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05-19-2015 06:50 AM

What is "acrylic varnish"? - 5 replies

I’ve been talking to an artist friend of mine who paints. Mostly with oil paints (he’s very good). He said something about using an “acrylic varnish” in his painting. So I did some digging and discovered that if you plug acrylic varnish into Google the vast majority of hits are for artist products. When I think va...

05-13-2015 09:26 AM

Anyone used torx pocket hole screws? - 19 replies

I’ve got the Kreg pocket hole jig and use it all the time. I like the jig but I kind of hate the Kreg screws. I frequently end up destroying half the screws I use because the driving bit slips and rips up the screw head. This is especially a problem when trying to drive the screws into harder woods like oak. I was thinking perhaps it...

04-26-2015 10:41 AM

Anyone grown exotic trees? - 11 replies

This question is primarily just curiosity. Has anyone tried growing some of the rare, exotic trees like ebony and pink ivory? I was thinking it might be cool to try and grow some exotics like ebony trees. Partly for preservation purposes but mostly for the hell of it. I wouldn’t get lumber out of something like an ebony tree within m...

04-24-2015 04:27 AM

Coloring or pickling pine - 12 replies

Greetings and salutations, I’m building a book case out of pine. It’s been a long time since I worked with pine. I’m not certain if its a white or yellow pine but I think it’s white (it’s quite soft and white pine is indigenous to the Pacific NW I think). I want to give it an interesting appearance and I wan...

02-20-2015 07:52 AM

Anyone used ColorFX dyes? - 10 replies

Greetings. I’m thinking of finally getting some concentrated dyes for more color options. I’ve held off on getting dyes so far because of the expense of getting a zillion dye colors. I may have found a solution but I’ve never heard of these and was hoping to get some opinions. There is a brand of dyes called ColorFX: ...

01-08-2015 05:47 PM

Tips for working with palm? - 3 replies

I just got a small board of red palm. I’ve never worked with it before and my understanding is that it isn’t like a “normal” wood. I did a cursory search of this site and the web and could find very little information on working with it. Anyone care to share their experiences with this stuff? How does it plane, sand...

12-26-2014 08:01 AM

What do I need to get started on veneering? - 9 replies

Hello all. I’ve been thinking of using veneer. I’ve dealt with veneer before and don’t know what tools and hardware I’ll need to work with the stuff. Could you please tell me what I’ll need to use veneer? Part of my desire to use veneer is to save money so I’m hoping it doesn’t cost a fortune to ge...

12-26-2014 07:53 AM

What's so great about mahogany? - 20 replies

I keep thinking I need to make something out genuine (Honduran) mahogany. I keep hearing it described as the best furniture wood. But whenever I’ve seen genuine mahogany at the store it doesn’t grab me. The color and grain don’t seem very exciting. It doesn’t feel dense or heavy and the pores are rather large. And i...

12-18-2014 11:03 AM

Will we get access to Cuban mahogany? - 10 replies

There have been some changes in US policy towards Cuba. I really am not interested in debating the politics of this. But does anyone think this means we’ll get our hands on Cuban mahogany lumber? Or other hardwoods that grow in Cuba. Might there eventually be come mahogany plantations in Cuba we could source lumber from? Has anyone ...

12-17-2014 12:15 AM

I'd like to make a table lamp - 8 replies

I have some bubinga that I want to use and I can’t figure out what to do with it. Then I had an idea. I could, possibly, make a table lamp. I don’t have a lathe so this thing would be square. I was thinking of simply making a tallish but skinny “tower” and then capping the top with a piece of bubinga. I was thinking...

12-11-2014 12:57 PM

Why are all the colorful woods from the tropics? - 27 replies

This is a question that has been eating at me for a year. When I look through the Wood Database and my local lumber store I notice that the really colorful woods (e.g. bloodwood, purpleheart) all come from trees native to hot, southern regions. Principally, it seems, South America and Africa. To my knowledge, wood native to North America ...

11-26-2014 08:22 AM

Extracting dye from scrapwood - 14 replies

I’ve been working with padauk for the first time. I like the bright orange color. So I had an idea. I took pieces of scrapwood and sanding dust from the padauk and put them in a jar with some denatured alcohol. My hope is to be able to get the dye from the wood and then brush it on something later. Since it’s scrap I have nothin...

11-22-2014 08:19 AM

Preserving the color in padauk - 10 replies

Greetings and salutations. I got my first piece of padauk the other day. I’ve never worked with it before but I love the bright orangeish color of it. From what I’ve read the color tends to fade out of the stuff pretty quickly. I’m curious if anyone knows how to prevent or at least slow down the color change? Does th...

09-29-2014 07:24 AM

Grizzly 10% off coupon (first come, first serve) - 0 replies

I got a coupon code for 10% off your order at Grizzly’s website. I don’t need it and perhaps someone here does. 14FC061330262 It’s only good until 9/30/2014. I apologize for not putting it up earlier. If you end up using the code, please post and let others know it’s been used.

09-11-2014 11:18 AM

Sandpaper change at Home Depot - 29 replies

I went to Home Depot the other day to get sandpaper and was surprised to see their entire sandpaper line up had changed. They usually carried Norton products like Norton 3X. Now all the Norton stuff is gone and 3M is in its place. The “brand” of sandpaper was 3M “precision pro.” I’ve never seen it before. Thoug...

09-09-2014 04:35 AM

Failure of glue joints at the ends of tables - 31 replies

Hi all. There’s a problem I’ve been consistently running into and I would like to seek some opinions. On most if not all of the tables I’ve made I noticed a tendency for the glue joints in the table top to crack. It always happens at the end grain sides of the table. It usually takes a couple of months but it will happe...

08-14-2014 08:32 AM

Grizzly 10% coupon code - 3 replies

I got this in my latest issue of Wood magazine. I don’t need it so I’ll put it up here for whomever does. I think it’s a single use code. 14WM147441WPE

08-02-2014 03:51 AM

Staining rubberwood? - 2 replies

Greetings and salutations. I found an old busted up table. The table top is in good condition and I plan to cut it down for useable lumber. I’m almost certain this table is made of rubberwood. I’ve been stripping the factory finish and sanding it down. The wood is pretty darn boring looking by itself. It’s going to need...

04-10-2014 03:22 PM

Will spindle sanding mess up my drill press? - 25 replies

Hello, folks. I find I have a need to do some curved sanding. I want to get a set of sanding drums that I can chuck into my drill press. Probably the Delta kit or a knock off of it. My drill press is an old but very solid bench top Craftsman drill press. My very kind and wise cousin gave it to me a couple of years ago. I mentioned to h...

04-05-2014 04:31 AM

Please assist me in interpreting these plans - 29 replies

I want to build the chair described in this web site: http://www.thedesignconfidential.com/2013/07/free-diy-furniture-plans-build-francine-dining-chair I know that to most of you this looks simple but this is the first time I’ve actually cut anything curved. Curves are why I recently got my bandsaw. I’ve attached the image ...

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