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09-18-2016 12:35 AM

Woodworking in America - 8 replies

I went to Woodworking in America this weekend. It was my first woodworking show. A few thoughts:1) I was really eager to hang out in the marketplace, but it was really different than I expected. The folks who were there I expected: Lie-Nielsen, Veritas, some smaller hand tool makers, SawStop, and others. That was all good. What surprised ...

09-13-2016 02:46 PM

Pickup truck and hauling wood (and other stuff) question - 13 replies

I just picked up a used F-150 crew cab with 5.5’ bed. I’m not spending a fortune on accessories, so I’m not getting a matching fiberglass tonneau for $2000. I’m wondering about some kind of cover, but I’ll be using the tie downs for ratcheting straps when I haul rough lumber or plywood, so a cover seems like a c...

09-07-2016 09:46 PM

Looking for Some Design Help on a Baptismal Font - 6 replies

After building two baptismal fonts last fall, I thought I was out of that line, but I have another one to build. I don’t do this for profit—I might get enough out of this one to get a proper HVLP system. My design parameters. I like open designs using a glass bowl so the water is visible. I like the symbolism to be in the design ...

06-28-2016 11:15 PM

Installing LED strip Cove lighting? - 18 replies

I decided to install led strip cove lighting in our bedroom—long story. Anyway, I can pretty easily install the cove, but I am working on the LED lighting. I found some pretty straightforward instructions at Family Handyman and I was all ready to get going. FH recommended LEDlightingworld.com. I went through their estimator (the gu...

06-02-2016 02:14 PM

Praise for Whiteside router bits - 10 replies

I always lean toward the cheapest workable solution. Almost all my tools are CL finds, for instance. I didn’t go bottom of the barrel for most of my router bits, but I didn’t spend a ton either. In the last three months I have purchased 3 Whiteside bits, straight 1/4” and 3/8” and a rabbeting bit set. I had purchased ...

06-01-2016 01:48 PM

A Soap Finish Tip--you'll want to pay attention to this one. - 2 replies

After a recent Chris Schwarz blog, i decided to try soap finish on a picture frame I was making for an environmental certificate for our church. I figured soap finish was perfect since it wouldn’t need to be protected from much and was organic, biodegradable, etc. I made up a little bit and experimented and I liked it. I was using Dri...

05-06-2016 01:37 PM

Graco HVLP 4900 Turbine--need some advice - 1 reply

so, I’m doing okay with my cheapie Summit HVLP system, but I’m going to upgrade at some point. On Craigslist is a used Graco 4900 with hose, but no spray gun for $125. I think the complete system sold new for $900 or so (not totally sure). Two questions: 1) guy is asking $125 for used turbine with hose, no gun. I was thinking ...

04-23-2016 01:51 AM

School me on mirror glass - 8 replies

I think I’m going to make five mirrors, four for wedding gifts and a big one for our living room. Any tips on mirror glass? Do you just go to a glass shop, buy old mirrors from garage sales, or somewhere else? I’d love to learn from any wisdom hat you have.

04-01-2016 03:56 PM

Quilted Northern Rustic Weave--Toilet Paper for the Woodworker - 3 replies

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03-29-2016 04:24 PM

HappyLumber is spamming multiple threads - 2 replies

I flagged a couple of them.

03-29-2016 11:19 AM

Why should I upgrade my HVLP? - 14 replies

So, I’m a convert to spraying finishes, primarily spraying shellac followed by GF High Performance waterborne. I wanted to experiment without spending a ton, so I got the Summit system for $70 from Peachtree on sale (if I were doing it today, I’d get the entry-level Earlex from Lowe's on sale for $89). If I were to spend $180-300 ...

03-28-2016 02:12 PM

Design: Arts and Crafts and the new Maker movement - 5 replies

I listen to the “Looking Sideways” podcast on design. The current episode (#6) interviews Kasyz Varnelis on the Arts and Crafts movement, its failure, in his view, and how it compares to the modern maker movement. I found it very interesting. A few notes: Very interesting to see the socialist origins of the Arts and Crafts move...

03-15-2016 11:06 PM

What would you do with this wood? - 12 replies

My brother-in-law gave me about 30 pieces of 2.5” cherry, 4-6 feet long that is fluted along each side. It was screwed to a wall as paneling. I could rip off the flutes and use it for anything, but that’s hardly worth the trouble. Ideas on using it with the flutes?

03-14-2016 01:34 PM

Coplanar: your Bandsaw wheels not only aren't, they're not supposed to be - 11 replies

I re-watched the famous Alex Snodgrass bandsaw video again just to remind myself before I adjust my bandsaw again, and I picked up something I had ignored before: his argument that bandsaws are designed not to have coplanar wheels and no one should adjust them to be coplanar because they become way more difficult to adjust. Seems like I regular...

03-14-2016 01:12 PM

Podcasts in the Shop - 21 replies

I listen to a lot of podcasts in the shop. A majority are politics, economics, culture, and sports. I also listen to some woodworking podcasts. I’d love to hear what you recommend: Woodworking and DesignWood Talk: this is the best out there, mostly because they know how to podcast. The three person booth works well to keep the conve...

03-11-2016 10:26 PM

Cherry: moving from oil-based to waterborne poly - 13 replies

i use a lot of cherry and my favorite finish is satin Arm-R-Seal. I use it plain, and after a few months the cherry has darkened to a perfect color. It’s foolproof. So . . . I’ve decided to fool with it. I’ve been using more General Finishes High Performance poly. I like it for two reasons: 1) now that I’ve learned...

12-25-2015 12:13 AM

220 power question - 17 replies

I just wanted to confirm that tools that require single phase 220 and those that are low voltage 3 phase 220 would require separate electrical feeds. Am I correct?

12-15-2015 05:58 PM

Cooking up a Box--Box Making Made Simple - 6 replies

For those of you who want to get a start in box making Cooking up a BoxThis is something I came up with because my Facebook feed is constantly flooded with recipe videos and I thought this would be funny. Hope you enjoy.Posted by August Oak Woodworks on Monday, December 7, 2015

11-06-2015 07:12 PM

Water on Oil - 9 replies

I keep hearing not to put a water-based finish on any kind of oil. Here’s some grain-filling advice from Charles Neil’s latest newsletter: I will rub a good oil, like Arm-R-Seal, into the pores after the color is applied. This mechanical push along with the thinner oil forces the oil into the pore. Rarely does one coat do it. Af...

11-04-2015 09:28 PM

Replacing table saw web wing with solid cast iron? - 17 replies

I have a 113 Craftsman table saw that serves me well. I am annoyed as to how small a window there is to use my magnetic feather board because of the webbed wings. I’ve been looking for used ones for a couple of years, but instead I’ve found a glut of other webbed wings. The sawstop wing is around $100 with free shipping. Pros and ...

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