Question: I am building a bedroom set out of quarter sawn oak. What would you recommend for this type of wood – varnish, lacquer, water or oil polyurethane base, or an oil rub finish? Can you please provide the pros and cons of each? Is there a brand you prefer? Submitted by Garyw Answer: There
Question: How can I flatten plywood? I am making some panels out of 1/2″ oak plywood. The panels are not completely flat and will not fit the grooves in the frame. Submitted by Mackym Answer: This may not be a fixable problem, but you can try. One downside to plywood is its tendency to cup.
“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