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331 days ago

Poly over latex paint - 9 replies

So, I’m finishing a small kids table and I was trying to use products I had on hand. I covered the top with a blue latex paint, did three coats, 24 hours between each coat. At the end, the blue looked good, but I knew I needed something over the latex for a kids table top. (I would have used an oil based paint, but I really needed to us...

410 days ago

Switching sharpening systems - 21 replies

For my hand sharpening system, I’ve been doing scary sharp. I like the results, but dealing with the paper is a serious PITA. So, I’ve been looking at switching to the EZE-LAP diamond sharpening stones. The plan is to get the coarse, fine, and super fine. Then finish with a strop with green honing compound.My concern is if the su...

418 days ago

I always seem to crown with my jointer - 21 replies

Whenever I’m edge jointing with my #6 or #7 hand plane, I always seem end up with a really slight crown. I’m trying to even ease up on the pressure on the ends…what am I doing wrong? I haven’t been doing it that long….is this common..or?

426 days ago

Hand cut dovetails, new saw, and a marker - 4 replies

Took my first real stab at hand cut dovetails tonight…after I made a marker and bought a ‘real’ dovetail saw – the Veritas one. I had made a few stabs at it before with an Irwin ‘dovetail’ saw from Lowes…and that was a disaster, I just couldn’t track a straight line. So I stopped by Woodcraft and...

433 days ago

Products for restoring old hand planes - 3 replies

I’ve been restoring some old hand planes and just wanted to drop this info here. LA’s Awesome Orange cleaner from Dollar Tree for $1/gallon does an AMAZING job of doing an initial cleaning. It ate right through some super old grease that had dried on my latest one. Soak for an hour, brush off the ‘big’ stuff and drop...

443 days ago

Designing a kitchen table - What determines the structural need for stretchers? - 2 replies

After I finish up a few smaller projects, I’m tackling a new dinning room table for the family. I’ve made 3 smaller tables, but nothing even close to this large. It’s not going to be huge by any means, probably in the rectangular 3.5’ by 5.5’ range with four turned legs (my wife has taken up the lathe as a hobby!)...

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