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04-30-2014 04:25 AM

How many lacquer coats? - 11 replies

I was giving about 3/4 gallon of pre catalyzed lacquer. This is the kind of lacquer that has a pot life of about 90 days. This lacquer has about 30 days left. The person who gave me the lacquer said I should use it up. I have only a small project. To use up the lacquer would probably require a dozen coats, maybe more So my question is ...

04-11-2014 06:52 PM

Attaching hardwood for milling - 5 replies

Hope this forum has as many good answers as all the other forums. How is a hardwood part attached for milling? Many cnc routers have a vacuum base for sheet goods. I’ve seen machine shop like hold downs used when milling just the interior of hardwood. At about 1:22 into the video shows a rough cut piece of hardwood’s exterior...

01-30-2013 06:13 PM

USB drive protection in an virus infected environment - 4 replies

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...

10-18-2011 02:38 AM

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...

09-25-2011 07:18 AM

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. 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...

05-08-2011 07:13 AM

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?

01-29-2011 01:44 AM

Dovetail Jig - which one? - 33 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...

12-21-2010 07:29 AM

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 and search for wood countertop for examples. The Ikea store is only 20 miles...

12-20-2010 10:12 PM

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...

12-16-2010 02:16 AM

$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.

12-13-2010 12:29 AM

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?

11-25-2010 07:14 PM

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?

11-18-2010 06:02 AM

Shellac vs. Sanding Sealing (lacquer) for prestain control - 5 replies

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...

11-11-2010 06:56 AM

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...

11-09-2010 11:48 PM

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...

11-04-2010 09:36 PM

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...

10-27-2010 03:34 AM

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: I cut a few samples. Hand drill, twist bit...

10-20-2010 07:34 AM

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...

10-16-2010 07:55 PM

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...

10-12-2010 02:55 AM

I decided to support my local wood store, Timber Woodworking Mesa AZ - 9 replies

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...

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