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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...

01-09-2015 02:52 AM

what is this metal stretcher hardware piece called? - 3 replies

I’m planning on making a bench similar to the picture, and am wondering where to find this type of hardware used in in the stretcher. Any suggestions, or at least what one calls that type of item, so i can search for it myself. t

01-05-2015 05:44 PM

how make sure the drill press is square to the table - 10 replies

anyone have a good quick way to ensure my drill press table (which is a simple homemade table) is 100% square to the drill bit? it is hard to measure against the drill.

12-09-2014 02:44 PM

Short vs long bench dogs? - 9 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...

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