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05-23-2014 08:32 PM

Can you template rout an interior shape? - 4 replies

Can you template rout an interior shape? Lets say I want to make several identical 6” x 9” oval frames. Could I use a jigsaw to roughly cut out the interior, and then attach a template and use a flush-trim bit in the router table to perfect the interior? Or does that turn into one of those dangerous climb cutting operations?

05-22-2014 06:43 PM

Does Eastern/Aromatic Red Cedar change color? - 2 replies

Does the heartwood of Eastern/Aromatic Red Cedar undergo color change? I’d like to incorporate a splash of reddish color into an inlay I’m designing. Purpleheart is, of course, notorious for turning brown, and some people report that bloodwood does the same. So I’m looking for a safe simple alternative.

05-22-2014 03:13 AM

Is there such a thing a "light stabilization"? - 1 reply

I have a piece of interesting wormy wood that I’d like to use as an inlay. It isn’t worth sending it out to have it stabilized and I’m not interested in buying a vacuum pump system. Is there something simple I can do to stabilize this piece? The worm trails are very solid – I can’t dislodge them even after prodding ...

05-18-2014 03:45 PM

Can you "true" a small piece on a router table if it has no reference faces? - 38 replies

I’ve got some 3/4” x 3/4” x 5” scraps of exotics I’d like to true up. They were cut on a bandsaw and all have at least some good (i.e. reasonably stable, not tippy or wobbly) sides but no “true” sides. I though I’d be able to true them up with a hand plane but that is not going so well. I have a...

05-18-2014 02:54 AM

Stanley Sweetheart #62 - how does the depth adjustment screw work? - 1 reply

I have one of the new Stanley Sweetheart #62s. Does anyone know does the depth adjustment screw (DAS) is supposed to work? The instructions say loosen the lever screw cap, then us the DAS to extend the blade by turning clockwise, retract by turning counter clockwise. I find that the only way that I can turn the DAS is to first remove both the...

05-17-2014 07:05 PM

What should I do to the back when sharpening a bevel-up plane iron? - 6 replies

I have a Stanley Sweetheart 62 Low Angle (bevel up) plane. I’m about to sharpen the iron for the first time. For my #5 plane I use “the ruler trick” for the back: insert a thin ruler between the back of the iron and the top of the stone to lift it up a few degrees. A random person told me to never do that with a bevel-up ...

05-16-2014 06:08 PM

Can I rout a lip around a box base and lid after they have been glued up? - 22 replies

I’m interested in making a keepsake box from thin lumber by gluing up a six sided cube then sawing it apart to create a base and a lid. I would then like to rout a lip or ledge around the top of the base and a matching one around the bottom of the lid to make them fit nicely together. I anticipate that the routing around the bottom ...

05-16-2014 01:51 AM

Has anyone used the Tomz Knife Massager to sharpen plane irons? - 5 replies

Has anyone used the Tomz Knife Massager to sharpen plane irons? If so, any thoughts/tips?

05-15-2014 03:37 PM

Can you veneer 1/64" plywood? - 4 replies

I want to make a set of inlays using veneers. I was thinking of applying them to 1/64” plywood before applying them to the piece. I’d use either cold glue and clamps/pressure or the newish iron-on glue (“Heat-Lock” from Highland Woodworking). I don’t have a vacuum press. I’ve read that you have to veneer both ...

05-14-2014 02:26 PM

Is there a colored putty that dries to a hard sandable state? - 10 replies

Is there a wood filler/putty that either comes in ebony or that I can color to ebony that dries to a hard state that can be sanded? The stuff my local store sells is still quite soft and crumbly after days of drying. If necessary I’d be willing to make my own if someone has a recipe.

05-14-2014 02:22 AM

Any thoughts on Flatmaster vs. Sand-Flee for flattening and finishing? - 6 replies

I’m thinking of getting a V-drum sander, either a Flatmaster or a Sand-Flee. I’ve noticed that the folks that make the Flatmaster are not shy about promoting as a tool for flattening boards. Is that really practical? Is there some reason why their product has the upper hand in this regard compared to the Sand-Flee?

05-12-2014 12:19 AM

What is a good clamp for a super thin panel glue-up? - 4 replies

I’m making a very thin panel out of numerous strips of wood. Final dimensions will be around 1/8” x 6” x 9”. It isn’t really a “panel” – it is going to be a piece of inlay. But “panel” seems like the easiest way to describe it. I think I’ll probably do it in two batches, then ...

04-17-2014 09:03 PM

Miter joints on a keepsake box - how to reinforce the joint, other than a key/spline? - 6 replies

I want to make a keepsake box with mitered corners. I want to reinforce the joint, but don’t want to use the external spline/key – neither straight nor butterfly – that is commonly seen on these types of boxes. The stock is 3/8” thick. I think something round – dowels, copper tacks, or even small screws hidden by a ...

04-17-2014 03:03 PM

How to rough out a large block on a drill press - 3 replies

I’m planning a carving on a large block (3” x 12” x 18”). I’d like to do some of the roughing out/setting of my levels by machine in order to save some time and also increase the accuracy of the results. I have done this with a drill press and a forstner bit before…but the process of cleaning up the rather dee...

04-14-2014 02:36 PM

How to get a nice start and end on fluting? - 7 replies

I’m going to rout some flutes into the legs of a table I’m making. This is a photo of a piece of mass-produced furniture I have. I like the way the flutes taper to a point. Can I replicate that with a router?

04-13-2014 02:14 PM

Safely routing in the center of a small board - 13 replies

I was recently given this little box of chip carving knives. At this point I’m actually more interested in the box than the knives! How does one safely rout cavities such as these in a small workpiece (each half of the box is 3/4” x 4” x 6.5”). Can you use a router table and lower the workpiece onto the ...

04-11-2014 04:08 AM

Can wood inlay banding be steam bent - 10 replies

I’m turning a lamp base. There is one portion, about 10” in diameter, that would look great if I could apply a strip of 3/4” high inlay banding to it. I’d like to make the banding myself. Is there a glue I could use that would enable me to steam bend the banding?

04-10-2014 09:17 PM

Question for Festool owners: boom arm, workcenter, or both? - 2 replies

I’m going to join your cult by getting a RO90 and a CT26. I’d like to get an accessory to help manage the hose and powercord so they don’t get in my way while I’m sanding. I understand that is what the “boom arm” accessory is for. But can the “Workcenter” perform the same function? I’ll usual...

04-08-2014 08:50 PM

How does one taper layers for a bent lamination? - 14 replies

I’m interested in trying to make a bent lamination. But I want one end to be tapered. I can’t just make up my lamination and taper it – I’d end up removing the entire outer layer and then some. So obviously I need to taper each layer. I can imagine how to do it using a sled in a planer. But are there other ways to do it a...

04-04-2014 02:31 PM

Does Zinser spray shellac need to "cure", or is it done when it feels dry? - 9 replies

I’m going to spray some Zinser brand rattle can shellac onto a painted piece as a top coat. I’ll do 3 or 4 coats, then “rub it out” with scotchbrite and paste wax to knock off a bit of the gloss and make it more uniform. Question: do I need to allow time for the shellac to “cure”? Or is it done when it feel...

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