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10-21-2017 03:55 PM

Do merchants think customers are stupid? - 28 replies

I see it all the time. It could work 20 years ago but public is very informed now so the trick makes the merchant look dumb. In order to avoid that they try preventing you from being informed, which makes it even dumber.For example just got email from Acme with an “amazing” deal. $50 off Makita circular saw.It does not list the model name and it...

10-20-2017 11:50 AM

Fence is for suckers - 14 replies

What riving knife people keep talking about ?

10-15-2017 07:54 PM

How to sand and finish tight corners? - 4 replies

I made 8 raised panel mitered doors with profile stiles and rails to match the existing kitchen cabinets? I have a hard time sanding the joints. I tried oscillating tool whick kind of works but the tips of the trianglular sanding paper wear off after one corner. Manual sanding with sanding foam pads misses the corners, so does regular sandpaper...

08-25-2017 04:32 AM

Dye in polyurethane - 6 replies

I messed up. Stained maple with light brown GF water based dye. Then another coat of medium brown. This is not the first time I did it, alway gave me great results. Then sprayed a coat of amber shellac to warm it up. Then a coat of dewaxed shellac, then GF water based polyurethane. When i did the same on a test piece the color matched perfectly ...

08-23-2017 07:42 PM

How to remove tinted lacquer from figured panels - 4 replies

There are about 7 pieces of furniture ( kitchen, several nooks, bathrooms) made of some nice wood. It looks like cherry but I am not completely sure. One piece – the kitchen is about 12 feet long, the rest are about half of that. Unfortunately whoever finished it apparently did not have an idea what he was doing. Some guy who was in the...

08-20-2017 05:51 PM

Best blotch control. - 2 replies

I’ve been struggling with staining maple with water based dyes for a while now. All chemical solutions works more or less but come with cons that sometimes overweight the original issue.Thin cut shellac works great but makes the stain much lighter. Commercially available prestain conditioners range from having little effect but keeping the...

08-18-2017 02:03 AM

Kitchen island color - 1 reply

I need to build a new kitchen island for relatively large kitchen. the existing furniture is all wood finished with a medium brown lacquer. I could try to match it with a stain but it still will differ. The existing lacquer finish is pretty poor. looks like the furniture was not prepared properly. I expect mine to be better. The owner of the kit...

08-01-2017 05:34 AM

How many times to measure before the cut? - 8 replies

Unless you have an incra miter gauge. It always gives you a perfect angle right? Sure.I cut stiles and rails for 8 highly figured mitered raised panel doors. Which I spend a day at the router to make. When trying to put it all together the angles appeared to be not exactly 45 degrees! How could ot happen?The stupid thing fell from the table saw ...

07-19-2017 06:38 PM

Only use gloss finish. Myth? - 26 replies

I read it all the time here and in other places. ”Do not use anything but the gloss finish for all your base/intermediate coats and only use the desired finish as the top coat”. The reasoning behind this that the additives ( some micro balls ) manufacturers use to achieve duller finish are going to contaminate the finish and make is...

07-10-2017 10:50 PM

Water based polyurethane oil based look - 8 replies

If I apply some oil product like Tung oil, seal it with shellac and cover it with water based polyurethane, will I get the same nice look an oil based polyurethane produces? The reason I am asking is that i can spray waterbased and the surface is much better than wiped on or especially brushed oil polyurethane.

07-09-2017 06:28 PM

how to attach raised panels? - 2 replies

I needed a profile to match the rest of the furniture and found this one from infinity tools: it matches the existing doors close enough but unfortunately the beveled portion is too deep. I leaves very little room for cutting a slot for the raised panel. In hindsight I should have chosen thicker material instead of ordinary 4/4.These will be fak...

07-07-2017 02:57 AM

Why would you buy a scraper? - 21 replies

Cabinet scrapers seem to be very expensive for what they are. What will I miss if cut it out from an old hand saw?

06-14-2017 03:59 PM

Sneaky merchants. - 9 replies

You have to be very careful even with most respected merchants. Today I received an ad from CPO with one in lifetime opportunity to buy refurbished kit with a huge discount for only 349.99.HD has it brand new, not on sale but still for the same 349.99.

06-09-2017 02:57 PM

How deep should router bit be in the collet? - 10 replies

There is a lot of information that router bit should be inserted almost as deep as it goes minus some small gap 1/16” or so. However if I do that with my Bosch router the carbide flutes sit deep in the collet. I have to pull it out more than half inch just to clear the carbide. Then I start wondering how safe it is to keep it that shallow....

05-20-2017 04:09 PM

Why is 2x4 so wet? - 22 replies

In all HD stores in my area 2×4s are so wet that water literally drips from the ends. Rains here are a luxury so I do not believe it got wet stored somewhere outside. Once you bring it home it gets normal and probably twice lighter in a day or two. But then you start seeing cracks you did not see before,Is it done on purpose to prevent it f...

05-10-2017 01:54 AM

Craftsman 14" bandsaw - 10 replies

My local store has it for around $350. Would Laguna/Jet/Rikon give me three times better saw? (According to the price)

04-30-2017 06:43 PM

Wixey table saw digital readout. What am I doing wrong ? - 5 replies

After installing a Wixey digital readout rail on my saw ( and discovering in the process that Irwin tap set is not worth the plastic it is packed into) I wiped it out twice with denaturated alcohol, removed the paper backing from the measuring strip and pressed it into the slot. Then I went several times over the strip and pressed it very hard ...

04-28-2017 02:46 AM

Do I need a brad/finish nailer ? - 14 replies

I never had one mainly because I do not want to hoard too much bulky stuff. The only time I wanted it was when replacing a piece of baseboard when the springy wall would not let me to use a hammer.How often do you use it for woodworking and could you live without it ?

04-22-2017 11:45 AM

Maybe you will stop fear or your 10" saw after watching this - 16 replies

04-06-2017 07:38 PM

What to make from acacia? - 1 reply

I have an acacia tree on my front yard, which is leaning to the size and now is at about 35 degrees. I tried to save it by tying it at the top of the trunk to a nearby larger tree and ratcheting it. However it does not help. The tree is already 12” thick so I guess it is too big for such tricks. It seems that the only recourse is to take i...

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