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04-27-2017 06:42 PM

Long-term storage for equipment with cast iron tables - 10 replies

Are there any recommendations for long term (1 or 2 years) storage of equipment with cast iron tables? Due to changes in my living situation I expect my table saw, jointer, band saw, and drill press will be unused for 1 to 2 years. They will be in an unheated garage or shed in western Montana. I was thinking of spraying the tops down with...

12-23-2016 01:34 PM

Mitered trim glue-up tips requested - 8 replies

I am looking for tips for gluing on mitered trim pieces. I want to glue 3/8” thick 2” wide trim onto a plywood rectangle (about 18” square) to get a frame-and-panel (flat panel) look. I want to miter the trim. When I dry-fit the parts the joints are tight, but it takes a lot of adjusting with a square to get everything rig...

07-05-2016 02:52 PM

Frame and panel: add a spot of glue? - 10 replies

I have 17 frame and panel assemblies for my bathroom cabinets and I’m a bit concerned about the panels eventually becoming loose and rattling in the frame. I am thinking of pinning or gluing the center of each panel in its frame so the panel stays firmly in place while still allowing it to expand and contract. In the past I have used s...

01-05-2015 04:03 PM

Suggestions for storing 1# boxes of nails & screws. - 20 replies

I’m in the middle of an overdue shop cleaning. One problem area for me is my collection of 1 pound boxes of nails and screws typically used for home/shop improvement type projects. I don’t use them very frequently. For now they are stacked in a wooden crate that gets shoved into a back corner. I’m looking for a better solut...

08-19-2014 03:14 PM

How long can paint sit in a hand-held airless sprayer? - 8 replies

I have a hand-held airless sprayer (Graco TrueCoat Pro 2) that I’m trying to learn how to use. At the moment I am painting rather small areas and completely clean the sprayer at the end of each spray session. Is it possible to leave the sprayer full of latex paint for 1 to 4 hours between coats without causing problems?

05-02-2014 11:45 PM

Upcoming bid request for kitchen cabinets in Sugar Land TX - 4 replies

I hope this is an acceptable thing to do… I expect to be renovating my kitchen over the next 6 months and expect to be requesting bids for custom cabinets. The job is in Sugar Land, TX. So if you are a professional cabinet shop and would like me to contact you for a bid request, please let me know how to do that via reply or PM. I ne...

02-24-2014 02:46 PM

Covering lights used when spraying - 2 replies

I’m getting into spraying finishes. For extra light I got a pair of inexpensive shop lights and mounted them on simple stands. Should I be concerned about getting overspray onto the bulbs? I’m going to want to place them close to my spray target to get the most light. Any suggestions for covering them to protect them from overspr...

01-19-2014 08:27 PM

Painted bathroom cabinets with raised-panel doors - 2 replies

I built and installed cabinet boxes – plywood with poplar face frames – in my 2 bathrooms. I finished the interiors with 3 coats of poly before installation, but didn’t have time to finish the exteriors. I have a couple of questions I was hoping to get some help with: 1. Finishing: These cabinets are to be painted white....

05-31-2013 03:49 PM

Wood movement when face-gluing solid stock to plywood/mdf - 12 replies

I am making speaker cabinets (subwoofers at the moment) out of plywood and mdf. I would like to face-glue 2” wide by 5/16” thick hardwood trim along the edges of the plywood sides to create a frame-and-panel look, cover the joints of the plywood sides, and allow me to run a 3/4” radius roundover over the corners without expo...

08-03-2012 11:06 PM

Politics, religion, AND sex! - 39 replies

Is it appropriate to criminalize an act – pass a law that makes it illegal – with the sole justification that it is considered by the proponents of the law to be an immoral act? The US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the following in his dissent to Lawrence v. Texas: State laws against bigamy, same-sex marriage, adul...

01-27-2012 08:38 PM

Sealing end grain on outdoor wood - 4 replies

I hope soon to have a wood fence installed – cedar pickets and pressure treated rails, rot board and cap (steel posts). I was thinking it would be helpful to put sealer on the end grain of each piece of wood before installation. Once the fence is constructed I can squirt it with water seal from time to time to try and slow down its rate ...

01-13-2012 06:49 PM

Cedar fence design advice - 4 replies

I have resisted for 20 years, but now I need to fence in my back yard. Homeowner association rules pretty much dictate that , for my situation, I need a 6’ (nominal) cedar fence. Fence height:: I can go with 6’ pickets. I can also run a 6” rot board at the bottom and put 6’ pickets above that for a total height of 6...

12-07-2011 11:20 PM

War on traditional American values? - 123 replies

Fellow Americans, particularly people of faith, I am curious. What are your values? Recently some Western governments, including the US, have begun diplomatic efforts to push African governments to decriminalize homosexuality:

11-01-2011 03:37 AM

Surfacing aluminum parts - 8 replies

Any suggestions for flattening the surface of an aluminum bracket? The surface is about 6” long and 2” wide. I would like to be able to take a straightedge to it and not see any slivers of light. The bracket is too large for the sanding disk on my bench top disk/belt sander (6” disk I think). I suspect the belt sander wou...

07-18-2011 03:22 PM

Raised Panels: how tight should they fit? - 14 replies

How tightly should a raised panel fit into the slots of the stiles and rails? What I have now requires firm pressure and maybe a bump or two of the palm to seat the panel into the slot of the frame, and it takes a firm grip to pull them apart. My caliper tells me that the thickness of my panels is a nearly 0.01” thicker than the slot ope...

07-12-2011 12:35 AM

Poor results from a sanding spindles that doesn't oscillate - 10 replies

I rigged up a home-built sandling spindle on my drill press. At first I thought it would be a satisfactory stand-in for a spindle sander. However, after using it a bit I found that it left significant scratches in the direction of sanding even with high grits such as 220 and 320. The spindle diameter was 3/4” and I ran it about 1800 rp...

07-06-2011 12:42 AM

Suggestions for sanding the end grain of raised panels? - 12 replies

Any suggestions for sanding the end grain of raised panels? These panels are to a passage door and have about 5/8” relief. The profile was made with an ogee raised panel bit (amana) and a 3/8” radius cove bit, so the minimum radius of curvature is 3/8” – no corners. The sides running parallel to the grain are easy to...

05-16-2011 10:40 PM

Erasable marks on visible surfaces- what to use? - 11 replies

What is a good thing to use (and where is a good place to get it) for making easily removed identification marks? Chalk? I sometimes have bad luck erasing pencil marks, so when I need to make a mark or note on a surface that will be visible after final assembly I’ve taken to putting a small piece of painter’s tape on the surface ...

05-06-2011 08:03 PM

What to do with a small (practice) entry door? - 5 replies

Any ideas on what to do with a very small entry door? I’ve spent the last few months making the blanks for a large interior pocket door. But, never having made a frame-and-panel door before, I’m thinking it might be a good idea to make a small one out of poplar for practice. The practice version was just going to be a single p...

04-28-2011 06:39 PM

How to make a slop-free pivot for a pivoting fence - 8 replies

I am making a crosscut sled similar to this one from Rockler and the Dubby from In-line Industries. Any suggestions for how to make the pivot for the fence so that there is no slop? The fence is actually a discontinued Rockler aluminum router table fence, but essentially an aluminum angle about 1/8” or 3/16” thick. My best i...

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