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308 days ago

General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain - 15 replies

I made up some test boards to decide on a finish for a cherry trundle bed I am working on. The sample boards were coated with a 3:2 ratio of denatured alcohol to shellac seal coat. After scuff sanding with 320, I applied several stains to the sample boards. The unanimous favorite was General Finishes Antique Walnut gel stain. It yielded a wa...

446 days ago

Nightstand Backsplash - Choose one of these 3 options - 9 replies

I am building this bedroom set, and currently finishing the nightstands. I was planning on installing the plain backsplash, but my wife isn’t so sure. Can you help us decide?The dressers are already complete. Plain backsplash…----- No backsplash…----- or the Wedge and Strap backsplash to match the dressers… ...

590 days ago

Finishing Drawer Parts - Aromatic Cedar - 4 replies

I am building two dressers. The drawers are poplar with aromatic cedar bottoms. It is actually 1/4” plywood, but even the veneer has that great cedar smell. I usually spray drawers with lacquer like the rest of the carcass, but I wonder will the cedar smell remain?Jeff Jewitt prefers to shellac drawers to avoid the chemical smell of lac...

624 days ago

Has Anyone Used Side Mount Slides as Centermount? - 8 replies

I have some Centerline (Rocklers version of Accuride) 18” full extension ball bearing drawer slides. They are designed to be side mounted to the drawer box. They don’t look that different from the centermount slides I have purchased, which are designed to be mounted under the drawer (in pairs or single slides). So, my question is...

678 days ago

Anyone using the Dewalt 621 Plunge Router? - 4 replies

Any thoughts on the Dewalt 621 would be appreciated. I am using the 618 now, which works great. The 621, as a dedicated plunge router offers power switch and plunge lock on the handles, which seems like a good idea. Only negative reviews I found stated the power trigger safety lock was tricky to use. I imagine you get used to it once in regu...

680 days ago

Delta Bench ROS Availability? - 7 replies

This looks like it would be just the ticket for sanding numerous parts when building chairs with many thin spindles, or picture frames with many parts. Does anyone know where I can buy one? If not, does another company offer a bench random orbit sander? I have Bosch and Dewalt ROS’s that work great, but I often find myself holding t...

764 days ago

Deep Beautiful 14 Degree Dovetails with a PC Jig? Yep. - 11 replies

I have long wanted to get deeper dovetails and a 14 degree angle with my PC 4210 jig. The bit that comes in the kit is 7 degrees, with a 3/8” depth of cut. The standard dovetails have such a shallow angle they almost look like box joints. After consulting the manual, I learned that when cutting half blind dovetails there are sev...

775 days ago

Anyone Using a 14 Degree Bit in your P.C. 4210 / 4212 Dovetail Jig? - 12 replies

I was reading the supplementary instruction manual for the Porter Cable 4200 series dovetail jig, and apparently you can use different bits. The jig comes with a 13/32” 7 degree bit, that produces a 3/8” depth of cut. This bit works well and makes strong, tight fitting dovetails. However the angles are so shallow, they almost look...

908 days ago

Anyone Using Fasco Pin Nailers? (Similar to Grex and Cadex) - 3 replies

I am looking at a Fasco 23 gauge pin nailer, and wondered if anyone had evperience with it. I have a 16 gauge P.C., and a nice Bostich 18 gauge brad nailer that shoots 2” nails. I was wondering if the pin nailer has much holding power. I don’t use much delicate moulding, however there are times I would love to attach window trim w...

952 days ago

What Hollow Chisel Mortiser Do you like and Why? - 6 replies

I have a Delta hollow chisel mortiser and it sure makes mortising easier, however the tool has been unreliable. I installed some new parts and got it working again, however there is a lot of slop in the handle. The head unit on the dovetail keys is nice and sturdy, however the handle swings 30 degrees before the chisel moves. The internal gea...

959 days ago

What is Your Favorite Router and Why? - 31 replies

My favorite tool in the woodshop is a router – it always has been. From the first 5/8 hp Black and Decker I ever laid my hands on I realized this is a tool with unmatched versatility. From inlays, to pattern routing, or just a simple edge profile – these tools can do it all. So what is your favorite router and why? Also, what r...

968 days ago

Darken a Lacquered Finish? - 4 replies

I want to add a little color to my kitchen cabinets without refinishing them. They are nutmeg oil based stain on oak, which is a medium orange-brown color. My target color is a touch darker to match the Rodda #19 stain the rest of our decor (one shade darker on the rodda chart). The cabinets are lacquered and in really good shape. I have t...

996 days ago

Paste Furniture Wax - What is best for a satin finish? - 6 replies

I am looking to wax a new piece of furniture with a paste wax, and want a satin or low-luster finish. It will be applied over a well cured lacquer finish. Please comment on brand preference – Briwax, Howard etc. and colored vs. neutral color wax.My piece is stained medium brown arts and crafts style. Since it is already sealed with fini...

1066 days ago

Leather Upholstery - 6 replies

Has anyone found a good source for leather upholstry suitable for dining chairs? I read Kevin Rodel’s article and he referenced for leather. I called them, and to get 32 useable s.f. of leather would mean buying two 50 s.f. hides for a total cost of $1400. That is not including the batting, foam, muslin cloth and staples. ...

1077 days ago

General E-Z Pro Mortise and Tenon Jig - 4 replies

Has anybody seen these? It is a mortise and tenon jig for use with your plunge router. It is described on and looks pretty good. It includes a spiral bit and guide bushings. Priced at $149 it should give Leigh a run for their money. Should be available in stores in late September 2011.Now all we have to wait for is Fest...

1091 days ago

Has anyone used flexform hose for overarm dust collection on the tablesaw? - 6 replies

After looking into overarm dust collection systems for the TS, I decided I would like dust collection without a blade guard. I saw a post on LJ where a guy accomplished this by hanging a hose from the ceiling, and supported it with a hinged metal apparatus. That got me thinking – why not pipe in 4” pvc from the ceiling, and...

1093 days ago

Pleated filter available for Dewalt ROS DW421? - 2 replies

I was looking at the Bosch random orbit sander, which now comes with a pleated filter. It is supposed to be very good at collecting dust without a vacuum attached. I have the trusty Dewalt 421 and was wondering if there is a pleated filter (or a dust bag that captures fine dust) available. Mine has the standard bag attachment, but fine dust a...

1131 days ago

Oil Stain Over Shellac Wash Coat - Bleeding Problem - 1 reply So I tried shellac under oil based stain on some cherry wainscoting I am building for my office. The shellac is the Zinsse...

1176 days ago

Switching between full-kerf and thin-kerf TS blades - Does it throw off your scale? - 26 replies

Wanting to try the new breed of thin kerf blades for my Jet contractor tablesaw, however I already use a Freud 50 tooth combination blade. I would like to add a Freud 24 tooth thin kerf rip blade to my collection. If I switch back and forth from a full kerf to a thin kerf, do I have to re-adjust the curser on the tablesaw scale each time? T...

1207 days ago

Drying Wood With A Home Dehumidifier - 10 replies

I have some nice Oregon White Oak that has air dried for one year. It is now at about 15% moisture content. The lumber is planed down to about an inch, and I am ready to finish drying it to build a dining table. I stacked and stickered the lumber in a small insulated room, being careful to keep each layer flat and well supported every 2 fee...

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