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3 days ago

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...

18 days ago

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 ...

34 days ago

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...

39 days ago

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...

53 days ago

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...

62 days ago

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...

67 days ago

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. ...

75 days ago

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...

79 days ago

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...

88 days ago

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...

94 days ago

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...

98 days ago

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...

102 days ago

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...

107 days ago

Dust collection w/o the bag for outdoor use - 8 replies

The location my dust collection unit (HF 2hp) is a corner of the basement where my wife would like to put some shelves. I am thinking of putting the unit outside under my deck – luckily I have good spot to put the tubing through the wall. The deck which it will go under has about 3.5’ of vertical clearance, not enough to fit the fu...

107 days ago

what material/fabric to use to apply dye and to wipe off? - 7 replies

About to start my first dye job, and wonder what people use to apply and wipe off? I’ve seen at HD they sell some ‘stain applicator’ pad, which look like cloth covered sponges. do you just pour it on out of your container? What do you all use? for excess removal on my test pieces, i was soaking up the remaining fluid with...

112 days ago

Are all 0000 steel wool the same? - 5 replies

There is a big price difference between certain brands when I check out Amazon pricing. Can anyone confirm they vary all basically the same, within the same 0 grade?

114 days ago

oil based equivalent of GF's Burnt Umber - 1 reply

I’ve read a lot of posts talking about using Burnt Umber as a glaze. I am going to be using an oil base (Arm-r-seal) under the glaze, so am hesitant about using the water based Burnt Umber. Is there an color equivalent in oil? Or should I just use a coat of shellac between them?

118 days ago

Cauls when using dowles - 7 replies

I am planning a glue up of a ~40” x 6’ table top. I plan to use dowels on this, since I have already purchased a dowling tool. I do not have cuals, but was thinking of making a few from 2×4 according to a few of the designs on LJ’s. Relatedly, I have a series of hand-me-down pipe clamps, some of which are not 100% str...

121 days ago

How to get a dark(ish) color for birdseye maple without too much grain loss? - 6 replies

I am building a table for our breakfast room and came across some maple which has a lot of birdseye figure in it. My wife is looking for something which is a bit darker than what I normally see birdseye finished with. Does anyone have any pics that show a good darker result? not looking for a Walnut color or anything, but not the yellow / am...

140 days ago

redwood burls - 2 replies

hopefully the lumberjocks are not involved, even as purchasers. We should get in the habit of verifying the provenance of our stock. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/09/us/poachers-attack-beloved-elders-of-california-its-redwoods.html?hp

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