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|308 days ago||
Background: I do some of the CAD work for teachers at the local high schools. I do a lot of the work at home, then transfer the data via small USB drives to the computers at the high school. The computers at the high school are to say the least infected with every known virus and teenager can place onto a computer. After losing some data o...
|778 days ago||
Why thin lacquer? - 9 replies
I’m spraying lacquer for the first time with my new Earlex 5500 HVLP spray system. Following the Earlex instructions, I checked the viscosity of the Deft lacquer. The lacquer was viscous enough without thinning. Prior to this I used an HVLP conversion gun and my instructor said a 25% to 33% dilution with lacquer thinner was the way to g...
|801 days ago||
Using Dovetail Jig - Porter Cable 4212 - 18 replies
I’m just beginning to use my 4212. I want to cut half blind dovetails. There is a fairly nice video describing how to use the 4212. http://www.woodworkingonline.com/2007/04/30/podcast-20-machine-cut-dovetails/ What I don’t understand is why some of the dovetails are cut on the left side of the jig and some are cut on the right s...
|941 days ago||
Painting plywood - edge finishing - 12 replies
My next project is a simple plywood stool that will be painted. I would like to do a little something to the edge so the layers of the ply aren’t super visible . I do not want to add the glue on edging nor a hard wood. Solutions I have found are: wood putty, and elastomeric paint. Other suggestions?
|1040 days ago||
Dovetail Jig - which one? - 32 replies
I’ve spent the day looking on the web and this web site for which dovetail jig to buy. Many of the comparisons on this web site were fairly old, maybe jigs don’t change that much over time. I’ve seen jigs as cheap as $50 and up to almost $1000 including all the extras. I guess I could stretch the budget to include the Porter...
|1079 days ago||
Countertop thickness - 10 replies
We are redoing the kitchen counters and the project foreperson, aka wife, has decided on a “country” motif. The kitchen is in our cabin so it does not need to be corian or granite. We discovered Ikea has several butcher block counter tops. Go to ikea.com and search for wood countertop for examples. The Ikea store is only 20 miles...
|1080 days ago||
TopPost Detail - 1 reply
The Arts and Crafts bench, Wood magazine Oct 2010, required a bevel on the four posts/legs. Several of the fellow students asked how I made the bevel, so I thought I would share. I know it’s simple, but sometimes the simple is the best. The process is a two step process: create the leg with exactly the width and thickness; then cuttin...
|1084 days ago||
$5 compressed air nozzle - 1 reply
Another Harbor Freight find. Get those easy to find 20% off coupon and buy this $5 little spray tool. The pictures shows the nozzle connected with a HVLP spray gun. The air nozzle is not a quick disconnect tool. It is screwed to the end of the air hose and is always there no matter which tool is attached with the quick disconnect.
|1087 days ago||
Cups for use with lacquer, which type? - 6 replies
I’m running out of 16 oz. (1/2 liter) paper cups I use with lacquer, mixing, holding the strainer, etc. The local stores don’t seem to carry paper cups any larger than 5 oz. Dixie cups. I tried one type of plastic cup and the cup color begin melting seeping into the lacquer, as I thought it might. Any suggestions?
|1105 days ago||
Wood choices for edge grained cutting board. - 3 replies
I have some extra sapele, some mahogany(very red), and I’ll get some hard maple. Are these woods acceptable for a cutting board?
|1112 days ago||
I’ve been working with Baltic Birch plywood for my doll’s cradle project. Without shellac or sanding sealer, the plywood looks nasty after staining. Using an oil based stain, Minwax. I’m thinking about spraying or brushing on clear lacquer for my top coat. I don’t see much difference between my samples, so is there...
|1119 days ago||
Cheap butcher block top - 5 replies
At shop class Monday night, another student hauls in two large slabs of butcher block. Next I knew, they tossed the slabs up on the panel cutter and were lopping off 2 feet. Anybody that can afford two chunks 25×96” and then cut off 25%, might have some extra money to toss around. So I headed over for a little chat. I casually aske...
|1121 days ago||
Labels on Pictures not uploading - 1 reply
I took some pictures of my workshop and labeled them within Google’s Picasa tool on my local computer. I uploaded the pictures to photobucket. I then posted the pictures to lumberjocks and was disappointed to see my labels were not present. Any suggestions on how to label pictures? I can barely work wood and now you want me to take...
|1126 days ago||
OMG Sprayed Lacquer - which HVLP? - 6 replies
I just finished my first ever test using sprayed sanding sealer and sprayed lacquer. Put on 5 coats in a less than 2 hours including a snack break. I am a convert. A crummy piece of birch plywood looks great. A piece of mahogany looks stunning. In my own defense, until now I’ve never had a spray booth. My workshop, the local high s...
|1134 days ago||
Cutting plugs - fitting too loose - 14 replies
I needed to create plugs for some 1/2 inch holes. No problem, buy a plug cutter; “drill” a plug; add some glue; tap the plug into place, stand back and take the applause for making fine furniture. Purchased the cutter: http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2020057/16583/Plug-Cutter-12.aspx I cut a few samples. Hand drill, twist bit...
|1141 days ago||
My third table saw injury - 9 replies
Before you panic, all were minor but still have lessons to be learned. FYI: my workshop is the local high school’s wood shop. I attend a weekly class. The Kickback Cut – very shortly after I began using this table saw, a Saw-Stop. I was trimming the 6 foot long board down to 6 inches wide. The board was just wider than 6 inc...
|1145 days ago||
Substitute for Burlap? - 2 replies
I’m going to experiment with Berlen’s grain filler on mahogany. Usual instructions are to apply with the grain, wipe off against the grain with burlap. Maybe I’ve gone too upper crust, but I haven’t seen burlap since I was a kid way too many years ago. Suggestions for obtaining burlap? Any suggestions on a substit...
|1149 days ago||
One of the benefits of living in a large metro area is the number of wood shops available to me. I go to three different stores, but mostly to Timber Woodworking in Mesa Arizona. The tool I planned to buy was available at Home Depot for $220 and at Timber for $230. Not only did I decide to spend the extra $10, but I went to the ATM and got eno...
|1159 days ago||
How strong is mahogany? - 9 replies
I’m making a small bench. Design from Wood Magazine, October 2010, page 28. The design calls for 3/4 inch quartersawn oak. I ran across some mahogany that was cheaper and am planing to substitute mahogany for oak. Any problems?
|1173 days ago||
Sketchup output into Enroute - 4 replies
I’ve used Sketchup to design a plywood based project. Since I have the free version of Sketchup, I can not output the design in a “standard” format, so I can not test what I’m asking about. I have to take the measurements from Sketchup and re-entered the design into the CAD tool Enroute by hand. I use Enroute then to d...