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About drzaius

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  1. drzaius

    refinishing a dining table top

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    Box Joint Aggravation

    William Ng has an excellent youtube on building & tuning a box joint jig. I highly recommend it to anyone trying box joints. The jig is easy & quick to build & he does a good job of explaining how to get it dialed in. A very important thing to know is that the joint should slide together fairly easily. If it is snug, then once it has glue on it, it will be near impossible to get together.
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    Stair Treads Stain

    I have not had any luck making red oak look like white. Even when I've got the color close, the much more open grain of the red gives it away. My solution was to just not use red oak anymore Actually, I did a mantle & surround out of red oak & MDF & painted it with rattle can black. The pores in the red oak telegraph through the paint to give a nice effect.
  4. I don't have a good track saw (or any track saw for that matter), just a circ saw & straight edge. The circ saw will not produce a glue ready edge, so I used the router to true it up.
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    Crevasses/gaps in my polyurethane table top

    I agree with @TerryMcK . Filler will stand out like a horse turd in a glass of milk. Filling those cracks with epoxy prior to finishing would be less obvious. Cutting & reglueing is the best solution.
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    Hand stitched rasps

    That's interesting. I wasn't aware they could be sharpened. I'm a complete rasp noob.
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    Plumbing leak and rust

    I love the look of newly ground iron, but I love the look of that hundred year old plane even more. The patina is beautiful.
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    Finishing the finish

    Don't know what the manufacturers say, but in my experience, It takes about a month for any poly I've used.
  9. Just my opinion, but I think it looks better with the the triangle grain oriented the same as the the main body. I also think there would be less concern with cross grain movement doing it this way. @wdwerker explains just how it should be done. I would add emphasis to the thing about not using 5 minute epoxy. Even with slow set epoxy, you want to do when the temperature is a little cool. The last thing you want with this glue up is to be rushed.
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    Finishing the finish

    I'm going to be contrary here & say that I just don't get the brown paper thing. It's has nowhere near the abrasive qualities of 600 grit. I've tried it a couple of times & it doesn't seem to do much of anything.
  11. In the case where you are dealing with an end grain joint, which this is, this statement is completely false and whoever tells you so just doesn't understand how to properly use them. There needs to be plenty of glue thoroughly coating the sides of the slot and the biscuit. Doesn't matter if they don't expand (& they don't) with epoxy cause it will fill the gaps & provide lots of strength. Likewise with joining sheet goods. I've ripped apart butt joints in sheet goods & the edges are just mangled. The sheet goods fail, not the biscuits. For a long grain joint, biscuits (or loose tenons) will do nothing for strength, but can be useful for alignment. You could rip just 1/8" or whatever it takes to remove the eased edge & then redo it after everything is glued up. Oooo, don't even go there That's a very good attitude to have.
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    Finishing the finish

    Honestly, I've never had any indication that the water has caused an issue. Water is all I used for years (decades). Sometimes the water seems to make the surface a little grabby with the paper. If that happens I'll switch to mineral spirits. I've never had a problem with spirits flashing off too quickly, but then I live in the great white north & for us 30*C is a hot day.
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    Finishing the finish

    Personally, I have never got the mineral oil thing for wet sanding. It just leaves an oily mess that has to be cleaned up. Mineral spirits works very well & is easy to just wipe up after. Or even water with just a couple of drops of dish soap also works well.
  14. His was a single triangle with the grain running 45* to the grain on either slab. It may not even be big enough to have a problem with movement. A drawing would be worth 1000 words here, but I don't know how to make that happen with my phone.