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08-27-2021 02:07 PM

Teak: Finishing Recommendations? - 6 replies

I’m building a bathroom vanity (cabinet AND top) using paper-backed teak veneer and some teak hardwood edging. Any advice on how to finish it: Specifically I’m wondering if the oils in the teak (especially in the edging) will cause me any problems with anything? If I just wipe the teak down with acetone (or what?) does that large...

07-14-2021 06:38 PM

Experienced Opinions Needed: Woodpeckers Rip-Flip Table Saw System - 22 replies

Does anyone have the Woodpeckers Rip-Flip table saw fence “system?” (I know some of you will be tempted to comment on Woodpecker’s high prices, etc—but that’s not what I’m asking about here, thank you!) —How much do you find it serves your needs? —Anything you thought it would help with that ...

07-03-2021 03:28 PM

Your Leather Strop--Which Side? - 30 replies

Which side of YOUR leather strop do you put your polishing compound on? The fuzzy “internal” side, or the smooth “external” side? Why?

06-17-2021 08:51 PM

Router Lift Into Sawstop Extension Table - 16 replies

I have the Sawstop Contractor Saw (CNS—not the Jobsite one) with the 36” T-glide fence. The 36” fence width comes with a wooden (not cast iron) extension table, and I’d like to insert a router lift in that table. I really haven’t been able to find anything online where someone has done that. I presume I’d...

03-06-2021 03:29 PM

Chechen Wood--Caribbean Rosewood, Black Poisonwood - 5 replies

Just wanted to share my amazing (so far) experience working with Chechen (sold as “Caribbean Rosewood” at my supplier in the Chicago area). First, it’s heavy and dense. Quite heavy, and really quite dense. Second, the figure is swirly, tight, and amazing. Third—I almost feel like working with it is like carving ...

11-14-2020 02:02 PM

Racing Stripes In Wood--How To Do? - 10 replies

A possible client of mine wants to pursue a “racing stripe” design feature in their humidor (see picture). The vision is that it isn’t wood—and probably is painted in some way—but I really don’t know how to do this. It seems like what might be described as a “lacquer” feature in some way—...

09-13-2020 01:06 PM

Dyeing Leopoardwood Black - 14 replies

I’m trying to dye Leopardwood entirely, totally black. I’m currently using Arm-R-Seal’s water-based Ebony dye stain (two coats), but the pinkish/reddish hue still is coming through (a little). Any suggestions for how to make it truly, truly black (short of painting it)? Do I have to put a green dye on first to counter the...

09-08-2020 06:58 PM

What's Your Favorite (Affordable) Screwdriver Set? - 32 replies

What’s your favorite mass-produced screwdriver set? I’m in the market for a new 6- or 8-piece set and would love to hear what’s important to you, and what you love (and hate) when you’re looking for a utility set of screwdrivers! (Sorry, I’m not going to spend $80, and I’m not going to turn my own handles...

08-17-2020 06:14 PM

Sistering Two Table Saws: Should I? - 28 replies

I’m considering buying a SawStop Contractor (not Jobsite) saw, and currently have a Ridgid 2412 (20+ years old but still good) contractor saw. I’m thinking of discarding the steel base that they both use and building a common wooden base—then mounting the SawStop on the left and the Ridgid on the right—mostly to allow for two setups (one with...

05-15-2020 03:12 PM

Need A Mechanism for Floor Drill Press's Table - 4 replies

I got an old Craftsman floor-standing drill press—but there’s no way to crank up/down the table. Yes—you can manually do it, but there’s no rack/pinion on the column, and it’s nearly impossible to fine-tune the height, or quickly/easily raise/lower it. I’ve put a platform under the table and used a scissor...

04-09-2020 07:01 PM

Looking For #3 Silver Screws - 8 replies

I’m having a heck of a time finding small #3 screws—especially in a silver finish. Anyone have a lead on where I could dig them up from? (In batches less than 10,000!) Looking for: #3 ScrewsSilver Finish1/2” long, 5/8” would be ok tooPhillips strongly preferred, Slotted ok Tips? Ideas? Thoughts? McMaster C...

01-16-2019 10:51 PM

Why use WAXED Shellac? - 11 replies

Dewaxed shellac is more expensive—but other than cost savings, is there any REAL reason to use a shellac WITH wax in it? Since dewaxed shellac is a universal sealer/bonds to everything, it seems like dewaxed shellac is the “safest” most universal option, and I can’t fathom a reason to used shellac with wax in it. Thoughts?

07-07-2018 03:48 PM

Low-Angle Blades--Which To Choose - 15 replies

I’m about to spend my few dollars on a Lee Valley Low-Angle Jack Plane. Mind made up on that brand, that plane, after much consideration, research, and video-watching. Going to use it for shooting, primarily, though I know it’ll start to take the place of my other planes (one home-made wooden jointer, a home-made wooden jack, an ol...

06-20-2018 01:33 AM

Crotch Tearout--CrystaLac or Other Wood Grain/Pore Filler - 9 replies

I have a walnut board with a beautiful area of crotch that I’d really like to feature on a jewelry box—but of course there’s tearout from my planer around that area. I don’t have a handplane that can plane it out, and I probably could sand the heck out of it….and make it about 1/16’ thinner…. ...but&...

01-26-2018 04:33 PM

Titebond Glue Bleeding Through Veneer--Solutions? - 10 replies

I just opened up my cauls, after veneering Lacewood to a Spanish Cedar substrate—and the Titebond Glue I’ve always used totally bled through the veneer. Do you have any suggestions for: 1) Rescuing these pieces so that they can be finished nicely?2) Suggestions to prevent it on the next two pieces that I veneer? Seems that th...

08-22-2016 03:21 PM

What One Tool Brings You JOY--True Joy? - 22 replies

[Note, this is not really “What’s your favorite tool”—it’s more about what tool brings you JOY (a subtle difference, maybe, but that’s where I’m headed with this] I’ve reached a point in my hobby where I pretty much have everything I need (don’t tell my wife). I have a band saw, table s...

08-09-2016 02:06 AM

Anyone Used 202GF Glue? - 4 replies

Has anyone ever used the 202GF glue sold by Lee Valley and Garrett Wade? Gap-filling PVA glue, with a lot of good properties—I wonder if there’s a downside to it (looks like cost might be the only flaw)? Any experience, opinions?

08-05-2016 12:11 AM

Is My "BLO" D-R-Y? - 9 replies

I’m wrapping up a Walnut Slab Dining Table. Sanded it. Put BLO on it, top and bottom—a fair amount, but not puddles and puddles. I want to follow that up with a light coat of dewaxed shellac, and then a water-based Poly (my question is not about the post-BLO coats, FYI…..) I poured the BLO on, wiped it on, wiped it off...

03-26-2016 09:25 PM

Help--Table Saw Arbor Moved? - 5 replies

I just removed my dado blade, and tried to install my normal blade—and the arbor nut won’t cinch tight against the blade—there’s at least a 1/16 of space between the blade and nut. Of course, the blade then wobbles, and isn’t tight. Might I have pulled the arbor out by 1/16 or 1/8 when I snugged up my dado blade...

10-14-2013 10:45 AM

Gap Filling On High-Wear Stair - 2 replies

I just put an extension onto the bottom two stair treads and risers in my basement (wanted the bottom two stairs to be a little wider than the others. Now that it’s all nailed, glued, and screwed, there are some up-to 1/4” gaps between some boards. Any advice about how to fill those gaps? Liquid nails? Wood filler of some sort? ...

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