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    Maple box - question about splines

    I've made a maple jewellery box with an oak burr veneer lid (first attempt at veneering). You may notice some resemblance to the box in Custards's excellent thread on how to line a box. Indeed, I followed his instructions for the lining of this one. @custard I hope you don't mind my using...
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    Highlighting engraving in lead

    A bit random this, and not really wood related, but I'm sure the UKW collective will have some bright ideas for me... We had our house re-roofed around 18 months ago. We and the roofers found quite a few places where previous roofers had scratched their names and the date into the lead. Being...
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    Line painter restoration

    My father in-law has given me this old line painter. Unfortunately it was damaged in a garage fire a few years ago. I vaguely remember using it to mark out a badminton court many years ago and it's clear how the wheels and the wheel "scraper" go together. I'm a bit less clear on how the...
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    Can I cut a door in half?

    We're getting our bathroom sorted. Currently it has a door (into a small bedroom/dressing room) which we don't use. We were just going to take the door out and cover up the hole, but we now think we would like to turn the space into a bathroom cupboard (the wall is about 18" deep so it would...
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    Enamel paint on wood

    As mentioned in another thread, I'm making a box for a godson of mine. I'm thinking of it as a toolbox but he can put whatever he likes in it. Pic of the WIP below. I want to paint his initials on it. I have some enamel paint which I think will be suitable. My question is whether I should...
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    Child's toolbox design - wood movement

    I'm contemplating making a tool box for a godson. I was thinking something along these lines (possibly without the drawers). I'd like to dovetail the corners, but it wouldn't have end grain for the end pieces and I'd also worry about expansion when the grain of the side and end pieces run in...
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    The heat!

    We've got an old campaign trunk which sits in a south facing bay window. My wife noticed some "goo" coming out of the dovetails on the window side of the trunk. She thought it was resin, but I'm wondering if it's hide glue melting in the heat! Anyway, the shutters have been closed which...
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    Stanley 60 1/2 block plane

    I bought one of these on eBay a while back. Unfortunately someone has filed the throat. It's now enormous (the photo below shows it at it's narrowest!). A bad buy, lesson learnt. Anyway, I had cast it aside but rediscovered it and thought it might be worth posting on here to see if anyone...
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    Demi lune table

    I've decided that my next project is going to be a Demi lune table, not least because I want to have a go at making something with a curve in it. Mine will be a half ellipse as I want something a bit wider and shallower than a semi-circle would give me. I'll try to make this into a proper...
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    Art desk - WIP

    I'm thinking about moving on from workbench, stool, assorted dovetail boxes to something a bit more ambitious - an art desk/painting table for my daughter. She's 12 and quite into her painting at the moment and I think she's rather good. I had intended to make some kind of box for her to store...
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    Tenon saws (and others)

    I'm having a lot of fun building a workbench (Sellers style) and have mortise and tenon joints to make. I needed to buy a saw for cutting the tenons and thought a tenon saw would be the obvious choice! I'm not ready to commit to buying an expensive one, so thought one of these would get me...
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    BS400 measurement

    Hi I wondered if anyone with a record power BS400 could tell me how far it would come out from a wall (eg if it’s back to a wall, how far is the furthest extremity of the machine from the wall)? The dimensions are listed as: L630 x H1800 x W850 mm. I guess my question is whether it’s the 630...
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    Lifting a table saw

    I've been welding up a height adjustable base for a table saw which I've recently bought. I need the base because the floor (in an old stable) has a slope and some unevenness to it. The saw is the Axminster Harvey saw (smaller version) and weighs in at 175kg. I will need to lift it onto the...
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    Wood preservation

    Hi I’m planning to use an old stable as a workshop. The stable has some nice wood panelling on the walls some of which is in bad condition - woodworm, rot etc. I think this has been caused by previous damp (I’m hoping that will be vastly improved now that the building has a new slates and, for...
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    Door/gate

    (Try as I might, I’m struggling to get photos the right way up. I’ll investigate that.) I thought I’d put up a picture of an oak door/gate I made recently. I really enjoyed making it and it’s doing this which has prompted me to do a bit more - hence my other posts about trying to get a small...
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    Floor strength for heavy(ish) machinery

    This came up on the thread about the Baileigh table saw review - I thought I'd start a new thread to avoid that one drifting. That saw weighs around 200kg and in asking how feasible it would be to get it up some stairs to a room above my garage, I was prompted to think about whether the floor...
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