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22 days ago

Trying to decide on first (maybe only) handplane - 31 replies

I’m trying to decide between a jack plane (15”) and a jointer plane (22”). I do not have another hand plane and I do not have an electric jointer. The immediate need I have is that I need to flatten and smooth a 15×60” slab and my thickness planer maxes at 12.5”. Plus, I also know a thickness planer isn̵...

41 days ago

Epifanes + accelerator....shelf life? - 2 replies

So I have epifanes clear varnish and woodfinish matte. I also have some accelerator. If the varnishes are thinned (maybe that doesn’t matter) and I add the accelerator, about what kind of life do I have for this mixture before it goes bad? I’ve never used this before but I think it is sortof like Japan dryer. At first, I was thin...

49 days ago

Designing a platform bed--selection of woods to contrast with Black Walnut - 7 replies

Hello all,I am wrapping up my first project with walnut, which is two nightstands. My wife is already wanting me to work on a bed now. I want to use walnut and possibly another wood for contrast. I am considering cherry, white oak, maple… I’m also considering finding some sapwood heavy walnut boards as well, although it would be ...

58 days ago

Walnut--to stain or not to stain - 16 replies

This is my first project with walnut. I have read mixed feelings about stain on walnut. I like the way it looks without stain. On the small test pieces, “dark walnut” danish oil doesn’t really darken it that much, assuming I first filled the pores. I have not tried it yet with actual 100% stain. Anyway, I guess I am ok wit...

63 days ago

What varnish for the home varnish/oil mix? - 6 replies

HelloI have read a lot about home mixes of varnish, oil, and solvent. Usually in the 1:1:1 ratio or thereabout. I also understand the tung vs blo difference as well as solvent selection. What I’m not sure about is which varnish to use. Regular interior polyurethane is available anywhere, as is spar urethane. I can get a non urethane v...

348 days ago

Dies this exist: Compact Router with 1/2" Collet? - 4 replies

Does this exist? Every compact router I have seen will accept 1/4” bits and some will even take 3/8” (not that I’ve ever seen those bits sold anywhere), but I cannot find a compact router that will take 1/2” bits. This is important to me because almost all my bits are 1/2”. Thanks for any help.

444 days ago

Ridge Carbide 40 vs 48 tooth TS2000 - 4 replies

Good morning, I am trying to decide between the ridge 40 and 48 tooth (ultra) blades for my 3650 ridgid saw. Either would be in the 3/32 kerf. Having never seen these blades in person, I’m hoping someone here could shed some insight on differences. The 40 tooth has raker teeth that might give a flat enough bottom to allow the blade t...

624 days ago

Dewalt DW734 on sale $259 Home Depot - 1 reply

Just a heads up on a big sale. That’s $140 off normal price. I got one. If you’re on the market check it out.


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