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01-16-2018 07:49 PM

How to Store Latex Paint? - 10 replies

I have about 20 gallons (or partial gallons) of latex paint. I’d like to consolidate some of it, but give most of it away. Habitat for Humanity would be my first choice, unless they insist on using brand new stuff. Most of the paint is stored on wooden shelves in my crawl space, and is therefore exposed to winter temps. (usually above f...

05-26-2017 06:10 PM

Best Brand of Wood Chisels? - 29 replies

After 40+ years of woodworking, I’m down to three wood chisels: 2” and 3/4” (both Stanley) and a 1” Tru-test (whatever the heck that is). I wanted to buy Stanleys because I thought they were still made in the USA, but it turns out that they’re made in China like the rest of them. I’ve been pricing new chisels ...

04-21-2017 05:57 PM

How to Fix an Oversize Mortise? - 16 replies

I’m repairing the wobbly footboard from a 50+ year old bed. Once I got the existing pieces separated, I realized the main reason for the wobble. The mortises are too long and too deep to make a snug fit w/ the tenons. Now, I could insert pieces to make the mortises smaller, and maybe that’s the best way to do it. But I’m inclin...

11-18-2016 05:12 PM

Re-decking with Trex - 19 replies

I’ve got a large wooden deck which I’ve let go to pot. As a result, I need to replace all of the decking. I’d like to use Trex (or some other “engineered lumber”). Here’s my question: The existing support joists are on 16” centers, and I’ve been reading that Trex (at least the 1” thick type) ...

03-10-2016 08:12 PM

Has anybody used "Glue Dots"? - 9 replies

For my cutting boards, I usually attach semi-transparent rubber “feet” on the bottoms so they won’t slip on countertops or end up in a puddle of God knows what. I’ve been using the self-adhesive kind from Ace Hardware, but after a while they come off. So I need a stronger way of attaching these. I could use (and have used...

07-18-2015 04:15 PM

Use of an air conditioner in my shop - 24 replies

I have a serious humidity problem in my 400 sq. ft. shop. Right now it’s about 70-75% RH, and the whole place smells like mold and mildew, which can’t be good for my health. I’ve gone thru a series of dehumidifiers from Home Depot, usually in the $200 range. These work OK, but they die within 2 years, and I’m tired of was...

04-01-2015 08:42 PM

How to seal an OLD interior floor? - 4 replies

I’ve been asked to help renovate an old (1940’s) building to use for a youth center. The part they want to use as a stage has about three layers of tile flooring, and I’m sure that at least one layer is made of asbestos tile. Removing the tile is out of the question, so the owner has asked if I know of a product she can use to ...

03-12-2015 03:28 PM

Where to find adjustable drill bits? - 14 replies

When I started woodworking about 40 years ago, I bought a set of fully adjustable drill bits. I think they were called “Scroo-Drills,” and I think they came from Brookstone. These bits are great! With just a set screw, I can adjust the length of the pilot hole, the clearance hole, and even the countersink (i.e., level w/ the wood sur...

11-27-2014 12:46 AM

Problems Making a Threshold - 3 replies

I’m making a threshold for a 6-foot-long opening between two rooms in my daughter’s house. The opening itself is about 3”-4” wide, and is filled w/ a mixture of 2×4’s, 4×4’s, old masonry, etc. In short, it’s really ugly! I bought an oak 1×8 and planed it down to 5/8” thick (which ...

04-08-2014 09:12 PM

Cherry: How Much to Charge? - 24 replies

I have about 75 bf of milled cherry (i.e., not planed or jointed). I have a potential buyer for some of it; he wants 1×4’s and 1×6’s, about 8’-10’ long. How much should I charge for it, both as is and planed (I can plane it for him)? I live in East TN, and I have no idea how much lumber is going for these days.

02-15-2014 07:22 PM

Three-Flute Router Bits - 7 replies

Does anyone have experience w/ the “TripleWing” router bits from MLCS (and I assume others make them as well). The price doesn’t seem to be that much more than the two-flute counterparts. MLCS claims that they give a “smoother, cleaner cut.” How about it? Two-flute or three-flute? MLCS or another supplier?

02-03-2014 08:55 PM

Overhead Routing: Weird Idea? - 6 replies

I have a thin 17” diameter disk which needs a cove cut and three roundover cuts around the perimeter. I realize that this can all be done on a router table with the disk upside down, but I’m not yet good enough with the router to do this accurately, and without burning. I really want to see the cuts as I’m making them! So he...

11-22-2013 06:40 PM

Sanding Sponges? - 14 replies

I make lots of pieces w/ either quarter-round or half-round edges. Since there are usually some burn marks, I end up sanding these contours. I’m using mostly maple, so it’s tough going. I’ve been using scraps of sandpaper, but it’s hard to keep track of these, plus it’s fatiguing on my old hands. In the past, I&#...

10-28-2013 05:55 PM

Skipping Grits? - 22 replies

I just got a 5” hook-and-loop ROS, and am trying to stock up on the sandpaper discs. I’ve found 60, 80, 100, 120, 150, and 220 grit, but no 180! Neither Ace nor Home Depot has the 180. I was always taught never to skip a grit, so what’s the deal? I can always get around this problem by using my 1/4 sheet pad sander for the 180-...

10-07-2013 12:35 AM

Filler for Maple? - 5 replies

Until my skills improve in making end-grain cutting boards, I’ll continue to have small gaps after the final glue-ups. Right now, I’ve got a maple board in need of some type of filler. I’ve been collecting maple sawdust, and have screened it thru regular window screen to remove the larger particles. My intention is to mix the d...

09-25-2013 06:41 PM

Planing Thick Maple? - 7 replies

I have a piece of maple 1.75” thick x 7’ wide x 38” long. It has a slight cup to it, but not much. My question is: Can I plane it directly using my DW735 planer? I know that, ideally, I need to shim up the board to take out all of the “rock” before planning the first side. But surely a board that stout won’t b...

08-16-2013 03:07 PM

Dewalt 735 Problem - 9 replies

The infeed roller on my DW735 planer has stopped working. I removed the gearbox on the left side, but I still can’t see why I have this problem. And, unfortunately, I’ve misplaced the literature that came with it. Has anybody else had this problem? Whether you have or not, does anybody have any literature on the tool that you coul...

07-22-2013 05:02 PM

Storing Table Saw Blades? - 1 reply

This may sound like a dumb question; if it is, it wouldn’t be my first on LJ. I’m building a simple cabinet for storing my 10” TS blades. I plan to make pull-out slides w/ short vertical dowels to make sure the blades don’t slide around. The slides will be 1/2” MDF, primed & painted w/ exterior latex paint. N...

07-02-2013 04:59 PM

I've got a 10% off Grizzly coupon! - 9 replies

Well, here we go again with the perennial “Who’s got a 10% off Grizzly deal?” question. Well, I just got an email w/ a code for this very thing. Unfortunately for me, I bought my Grizzly table saw 2 months ago, so I don’t need the deal. It’s good for July 4-15. First PM to me gets the magic code! Jim

05-31-2013 06:10 PM

Back Issues of Fine Woodworking - 1 reply

I have Issues 1 thru 170 of Fine Woodworking for sale. I’d give them away (the buyer would pay only the shipping), but I’m out of work and could use the money. If interested, make me an offer.

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