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  1. Anyone have any experience working with Mushroom Wood?

    I picked some up yesterday, for some doors I'm building.  Great texture, but splintery.  Its dry, but needs some prep, power washing, etc.  

    any advice?  thanks

  2. I don't use my Dewalt cordless jig saw a ton and when I do- its mostly rough cuts to break down stock.

    This week I was doing some construction and needed to cut out some 2x4's to accommodate outlet boxes & switches.

    The blade really seem to drift.  Its not the 1st time this is happened, but it was pretty annoying.

    Am I using the wrong blade (Indeed using a wood rough cut blade)?  Too fast?  Is this a common issue?


  3. On 1/8/2018 at 11:01 PM, wdwerker said:

    I have used "The True Position  " hardware guide for over 25 years. I added the extension bars a year or so ago. Versital and accurate . It's even easy to drill for adjustable shelves inside an existing cabinet. Doing custom cabinets for a living means my jig gets used way more than most people ever use one. 

    Thanks Steve-- I wasn't familiar with the True position.  Its a little more than I wanted to spend and perhaps more than I need --but it looks like one of the more accurate systems-- I can see why its lasted 25 years.

    13 hours ago, Tom King said:

    Of all the adjustable shelves that have ever been built, I wonder what the percentage is that ever get adjusted after the first time.   I don't think I've ever known of anyone to move the shelves later.  In our house, I'm sure they haven't.

    well there is that...

  4. thanks for all the replies.  I try not to use hardware, never mind screws in my projects.

    One last questions:   What is the preference:  square or Torx (star headed)?

    3 minutes ago, bgreenb said:

    Please elaborate.  You came to a fine woodworking forum and asked if people use drywall screws, and now you're upset that people jumped all over you.  I kind of don't know what to tell you man.  Clicking on the link in your signature, I can see you're obviously not a newbie, which is what makes me think/hope you're just joking around.  

    Lighten up Francis.  I asked a simple question,  and I'm not upset, nor do I think people "jumped all over me".  

    This is a woodworking forum.  

  5. 1 minute ago, bgreenb said:

    No you weren't.  If you had asked what screws people use and why, you probably would've gotten some helpful responses (and yes, some snark too).  But you specifically asked if people use drywall screws and then actually said you didn't see any disadvantage to using them in furniture.  I'm actually surprised you got any earnest responses at all.  I'm actually not discounting the possibility that this entire thread is an early April Fool's joke.

    and this is the problem with forums.

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  6. 10 hours ago, Janello said:

    Are you seeking advise to use unsightly dirty cheaply made rusty screws that snap and strip in a fine furniture build?  Go for it.



    No, I am asking what people use and why....

    8 minutes ago, Immortan D said:

    When I use screws on furniture, as in removable parts or hardware installation, I always drive them by hand. I gave up on using a power driver about a year ago. If I can't drive the screw by hand with a regular screwdriver right to the end, means I've used the wrong bit for pre-drilling or the wrong countersink bit. I have a selection of slotted, Phillips and square head screws. I've never used drywall screws for anything.

    thanks--thats a helpful answer.

  7. 6 minutes ago, bleedinblue said:

    Generally speaking, screws won't be used at all in most furniture projects built by forum members here.  

    I don't use a lot of screws either, but there are plenty of plans and magazine articles that include the use of screws in projects.

  8. 7 minutes ago, K Cooper said:

    I agree with @Llama in both cases and also wonder when you would use them in furniture making? To me they have this certain stigma (aside from hanging Sheetrock), kind of like French kissing your grandma or asking for ketchup at Mortons! 

    So your saying aesthetically you don't approve?  You don't usually see exposed screws and I screws probably would not be used without glue in most cases.

  9. Curious who uses drywall screws when building furniture.  

    I watch videos, read articles and plans and they specify certain types of screws, certainly not drywall screws.

    I know drywall screws aren't always the best in certain applications as they can shear in half, but with furniture I don't see the the disadvantage.

    What am I missing?

  10. I am doing research on craft centers and what is available out there.   Here in Brooklyn there a few places woodworking centers or Maker centers that you can go take classes in any number of crafts from woodworking, metal work, crafts, etc. Makeville,  Mokuchi, and a now defunct place called 3rd Ward come to mind.     Some are member driven with bench, tool and space rentals, some are more class oriented.   Are you a member of a center like this or have one near you?

    I've been reading more and more about such centers popping up.  I am putting together a list of similar center around the country (and planet) and would love to hear about a place like this in your neck of the woods.  Links and feed back about them would be awesome.  


  11. I bought a Stanley no. 81 scraper a while back and I am just now taking it out to clean it up and give it a try.

    I certainly needs a sharpening, which I'm working on now. The blade is cambered for sure, but not evenly.   

    The rosewood base is curved.  I  assume this is from years of use, but after taking it apart I now wonder.

    So my question is:  the wood base should be flat like any other plane correct?


  12. 1 hour ago, Brendon_t said:

    I've got a milk crate for small, scraps.  If the bin is full,  it goes. Under 3" wide must be 24" long.  Under 6"wide,  18" minimum. 

    I sift  through the small scraps pretty often. So there usually isn't junk in there.  

    See that seems like a smart plan.