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256 days ago

hvlp spray training in chicago, IL - 5 replies

I have just purchased the earlex hvlp sprayer and I’ve used it enough to know I could use some training before blowing through a bunch of finish. I’d like to learn how to spray finishes, paint, etc. This is not a negative on the Earlex, it looks good and straightforward but rather lack of confidence in my skills and how long it wil...

555 days ago

How do I make this???? - 12 replies

Hello fellow LJs! I’m trying to build something similar to what is in the picture (I have the blue arrows already built ;) however I don’t know how to make the fancy edging on the footrail (?) and on the corner posts. Is this something that’s carved from a single piece of wood (I hope not!)? Is it something steamed, bent, a...

1384 days ago

concrete countertops - 18 replies

Evenin’ all! I’m building a “homework” island and i’m thinking of using a solid surface for the top. It’ll mainly be used by the kids to do their homework at. It’s going to be stool height. I’d rather not go with a granite surface or a laminate. I’ve looked into building a concrete cou...

1437 days ago

sealing the buried part of posts with tar? - 13 replies

i’m building a wooden screen for some privacy around my deck. Part of this will include two 4×4 Cedar posts that will be set 3-4 feet in the ground. I’ve had some success by putting in the crushed limestone around posts rather than concrete. I saw a This Old House or New Yankee workshop where they dind’t use concrete th...

1566 days ago

paint for spraying - 6 replies

Well, I followed the advice of some LJs and bought the woodcraft spray gun last week. I practiced spraying some water to get the hang of it and of maintaining the gun. Now i’m ready to get going with real paint. I tried valspar latex enamel that worked well thinned with a bit of water. I also tried an oil based that didn’t work a...

1628 days ago

spray painting question - 8 replies

I finally have enough justification for buying a spray system and I’m going to go with the HVLP conversion system but can I put any paint in it? Can I get a gallon of latex paint from Home Depot, thin it with some water and pump it through the sprayer or do I need to go with some specialty enamel paint or something else? I’ve been ...

1678 days ago

Miter Saw vs. Sliding Miter Saw - 25 replies

Hello all, I’m looking to buy a miter saw and I’m debating whether or not to get a non-sliding or a sliding miter saw. I’ll probably go with a 10in but I was wondering if there were any other benefits to a slider other than a larger capacity? Are there any other benefits or pro’s/cons between the two? I’ve never ...

1916 days ago

dust collector vent outside - 7 replies

Hello all! I’m looking to install a dust collector and I’m looking at a 1.5HP model (Steel City or Delta) with a cyclone trash can separator. I see some models with a pleated filter on top, other’s with a bag. Anyway, I’ll have the external cyclone and the one inside the DC so most of the wood should either be in the...


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