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08-04-2020 10:27 PM

Japanese Sawing: Bench Hook & Other Appliances? - 6 replies

I’ve been using Japanese saws for a long time but I have no appliances for them. Since they use the pull stroke, a bench hook designed for a Western pull saw isn’t optimal. Are there Japanese bench hooks and other sawing appliances? If you have experience with these devices, please post about them. I’d love to see a selectio...

08-04-2020 12:26 PM

End Grain Repair (Plug?) on Butcher Block Countertop - 12 replies

I could use some opinions on an end grain repair. I’m re-purposing an edge joined maple butcher block counter top and I’ve altered the dimensions and shape to that end. After I’d cut it to size I noticed that one of my perpendicular cuts intersected with a line of few biscuits that I’d incorporated in the original glue up...

07-26-2020 08:18 PM

Best Way to cut Corner Radius on Edge Grain Butcher Block: Jigsaw or Router? - 14 replies

I have a 1-1/2” thick hard maple edge grain butcher block slab I’m refinishing. I’ve also made a slight alteration to the dimensions and also scribed two sides where it fits into a corner whose walls had been resurfaced so it has a gap free fit. When in position the one exposed corner is near a high traffic area of the kitch...

07-23-2020 11:41 PM

Lie Nielsen's 2020 (and Covid-19 Era ) Quality Control? FOLLOW-UP - 11 replies

Apparently the thread I started regarding the current status of Lie Nielsen Toolworks† was closed by the moderator(s). [Conceivably attributable to the infiltration and sabotage of the thread by political activist(s) some of whom – ironically and erroneously – accused the OP of engaging in the ‘politicization’ of handtool...

07-21-2020 12:36 AM

Lie Nielsen's 2020 (and Covid-19 Era ) Quality Control? - 50 replies

I’ve been pondering Lie Nielsen tools recently however reading more carefully online I was frankly dismayed to read so many accounts from dissatisfied customers from years past. I had the impression that the tools were impeccably crafted and both quality control and customer service were top notch: but apparently that’s not always th...

06-30-2020 08:59 PM

Using Mirka Abranet Sanding Discs on Bosch 5" ROS? - 18 replies

Hello All,I’m curious if anyone is intimately familiar with Mirka’s mesh abrasives and can advise me if backing pad product(s) exist to allow the use of Mirka’s product line of 5” mesh abrasive discs (ex. Abranet, Autonet, etc.) on a 5” Bosch ROS. My Bosch is an older model (3725DVS) and the backing pad attaches...

06-26-2020 12:02 PM

Sanding Disc Recommendation for Paint Stripping? Anything From Mirca? - 3 replies

I have a Bosch 5” hole ROS that I’ve had for years (decades) and it’s a fantastic tool. I usually use Mirka Gold or Norton abrasive discs (and occasionally a cheaper product), but I’m interested in trying out Mirka’s Abranet/Autonet mesh discs based on unanimously glowing reviews. I have a question for a specific...

09-20-2019 03:01 AM

Repair Advice Sought for Stripped Cabinet Doors - 24 replies

I’d like to get some advice and opinions on making repairs to kitchen cabinet doors. Some of the defects appear to have been induced by the paint stripper itself. After a brutally laborious effort at stripping the paint off twelve cabinet doors I got about 3/4 finished and took a long break … now I want to bust out the last bit of stripping, ...

09-10-2019 08:22 PM

Advice on Polyurethane Brand (Tweaks? Alternatives?) for Kitchen Counters? - 26 replies

It’s time to refinish my kitchen counter tops … all are hard maple (one is birch) butcher block. Previously I’ve used:a.) Conversion varnish sprayed. Satin. Lasted about 12 years. Strong finish, looked great, however after an accidental exposure to this stuff (mistook one respirator filter for another) I decided I do not wan...

07-05-2018 08:59 PM

Brushed on Alkyd Primer Advice - 13 replies

I’m refinishing some kitchen built-in cabinets. They’re down to bare wood and will be finished with a urethane based paint, Cabinet Coat, brushed. I’m using an alkyd primer made by Benjamin Moore, #217 Underbody Primer. I’ve used this primer before and one of its good qualities is that it sands to a powder very easily....

06-09-2018 09:35 PM

Any Ideas for Designing a Cutting Board Storage Slot in a Cabinet? - 2 replies

Here’s my idea and what I’m currently working with: I’m rebuilding my derelict kitchen base cabinet which had a cutting board slot and runners, but it never had a cutting board (lost to the ages in the past 90 years). I’ve built a new face frame and I’ve included the 1” tall slot at the top for a cutting...

06-09-2018 06:23 PM

Kitchen Flatware Drawer Adjustable Inserts - 4 replies

I’m about to make a couple flatware drawers and was curious if there’s any good adjustable insert system that can be made either before or after the drawers are fabricated. I’d prefer not to have a bunch of unused slots cut in the drawer sides or anything that’s too busy looking. I prefer something clean, sleek, unobtrusi...

06-08-2018 12:58 AM

Cabinet Masters Requested: Retrofitting Wood Doors to Vintage Kitchen's Sheet Metal Sink Cabinet - 24 replies

Hi Folks,I’m renovating/restoring my kitchen which is 90 years old. It has a cast iron double farmer sink mounted on a sheet metal cabinet, 1920s.The cabinet in general is in surprisingly good shape for it’s age and the use and abuse it’s seen. The sheet metal doors however have been kicked closed too many times and are dent...

06-06-2018 07:43 PM

Cabinet Coat by INSL-X (satin): Anyone have Experience with it? - 5 replies

I’m stripping and refinishing my kitchen cabinets in a white color. I was initially going to use Satin Impervo Waterbase, which I’ve used for trim, door & wndow frames, bookcases, etc. (all brushed on) but I’ve heard good things about Cabinet Coat and think it will make a tougher surface for high use cabinets as opposed to...

06-06-2018 07:24 PM

Flat Finish for Kitchen Counter Butcher Block - 10 replies

Can anyone recommend a near flat finish, either for brushing or spraying, that’s hard wearing, waterproof, and has a nice sort of natural look to use on a butcher block kitchen countertop? The butcher block counter top is a piece of IKEA that came my way (not end grain) I’m not sure what wood species is used but it’s pretty lig...

05-31-2018 11:55 PM

Help In Fixing a Nail Gun Trigger - 4 replies

I have an older Porter Cable trim nailer model FN250A.I’m in the middle of trim my kitchen cabinets and I’m replacing a face frame … and I went too shoot in some nails and the trigger was gone. Gulp. The roll pin that hold it in place had fallen out (I’m not sure if it’s pressed in or has a clip to hold the pin). I ...

05-31-2018 11:05 PM

Portable Belt Sander Grit Recommendation? - 10 replies

Hi folks, I’m in the midst of a built in kitchen cabinet renovation project. These are 90 years old and have been about as neglected and abused as cabinets can be. Because of the insane amount of work and time involved in stripping the paint, I didn’t plan to touch the shelving inside. There’s dozens of layers of all kinds of p...

05-25-2018 08:36 PM

Advice Sought on Masking Faceframe-to-Case Gap on Kitchen Restoration - 6 replies

I’m stripping and refinishing my beat out 90 year old built-in kitchen cabinets. I’ve already put a ton of work in this and want to start wrapping things up and get some primer on … these cabinets will be painted.The face frame has a bead detail run around its back edge where it connects with the case. The face frame was a litt...

05-24-2018 08:28 PM

Window Trim Inside/Sash Stop Question: Nails or Screws? - 5 replies

I’m not very familiar with window trim. I’m doing a lot of renovation work including laboriously stripping paint off a window frame. My question regards what fasteners to use to attach the trim. The inside trim, I think it’s called a side stop or sash stop, had a large gap with lots of crud behind it. Workers were skim co...

05-18-2018 04:58 PM

Tage Frig's Jointer Knife Sharpening Method Using a Router ... Anyone Try It? - 2 replies

In the book ‘Tage Frig Teaches Woodworking, Book 1: Joinery’ he elucidates his method of sharpening jointer knives without removing them. It doesn’t seem to be a method in common use so I’m really curious if anyone has tried it. I’ve had that book for a quarter century – after raiding the libraries (havenR...

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