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  1. wtnhighlander

    Beginner lathe

    Traditional vs. Carbide tools is a debate that approaches religeous fervor. I'll just say that the scraping action of the carbide tools is probably easier to control, but does not produce the same level of finish that traditional tools can. I see no compelling reason to choose one over the other, except perhaps that you don't resharpen carbide tools, just replace the tips.
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    Sanding Procedures

    @TerryMcK , do you slow the ROS at higher grits, or speed it up? I recently obtained a sander with variable speed, and haven't determined how best to use it yet. My progression starts at 80 most of the time, maybe 60 if I need to level a joint. My hand planing skills aren't up to using that tool for a surface finish. From there, typically 100 > 120 > 150 > 180 > 220 > 320. I prefer to have an extra-fine surface before applying finish. If I'm using something like danish oil, I'll wet-sand it in with 400 or 600.
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    Apothecary chest

    Derek, do you clamp a support block next to those pin boards to help the router stay level while wasting out the tail sockets?
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    Making a glue joint.

    IMO, the best way to clean up a live edge for finishing is with a tablesaw and jointer.
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    Beginner lathe

    What sort of things would you like to turn? Lathes come in many sizes and configurations, so a little background on what you'd like to accomplish will help get better responses. In general, wood lathes come in three general sizes: mini, mid, and full (full size covers a lot of ground, though). Mini lathes are great for really tight spaces, but only handle small objects like pens, bottle stoppers, toy tops, etc. Mid-sized lathes still fit on your benchtop, but can handle slightly larger objects. Tool handles, short spindles, small bowls. Full sized lathes usually have their own stand, and start out at a size that can turn objects 10 to 12 inches in diameter, and 24 to 36 inches long. Options go up from there. Price-wise, lots of folks get good service from the inexpensive lathes from Harbor Freight. The models they sell are usually copies of older designs from other brands, and pretty basic. QC for JF tools is "like a box o' chocolates", so don't be surprised if you must take advantage of the return policy. If you are confident this will be a long-term hobby, I'd suggest skipping the HF deal, and look for a good used machine if you need to keep costs under control. Also be aware that the lathe itself is probably the least expensive thing you will buy. There are more aftermarket accessories you "need" for lathe work than there are off-road accessories for a basic jeep.
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    Use petroleum jelly to "leach out" white haze/patches post-poly

    To me, that looks like moisture or other contaminant prevented the stain from adhering to the surface, and it wiped away as the poly was applied. In any case, I doubt that the color will be correct, even if "leaching" of the moisture is successful.
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    Bookshelf toybox

    Yes, a more detailed explanation would help. Do you mean a small box to fit on a bookshelf, or some sort of combined bookshelf and cabinet to hold toys?
  8. wtnhighlander

    Sculptured Chair

    Glad you decided to join the party! This looks like a really interesting journal, and a cool chair design.
  9. wtnhighlander

    Miter Saw vs. Table Saw

    Also requires twine.
  10. wtnhighlander

    Apothecary chest

    Thanks for explaining that!
  11. wtnhighlander

    High gloss sanding tip

    Interesting. My observation is that when using the pencil line method to determine when the full surface has been sanded, the lines disappear a little more quicky as I step up to higher grits. But I usually start at a lower grit (80, most often), especially on panel glue ups, to be sure any joint irregulaities are smoothed out.
  12. wtnhighlander

    Miter Saw vs. Table Saw

    Exactly. No.
  13. wtnhighlander

    Miter Saw vs. Table Saw

    Ever try to cross-cut a (full) sheet of plywood on a miter saw?
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    High gloss sanding tip

    I'm with Ken, at least in regards to sanding bare wood. Each successivly finer grit seems to take a little less time than the previous grit. Maybe the reverse is true for sanding a finish?
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    Making a glue joint.

    C-clamping a 2x4 along the live edge to provide clamping surface should work, but be sure to sandwich each slab with a 2x on top and bottom. Using such a clamping block offsets the force from the plane of the board, and will try to fold it at the joint if you don't clamp from both sides evenly. As stated above, if the joint is well-fitted, you won't need a huge amount of clamping force. The simple, old-fasioned way would be to use these: https://www.amazon.com/Clamps-Pinch-10-Piece-Woodworking-Gluing/dp/B079VTBWY7/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1528814418&sr=8-1-spons&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=pinch+dogs&psc=1