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Blog entry by bigchopperoo posted 623 days ago 3139 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch


Here is a tip i learned from John Wilson. It was discovered when two antique tool boxes were found in two different regions. Both had salt shakers in them. What was it there for, well here’s what they think. And it works too!

-- Chad Stanton, Big Chopperoo www.woodchoppintime.com



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rodman40

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#1 posted 623 days ago

Thanks for a simple solution to a nagging problem.

-- Rodman

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#2 posted 623 days ago

that’s a really good tip. Could have used it the other day!! Thanks Chad

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#3 posted 622 days ago

Chad now that is a handy tip. Another good one for the books. Simple but very useful.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#4 posted 622 days ago

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#5 posted 622 days ago

Maybe I just try that, thanks ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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bigchopperoo

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#6 posted 622 days ago

Thanks for watching guys. Don’t forget every Thursday i have a new quick tip on my youtube channel. (www.youtube.com/bigchopperoo) Oh, and don’t forget to dance!

-- Chad Stanton, Big Chopperoo www.woodchoppintime.com

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#7 posted 619 days ago

A great tip. After looking at all these sites, it seems like you have heard tip in the book. It’s nice to hear a new idea! I will use this soon.

Thanks BC! (big chopperoo that is…)

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#8 posted 617 days ago

Things you learn at LJ’s, great ideas

-- Norman

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#9 posted 615 days ago

The table salt + glue thing goes way back and is documented over and over in old texts (and some new ones) but it would have been in reference to use with hot hide glue.

When added at the joint you get two things to happen: 1) the grit effect so things don’t slip around and 2) a slight increase in open time. When added to the pot, just a slight increase in open time. I believe it can also be used to help render out fat but “modern” processes for manufacturing the hide glue don’t need your help to render out any left over fat.

The slip-slide effect with hide glue is helpful when making a rub joint so don’t salt the joint under those condtions. The slight increase in open time by salting the pot can be helpful for a rub joint or large glue-up but it comes at a slight decrease in strength. But really, does it matter if you have 251 vs. 247 bloom? And how many elephants are going to be dancing on your coffee table anyway? Never mind, don’t answer that.

What I do wonder about is the use of table salt with PVA glues and what it does to its bonding chemistry. I’m pretty sure that the “just a pinch” advice is OK but we all know somebody who falls into the “if some is good, more is better” category and pretty soon they could be adding so much salt it affects the bond significantly. Likewise, most table salts these days are not “pure” NaCl and will contain at the very least some Iodine and probably quite a host of other additives. Then you can get into debates of the crystal shape and how much it affects both the slip-slide and absorption into the water of the glue.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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JJohnston

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#10 posted 578 days ago

I used this trick recently, and it seemed to work!

-- The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. - H.L. Mencken

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