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03-30-2011 01:20 AM

Mirka Abralon v. SIA Air - 12 replies

I thought I found a pretty good deal on Abralon sanding discs . Well, the place I ordered from sent me some of the grits I ordered in Abralon discs, and some grits in SIA Air discs. I am not at all happy with the substitution without getting an okay from me, but now that I have them, I am curious if the SIA discs are an equal substitute. The...

02-04-2011 07:34 PM

What is your favorite spray finish recipe? - 14 replies

I am eagerly awaiting a call from my UPS driver hoping he will meet me in town (can’t get to my house without 4-wheel drive and studded tires) to hand over my new Earlex HV5000 HVLP system. I also need to purchase some finishing supplies while I am in town. Which brings up the question… what should I buy? There are so many options; ...

01-31-2011 07:18 PM

Help Me Choose an HVLP - 32 replies

I’m going to need to do some spray finishing of some cabinets, and probably a sealer on on my cedar T&G walls and ceiling in my hot tub room. HVLP seems to be the current “Big Thing.” From what I have read, I think a good HVLP system would work for both small jobs and fairly large like my walls. Is that correct? Woodwo...

01-28-2011 05:18 PM

Salvaging Material From a Screwup - 9 replies

In an attempt to be a nice person and help out a friend, I gave her husband a job to build some simple cabinets in a walk-in closet. He professed to be a cabinet guy for 30 years, so it sounded like a good way to help them feed their kids and take care of a job I had been putting off. Among myriad other screwups, he made several doors 84”...

11-03-2010 04:06 PM

Is my Rigid Oscillating Spindle Sander a goner? - 39 replies

I purchased a refurbished Rigid OSS a few months ago. I have used it sparingly… only to sand a few curves on an adirondack chair and now on a clock I am making. When I flip the switch, the motor hums, but spindle does not turn. It spins freely and easily pulls up and down by hand. I’ve removed the drum and fan attachment, blew o...

10-17-2010 06:43 PM

How do I smooth out curved cuts? - 28 replies

I am working on a special gift for a friend (Wood Mag Dancing Clock) that calls for some smooth curved cuts and I end up with ripples instead. I am getting pretty good, but my bandsaw and I are not a perfect team yet and I end up with kerf lines and a few little jogs where I missed following the line exactly… nothing too drastic. After...

09-25-2010 03:51 PM

Need advice on installing T&G cedar inside - 29 replies

My beach vacation is over and I am back home working on my summer projects. My big summer project for the third year in a row is a room addition for a hot tub and I could sure use some expert advice from carpenter type LJs! I am at the stage now of finishing out the interior by adding cedar tongue and groove horizontally on the walls. I have a c...

08-24-2010 10:09 PM

KICKING BACK -- not in a good way - 43 replies

The incident happened a little more than a month ago. The bruising has cleared up and I only have one small scab left. It is a little embarrassing that it happened in the first place, but more upsetting that I still can’t figure out how it happened. It is my practice to always stop to consider “Is this safe?” before I go near a...

07-14-2010 03:53 PM

How do you clamp things that are not square? - 25 replies

When I made my Cubicle cutting boards, the hardest part was clamping for the glue up. I tried making various jigs, making the boards in sections, even tried rub joints, but no matter what, everything did a lot of slip-sliding when I applied pressure to the clamps on the final glue up. I have some similar designs I want to do, but would really li...

06-05-2010 07:38 PM

What do you use for spreading glue? - 70 replies

What do you use for spreading glue?And do you spread glue on one face or both? I’m still experimenting trying everything from fingers, to brushes, scraps of wood, squirt bottle, roller, etc. Trying to decide what is the most efficient and speedy way to get glue evenly spread between two surfaces before clamping. What works best for yo...

05-31-2010 05:52 PM

Vertical Slides? - 25 replies

Is there such a thing as a slide/glide that works like a drawer slide only vertically? If so, what are they called and where can I find them? Here is what I want to do:I had this thought of building a spice rack that would fit on the back of the door of a upper cabinet that is too high to reach without a step stool. The idea is to have the ...

05-04-2010 06:05 PM

Ripsaw or Alaskan Chainsaw or Sawyer or ??? - 11 replies

I had to take down two oak trees on my property just before winter set in. Both trunks are about 18” diameter, and one of them would yield straight boards about 14’ long. I guess the first real question is if these trees would be worth milling into boards, or should I just cut them up for turning blocks and firewood? If the trees ...

05-03-2010 07:52 PM

Another Butcher Block Question - 9 replies

Due to several dumb newbie moves, my butcher block is only about 1-5/8” thick by about 18” x 12”. It looks pretty good aside from being a bit on the thin side. So, my question is should I try adding another layer (is that even a a valid option structurally?) or leave it as is and call it a butcher block/cutting board hybrid? ...

04-28-2010 07:27 PM

What is a Butcher Block? - 14 replies

I thought I knew. Someone gave me some free wood about a month ago. There were several 6” x 12” by about 36” chunks of oak. I volunteered to make them a cutting board to show my appreciation, but they said they would really prefer a butcher block. Okay, no problem. I thought I knew what a butcher block was and didn’...

03-28-2010 03:44 PM

Can someone identify this? - 6 replies

...and what the heck it fell out of? I’ve had health problems lately that have kept me out of the shop, and the guy who “helps” around the house was loose in there without supervision. When I returned to my shop yesterday, I found this thing on the floor. It looks vaguely familiar, but it is making me crazy because I can&#...

03-05-2010 08:40 PM

Tool Maintenance Questions - 2 replies

I just spent a good, long time detail cleaning the innards of my TS. The cranks all turn so easily now! I plan on doing a similar thorough cleaning on my planer, jointer, and bandsaw. Once I get everything all clean and shiny I want to get into good habits and learn the best practices for keeping my tools in top working order. I can’t ...


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