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by woodsmith
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Advice for mahogany table damage
Replies: 6
Views: 281

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: 254

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: 913

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: 666

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: 666

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: 597

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: 602

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: 416

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: 691

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: 966

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: 1003

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: 1382

Re: First proper kitchen finished

Very smart job.
by woodsmith
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: driveway gates
Replies: 16
Views: 1885

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: 4
Views: 1088

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: 1043

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: 977

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: 813

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: 813

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: 1453

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: 2337

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: 1143

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: 2706

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: 1759

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: 1759

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: 1272

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: 1039

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: 1271

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: 1461

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!
by woodsmith
Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: End grain cutting board - when oiled it bows
Replies: 13
Views: 1893

Re: End grain cutting board - when oiled it bows

Butchers blocks are normally made from square section stock and the pieces are randomly orientated which creates a board under even tension. You have used rectangular blocks then aligned them to create a pattern and I think this is your problem. You have inadvertently created a lot of tension within...
by woodsmith
Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Spindle moulder
Replies: 13
Views: 2366

Re: Spindle moulder

Mine reverses but I've only used it a couple of times, having a tilting spindle is the most important extra if you can get it. Keith, what do you find so useful about tilt on a spindle moulder? I have three, one has tilt but I've not needed it so far. I use modern blocks with limiters but do someti...
by woodsmith
Mon Feb 06, 2017 7:41 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: latest kitchen
Replies: 19
Views: 4449

Re: latest kitchen

Very nice, even the plinth lighting! At least they can turn it off if the novelty wears off
by woodsmith
Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Buying timber - north wales and shropshire.
Replies: 2
Views: 761

Re: Buying timber - north wales and shropshire.

I haven't replied as I haven't found any supplier round here in Shropshire that consistently supplies decent oak.
by woodsmith
Sun Jan 29, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Spindle moulder
Replies: 13
Views: 2366

Re: Spindle moulder

Mine reverses but I've only used it a couple of times, having a tilting spindle is the most important extra if you can get it.
by woodsmith
Fri Jan 20, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Cyclone help
Replies: 5
Views: 1160

Re: Cyclone help

Something is wrong with the cyclone if it is imploding drums with no hose attached.
by woodsmith
Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Cyclone help
Replies: 5
Views: 1160

Re: Cyclone help

I think the problem you have is not necessarily with the cyclone but with the tools you are using it with. A cyclone needs an airflow to create the vortex which spins the dust out into the drum. The fact your drums are imploding demonstrates that you don't have this airflow as the hose down to the p...
by woodsmith
Tue Jan 17, 2017 7:31 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Bamboo Kitchen Worktop Help
Replies: 2
Views: 920

Re: Bamboo Kitchen Worktop Help

Sounds like you have put too much oil on. Even though you have sanded the worktop it would still be sealed as the oil will have soaked into a depth and it would only need a few very thin coats to refinish it. I'd remove the finish you have just applied then re-coat but this time apply a small amount...
by woodsmith
Tue Jan 17, 2017 7:21 am
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Mirka
Replies: 5
Views: 1104

Re: Mirka

The Mirka is great when it works but is not the most reliable tool in the box. I'm on my second but wouldn't buy another.
by woodsmith
Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: What timber is this
Replies: 15
Views: 2384

Re: What timber is this

Very difficult to tell from the pictures but it looks a bit like redwood (pine) to me. If you go to a reclaimer and look for a bit of old church pew or the like that may we'll solve your dilemma and save your bacon!
by woodsmith
Tue Jan 03, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Looking for UN-glued teak veneer roll.
Replies: 3
Views: 1094

Re: Looking for UN-glued teak veneer roll.

Sorry I didn't see your original post, Ostermanns would almost certainly been able to supply you with the veneer you wanted.

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