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|17 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...
|18 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’...
|21 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...
|23 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...
|59 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? ...
|69 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....
|73 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...
|74 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...
|77 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. ...
|84 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.
|141 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...
|147 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...
|189 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 ...
|203 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.
|264 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 ...
|295 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...
|301 days ago||
Badger hair brushes - 10 replies
I keep reading about how the only good brush for applying solvent based coatings (lacquer, shellac, varnish, etc.) is a brush made out of badger hair. However, I can’t seem to find any badger hair brushes. There are plenty of knocks offs that have a stripe painted on them to make them look like badger hair. But those are all made of c...
|305 days ago||
How do I measure for miter cuts? - 30 replies
I know this is going to sound like an incredibly stupid question and I apologize in advance for this. I’m trying to make a “frame” around a piece of wood. In this case it’s about 12 inches wide, 14 inches long, and 3/4” thick. Basically I want to have some pieces around the thing with miter joints. The miter...
|309 days ago||
Preferred wood for cutting boards? - 9 replies
I was curious as to what folks here think the best wood to use for cutting boards is. Both long grain and end grain. I’ve already ruled out oak because I’ve read its porosity can harbor bacteria. As well as beech and ash for the same reason. I kind of ruled out pine for being too soft. On whichever wood I use I intend to use...
|318 days ago||
Straight dowels vs spiral dowels - 14 replies
I figured I should christen the new joinery forum with a question. Is there any real difference in strength between a dowel join with straight grooved dowels vs those made with spiral cut dowels? I ask because I’ve got some fairly long cut off pieces that I want to join end to end to make another board. I was planning on using dowel...