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01-02-2021 02:58 PM

If buying a quality plane - 12 replies

Planing to buy a new, quality block plane (Veritas, L-N). Thinking about getting Rob Cosman’s cheapest kit to sharpen it: Is that a good idea? I’m starting from scratch, currently have no sharpening system or tools of any kind. I guess the appeal of Rob Cosman is he tells me how to use it.

12-29-2020 02:27 PM

Fool-proof and portable way to sharpen a plane blade? - 21 replies

Can you recommend a fool-proof and portable system for sharpening a block plane blade?

12-14-2020 02:45 AM

Fixing a shellac mistake - 4 replies

I’m made a keepsake box today, finishing with dye, two coats of shellac, and then Briwax applied with 0000 steel wool. I have done this before successfully, but this time I ended up with uneven color. Looks like the steel wool went through the finish – not all the way to the bare wood, but enough to make a color difference. Possible...

12-13-2020 02:33 PM

Cleaning a plastic sink - 10 replies

The plastic sink in my shop is truly disgusting – I don’t believe it has ever been cleaned. The accumulation includes layers of both oil and water-based finishes. Any recommendations on a cleaning product to try?

12-07-2020 04:59 PM

Finishing my shellac finish - 4 replies

How to finish a piece that has several coats of shellac? I was thinking of “rubbing out” with Wool Lube and synthetic steel wool (the white ones) and then applying paste wax (also with the white syntethic steel wool) and then buffing with a cotton buff mounted in my drill press. (The object is a keepsake box.) Any thoughts?

12-05-2020 12:43 PM

Does sanding go more quickly as you move up the grits? - 4 replies

I’m sanding poplar and pine boards to 320 with a ROS, using the pencil trick: marking numerous light lines/squiggles before each grit, so that I know I’m not “done” until every bit of it is gone. It seems to go more quickly with each higher grit. Is that just because the graphite doesn’t penetrate as deep in the ...

12-02-2020 09:06 PM

Have you found a really awesome universal mobile base? - 19 replies

I need to get mobile bases for five power tools of different makes/models/sizes. So it needs to be a “universal” model. Max weight 500 lbs. I’d like the wheels to lock/unlock with foot activation. The floor is level and clean with no cords in the way, so the wheels don’t need to be big for the purpose of clearing obstacle...

11-26-2020 11:05 PM

Does shellac's yellowing increase over time? - 8 replies

Does shellac’s yellowing increase over time? If I’m happy with the way my test pieces look, can I proceed with confidence, or do I need to worry about an increase in yellowness over time? Does the top coat used matter here?

11-26-2020 02:46 PM

Box-making: question about pre-finishing the interior - 14 replies

I’m making a large batch of keepsake boxes for Christmas. The box walls will be dyed. I haven’t finalized my finish plan yet, I am still testing. The box walls are poplar. I’m toying with the idea of pre-finishing the interior completely before glue-up. Is there a topcoat that would be a better choice than others in these ci...

11-25-2020 09:00 PM

Is there a plunge router with good dust collection and a work light? - 18 replies

Looking for a plunge router with good dust collection and work light, 1/2” collet.

11-25-2020 02:44 PM

Q about Incra Miter Express - 3 replies

Anyone using the Incra Miter Express sled? I know they sell replacement panels for the kerf side. If I buy one sled and one replacement panel, can I set the latter up for cuts with the blade angled at 45 degrees and then swap that panel in and out with the 90 degree one?

11-24-2020 12:36 AM

Any users of Charles Neil's Pre-Color Conditioner - Blotch Control? - 4 replies

I am making some keepsake boxes from poplar. I want to dye them, with TransTint dyes. My initial tests came out very blotchy, so I got a container of Charles Neil’s Pre-Color Conditioner – Blotch Control. Just finished the second application and am going to let it dry overnight. Questions! 1) My test boards are 0.25” x 5&...

11-22-2020 03:29 PM

Plans for a table saw sled/jig for long miters? - 3 replies

Would like to make some boxes (shoe box size) with mitered corners on the table saw with the blade upright. Does anyone have a plan for a jig/sled for this purpose?

11-19-2020 06:28 PM

A portable router table with a lift? - 3 replies

Are any of you using a portable router table with a lift? The only brand I know of is Kreg, but they are out of stock. Any advice?

11-19-2020 06:20 PM

Alcohol reduced dye over shellac washcoat? - 12 replies

If using a shellac washcoat to reduce blotching, can I then apply an dye reduced with 50/50 lacquer thinner and denatured alcohol? Or should the dye be reduced with water? What about shellac tinted with dye as the second layer, instead of just a dye layer?

11-17-2020 02:21 PM

Is it true that the first face only needs to be approximately flat? - 25 replies

I love this guy (matthais wandel) but I can’t quite wrap my head around what he is saying here: If the first face is only approximately flat, then after the board comes out of the thickness planer, are the two faces only approximately parallel to each other?

11-16-2020 01:43 PM

White with some transparency - 5 replies

I have some aspen and baltic birch that I want to make white, but with some transparency. In other words, not paint. Obviously, these are already very light woods, but I want them whiter still. They’ll get shellac on top of them. Any recommendations for my white stain?

11-13-2020 03:04 PM

Source for step-by-step chair plans? - 7 replies

Anyone know where I could get step-by-step plans for handsome chairs such as these?

11-10-2020 08:21 PM

Colorful dyed surface on poplar - 4 replies

I’ve been gifted a big pile of poplar, almost all white. There is so much of it I can just cut away the few green/brown/purple regions. I’m going to make a batch of keepsake boxes, and want to dye them colorful colors: red, blue, green, yellow. Does anyone have a fool proof method they care to share? I plan to use TransTint ...

11-08-2020 04:07 PM

Which block plane? - 86 replies

About to make my first foray into handplanes. I want to do things like trim joinery and round over edges. I’m working on small items, not big pieces of furniture. What would you recommend? A search of this site revealed a lot of enthusiasm for the Lee Valley Low Angle Block Plane.

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