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One was a solution to the other

One was a solution to the other

05-12-2018 07:40 PM by jamsomito | 3 comments »

Decided I’d try some dowel joinery for the first time and ended up with this jig. Budget was tight and I figured all I really needed was something to keep my drill bit perpendicular to the board if my marking was careful and precise, so I picked up this dowel jig and the drill stop set to go with it. All-in I paid $20 on Amazon, plus dowel pins. It was cheap. Below is my experience with the device and my solutions to its shortcomings along the way. Skip to the bottom for a summary....

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Really is fast dry, hard to work with

Really is fast dry, hard to work with

05-11-2018 06:45 PM by jamsomito | 1 comment »

I’ve been using minwax oil stains for years with pretty good success. This particular project called for a different color and better uniformity so I branched out and took a friend’s suggestion of the fast dry varathane oil stain. In the end, I was able to get a good cover with good color, but it was so fast drying that it was difficult to work with and took a few pieces before I learned best practices with this product. —FIRST IMPRESSIONS— First impressions we...

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