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08-27-2020 10:54 PM

Replacement for General Finishes Seal-A-Cell in California - 7 replies

Hi All, I need to replace my mission-style red oak finish because the stain I use is being discontinued. Homestead Finishing Products has a really cool guide for replicating various Stickley finishes but they all use Seal-A-Cell, a product that is not available in California. Does anyone know of a product (or combination of products) to rep...

05-20-2019 07:54 PM

Anyone know of a good replacement for General Finishes, Early American (which is being discontinued) - 6 replies

I’ve put a bunch of work researching and practicing a technique that I like for finishing oak: 3 coats TransTint Honey Amber, 3 coats General Finishes Early American water based stain, 3 coats spray shellac (to protect the water-based stain from the water-based top coat), and 4 coats of General Finishes Enduro-Var water based urethane. It ...

02-27-2019 03:22 AM

Help with frame and panel calculations, please - 9 replies

Hi all, I’ve been working on this arts and crafts project for forever and I’m coming in to the final stages with some questions. I need to plane dados in a number of rails and stiles so that they may receive panels. The exposed portion of the QSRO panels are roughly 6.5 inches across so, if I’ve done my math correctly, we&...

01-01-2019 02:28 AM

Are cracks like this in QSRO common? - 17 replies

Hi all, About 3 years ago, I bought this beautiful piece of quarter sawn red oak – it was fine when I bought it. I stored it in the garage, vertically. I live in Southern California so we’re not getting drastic swings in humidity or temperature. I break it out, today, to cut it into panels and resaw it and there are several cracks...

12-25-2018 04:57 AM

What kind of plane is this? - 2 replies

I inherited this plane from my father. I know that it’s a Stanley but I don’t know which kind. Please help! Thank you!

12-01-2018 07:18 PM

Worksharp 3000 + MDF, why is my buffing compound blotchy? - 11 replies

Hi All, I’ve got a Worksharp 3000 and was trying the MDF wheel ala @StumpyNubs. I have 2 questions: 1) How do you apply the buffing compound correctly? When I try, the buffing compound doesn’t go on the wheel evenly (see photo). I’m using the Enkay #150 kit that Stumpy recommended and I’m applying the compound by...

11-16-2018 10:59 PM

Am I the only crazy person to use a hiker's headlamp for extra lighting? - 18 replies

I was just wondering. I was trying to figure out where to put extra lighting in my shop when I realized that I own a headlamp. Having light exactly where I want it is AMAZING. So much, so, that it’s worth looking like a dork. Anyone else happily looking like a dork?

11-09-2018 01:58 AM

How many #4 and #5 planes does one man need? - 32 replies

Hi all, I inherited some woodworking equipment from my dad when he recently passed. I have 3 #5 planes and 2 #4 planes. Is there a reason why I shouldn’t pick the best example of each of these for myself and just sell the others? Thanks!

09-23-2018 12:18 AM

How to remove slop from back side of Craftsman Exact-i-rip fence? - 6 replies

Hi all, I inherited a Craftsman table saw with an Exact-i-rip fence: I really like it except there’s a fair amount of slop in back side of the fence when the fence isn’t locked down. As it stands, for small cuts, I do the following: align the front part of the fence put a combination square in front of the miter...

09-22-2018 11:49 PM

How to clean an oil stone? - 6 replies

I just inherited a Norton Multi-oil stone (w/JAS-3, JAS-6, and JAS-9 stones in it): The oil in the pan is ancient and clearly needs to be replaced. Do I just dump it out (send it to hazardous waste), clean the stones with mineral spirits, and dump , baby oil in the thing (looks like Norton sells their own oil, too) or is there a ...

03-13-2018 02:27 AM

What is with this on my maple board? - 15 replies

I’m preparing to finish a maple board for a kitchen project and I noticed an odd “figure” (for lack of a better term)—I’m pointing to it in the picture. It’s only visible when I wipe the wood with liquid (I spent some time raising the grain and sanding it down) but I’m concerned that the finish will...

06-07-2017 01:45 AM

Designing rolling stand for Craftsman 113 table saw - 9 replies

Hi all, I’ve got a Craftsman 113 table saw and it’s on those flimsy sheet metal legs with tiny rollers on the bottom. Unfortunately, the rollers are honked up and the legs are a little bent (it’s an ancient saw), so it’s really a stationary saw that I laboriously drag around my garage. So, I’m trying to come up...

05-25-2016 03:50 AM

How tight should tenons be? - 18 replies

Hi, I just finished my first furniture project (an arts and crafts bench for the end of my bed) and am working my second (a mudroom bench—also arts and crafts). My tenons were pretty tight—I had to wiggle the tenons back and forth and pound with a hammer to get them to seat properly. I resolved to make the tenons looser on the c...

12-31-2015 07:29 PM

Question about securing cleats for mudroom bench bottom - 5 replies

Hi all, Short time listener, first timer caller… I’m planning my second woodworking project, I’m going to copy the bench shown here: I’ve got most of it figured out except how to secure the cleats for the bench bottom while the glue dries. I could do a stopped dado for the cleats on each ...

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