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08-04-2017 03:20 PM

Toughest hardwood floor finish?? - 25 replies

Ahoy friends! I am about to move into a new house, and one of our first projects is to remove old carpeting to reveal the hardwood floors beneath. The wood is red oak, and appears to be in good shape from what I can tell. I have done the floor sanding and finishing of hardwood floors before when I worked as a painter. But on those jobs, I wa...

06-13-2017 03:52 AM

Should I raise a burr on this tool? - 7 replies

Ahoy friends! I had a question about a tool I am not very familiar with. I guess it’s called a surface prep tool, but it looks like a scraper of some kind. Here is a link to the exact tool I have. I’m not sure if it’s even a woodworking tool, and I won’t really be using it for one of my projects. Instead, I got this ...

04-25-2017 03:46 AM

finish for walnut counter top - 7 replies

Ahoy woodworkers! I am more of a hobby woodworker, so doing a counter top made of wood is not something I’ve ever tried before. I have a basic idea of how to do it, and I’m nearing completion. As I draw closer to the end, I figured that I should check with others about what finishes they like for counter tops. Since part of the c...

02-12-2017 06:58 AM

what is this Pfeil #5 knife for? - 2 replies

I have been shopping around for some chip carving knives, and I came across this strange looking thing here here is the image: Anyway, I am probably not going to buy it. Or if I do buy it, I won’t be buying it now. However, I am curious about its use. From what I can tell, most of the chip carving crowd stick to just the basic 2...

02-11-2017 08:37 PM

Chip carving set recommendation & comparison - 14 replies

Ahoy chip carvers! I am not a chip carver, so forgive me if this topic has come up a thousand times already. I was hoping to get some insight about what set of chip carving knives/chisels to go with as I get started. I know and like both Flexcut and Pfeil carving tools for general carving, and I am sure that they both have good chip carving t...

04-04-2016 04:08 AM

making a butcherblock countertop - 7 replies

Ahoy out there! I was recently approached by a good friend of mine because he wants me to tear out his counter (which is a pretty basic laminate) and replace it with a butcherblock counter. I feel pretty sure that I can do it, but I want to ask around a bit before I get myself in too deep. Haha. I’ve done a ton of butcherblock cuttin...

01-06-2016 07:14 PM

troubleshooting my biscuit router bit - 14 replies

Ahoy everyone, I have a problem that I just cannot figure out, so I thought I’d rely on your collective knowledge. I recently bought a biscuit router bit for a project and it has been giving me a strange problem. I got it all installed fine, and had it in my router table and I (thankfully) decided to give it a few test cuts on a piece of...

11-16-2015 07:07 PM

Rust prevention preferences? - 8 replies

Ahoy out there! I recently saw a small article in a magazine arguing for the merits of Bora Metalguard for rust prevention. I am certainly in favor of preventing rust, and maybe this stuff is as perfect as it claims. However, the 2 reviews I read on amazon made it sound like it was a bit of a letdown. So I figured that I would ask around the...

09-09-2015 03:39 AM

End grain cutting board repair - 9 replies

Ahoy everyone! I’ve been making cutting boards for Christmas presents and such for a few years now. Over time I’ve gravitated towards thicker end grain cutting boards because they seem more durable. I’ve also started using butcher block finish (I think it’s beeswax and mineral oil) rather than mineral oil alone. Anywa...

09-06-2015 06:34 AM

router table recommendation - 1 reply

Ahoy all! I recently acquired a Bosch router table which I’m excited to work with. It’s the Bosch RA1181 Benchtop Router Table, and I was curious if anyone has any recommendations for a router to go with it. I currently have an old plunge router from Harbor Freight, so I’m looking to get a new router for this table. I expec...

03-26-2015 12:08 PM

Woodworker in Columbus, OH - 0 replies

Hello all! A friend recently asked me if her son could shadow me for a few hours. He needs to follow someone around for a couple of hours for some school project. Unfortunately, I am only a part time woodworker, and currently I am sidetracked because of some pressing roof and gutter repairs. This guy is more interested in learning woodworkin...

12-11-2014 07:02 AM

Questions about Emmet's Good Stuff finish for cutting boards - 1 reply

I’ve been making cutting boards for sale and for Christmas presents for a while now, and I usually finish them with mineral oil and/or beeswax. I’m perfectly happy with the finish I use for my own boards, but I have been trying some new stuff in an effort to find something for people who want a more low maintenance board. So far Em...

10-19-2014 05:52 AM

Alternative cutting board finish?? - 8 replies

Ahoy there! I had a question about using dewaxed shellac on a cutting board. I read a book on wood finishes that said shellac is considered food safe and is even used to coat some types of candy. Although I found that interesting, I thought I had no use for it. I’ve made my own cutting boards and I use mineral oil and occasionally some bee...

04-28-2014 07:18 AM

What kind of finish for work bench? - 13 replies

Ahoy there! I am just getting back into woodworking after a long time away and I have a question about wood finish for my current project. i was told by my shop teacher that you should always use some sort of finish on any wood project. But I don’t remember much about it, so I’ve ordered some books on the topic. In the mean time, I a...


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