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187 days ago

Wax for a table top finish - 4 replies

Finishing is a topic I struggle with. I just built a dining table for a friend and I want the top to look as nice as it can. I watched Tommy Mac on Rough Cut and he demonstrated a three step process with linseed oil, then shellac, then wax. The first two steps are going great but I don’t know what kind of wax to purchase or supply and I do...

488 days ago

Nail Polish on the Wooden Table - 5 replies

OK, our foreign exchange student spilled nail polish on our wooden table. Instead of asking for help, my wife and exchange student tried to clean it themselves with furniture polish. Now the table has a wax like residue on it and it can not be scraped off by a fingernail. It blends in for now so i don’t want to use 320 grit or anything bec...

1018 days ago

Cutting Board Finish... still slightly disapointed. - 4 replies

OK so I am finishing my sanded end grain and long grain cutting boards but getting a dull appearance once completed. Here is what I currently am doing: 1) 2 coats of liberally applied mineral oil. Each coat is applied and then I come back about an hour later to wipe off the excess oil. I Leave 24 hours between coats and dry in open air.2) App...

1245 days ago


OK, I’m heeding good advice and trying to use these waxes for my cutting board finishes but I can not find them in my local stores and I have some questions. 1) Where are the rest of you buying these waxes?2) One web site talked about different melting points and temperatures (

1266 days ago

Attended Scott Phillips, American Woodshop Classes today! - 10 replies

This morning Shopmania and I woke up and started driving at 7 to attend a woodworking expo at Mann Tools in Columbia, SC (3 hours away). We had the ABSOLUTE BLESSING of sitting in on all day FREE classes with Scott Phillips from American Woodshop (the PBS tv show)! It was literally the highlight of my novice woodworking career. Scott was one of...

1293 days ago

Zero Clearance, Make my own? - 33 replies

I’m looking for some input on what materials make good zero clearance inserts and where I can buy that material. I’d like to make them for my table saw (hitachi) and bandsaw (craftsman). I recently bought new blades for each and want to maximize my benefit from those. Any help or advise on how to create these or what material to use ...

1313 days ago

No end grain in the HOW? - 13 replies

Ok, I’ve heard plenty of trustworthy sources on this site say that you do NOT put end grains (like cutting boards) in the planer. In addition, my planer manual says the same thing. However, I saw a guy’s post where he said he “attached a piece of poplar to his cutting board on one end and ran it through the planer because he wa...

1335 days ago

Plunge Router - 23 replies

I’m relatively new and I have a router table with a fixed base router attached. Now I am wanting a plunge router to use for inlays, etc. Here are my questions: What AFFORDABLE routers are good? How important is the brand? By affordable I’m talking under $125 or so. Is there a minimum HP I should look at so that I don’t ou...

1376 days ago

Using Cypress - 2 replies

I’ve had someone offer Cypress to work with. However, I noticed that Woodcraft and Rockler don’t sell Cypress and I haven’t heard anyone here mention it. Is it a good wood to work with? Hard or soft? Potential pitfalls? I mostly make bandsaw boxes and small stuff like that if it helps answer my question. Any input welcome.Tommy

1410 days ago

Triton Spindle Sander TC450SPS, Anyone? - 6 replies

I bought the Triton TC450SPS Spindle Sander at Woodcraft today on sale for $129. I’m not familiar with this brand but it was a really good price and had a cast iron top, 3.5 amp and 2000 rpm. Before I open this sucker I thought I’d ask you gurus if anyone has feedback on this item? Thoughts? Love it? hate it?

1412 days ago

Finishing wood that's finished already... - 2 replies

I finished a small work piece and used a spray-on gloss poly as my final coat. I’m not happy with the finish and I want to lightly sand the piece and then come over top of my original finish with multiple coats of laquer for a glossy smooth finish. Is this something I can do? Consequences? Thanks in advance for any help guys!TK

1462 days ago

First Post, Cherry Logs Question - 5 replies

I have heard great things and glad to be a new guy on this site! I have a question that I need help with. I am a beginning wood worker and was given some Cherry Logs about 2 feet long and 6-8 inches in diameter. They’ve been in my yard for about 6-9 months but somewhat exposed to the weather under a staircase. My questions are: Can I...

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