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03-29-2017 03:51 PM

how many splines in miter joint? - 3 replies

Can I tap the expertise of the group? I’m making a decorative box about 11 inches deep and want to reinforce it with splines and also add a bit of a decorative touch to the corners. I never know how many splines to use per joint. In smaller boxes, say 3-4 inches deep, I use two. But for a deeper one? Is there a rule of thumb for the n...

08-04-2016 08:32 PM

covering bug trails - 3 replies

Can I ask for some suggestions? I have some beautiful maple that I’m using to make legs for a small table, but when I started jointing the surface, I uncovered some bug trails—don’t know what kind of critter made them. I hate to toss the wood and there really isn’t enough wood to cut around the trails. So, my question:...

12-07-2013 12:38 PM

old dewalt radial arm saw renovation - 4 replies

I just picked up a 1958 Dewalt MBF radial arm saw—just a great machine that still runs smoothly and cuts true. I want to ask the group’s advice about cleaning some surface gunk, stains, and a tiny bit of rust. I’ve read some of the older posts on Lumberjocks about renovating these saws, which mention “cleaning,” a...

02-18-2012 12:02 AM

wipe on poly - 6 replies

Can I make my own wipe-on poly by diluting regular poly (e.g. Minwax or other brush-on stuff you can get in gallons from the box stores) with mineral oil or some other solvent? If so, what would be a good rule of thumb for proportions? And the same for water-based finishes, can I add some water to create a wipe-on potion? How would these affe...

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