Questions tagged [woodworking]

Taking wood or lumber and making it into a variety of things from carvings to furniture. Woodworking encapsulates many more specific genres like carving, joinery, carpentry, cabinetry and furniture making. Questions are welcome about the wood, tools and skills associated to working wood.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
3
votes
6answers
793 views

Fastening thin pieces of wood with a flat profile

I have a great idea for a geometric lampshade that I would like to build. Think of something roughly resembling a geodesic dome. It will be made of individual triangular panels of roughly the ...
7
votes
2answers
432 views

How can I protect the mixed-media surface of my table?

I asked an artist to paint on a table. So, I have now a wooden board (90x150cm) with a nice drawing/painting (he used different types of paints, pens, sprays, etc.) Since it is a table I'd like to use ...
5
votes
2answers
48 views

How do I bring the grain out on soft wood?

I'm going to make some small scale props and accessories using soft wood. Possibly balsa or popsicle sticks. I want to make the grain swell up and come out so that it can be dry-brushed. Essentially ...
4
votes
1answer
67 views

How to permanently bend bamboo?

I notice that rakes made out of bamboo have curved tines (as shown below). How can I permanently bend bamboo like there tines?
2
votes
1answer
55 views

Push-to-open lid for box using a special latch?

Imagine an open topped rectangle box: it has a bottom and four walls. An interior box fits or nests inside that, and, when seated, is flush with the top. I want to find a latch/device so that I can ...
2
votes
1answer
86 views

Best archival product for wood panels to oil paint on?

I'm considering painting with oil colours on wood panels, but I'm a little concerned about the known drawback involved, i.e. warping. Not being an expert, I watched some tutorials on YouTube and ...
6
votes
4answers
292 views

How to prepare and carry out drawing line art on a tree round?

Our business is an outdoor children's nursery and we thought it'd be nice to make a sign with our logo on a large tree round rather than printed on plastic, since it better reflects the outdoor/...
17
votes
3answers
166 views

What are food safe finishes for woodworking projects, e.g. turned bowls?

There are many different products to finish your projects with. What types are food safe and what should one look out for when finishing a project that needs to be food safe?
2
votes
1answer
75 views

How easy to cut a turn light?

How easy would it be to cut an item like the one shown below on a laser cutter? I might want to cut out such an item for Christmas. As you can see I’m just decorating it with glitter at this point:
3
votes
2answers
1k views

How can I dye MDF?

I have a bunch of sheets of 2mm-thick MDF that I'd like to dye black for use as a guitar headstock overlay. Since this would typically be laminated to the headstock and then trimmed flush, its colour ...
3
votes
1answer
227 views

What kind of resin can be used to fill a gap in a piece of wood?

If filling a piece of natural wood with grooves in with resin - clear or coloured - what is the best kind to use? This would need to allow for the wood to be used as a table top.
6
votes
2answers
583 views

Is alder wood too hard to whittle?

I'm very new to wood carving, and have bought my first two tools, both Beaver Craft whittling knives. I've seen a couple videos on YouTube of a man doing tutorials and it looks like his knife, without ...
1
vote
1answer
41 views

Capsule making?

Is it possible make letter capsules in wood or fabric? I just ordered some plastic versions of this item from amazon.com and was just wondering if it was a possible to make them myself. These are ...
3
votes
1answer
516 views

How long to dry juniper before working with it?

I would like to carve something out of juniper cut down last week. I intend to make something like a hiking stick or some small decoration pieces, so nothing big or critical. How long should the ...
1
vote
1answer
50 views

Wooden camping utensils?

Ozark Trail has a set of camping utensils. Now my question is how might it be duplicated in wood by a wittler? If your not sure what I’m talking about check out the name @ Amazon.com Here’s a better ...
2
votes
1answer
84 views

How do I get reddish scorch marks with a laser cutter?

I'm trying to burn some nametags, but I'm getting inconsistent results. In the image below, the tag on the right, with the reddish scorch marks, is what I'd like. The tags on the left, with the ...
5
votes
2answers
573 views

How to make a wooden needle?

I am recently exploring a new craft: Nålebinding. I started using regular large plastic needles. But sadly, these are a little bit too small and soft for this craft, so the eyelets often break. I ...
7
votes
3answers
9k views

How can I mount a polished stone to wood?

I have a finished wooden walking stick. I'd like to mount a few polished gemstones to it. What is the best product to use for mounting stones to wood surface?
6
votes
2answers
428 views

How to avoid / deal with rough edges after painting plywood?

I want to make a plywood owl lamp similar to this one. After sawing the pieces and polishing them, I tried painting them using watercolours. The colour looks good, but the wood has become rough on the ...
1
vote
2answers
89 views

What are possible sources of wood pieces from for making musical instruments?

I've always wanted to make electric guitars myself. However, it seems a bit hard to find the right supply of wood to do so, as musical instruments usually require naturally dried wood pieces for ...
6
votes
3answers
2k views

What type of thin or light wood is suitable for making box joints?

I want to make a wooden box using box joints. The box should be cube-shaped with sides of around 10cm and one side open. This is my first time to make box joints. I need the box to be as light as ...
5
votes
2answers
258 views

How do I approach cutting a new marquetry inlay to fit the space in a metal bracelet

I have a metal bracelet with inlaid strips of wood approximately 0.5mm thick. Unfortunately I have lost one, so am planning to replace it. The two challenges I have (aside from sourcing wood that ...
9
votes
1answer
206 views

What kind of lathe would I need if I want to turn pens?

Pen turning is a fairly common focus for people wanting to learn to turn wood. Pens are small and 'appear' easy to make. Having the right equipment can make it a simpler process. So what kind of a ...
9
votes
1answer
454 views

How can I safely cut pieces off a small wooden cube?

I would like to make some small wooden cuboctahedron, that is something of this shape: They should be about 2cm high. So, my idea is to take a long wooden piece (2cm x 2cm x 200cm) and cut some small ...