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12-09-2014 02:44 PM

Short vs long bench dogs? - 6 replies

I’m finally getting around to adding (round) dogs to my bench. I play to buy the aluminum dogs available from several mfg’s. I see that they sell short ones (2 3/8”) and long ones (4 3/8”). is there much of a difference in these? My bench is around 4.5” thick. Also plan to buy a set or two of the short plasti...

10-27-2014 02:54 PM

table saw alignment results - good or bad? - 2 replies

question on aligning the arbor on a table saw. with a dial caliper i’ve measured the variance 2 ways1 – measuring the distance from the mitre track to near saw blade tooth at the front of the table saw. then rotating the blade and moving the caliper to the back of the table saw, and measuring again to the same spot near the same saw ...

10-24-2014 03:03 AM

shaker panel glue order - 5 replies

I’ve got all the pieces cut for a series of 5 piece drawer fronts (rails, stiles, center panel). i am going to use pocket holes for the joinery. my question is in what order to do the joining? the center panel is plywood and relatively tight 1. fitting into the daddo grooves. my planned process is:2. drill pocket holes3. fit the rails/...

10-13-2014 04:42 PM

1/2" ply panel for false front drawer? - 1 reply

I’m currently making the false fronts for 4 dresser drawers, which will be painted. The opening dimension is 30” wide by 7.5” tall, and my rails are 1.5” thick and the stiles are 3” thick, both made with 3/4” maple. i’ve already routed a 1/4” groove on all rails and stiles, centered, and now need...

09-05-2014 08:50 PM

Shop Right rigid vacuum hose/handle? - 1 reply

Anybody have thoughts on using this Rockler product? Seems expensive, but otherwise looking for options for ‘the last mile’ to my dust collection system.

09-04-2014 03:29 AM

Trash can separator - modification for 2 input ports? - 2 replies

Hi. Wondering if anyone has modified a trash can separator lid to accommodate a 2nd input hose? I’m thinking of: A) cutting a new hole in the lid and gluing in a blast gate on top, and gluing in a 45 or 90 degree corner on the inside of the lid and B) cutting down the exiting input port on the outside of the lid (the one on the right...

09-02-2014 03:46 PM

scrap storage ideas? - 9 replies

How do people store their scrap? do you keeps some of it, all of it? expensive wood and cheap wood? is there a storage solution available – bin, shelf, box? drowning in it.

08-24-2014 05:01 PM

How to rub out Enduro Var gloss to semi gloss? - 1 reply

I’ve got 4 coats of Enduro on my table top, all Gloss. 2 questions:1) how to i rub down the top coat to get to a semi gloss finish? I have some good steel wool. I’ve never rubbed anything down.2) there are a couple of what look to be fairly good sized dust particles and also a big drip which sticks up. Is there a way to address t...

08-08-2014 09:59 PM

How much orange peel to sand out before next coat of Enduro? - 1 reply

I have applied my first ever coat of spray finish via the Earlux 5500 to a 6’x3’ table top. Enduro Var gloss. I now have orange peel after a complete dry. I have sanded this orange peel down a bit with 320 paper and wonder how far to go? In some spots, it seems i have gotten it completely smooth, but in most of the table, i have ...

07-23-2014 06:56 PM

Trestle table with stretcher at top only? - 1 reply

Thoughts on building a trestle table, but instead of having the stretcher run at foot level or even knee level, just having one positioned right below the top itself? the stretcher could be designed with a height more than adequate for keeping the table top itself from buckling but i’m not sure how to think about keeping the legs from spr...

07-18-2014 07:34 PM

wiping back dye stains after spraying? - 17 replies

Just curious how many people wipe back their stains after spraying dyes (TransTint in my case), rather than just spraying on and leaving as is? I have been doing some practice spraying before my first real attempt on my kitchen table top. at the start, i had the nozzle fairly tight so low fluid but had i had quite a few lap marks. The laps se...

07-05-2014 03:46 PM

Quantity of dye/solvant to use for 2 sides of a 6'x3' table - 3 replies

How much dye/solvant mix do folks generally mix up at a time for a piece about 6×3’? I have a transtint 2oz bottle which makes about 2 quarts of standard strength mix. However I’m going for a dark look on maple so will need probably double the concentration, so I have maybe 1 quart of solution available. I plan to finish th...

06-25-2014 07:46 PM

finishing sequence table top - 5 replies

i’ve finally done building my table top and now onto finishing. I am going to finish it prior to building the legs (since it will sit on my old table for a while), so its really just the table top. I have my general sequence of sand/dye/topcoat figured out. My main question now however is more mundane – order of dye and top coat f...

06-20-2014 06:23 PM

fix for table top bowed at sides? - 3 replies

I’ve got my table top glued up and looking good, other than one end of it has a bit of a bow in it – if you are sitting at the head of the table, the left/right sides curl up and the center is lower. given the table design i can’t go back now with a plane and shave it off (and i’m not sure it wouldn’t curl more. ...

06-12-2014 07:13 PM

Fix tearful with epoxy or sand down? - 10 replies

I have a nickel sized, 1/16” deep tearout in a maple table top. I’ve sanded it out partly but fear it will be a ton of work to sand down the full diameter required to hide the mark (I’ve done about 2” this far) . I will be staining the maple with a relatively dark TransTintdye. I am thinking of leveling it out with ep...

06-09-2014 03:19 PM

Extra long/high Chamfer bit? - 3 replies

I’m looking to chamfer a table edge with a 15 degree bit, which is a standard angle. My table is 1.75” thick, but, the longest bit I have found is 1” vertical of cutting surface. I’d rather not buy a custom made bit. anyone have a suggestion? I looked at MCLS and Freud but 1” is the longest they carry. my bac...

05-31-2014 03:44 AM

fixing bad seem in table top glue up - 5 replies

So i’m finally finished my table top glue up. It looks pretty good, but there is a spot on one seam about 12” long in the middle of the table where it looks like there is a small gap between the boards – see first pic, and for a comparison to a clean seam, see the second pic. when i say gap, i mean the boards a slightly separ...

05-25-2014 02:09 PM

Glue up table top planks in stages? - 2 replies

I have 7 planks to glue up for my table top. I have already dowled them. I’m not in any rush, so I was thinking of just gluing/clamping 2 boards together, letting dry, them adding one more, drying, repeat 5 more times. Anything wrong with this? I have separately read that glue in the seems can get brittle. Each time I clamp up another...

05-21-2014 02:44 AM

slightly warped board for table - 11 replies

I am building a kitchen table 3’x6’ and have jointed the 7 boards that make up the top and thicknessed them all down to final thickness. As you can see in the photo, one of the boards is a bit warped, and the piece cannot be cut down. The raised edge in the photo is about 3/16 higher. Lesson learned: check for this before thicknes...

05-17-2014 04:37 PM

Chamfer table planks before or after glue up? - 9 replies

I am debating whether or not to chamfer the long sides of each plank in my new kitchen table top (6.6’ x 40”). The reason I am leaning towards doing so is that there are 7 planks each about 5.5” and the grain pattern around the joints is very dissimilar – a mix of great birdseye / figured maple and plain maple (I wasn...

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