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10-06-2019 11:41 AM

Moving tools - Insights - 11 replies

The house has been sold and now I have to take down the shop and figure out how to move the tools. We will be going about 7 hours down the road. We have movers coming to move the household goods, but we are packing ourselves with boxes provided by the moving company. But I am a little (ok alot) concerned about them moving some of the tools. ...

07-13-2019 11:11 AM

Resisting the Pen Making fad..................... - 10 replies

I have been resisting the Pen making fad for years. It doesn’t seem to be going away, and now I have been given a pen mandrel with the expectation of a gift in return. hmmmmmm I guess I need to make a pen. Im sure there is a lot to know that I don’t know. Ive watched a few videos, bought a kit and now plan to dive in. Any ...

04-16-2019 11:05 AM

Is there really a difference in sanders???? - 25 replies

*I HATE Sanding!!!!!!!!!!!! I am always looking for an easier faster way. I’ve probably spent more money in this area of woodworking than any other (OK maybe an exaggeration). Currently I have the Porter Cable 390 Palm Sander, it does the job but slow going. I came across the Bosch 1250DEVS Palm Sander. Was a bit shocked at the pric...

04-09-2019 09:11 PM

It only takes a second - Be Safe - 17 replies

This weekend in the shop I quickly turned on my rotary flap sander to clean up a curved edge. I was wearing a long sleeve over shirt an did not have it buttoned up. 30 seconds into the sanding the shirt tail caught and I was quickly pulled into the machine. Luckily the shirt tore and I was able to turn the motor off. No injuries to me or the...

04-07-2019 08:24 PM

To spray or not to spray - 9 replies

My son was married about a month ago. At my new daughter-in-laws request I created a board with their names and wedding date inlaid into cherry with maple. I finished the piece with Arm-R-Seal. During the wedding each guest signed the board with black sharpie. Should I spray a finish of some type over the black sharpie to lock it in or just...

12-27-2018 01:59 PM

How should I finish - Polyurethane, Tung oil, shellac....... - 8 replies

My son is getting married and has asked me to make an alternative Guest book. Basically a wood sign with their name and wedding date on it. The guests then sign the wood with a sharpie. How should I finish the wood? Polyurethane, Tung oi, BLO, maybe shellac?I want to make sure the Sharpie will write on it and be preserved. I don’t w...

11-29-2018 12:34 PM

Help with cutting board finish - 8 replies

About 2 years ago I made 3 end grain cutting boards. 1-Mahogany and maple, 1-Cherry, 1-Maple and CherryI finished each board by drowning in mineral oil, and then a final coat of wax. The first 2 boards I know were recoated with an oil wax mixture about every 6 months and look great. Over Thanksgiving we traveled down to the in-laws….....

11-14-2018 12:52 PM

Drill a straight hole 28" - Need advise - 12 replies

I have a 16” diameter maple log that is 28” tall. I have carved a scene into the outside (will post when finished) and now need to drill a hole through the center to run a lamp cord. My plan is to use a 16” long, 1” diameter spade bit and drill from the top and bottom and hopefully connect in the middle. I will start w...

09-12-2018 12:07 PM

Wood River Epoxy Resin Suggestions - 4 replies

Been kicking around the idea of building a wood river table. You know where you put 2 live edge boards together and pour epoxy resin in-between them to hold them together. Just trying to figure out which Epoxy Resin to use. Any recommendations? Pros- Cons. Any guidance you can share would be appreciated.

09-03-2018 02:54 PM

Shark Guard - 2.5" or 4" - 11 replies

Considering the purchase of a Shark Guard dust port for my PM1000 table saw.Trying to weigh the option between the 2.5” and 4” port.The 4” port and required hose appears to be heavy and hard to deal with over the saw.The 2.5” port appears much easier to mount and deal with.How much suction are you really giving up? Does ...

07-24-2018 12:54 AM

This thing is crazy dangerous - 27 replies

I received a chainsaw disc that mounts to a grinder a couple of years ago as a gift. Had my first chance to use it this weekend. Wow what a rush. This thing is crazy dangerous. Did exactly what I hoped it would do, and was definitely the right tool for the job, but scared the @%$&-0# out of me the entire time I was using it. Slow and s...

07-03-2018 12:30 PM

What age? - 28 replies

Let me start by saying I am a self taught hobbyist. I have never taken a wood working class not even shop in school. All learning has been by trial and error. I began woodworking as a hobby about 30 years ago as an adult, and have gradually collected tools and improved my skill level. YouTube is great, but not ideal to learn. I have been a...

05-25-2018 11:51 AM

Fractal burning solution? - 14 replies

A couple of weekends ago I came across an old neon sign for $25 (the tubes were broken) so I bought it for the transformer. This weekend I plan to transform it into a fractal wood burning machine and give a try.It seems that most use a baking soda mixture of one cup of water and a tablespoon of baking soda. Just wondering what other solutions ...

05-04-2018 11:50 AM

Cutting board maintenance - 11 replies

Several months back, I took a run at making a couple of cutting boards. They came out great and have been used to full potential. Now it’s obvious they need to be refinished. The original finish was mineral oil then finished with a butcher block wax oil mixture. My question is, do I need to sand these to get all the wax oil mixture off,...

03-19-2018 11:38 AM

Transtint and Epoxy???? - 9 replies

I have a piece I’m working on and have several gaps about 1/32” -1/16”. I want the gaps to be a deep black color. My thought was to mix 20 minute epoxy with black transtint and pour into the gaps using a glue syringe. Then once dry, sand everything flat to reveal the wood with the epoxy remaining in the gap. That was the pl...

03-14-2018 08:38 PM

Brush Sander - Worth it?? - 2 replies

Looking at drum sanders I came across this combo-unit from Supermax: https://thisiswoodworking.com/supermax/supermax-drum-sanders-71938.html It has interchangeable sanding drums and sanding brushes. I have used sanding mops on the drill press and they work very well. This seems like a larger version, for running flat stock through, or mayb...

02-18-2018 12:51 PM

A unique look at wood - 4 replies

I stumbled on this site today and had to share: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2017/06/woodswimmer-stop-motion-film/ When you open the link it took a while to load and you have to scroll down to the video.This guy sliced a tree over and over and over and then animated it. The results are really unique. I’ve never seen anything like th...

01-20-2018 04:31 PM

Production Sanding - Ideas - 21 replies

I need to find a way to sand these parts with more efficiency. Pictures labeled 1 are prior to sanding, picture labeled 2 is after sanding. So as you can tell the finish does not have to be perfect, I’m just trying to knock the corners off and round the edges. Currently I’m using a flap sander. With the size of the pi...

01-03-2018 01:25 AM

Need source for hardware......Please assist if you can - 10 replies

I have searched and cannot find what I need. I am hoping some of you can point me to a reliable on-line hardware source. I am looking for: #4-40 black threaded rod – lengths 3.25” and 1.75” but can cut to length if I can find the rod. #4-40 black machine screw – lengths 0.5” and 0.75” #4-40 black wing nut...

12-04-2017 02:38 AM

Shellac Pros and Cons? - 17 replies

What are the pros and cons of a shellac finish? When using shellac flakes, when do you use Garnet, Orange, Blonde?

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