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821 days ago

Spraying waterborn finishes - 19 replies

I volunteered to help a friend with some finishing work & rather than do a lot of experimenting, it seems to make sense to look to the collective experience here, first.He’s built kitchen cabinets & is planning to spray with waterborn (don’t know the brand right now) finish. I’ve done a lot of spraying, from cars to ...

1054 days ago

Should I use weeping willow to build a teardrop trailer? - 8 replies

Okay…that’s not exactly my question, but now that I have your attention… I am curious about willow & it’s usefulness. My neighbor had a sizable willow taken from her yard a while back and, knowing that I collect wood (how else can you describe the condition where even though you have enough stacked up in your basem...

1615 days ago

If a tree falls in the forest... - 7 replies

If a tree falls in the forest and lands on your head…does it make a sound just before the lights go out???

1756 days ago

Anyone familiar with Japan drier? - 8 replies

Has anyone in the LJ world used Japan drier? Any experiences good or bad? While I’ve read several articles in which it’s used as an additive to speed drying, they don’t say how much faster stuff dries. They are even a bit vague on the ratios. Also, while it says on the can to use w/ oil based paints, is it more universal? I...

1902 days ago

Help with Craftsman 925450 industrial(?) dovetail machine/fixture/jig/thingie - 2 replies

I recently inherited the above mentioned device & would love to give it a try, but I need a bit of help first. I’m hoping someone who uses this can give me that help. It appears complete and I’ve downloaded the manual, but a couple of things aren’t clear. It seems to have the correct router base bushings that are referenced...

1912 days ago

Basswood...worth messing with??? - 14 replies

I just bought a bunch of lumber at an estate auction. There was lots of oak, cherry & pine, and some short (about 4-5’) basswood pieces. They are thick enough that I need to re-saw them into usable boards. My question, since the only thing I know about basswood is that it’s very light, is whether it’s worth the effort.Fr...

1947 days ago

A little finish repair help needed - 6 replies

I thought the finish on my oak computer desk (that I did not build) was polyurethane & not subject to that foggy whitish moisture mark, but after putting a pizza on it’s cardboard plate on the desk after it came out of the oven, I realized that it was a bad idea. The warmth & moisture condensation caused the old white (pizza shaped...

2313 days ago

Can I plane this? - 9 replies

Having recently gotten my first planer, and being cheap, as some of you may know, I’m not sure what, besides wood, I’d be able to plane without toasting my cutters. Oh, I know I’m better off not running boards with nails in them through my planer, but what I’m getting at, specifically, is should I also avoid things lik...

2320 days ago

Help with a "window pane" door - 1 reply

I’m contemplating a storage cabinet / hutch that would have 2 front doors with separate small (about 8”x10”) glass panes in it. Each door would have 2 vertical rows of 6-8 panes. The way I envision it is to look much like the doors & windows on many older homes…no fake dividers in a large pane of glass, but all indivi...

2379 days ago

Help with solvent for sanding disc glue - 8 replies

It seems that I need to tap the collective wisdom of the group yet again. I’ve been using self stick 12” sanding discs on my disc sander and the last couple of times, after replacing them I haven’t needed to remove the residue (maybe should have, but it was evenly dispersed, so I just applied the new disc), anyway after removin...

2380 days ago

Wood finish mixes - 7 replies

I’ve been wanting to try new finishes for my projects, and I remember reading somewhere about a mix of equal parts of boiled linseed oil, spar varnish, and turpentine. Does this ring a bell with anyone? Has anyone used this or any similar mix? Will polyurethane work instead of spar varnish? I’ve also heard of beeswax in a mix. Anyone...

2484 days ago

A plain plane - 5 replies

Having contracted the hand plane bug a short while back, and (so far, at least) resisted the urge to become a collector, I’m spending some really satisfying time practicing both user and sharpening skills. Although not considering myself a collector, I have been acquiring a few more pieces to supplement my only block plane…an early S...

2485 days ago

Just wondering about gluing things... - 17 replies

I got to thinking the other day (doesn’t happen all that much, so I try to pay attention when it happens), and I started to wonder about glue joints and what makes them good, or not-so-good, or lousy and I realized that I’ve been gluing boards together in largely the same way as I learned to do in junior high shop class. Saw the boar...

2510 days ago

Cheaper sawstop: my research (don't try this at home) - 15 replies

After watching the Sawstop video and really being impressed with the concept, I got to thinking that maybe a creative mind like mine could be put to work on a lower cost version of that concept. To save money, it seems to me, one must start by using existing technology wherever possible, rather than new research.Not wanting to infringe on any cu...

2531 days ago

Finishing tips needed - 8 replies

I’m kooking for a tip or two on finishing cedar. I’m using it as a liner in a box and wondering if I should finish it or just leave it. It’s not a humidor, or anything that needs to be like a cedar chest. I’m just using it as a liner because I have some scraps that will fit and look pretty good. (I’m big on using up...

2564 days ago

Ripstrate help - 6 replies

I just acquired a Ripstrate accessory in a box with a new (old) shopsmith that I just bought. I guess 2 really wasn’t enough. Anyway, it clamps to my rip fence along with a wood adapter which is nothing more than about a 1 1/2” by 2 1/2” board the length of the fence that sits blade side of the fence and is pulled tight to the ...

2572 days ago

Li'l help with staining - 9 replies

I’m restoring a couple of old hand tools that have rosewood handles (or pretend rosewood) and I’d like to get that original reddish finish again. Has anyone found a good way to do this. Also, I’ve been messing, unsuccessfully with trying to get wood fillers to take stain that will remotely resemble the surrounding wood without ...

2585 days ago

Staining & gluing help - 5 replies

This is going to sound pretty elementary, but since I’m not beyond asking about basic things…so here goes.I have always, probably because I learned it that way from my dad, glued projects together and then stained them, because I was led to believe that the stain would weaken or even ruin the glue bonding if it’s in the joint.I...

2648 days ago

Stanley #4 plane blade help - 6 replies

For some reason, I’ve decided to put a new edge on a Stanley #4 plane blade that a previous owner ground to an angle that’s obviously incorrect. (why I decided to play with this plane in the first place is a story for another time) The problem is, I don’t know what the correct blade bevel angle is. Heck, I don’t even kno...

2672 days ago

Saw blade experience - 1 reply

I’m sure this has come up a hundred times or more, but I guess I don’t pay attention unless it affects me personally or it’s on my mind at the time, so I’ll try this at the risk of everyone lambasting me for re-hashing a well worn subject. I’m shopping for a saw blade for my old reliable model 10ER shopsmith. I̵...


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