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12-29-2012 04:19 PM

self leveling finish? - 8 replies

In construction work there are self leveling cement mixes you can use to eliminate slight dips in a concrete floor. I have a workbench top that has a roundish area about 3 inches in diameter that is about a 1/32” lower than the rest of the top. Is there a finish that I could poor onto the entire surface that will provide a good finish an...

12-29-2012 03:02 AM

tape to block shellac finish? - 4 replies

I am working on finishing a couple of projects using shellac. I need to mask off certain areas to prevent the shellac from penetrating that area. In some places I brush the shellac on and in another I apply shellac with a rag. Specifically I need to mask a 3/4” circle on a flat piece of cedar. I will later glue something to the masked ...

12-14-2012 05:05 PM

performax 16-32 sandpaper question - 2 replies

I have a performax 16-32 sander that is currently on loan to a friend. Normally I purchase long rolls of sandpaper and cut my own strips. Unfortunately, I have misplaced my description of what sandpaper to order (type of backing paper, type of grit, etc.) I would like to order paper for it so I can be ready to use it when the sander comes hom...

12-10-2012 11:43 PM

drying time of shellac before packaging for shipment? - 4 replies

I have been (and still are) sick. This put me behind in my woodworking projects for Christmas. I was planning on finishing cedar with a single coat of 2lb shellac, let it dry and then wrap it in bubble pack and ship them. If I finish in my 65-70 degree basement, is overnight sufficient before I wrap it in packing? If not how long?

11-28-2012 12:38 AM

tapering on a jointer - 6 replies

I received the regular Popular Woodworking e-mail today. One of the articles is a video on how to taper a leg by using the jointer. I have an older Delta 6” long bed jointer (the one with the open leg bottom). Even with new blades and after a full alignment I get massive chatter, tearout and vibration if I take 1/16” deep cut. ...

11-13-2012 05:33 PM

question on plywood storage - 4 replies

I am looking for a way to store plywood on its long edge leaning against the wall and on the floor. When I want to tip each sheet out to look for the one I want. I am trying to figure out how to keep the plywood tipped out so I can look at each sheet. The previous location used to have a heavy radial arm saw setting where I can lean the ply...

11-13-2012 01:25 AM

help calculating angle for spine - 9 replies

I have a project with two pieces of wood joining at a 150 degree angle. I would like to glue a spine into one of the pieces and have a snug slot in the other that I can slide the spine into. Latter I can pull the two pieces apart for storage. I am having a “senior” moment and can’t figure out how to cut the groves for the ...

11-08-2012 04:09 PM

Long sleeve, mid sleeve or short sleeve in the workshop? - 25 replies

As winter approaches, I find myself moving from the tee shirt to adding a flannel shirt over the tee. Eventually it will be thermal under garments. But, I don’t like to have long sleeves near power tools for safety reasons. I am thinking about taking a couple of “work” flannel shirts and cutting off the sleeves so they jus...

11-05-2012 05:02 PM

adding castors / lift mech to workbench? - 9 replies

As I design & build (and re-design) my new bench it is now time to start thinking about adding a method to move the bench. Current plans are for the bench to be against a wall with plywood storage behind it. But, I am sure that there will be the need to move it to the center of the shop, or to get it out of the way of the plywood. Therefo...

11-04-2012 04:05 PM

Workbench catch all tray on back? - 7 replies

I don’t know the correct name for the wooden tray that runs along the back of some workbenches. But, I am thinking of adding one to my (soon to be) new workbench. Is there an official name for this tray?Is there a standard size (width, depth) for the tray?

11-03-2012 04:43 PM

workbench design placement of top rails? - 2 replies

I am sure this will be the first of many questions as I work on designing and building my new workbench. I was given a 24” x 60” solid oak table top. It is made up of laminated strips of oak and finished with a poly(?). I am working on the placement of the legs, in particular the top set of horizontal rails. My first plan was...

11-03-2012 03:43 AM

how should I size tenons? - 4 replies

I am going to build a new workbench this weekend. I plan to use existing 2×4s that I have on my wood rack. I need to get rid of them and make space for “real” wood. I was going to mortise and tenon joinery. My plan calls for through tenons on the horizontal rails connecting the front left leg to the rear left leg. The top j...

10-28-2012 05:13 PM

how do you store long strips of sandpaper for Performax or V-Drum sanders? - 6 replies

Anyone who has a drum sander (Performax, Jet, V-Drum, etc.) has long strips of sandpaper in various grits. Mine are 6+’ in length by 3” wide. I am looking for a good way to store the strips and the rolls I cut them from. Currently, I roll them up and use rubber bands. Then I throw them into a cardboard box. Has anyone come u...

10-27-2012 09:09 PM

Prefinished plywood? - 14 replies

Whenever I go my local plywood wholesaler for ply he always offers me prefinished. My understanding is that it has a finish sprayed on both faces. Cost difference is around $8 per sheet. I have never purchased any. Yesterday, while picking up another sheet of 3/4 ply I was offered the prefinished ply. Today as I glue up some drawers and h...

10-27-2012 03:55 PM

glue rubber pad back on plastic push block / handle? - 1 reply

About a year ago, a well known nationwide woodworking chain, offered a 4 piece safety set for a good price. Yesterday, I needed a push block and opened one of the sets. I double-sided taped it to the piece and it worked well. But, when I attempted to pull off the block the glue that holds the rubber to the plastic was weaker than the double-s...

10-27-2012 02:24 AM

dealing with raised grain with water based finishes - 11 replies

I have always been taught to sand projects to 320 grit, wet the wood with water, and then sand again to remove the grain that the water raised. This is my first time of seriously using a water based finish. Many years ago, I was given a quart of water based poly and played with it, but I did not like the results. I have been told that water...

10-25-2012 07:53 PM

drying time of water poly? - 9 replies

I am trying out Minwax’s Polycryllic water based finish. On the Internet it said “dries to the touch in two hours.” Today I setup a table in the back yard and tried spraying several pieces of wood. The sun was shining; temperature was 80 F and humidly was 52%. I noticed that by the time I had the sprayer cleaned the wood wa...

10-25-2012 06:23 PM

anyone have problems adding Wynn 35a nano filter to HF 2hp dust collector - 11 replies

It seems that my sinuses are getting worse or I am becoming more allergic to wood dust, so my fall shop upgrade project as revolved around improved dust collection. I have upgraded to the Harbor Freight (HF) 2 hp dust collector and I have noticed an improvement in suction. I am now thinking about the Wynn 35a nano cartridge filter. I ha...

10-23-2012 01:59 PM

Name for clear shellac? - 8 replies

I am looking for the correct name to use to refer to shellac that will not change the color of a piece of wood. I want the shellac finish but do not want to tint the wood. Some people call this Blond shellac, yet another distributor has “Super Blond” shellac. When I go to blahblah’s web site what type of shellac should I order?

10-20-2012 07:16 PM

looking for ideas on dust hood for chop saw - 19 replies

My shop improvement project for this fall is Dust Collection. The only stationary (debatable) power tool without dust collection is the sliding compound miter saw (DeWalt 718). I would like ideas on a box to surround the back of the saw. The box’s back can be the wall behind the saw. I plan to use a 4” PVC port.

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