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11-22-2020 06:44 PM

Question on recessed hinges - 4 replies

Hi All. A couple of questions on recessed hinges for a box. I ordered a couple of recessed hinges which according to LV has the “countersink” on the reverse side for recessed / flush use: Thinking that I can use them like this: but after staring at it for a while, I have 2 questions: i) it seems to me given that the cente...

09-23-2020 01:01 AM

Spraying lacquer - repairing blush - 16 replies

I’m a novice sprayer and I think I’ve run into my first problem with “blushing” after spraying a tabletop with nitrocellulose lacquer. The cloudy / milky areas are most easily seen on the dark parts (walnut): The bottom side of the table is or course perfect, lol. (The top is on hinges and opens). The base was OK too...

09-13-2020 06:07 AM

Jointer techique - safety - 20 replies

I’ve read a lot of safety instructions that say never to pass your hands over the cutterhead when jointing, but I see it commonly done on the internet. I was wondering what people do in practice? Personally when face jointing, I always use push blocks but I do often pass the first block directly over the cutterhead (assuming the wood i...

07-19-2020 04:13 AM

Almost an accident & a question on Veritas Router Tables - 4 replies

So I bought my first ever rail & stile bit set, watched a couple videos and set up for my first test cut. Turned the router on … and suddenly there’s red plastic flying everywhere: The router had slipped out of one of its mounts: Luckily it just chewed up the plastic insert and didn’t hit the steel table: I’m...

06-28-2020 06:57 PM

Q. on Spraying Lacquer - 9 replies

Just a quick question: I’m spraying clear nitrocellulose lacquer through an HVLP. When I open the gallon can of lacquer, there’s quite a thick white film at the bottom. I tried stirring it in, but it doesn’t seem to dissolve very easily. I wonder if I am better off just leaving it alone and just stirring the liquid. (I...

05-05-2020 07:10 AM

Touch free door openers / button pushers - 4 replies

I stumbled across these things, of which there are tons on Etsy: Also at least 2 kickstarter campaigns: VirusHook and Hygiene Hand So …. who is going to make a wooden one and post a template?

04-27-2020 05:53 PM

Solid wood edgebanding help needed - 20 replies

Hi all. I’m building a dresser where the plans call for the 3/4” maple ply to be edge banded with 1 1/2” wide, 3/4” thick solid maple. There are about a dozen pieces to be done, the largest about 60” long. x 16” wide. I’m going to be attaching the edge banding with biscuits. The plan just says to...

02-08-2020 04:52 AM

Wiping Varnish Application Question - 11 replies

Hi All, A couple of questions about using a wiping varnish. 1. After applying with a cloth, do you wipe off and if so how/when? I’ve brushed on full strength poly which you don’t wipe off, and used oils where you flood then wipe everything off with a dry cloth after a few minutes. Not sure about wiping varnish. On youtube I ...

01-07-2020 07:40 AM

Why do you color wood? - 33 replies

What motivates people to color wood rather than leaving it natural? I’ve only ever applied clear topcoats but recently have been reading about staining woods. And it made me wonder Is it simply to get a different color? Does the stain itself help enhance the grain or figure in the wood? Or is it to match boards better across a p...

11-30-2019 07:39 AM

Bought a sprayer, need some advice - 22 replies

I recently bought a sprayer (Earlex HV5500) off of Craigslist, admittedly somewhat on impulse. It is a 2 stage HVLP sprayer. I’ve been researching (youtube etc) and I’ve seen the basic process / spray techniques, but I’m having a hard time getting my mind around exactly what finishes will spray OK through this. Also tryi...

11-20-2019 01:18 AM

Screwed up. Need advice on repair. - 21 replies

Looking for some advice on how best to fix a screw-up. I’m making 4 closet sliding doors and was routing a small finger pull in one stile on each door. Sure enough, on the last door I measured the location from the top instead of the bottom and routed it 2” too low. So I squared off the hole, filled it as closely as I coul...

11-11-2019 08:40 AM

Wood identification help - 10 replies

Hi. Someone is selling some unfinished hardwood flooring, which I was thinking of buying and using for boxes etc. The fellow says its Indian Rosewood, but in the pics I’ve seen on the internet, Indian Rosewood is pretty brown; this stuff is really red. Wondering if anyone can tell what it is. A few picks: The wood see...

10-28-2019 02:02 AM

Dewalt Planer DW 735 Question - 4 replies

I have a Delta (22-549) 13” lunchbox type planer, almost 20 years old. Still works OK; no real issues. Its the only planer I’ve ever used, so I’ve nothing to compare it to. Can anyone tell me what changes I’d likely notice if I upgraded to the Dewalt DW 735 (which seems to be the standard for many people)? Noise? ...

10-08-2019 09:18 PM

Frame & Panel - Basic Question - 7 replies

Say you are making a frame and panel door, with a solid wood panel. The rails and stiles are to be joined with M&T; the panel is held in a groove in the rails and stiles but is not glued so as to allow for wood expansion. How is best to build this so that, when you assemble, glue from the M&T doesn’t find its way into the groove an...

10-08-2019 04:42 AM

Shoji Doors - Screen Material Recomendations? - 7 replies

Hi all. I am making a pair of sliding closet doors, shoji style: I’m wondering if anyone knows of any materials they would recommend for the screens? It should be thin, light, white or off white and about 50% translucent. Basically it will be glued to the back of the grid. Ideally in sheets say 36” wide. (I don’t want t...

08-28-2019 07:11 PM

Danish Oil - Laquer - Mess - Q - 7 replies

I finished a small item with Danish Oil, and then next day on impulse sprayed it with some Watco spray lacquer I had around. Now a day later, the item is very tacky / sticky basically gross. I tried to rub it with a little steel wool, bit its not helping. Any suggestions to fix? The lacquer can says to clean-up with lacquer thinner R...

08-23-2019 11:28 PM

Bending wood question - 13 replies

I recently bought a cheap globe, and I’d like to make a wooden stand for it, something like: The glove is 12” diameter. I’m trying to figure out the best way to make the curved piece that directly supports the globe. I could cut it out of a large piece on a bandsaw ….but I don’t think the grain direction wou...

05-19-2019 05:17 PM

Router bits and bushings - slipping - 12 replies

For the first time, I tried using a bushing adapter in my router, and despite tightening the collet far more than usual, the bit kept slipping. Tried on another router / collet – same result. It was a 5/6” upcut spiral bit with a 1/2” to 5/6: bushing adapter, all from Lee Valley, both new. Collets are clean. And the cut...

05-02-2019 05:34 AM

Tablesaw Jig Safety Q - 4 replies

If you go about 4 minutes into this Fine Woodworking Video, the presenter uses a tall fence with a large rabbet in it to cut a bevel on boards held vertically, with the blade basically imbeded between the board and the fence: He makes clear that you should only do this if the rabbet in the fence is large enough that the offcut cannot get tra...

04-23-2019 01:27 AM

Small box Q - 4 replies

Hi all. I was looking at tissue boxes on LJ, which of course have a lid that doesn’t open, like this one: or this one: or this one: 2 questions: 1) the lids seem to be glued all the way around ….. any problem with wood movement? Or can just ignore because of the small dimensions? 2) For the first box above, with the...

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