Question: I have a pattern for a library ladder but the wood they suggest is red oak. I want to paint the ladder to match the book shelves (white enamel). Is there a wood that is as strong as red oak that I wouldn’t have to waste money on since I’m going to paint it?
“I recently built my daughter a book case with maple plywood. I made a homemade pegboard jig for drilling the shelf support hole. On this jig, I used blue chalk to mark the holes for drilling. Some of the chalk got on the maple. I brushed it away. Most of the chalk was brushed off.
“What is the best way to line up a barrel hinge from the lid to the body of the project?” Submitted by: lvshilling WWGOA Editor Response: Try using dowel centers. These handy devices have a barrel that fits into a hole and a point that projects above the hole. Drill the barrel hinge holes in
Question: I have just watched your third video. Now I would like some comments on the pros and cons of framed cabinets vs. the European style (non-framed) ones. How do I decide which to build? Submitted by warrenh Answer: The main difference is appearance. My opinion is that face frame cabinets use less material, take
Question: I am looking for a way to determine how to most efficiently cut work pieces from 4 x 8 plywood. Is there a service available on the Internet to help me optimize my sheet stock? Submitted by Maurie1 Answer: What you’re looking for is called optimization software. With this type of software you can
Question: I’d like to plane some short pieces of 3/4″ x 1.515″ (approx) x 3.5″ long poplar. I am afraid the rollers won’t keep feeding the wood and I will get a large dwell mark, and I may possibly damage my new DV735 machine. Submitted by Jcoleman001 Answer: You’re right. The limiting factor in board
Question: I like built-ins; window seats, quality shelving and the like. Do these things add or take away from the sale value of a home? Is there a minimum standard: good, better, best for finish vs. paint? Submitted by lpage Answer: I like adding my own woodworking projects to our home, but I’m not the
Question: On SawStop’s website, they say that the SawStop cabinet saw must be wired directly into the shop power according to NEC. As I: 1) like to (must) move my saw and 2) always unplug it when I’m working on it, that seems odd to me. On your video, “Essential Woodworking Techniques,” you unplug the
“I am looking at a used 10″ table saw to replace my very old one. The top has a light coating of rust from just sitting in the garage. How is the best way to remove it, if possible?” Submitted by: brandenbergs WWGOA Editor Response: I’ve had great luck getting surface rust off tools using