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10-18-2017 05:50 PM

Best 1HP DC? - 1 reply

I don’t think my shop’s wiring can handle over a 1HP DC, so that’s what I’m in the market for. I don’t mind moving it from machine to machine, and the runs will be short, so I think it will outperform my current setup of a shopvac w/ dust separator. The unit also needs a small footprint and can’t be taller t...

03-29-2014 04:07 PM

Breaking the Corners of Mitered Boxes - 2 replies

Getting a tight miter on a box can be tricky. But when you do, you’re left with four very sharp corners. Do you guys break these at all? I’ve found that even light breaking with 1500 grit sandpaper exposes some end-grain that then darkens with finish. It’s very slight but still takes away from the “perfect” miter.

05-20-2013 02:33 PM

CA Glue and Fingers - 8 replies

Is there any possible way to prevent (or lessen) CA glue from sticking to your fingers? I’m working with very small pieces and it’s almost inevitable that my fingertips touch the glue and workpiece. Gloves have only succeeded in getting stuck between the small pieces are their target. I was hoping some of you had your own little t...

02-20-2013 03:58 PM

WWGOA Tip Selection - Emailing A W9 - 4 replies

I submit tips to a number of publications anytime I come across what I think is a novel solution to a common problem in my workroom. A couple of these have been purchased (ShopNotes & Popular Woodworking). I just received an email from the WWGOA saying they want to buy another, but this is the first time they’ve requested a completed...

10-09-2012 01:05 PM

Minwax Pre-Stain Conditioner - What is it? - 6 replies I always assumed it was the same as dewaxed shellac seal-coat, but it appears to be an oil-based product. Thinned poly?

09-28-2012 07:41 PM

Dye Vs. Tinted Shellac on Hard Maple - 5 replies

I’m soon gonna be finishing a hard maple kitchen table top, and I wanted to give it a SLIGHT color. I’m thinking that even an amber shellac may do the trick, possibly with a little dye. I plan on doing test pieces, but I want to limit buying unnecessary finishing products, so I’m hoping to narrow it down to 2 or 3 top choices...

09-06-2012 06:23 PM

Contractor Saw Switch - 8 replies

I just replaced the switch on my Ridgid R4510 ( after about 2 years of hobbyist use. Not being electrically-inclined, it looks like some sort of internal fuse was blown (one of the two white wires, not the red or black). I was lucky to find this and replace the part for a whopping $13, an...

03-23-2012 03:40 PM

Wooden Rain Barrel - 11 replies

I’m gonna be trying my luck at a gravity-fed irrigation system this year for the garden. This requires a large, elevated water barrel. At ~50 gallons that’s gonna tip the scale at over 400lbs when fully-loaded. Would a 3/4’’ sheet of plywood roughly 12’’ x 30’’ framed into 2×3s with 1/2&#...

02-09-2012 03:01 PM

Breadboard Ends on a Cutting Board - 1 reply

Should I consider sealing the endgrain on the outer edges of this cutting board since there will be only a dowel and no adhesive? I was thinking of using some thinned titebond 3, then letting it dry before I insert the breadboard end. The joint is a snug fit, but I’m concerned water will get into the space and slowly expand the gap. I p...

02-06-2012 04:37 PM

Flushing Up Breadboard Ends - 3 replies

Breadboard ends done correctly will allow for panel movement, and this will inevitably lead to “uneven” ends at different seasons and humidity levels. Do people just accept this as unavoidable? So far, the only technique I’ve come across is to accentuate it in a sort of Greene & Greene style by exaggerating the bread boar...

01-03-2012 09:32 PM

Excessive Play in Adjuster Nut on Plane - 22 replies

When I go to raise (or lower) the blade on one of my planes, it takes a couple of turns of the adjuster nut (right term?) to engage the mechanism for actually moving the blade. My first impression is that this is a result of a gap in the parts themselves, but has anyone come across this and found a solution? This is on a LN plane as well, so i...

12-30-2011 07:38 PM

Philosophical ? - Dovetails - 12 replies

I have a deep respect for woodworking beyond the practical sense that it lets me build interesting projects for myself and others. As such, it seems like bad “karma” for lack of a better word that my first dovetails would be machine-cut. I was very fortunate to receive a dovetail jig for xmas, but I began to think that I should fir...

12-13-2011 08:45 PM

Clear coat over scuffed latex paint with stain - 4 replies

Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic – Any one have any info on this product? Is it a water-based lacquer? The only acrylic (besides paint?) I’ve come across is the Minwax water-based Polyacrylic, and even that I’ve never used. I’m mostly concerned with compatibility issues. I have a cabinet I painted with two colors, then sa...

11-03-2011 02:42 PM

New JessEm Dowel Jig - 5 replies new one looks pretty interesting. A little pricey, but not really compared to most quality dowel jigs. Any blatant downsides to this thing I may be missing? Aligning mating dowel holes may not be as easy at it appears in the video, but probably...

10-06-2011 07:10 PM

Old Stanley Tools - 7 replies

Both my great-aunt and great-uncle worked for Stanley their whole lives when it was actually making things in New Britain, CT. We cleaned out their basement the other day and came across a couple of new and used tools: An old-school metal jigsaw. Anyone still have one of these? Seems built to last. Bailey no4. Any i...

09-14-2011 02:47 PM

Ipe for End-Grain Cutting Board? - 6 replies

This question has been touched on as a footnote in other forums, but I couldn’t find anything of a general consensus. I’ve seen it used in cutting boards, but that doesn’t necessarily make it safe. Any indisputable evidence as to why it shouldn’t be used for this purpose?

09-11-2011 12:23 AM

Cutting a Brass Sheet on TS - 6 replies

I have a brass sheet (~1/16’’ thick) epoxied b/w a couple pieces of wood (roughly 2’’ D x 10’’ L). I was hoping to cut this into 3 or 4 squares on a TS sled. With a high-tooth carbide blade (freud cross-cut) and the piece clamped down, is this a safe couple of cuts? Will it damage (or prematurely dull) the ...

07-05-2011 05:07 PM

Coat rack hooks and their long screws - 13 replies

Every hook I’ve ever seen for a coat/hat rack comes with screws that are probably 1.5’’. This makes it difficult if you plan to fix these hooks into 3/4 material. I’m probably gonna double up the wood where the hooks are mounted even though this may give a heavier look than I originally wanted. I understand that the len...

06-13-2011 03:09 PM

24 Hours of Clamping - 8 replies

Why does most conventional cutting board wisdom recommend 24 hours of clamping? Is this the time-frame for wood glue to completely cure (and if so, would it really suffer from less than 24)? Does anyone here cheat a little on this number? The glue bottle says 30 minutes of clamping followed by no machining for 24hrs, which would be much more ...

04-15-2011 02:46 PM

Complaints on durability of a cutting board with mineral oil/wax finish? - 11 replies

From what I’ve seen, end-grain cutting boards seem to be amongst the most popular sales for a woodworker focusing on craft fair / online store (non-commissioned) items, and my question is geared towards people who have sold these or even just given away a number as gifts. For those using a mineral oil / beeswax combination, do you ever ...

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