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|4 days ago||
I think I’m going to be getting one of the G0555 series bandsaws. This will be my first bandsaw and I’m not terribly familiar with the things. Before I actually buy the thing I have some questions I was hoping I could pose to you fine folks. First, I’m looking at the specs on the G0555LX (Deluxe bandsaw) and the G0555 (ult...
|5 days ago||
What are cool blocks? - 11 replies
Once my tax returns come in I might be getting the Grizzly G0555 bandsaw. From what I’ve read it seems there are a lot more upgrades/accessories needed on a bandsaw than a table saw. I keep seeing references to some product called cool blocks. People seem to find them every necessary but I have no idea what they are or what they do. ...
|7 days ago||
Painting poplar - 14 replies
Hi guys. I’m going to be doing my first project that I paint. I’m making a simple outdoor bench out of poplar. My only painting experience is painting the house with my folks. Which consisted of slathering on latex paint with a brush. I’ve read some stuff online that says poplar is difficult to paint. Is this true? What...
|62 days ago||
Recommendations for finishing walnut? - 14 replies
Cripes, it’s been a while since I posted…. I picked up some walnut today. It’s…. rustic (i.e. got more than a few knots, etc.) but it’s mostly dark heartwood and I think I can cut out most of the sapwood. This is my first time working with walnut and I’d like some suggestions for a pleasing to the eye f...
|100 days ago||
Purpleheart smell - 8 replies
Like many I’m throwing together cutting boards for possible Christmas gifts. And I had some questions about purpleheart. When I’ve worked with purpleheart I’ve noticed than when I saw it and sometimes when I sand the wood smells like moldy cheese. It isn’t pleasant. But it fades pretty quickly and doesn’t come...
|101 days ago||
The morality of buying wood - 84 replies
I’ve been thinking about something for a while and I was curious to see what opinion’s you guys might have. The store where I get my lumber (Crosscut Hardwoods in Portland, OR) recently put out some Gabon ebony for sale. It’s small, irregularly shaped pieces. It’s also $136 a board foot. Needless to say I won’...
|104 days ago||
Boiling tung oil - 10 replies
I’ve had this idea kicking around in my head for a few days. I suspect I’m barking up the wrong tree but I wanted to throw it out there and see what others think. “Boiled” linseed oil isn’t actually boiled. It’s got metallic driers (Japan drier, I think) in it. But I think it’s called boiled linsee...
|106 days ago||
Lacquer damage - 13 replies
First off, I apologize for the pictures. It was devilishly hard to get a picture of the damaged areas and I don’t think it turned out so well. I just got a coffee table to my girlfriend. I finished the table with Deft gloss brushing lacquer. I put on several coats. After the last coat I let it sit for a couple of weeks. Then I rubb...
|142 days ago||
What can be put over linseed oil? - 10 replies
I may be throwing a table out of maple together. I used boiled linseed oil on a small project out of maple previously and I really liked the look of it. But if I make a table I’ve got to put something more protective than oil on it. But I’d still like to initially coat it with BLO. The question is, what can I put on top of it? ...
|152 days ago||
Bosch router bit coating coming off - 0 replies
This question is more just curiosity than anything else. I’ve got a few Bosch brand router bits. Some 1/4 inch shank, some 1/2 inch shank. What I’ve noticed is that the paint/coating on the bits seems to star flaking off after I first use them. I haven’t seen this happen on my MLCS bits or my Harbor Freight router bits....
|156 days ago||
Cold weather gluing tips - 10 replies
It’s that time of year again when gluing becomes problematic. Having tried several experiments last winter I figured I’d share my experiences. And I hope others will as well. So what can you use in the cold? I’m defining cold as between 45 degrees and below freezing. Titebond III. It’s good down to 45 degree Fah...
|157 days ago||
Were tools really better in the past? - 87 replies
I see a lot of people saying that power tools are not as good as they used to be. That tools made 20-40 years ago are superior to their modern day counterparts. That may very well be; I don’t know. But it got me to thinking: I wonder if “tools were better in the old days” is more a function of only the really good machine...
|160 days ago||
Is oak suitable for a cutting board? - 9 replies
I was checking on cutting boards for sale on line. And I noticed there were several made of oak. My understanding is that you don’t want to use a porous wood like oak on cutting boards. The reason being that bacteria and ick can get into the pores. On the other hand I’ve never heard of anyone dying from using an oak board. ...
|167 days ago||
Tips for butternut? - 6 replies
I picked up a couple of boards of butternut (also known as white walnut). I’ve never used it before. Any tips, tricks, or suggestions? What finish looks good on it? How does it take stain? Thanks in advance.
|224 days ago||
3M sandpaper - 7 replies
I wasn’t sure where to put this…. I was hoping someone could tell me what the actual difference between the two kinds of 3M open coat sandpaper are. At most places I see 3M’s “Sand Blaster” line of papers. I think that’s their consumer brand name for standard issue open coat, stearated sandpaper. I bel...
|230 days ago||
Micro mesh vs 3M polishing paper - 1 reply
I wanted to get some other people’s take on these two products lines. I actually have some of each but want other opinions as well. I was thinking of putting up a review and don’t want to put my foot in my mouth. For polishing finishes and metal to a gloss do you think works better? I think Micro-Mesh is somewhat better known b...
|272 days ago||
Mortiser questions - 9 replies
Greetings, I just got my first mortiser. The Delta 14-651 bench top model. Initial impressions are generally favorable but I have a few questions. Since this is my first mortising machine I’m pretty green. Is there an industry standard size for mortiser chisels? In other words, can I get replacement chisels from any manufacturer ...
|286 days ago||
Gluing glass to wood - 7 replies
I’m not certain of this falls under joinery or not, so forgive me in advance. What do you guys use to attach wood to glass? What adhesive? I’ve been using contact cement but I don’t think it’s giving me a very good bond.
|347 days ago||
Grain filler before or after staining - 7 replies
This is both a question and meant to be informative. I’m using white oak for a project and I want to fill the grain. The filler I’ve got on hand and am planning to use is Aqua Coat grain filler. Charles Neil likes it. Should I use the grain filler before or after putting on stain? I’m actually trying an experiment right ...
|378 days ago||
Rubbing out a finish to high gloss - 33 replies
I’ve been trying for a year now achieve a mirror like, high gloss shine on a finish. The finishes I’m primarily talking about are lacquer and shellac. I’ve read these finishes rub out best. The highest sheen I can get to is a semi-gloss. Usually more like matte. It’s driving me nuts because I see all these pictures o...