Wood Talk Online No.55

May 22, 2009

What’s on the Bench?
Marc is prepping for the big move. Matt has is “banana plane” back (the no.4-1/2). Its back from it’s rehab session and is performing like a champ.

Around the Web:

Benjamin Moore iPhone App. NYTimes Article

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Aug. 14-16, 2009, Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill.
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Oct. 2-4, 2009, Valley Forge, Penn.
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We received a great email from David (runningwood) about traditional woodworking programming and how it reinforces the misconception that project should be done in a very short amount of time.


Tim asked about washing filter bags. John is concerned about wearing gloves in the shop but doesn’t want to deal with splinters. Jim is having difficulty keeping his engrain from staining darker than his face grain. Bob has a question about putting a burr on his scraper.
Check out there helpful links on the subject of card scrapers:
Wood Whisperer – Barely Scraping By
Todd Clippinger’s Scraper Sharpening Method

Audio Segments:
Random Person Tip – Matthew Groves gives us a great Ebay tip.
Tom’s Tip – A neat use for Teflon tape!

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  1. Bill Akins says:

    As usual I enjoyed WTO. Last Saturday I purchased the Highland Woodworking Steel City 14″ Bandsaw. It’s great and I love it. The $499 package does not include the extra 6″ riser or the fence. Those were included in the $699 package. I’m picking up the riser later and possibly the fence, if I don’t go with the Kraig instead.

    • Matt says:

      Glad to hear you enjoyed the show and thanks for pointing out the difference in the Bandsaw packages at Highland.

      I’m not sure how much I’d actually use one of the risers, I think it’s great to have the option though. And for what it’s worth, I have the Kreg bandsaw fence system on my old, old bandsaw and it works great!!!

  2. Turtle says:

    Do you use water or alcohol to dilute varnish?

    (I believe you said you use watered down varnish to aid in staining end grain.)

    • Matt says:

      To “water down” a varnish, I typically use a paint thinner. If it’s oil based, otherwise adding a little water to a water-based poly would be in order.

      Typically whatever the can suggests for cleanup, except soapy water, is what you should cut it down with to thin it out.

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