood

    Which kreg kit do I really need?

    If you're breaking screws, you're over tightening. The screw just tightens things up enough until the glue dries.
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    5mm vs 1/4" shelf pin holes

    I use 1/4" just because I have one of these I make my own templates out of 1/8" MDF. Guarantees that I have level shelves. It seems that I can buy both size clips at most stores. But I would go to your local store and see what they have more of and then buy that size bit. In my opinion, the two different sizes are too similar to provide a major difference in performance. Just pick one size and stick with it.
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    mahogany cross for girl's baptism - ordered by a friend

    That is awesome, great job. How big is it? looks to be around 4"x6"
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    joining a mitered corner

    If it's a small enough box that won't get a lot of rough use, a mitered joint with just glue will last a long time. Otherwise, I like Doug's spline idea. Could be done easy enough on a table saw.
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    Where to see furniture?

    I'm lucky, I live near Chicago and have had the opportunity to go in 15-20 Frank Lloyd Wright homes or homes that at least were inspired by him. Even been to flw home/office. I also delivered Stickley furniture for five years and have seen some amazing homes. But enough about me, check out local architecture groups and see if there's any tours and see if you can find some houses or buildings you can get in.
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    More Space

    So, do you think I could use some more space in my garage?
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    wood direction in table legs

    That was good, but I think I should have mentioned that this is going to be a 48" diameter kitchen table, with a granit top. I need this to hold up some weight.
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    wood direction in table legs

    Looking to build a table base similar to the picture. Are the legs built out of a single (albeit possibly glued together) board? If each leg is one piece, which way is the grain running? I assume straight up and down. thanks Joe
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    Kreg jig

    I'll be blunt... Don't waste your time making it. This is a tool that pays for itself very quickly.
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    Finishing a maple train table

    The gel stain he mentioned is a thick, tinted finish. It covers any wood very, very well. Better than any dye stain could do.
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    Finishing a maple train table

    Your process is perfect and easy. Yes, General Finishes water based poly can go right over their Gel Stain, just wait a couple of days between for best adhesion. One trick I've found with the darker stains to prevent clumping in the corners and edges is to apply the gel with a rag or brush and wipe off well. You'll have a bunch left in the corners though. Use a stiffer, large paint brush to feather out the clumps. Dig into the corners and spread the clumps out. Keep this brush dry and clean while you're working. I whack it against a towel to keep it fresh.
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    Floating Shelves

    I wonder if the original poster is more interested in how to make the part that's in the shelf itself? I see a 45 degree pocket buried inside the shelf, with blind ends. What does everyone think the backside/underside of the shelf looks like?
  13. I love it. I wish I had your vision 12 years ago when we bought our house. Go forth and enjoy the work ahead of it. Questions... Do you want painted surfaces or wood? I would recommend a combination if possible. Do you want a theme for the whole house? See if you can keep a main theme and have small tweaks in each room. Do you have spousal support?
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    Baseball bat

    I'm with floorboard, check the dimensions. Specifically the diameter of the handle, length of handle until it starts getting wider, overall length, etc. These can all be tweaked a little to take off some weight.
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    Should I stain this bench? Pictures!

    Seal it and leave it. Over the years of use, it will take on a color of it's own and look like an antique. My old pine workbench could have been cut off and used as a coffee table.