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03-03-2018 09:44 AM

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.

12-07-2015 08:00 PM

Fabric veneer - 8 replies

I want to veneer cotton fabric to a pair of 15×48 doors that I’m refinishing. The doors have been prepared with a ground coat of latex/acrylic wall paint. The final finish will be waterborne lacquer (Target EM 6000). I’d appreciate any thoughts on what to use to adhere the fabric that will be permanent and compatible with the la...

10-19-2014 09:28 PM

Bona Mega & Gramercy - 1 reply

I’m in the process of completing the finishing of a 12 year old project that’s been in use since then. About 6 years ago, I bought a gallon of Bona Mega floor finish to replace my usual waterborne, Varathane. I also bought Gramercy synthetic brushes to see how they perform with waterborne finishes. I finally got around to using the ...

09-18-2014 04:24 PM

The natural edge forum 2 - 1 reply

The original poster has me blocked, so I can’t contribute there, but for your interest and inspiration, my Projects Gallery shows a few natural edge pieces I have made.. I’ve enjoyed coming up with designs that show off the unaltered creations of Nature.

09-11-2014 12:57 AM

New pop-up - 3 replies

Whenever I access LJs, for the last couple days, a pop-up appears that wants my email address to deliver “Tips, etc” that I guess really means ads and junk mail. What’s the deal?

08-30-2014 10:06 PM

Site statistics - 36 replies

As of right now, site statistics (We are 93,373 woodworkers making 2,665,625 comments on 103,334 projects, 39,887 blogs, 3,816 reviews and 61,490 forum topics) are a joke. They are meaningless to both the woodworker and a potential advertiser. If I were considering advertising, the only thing I’d care about are visits by month for the last...

07-22-2014 01:45 AM

Irrelevant topics - 9 replies

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

04-02-2014 08:05 PM

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.

11-02-2013 12:45 AM

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.

09-12-2013 02:24 PM

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, ...

06-13-2013 01:16 AM

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...

03-25-2013 07:43 PM

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?

03-09-2013 12:34 AM

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.

03-08-2013 01:38 AM

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...

12-10-2012 03:46 PM

Jet 22-44 - 2 replies

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

11-29-2012 01:12 AM

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

10-07-2012 08:46 PM

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.

09-19-2012 01:38 AM

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

09-13-2012 07:00 PM

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.

08-05-2012 09:27 PM

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...

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