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11-14-2016 01:47 PM

Wiping varnish with fast dry poly? - 8 replies

I put 2 coats of Watco on my new entry table build. To give it a bit more durability, I made a wiping varnish for the next layers: 1 part BLO, 1.5 parts mineral spirits, 1 part fast dry poly (minwax). I put this on after the Watco was very dry. After applying and letting dry for a day, there is a sheen of oil that sits on top. It’s not...

11-03-2016 06:03 PM

wood layer layup orientation for strength? - 8 replies

I’m interested in making my own wood handled ice axe – not to scale vertical mountains with, but more of a vanity axe for use while mountaineering in the winter. needs to be strong but won’t be use as a life saving device. The pick is steel and has a neck that extends down ~6” into the wooden handle. i believe this wi...

10-20-2016 02:37 PM

What type of carpet tape? Flat, or fiberglass reinforced? - 4 replies

For templates generally.The flat stuff says ‘perminent’ on the HD variety

09-27-2016 08:15 PM

Grain filling w Danish oil - 6 replies

Given that my walnut grain isn’t filled, nor close to it after 4 sessions, I’m wondering if i am doing it wrong. Can someone point me to some good pics and preferably video that shows A) how thick the sanding slurry should be, B) how long they wait for it to ‘set’ before wiping off, and clearly shows how they wipe off ...

09-27-2016 04:54 PM

both sides of water stone? - 1 reply

One side of my water stones have writing on them (mfg name, etc). can this be rubbed off, and then used? similarly, any thoughts on using the side of the stone? was thinking it would be useful for really rough use when i didn’t want gouge the main surface.

07-26-2016 05:21 PM

Coping saw defective? - 3 replies

Just received a new Olson coping saw and am wondering if it is defective and worth returning/exchanging. When viewed from the blade side with the C shaped frame behind it, the blade and support are not parallel. It seems the frame is not really straight. The blade of course is straight since it’s just stretched between 2 points. Is th...

07-21-2016 06:12 PM

dovetails - clearing out the corner of thin tails - 7 replies

Google failed me! lots of great how-to’s regarding dovetailing on the web, here included. But I am trying to find some references / videos on the best way to clear out the waist when cutting very thin dovetail tails for a half blind drawer. i find that the bottom of the tails, in the corner, is very hard to clean up without the side o...

07-09-2016 11:53 PM

Dovetail chisel's required? - 1 reply

Am about to do my first set of (half blind) dovetail drawers. Using the 1:7 marker I made as my last project I find the relief area quite narrow on the side pieces – as I’ve seen them in high quality pieces. My question is is a dovetail chisel is commonly part of the tool chest? It seems like a small chisel (3/8” or smalle...

06-30-2016 04:39 PM

round vs convex spokeshave - 4 replies

are these the same thing? i see veritas does not sell a ‘convex spokeshave’ so wondering if the rounded is the same.

05-23-2016 06:54 PM

translucent finish?? - 1 reply

this gives new meaning to clear coathttp://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/12/science/see-through-wood.html?rref=collection%2Fcolumn%2Ftrilobites

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 ...

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