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05-20-2012 04:08 PM

Rout Patron Hinges Safely - 15 replies

David and I have been working on this and yesterday the solution occured to me : a piece of pine with a rabbit and a hole and pin on each end holds these small pieces securely. No more routed fingertips!

05-18-2012 10:23 PM

3M Instant Set Epoxy- NOT! - 16 replies

I needed to stabilize/fill some knots in some hedge today. I went to town, saw the ‘instant’, and bought it. Then the problems started: the 2 syringes attached to each other didn’t dispense equal amounts of goo. The clear was thinner so more came out. I mixed it up, filled the knots quickly, and 5 hours later it was still a goo...

04-17-2012 04:07 PM

Problem With Spiral Upcut Bit - 32 replies

My Woodcraft 1/4” solid carbide upcut router bit will not stay chucked in my collet. If I start to route a 1/4” deep slot, it will creep to over 3/8” within 3” of routing. This is a 1/4” shank but I have no problems with ANY of my other 1/4” shanks. I have tightened it tighter than the other bits to no avail (...

04-12-2012 03:07 AM

Shellac Question - 13 replies

When using shellac as the sole finish on small projects (boxes, pic frames, shelves), how many coats (brushed) do you use?

04-11-2012 12:39 AM

Money Saving Tip - 2 replies

I have been having my ‘disposable’ Ridgid planer blades sharpened for years (they cut better and last longer than the new ones) but had never considered having my Freud Diablo tablesaw blades sharpened. My sharpening guy said ‘Those are too expensive to throw away, of course I’ll sharpen them’. Just wanted to give y...

04-08-2012 02:40 AM

Picture Frame Question - 19 replies

I’ve been making some non-mitered, half lap pic frames and I’m looking for options to hold the glass/pic/backing in without using those turnkey things. The stock is too hard for those press-in thingys. I know someone here will have a novel solution that is shop made.EDIT: my wife said to add that they need to be idiot proof so she ca...

04-04-2012 02:21 AM

Shellac Over Stain - 7 replies

How soon can I brush shellac over oil based stain and not cause problems? I have sprayed poly when the stain was still tacky and got away with it. The project is a shelf unit, not fine furniture.

04-01-2012 02:14 AM

Remember The Kerfmaker Craze? - 24 replies

I got caught up in the kerfmaker craze and made 3 of them. They worked as advertised and I haven’t really found a use for them. I know hundreds if not thousands of these were made and I was wondering how many of them see regular use. I thought they might speed up my Shipwright hinges but not. Tell me what you use yours for.

03-20-2012 08:32 PM

Powder Post Beetles In A Finished Walnut Chair - 34 replies

I searched all the previous threads on this topic and didn’t get a definative answer so I’m posting this. I recently built a walnut folding chair, finished with several sprayed coats of Spar Urethane, and sold it for a good bit of $. The owners report tiny holes with bits of sawdust have appeared. I want to do the right thing but the...

03-17-2012 03:31 AM

Smooth Finish On Open Grained Woods - 17 replies

Can you apply enough coats of finish to fill the open grain on woods that you don’t want to use grain filler on? Grain filler imparts color that is not always desirable if the wood has marked contrasts in color and you would like not to blend these together. That sounds confusing. An example would be zebrawood or walnut with contrasting sa...

03-17-2012 03:20 AM

Dealing With Early/Late Wood - 5 replies

In woods where there is a marked difference in density between early and late growth wood, how do you get the piece sanded flat? It seems like the softer early wood always gets scalloped into valleys leaving late growth hills. This is less an issue with the drum sander and a big problem with the ROS.

03-10-2012 12:35 AM

Sealer For MDF? - 24 replies

I just built a 4’x6’ assembly/finishing table and am covering it with MDF. What would be best to seal it to keep glue, finish, etc from sticking to it? Thanks in advance.

03-05-2012 03:06 AM

Zinsser Bullseye Shellac - 6 replies

What # cut is this stuff right out of the can? I have read every word on the can and it doesn’t say. This is their clear shellac, not the seal coat. Thanks

02-16-2012 10:06 PM

Disappointed With Hearne Hardwoods - 112 replies

I received my order today that was purchased with the gift certificate my daughters gave me for Christmas. I was very disappointed and feel like we have been taken advantage of: The sycamore slab was not only warped 2” over a 4’ length but was also twisted 3/4” over the same span. Looks like VERY expensive firewood to me. The m...

02-13-2012 04:38 AM

Wood River Tenoning Jig - 10 replies

I got this with a Jet mortiser and have never used it and don’t have any use for it. Any reasonable offer accepted but the shipping may be high as this thing is very heavy. Send me a pm if you’re in need of this tool.

02-12-2012 04:45 AM

A Challenge For My Supersled! - 10 replies

Today I needed to cut the top portion off of a 55 gallon plastic barrel and I needed the cut to be perfect so it would seal with the separator top I’m making. I’ve cut these barrels with jigsaws, sawzalls, handsaws, etc but the cut is always wavy so I wedged it in my supersled, raised the blade while running til it cut through plus a...

02-07-2012 12:30 AM

HELP! This Can't Be This Hard - 27 replies

A lady asked if I could make one of these toys for her son. I have been fighting it all afternoon. She had this picture but no plans or dimensions. I took a pic of the scrapwood prototype I worked on today. Does anyone have plans / dimensions for this? I would like to be smarter before I start wrecking nice woods. Thanks, I hate to a...

01-30-2012 06:37 AM

Shellac Questions - 15 replies

When should I use the dewaxed shellac vs the regular variety. I’m asking about the pre mixed Zinsser shellacs not the mix your own flakes. I understand the sanding sealer type use where you will apply stain or another finish over the first coat of shellac. I’m asking about doing a finish where only shellac will be used. Thanks.

01-25-2012 03:49 PM

Shopnotes Chip Separator - 4 replies

Has anyone built/used the trash can separator from issue #55 of Shopnotes? It is a really simple design which appears easier to build than other designs. The pic of it in action looks promising.

01-10-2012 01:05 AM

Rattle Can Lacquer: What Am I Doing Wrong? - 29 replies

I’ve been wanting to try other finishes so I thought I’d spray lacquer on my latest box. It was sanded to 600 grit and very smooth. Sprayed rattle can lacquer. First coat looked OK then orange peel began to develop and worsen with subsequent coats. I sanded with 400 grit which seemed to remove almost all 4 coats of lacquer. Is this r...

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