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12-06-2016 11:40 PM

Anyone Here Used Sherwin-Williams Wood Classics Waterborne Poly? - 4 replies

I’m getting ready to install Tamarack trim in our new house and trying to make a decision on the poly finish. Have used Minwax Polycrylic for years on cabinet and furniture pieces I’ve built, but have had trim carpenters recommending Sherwin Williams product as a better quality finish (i.e. more solids). In my research one big di...

12-04-2016 05:06 PM

Designing My New Shop-Is a Garage Door Necessary? - 27 replies

Guys, I recently retired to Northern Idaho and just finished building a new house. My new woodworking shop is planned for 2017 and is in the design phase. Building a house showed me that materials cost is rising fast (e.g. drywall increased 6% just this year)-so staying in a tight budget is important. Here’s the question-is a garage...

10-31-2015 01:10 AM

Using Tamarack for Interior Trim-How Did You Finish It? - 0 replies

I’ll be building a new house next year and using Tamarack (Western Larch) for the interior trim-supply of this wood is very plentiful where I now live.Has anyone used Tamarack for interior trim work? If so, how did you finish it? In other words, how does it take stain (any pre-wash to seal areas needed?)? What finish did you use-urethane?...

09-08-2011 07:10 PM

Estimates of Board Foot Costs When Using a Portable Sawmill Contractor? - 5 replies

Guys,Have any of you called and used a portable sawmill company to cut up a tree on your property? I’ve got friendly neighbors who need to have a maple cut down and have offered to let me contract with a portable sawmill guy to create hardwood planks from the trunk.Some questions-1) What’s a typical charge for these services?2) Does ...

09-04-2010 03:29 PM

Good Contrasting Wood for a Project Built with Mahogony? - 4 replies

I’m designing my next project, a working desk for my home office. Have a supply of 5/4 mahogony I bought about 15yrs ago, that’s been waiting for the right project. What I need now are suggestions on what you design experts think would be a good contrasting hardwood for the mahogony?Have to confess I really like the cherry/maple hard...

08-31-2010 07:00 PM

Need to Find an Odd Sized Machine Screw for Drawer Pulls - 8 replies

Guys, I’m finishing a flat panel TV/component cabinet, and ordered 5” wide nickle plated drawer pulls. The pulls came with break away screws, which I’m not sure how to use to get to the correct length of screw needed-1 1/2 inch-ie. how do you break away the material on the screw not needed? Ideally, I’d like to purc...

07-21-2010 11:42 PM

Installing Wide Drawer Pulls-Is a Template the Best Way to Ensure Accurate Drilling - 4 replies

I’m putting the finishing touches on a low flat panel TV cabinet (from FWW 2008), and have to install drawer pulls that are 5 1/4” across requiring screw holes that distance apart. The are steel U-shaped pulls, so there’s no room for error in drilling the mounting holes on the drawer fronts. The drawer fronts as well are solid ...

07-10-2010 02:47 PM

General Gel Topcoat-Not Getting the Results I Expected-Why? - 2 replies

Just finished a low console TV cabinet of cherry hardwood and plywood, and am now using General Gel Topcoat as the finish. Sanded everything to at least 150 grit as recommended, and some parts to 220 grit. I’m on my 3rd wipe on coat of Gel Topcoat, and not sure I’m getting the build of the finish I expected. Current 3rd coat still le...

07-06-2010 08:14 PM

Any of You Fellow LJ's Notice a Huge Decline in Fine Woodworking Article Quality? - 20 replies

I recently renewed my FWW subscription and realized it’s my 15th year getting the magazine. Used to look forward to every issue, and while I can’t say I read each one cover to cover generally found myself going back constantly to issues to find articles that really helped me “jump start” my woodworking skills. However,...

06-14-2010 12:02 AM

Any Techique for Repairing a Sanding-Thru Cherry Veneer Plywood Mistake? - 8 replies

Guys,Got a little too aggressive sanding down solid cherry edging to even out the surface with the cherry ply piece it was edging.Now I have about a 1/8 inch square sand-thru of the cherry veneer ply that exposes the much lighter birch ply layer under the cherry-ouch!Any way I can darken the color of the birch to take attention away from the goo...

06-07-2010 07:25 PM

Recommendations for a Mid-Sized Lathe to Begin Turning - 7 replies

Guys,While I’m religious about looking on Craig’s list and Ebay for used lathes, haven’t yet come across one in the Chicago Metro area for sale.So I’m looking for recommendations on a good “mid-sized” lathe to begin teaching myself how to turn.Floor standing model preferred, but not one that will break the ban...

06-06-2010 08:27 PM

Question on Using Shellac As a Sealer Coat for Cherry - 6 replies

Thought I remember reading somewhere that to eliminate the blotching problem when finishing cherry, a one pound cut of shellac could be used as a sealer coat.If my understanding is correct, is the shellac sealer coat stable enough as a base for a wipe-on urethane like General gel topcoat?Thanks for the help on this.Gerry

02-10-2010 06:06 PM

Anyone Build a Dust Hood for Their SCMS? - 1 reply

I did a search on SCMS Dust Hood and didn’t really come up with a satisfactory answer on this. My Hitachi 10” SCMS is table mounted with a long fence on either side of it. Currently have a square sheet metal duct opening behind the blade/saw table, connected to a 4” corrugated hose that runs to my dust collector. In addition to...

01-30-2010 12:20 AM

Installing Side Mount Drawer Slides-How Much "Wiggle Room" is OK? - 8 replies

I’ve used Blum undermount slides in the past, but on a current project will be mounting Accuride Side Mounted slides in a cabinet carcass. Here’s my issue-Like most drawer slides, these need the drawer width to be 1” less than the carcass opening (ie. 1/2 for each slide). My drawer material is 1/2 inch Baltic Birch ply, the act...

01-12-2010 11:04 PM

Biscuit Joiner Technique-Questions - 8 replies

Haven’t used my biscuit joiner for a while, and now will be using it for carcass joinery on a current project. I went ahead and did some research at and other sites. Came up with the following questions I need help with- 1) Open time once the biscuit touches the glue-how much time on average will I be able to tweak or manhandle ...

12-31-2009 01:15 AM

What's An Average Margin on Lumber and Materials for Your Work? - 11 replies

As a business model experiment, I’m logging the hours spent on my current project. Assigning a cost to labor then becomes fairly straightforward in determining the price of a piece.What I don’t have any handle on is what is a healthy margin on materials-ie. what’s your typical markup on lumber, hardware (drawer slides, pulls, e...

12-21-2009 08:41 PM

Anyone Here Build Their Own Vacuum Press for Veneering/Clamping? - 8 replies

When I posted a question on using shopmade veneer panels, one of the responses pointed me to JoeWoodworker’s site.I noticed the kits available to build your own vacuum press, and the very good prices vs. buying a factory built unit.Has anyone on the site built their own vacuum press from one of these kits?Do you use it only for veneering o...

12-21-2009 04:24 AM

Need Advice-Bevel Ripping on a Table Saw With an Auxiliary Fence? - 5 replies

Guys,Need to bevel rip (45 degree miter) on my table saw-a right tilt Unisaw model (blade tilts into the fence). I remember seeing somewhere how to do this by attaching an auxiliary fence to the saw fence, that allowed the mitered edge of the piece to be supported as it was cut.Can’t find the article on how to use the fence-is the tilted b...

12-15-2009 01:59 AM

Sources of Ready to Spray Water-Based Finishes? - 7 replies

Can you jocks share your sources of who distributes water based laquers and urethanes you’ve had success with? I’m starting out with HVLP on some of my projects and need to try some spray-ready finishes. Not against thinning finishes if necessary, but would rather pour and spray.I’m already familiar with General Finishes and kn...

12-15-2009 01:51 AM

Advice on Making Custom Panels from Veneer and MDF-Gluing Up - 9 replies

I’m planning to build a low flat screen TV cabinet, which will have frame and panel side panels, and a frame and panel top. Have some beautiful 6/4 figured maple that I’d like to resaw and plane down to 1/2 inch to create veneer. Would try to get down to a 1/4 inch thickness, but don’t think my portable planer would handle the ...

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