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05-07-2020 07:15 PM

Gloss level for varnish mixing up a Danish oil finish - 3 replies

Hello All:Does the gloss level of a varnish (gloss, satin, matte, etc) matter when mixing with mineral spirits and tung or BLO? My intuition is that it wouldn’t matter but I’ve never tried anything but satin. Found some matte Pratt and Lambert #38 in matte. Thanks,Jim

04-30-2020 02:48 PM

Pratt and Lambert #38 replacement? - 15 replies

EDIT: Can any of you comment on Old Masters Super Varnish? Claims to be a “High quality transparent alkyd varnish”. Thanks,Jim Hello All:I’m going to mix up some 1/3 1/3, 1/3 Sam Maloof/ Bob Flexner finish. In the past I have used Pratt and Lambert #38 but its no longer available. Could any of you tell me what is the closest...

04-18-2020 09:44 PM

Teeny tiny check in Ottoman leg - 13 replies

Hello All:I’m finishing up a Stickley style Ottoman and I just found a teeny tiny check that I overlooked in the bottom of one leg. Wish I could show you a pic but its too small for my cheap camera. It runs diagonally across the bottom of one leg from about a half inch from the corner on both sides. On one side it just barely shows up. It ...

03-29-2020 02:38 PM

Radius of arched cutouts on two sides: Same radius or same height? - 2 replies

Hello All:I am making an ottoman to go with a Stickley Morris chair. The Chair has arched cutouts in the rails and I want to carry that theme to the ottoman. Below is a link to a previous set I built with ottomans. The ottoman will be rectangular about 16” x 12”. Two possibilities for cutting the arches: 1. Cut them so that height o...

12-23-2019 08:20 PM

Advice on repairing a chair - 2 replies

Hello All: A friend of mine asked me to repair a dining armchair and I’d like to hear your thoughts. The arm was attached to the back with a pocket-hole screw but the wood on the arm that supported the screw has split out. My thought is to use a straight router bit to make a slot where the wood split out. I have a slot mortiser that will allo...

12-16-2019 07:48 PM

Complementary or contrasting wood for Claro Walnut - 17 replies

Hello All:I am writing to request your suggestions on picking a wood to go with Claro Walnut. I have three slabs which would each be enough for the two arms of a Morris chair. I could potentially get one whole chair using all three slabs but I’d rather not. None of the hardwood stores near me carry Claro so I’m trying to come up with...

07-09-2019 05:10 PM

One-afternoon beginner project recommendation please - 16 replies

Hello All:I find myself in an interesting position; in my 60s and dating. I’ve met an awesome woman who loves that I do woodworking and wants to try it herself. She envisions doing a project in an afternoon to get started. So… pressure is on to find something doable and interesting. In my searches so far, most suggested beginner proj...

04-19-2018 02:59 PM

Sound proofing a shop ceiling? - 17 replies

Hello All:We are considering a major garage renovation with a small apartment above. I’m wondering how much I can truly sound proof the shop ceiling / apt floor. I would hate to annoy the renters every time I turn on a saw or router. Would any of you happen to have experience with sound proofing a shop? We would be building this from scrat...

03-18-2018 12:17 AM

Buying pre-made chair cushions? - 9 replies

Hi Guys:I’ve just finished a pair of Stickley Bow-Arm Morris chairs and now I’m looking for options for the cushions. Today, it occurred to me to check with sellers of Amish Morris Chairs to see if they would sell me cushions. A couple of web sites have the whole chairs for ~$900 so the cushions can’t be too much if they will ...

01-30-2018 03:54 PM

Modifying Euro style bandsaw blade guides? - 0 replies

Hello All:Have any of you modified Euro style bandsaw blade guides? I have a really nice Felder bandsaw but can’t say I love the guides. I’m not interested in buying a ready made replacement but rather in thinking of ways to modify it to use lignum vitae blocks. Sort of a Matthias Wandel type of modification. Anybody done this? Yes, ...

11-11-2017 03:03 AM

Taking the time to read Flexner's book - 12 replies

Just read the chapters on oil finishes and on varnishes from Understanding Wood Finishes. Really wish I had read his book years ago. SOOOOO much misleading or just plain wrong information on the web. He does a great job of giving straight facts. If you haven’t read one of his books, and you care about finishing, you really owe it to yourse...

10-21-2017 10:24 PM

Home brew oil finish - 3 replies

Hello All:I decided to try a DIY oil finish. I have mixed up 1/3rd Pratt and Lambert #38 varnish, 1/3rd pure Tung Oil from Lee Valley, and 1/3rd mineral spirits. Those of you who have used home brew similar to this yourselves, would you mind giving me input on how you applied it? From what I’ve read its pretty much what I’m used to w...

09-17-2017 08:39 PM

Observations on ammonia fuming - 10 replies

Hello All:I am currently ammonia fuming all the (QS white oak) parts for a pair of Morris chairs and thought I would share a few observations. First, I had read from a variety of sources that fuming required ~28% ammonia. That strength is available for about $30/gallon plus hazardous shipping fee of about $20. Pretty pricey. Being frugal (cheap)...

08-26-2017 10:01 PM

2D Joystick using tie rod ends - 0 replies

Hello All:There are several variations of home made slot mortising tables on the web. Most have separate handles for sliding in each direction. I had a set up like that as well but wanted a single joystick for two directions. My solution was to use tie rod ends. The shaft you see is a 3/8” x 8” bolt and I ground a groove to accept a ...

07-05-2017 07:40 PM

Source for air dried quarter sawn oak? - 8 replies

Hello All:My attempts to seal ends and reduce soak time are not going well. Anyone know of a source for air dried quarter sawn white oak that will let me pick and choose boards and ship?Thanks,Jim

07-04-2017 04:20 PM

Sealing end grain to protect during soaking - 10 replies

Hello All:I am working on a couple of Stickley 336 Morris chairs with steam bent arms. Soaking dried Qsawn oak in water and fabric softener allows steam bending but I am getting pretty bad checking in the end grain. Bad as in throw it away. I’m going to try the whole process again but with some sort of sealer on the ends. Should I use anch...

06-01-2017 03:11 PM

Unifence modified with incremental positioning - 2 replies

Hello All:I’m sure some of you have seen Jeremy Schmidt's tablesaw fence with incremental positioning. I had thought about making one but I really like my old Delta Unifence. I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out how to integrate incremental positioning with my Unifence but was just coming up empty. Then I saw Bob Neumann’s set ...

04-17-2016 11:06 PM

Duginske tablesaw/bandsaw dovetails with wider end pins - 1 reply

Hello All:Some of you may be familiar with the way Mark Duginske cuts through dovetails with a bandsaw or with a combination of tablesaw and bandsaw. I recently did a dresser with all the dovetail drawers cut that way and false fronts added. The one thing that bothered me was that all the tails have to be the same width. So rather than go as nar...

01-31-2016 05:04 PM

Question for Jessem Zip Slot Mortise Mill Users - 0 replies

Hello All:I picked up a new in box Jessem Zip Slot Mortise Mill with all the extras recently. Yesterday I set it up and cut a few mortises in hard maple using my Bosh cordless drill. This drill has a max speed of 1700rpm which is within the range Jessem specifies. Even so, it seemed really slow for the application. I’m used to cutting mort...

06-13-2015 06:46 PM

Jointer Infeed table length - 2 replies

Hello All:I have a Delta DJ20 with a fairly long (43” infeed table). But I currently have my eye on a really cool vintage 8” Yates American jointer with 30” infeed table. Those you with experience with longer and shorter infeed jointer tables: How much will I regret giving up the extra length of the DJ20? Big issue? Non issue? ...

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