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687 days ago

Ridgid r4510 portable table saw question - 16 replies

Hi there, I have a question that pertains to this saw. I am going to be getting one on my days off at the end of the week. I am wondering if I should buy an extra blade, to upgrade from what comes with it. What should I get? I will be using it mostly for art purposes = to cut 1/2” birch and oak ply to paint on, and walnut slabs (and ot...

893 days ago

Pickled pine? - 6 replies

I’m redoing my bedroom, and I’d like to put t&g pine on the walls with a pickled finish. Rather than a flat look, I’d prefer a satin finish. Since it’s pine, I didn’t want to deal with a water based product like Minwax’s, so how should I go about doing this? I read one member’s finish where he put a ...

1186 days ago

Glueing thin walnut to a fish tank stand? - 7 replies

Do you think this will work or not? I have two pine fish tank stands – one for a 40g breeder, one for a standard 55g tank. I hate the pale pine color. I’m toying with sanding them down and either painting the wood like an antique milk paint treatment to match my walls, or glueing thin (3/8”) 4” wide walnut panels to the s...

1192 days ago

Beeswax finishes, and stinky finishes... - 3 replies

Hey there,Here is my newbie question of the day; I love beeswax for just about anything. Lotions, lip blams, soaps – you get it. I’ve been reading up on wood finishing formulas using beeswax. My question is – are these typically used only for toys and food surfaces? What if you had interior furniture or “artsy” w...

1202 days ago

Zinsser Bulls Eye SealCoat use? - 60 replies

Hi, At the advice of the guy in the Big Box store, I bought some Zinsser SealCoat today – the wax free sanding sealer. I’m going to test it on some scrap walnut tomorrow (I hope) and I was wondering about some of the things I’ve been reading about it. Many folks have said it’s best to cut it 50/50 with alcohol, and I won...

1223 days ago

weird walnut wood gloat! - 15 replies

I just had to post pics of this - I got these two bookmatched walnut boards off of ebay. If I remember the size correctly, they are approx 41” long, 7-3/4” wide, 15/16” thick. I’ve been spending my $$ buying wood I think is cool, but I haven’t bought any tools yet – hence no posted projects ...

1230 days ago

Advice for buying a random orbital sander? - 47 replies

Hey there, I’m going to get one in a week or two, I was wondering what I should look for. I don’t want to spend a fortune, and I admit I don’t know what the price range for them even is. I will be using it a lot, and hopefully I can stay below $125? NOw don’t laugh, but we sell Skil and Black & Decker where I work. J...

1248 days ago

Drilling through stone? - 8 replies

This may seem off topic, but does anyone know how it’s possible to drill through stone that has been naturally tumbled by the sea into flatten spheres? I have a lot of various size rocks (mostly granite) that came from a beach called Moonstone Beach in Rhode Island. I’m going to advertise locally to see if anyone can drill through th...

1257 days ago

Belt sander or random orbital sander for slabs? - 8 replies

Hi there – I have a table top belt sander that I can use for smaller boards, but I’ve been buying large slabs (mostly walnut) that need to have the lumps & bumps of the planer taken down. Would I be better off with an obital sander, or a hand held belt sander? I can only afford one or the other right now. I know I could make p...

1265 days ago

Questions about painting on wood, and finishing walnut. - 4 replies

I have a few questions about a project I want to get started on. I bought two slabs of KD walnut that I want to make window benches out of. They will be exposed to direct sunlight often, summer temps, and humidity fluctuations. They’re really wide, (70” x 22”) and I know movement needs to be considered. I’m ...

1271 days ago

Tips on working with driftwood? (stabilizing) - 1 reply

Hi, I’ve been getting driftwood form the local rivers lately. I want to use some for legs on rustic benches, etc., and small ornamental details on other projects – not weight bearing, except for the legs. Not anything a person would sit on. I have the wood in a friend’s warm basement, drying next to the water heater o...

1281 days ago

Stain and finish question - for walnut - 10 replies

Not sure I’m posting this in the right forum, but here goes; I have some black walnut that will need to be finished. I have a test piece I just played with – I put two coats of Watco on it.My questions are; I’ve read that dye brings out the figure and stain brings out the grain. I think I have that right? I want to paint in ...

1281 days ago

Goodwill find - what is it? - 20 replies

Found this at Goodwill last week, I thought in might be used for mitering trim? Cuts up to a 45 degree angle on either side. Couldn’t resist buying it, paid $10.00. Sorry the pics oput of focus, it has an Ace Hardware label on it.

1281 days ago

I'm just a beginner, what do you suggest should be my first tools? - 34 replies

Hi there,I have very few basic home fixer-upper tools. I can only afford to buy one or two items a month, so it will be slow going for me. I was wondering what any of you would buy, and in what priority, if you had to do it all over again. I have very limited space to convert to a workroom (a 13’ x 12’ room). I will never be able to ...

1283 days ago

Storage bench question - 13 replies

Hi there ~ I’m tossing around an idea, and I’d love some opinions. At first, I simply wanted to make no brainer window shelves for my cats to sit on. I am making two, one for each set of double windows in my living room. The windows span 68 inches, so I went looking for long boards, one continuous shelf per window. I fell in love w...


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