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04-10-2019 10:54 PM

Black stains on wood from Bessey parallel clamps (not pipe clamps)? - 9 replies

Never had this before (least not that I’ve noticed) but I just took some walnut panels out of bessey clamps and had black stain marks where the glue line met the clamp. I had assumed this was only a problem for black pipe clamps. Have I just been lucky up till this point? Was it the walnut? Ive cleaned my pipe clamps in the past with white vi...

11-13-2018 03:13 PM

When is dry rotted sapwood a concern? - 4 replies

I purchased some air-dried lumber from a local lumber guy, walnut slabs. I noticed that the sapwood on the edge (1 or so inches thick) was dry rotted. I can break off a bit by hand, with some force. I planed a bit of the heartwood and it looks great. In contrast, I’ve purchased kiln dried lumber from another local guy, and the sapwood seem...

10-20-2018 02:19 AM

Fading cutting board after first use? - 5 replies

My first cutting boards (bear with me), 3 coats of Boos mineral oil (overnight between coats) and then two coats of Boos board cream (overnight between coats), and then waited a week before using. First use was a hot steak, 5-10 minutes off the grill (probably not the best “first run” idea, but I was excited, and hey… it’s steak) and n...

10-09-2018 02:00 AM

Mineral spirits to clean dust off cutting boards? - 12 replies

New to the sport, so forgive me, but just made a few cutting boards. I used a wipe down of mineral spirits to remove all the dust and started to worry if this was a bad idea. Will an overnight evaporation clear all my concerns? Can’t find a definitive answer on the internet. I plan on finishing the boards with Howard’s board oil and condition...


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