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02-29-2020 01:40 PM

Tricks to get polyurethane to dry - 25 replies

Yesterday morning, I sprayed some minwax semi gloss poly over Watco danish oil that had been applied a couple of days earlier. This morning I checked and it is still tacky. The woods are walnut and chestnut, sanded to 220 grit. I’m wondering if the Watco needed longer to cure. More importantly, any ideas on how to get the poly to dry?

12-30-2019 01:23 PM

Single Pass Half Blind Dovetail Issues on an Upgraded Leigh D4 jig - 5 replies

I spent yesterday trying to find a work around to make single pass half blind dovetails on an upgraded Leigh D4 Dovetail jig. I’m making 32 drawer boxes to be used in custom closet cabinets in our new house. Using single pass half blind dovetails would take considerably less time than regular half blind or through dovetails. The jig w...

07-07-2019 03:56 PM

Dust Collection Options - 13 replies

I’m in-between shops just now and since I sold most of my power tools I have the opportunity to buy new equipment. The dust collection debate/discussion is a weekly forum topic with dozens of forum threads asking about how to design, size, and choose dust collectors. In my case, I certainly understand the science and theory behind it. I...

11-28-2018 02:41 AM

2019 Spring Surprise Project Swap - 4281 replies

Time to start thinking about the Spring 2019 Swap. We want lots of folks to give this “swap” thing a try so for this swap you can make whatever you would like. If you haven’t ever participated in a swap before, give it a try, you won’t regret it. It is a lot of fun and you will want to participate in every swap. Thi...

11-04-2018 09:28 PM

Riving Knife Issue - 14 replies

Here’s my dilemma: I was trying to rip some 7/8”x 5” width walnut to 3-3/8” width that I had just planed and the boards pulled towards the blade after going through the saw blade. I have a Sharkguard dust hood with an adjustable riving knife, a Delta 3 HP Unisaw, and an after-market 4’ extruded aluminum fence. ...

06-08-2018 05:37 PM

Where to find Router Plate Inserts - 16 replies

I have a Bench Dog Router cast iron table with the cast iron lift plate and the whole deal. The table is OK, so is the lift and the router plate. The problem is that the only insert plate that fits the router plate is a flimsy, very poorly made, cheap piece of plastic garbage that Rockler sells. I can’t say enough negative things about t...

05-17-2018 02:30 PM

Can anyone help with this mystery sandpaper? - 3 replies

My folks are visiting and my dad showed me a piece of sandpaper that he bought at a Woodcraft store in Colorado. When he went back to buy more they didn’t have any and they weren’t able to figure out what brand it was. We are trying to find out the brand and where to get them. It is 500 grit, 3×9. The black side is the ab...

04-24-2018 11:18 PM

Sometimes you need help - Cutting Tapers - 5 replies

I’ve been pondering the best way to taper in a piece of 3/4”x 8”x 3” walnut lengthwise from 3/4” at the bottom to 1/2” at the top. The pieces will also be tapered on one side to make the prairie style tapered columns for a box. The side taper will be easy with the taper jig. I need 4 of these columns for th...

02-13-2018 06:35 PM

What's your day job? - 40 replies

As I read through the various projects, and especially once I start reading blogs, reviews, or replies to questions on the Forum I am struck by the amount of technical and mechanical knowledge as well as the depth of understanding of these topics… which got me to wondering what professions, jobs, occupations, LJ’s fill their time wit...

11-23-2017 12:54 PM

Festool Domino vs. Leigh Mortise and Tenon Jig - 36 replies

I’m not sure if this belongs here or in the Joinery forum but here goes: I’m considering buying either a Festool Domino or the Leigh Mortise and Tenon jig. I’ve read various wood magazine reviews. I’m interested in hearing what folks that use one or both of these tools think of them, good and bad. How many accessori...

05-21-2017 12:13 PM

Table Saw Blade Dust Collection Hood Issues - 1 reply

I know there are a number of forums discussing the relative pros/cons of the various saw blade dust collection hoods, and plenty of projects of homemade versions. I also read through or watched anything I could find on the dust collection hood but there are a couple of nagging unanswered questions lurking in the back of my mind. I’ve a...

03-10-2016 12:40 PM

Router Plate Inserts - 2 replies

I finally broke down and bought the Bench Dog cast iron router table and lift from Rockler. As advertised, the insert rings are REALLY flimsy, made from a soft flexible plastic. I’ve been looking all over the internet for a polycarbonate ring that will work. The inert ring is 4-3/8” with 3 screws set in a triangular pattern around...

08-26-2012 11:21 PM

I need help on how to clamp a tapered and angled piece - 8 replies

I am making a A&C Taboret table that I found in Woodworker’s Journal. I finally managed to get the aprons cut correctly and the dry fit looks great on the legs. I’m at a loss for the best way to clamp the legs and apron pieces together since the aprons are cut at a 45 deg angle and they are also tapered. I was considering gl...

01-06-2012 04:33 AM

Using an Airbrush for finishing? - 0 replies

I am working on clocks these days and I just had a really bad experience with the cans of polyerethane (miniwax) that I’ve been using for little projects. I was just in the local all-in-one store and I was looking through the tool section. I happened to notice an airbrush kit and it got me thinking. Would an airbrush work for little pro...

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