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02-27-2019 08:08 PM

safety of curing (not drying) varnish smell? - 21 replies

On my wife’s request, I made some name signs for my boys to hang in their room now that two of them are sharing a room. They look cool, I think. One is cherry, one is stained red oak, one is clear maple. The maple is finished with water-based poly to keep as white as possible, and that’s more or less done doing what it’s goi...

02-17-2019 12:31 PM

Looking for a simple finish substitute for cherry - 8 replies

I’m making some wall signs for my kids, all different woods to represent their characters. For the cherry one, I want to copy the look of another cherry project I’ve done in the past: 1. Sand to 3202. Soak in BLO, wipe off excess3. Leave in direct sun for 4-8 hours4. Bring inside and let “cure” for a week5. Finish wit...

02-10-2019 03:49 PM

Removing paper template applied with spray adhesive on small parts? - 11 replies

Hey all, last time I tried this the parts were much bigger and I just sanded the paper off. The adhesive underneath really gummed up the sandpaper though (3M 45 general purpose). These parts are too small for a ROS this time, so I feel like removing with a solvent will be better anyway. Can I just soak in mineral spirits or acetone and peel i...

02-06-2019 01:52 PM

Wipe-on poly applicator of choice? - 32 replies

Saw the thread about removing dust after sanding between coats. Good stuff. My blue shop towels are failing me. I’m trying to build up a finish with Arm-R-Seal and the nubs are killing me. I eventually gave up and just put coat over coat (3 coats) thinking I would just sand before last coat, but the nubs are multiplying. At first I ...

02-04-2019 06:29 PM

best books about built-ins? - 8 replies

Looking to turn a back closet into a mud room with built-in locker style units for each of our family members. I’m a little uneasy about taking on a home trim type project with non-square walls and a settling floor. Does anyone have recommendations for books about built-ins? How-to’s, techniques, or even designs?

01-29-2019 02:22 PM

Sawstop price increase - 17 replies

Saw an ad from Rockler trying to drum up sales prior to a Sawstop price increase from the manufacturer. Confused, I checked out their site and sure enough, it’s true. ”Effective February 1st, USA prices on most SawStop saws and many SawStop accessories will increase. We continue to refuse to cut...

01-24-2019 04:34 PM

best 4" dust collection hose on amazon? - 13 replies

Hey everyone. I have a birthday coming up and family wants to know what to get me. They would prefer to buy on Amazon is all. I really need more/better DC. I have a 4-inch setup currently. I plan to upgrade to 6” in the future, but I can always reuse the 4” hose, so I thought I’d go that route as I’m still getting my ...

01-03-2019 02:33 AM

How to do cloud lifts on thick stock? - 9 replies

I’m about to start on a Greene and Greene inspired quilt rack. It has 2 long feet, a leg rising off the top of each foot with two stretchers going across, the top of which is a quilt bar. I’ll have 2 wings off the sides of each leg allowing for 2 more stretchers offset front and back for a total of 3 quilt bars. I have typical G...

12-28-2018 04:15 PM

About to buy a Shark Guard - questions - 18 replies

I have an old PM 63. I learned woodworking on this saw and have tuned it to cut precisely. No budget for a SawStop, but considering I’m at the highest risk of injury due to being a hobbyist / weekend warrior, I want to do something proactive on the safety front. I also have a newfound personal war on dust as this saw generates it in b...

12-20-2018 02:45 PM

crosscut sled, where have you been all my life? - 14 replies

Made this crappy crosscut sled because my miter gauge was giving me grief. Holy smokes, even this hack job made a huge improvement on my projects! Miter gauge was sloppy in the slot, which in combination with a dirty blade made for cuts with a dome as the gauge shifted in the slot, then burned on the back side of the blade. Used the 5-cut...

12-06-2018 05:25 PM

troubleshooting my new electric sub panel tripping breakers with TS - 100 replies

I saved my pennies and hired an electrician to install a 50A subpanel in my garage. It was put in Monday and I’ve taken the last couple nights to put the shop back together. Yesterday I fired up my heater, shop vac, and table saw at the same time just to test it out and everything seemed fine, except the shop vac bogged down a bit while ...

12-06-2018 02:52 PM

suggestions on bluetooth hearing protection - 15 replies

I’m looking for some bluetooth hearing protection for those long monotonous sanding sessions. Currently I’m using something like this neckband ear plug (mine are the cheap blue and orange ones from HD):

12-03-2018 08:48 PM

My most expensive "tool" yet - 8 replies

A 50A electrical subpanel with 2×20A branch circuits. Just shy of $1500 installed including local permits. I anticipate it will be worth every penny. Up until now, I’ve been running on a single 15A circuit in my garage that needs to cover a fridge and other misc plug loads in addition to my woodworking tools. I couldn’...

11-14-2018 01:49 AM

Table saw blade speed - a photographer's perspective - 19 replies

Just thought I’d share something cool I looked into this last week. I’m simply a woodworking hobbyist. I’m also a photography hobbyist. I’m currently in the middle of a weekly photography challenge, and last week’s topic was shooting in manual mode. Frankly I’m terrible at guessing exposure and I was missi...

11-14-2018 01:16 AM

PSA: protect your lungs - 3 replies

This isn’t an accident post, nor a “prolonged exposure” post. But I just wanted to raise some awareness of lung issues and stress you DON’T want any of them. I’m a lifelong asthmatic. My mom says I was born having an asthma attack… not sure if that was true or just illustrating a point, but I’ve str...

11-09-2018 06:44 PM

what flush trim bit for G&G templates? - 3 replies

I’m making a G&G piece with several templates and need the right router bit. The thickest piece is 1-3/4” thick, so I would need a sizeable flush trim bit to do it all in one pass. I could feasibly do a template bit (if my terminology is right) and get it 1/2 the size to do everything in 2 passes. The other pieces are between ...

10-14-2018 03:38 PM

How do YOU do roundovers in SketchUp? - 4 replies

I’m aware there are lots of ways to do this, but I’m struggling to find one that’s easy to use. Drawing them and extruding takes too long. I then used an extension called RoundCorner with Libfredo 6 library and it’s great/ easy to use, but it makes ploygons instead of true rounds which are hard to manipulate later, and ...

10-05-2018 04:16 PM

finishing small parts with water based poly and no sprayer - 3 replies

I think I know the answer to this, but I figured I’d ask here anyway. I have a bunch of small parts: I need these to match a desk surface I did with water-based polyurethane to avoid any ambering. If there is a well regarded wipe-on water-based poly, I have not heard of it. Obviously I could spray the water-based finish easily, b...

09-28-2018 02:28 PM

Need some help with Greene & Greene dimensioning - 8 replies

I’m designing a project as a special gift for my wife and I’ve pulled in several G&G elements to my custom design. I have something that looks pretty good on graph paper, but it is not to any scale. Now I’m trying to draw it in sketchup so I can print out actual dimensions to take to my workshop, and no matter what I do, ...

09-26-2018 01:21 AM

Looking for cheapest 1-1/4" standoff, brushed metal - 8 replies

I need 20 short rods or standoffs to hold some decorative pieces off of a wall-hung surface, making a floating illusion. I figured I’d get a brushed aluminum rod and cut 1-1/4” off , then drill a matching hole in the backer surface and the “floating” pieces and epoxy them in. Maybe I’m missing it but I can only fi...

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