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by woodsmith
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Grubbing cherry orchard
Replies: 1
Views: 36

Re: Grubbing cherry orchard

You might have more luck on a wood turning forum
by woodsmith
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Continuous "piano" hinges
Replies: 3
Views: 507

Re: Continuous "piano" hinges

You can get screws with very small heads specifically for piano hinges but I think you would be better off using cranked flush hinges. They are still relatively weak, so you will need to be careful both fitting and using the door, but much better than piano hinges.
by woodsmith
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Using shellac varnish on oiled wood
Replies: 7
Views: 670

Re: Using shellac varnish on oiled wood

Finishing oil and Polyx are stand alone finishes that do not need any other product to be used with them. Now I see you are in Brazil I’m not sure what finishes are going to be available to you but it’s generally never a good idea to mix finishes. If you are trying to match a finish then use bits of...
by woodsmith
Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Using shellac varnish on oiled wood
Replies: 7
Views: 670

Re: Using shellac varnish on oiled wood

I wouldn’t oil wood before using shellac but if you want to you will need to make sure the oil is completely dry before applying shellac. That means not applying the oil too thickly and leaving it a week or more to dry. Thanks for the advice. I see, so the linseed oil was the probable cause. I try ...
by woodsmith
Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Is project structurally sound?
Replies: 6
Views: 308

Re: Is project structurally sound?

If you look carefully you can see that the back legs are not square and are at least double width, plus the ply back will stiffen the chair left to right. Also there seems to be an extra piece of wood in the middle but the photo isn’t clear enough to make out exactly what it’s doing. It’s still form...
by woodsmith
Thu Jun 18, 2020 11:51 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Is project structurally sound?
Replies: 6
Views: 308

Re: Is project structurally sound?

Your project should take the weight vertically but it has no lateral strength and so, as it stands, it wouldn’t be safe. You need to add some diagonal bracing but that’s going to be difficult with your current design without spoiling the aesthetics.
by woodsmith
Thu Jun 18, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Using shellac varnish on oiled wood
Replies: 7
Views: 670

Re: Using shellac varnish on oiled wood

I wouldn’t oil wood before using shellac but if you want to you will need to make sure the oil is completely dry before applying shellac. That means not applying the oil too thickly and leaving it a week or more to dry.
by woodsmith
Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Kapex KS120 problems
Replies: 8
Views: 431

Re: Kapex KS120 problems

Third time lucky!!
by woodsmith
Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Old Roof Joists
Replies: 4
Views: 246

Re: Old Roof Joists

Timber has gone down and down in quality over the years and the carcassing timber of even 20 years ago is better than the PSE they are selling today. So you may have some decent timber but it's most likely to be softwood.
by woodsmith
Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Refitting botched bifold door installation.
Replies: 2
Views: 148

Re: Refitting botched bifold door installation.

You have done a remarkable job there because it's a lot easier to fit these things from scratch than to refit someone else's c*ck up. When you contact the firm give them an invoice for the time and materials you have used, that makes it easier for them to pay you as they can put it through their acc...
by woodsmith
Sat Jun 13, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Kapex KS120 problems
Replies: 8
Views: 431

Re: Kapex KS120 problems

Result!!!
by woodsmith
Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:21 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Ok how many of you guys would..............
Replies: 17
Views: 569

Re: Ok how many of you guys would..............

MJ if the door is made up from laminated sections then why not laminate the door?
by woodsmith
Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: New to woodworking, tips for outdoor project
Replies: 11
Views: 656

Re: New to woodworking, tips for outdoor project

Pre drilling holes for the screws should stop the wood splitting. As for sanding treated timber, the dust is full of wood preserver so not good to breathe in or get on your skin.
by woodsmith
Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Ok how many of you guys would..............
Replies: 17
Views: 569

Re: Ok how many of you guys would..............

I've only used a standard Domino machine once to make external joinery and that was for my own front door frame. We have a listed building, I needed to replace the crappy front door which had a glass panel but Conservation insisted it had to be glass free which would have made the hall dark. The cha...
by woodsmith
Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Planer thicknesser quandry.
Replies: 26
Views: 854

Re: Planer thicknesser quandry.

If you have the space I'd look at getting a relatively cheap thicknesser. I had a Dewalt for years and it worked for 95% of the thicknessing I need to do and saves so much time swapping modes.
by woodsmith
Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: New to woodworking, tips for outdoor project
Replies: 11
Views: 656

Re: New to woodworking, tips for outdoor project

You shouldn't sand down treated timber so that's not an option. I've made outdoor furniture with treated CLS and it does have some imperfections but these can usually be worked round, if it's really bad send it back.
by woodsmith
Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Working with 4mm Ply
Replies: 2
Views: 227

Re: Working with 4mm Ply

4mm ply is completely unstable but the more layers you build up the more stable it becomes. It would be interesting to see what you are building because, for a gun, I would think there would be better options.
by woodsmith
Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Planer thicknesser quandry.
Replies: 26
Views: 854

Re: Planer thicknesser quandry.

I've got a Hammer A3 41 and really like it. I previously had a Scheppach and I've had a couple of Chinese imports to review, as I worked for a woodworking magazine, and the Hammer is hands down better. I don't have the spiral block as it only just became available after I bought mine. I have a separ...
by woodsmith
Thu May 28, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Kapex KS120 problems
Replies: 8
Views: 431

Re: Kapex KS120 problems

I've had no problems, so far, with mine. I may be worth a letter or email asking them to replace it as it appears there is clearly something fundamentally wrong with the machine.
by woodsmith
Wed May 27, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Mark/stain on wood grain
Replies: 2
Views: 240

Re: Mark/stain on wood grain

Stick marks can go quite deep into the timber so can be difficult to remove without planing a lot of wood away.
by woodsmith
Mon May 18, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: New to woodworking, tips for outdoor project
Replies: 11
Views: 656

Re: New to woodworking, tips for outdoor project

You could use treated softwood as almost all construction timber comes planed with rounded edges these days. Just ask for treated CLS at the builders merchants. You will probably need to store it somewhere dry for a few days as it often comes very wet and treat any cut ends if you want it to last.
by woodsmith
Fri May 15, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Question on cutting
Replies: 4
Views: 455

Re: Question on cutting

If your router isn't powerful enough to follow the previous method, another option would be to rip the plank into three pieces, plane all edges and cut the required size out of the centre piece before glueing it back together. If you are careful the glue lines should be almost invisible, or you coul...
by woodsmith
Mon May 11, 2020 8:20 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Can I wax an old oiled table
Replies: 11
Views: 1962

Re: Can I wax an old oiled table

You can use oxalic acid to bleach marks in timber, and it may be worth a try, but it's probably easier to make it worse than get a good finish. Marks in oak tend to disappear over time and, even if you got a random orbit sander and took a millimetre off, you couldn't guarantee that the mark wouldn't...
by woodsmith
Sun May 10, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Can I wax an old oiled table
Replies: 11
Views: 1962

Re: Can I wax an old oiled table

Don't use wire wool, the steel bits that come off can react with the oak and cause black marks. Rings can be very difficult to remove as they can go deep into the timber. You could try wet and dry paper, about 120grit, which you can use soaked in a dilute finishing oil to reduce the marks.
by woodsmith
Wed May 06, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Water sat on sideboard
Replies: 6
Views: 441

Re: Water sat on sideboard

Do you know if this is solid wood or veneered. If it's veneered there may be not much you can do about it but hopefully time will make it less obvious. If it's solid wood you could sand it down which would mean removing the finish over the whole top. You may not be able to get the mark out completel...
by woodsmith
Mon May 04, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Small spindle moulder
Replies: 11
Views: 745

Re: Small spindle moulder

This looks underpowered for any serious use, I doubt 1.5kW is not going to cut it! A good heavy duty router, such as the DeWalt 625 is 2kW, so you can see that this machine is likely to struggle getting anything but the lightest tools spinning up to speed. Safety is a big factor too, as thatsnotafes...
by woodsmith
Fri May 01, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Drilling Large holes in tree trunks
Replies: 4
Views: 465

Re: Drilling Large holes in tree trunks

Bob, an auger needs to screw down through the wood but a Forstner bit doesn't. It has a small point at the centre to stop it wandering when you start to drill but then it can centre itself within the hole you have already started.
by woodsmith
Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Drilling Large holes in tree trunks
Replies: 4
Views: 465

Re: Drilling Large holes in tree trunks

I'd use the Forstner bit to mark the size and position of the hole by drilling just a couple of mm, then drill out most of the waste with an auger before going back to the Forstner bit. That way it's having to do a lot less work.
by woodsmith
Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Round groove in dowel.
Replies: 5
Views: 467

Re: Round groove in dowel.

If you get a block of wood, and drill a hole so that the peg slides in freely, then drill another hole the size of the notch so that it runs through the side of the hole you previously drilled. You can then slide a peg in, drill through the smaller hole and create your notch. If that makes sense?
by woodsmith
Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Design/Development
Topic: Design/Plan for Glass Display case needed!
Replies: 2
Views: 386

Re: Design/Plan for Glass Display case needed!

I don't think I've seen plans for something like this in any of the magazines. It would be quite difficult to make as you would need to keep the timber sections small and so jointing them would be challenging. How about making the case entirely from glass, by bonding the pieces together in the same ...
by woodsmith
Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Best walnut finish on solid oak chest of drawers.
Replies: 1
Views: 390

Re: Best walnut finish on solid oak chest of drawers.

As it's already been treated with something, possibly wax which you will need to remove first, I think you would be better off with a coloured varnish as a stain is unlikely to go on evenly. Plus if the varnish is a bit patchy you can give it extra coats to get an even finish. From the photo it look...
by woodsmith
Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Recent Staircase
Replies: 11
Views: 1957

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: 1116

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: 1458

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: 751

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: 2302

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: 919

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: 1337

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: 5177

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: 1179

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...