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|48 days ago||
Proportions for mixing stain for spraying - 7 replies
I’ve been spraying some trim for a remodel project. I’m using general finishes water based stain. I am going for a “medium to dark brown” tone. To get the desired color, I am mixing 1 part green dye, 2 parts brown mahogany stain and 6 parts of natural finish. The green dye neutralizes some of the reddish tone of t...
|185 days ago||
Any lumberjocks that know about Seco band saws? - 4 replies
I found a local auction for this band saw: http://bid.rollerauction.com/cgi-bin/mnlist.cgi?roller3/942 I have a 14” delta that isn’t in the best of shape so I’ve been keeping an eye out for something else. I came across this auction but I can’t find much about the brand or saw. Anybody have experience with Seco? ...
|251 days ago||
Mountain Bike made entirely out of wood! - 3 replies
Here is a local news story from Denver about a guy that is doing a 100 mile mountain bike race on a bike made out of wood. http://www.9news.com/rss/story.aspx?storyid=348897 I know this guy and have ridden with him a few times. The bike is a little bit small for me, but I took it for a spin around the parking lot one night. It rides qui...
|252 days ago||
I have some wood windows that needed to be finished. Based on advice here on LJs and elsewhere, I went with the water-based GF stain. I did a couple of sample pieces – just flat boards to see how it looks. The color came out well enough to make my wife happy so I decided to go with it. I was using a brown walnut stain. I used the GF...
|279 days ago||
I’ve heard good things about the MLCS router tables for your table saw so I finally broke down and ordered one. It come this week and I got to inspect it closer tonight. I’m very happy that the bolt holes look like they will align nicely to mount on the right side of my SawStop. The disappointment started when I pulled out the s...
|406 days ago||
I was at Home Depot a couple days ago and saw they had this detail spray gun on clearance for $25. Its normal price is $35. Does anybody have any experience with it, good or bad? I bought a Wood River sprayer a couple years ago and have really liked using it. There are times where a smaller gun would be more suitable for some things. I t...
|515 days ago||
Which hand to you use to hold chisel and mallet? - 8 replies
I’ve been chopping some mortises today and it got me wondering which hand would be better to hold the chisel. I’m left handed. I hammer nails holding the hammer in my left hand and use my right hand to hold the nail when starting it. It seems natural to hold the mallet in my left hand and the chisel in my right. However, I feel c...
|632 days ago||
Help with a Whiteside Inlay template kit - 6 replies
So I got myself a Whitside inlay template kit to do some inlays. The problem is it doesn’t fit my routers. I have 2 routers – a dewalt (which is almost dead) and a new triton. I picked up the adapter kit for it today so it will work with the Porter Cable-compatible bushings. The problem is that the bushing doesn’t fit eit...
|637 days ago||
Steel stud for a straight edge? - 18 replies
I’m working on a project and I want to use a router to “joint” a straight edge on two 8 foot slabs. In order to accomplish this, I need a decent 8’ straight edge. I looked at the big box stores and they sell 8 foot levels, which run about $100.My next thought is a sheet of plywood. I could keep a 12” wide piece of ...
|667 days ago||
Gluing Ipe - 9 replies
I built an ipe deck and i’m finishing up the last few details on the railings now. I have a 45 degree angle between 2 posts of the rail. The railing uses stainless steel cable instead of wood to fill in the open area. The cable will be under tension and I want to support the posts where the cable goes to a 45 degree angle. My plan is...
|688 days ago||
Disston back saw on CL - 2 replies
I found this saw on CL. It is a Disston back saw. It looks a little rough, but I think could be cleanup up reasonably well for a user. For the $8 price, I think it would be worth the investment. I’m not looking for a full restoration to its original glory. I’m thinking this would work well as a user tenon saw. What do you thi...
|765 days ago||
How to finish finishing a walnut slab table top? - 6 replies
I’ve been working on a walnut slab for a coffee table top. I have finished it with Danish Oil, wet sanding it up to 1000 grit. The surface is feeling really nice, and looks great. At this point the only thing I have remaining is that the 1000 grit sandpaper still leaves scratches which show. I have pretty much reached the level of sm...
|790 days ago||
I have been building a coffee table and a desk from walnut slabs. My wife wanted them to have metal bases. Being a woodworker and not a metalworker, that poses a problem – how do I get a base for them? I also saw photos of some chairs made by a woodworker recently that had an upholstered leather seat and back. That made me wonder the...
|801 days ago||
Do I need a spokeshave? Something else? - 4 replies
I’m working on a walnut slab for a coffee table. I have been working on refining the overall shape of it this weekend. The live edge flares out from the bottom side of the slab toward the top. I trimmed one section of the edge today where 2 branches came out of this piece and I want to shape the edge that I cut to help it blend into the ...
|842 days ago||
T-88 epoxy finishing - 3 replies
I’m working on a walnut slab for a coffee table. I’m about ready to start finishing it and I have a couple of questions about epoxy. The slab has a gap, probably 6” long and half an inch wide at the widest point, as well as a couple of small knots that I want to fill with a black epoxy. I am planning to pick up T-88 epoxy t...
|878 days ago||
Wood gloat! - 8 replies
I didn’t care at all about Black Friday. I couldn’t wait for the day after. There is a sawmill nearby that advertised a 20% off sale. I’ve been to TC Woods before, but it is about an hour drive to get there so I don’t go often. Today we were looking for a slab so I can make a live-edge coffee table. This place has ...
|921 days ago||
Tool cabinet design question - 2 replies
Hi Lumberjocks, I have been kicking around some designs of a tool cabinet. I have an idea what I want, but I’m not sure the best approach to design it. Basically, I want a cabinet to keep hand planes, and chisels, and other hand tools in it. It will be about 24” wide, to accommodate my jointer plane. I really like the idea o...
|1048 days ago||
Estate sale SW of Denver, CO on Sat 6/11 - 1 reply
For any woodworkers looking for tools for collecting or users, here is an enticing sale in Littleton tomorrow: http://denver.craigslist.org/tls/2431581487.html There are a few pictures in the ad. It looks like a lot of fun stuff for a hand-tool person. I’m tempted to go, but I recently got a new WoodRiver LA block plane and a LN ...
|1173 days ago||
Delayed Tool Gloat - Dewalt 735 planer - 1 reply
I had to delay this tool gloat because I had to make sure it was as good as I hoped. I found an ad on CraigsList for a Dewalt 735 for $250. It was owned by an older guy and he says he has never even changed the blades on it. They are probably due to be turned over, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. The only problem with it was...
|1224 days ago||
Is all ebony waxed? - 11 replies
I like the idea of using ebony for some small details on projects. I would like to pick up a small piece to have on hand for when I want to use it. My problem is that I have only seen ebony that is waxed to preserve the moisture content. Is all ebony treated this way? I think that using it with a high moisture content would pose problems f...