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07-24-2018 11:52 PM

Water Seal - 17 replies

Any thoughts about water seal for newly constructed wood patios? The only prevalent one I see is Thompson’s.

07-04-2018 03:44 PM

Mitered Bevel - 11 replies

This is the third doll cradle my wife, Susan, and I have made. They are all the same design. We had to get updated plans as the first one was lost. The sides have a 10d bevel as the ends. The end sides have are mitered @ 10d with a 3d bevel. We preassembled the four pieces and taped them together. No matter what we did the end pieces show a ga...

06-15-2018 12:22 AM

Router table enhancement - 3 replies

I plan on installing a T-Track and miter track onto my old router table. What is the best distance from the tracks to the bit? What track should be closest to the bit?

06-01-2018 11:36 PM

PC 5'' 5 hole RO - 7 replies

I bought the first model that came out many, many years ago. I cannot find the dust collector attachment but I am not sure, nor is the vendor, if the device that fits the new ones will fit mine.I have searched high and low and even have the serial # but I am still unsure. This is the new model. Help please.

05-21-2018 07:50 PM

Lee Valley Grinding Jig - 4 replies

I cannot figure out/understand the jig that has the rest, clamp and setting the angles with gauge provided. My wife and I have gone over and over the directions and they make no sense to us. I am out of practice blades and had to take my smoother to a service to have reground to 25d. I had messed it up that bad.I just don’t know how to a...

05-13-2018 12:39 AM

Tapered Dove Tail splines - 8 replies

I have seen a couple of very brief explanations of making these splines but I still have no understanding on how to make them. I have very little mechanical ability and I learn from instructions poorly. As an example I have great difficulty reading plans/drawings. Any takers in explaining how to make them?Thank you.

05-12-2018 05:49 PM

DeWalt 735 - 2 replies

Any ideas why I cannot raise the planer higher than around 4’’? i have not used it in about 8 months and I just ran some lumber to 3/4’’ thickness. When I crank it up it gets tighter from about 3.5’’ and will stop just proud of 4’’.

04-25-2018 11:54 PM

Brush - 6 replies

I am going to apply Waterlox satin over the original in the near future. What would be the best brush for this and were would one get it?

04-21-2018 08:32 PM

Spoke Shave Sharpening - 1 reply

I have a couple of Wood Joy shaves. I have a devil of a time holding the small blades to hone them The “Bladder Monkey’’ jumps on me about 0300. While trying to return to sleep an idea came in from nowhere.In the morning I found one of those paper clamps. The black real stiff ones about 1.25’’ wide. I held it open...

10-17-2017 06:48 PM

Bar Top - 20 replies

I have a friend that is going to finish a long, 30 ft., bar top. the wood is red oak and he will be brushing it. Any suggestions for a product that novice could handle?

10-03-2017 10:07 PM

Steve Knight Jointer - 1 reply

The jointer is 30’’ razee made from sapele. It 3 5/8’’ wide, 2 3/8 thick at the front and 1 5/8’’ at the rear. the iron is 2 1/4’’ wide and 1/8’’ thick and is used bevel down. The mouth is adjustable. The hammer is included.This is one of the last planes made by Steve.I used it on two l...

05-21-2017 10:43 AM

Secretary Cabinet - 0 replies

01-02-2017 10:32 PM

Shop Filter - 3 replies

I have the fan from the air handler I kept after a new A/C install. It is nine inches in diameter and eight inches wide. It is the squirrel cage type.The motor is new. It is 220v, 2.7 amp and 1.5 hp. I would convert to 110vThis seems skimpy in HP to me. Could it be used as a shop filter?Thank you.

09-17-2016 08:23 PM

Enduro-Var Gloss - 7 replies

So far I have sprayed two coats of Enduro-Var gloss on a test cherry board. It was sanded with 220 as directed and wiped clean. I sanded the first coat after 2.5 hours with 320 as directed and wiped clean.The second coat is now curing and I will probably shoot #3 in the morning. They recommend 3 coats. I plan on shooting a couple of more coats...

09-08-2016 09:02 PM

Waterlox OSF - 1 reply

On several finishing forums I have never seen the subject of brushing this product. They always call it a wiping varnish. The Waterlox site does discuss brushing it.It would seem that if the manufacturer has instructions on how to apply it this way it should be a viable application method. They did, however, say the last application should be...

08-03-2016 07:49 PM

Glue - 4 replies

I was given an old socket chisel about 1.5 in. wide and about 3 in long. The handle came out of it in its entirety.What glue would be best to use to reattach it? I have hot hide glue and all of the usual suspects of Titebond.There seems to be some gappossis in the handle tenon which is round. Would it be advisable to use a thin strip of hard...

08-03-2016 07:37 PM

OUT HOUSES - 2 replies

07-30-2016 01:41 PM

Getting Away from Waterstones - 24 replies

I am sick and tired of using WS. I am at best a bumbler when it come to sharping. I have a 120 and 1200 diamond plate. What further grits would I need to bring it up to my Shapton 8k? I know it is a WS but I do not have to flatten it every few min.I have tried to teach myself hollow grinding and do OK on practice irons but the real stuff put...

07-17-2016 12:22 AM

Plane Iron Camber - 5 replies

I am in the midst of learning how to hollow grind plane irons. I tried the Lee Valley jig that clamps the object to be ground and then one slides it across the spinning stone. That did not work for me. It just seemed too cumbersome.So I stepped into the unknown and did it just using the tool rest. It was not 5 min. and I have what I wanted o...

05-30-2016 07:00 PM

Veritas Sharpening Jig - 3 replies

How is one supposed to grind a plane iron square using this jig when the plane iron has a slight taper to it? If I use the little brass registration pin I am automatically out of square. I thought I might move the pin to the center and use the chip breaker slot to register from but that is not a viable option.I then tried to square the iron up...

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