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by woodsmith
Wed May 29, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Not seen this before
Replies: 3
Views: 240

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: 7
Views: 327

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: 3
Views: 179

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: 368

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: 1148

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: 7
Views: 2345

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: 2016

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: 4770

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: 2240

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: 2261

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: 614

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: 1105

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: 771

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: 2587

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: 1763

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: 1763

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: 1198

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: 1319

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: 662

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: 1087

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: 1478

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: 1909

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: 2483

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: 4323

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: 7
Views: 2345

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: 1823

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...
by woodsmith
Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Air Dried Or Green Oak For External Use?
Replies: 6
Views: 1581

Re: Air Dried Or Green Oak For External Use?

I am a bit concerned about using 1" square timber for a bench. Unless you have some way of linking or reinforcing the timber I think you are going to have major problems with it. Plus teak oil would not be a finish of first choice for me. Oak is a difficult timber to finish for exterior use. Tu...
by woodsmith
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Convex Bench Slats
Replies: 5
Views: 1332

Re: Convex Bench Slats

For jig read home made jig. Just a couple of pieces of MDF cut to the required shape and made into a box would do the job, but you could use the same MDF with a plane and use it as a guide. If you have a power planer take off the bulk of the waste and then a few passes with a hand plane would have i...
by woodsmith
Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Convex Bench Slats
Replies: 5
Views: 1332

Re: Convex Bench Slats

You could make a jig to do this with a router, but, especially if you don't have a lot to do, you could just use a plane to shape them.
by woodsmith
Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: ROOFING EAVES DETAIL
Replies: 8
Views: 2298

Re: ROOFING EAVES DETAIL

Looks like this roof doesn't have fascia boards so will need a tile support batten. You will find that the bottom batten needs to be thicker than the rest of the roofing laths. If you Google clay tile eaves detail and look at images you will find lots of examples, although most show a fascia board y...
by woodsmith
Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Cordless had saw
Replies: 10
Views: 3207

Re: Cordless had saw

Can't help you with the saw, although I have got a couple of Milwaukee drills and they have been great, but when I was writing for The Woodworker magazine they sent me half a dozen blades to test in my 18v DeWalt saw. Ran each blade with a full battery and cut lengths of MDF. The Freud blade cut mor...
by woodsmith
Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: wheelie bin storage where to get the wood
Replies: 5
Views: 1629

Re: wheelie bin storage where to get the wood

It looks like it's just laths layed on the slats and nailed or screwed together. If you were to rout slots you would be exposing the less treated inner part of the timber which would encourage rot to set in.
by woodsmith
Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:37 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Media Unit (after Woodbloke(after Alan Peters))
Replies: 11
Views: 3869

Re: Media Unit (after Woodbloke(after Alan Peters))

I like it too.
by woodsmith
Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: new dust mask / respirator ?
Replies: 10
Views: 2843

Re: new dust mask / respirator ?

The pre filter is rated P2, so not too bad, but I would definitely go for a dedicated P3 mask if I were using MDF a lot.
by woodsmith
Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: new dust mask / respirator ?
Replies: 10
Views: 2843

Re: new dust mask / respirator ?

If you are using a mask for MDF dust you need one rated P3. The one you link to doesn't seem to have a rating at all so I would assume it is only for paint/solvent use. I have used 3M 7000 series masks for years and they are very good (. I hope)
by woodsmith
Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Engineered wood floor
Replies: 5
Views: 1906

Re: Engineered wood floor

I'd lay it as a floating floor, but it would need some laminate floor underlay underneath.
by woodsmith
Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Varnishing gate panels
Replies: 6
Views: 1839

Re: Varnishing gate panels

Danish oil is not very good for treating exterior wood, even the exterior version won't give you a long lasting finish and will need constant maintenance.
by woodsmith
Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Bed frame. Pocket holes?
Replies: 7
Views: 1797

Re: Bed frame. Pocket holes?

I've had a very quick look at the link you posted but couldn't see where they are using the pocket screws. Pocket screws don't give a fantastically strong joint and if you bought some 10mm round moulding and made your own 50mm long dowels, you would have a much stronger joint than pocket screws.
by woodsmith
Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Thermal External door
Replies: 7
Views: 2140

Re: Thermal External door

Is a sheet of aluminium going to reinforce the door? I've made a few insulated doors by making a torsion box from 6mm ply with a 20 or 25mmm cellotex core which I've then clad with timber, and they have been pretty solid!

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