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09-25-2013 02:07 PM

Gardentenders, Homerefurbers and Lumberjocks anti-spam strategies? - 8 replies

I just visited Lumberjocks’ sister sites, Homerefurbers and Gardentenders and they’ve been hit by spam campaigns. Then I went to Lumberjocks and NOTHING! I wonder, do these two sites have differenet spam-fighting techniques from Lumberjocks or are they simply checked less, and therefore worked-on less, by the spam-fighting units due ...

06-29-2013 02:07 PM

kitty cats, dogs and your fine furniture - 17 replies

Our cat is not declawed. Much to my chagrin I have noticed little divets/”pecks” on the edges of our not-so-fine pine (not MDF/chipboard) Ikea coffee table, and chairs from our ash ‘country-style’ small cheapie dining set add up over the years. These come from when the cat jumps onto a piece of furniture and her claws par...

06-11-2013 03:51 PM

Template routing for curves - 4 replies

I am planning to add slightly-curved parts for a project. I’m sure many here use this method or variations thereof. Essentially, I got 1/2” MDF which I plan to trace the curves on—these curves are concave, by the way. Cut and fair template material, add blocking to limit movement when attaching to workpiece, attach this t...

06-11-2013 03:32 PM

Questions on dresser/changing table from Wood magazine; building sequence, joinery - 0 replies

Hey all, Not sure this is the right place to post this. I know lots of people have built this plan: Here are a few questions regarding assembly sequence, etc: 1) When I first saw the plan’s diagram before reading the instructions, I assumed that what was logical was to first glue the legs ...

06-11-2013 02:51 PM

B2 Maple plywood & soft (red) maple - 2 replies

Quick question…. I am getting ready to make the dresser/changing table from Wood magazine that many Lumberjocks have made, like this one: I am thinking of using B2 maple plywood with some solid cherry and maple parts. The cherry I got, and have roughed out almost all the cherry parts. Now, on to ...

03-06-2013 08:19 PM

cool, durable, and precise automatic watches around $100~200... Orient, Seiko, Bulova? - 10 replies

Have you guys had any experinces with automatic watches under $200, preferably under $150? I’ve read/heard mixed things about various brands/models. I gave my then-girlfriend a gorgeous Invicta one years ago and it was crap, was never accurate and then it just stopped working. Worst gift ever. Have you had first-hand experinece with Orient...

03-02-2013 05:04 AM

Mixing linseed oil and Japan drier to make BLO - 8 replies

I have some Tried and True ‘Danish oil” (just linseed oil, no varnish or wax blend) and was thinking of mixing some Japan Drier in order to make my own BLO. Any suggestions on proportions? Thanks!

03-02-2013 04:58 AM

Is Waterlox wipe- or brush-on or wipe-on/wipe-off? - 25 replies

How do you apply Waterlox, brushing, wiping and leaving it, wipe-on/wipe-off? Do you dilute it depending on application technique? Anyone like it better than Arm R Seal, Minwax Wipe-On Poly? How forgiving is it on vertical, already-assembled pieces like table bases? How forgiving is it on horizontal surfaces? Is the low-voc version recommenda...

12-22-2012 01:40 PM

If it's not one thing it's another (wiping varnish poly issues, some pics) - 5 replies

Now with pics… A bit of an issue with Arm R Seal… Doing gloss coats right now; not sure what I’m doing wrong, I’ll explian: everything looks great when I leave the room. I finally arrived at a technique where I use a backing piece of plastic inside the rag pad. Things came out very smooth, except now I check it and see th...

12-21-2012 02:02 PM

What is your favorite, off-the-shelf walnut stain? - 5 replies

I have a table built with air-dried walnut, but whose legs are made with kiln-dried walnut. The difference in color is obvious. I have tried several things on samples and it seems that the only choice to get them somewhat close to one another before topcoating will be to stain. I much prefer the color of the air-dried walnut—a deep reddish...

10-03-2012 12:20 PM

rabbeting bit for inset lids in keepsake boxes? - 7 replies

Is it safe (both for me and the workpiece) use a rabbeting bit on the router table to cut rabbets on the sides of an assembled box to set an inset lid? We’re talking small boxes put together with dovetails. Lids inset on all sides (like this one: ), and not just on their sides with front and back hangi...

09-15-2012 04:27 AM

Any Ridgid or other inexpensive shopvacs you can recommend? - 32 replies

Can you recommend any particular inexpensive shop vacuums typically popping up in the used market, or even in the new market? It will have to handle general outdoors sucking action as well as shop use, which really means “garage-with-a-router-a- B&D workmate-and-tons-of-lumber” use. Easily available filters would be great. Any...

09-15-2012 04:22 AM

Cutting the rabbet on the tail board...which plane? - 6 replies

Well, the appropriate ones I guess would be a skew rabbet block plane with a a fence or a moving fillister, but the next two planes on my list to get were a router plane and a large shoulder plane. Has anyone used a router plane with a fence or shoulder plane against a batten to make a rabbet for the tail board when hand-cutting dovetails? Th...

09-02-2012 04:13 PM

quick question: Tried and True "Danish Oil" + arm r seal to make oil/varnish? - 2 replies

I have a quick question: Can I add Arm R Seal to Tried and True’s Danish oil (not really “Danish”, just partially polymerized linseed oil and nothing else) to make a rub-on/buff-off oil/varnish mixture? On Friday I thought I had grabbed a can of T&T’s Varnish Oil off the shelf, but had grabbed the Danish Oil instea...

08-31-2012 05:54 PM

re-polishing/cleaning small Brusso brass hinges? - 3 replies

I recently almost-finished 4 boxes, 3 fo which are going to have Brusso stop hinges. In order to install them I took two (one larger for the large box, one smaller for the two smaller boxes) tow measure/test/make a fliping story stick to route the mortises on the router table. Router table is in the garage, and it’s the Summer in Austin, T...

08-31-2012 05:49 PM

yet another thread on ebonizing walnut... - 3 replies

I want to ebonize some small walnut parts for 2 drawer and one box pull handle (this one is about 10-1/2” long). The drawer pulls are going to be screwed to the drawers, so I can “ebonize” and topcoat separately from the drawer, but the one for the box will be glued, inset in a rabbet, with two little shoulders protruding (abou...

08-08-2012 04:34 AM

oil-based poly (GF ArmRSeal)/Aqua-Coat/ArmRSeal? ...does it make any sense? - 17 replies

Hey everyone, Will I get the warm look from the oil-based poly if I fill the grain on a very small walnut/spalted pecan box with Aqua Coat and then finish it of w/ General Finishes oil-based poly product? Or, should apply a “spit coat” of General Finishes before applying the filler? I know I can cover the water-based filler with o...

07-25-2012 10:57 PM

looking for a bandsaw jig vid [w/ Brian Boggs? Can't remember] me find it? - 1 reply

...I think I remember seeing a vid profile on Brian Boggs where he was using an awesome bandsaw jig for cutting curves in which he had a template “positive” and “negative”, so to speak. I was looking for it the other day and couldn’t find it…was it in Fine Woodowkring? I don’t think he explained much abo...

07-22-2012 03:46 AM

Staining with water-soluble dyes (TransFast) sprayed with plant mister? - 6 replies

I don’t have a spray system and don’t want to buy one now (b/c I can’t afford a good one and would rather buy other tools) and yup, someone recommended the technique mentioned in the title to me months ago and I just simply stopped pretty much woodoworking on my little projects while I took a course, and now I ahve a huge log o...

07-21-2012 02:04 PM

how important is having a DECENT bench grinder vs. a $30 garage sale one? - 15 replies

Meaning: I have $100 in Lowes gift cards. Was thinking we needed a trimmer/edger but then I thought: “hmm, I really should round the edges on the smoothing blades for my Veritas low-angle jack, and should probably do that with a grinder”. Obviously a grinder will make it easier for sharpening everything, incluidng lawn mower blades (...

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