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09-17-2018 04:47 PM

Honing Compound - 13 replies

Hey LJ team,I’m getting better at sharpening plane irons, chisels and I want to finish with a strop and compound. My first question is: Is green compound on a strop a good way to finish sharpening a tool? Second question: If green compound is the right compound to finish with, is every company’s green compound the same materi...

10-15-2017 05:53 PM

Torsion Box as Router Table Top to Accept Router Lift - 7 replies

LJers,I want to mount a router lift in a router table top and I can’t spend the dough for a premade router table top. So, I feel like making one is a viable option. And the “torsion box” seems like it could be a great way to go to handle the weight of a lift plus router. So: 1. Am I correct in that the torsion box will ...

05-19-2017 08:18 PM

Which Type & Brand of Finish for Inexpensive Maple Kitchen Tabletop - 3 replies

I need to strip and refinish the top of a kitchen table. The legs are painted, so only the top will be redone. It’s made of maple segments, definitely not an expensive thing, but I’d like to remove the existing (worn) finish, prep it and apply a durable and attractive finish.So the questions are: Poly or other product? Water base...

11-21-2016 03:05 AM

Arm-R-Seal over Danish Oil - 6 replies

I made a coffee table top from Lacewood (leopardwood) and it came out nice. However, I finished it with WATCO Danish oil. It looks ok – the grain is great, but over time it seems just slightly dull and I last waxed it about 2 months ago. Should I plan to continue to wax it, or might it be a good “plan B” to get rid of the wax...

11-11-2016 08:14 PM

Protective Finish Over CN Blotch Conditioner and Gel Stain - 5 replies

I’m almost done with the project – but I want to apply a top coat/finish on a small indoor bench made from cherry. I first treated it with Charles Neil’s blotch preventer, then applied a gel stain (Bartley’s). Now it’s time for a protective finish. What suggestions do you have for me? – I don’t own a...

07-10-2016 01:43 AM

If/How to Finish Cypress for Ourdoor Bench - 19 replies

Hi team,My neighbor was getting rid of an old bench in his back yard…cast iron sides with wood slats for seat bottom and part of the back. Well, I took it and used the old wood parts for templates and measures. First – I decided to use cypress for the wood. It’s pretty cool; affordable ($9 for a 4/4×6” x10’...

04-01-2016 07:48 PM

Replacement plunge base for PC 894 Router - 5 replies

Big bummer – I let the router and plunge base fall from my workbench onto the floor. Now the plunge base has a little play (side to side) in it when I release the thumb switch to plunge. I don’t think it had that play before. So I’m wondering – can I get a new plunge base – without play – or is there anyt...

03-03-2016 09:12 PM

Managing All The Stuff (FW Back Issues) - 0 replies

Hey team,In going through some of my archives, I found a number of duplicate Fine Woodworking back issues. I’ve got issues 48-52 and 55-57 and 59 and 60. They date from 1985-1987 +/-. I’ve seen them for sale on EBAY ($4 each – seems pretty high to me) but they’re very troublesome to sell one at a time. I’d like...

01-30-2016 02:35 PM

The MOST basic finishing material of all - WAX - 8 replies

I made a coffee table where the top is made from lacewood. I finished it with Watco Danish Oil and that looked fine. I’ve applied Johnsons paste wax to it and at certain angles, the wax looks uneven.I’ve had this can of wax for YEARS, so might my trouble be here? Or am I letting it get too dry before buffing by hand with a cotton ...

11-11-2015 07:38 PM

1/4" bit to use in trim Router or 1/2" in full sized router? - 15 replies

Friends,I’ve given up on chamfering using an old (and cheap- long ago) 45 degree chamfer bit. It burns despite being cleaned and the bearing lubricated. I use it to soften the edges of tabletops, legs, etc because I can’t get a uniform chamfer using a block plane. So, I’d like to get a new chamfer bit but I have trouble de...

08-24-2015 07:32 PM

Plan/Idea for an Ergonomic Adirondack Chair - 5 replies

Team,Most people love the basic Adirondack chair, myself included. However the straight back of an A. C. doesn’t feel good to me for very long. I’m wondering how to build in some curvature that makes a bit of an “S-curve” for one’s lower back. Anyone ever seen such a thing/build or designed one? Thanks in ad...

08-17-2015 03:26 PM

Tongue and Groove or Rail and Style for Shutters - 8 replies

Hey Gang,My next project is to replace the exterior shutters on my house. They are raised-panel-type and I’m wondering: is a conventional rail-and style router bit set going to give me a stronger joint than a tongue and groove joint that I could make on the table saw? As far as materials go, I know that cedar is the traditional (and p...

04-02-2015 02:02 PM

Finishing Lacewood (aka leopard wood) Coffee Table Top - 5 replies

Well, I’m approaching the final stages of making a coffee table for my own living room. The legs will be painted (maple) and the top is leopard wood/lace wood. Of course, I want the top to show off the wood’s natural beauty and figure. I have lots of small scraps (from the top) on which I’ll try different finishes and tech...

08-12-2014 10:23 PM

Which Glue/Adhesive to Use? - 7 replies

Team,I’m making a jig in which I embed some Rockler T Track in 3/4 inch thick mdf. When I rout a channel for the mdf, that leaves about only about 3/8 of an inch into which a screw will bite to hold the t-track in the channel. MDF is notoriously bad at holding short screws… So it seems that I need to use some kind of adhesive to...

06-23-2014 03:52 PM

Life (craft) without a Jointer (?) - 33 replies

I’m a very casual woodworking hobbyist (evenings, weekends) who’s developing his skills and just trying to learn as I go along. Right now I’m working without a power jointer…I’ve built a jig to allow me to fasten a board to a piece of cabinet grade plywood and use a bearing -based router bit to trim the board flush...

05-20-2014 02:11 AM

Thinking of LEAVING LJ becasue of annoying advertisements - 14 replies

wow. I can’t believe how intrusive the ads are on the website. I’ve had to click no thanks about 2 dozen times in 20 minutes. Is this making anyone else crazy?

12-18-2013 10:29 PM

Solution To Clean Tablesaw Blade & Chop Saw Blade - 21 replies

Hey team,What advice do you have for a “home remedy” for table/chop saw blade cleaning? I’m in a small home hobbyist shop, but need to clean a couple of saw blades. Is there a good home remedy, or am I better off to buy a product from CMT or other retailers? I really just want the best results. The blades are carbide tipp...

09-18-2013 04:42 PM

For Sale - Disston D8 cross cut Panel Saw - 1886-1897 11 ppi - 12 replies

Hey LJs, I’m looking to sell a Disston D8 that I’m not really using enough. It was prepped and sharpened by Mike Allen. The condition is excellent, but I won’t be able to post photos till this evening. If you’re interested, shoot me a note and I’ll get pics up before the day’s over. Thanks,Mike

08-18-2013 01:38 AM

Would this work for finishing a soft Maple Stepstool ? - 9 replies

I made Tommy Mac’s Shaker Stepstool in soft maple. Hand – cut dovetails in a 2 step shaker-style stepstool. Even though it’s common maple, it has some cool little birdseyes and other nice figure. I sanded it to 320 grit. I’m considering finishing it this way: by first applying Tung oil. Following that with Shellac...

08-07-2013 03:35 PM

Card Scraper vs Scraper Plane - 5 replies

There’s a lot of discussion going on in another thread about card scrapers. I’ve (finally) developed a little skill and confidence with a card scraper and recognize what a great tool it can be. But if I use a card scraper a lot, my hands/thumbs get fatigued and sore. Does a scraper plane achieve the same results? What are the b...

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