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by woodsmith
Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Newbie
Replies: 2
Views: 98

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: 3
Views: 99

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: 124

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: 513

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: 521

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: 317

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...
by woodsmith
Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Hand plane blade sharpening
Replies: 1
Views: 458

Re: Hand plane blade sharpening

Diamond stones are very cheap now and will last a long time. I bought a Trend one from my local tool shop for £10 a couple of weeks ago which does a brilliant job.
by woodsmith
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: That didn'tgo according to plan
Replies: 4
Views: 860

Re: That didn'tgo according to plan

I had some boards like this where they had slapped filler everywhere. After a good sand down most of the mess was removed and it looked ok after finishing.
by woodsmith
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Kitchen Island
Replies: 5
Views: 578

Re: Kitchen Island

Very nice job, customer should be very happy!
by woodsmith
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Router questions
Replies: 2
Views: 260

Re: Router questions

I wouldn't think a router sled would give you a very good finish and by the time you have faffed about making a sled you could have flattened them with a hand plane. Or if you are sure the boards are nail free you could take them to a local timber merchant or joiner and ask how much it would cost fo...
by woodsmith
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: External door question
Replies: 10
Views: 715

Re: External door question

You would still need a substantial tenon and would then be relying completely on the glue keeping the joint together so I'd use Polyproof waterproof adhesive. It's light years better than anything else, even West epoxy can't touch it, expensive though!
by woodsmith
Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Turning
Topic: Getting there
Replies: 2
Views: 440

Re: Getting there

Is that on the Legacy?
by woodsmith
Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Coffee Table
Replies: 3
Views: 678

Re: Coffee Table

I like that.
by woodsmith
Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Teak oil nightmare
Replies: 11
Views: 838

Re: Teak oil nightmare

If your top is veneered and you have patches that won't take an oil finish it may not be practical to sand it down enough for Polyx to give you an even finish. I would use white spirit on a cloth to remove as much of the teak oil as you can possibly get out then leave it to dry completely. Then give...
by woodsmith
Wed May 29, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Not seen this before
Replies: 3
Views: 528

Re: Not seen this before

Not sure that would make any difference, and I thought he was going to push his hand in the cutter!
by woodsmith
Fri May 24, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Torch on felt advice
Replies: 10
Views: 993

Re: Torch on felt advice

Its possible to cold lay a roof with good results, I did one over 10 years ago and it is still perfect from what I can see. However if I was to to do it today I would look at more modern materials, rubber or fibreglass for instance. Google flat roof systems and you'll find loads of options.
by woodsmith
Mon May 13, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Drying an Oak slab?
Replies: 5
Views: 690

Re: Drying an Oak slab?

It's very very difficult to dry a piece of wood like this without it splitting. However if you are very patient you could try wrapping the wood in newspaper and then putting it in a plastic bag, which you seal up. After about a month take it out of the bag, replace the paper and put it back in the b...
by woodsmith
Fri May 10, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Adirondack chair
Replies: 3
Views: 767

Re: Adirondack chair

Nice, my better half wants one
by woodsmith
Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Festool Domino warning - graphic content
Replies: 11
Views: 1667

Re: Festool Domino warning - graphic content

That looks nasty, it's a sobering sight and all too easy to do. Hope you heal well, my neighbour made a real mess of his hand and they did such a good job that now you wouldn't know he had ever damaged it, so hope they can do the same for you. Best of luck with it and keep us informed how you go on.
by woodsmith
Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Sadolin Ultra vs Sadolin Classic vs Sikkens Cetol Filter 7 Plus
Replies: 15
Views: 3152

Re: Sadolin Ultra vs Sadolin Classic vs Sikkens Cetol Filter 7 Plus

Thanks for the update, much appreciated.
by woodsmith
Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Hammer C3-31 dished fence
Replies: 23
Views: 2714

Re: Hammer C3-31 dished fence

I had a portable DeWalt thicknesser for years, took up little space in the workshop and handled 95% of the thicknessing. Wore it out in the end and now have a Jet thicknesser which is still a comparatively small footprint. Life's too short to muck about converting planer thicknessers.
by woodsmith
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Replacement Sash and Case Windows
Replies: 62
Views: 5944

Re: Replacement Sash and Case Windows

Another advantage of repair is that there is generally no need to involve the Planning Department, a massive bonus as they can be unbelievably obstructive.
by woodsmith
Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: been busy making these in rural France
Replies: 13
Views: 2579

Re: been busy making these in rural France

A lovely job in more ways than one.
by woodsmith
Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Cutting a circular oak worktop best method
Replies: 11
Views: 2581

Re: Cutting a circular oak worktop best method

I had to do something similar and glued a piece of ply, pre fitted with a pin, to the surface with a few spots of glue from a hot melt glue gun. You would need to make sure it would come away easily without marking the surface, it did for me but you would need to test it first. The other thing I fou...
by woodsmith
Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Decking/cabin framing help
Replies: 2
Views: 777

Re: Decking/cabin framing help

As you are going to set a building on this you need to use concrete pads. I usually fill the hole with a stiff mix of concrete then set a paving slab on top, that way it's much easier to guarantee that you have them perfectly level.
by woodsmith
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Advice for mahogany table damage
Replies: 6
Views: 1296

Re: Advice for mahogany table damage

You can get shellac sticks which you melt and run into the scratch, then sand level before applying a final finish. This should give you a good but not invisible repair. I would be wary of trying to steam the mark out, steam is generally used for dents and is a lot less effective for scratches and s...
by woodsmith
Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: INCRA Cleansweep dust extraction principle and questions
Replies: 3
Views: 916

Re: INCRA Cleansweep dust extraction principle and questions

The rings are designed to stop the dust ever getting into the box so you need a good extraction system in the fence. Dust falling down over the router can get sucked into the inverted router motor, so preventing the dust getting in there by fitting a close fitting ring is a good idea.
by woodsmith
Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Why do we make through tenons these days ?
Replies: 15
Views: 2964

Re: Why do we make through tenons these days ?

I did quite a bit of joint testing when I first got my Domino and found that if you Domino a rail to a stile and then put enough force on the joint, the stile will usually split down its length at the end of the Domino. Basically the stile lacks the strength of the cross grain joint from the through...
by woodsmith
Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Engineered oak door defects
Replies: 12
Views: 2123

Re: Engineered oak door defects

As Prom says definitely defective. I've reluctantly fitted a few engineered doors and not been called back to any of them so they should be reasonably durable.
by woodsmith
Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Engineered oak door defects
Replies: 12
Views: 2123

Re: Engineered oak door defects

Was this supplied as an external door?
by woodsmith
Sun May 06, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Looking for new van suggestion
Replies: 5
Views: 1389

Re: Looking for new van suggestion

If you are not going to be using it for long runs I would look to get an older van without all the emission kit. A friend has a new Vivaro and it has been in and out of the garage with a clogged up EGR valve dispite the fact he doesn't do short runs in it and this seems to be a common problem with t...
by woodsmith
Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Best options for window shading
Replies: 2
Views: 1619

Re: Best options for window shading

Plantation blinds block the light much better than Venetian or roller blinds as they seal the light out all round the blind. The only down side i find with them is, because they seal so well, they trap the air between the glass and the blind and, even with double glazing, we get a lot more condensat...
by woodsmith
Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Woodworm
Replies: 1
Views: 745

Re: Woodworm

I think that the larva are active all year but they emerge to fly off to timbers new in May. The chances are these are old holes that you didn't spot earlier. The kilning process would kill any woodworm off, and woodworm like moist wood, once the moisture content gets below 20% they aren't normally ...
by woodsmith
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Small workshop fine dust extraction
Replies: 4
Views: 1274

Re: Small workshop fine dust extraction

I don't think any of these machines will work that well with a large sander, it creates so much fine dust that it will very quickly clog any filter. The bag machine would be the worst option, the bag material gets completely saturated with dust and it is very difficult to clean it enough to get a de...
by woodsmith
Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Timbmet...................
Replies: 5
Views: 1623

Re: Timbmet...................

I've used Lathams for sheet material and also some timber. On the whole they have been very good, they did slip me a bendy piece of 6mm birch ply once but that could have been error rather than intent.
by woodsmith
Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Oak refectory table
Replies: 8
Views: 2216

Re: Oak refectory table

Yes, thanks for posting, very interesting to see your construction methods for a table like this.
by woodsmith
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: First proper kitchen finished
Replies: 12
Views: 2820

Re: First proper kitchen finished

Very smart job.
by woodsmith
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: driveway gates
Replies: 26
Views: 5130

Re: driveway gates

Thanks for going to so much trouble to post this, the gates look great and I especially like your method of hidden fixing which I'm going to nick if I may! Like Prom though I don't think you have left enough space between the boards, especially as you used kilned. I had a door split its stiles durin...
by woodsmith
Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Sadolin Ultra vs Sadolin Classic vs Sikkens Cetol Filter 7 Plus
Replies: 15
Views: 3152

Re: Sadolin Ultra vs Sadolin Classic vs Sikkens Cetol Filter 7 Plus

Brilliant, look forward to the updates. I had a glue test in the garden for many years, it became a point of discourse and division when it became less sightly!
by woodsmith
Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Wood filler
Replies: 6
Views: 2080

Re: Wood filler

You could get a pocket hole plug cutter and make your own plugs, that way it should be more or less invisible. Filler is always a bodge, if you get it to match at the start as soon as the wood ages the filler will stand out like a beacon. If your client is going to be ridiculously picky I would tell...