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05-30-2019 06:48 AM

Polyurethane Verges on Extinction - 18 replies

Very few woodworkers are aware of the hidden and tragic truth behind polyurethane finishes. The main ingredient is not listed on cans. Poly’s main ingredient is parrot squeezing, hence shortened from Polly. The demand for polyurethane is growing exponentially, outstripping the availability of Polly parrots. Harvesting poly is a bruta...

05-16-2015 12:18 AM

Gap Filling Miter Joints - Another Alternative? - 9 replies

Nothing is more irksome than a open miter. And, I was certainly irked with the my miters on a mirror frame for medicine cabinet I am building in red oak. There were small, but glaring gaps. After reading all the LJs advice, I decided to experiment: 1. I cut a 1/16” shim in red oak. 2. The shim was sanded on one edge to 1/64”...

10-16-2012 02:22 AM

Depth Setting a block plane, well known method or dumb luck? - 16 replies

I am misfortunate with hand planes. I gave up years ago. But, all the discussion on LJs prompted me to buy a no-name block plane at a Antique Mall recently. I followed all the tuning step from videos and sharpened the blade using what I call the ”nary” sharp method. Nice curl? Nope, just couldn’t get the depth set. Frus...

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