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07-31-2019 10:55 PM

Air Line Water Seperator Location - 7 replies

I have a small 10 gal compressor that lives most of the time in a closet next to my carport. When I use it for spraying I connect what ever length of air hose I need to it; usually not more than 50”. I have a water filter/separator but, the only place to mount it is next to the compressor. I know it should be closer to where the gun will b...

07-08-2019 11:05 PM

Care of BS Blades - 7 replies

About 6 years ago I purchased a basic carbon steel bandsaw blade just to have a spare. All that time I have not needed it. So, it remained in it’s original coil hanging on the wall. A couple of days ago, I noticed that it was almost totally covered with surface rust. Leaving it in the original coil, I soaked it over night in a bath of 50-5...

06-16-2019 07:16 PM

Another question about string inlay - 0 replies

I certainly haven’t read everything about doing string inlay, but what I have read only touches on this question or doesn’t address it at all. What about putting string inlay cross grain into solid wood (not veneered) surfaces? Yes or No? I can understand how this might not be of much concern on a small box or similar small project. ...

06-01-2019 07:38 PM

Contrasting Wood For White Oak - 18 replies

I am building a desk out of white oak. I plan to put in some contrasting decorative pieces and could use some suggestions. I have some paduak and the reddish brown color is great. However, I understand that after a while it loses its redishness and turns a dark brown. I have never seen the color in its final state. The desk is for my daughter an...

05-11-2019 09:14 PM

Can this motor be reversed? - 6 replies

I have an old GE motor from an electric drier. It currently rotates counter clockwise as you are looking at the shaft end. The second picture shows all the external connectors available and where the black and white wires are currently connected. Can any of the available connectors be used to reverse the rotation? I see no indication that the mo...

05-03-2019 02:42 AM

Sprayer Paint Cup Swivel - 10 replies

Most HVLP conversions guns have a top gravity feed cup that is fixed in position. How do you deal with a situation where you are spraying a flat horizontal surface that cannot be moved or the more difficult situation of having to spray the underside of an immovable object. I have a small detail gun (not hvlp) that has a swivel connection that is...

04-26-2019 12:18 AM

When Do You Clean Yor Gun? - 13 replies

When you are spraying a WB finish that can be re-sprayed in 2 hours, do you completely clean the gun before the next coat or do something else to keep it from drying out while waiting for the first coat to dry?

04-17-2019 12:17 AM

Conversion HVLP; What's Different - 31 replies

I currently have a couple of regular small capacity spray guns. Neither uses more than a 1 mm spray tip. I’ve used these a few times with mixed success. I’m not what you would call a spray gun expert. If I were to buy a conversion gun like the HF purple one, what differences would I experience? Use is mostly for small detailed work w...

03-05-2019 04:31 AM

Blocking Latex Paint - 8 replies

I have used latex (acrylic) paints for years, mostly over BIN primer, and have never had this problem til now. I recently repainted our kitchen cabinets using a good quality acrylic paint. I can’t remember the brand, but it was sold by Lowes. So, it was probably either Valspar or Sherwin Williams. My prep was to use a de-glosser over the o...

02-21-2019 01:33 AM

Toner or Glaze - 3 replies

I have stripped some old cabinet doors of their original factory finish. The wood is not something I recognize. It is rather oak like but I think it is something imported. In any case, the grain goes every which way and they are not very attractive for applying a typical clear finish. Also, there are a couple of doors that will not be stripped t...

02-19-2019 04:33 PM

Strip and Re-Paint - 10 replies

My daughter recently bought an older ci(rca 1950’s house. Unfortunately but typically, the previous owner in preping the house for sale did a horrible job of painting the kitchen cabinets. My daughter can easily remove the doors and bring them to me (I’m 150 miles away). I’m trying to advise her on how to re-do the cabinets. Re...

02-05-2019 06:48 PM

Rustoleum on Furniture - 8 replies

I am repairing and refinishing an old rocker. I plan to use paint and probably spray it. I have several cans of oil based Rustoleum on hand. What do you think of using it on furniture? I think it tends to be rather soft, but I haven’t used on something like a chair.

01-22-2019 08:30 PM

Printer Ink Dye - 3 replies

I have quite a bit of printer ink, but no printer. Rather than throw it away, I decided to experiment with it to see how well it would work as a wood dye. I see several posts here regarding the use of india ink, but nothing about printer ink. Anyway, the little experimenting I’ve done so far indicates that it works to color the wood OK. It...

01-11-2019 03:42 AM

Biscuits Thickness - 18 replies

I have a Craftsman biscuit jointer which, except for the handle on top, is identical to the Dewalt. I usually use biscuits for alignment purposes rather that strength. However, the biscuits I have on hand are a bit thin and, as a result, wiggle significantly when inserted into the slot. I know that the biscuits are supposed to swell when exposed...

12-31-2018 06:12 PM

Power Tool Grease - 3 replies

I am replacing the cord on an old saber saw and once I opened it up found (no surprise) that the old grease has hardened up and needs replacing. What is the best grease for this purpose? General purpose wheel bearing grease? Lithium? Other?

12-28-2018 10:54 PM

Coping Saw Blade Recommendations - 6 replies

I don’t use a coping saw often, but when I do, I find the blades I purchased from my local big box store are not very sharp and don’t do a good job. I know there are lots of places to order them. I’m wondering if anyone has any recommendations for good sharp blades. I’m not looking for anything special, just sharp and eff...

11-19-2018 03:52 AM

Heater Thermostat - 1 reply

I recently put a 5000w electric heater in the shop hung from the ceiling. It, of course, requires 30 amp 240v which was not a problem. It came with an on-board thermostat that would be hard to reach hanging from the ceiling (I’m short). So, I purchased a 240v 4 wire manual line thermostat to go on the wall and bypass the on-board thermosta...

10-19-2018 09:49 PM

Magnetic Switch - 9 replies

I just bought a Shop Fox magnetic switch for my table saw. The switch is rated for 220-240 volts. My saw currently operates on 110-120 volts. I hooked it up and it works as long as I hold the switch on. Release the button and it goes off. I’m assuming that it requires 220-240 volts to stay on. Either that or the switch is defective. Any op...

09-27-2018 08:11 PM

Heater Thermostat Wiring - 17 replies

I recently purchased a 5000 w electric heater for my shop. I will put in a 30 amp 240 volt 4 wire 10 ga circuit for it. I also bought a Honeywell line thermostat for it. It is rated for 240 volts, 22 amps, and has 4 wire connectors. I was surprised to find that the thermostat connectors have short (+- 6”) 12 ga wire pigtails which are weld...

09-07-2018 10:16 PM

Untinted Paint Test - 12 replies

Last March (2018) I prepared a test of untinted oil based (base 4) paint for an outdoor exposure test. I prepared a pine board by sanding, applying one coat of an exterior brown stain, and finished with 3 coats of a name brand of oil based exterior paint with no tint added. Sorry I didn’t take a before photo, but it looked like any pine bo...

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