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04-11-2010 04:55 AM

Classic debate: lacquer vs. polyurethane - 91 replies

I remember my old woodshop teacher saying “Ninety percent of amateurs use poly, and 90% of pros use lacquer.” I personally prefer lacquer myself, even though it is a bit temperamental to work with, but this seems like a timeless debate. Are the pros still gravitating to lacquer, or is the field leveling?

04-11-2010 04:46 AM

Getting from light pine to a professional dark hue - 3 replies

I’ve got some clear pine t&g I’m installing in lieu of drywall. I’d like to get the wood a nice professional dark hue, like antique mahogany with a deep rich color. I’ve used Lockwood’s Antique Mahogany dye but it ends up just looking like pine that’s been dyed. I’ve messed around with Potassium Dich...

03-19-2010 03:27 AM

How can I keep already dried wood from checking? - 9 replies

Okay, so I’ve got a bunch of 4×4 beams of mahogany that I bought kiln dried. I am making a butcher block island top so I cut them into cubes three inches thick and the cubes immediately checked to hell. So I left the uncut beams further air dry all winter in a controlled, low humidity environment. Now, six months later I tried again a...

01-19-2010 06:46 PM

help on installing a stacked dado on a radial arm saw - 6 replies

I’ve got a 12” craftsman radial arm saw and a 8” stacked dado set that I need to put on. I’ve done limited dado cuts on a table saw but am a bit apprehensive about putting it on the big guy for the first time. I need to make several cross rail upright halved joints with 4×4s. Any advice or potential things to watc...

11-17-2009 08:28 AM

Why should we dilute our finishes before spraying? - 14 replies

I understand the main reason to thin a finish is to reduce its viscosity and allow it to atomize properly in the sprayer, but with the proper needle I’m able to spray even heavy paints without dilution and without the problems normally associated with too-thick mixtures. So, other than to get it to work in the sprayer, is there any other r...

11-11-2009 12:25 PM

Which hardwood has the darkest hue of red? - 14 replies

I’m looking for a deep, rich, dark-red hued hardwood for a furniture piece. Something really dark and accessible at the hardwood lumber store.

11-11-2009 11:18 AM

An excellent video series on the 15-step process for wood finishing - 2 replies

Curt Martin does a great job explaining how to get an amazing finish with the common 15-step method. I’ve also read about the 27 step, and now there’s even a 39 step finish that some furniture-makers are selling. Here’s the 15-step process: Refinishing Wood Furniture: Video Series Beautifully refinished wood furniture ...

11-11-2009 01:42 AM

Looking for a professional-grade spray lacquer - 14 replies

Home Depot and Lowes seem to have given up on lacquers and now stock dozens of different polyurethanes and no lacquer. I’m looking for a professional-grade lacquer I can spray on with my HVLP system. What are the pros using these days? This application will be over latex-based paint. Thanks.

11-07-2009 06:20 AM

Which moisture meter do you use? - 7 replies

It’s time for a new portable moisture meter, what are you guys recommending these days?

11-06-2009 10:20 AM

Slabs of cherry - 3 replies

I’ve got nine remaining slabs of some of the best-looking cherry I’ve come across in awhile. These are from a unique specimen cherry tree that was felled in 2007. I’m willing sell or trade for shop equipment. Each slab is approx 5-6ft long and 2 3/4” thick with widths varying from 11” to 13”. In the past IR...

11-06-2009 06:21 AM

Rare spalted maple slabs for sale or trade - 51 replies

I’ve got 1800 bf of rare spalted maple slabs that have been air-drying in my barn, some as long as three years, others cut recently. There are about fifty slabs that are 11 feet long and 2.5 inches thick, with widths varying from 11 inches all the way up to 22 inches. I’ve also got some monster slabs that are 8” thick and some ...

11-05-2009 12:23 AM

Prepping the edges of MDF before painting - 4 replies

I’ve always just slopped on joint compound, sanded it smooth and then painted the edges, but I’ve heard there are multiple ways to prep the edges of MDF board before priming and painting. What do you guys normally do?

11-01-2009 05:41 AM

Anyone know the Janka Hardness Rating for MDF? - 11 replies

I’ve scoured the web and can’t seem to find the answer. Anyone know of a source?? Just wondering how it compares in hardness to say oak or pine, for example.

11-01-2009 04:49 AM

What are some of your favorite woodworking blogs? - 11 replies

So far I only really follow the Wood Whisperer, but I’m looking for some more blogs to follow. What do you guys recommend?

11-01-2009 04:30 AM

Is it insane to put a 15" blade on my 12" radial arm saw? - 50 replies

I know it’s not a good idea to monkey with this sort of thing, but I have a zero notch 15-inch blade and an old radial arm saw with a 12-inch freud diablo on it now. The 15-inch blade fits, and I’d only need it on temporarily to cut about a dozen annoying-to-cut 6×6 beams. If the horsepower can handle it, would there be any othe...

10-31-2009 05:19 PM

Best way to cut 6x6 beams - 1 reply

The cut and flip on my miter saw gets uneven cuts. For precision cuts what’s the best way to cut these without moving beyond the standard 12-inch saw blade? I’ve tried the jig with sawzall, handsaw, etc, but I feel there might still be a better method.

10-31-2009 05:09 PM

What's your preferred mask/glasses combo for extended durations? - 7 replies

I always try to get in the habit of wearing my 3M respirator and safety glasses, and toss on the ear protection when firing up the loud stuff, but like most of us, I tend to get sloppy and leave it off sometimes due to the various frustrations of goggle fogging and too much stuff strapped to my head, which feels uncomfortable and restricts movem...

10-30-2009 06:01 PM

raised panel cabinets in MDF vs hardwood, which expands more? - 16 replies

The literature on the web suggests that MDF will experience less seasonal expansion/contraction than most hardwoods, but that when it does expand, it does so in all directions. For those of you who have worked with this material, I’ve got quite a few pieces to build and milling for spaceballs would be time-consuming. If I coat the entir...

10-22-2009 03:33 PM

Air dried vs. kiln dried - 10 replies

I’m still at the stage where dried wood is dried wood. Can anyone explain the various nuances of air dried stock vs. wood that’s been kiln dried? Is one preferable to the other?

10-22-2009 02:51 PM

As the mercury drops what are you not leaving in your shop over winter? - 17 replies

Here in New England it’s already starting to reach the threshold for items being kept in my barn workshop. Woodglues and most paints and stains, but even my air compressor says in the manual it’s not a good idea to store in severe cold temps. So, outside of the obvious, what else are you guys making sure doesn’t stay exposed to...

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