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09-15-2014 01:18 PM

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I learned after buying a bunch of new shop towels its not wise to buy these…Any one else have any good ideas on what NOT to use/do? I like learning from others mistakes too.

-- If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.

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#1 posted 09-15-2014 11:18 PM

Microfiber? I think I have the same ones. I actually buy “shop towels” from the Goodwill or other thrift store and look for 1/2 off colors.

I can’t really think of a “don’t” off the top of my head except “don’t leave the house without checking your feet if you’ve been spray painting in flip-flops.” Especially if you’re going to buy shoes.

-- . . . it's cheaper than therapy.

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#2 posted 09-15-2014 11:23 PM

Don’t let oil finish cure in the sun.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#3 posted 09-15-2014 11:57 PM

Don’t plant your corn in the winter. Never moon a werewolf!

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#4 posted 09-15-2014 11:58 PM

Don’t use BLO.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#5 posted 09-16-2014 12:09 AM

WOW is that a shamwow!

Seriously, I buy the box of rags from woodcraft. They last forever, and made in USA

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#6 posted 09-16-2014 12:17 AM

I use a lot of microfiber rags in the shop and after having the first one look like your photo I started keeping them in a drawer after each use.
what not to do: don’t vacuum one up by mistake with your dust collector. I spent about 2 hours unclogging one out that was hung up on one of the sheet metal screws holding the pipe together.

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#7 posted 09-16-2014 12:42 AM


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#8 posted 09-18-2014 01:06 PM

Don’t buy more lumber than you can store. I recently came across a recently ‘retired’ woodworkers estate sale and made an offer on all the remaining wood. I paid 500$ for 4 heavily loaded down pickup truck loads of oak, mahogany, pine and cedar boards and 15 sheets of 3/4 inch mahogany ply. My shop is too small to store it flat on the floor and too new to have proper storage. Ive spent the last two weekends building a plywood cart for the sheet goods, shelves for the boards but I still haven’t figured out the best storage options for the hundreds of feet of molding stock. Any suggestions?

-- If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.

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#9 posted 09-18-2014 01:08 PM

If after the second cut, and you find its still to short, you probably have a defective board. Get another board and start over- don’t waist your efforts on a defective board. Stretching boards may be necessary if you don’t have the proper matched wood and you can find tips for that here…

-- If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.

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#10 posted 09-18-2014 03:01 PM

DON’T tell Clint that you use BLO. :)

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#11 posted 09-18-2014 10:11 PM

Don’t fry bacon naked!

-- Jerry

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#12 posted 09-18-2014 10:25 PM

Jerry, I am assuming someone else told you that.

Don’t apply a finish when its windy and you live in the desert.

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