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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...

05-10-2016 05:17 AM

Bench Grinder Stone - 3 replies

I have a low RPM 8’’ bench grinder coming. I would like advice on what stone would be best for hollow grinding plane irons and chisels. I have not tried this yet and plan on testing on several old irons and chisels.Also, what kind of dressing tool would be best to use?Thank you.

05-08-2016 09:55 PM

Rub Joint - 3 replies

I just tried my first rub joint with hot hide glue. I don’t know if I did it right or not. Does one apply HHG to both jointed edges then rub them together until they grab? I never really felt a grab but the rubbing back and forth became harder to do.Then what happens if the two pieces do not move readily? Are they as good as clamped or ...

04-28-2016 10:00 PM

Pure Genius - 4 replies

03-16-2016 12:00 AM

Escherian Stairwell - 3 replies

03-09-2016 01:05 AM

CrystLac High Gloss - 3 replies

Would this finish add depth to a piece? I plan on spraying it on cherry. I have had a can around, unopened, for a good while. I would like to see depth in cherry that oils bring out.Some have confused it with a grain filler. They make that too. This is the top coat.

02-28-2016 02:57 AM

Exterior Finish - 3 replies

My friend has a new hot tub with pinewood steps. He wants to keep them as natural as possible. Has no WW or finishing experience. I looked a General Finishes Exterior water based varnish. Would this do the trick?The steps will be out in the open 24/7 in South Dakota.What brush would be best?

02-10-2016 12:07 AM

Button Lac - 6 replies

I saw some walnut finished with button lac. It looked great. I have heard that the clarity is not great. I know it is waxed and I would want to fill the grain with the shellac. That is spray on a lite coat, sand it back and keep it up until the grain is filled then apply the shellac.Any advice would be appreciated.

12-02-2015 08:39 PM

Kehoe Help - 6 replies

I have resurrected a Kehoe Jig. I cannot find the directions nor the bit that came with it. I seems that it take a 7d dovetail bit. Does anyone know what the bit width and diameter should be?I can fine a 17/32 bit but I do not know what the height should be. I have a guide bushing that will work now I just need to know what 1/4’’ ...

10-18-2015 07:08 PM

The Ford Model T - 0 replies

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