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09-10-2012 10:35 PM

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...

02-17-2012 07:25 PM

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 ...

05-01-2011 03:23 AM

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...

04-25-2011 05:04 AM

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...

04-15-2011 08:07 AM

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...

03-24-2011 05:45 PM

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 ...

03-18-2011 02:16 AM

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...

02-28-2011 08:59 AM

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...

02-19-2011 04:24 AM

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...

02-10-2011 06:57 PM

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 ...

02-04-2011 05:26 PM

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...

01-26-2011 06:52 AM

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 ...

01-26-2011 02:09 AM

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.

01-25-2011 06:47 PM

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 ...

01-24-2011 09:03 AM

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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