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11-17-2015 06:57 PM

What color does Hard Maple turn if used outside? - 8 replies

Living in Phoenix, I have seen maple turn a dark golden yellow on doors, but I was curious what happens to it if left untreated. For Phoenix we do experience rain with mostly dry, but I am thinking of using it for some exterior light sconce condition and wondered if it would eventually turn gray or just stay yellow for most of its useful life....

07-03-2015 12:10 PM

Veneer a paint grade door - 7 replies

I am looking to replace several ugly painted closet doors and when I check on buying doors with the veneers I seem to be limited in sizes of doors that don’t fit what I need. Going custom is cost prohibitive. I am wondering if anyone has had experience putting veneer on paint grade solid core doors? Have you used the paper back veneer o...

08-23-2014 10:40 PM

Dark stain from galvanized nails in outdoor cedar trim - 4 replies

So I thought I was doing the right thing to get galvanized nails for some cedar trim I am putting on a building. Now I am getting the dark streaks that I don’t want. Is there any sort of sealer I can put on the nails to stop this on the existing work and anything I can do for the rest of the project that I haven’t finished short of...

07-03-2014 06:31 PM

Dark splotches on Western Cedar - 1 reply

Is anyone here familiar with the dark splotches on Western Cedar ? It almost looks like a mold. Attached are a couple of pictures on some cedar that I planed down and put 50/50 tung oil and mineral spirits. Thanks in advance.

05-30-2014 01:10 PM

How to finish cedar trim pieces going on a shed? - 2 replies

My wife and I enjoy the Japanese Garden style and we have a shed in our backyard that I would like to dress up with western cedar trim along the bottom and corners. I was thinking of 1×10 on the bottom and 1×4 on all the corners. Question is what sort of oiling or sealing should I do to the wood before nailing it up and what should I...

01-01-2014 09:51 PM

Screeching from HF Central Machinery Dust Collector - Continuation - 1 reply

I started another topic from my post a week ago because I wasn’t sure anyone was still watching the other post for an update. See picture. So I disassembled the fan, inspecting along the way, all the way to the motor and the screeching is coming from inside the motor. I can rotate the shaft to recreate the noise. The shaft isn’t l...

12-25-2013 04:12 PM

Screeching from HF Central Machinery Dust Collector - 9 replies

Back in September I bought the Central Machinery 2HP Dust Collector. It is doing what all I wanted except when I turn it off it whines down with a horrible screeching noise. I hesitate to start putting grease anywhere. I see on the instructions diagram there is a “packing” washer like thing and wonder if that could be the issue. ...

11-24-2013 02:57 PM

What are you doing for a throat plate when using dado blades? - 23 replies

Novice here and I just bought my first set of dado blades for my Ridgid R4512 TS. Guess what my problem is? I have Ron Lee’s info about making zero clearance throat plates, but what are most of you folks doing for when you put in dado blades with all the different sizes that come with it? Ok, maybe I didn’t make it clear –...

11-14-2013 02:36 PM

How sharp should Forstner drill bits be out of box? - 5 replies

I bought some Forstner drill bits that I would classify as medium priced. When I open the box and feel the sharpness they all feel like a dull knife. I didn’t really expect them to be Samurai sharp but I am really wondering if I need to sharpen them or just take them back. Anyone else experience this?

09-13-2013 02:21 PM

New Ridgid R4512 TS worth returning? - 11 replies

I this new Ridgid R4512 Table saw and put it together and now I am wondering if I should return it because of some defects. See the photos. One issue is the chipping of the cast iron edge on the side where the additional metal extension tables come together. The other issue that I think is more problematic is the glide slots for the miter gau...

09-10-2013 02:58 PM

Zero clearance table saw inserts and my Ridgid R4512 TS - 10 replies

I see the Youtube videos on making zero clearance inserts but I am not understanding what the issue is that people are trying to solve by making them. Can someone explain that to me? Also, on my Ridgid R4512 table saw it has flat head screws attached to flanges under the metal insert that came with the saw. Anyone know what these are for?...

09-08-2013 08:32 PM

Sticky miter gauge on new Ridgid R4512 Table saw - 4 replies

I just bought a new Ridgid R4512 Table saw and the miter gauge is really tight and binds a little getting through. Anyone else have this problem? The glide rod is painted metal and I have been sanding it over and over. I see a couple of places where the paint has completely rubbed off and so I have been concentrating on those areas. Any help...

08-31-2013 11:31 PM

Why use an Orbital Sander? - 20 replies

So I don’t have a buddy next door or someone to call and I am a complete novice as is evidence of this question. I see Youtube videos and so forth of people using orbital sanders and I don’t get it. I was always taught to use the flat square vibrating kind and sand with the grain. Doesn’t the orbital sander tear up the wood...

06-10-2013 06:44 PM

Central Machinery Drill Press won't lock table around column - 4 replies

I have a second hand DP that is the 13 inch Central Machinery. I didn’t realize it at the time I bought it but when I tighten the arm locking handle on the column the table is still loose and still swivels around the column. It is snug but still loose enough that a little tap will move it. It is a pretty straight forward locking clamp a...

05-30-2013 01:27 PM

Red Oak Garden Bench Seat - 7 replies

Novice here – See photo of red oak garden bench that I built for my wife. We live in Phoenix and this would go under some shady pine trees in our backyard. Need help with a recommended finish. Thinking of using Watco Danish Golden Oak because I like that natural-ish wood look. What do you think? And really debating hard about putting ...

04-25-2013 02:38 PM

Sealing Maple before Danish oil finish - 2 replies

This is actually a continuation of recommendations from you guys to use a Golden Oak Watco Danish oil finish on maple cabinets so that I can match existing kitchen cabinets. I am having a heck of a time figuring out the trick to seal the wood so it isn’t so blotchy but not seal it so much that it really doesn’t take the oil finish ...

04-15-2013 04:51 PM

Match existing maple kitchen cabinets - 9 replies

I am a novice with a itch to try and do a kitchen cabinet that would not connect to existing but be in the kitchen and so I want it to come close to the existing. See attached photo. Many past owners have touched the kitchen with modifications so I have to believe that there is a way to come close to making the yellow maple, look without waiti...

01-15-2013 09:30 AM

Wood Piano Refurbishing - 18 replies

I would like help with suggestions on what to do with our piano. See the photos. First, what type of wood do you think it is from the photos? Second, as you can see from the close up of the top the wood is very dry and dull looking. Whatever I do it will be done where it stands as I don’t have a way of moving it somewhere without profes...

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