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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...

01-08-2012 01:33 AM

Shellac or Lacquer Over BLO ? - 8 replies

I have not used shellac or lacquer ever and have some questions. Can I apply it over BLO? How long should I wait (patience is not one of my virtues)? Any tips, cautions, or other shellac/lacquer advice appreciated. I’m talking about small projects (boxes) so I hate to use/clean up my sprayer for something this small. Thanks for all the goo...

12-26-2011 05:28 AM

Hearne Hardwoods Gift Certificate-WHAT SHOULD I GET? - 19 replies

My family went together and gave me a substantial gift certificate for this company. I’m at a loss as to how best to spend it as I have never bought any nice woods before. All suggestions appreciated. I am currently overwhelmed with the choices (like going to Baskin Robbins!).

12-24-2011 06:45 AM

Dangerous Site? - 30 replies

I just got a big red flashing warning that LJ is a dangerous site containing viruses. What’s up with that? First time I have ever seen this on any site. Not being a computer guy, I’m wondering where this came from??? I was perusing old projects for inspiration when this occured.

12-19-2011 03:36 AM

Hinge Challenge - 53 replies

I think it would be interesting to see how many different types of non-bought hinges we can come up with. I have seen quite a few cool shop made hinges on this site but I’m sure there are more just waiting to be discovered. My favorite so far is the Shipwright/Yorkshire Stewart model. Pics or Sketch ( rather than the 1000 word deal!). I...

12-18-2011 04:05 AM

18-36 Craftsman Drum Sander -More info needed please - 18 replies

My buddy delivered the drum sander today but no manual. The model # is 351215180 and I can’t find a manual on the net? I’m also confused about the HP. The plate on the front of the sander says: “3 HP (maximum developed)” while the plate on the motor says 1 1/2 HP. What’s up with this? I need to fix the casters on th...

12-16-2011 05:39 PM

Tablesaw Safety Made Easier - 6 replies

This is how I use my tablesaw safely. The push shoes are pretty standard. I have sandpaper on the bottom of the shoes and a 1/4” heel on the back edge. The piece of ply with the handle and the rabbits on each end serves to both keep the workpiece against the fence and hold it flat to the table. This serves the purpose of 2 feat...

12-14-2011 04:23 AM

Finishing End Grain? - 18 replies

The last box I made with a patchwork endgrain lid required 14 coats of wiped on Spar before I got the flat/smooth/gloss finish I wanted. Is there a quicker way? I have trouble getting that ‘piano finish’ on end grain. Grain fillers won’t work here due to all the different colored woods. Help please! You can click on my projects...

12-13-2011 01:57 AM

Norton 3x vs. 'Premium' Sandpaper - 11 replies

I went to get more sanding sheets and found no Norton 3x. Instead they had Norton ‘premium’. Is this 3x with a new name? I’m pretty much hooked on the 3x and hate to change.

12-13-2011 01:53 AM

Titebond White Trim And Cabinet Glue - 11 replies

Does anyone else use this? I like it for small projects (boxes) as it doesn’t run, will fill a gap, and dries clear. Strength is comparable to TB 2 and 3 according to TB website. Anyone see a problem with this stuff?

12-09-2011 04:27 AM

Dowels for miter joints? - 23 replies

I am building a project for a guy who asked that I dowel the miter joints as he likes the look of dowels. Project is a fairly large box of Jatoba and he requested oak dowels. Sounds OK to me but I don’t know that I’ve ever seen it done. Anyone done this? All comments/ sugestions welcome. Holes will be drilled perpendicular to the fac...

12-08-2011 05:49 AM

18" Craftsman drum sander - 8 replies

A good friend of mine offered to sell me this sander as he bought it thinking it would work like a thickness planer. It doesn’t so he used it very little. Now for the question: This is a 3HP model, he doesn’t have the manual, and I can’t find any information about a 3 HP Craftsman. It is too cheap ($450) to pass up but I would ...

12-02-2011 05:33 AM

Really Dumb Plane Question - 21 replies

I wish I could post this anonymously to save the embarassment but here goes. I recently purchased a HF plane, took it home, sharpened it super sharp, and then tried to use it. No joy. It just grabbed and wouldn’t produce shavings. A buddy came over (also a power tool guy) and we fooled with it to no avail. I was about to dumpsterize it whe...

10-29-2011 04:02 AM

Is This A Dumb Idea? - 11 replies

Could I use my 4×36 stationary belt sander to flatten the soles on hand planes? This just seems too quick and easy vs. rubbing it on sandpaper for hours. Anyone tried this?

10-27-2011 05:33 AM

Problem Viewing Pics - 4 replies

When I click on “zoom images”, I don’t get the series of enlarged pics like I usually do. Also if I click “enlarge this pic” nothing happens. Is this a problem on my end or is it a site glitch?

10-23-2011 04:41 AM

Is This A Great Buy? - 12 replies

I,ve been looking at a Freud router and Freud router table on CL for 6 weeks (priced at $250). They both look unused or very low mileage and I can’t believe he hasn’t sold them yet. I don,t really NEED them but this looks too good to pass up. Any thoughts appreciated. Sorry, I don’t see a model # in the ad but it looks like a b...

10-17-2011 05:00 AM

Cleaning Bandsaw Blades? - 12 replies

How do you all do this? My blades are 131 1/2” long and I have not found a way to get the pitch/grunge off without spending a lot of time. There has to be a better way!

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