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29 days ago

Irrelevant topics - 9 replies

Why doesn’t Admin block posters who put up irrelevant topics, like auto shows?

139 days ago

Is it better? - 13 replies

Is it better to chew on the right side or left side of your mouth? Oh, wait a minute; that question has already been answered on the corded vs. cordless drill topic. Actually, the answer’s easy. If you’re from Kentucky, its the side that still has a few teeth.

261 days ago

Cutting boards - 13 replies

With all the effort in design and construction that goes into many of the spectacular cutting board projects, some real woodwork could be done.

291 days ago

Fresh cut elm for turning -- free - 4 replies

I have some sections of elm up to 12” diameter available for the taking. Near Quakertown, PA. Email me at if interested.

341 days ago

The myth of BLO - 59 replies

One of the more enduring finishing myths is that BLO “soaks” into wood. I’ve been more than a little skeptical about that idea, so I conducted an experiment to see if and just how much BLO and raw tung oil penetrate different woods. I puddled each oil on samples of white ash, red oak, cherry, and hard maple. After a half hour, ...

433 days ago

The fallacy of conventional wisdom - 4 replies

Conventional finishing wisdom has it that thinning a finish will increase penetration. Wrong!! The reducer may soak into the wood, but the molecules of the drying oil or resin that make up the body of the finish will only penetrate a few wood cells deep, where they will cure and present a barrier to any further penetration. Subsequent applicatio...

512 days ago

Baileigh Adverts - 62 replies

Why is the representative of a paid sponsor, Baileigh, who’s never even posted a project, permitted to advertise via a Forum topic?

529 days ago

Advice - 33 replies

I have the strong impression that much of the advice offered in response to questions raised in many of the for a, especially the finishing forum, are speculative, without any basis of experience on the part of the responder. Mostly gobbledygook.

530 days ago

Fine Furniture - 2 replies

A recent topic on one’s prejudice against metal slides in fine furniture got me wondering what makes a piece of furniture fine. Personally, I think fine is a pretentiously meaningless term. When I look at a piece of furniture, I judge it based on several factors. Foremost is its design; any decent craftsman can put a bunch of drawers in...

617 days ago

Jet 22-44 - 2 replies

Jet 22-44 for sale. Never used. Assembled. Extra paper. East Central PA. $1950

629 days ago

More than you ever wanted to know about Shellac - 3 replies

681 days ago

The Shellac hoax - 103 replies

Conventional wisdom has it that new wood should be “sealed” with shellac to start the finishing process. That’s pure baloney promoted by Zinsser to sell their products. Any kind of resin finish will “seal” itself. For an expose of the shellac hoax, check out Bob Flexner’s article in the September issue of Woodshop News.

700 days ago

Flooring installation - 4 replies

I’m going to lay a 3/4×5 T&G Heart Pine floor on a radiant slab, and want to glue it directly rather than over an underlayment and/or floating. The slab is dry as a bone and the ambient humidity never exceeds 35% (NM). I would appreciate hearing about any similar experience. TIA

705 days ago

What's the point? - 7 replies

What’s the point in continuing a topic with over 19,000 replies and many months old. Seems juvenile to me.

744 days ago

A new finish - 1 reply

This is a piece of ipe, sanded to 120 and finished with three brushed-on coats of Bona Mega, a water based oxygen cross-linked polyurethane floor finish. The first light coat was rubbed back with a maroon pad, followed by two more wet coats within a day. It self leveled without any brush marks or trapped bubbles. It’s a beautiful full clea...

752 days ago

It's the economy, Stupid - 12 replies

Fresh evidence of a significantly slowing U.S. economy Friday posed new headaches for President Barack Obama’s re-election bid – coming on top of weak readings in recent weeks on employment numbers and concerns that the seemingly endless European debt crisis will keep the American economy from getting off the mat.The economy grew at an annual ra...

758 days ago

The Golden Mean - 24 replies

The Greeks(?) derived the ratio of 1:1.618… which came to be known as the Golden Mean for its perfect proportions in the layout of a rectangle. I have used the Golden Mean to divide a sequence of drawers into a linear progression such that the first and last drawers are in the 1:1.618 ratio, whether it’s a horizontal row or a vertica...

764 days ago

Another stupid Obamanism - 1 reply

America’s leading small business association has slammed Barack Obama for showing ‘an utter lack of understanding’ of the country’s entrepreneurs when he told them: ’If you’ve got a business – you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.’ In a hard-hitting statement to Mail O...

772 days ago

Nobama - 39 replies

772 days ago

Progress under Nobama - 64 replies

The economy created just 80,000 jobs in June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. But that same month, 85,000 workers left the workforce entirely to enroll in the Social Security Disability Insurance program, according to the Social Security Administration. The disability ranks have outpaced job growth throughout President Oba...

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