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09-25-2010 07:46 PM

Butt Mortise Chisels - reviews, recommendations, suggestions - 8 replies

I find myself frequently wishing that I had a set of shorter chisels to use in tight spaces – butt mortise chisels in other words. I saw that Crown Tools makes some but that they had been reviewed poorly by all reviewers on I’m wondering if there are any jocks that have a set they’re happy with, or have come across a...

04-02-2010 05:50 PM

H2O versus NGR dyes - why bother with water based? - 6 replies

So I’ve just started using some WD Lockwood and Gemini Coatings dyes and have found myself in the middle of a color matching nightmare from which I’m slowly recovering. My question is why bother with water based stuff? What with all the grain raising and sanding and potential for additional grain raising after application it seems ...

03-14-2010 04:37 PM

How to make Maple look like Walnut? - 5 replies

I’ve built some shelves for a client out of sugar maple, but the client has changed her mind and now wants them to match her Peruvian Walnut counter top. I’ve told her that it’s unlikely we can get a perfect match, but she is ok with that and told me to just do the best I can. Sooo…anyone have any thoughts about what dy...

02-06-2010 10:42 PM

Shapton 30,000 anyone? - 2 replies

So I’ve been using a 12,000 grit melon colored Shapton stone for the final lapping and microbevels on my chisels and plane blades and have been really happy with it. That said, I’ve always ben curious about the 30,000 grit stone that they sell. At close to $500 I’m not likely to get one any time soon, but I’m wondering ...

12-23-2009 03:35 AM

Giant Chop Saw? - 4 replies

I saw what appeared to be a giant chop saw on tv recently. I can’t remember what show, or what company was using it, but it was for cutting large timbers. I’m looking for a mfr. of large miter saws – as in 24” blade diameter large. Thanks.JP

10-11-2009 12:36 AM

Fuji HVLP turbines - great product, excellent support - 1 reply

Hello there, I feel compelled to write a glowing review of Fuji Spray systems. I’ve been using one for about a year now and it’s performed beyond expectations. I’m used to using a Kremlin air-assist system at work, so it took a bit of getting used to HVLP, but now that I’ve got the hang of it I really, really like it. ...

09-28-2009 11:53 PM

Oil Finish with dye for new maple? - 5 replies

I’m making some open cabinets out of new maple, and would like to impart a bit of the aged look to it using a tung oil finish. I’m wondering if I can use a water based aniline dye first, and then apply the tung oil normally? Or would I be better off trying to add some dye to the tung oil itself? Thanks much. JP

09-09-2009 01:21 AM

Angled Dovetails? - 13 replies

Do the commercially available dovetail jigs (like Akeda, PC, Leigh) allow you to cut angled dovetails? I’m interested in making a box with angled sides and was wondering if I could use dovetails. Thanks. JP

08-21-2009 05:33 PM

Glue lines telegraphing through paint? Cold creep? HELP! - 4 replies

I recently came into a bunch of 4/4 rough maple and would like to laminate some of it into thicker stock for legs. I’m planning on either painting or ebonizing them, so I’m not so worried about grain or color match as I am about the glue lines becoming visible over time. (Is this called “cold creep”?) I’ve seen w...

06-20-2009 03:54 AM

Smoothing out a rough finish - 5 replies

I just finished up a table top with Waterlox, but the finish isn’t totally smooth. What can I do to make it smoother – without putting another coat on. Steel wool? What grit? Do I need to lubricate? I don’t mind if the sheen gets a bit more satiny, but I don’t want it dull. Thanks. JP

06-16-2009 03:19 AM

Smoothing planes. - 7 replies

I’m interested in trying my hand at smoothing some simple table tops with a plane and would like to use it as an excuse to buy myself a smoothing plane. I’m open as to style and materi al (wood, iron, bronze), but money is an object – Sauer & Steiner is definitely not in my budget! Let’s say no more than a Lie-Niels...

06-13-2009 04:19 AM

Waterlox for table tops? - 19 replies

I’ve heard that when cured, Waterlox is a very hard, very durable finish that doesn’t show scratching much. I’m making a couple tables for a coffee shop and was wondering if anyone could confirm this or offer an alternative that would hold up well, yet not look plasticy – which is also important to the client. Thanks....

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