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    I sent you a private message - I hope you got...

    I sent you a private message - I hope you got it... Unfortunately the client changed his mind... Thanks for reaching out!
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    Do you want me to put the client in touch with...

    Do you want me to put the client in touch with you AUSCAB? Seriously...
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    The fellow who is asking for the cabinet to be...

    The fellow who is asking for the cabinet to be restored is the electronics hobbyist - I believe he got the "guts" working.

    The crux is that it's not a job that I would enjoy doing - and no matter...
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    We are on the same wavelength :-) It's not...

    We are on the same wavelength :-)

    It's not mine... and sanding etc is a job I love to hate... The timber is nothing special...

    The would be client is... persistent.
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    Valve Radio Box Restoration

    After seeing some of my furniture projects, friend of a friend asked me whether I would take on the restoration of the wooden box for this old valve radio.

    It's supposed to look like this:
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  6. Thread: "Shed" Stool

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    Sometimes the cheapest tools are the most...

    Sometimes the cheapest tools are the most valuable and useful...

    This time around I was not able to recycle so much - Even though it was bought for another purpose and is now looking for another...
  7. Thread: "Shed" Stool

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    Here are the plans for the seat and foot rest. I...

    Here are the plans for the seat and foot rest. I used a CAD program to draw them as I did not want to get into trouble with copyright

    The timber thickness and the diameter of the holes can be...
  8. Thread: "Shed" Stool

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    "Shed" Stool

    Hidden away in page 26 of Issue 52 (April/May 2007) of Australian Woodsmith you will find plans and step by step instructions for this little beauty:

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    It's not announced in the cover of...
  9. Well worth the effort

    Well worth the effort
  10. All good Wongo - After all you are right! Wood...

    All good Wongo - After all you are right! Wood does warp, expand and contract and there ARE several techniques designed to ensure that that does not result in catastrophe! Above all it was not you...
  11. This thread is getting a bit frustrating! Of...

    This thread is getting a bit frustrating! Of course wood warps, twists, and expands in response to changes in temperature and humidity... particularly if it was not well dried or is heavily figured,...
  12. I put a dowel on the tenon side of the mitered...

    I put a dowel on the tenon side of the mitered tenon. This can also be drilled out for repairs...
  13. Can always have you repair it :-)

    Can always have you repair it :-)
  14. I've made similar projects before. On one...

    I've made similar projects before. On one occasion it was a glass top coffee table with a rebated and biscuit reinforced mitered ash sorround - NO clearance between the glass and the timber frame....
  15. Hi Rob, Kind of you to post. The finish is...

    Hi Rob,

    Kind of you to post.

    The finish is "Burnishing Oil" which I believe is a blend of Tung and Linseed oils, but I did not burnish. I sanded to 400 grit and applied a liberal amount of oil...
  16. Traditional kitchen table in Victorian Ash and Jarrah

    No WIP pictures because there is nothing fancy here.

    The design was kept deliberately simple so as to allow the timber "do the talking"

    I have this thing against slab tops... so the top...
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    Standard DAR is 12, then 19, then 32 mm thick. If...

    Standard DAR is 12, then 19, then 32 mm thick. If after planing the grooves off you got boards that are 18 mm thick, then that's very close to the "standard" 19 mm thickness.

    Many woodworking...
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    Yes... drawer runners... any type you like if...

    Yes... drawer runners... any type you like if cost is a problem due to the number of drawers, There are some inexpensive ones made of plastic. They are more sturdy than you might think, and would be...
  19. The joint on the you tube video is not the same...

    The joint on the you tube video is not the same as the one in the original post... There's no load on that joint, so it doesn't have to be very strong.

    What about a Y shaped loose tenon? The Y...
  20. Curved front fish tank base unit (buffet?) in Victorian Ash - Tung oil finish

    Made this for a work colleague... The drawers are soft close and were quite tricky to align as they are trapezoidal in plan view, and the faces are angled.

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    Sorry should have taken care to have read the...

    Sorry should have taken care to have read the other posts...
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    Jealous... I started a couple of Ukeleles like 3...

    Jealous... I started a couple of Ukeleles like 3 years ago... Using the "proper" luthiery techniques, but not sure it will be worth the effort, either musically or aesthetically. Of course I am both...
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    Thanks everyone for the thoughtful replies ...

    Thanks everyone for the thoughtful replies

    After reading them, I am starting to think of the project in a different way

    The crossed finger joints are there to provide both strength and a...
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    No ... I think that the client will not...

    No ... I think that the client will not appreciate the wheels...
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    Crossed tenons for table legs

    Colleagues,

    I want to build a folding table for my sister similar to the one pictured below - It won't be too big 600mm x 1200 mm when folded and 1200mm x 1200mm unfolded.

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    I'm toying...
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    That's a very nice table... I read through the...

    That's a very nice table... I read through the posts and I'm glad that you didn't **paint** the legs. However there are some dark red, brown and even black stains that you can then finish with either...
  27. OK I found it, but it's very obscure and hard to...

    OK I found it, but it's very obscure and hard to find! Right at the bottom of the Forum listings among the company forums and ads and such - following the market place banner! Compare with the (quite...
  28. Where did the Furniture Making (aka Big Stuff) forum end up?

    Years ago there was a forum called Big Stuff for furniture making posts. More recently there it was moved to a forum called "General Woodworking" or some such... Now (Oct 2017) I can't find it...
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    Those are excellent... I made a Double Bed about...

    Those are excellent... I made a Double Bed about 10 years ago and used these end brackets. Still solid - no squeaks or movement what so ever. Buy with confidence.
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    Here are some pictures of the finished desk...

    Here are some pictures of the finished desk (finished today!)

    The finish is Teak Oil... The grain on the victorian ash comes up a treat, as you can see.

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    If you glue two thinner boards and cut out a...

    If you glue two thinner boards and cut out a circle to make a round top, some of the edge will be end grain and some of the edge will be side grain. If you make a hexagon or octagon and cut the...
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    This would look great... You could also cut a...

    This would look great... You could also cut a circle out of the octagon, and even put a glass top mounted on a recess...
  33. I can't really agree that the kitchen is a tough...

    I can't really agree that the kitchen is a tough environment for kitchen doors. For the counter tops, maybe, but not the doors. That door that you made is a work of art, I have to say and I would not...
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    Acacia and Victorian Ash Home Office Desk

    I could not resist a dry assembly run before sanding and finishng.

    The end frames and stretchers are made from 32x65 mm Victorian Ash. There are three stretchers - two are under the desktop and...
  35. You could try some plugged long shank screws to...

    You could try some plugged long shank screws to prevent the top from cupping - the plugs can be cut so as to be near invisible OR you can cut the plugs from a contrasting material and pretend you...
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    Solid timber also looks different on the end...

    Solid timber also looks different on the end grain compared to the sides, and perhaps this explains the suggestion for a frame and panel construction.

    Don't get me wrong. I love working with solid...
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    Gentlemen, However (in my opinion) thick solid...

    Gentlemen,

    However (in my opinion) thick solid timber tops are horrendously heavy and a waste of precious exotic timber...

    Do you think a torsion frame may work well as the top in this project?...
  38. I'm going to try recycled merbau for my ukelele...

    I'm going to try recycled merbau for my ukelele fretboarts. Cheap as chips, available everywhere (new and recycled)... should do well.

    I'm new to lutherie, and this first ukelele will take me 3...
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    Left them as is. The pressure on the face and...

    Left them as is. The pressure on the face and back of the "job" does not need to be high. Actually i think it is far better for each sash to be perfectly straight... otherwise you might end up with a...
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    I think that almost any wood can be used. Wood...

    I think that almost any wood can be used. Wood harness affects sustain, but apart from that the stuff about "tonewood" in relation to electric guitars is more or less nonsense . The quality of the...
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    I think this is good advice from Derek... I made...

    I think this is good advice from Derek... I made these cheap sash clamps that clamp down on the boards being glued from both sides (link below).
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    What a great idea this is! What a stunning...

    What a great idea this is! What a stunning result!

    You could also cover the whole top with a sheet of glass... kind of like a top coat... expensive, but these are heirlooms after all....
  43. Thread: Dresser WIP

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    Katie was right about the legs - IMHO this...

    Katie was right about the legs - IMHO this dresser should also have either two drawers, or one large drawer that spans the width of the carcass. (unlike the dresser pictured in the October 15 post) ....
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    It's true... A double F or similar profile like...

    It's true... A double F or similar profile like what is shown in Robs photos on the previous post more than doubles the glue surface and hence the strength of the joint. BUT As Robs photos also...
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    I have a current uncompleted project (A tenor...

    I have a current uncompleted project (A tenor Ukelele - my first) but I read a lot and I got the impression that binding is the collective term given to and edging strip that may be made of plastic,...
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    That's a wonderful looking guitar.... generally...

    That's a wonderful looking guitar.... generally hard woods are chosen for the back and sides, with softwoods such as spruce and cedar for the top.. I'm not sure that it matters too much for the...
  47. This is great advice from Mick... which answers...

    This is great advice from Mick... which answers the original question pretty much in full. My own bit of advice is spend a bit of time (as Mick has) with the design. With the inclusion of...
  48. Thread: Lingerie Chest

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    That's such a lovely piece of work! What a...

    That's such a lovely piece of work! What a wonderful result!
  49. The best way to avoid the sag is through design....

    The best way to avoid the sag is through design. For example, for the type of desk described, there is usually a panel say 200 - 300 mm wide panel installed between the leg panels and perpendicular...
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    Seems like a nice project - and turned out a...

    Seems like a nice project - and turned out a treat.

    I too like to use timber sourced from Bunnings as a "challenge" and have designed an made bookshelves, and even a buffet and TV Unit out of the...
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