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05-23-2016 06:54 PM

translucent finish?? - 1 reply

this gives new meaning to clear coat

04-16-2016 07:08 PM

Why make 2 shorter tenons vs on longer one? - 2 replies

I understand the math rules, but am unsure why it would be stronger to have two 2.5 long mortise/tenons vs one 5 inch set. I’m joining 3/4 stretchers into 1.75” entry table legs.

04-13-2016 06:20 PM

size/thickeness of drawer spacer - 5 replies

I’m building the entry table shown in the first picture. The top is about 40×10 and each of the drawers is about 14×4. My question is regarding the size/thickness of the stretcher pieces that surround the drawer. Smaller is better for this design. Is 1/2” (high for the horizontal pieces, and wide for the vertical ...

03-30-2016 02:42 PM

Poll: wax on cross cut sled runners, table saw slots, or both? - 6 replies

Where do you put you wax?

12-28-2015 04:06 AM

knife block - simple slabs or wrap around? - 1 reply

next project – a knife block. i see quite a few which are simply made with planks with grooves cut out and layered up. this is how my current one is (which is too small). I also see some which look like they have an extra piece of wood on the sides, presumably so the multiple joint lines from the stacking process do not show. all est...

10-20-2015 11:05 PM

face frame stile width when against a wall? - 8 replies

i am putting a large cabinet/pantry at then end of a dead end hallway in my basement. it probably wasn’t the right way, but i built the cabinet box at the space’s maximum width – ie the left and right sides are abutted against the adjoining wall (at least it is at the top, but bottom is off the wall since the wall is way out o...

09-23-2015 01:18 AM

cheap, or second choice epoxy? - 4 replies

I use West Systems epoxy and love it. but we all know its expensive. For small volume requirements where i don’t need a full shot of West Systems, or just want a cheaper alternative, i’ve use Home Depot and Harbor Freight products, but don’t like either. Any other suggestions?

09-19-2015 03:07 PM

Simply amazing - 7 replies

This is amazing.

07-20-2015 12:54 PM

buffing 'down' (not up) to semi gloss - 6 replies

last stage of my table project. i’ve got a lot of coats of GF Enduro Var on my table, all Gloss. I want to make it closer to a semi gloss. Most of what i read suggests steel wool for satin, but i want a bit more than satin. I do have a set of Abralon pads that I was given (all the way up to p4000). Should i just use these at the grit ...

07-09-2015 03:30 PM

How much cross grain glue before danger sets in? - 6 replies

I’m at the last step in my table build. It’s somewhat of a tressle design The cross braces that hold the table top to the legs need to be attached firmly to the leg posts and rails. There will be some screws involved, but Glueing the brace to the post would be great: however there would be a lot of cross grain surface if i did s...

07-07-2015 01:16 PM

7 cfm air sander with 6 gallon compressor - 2 replies

I’m wondering if anyone uses a small (6 gallon, 2.5 cfm) compressor with their air sander? . I have the compressor, and am thinking of buying the Harbor Freight sander (gets good views) , which runs at 7cfm. does this mean I need to stop sanding every 10 seconds or so? I’ve also seen an Eastwood sander online that runs at 2.5cfm,but ...

07-03-2015 11:30 AM

Enduro var final coat(s) - back to back for rub out? - 1 reply

I already put down 3 coats of enduro, sanded to 500, just laid the 4th coat. I intend to rub the finish. question #1: ive read some people apply 2 coats relatively quickly on the final to get a thick coat, which may help prevent witness lines. Is this necessary / recommended with Enduro? Hard ro tell if enduro burns in or not – it i...

07-01-2015 01:41 AM

strange finish defect - need help - 11 replies

I’m in the process of rubbing out a table top. started with 500 grit and it is all smooth, except a very thin depression/line a few inches long (see dark line in picture. this is zoomed in quite a bit). The line parallels the joint where two boards meet. The joint line was either glue or epoxy (did some one way and some the other, and ...

06-28-2015 12:20 PM

Lock in dye with spray shellac before wiping on water based finish? - 7 replies

So I’ve dyed my table legs with transtint. On the sample boards I’ve made, when I wipe on the Enduro var finish, I tend to get the dye to run a bit. Is it OK to use the non wax shellac can spray before wiping the Enduro?I’ve never used a can spray. How much spray to actually out on?

03-27-2015 01:35 AM

first set of parallel clamps - 50" or 40"? - 16 replies

they seem to be the same price at HD (and cheaper than the Rockler sales price). which size would you get? i know it depends upon what i plan to make, but who knows.

01-26-2015 12:58 AM

Bottom stretcher needed in this design? - 13 replies

I’m building the table in the attached FWW picture. There are 2 beefy stretchers at the top, and one smaller one at the bottom. Do you all think the bottom one is needed in this picture? hard for me to beleive that 2 stretchers that are wedged tenons will not be enough strength. I am leaning against it so as to avoid food bumping, b...

01-23-2015 08:16 PM

Cathedral grain pointing up or down on vertical pieces (e.g. trestle leg)? - 7 replies

I know this is a personal aesthetics question, but do people generally point the cathedral grain upwards or downwards? I’m building a trestle table base, and the legs will be 8” wide.

01-22-2015 09:48 PM

Desktop vs Floor standing Bandsaw - 3 replies

I’m pondering my first bandsaw purchase, and think i need some background. I’m starting with whether i need a floor standing, or desktop unit. what are the key drivers to choose one or the other? I have a basement shop. I’m only a hobbyist, but do like to buy quality tools.

01-18-2015 03:46 PM

15" wide face vice - one centered or two offset dog holes? - 8 replies

I’m finally ready to add dog holes to my bench. I’m planning the front row to be about 3” from the front of the bench. When putting them in front of the face vice, should I make 1 row (centered on the face vice) or 2 rows (toward either end of the vice) ?

01-12-2015 06:17 PM

Table overhang at end of testle - 5 replies

I have a 74” table top build and now moving on to the trestle base. The Maple top is 1.5” thick, and 36 wide. I’m trying to figure out what the max overhang could be for the end of the table. I have long legs so don’t want to hit the support under the table which argues for a large overhang. , I’m also 250l...

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