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4 days ago

Some very specific questions about mentoring - 18 replies

Introduction: I read many posts with very good questions from beginning and intermediate woodworkers. The queries are often followed by numerous responses, most of which are valid and to the point, but may be in conflict with one another or are based on assumptions made by the responder. Sometimes responses can wander off the point (I have ...

28 days ago

What is this tool and what does it do? - 14 replies

The metal rule is 6” long. The handle is finished, either lacquer or varnish. There is a price sticker on the handle, barely legible as a True Value price sticker, the square reddish-orange kind. The shaft turns freely in the handle. There is a bushing in there so the contact is metal to metal. The handle end of the shank is swa...

57 days ago

On pine: We've got the red and blue. How to do the white? - 3 replies

Client wants POP displays in those three colors. The pine is radiata. The R and B will be dye, so showing some grain will be fine. Would white dye—if there is such a thing—be the same look as the pickling fad in the eighties? Thanks for your input. Kindly, Lee

57 days ago

Dutch Pullout Table at Ikea - 1 reply

I had my first ever Ikea experience yesterday. Let me say right off that the meatballs were great. I was surprised to find the Dutch Pullout design on several different tables, such as this one. It operated smoothly and is of a size that one person can easily add or subtract real estate at will. Since that design has come up now at then ...

57 days ago

Dutch Pullout Table at Ikea - 4 replies

I had my first ever Ikea experience yesterday. Let me say right off that the meatballs were great. I was surprised to find the Dutch Pullout design on several different tables, such at this one. It operated smoothly and is of a size that one person can easily add or subtract real estate at will. Since that design has come up now at then ...

57 days ago

How would you shopize this Ikea saw horse? - 18 replies

Assume you were given a pair of these. They are lightweight, compact dimension, and could be hung up or stored fairly simply and be very handy in finishing or staging project parts, say. However, this joinery would never hold up in a shop. I’m just curious what you’d want to reinforce and exactly how you’d go about it. ...

67 days ago

Question about vintage hammer - 5 replies

I came across an old claw hammer last week. I don’t know the nomenclature. If we call the three regions of the head the claw, the box and the striking part, the striking part on this one is octagonal all the way from the box to the end. Is this a functional design or a manufacturer’s feature? It’s at a thrift store. Ma...

94 days ago

unsolicited solicitations from Publishers Periodical Service etc. - 7 replies

Again today I received, snail mail, a “notice of renewal” from the above referenced company in White City, Oregon. It is in regard to Woodshop News, indicating I need to send $69.95 to renew my subscription (I don’t have one) for 12 months. (a print subscription, 1 year, on the WN website is $21.95.) At a time when I was bu...

96 days ago

Lighting: Help me understand the difference between T8 and T12 - 25 replies

Visited a friend’s shop this week and he has a new, 4 tube 4’ T8 light fixture, hung directly over his workbench (but safely above it). It is uncanny, this desire to want to be in that light. It is magnetic, in a sense. That’s a visceral response; the intellectual one is, boy, I can really see everything very clearly here....

133 days ago

Poll: What is your preferred finish on shop tool handles, new or refurbished? - 14 replies

Please cut and paste and add your X so we have a running total: Wax BLO Tung Oil Oil Poly WB Poly Shellac Lacquer X Add Your Other

134 days ago

FS: Chest Hinges. The lid stays up. The hinges don't show. Pretty nifty. - 2 replies

$10 for the first pair, $6 per pair thereafter. Limited supply. I will ship USPS, continental US. I have used these on several blanket chests and they are easy to mount, dependable and good looking. Note that the back edge of the lid must land flush with the back of the chest. Dimensions (closed): 3 3/4×2 1/2 inches. Screws not...

150 days ago

What strength tea have you used to darken maple? - 7 replies

We tried four bags to a long cup of water and the results looked good until the moisture dried. It was pretty light by then. What’s your ratio of bags to water to get a medium tone, warmth more than color, a slightly aged look? Kindly, Lee

192 days ago

A different view of Watco Satin Wax (positive) - 1 reply

I use this product frequently, most usually when the subject has grooves or voids where paste wax would collect and be white. This stuff doesn’t respond that way. It should further be noted that when I get to this stage on a project I am like a horse who sniffs the barn at the end of a cold run. The setting was with three such objects...

213 days ago

WTB: Charles Brock's Maloof Book which normally accompanies the DVD. - 1 reply

The gremlins stole my book. If you’ve got one gathering dust, here’s an opportunity to use it to help a friend before the gremlins find it and put it s…o…m..e…w…h…e…r…e… Kindly, Lee

223 days ago

FS: Lee Valley Phi Rules, 12" and 18" - 1 reply

Just like new. Near as you can get without landing on it. This pair is about $26 including shipping from Lee Valley. $20 to you, shipped CONUS. Payment via PayPal. Thanks for looking!

248 days ago

Source for sleeves for Jet floor model oscillating spindle sander? - 3 replies

Looks like this: Kindly, Lee

260 days ago

Strange vibration from Jet 6 x 48 oscillating belt sander - 4 replies

It has always done this, but I’m becoming more aware of it and challenged by it. Turn it on: The basic sound of operation is what you’d expect. There is a steady hum from the motor and what it moves, and a sonic pulsing from the oscillating mechanism. In addition, about every three seconds there is a muted rattling that incre...

282 days ago

FS: Veritas Tri-Burnisher - 0 replies

Good shape, not knocked around in the bottom of some toolbox. There are some tiny marks on the shaft, but they won’t impede this quality tool’s ability to do its job. The Tri- part of the name refers to the section of the shaft—it will do several profiles of scraper. The Veritas site says it all here. $28, shipped in th...

319 days ago

Two "Which Glue?" questions - 7 replies

1. Which wood glue dries the clearest? 2. What adhesive will best joint wood to plexiglas (polystyrene)? Thanks kindly, Lee

322 days ago

Have you any experience in dipping small pine products in dye? - 2 replies

Think of a point of purchase display. End grain as well as flat grain. Customer wants it dark. Given your experience, what would you do and how? Thanks kindly, Lee

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