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777 days ago

Need help designing downdraft table - 5 replies

I’m building a downdraft table. I’m using a blower from an electric stove top with a downdraft smoke filter. I will be using peg board for the table top. The peg board measures 36×36, which is about 1156 1/4 inch holes. The intake for the blower is 17 1/2×4. My question is; how much area should there be for air to be pulled...

855 days ago

Lighting damage? - 15 replies

I think this tree got struck by lightning. It was not like this until after some thunderstorms rolled through here. There are pieces sticking out from the cracks and bark laying on the ground about 50 feet away. Will this be usable for lumber? I believe it is an oak tree.

891 days ago

Noncontributing members ( 18,092 ) - 106 replies

So, out of curiosity, I was looking through the Jocks tab to see where I was listed. I went towards the end of the list and found a whole page of members that hadn’t posted anything even one time. I saw one member who has been signed up for over 5 years. I also noticed a lot of spam for weight loss products, facial cream, websites not rel...

892 days ago

Help! Poly doesn't want a crack 'er scratch. - 18 replies

I’m refinishing a kitchen table. I have applied stain and am applying poly ( MinWax ). In a few spots it doesn’t want to absorb. These spots are in a seam or a scratch that didn’t get sanded out. Is it because of dirt of some sort? I have 4 coats on so far. I thought at first it was just soaking in and would eventually cover, b...

916 days ago

Need help with furniture refinishing. - 8 replies

I am refinishing a kitchen table for my boss at work. On the apron there is a detail groove. It’s shaped like a rounded V. I am trying to figure out the best way to clean the stain out from it. If it was flat it would be easy to do on the router table, but the apron is round. Please, give me some ideas how to do this.

933 days ago

Condensation troubles - 6 replies

My shop is an uninsulated, OSB covered building. It is a little drafty and I heat with a wood stove when I work in it. The problem is, when it is cold and I build a fire to warm it up, the metal tools start getting condensation on them. Even tools that are in drawers do it. Does anyone else have problems with this and how do you fight it? Do I n...

1173 days ago

Adapter for lathe - 10 replies

I have an antique lathe I’m setting up and would like to try pen turning on it. However, it was made in London and doesn’t have standard American threads on the headstock shaft. I got a quote from a local metal shop to make an adapter, $65. After some brainstorming I thought of mounting a piece of UHMW to the face plate and turning ...

1223 days ago

Restore old Holtzapffel lathe? - 8 replies

I got a lathe, in pieces, from my dad. It was his dad’s and that’s about all that was known about it. I found a name on it ( Holtzapffel ) and did some research. It was made between 1821 – 1901. It has some rust on it and painted splattered on it. I was wondering if stripping the paint and redoing it would devalue it. I need to...


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