Dknapp34

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    Peacock Oil

    I bought some to try out. Tested it on a scrap piece of zebrawood. It was fine, but to my eye it looked like a lot of other oil and wax blends. Admittedly, I didn’t do as much careful surface prep as I would on a real project, so I may not have been giving it a fair chance. Been too busy to do much woodworking lately, but I’m planning to make some small boxes for charity auctions soon, and I might try it out on one of them to see how it looks on an actual project. If I do, I’ll post an update.
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    Arm-R-Seal finishing question

    ARS satin can be streaky if you don’t stir really well. Make sure you are stirring it a lot. I find I have better luck with thinned coats of semi gloss and using the satin as a last coat to knock down some of the sheen. I’ve never had much luck with getting the streaks to go away once they’re there. Plus if you’ve done several coats and the streaks are in the earliest ones, you probably won’t be able to buff them out because you won’t be getting down to the first few layers. Hope it works for you, but you might have to decide whether to sand down to bare wood if the buffing doesn’t work.
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    Band Saw Starter Problem

    Bought a new starter switch.
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    Koa wood shot glass, first project

    Pictures or it didn’t happen... I’ve recently used mahoney’s walnut oil on a cocobolo spoon I carved and I am pretty happy with the finish it leaves. Salad bowl finish forms a fairly glossy finish, but it’s not my favorite. Whatever you do, don’t use shellac as it will dissolve in alcohol.
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    Dust Collector Floor Sweeps.

    I have one and I love it. Use it all the time. I say go for it.
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    West Systems Fail

    The wood was actually incredibly cheap (even though the QS boards, of which I have several hundred bd ft, are dead ringer for sapele). I wrote another post about it when I bought the wood. Several thousand bd ft of it had been sitting outside at a millwork shop for 20 years because it had a distinct wet-dog-like smell to it. Eventually they just put it up on craigslist for about $1 bd ft. I took home a test board they gave me and planed it down and finished it and once the finish was on it, there no longer was a smell. So I went back and picked up a trailer load of it. At that price, I figured it wouldn't be too much of a loss even if the smell didn't go away. Here's a picture of one of the QS boards:
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    Cotton glove as applicator

    That’s so weird, I have that same problem with my t-shirts.
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    West Systems Fail

    My concern is that the bit will just get covered in goop and have to be cleaned after every mortise. I guess there's no harm in trying one out to see if it works. I'm going to give it a few more days to see if it hardens up more before I do anything.
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    West Systems Fail

    I used the slow setting hardener. Can't recall the number off hand. I think I figured out the problem though. The pump on the hardener wasn't primed properly (as other have suggested). I guess I just wasn't paying enough attention when I was pumping it and didn't notice that not enough came out. Any chance that it will cure fully if I just give it more time and maybe move it somewhere warmer for a few days? Or, am I just out of luck and need to start over?
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    West Systems Fail

    I did 1 pump of the hardener for each pump of resin, but I wonder if the hardener wasn’t coming out all the way. I’ll check it later tonight and see if something is off with the pump. If I have to scrap it, I think I will route a groove along the whole length of the rails and infill it with a new strip of wood, then re-mortise the domino holes. That seems a lot easier than trying to clean out each mortise individually.
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    West Systems Fail

    I was gluing up the back to an outdoor sectional couch I am building out of acacia. The back is essentially two horizontal rails with a bunch of vertical slats in between. The slats attached to the rails using dominos. Because it's an outdoor piece and because I wanted a longer open time, I opted to use West Systems epoxy. It's now been two and a half days and the epoxy is still tacky and if I take the clamps off, the joints can open up. I've never had this happen before. I used the correct ratio of pumps 1:1 hardener to resin. It's colder in my basement than usual, but I've never had epoxy that takes longer than 24-36 hours to fully cure. I'm starting to get nervous because it would be a royal PITA to try and remove the epoxy. I might just have to make a whole new back, since I have no idea how to scrape out the epoxy from all of the domino mortises (36 of them).
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    First coat Arm-R-Seal has me a little nervous

    It also looks to me like it may have been applied too thickly. A thick coat will be more likely to get air bubbles and other imperfections in it. Multiple thin coats are best, and it’s hard to do that with a foam brush. I would sand down through the entire first coat and start over.
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    Coffee Cabinet

    This was my first time using them. They were easy to install but there is an overwhelming number of different types of slides out there so it was kind of hard to find exactly what I needed. I still prefer not to use metal slides, but for something like this it was the only viable option.
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    Coffee Cabinet

    Forgot to take a pic of that. I used over-extension slides. They extend about an inch and a half out past full extension. It's enough to clear the overhang created by the sliding doors. Drawer fronts are zebra wood:
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    Coffee Cabinet

    Been busy at my real job lately so progress has been slow, but I basically finished the case and am starting to work on the wenge legs. This is them cut to size and clamped in place just to get a sense of what it's going to look like. The legs will get a generous roundover, so they won't be so boxy looking.