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04-05-2011 04:21 AM

best finish for garage cabinets? - 27 replies

Hello. I’m thinking about building a few garage cabinets.I’d use 3/4” plywood, probably birch.I’m trying to think of what finish to use. I’ve read that a gloss finish would be best, as it should vacuum better. I want a finish that will look good, I definitely want something easy, and it should be durable. I&...

01-14-2011 05:32 AM

Shellac over poly to mask smell? - 8 replies

I have bookcases that I finished with Arm-r-Seal weeks ago, but they still smell. It’s been at least a month. I’ve been running a space heater in that room to try to help speed it up, but it’s just making me more frustrated. I want to throw them away, but my wife won’t let me. Two questions:- If I can still smell ...

12-19-2010 04:51 AM

how long should Arm-R-Seal smell? - 7 replies

I put a few coats of Arm-R-Seal on some bookcases that I’m working on. I brought the doors inside about a week ago, and I can still smell them. And I can definitely still smell it in the garage where the rest of the bookcases are sitting. It all definitely feels dry.So how long should you be able to smell it? Am I getting dain bramage ...

11-22-2010 05:40 AM

best one air nailer to buy? - 21 replies

With Christmas coming up, I’m thinking about asking for an air compressor. What is the one air nailer that is most useful for general woodworking (not roofing or putting up a fence)- brad nailer or finish nailer? When would you use one over the other?

10-15-2010 05:08 AM

what is lacquer stain? - 3 replies

Ok, stupid question. What is lacquer stain and how is it different than regular oil-based stain?Does it mean that you don’t need a poly topcoat after applying the lacquer stain?

08-17-2010 04:54 AM

Watco - sticky and some splotches - 12 replies

Help. I might be in over my head. I put Watco danish oil on a mahogany tv stand I’m working on, and I’m thoroughly depressed with it. I thought I wiped it all off at the time of application like I was supposed to, but some areas are still a little sticky. Some of those areas have been drying for about 3 days now. I’ll ...

08-01-2010 05:33 AM

tips for finishing in dusty garage - 9 replies

Anybody have any tips for finishing a project in a dusty garage? On past projects they’ve usually ended up feeling gritty in the morning after applying a coat of finish, so I’ve been putting on the final coat of finish inside the house.I’m about to begin the finish process on a project that can’t really be reasonably fin...

07-31-2010 03:48 PM

help with Watco - 9 replies

I’m trying to figure out what finish to put on a mahogany tv stand that I’m working on. I tried a coat of Watco on some scrap. The ‘red mahogany’ Watco was kinda splotchy if you look at it at the right angle. And the natural Watco turned out a bit orange. It all looks completely dull, dead, and lifeless. Any clue...

07-26-2010 03:15 AM

how to subscribe to blog? - 3 replies

How do I subscribe to a person’s blog? Not a single blog entry, but I want to be notified when they post a new blog entry (so that I don’t miss the next entry in a multi-part project blog series). Thanks.

07-10-2010 08:40 PM

combo blade on a miter saw? - 14 replies

I just got a new sliding miter saw, and I don’t think I’m too impressed with the stock blade. Can I throw a combination blade on it?The manual says no… it says ‘use crosscut blades only! do not use blades designed for ripping, combination blades or blades with hook angles in excess of 5 degrees.’I know my combo b...

07-09-2010 04:49 AM

what to do with balusters? - 13 replies

My parents came over for the 4th, and my mom dropped off 7 stair balusters from the farmhouse that she grew up in as a kid. She thought I could build grandma something for Christmas. They’re just basic, old, 32” balusters. I can’t imagine to try to strip and refinish them. Any ideas of what to do with them? Maybe make a co...

03-23-2010 05:43 AM

finishing mahogany - 8 replies

HiI’m working on a tv stand. I’m using mahogany plywood for the carcase and solid mahogany for the top, face, legs, and drawer fronts. Problem… I’m not sure how to finish it. On my other projects I’ve just used a few coats of Arm-r-Seal, and that has worked fine.The mahogany I bought for this project seems notice...

02-23-2010 06:15 AM

how to get this color of tiger maple - 9 replies

Hi.I’m thinking of using tiger maple for my next project (tv stand), but my wife insists on no light colored woods.So I need to stain it somehow…I found this on google images: I think I like that color… any quick ideas on how I can achieve something similar?Maybe a TransTint dye… maybe the Reddish Brown? Also, I was...

02-21-2010 12:34 AM

help with basic construction theory - 9 replies

Help… noob here.I’m trying to design a tv stand. Probably using a plywood carcase, solid wood top, face frame, legs, and drawer fronts. It’s not terribly complicated, but I don’t have a full grasp of how to construct certain ideas.I want something fairly simple like this:

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