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by woodsmith
Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Recent Staircase
Replies: 11
Views: 164

Re: Recent Staircase

Fantastic job, I hope you have an appreciative customer. It's put me to shame, I've just bought in a flat pack staircase!
by woodsmith
Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Looking for suitable tool
Replies: 8
Views: 543

Re: Looking for suitable tool

If you want to replicate the interlocking toothed joint you get on some log cabins you would need a decent spindle moulder with a power feed.
by woodsmith
Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Wooden boats
Topic: Reaction to epoxy resin
Replies: 2
Views: 362

Re: Reaction to epoxy resin

I'm affected by epoxy too and when I have to use it I use gloves and a carbon mask designed for solvents. Makes it manageable as the mask completely removes the smell.
by woodsmith
Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Workbench finish advice
Replies: 2
Views: 341

Re: Workbench finish advice

6mm MDF! That's what I use anyway. Mine gets absolutely hammered with spots of paint and glue and various gouges, when it gets too bad I just flip the board over or replace it if it's already been flipped. I give it a coat of wax to help resist glue and it's like a new bench.
by woodsmith
Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Tool advice.
Replies: 30
Views: 1131

Re: Tool advice.

I managed with a garage sized workshop for years, then moved and got a double garage sized workshop where I could fit a proper bench, chop saw, small table saw, bandsaw and planer thicknesser. I now have about about 700 square ft and squeeze in a small panel saw, a spindle, router table, lathe, a di...
by woodsmith
Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Pocket Screw Holes
Replies: 5
Views: 466

Re: Pocket Screw Holes

If they can't normally be seen then I leave them. You can get a plug cutter that makes dowels that fit into the holes and I think you can buy ready made dowels for filling pocket holes if you don't like the idea of having the holes exposed.
by woodsmith
Sat Feb 15, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Advice on buying first set of Chisels (Gouges, staight, V, etc)?
Replies: 3
Views: 870

Re: Advice on buying first set of Chisels (Gouges, staight, V, etc)?

Being able to sharpen them is probably the most important aspect of using hand tools. Diamonds stones are very good and not too expensive but there is quite a skill in using them.
by woodsmith
Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Set of circular segmental steps - FINISHED
Replies: 42
Views: 3618

Re: Set of circular segmental steps - FINISHED

Well done, they look very impressive
by woodsmith
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Making a 120mm dia hole....
Replies: 4
Views: 767

Re: Making a 120mm dia hole....

You could get a core bit, they do them 127mm that I know of, and cut more of a tooth shape into each of the tips. If the wood is green I would think it would work as you are going into end grain so you need more of a chisel shaped tooth. You would have to drill so far then chop out the core then dri...
by woodsmith
Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Resurfacing a coffee table
Replies: 13
Views: 740

Re: Resurfacing a coffee table

A wax, on its own, finish soon marks. A diluted and applied thinly varnish as 9fingers suggests is good or you could use Osmo Polyx, again applied thinly in several coats.
by woodsmith
Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Potential inlay help
Replies: 2
Views: 250

Re: Potential inlay help

I agree with Roger as I assume the board isn't absolutely flat so cutting a groove would be very difficult. I think you are going to struggle doing this, ideally you would need a bag press as the veneering would need to be perfect or water will get underneath. Personally, especially if the board has...
by woodsmith
Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Casement windows on the cheap
Replies: 8
Views: 647

Re: Casement windows on the cheap

It's good to see that others c*ck things up even when they have devised a foolproof system. I thought it was just me!
by woodsmith
Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Casement windows on the cheap
Replies: 8
Views: 647

Re: Casement windows on the cheap

In my house one of the windows was obviously cocked up when they made it because they cut the tenon off and then just glued the opening light together. It lasted over 10 years and I only found out when I had to replace the glass and it fell apart so I should imagine these windows will last as long a...
by woodsmith
Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Stain finish for newly built loudspeaker cabinets.
Replies: 15
Views: 971

Re: Stain finish for newly built loudspeaker cabinets.

Roger, I found the heat from the iron could shrink the veneer so it cracked along the grain. We're only talking tiny cracks but they showed up when I applied the finish. It probably depends on the make of veneer and the veneer itself how successful the process is. I was using ash and it was a long t...
by woodsmith
Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:51 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Stain finish for newly built loudspeaker cabinets.
Replies: 15
Views: 971

Re: Stain finish for newly built loudspeaker cabinets.

I did try iron on veneer once without much success. I must admit I've avoided veneering whenever possible but when I've been forced to do it I've cut my own ( very thick) veneer which makes the job a whole lot easier. You really need a drum sander though to get the wood thin and even enough.
by woodsmith
Sat Jan 25, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Stain finish for newly built loudspeaker cabinets.
Replies: 15
Views: 971

Re: Stain finish for newly built loudspeaker cabinets.

Why not paint them with car paint? That way you can do them almost any colour you like and should find one to match the speaker cloth. I think if you want to stain it you might have to veneer it first as ply doesn't normally look good enough stained.
by woodsmith
Sat Jan 25, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Stain finish for newly built loudspeaker cabinets.
Replies: 15
Views: 971

Re: Stain finish for newly built loudspeaker cabinets.

I too would have thought a black paint would be your best option. The cabinet and ply does need to be perfect though as it will magnify every tiny imperfection. When I made a cabinet for a musical instrument I covered it with 2 pack filler and sanded it down to a normally good finish then got wet an...
by woodsmith
Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Making tongued and grooved joints
Replies: 23
Views: 1829

Re: Making tongued and grooved joints

cheddarman wrote:
Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:51 pm
I've only got (small) ¼" spindle bits and there are only two collets, ¼" & ⅜" and this was definitely the ¼" one!!
But if it was lose as you said then something was wrong. I've seen router bits that were less than 1/4inch for sale so it would be worth checking them.
by woodsmith
Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Making tongued and grooved joints
Replies: 23
Views: 1829

Re: Making tongued and grooved joints

The collet should be a good fit on the router bit before you tighten it. If it was lose then the collet was the wrong size for the bit and this would account for it snapping.
by woodsmith
Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Midlands furniture ply and other questions?
Replies: 2
Views: 324

Re: Midlands furniture ply and other questions?

Lathams in Dudley have a very good range of sheet material but I'm not sure if they are trade only.
by woodsmith
Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Set of circular segmental steps - FINISHED
Replies: 42
Views: 3618

Re: Set of circular segmental steps

In theory what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, but I'm not so sure :( .
by woodsmith
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Concrete floor around a wall saw
Replies: 10
Views: 658

Re: Concrete floor around a wall saw

We've are just in the process of taking the ceiling down in the workshop as rats and or squirrels have been nesting in the insulation and made one hell of a mess but the biggest problem is bees! They have made nests in the insulation and everything is covered in a vast amount of smelly sticky honey....
by woodsmith
Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Table restoration & painting (I need help)
Replies: 3
Views: 379

Re: Table restoration & painting (I need help)

The filler you linked to is just that and only suitable for filling small cracks etc. as it has absolutely no structural strength.
by woodsmith
Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Set of circular segmental steps - FINISHED
Replies: 42
Views: 3618

Re: Set of circular segmental steps

You said you liked a challenge, but did you expect it to be this challenging :D
by woodsmith
Mon Dec 23, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Set of circular segmental steps - FINISHED
Replies: 42
Views: 3618

Re: Set of circular segmental steps

Your plan looks like a lot of hard work to get right and I would be concerned that over time a gap is likely to open up between the bullnose and the veneered transition marker. Your scheme is akin to the nosing at the top of a flight of stairs and it's rare to find one that doesn't rock!
by woodsmith
Mon Dec 23, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Set of circular segmental steps - FINISHED
Replies: 42
Views: 3618

Re: Set of circular segmental steps

I thought this is what you wanted to achieve?
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by woodsmith
Mon Dec 23, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Set of circular segmental steps - FINISHED
Replies: 42
Views: 3618

Re: Set of circular segmental steps

I'd find a straight grained length of oak at least 25mm wider than the final moulding width. Rip about a 15mm width off it, plane to 12mm and see if it will bend round the shape you need. Thickness it until it does bend happily then screw it in place. You now have the thickness you need so rip the r...
by woodsmith
Sun Dec 22, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Set of circular segmental steps - FINISHED
Replies: 42
Views: 3618

Re: Set of circular segmental steps

Have you thought about laminating the bullnose? It's quick and relatively easy to do and, if you cut the laminates from a single piece of stock, you can make it so the joints are more or less invisible.
by woodsmith
Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: That didn'tgo according to plan
Replies: 9
Views: 2830

Re: That didn'tgo according to plan

Roger do you know if this finish is for new wood only or if it would go on flooring that's been Osmo'd years ago. Love the idea of odour free and quick drying. Sorry, Keith, but you're out of luck. Bare wood only. Thanks, that's a pity as I've developed an allergy to Osmo and can't use it or any of...
by woodsmith
Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: That didn'tgo according to plan
Replies: 9
Views: 2830

Re: That didn'tgo according to plan

Roger do you know if this finish is for new wood only or if it would go on flooring that's been Osmo'd years ago. Love the idea of odour free and quick drying.
by woodsmith
Fri Nov 29, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Making tongued and grooved joints
Replies: 23
Views: 1829

Re: Making tongued and grooved joints

Can you not get the wood ready t&g? Alternatively you could find a local joiner who would be willing to machine it for you.
by woodsmith
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Adirondack chair
Replies: 7
Views: 1985

Re: Adirondack chair

Hi Jase, that would be great, especially as I've just been informed she would like a few, which probably means four!
by woodsmith
Wed Oct 30, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Bespoke Kitchen and Utility
Replies: 11
Views: 1736

Re: Bespoke Kitchen and Utility

It's a DeVilbiss ADV-G510-18, Advance gravity gun kit TT, the compressor is a 50 litre, 3hp, belt driven nominally 13 cu ft/min and I have a wall mounted pressure regulator in the spray room so I can set the pressure to suit the paint I'm using. Can't say that I would recommend this gun though, it d...
by woodsmith
Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Bespoke Kitchen and Utility
Replies: 11
Views: 1736

Re: Bespoke Kitchen and Utility

I've got a DeVilbiss HVLP gun which works from a compressor and I get quite a bit of overspray so I assume the dedicated HVLP systems like the Earlex must create less?
by woodsmith
Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Newbie
Replies: 3
Views: 766

Re: Newbie

Most of the woodworking magazines have closed, i think there is only The Woodworker left but no idea if it's any good any more. I'd look to see if you can find some back issues, you might get a few years worth for the price of a couple of new mags.
by woodsmith
Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Bespoke Kitchen and Utility
Replies: 11
Views: 1736

Re: Bespoke Kitchen and Utility

Very nice job, everyone should be well pleased.
by woodsmith
Sat Oct 05, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: 6” or 4” drops
Replies: 2
Views: 476

Re: 6” or 4” drops

I'd use 4" throughout. A 2HP extractor isn't anything like powerful enough for 6" pipe, the airflow is reduced and larger particles drop out of the airflow and gradually build up in the pipe. I have a 3HP extractor and use 4" for everything. My advice is to try to use slow bends rather than 90* elbo...
by woodsmith
Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Swolen work surface
Replies: 12
Views: 1255

Re: Swolen work surface

I think it would be worth trying to repair this as I would think it would be all but impossible to remove this section of worktop and replace it unless they didn't glue the joint at all. I would get as much of the soft core out as possible using a very fine blade and a vacuum cleaner. Squeeze glue u...
by woodsmith
Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: How do you drill a long hole down the length of a piece of timber?
Replies: 6
Views: 1108

Re: How do you drill a long hole down the length of a piece of timber?

I would think you could just drill this hole by hand, it's only 165mm deep if you drill from each end. I'd get some softwood and have a practice at drilling before having a go with the real thing.
by woodsmith
Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Cross sled for table saw
Replies: 3
Views: 767

Re: Cross sled for table saw

You need a panel saw to cut 8x4 sheets safely but as Steve said it's easy enough with a track saw or circular saw. The trick is supporting the board and for that I use an 8x4, 50mm thick sheet of foam, not the foil sided stuff just insulation slab which you can get from BnQ. Set the depth of the cut...