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  1. First thing is you need to decide what type of finish you want to use. Sherwin Williams has a great cabinet paint called ProClassic, and Benjamin Moore has one also but I forget the name. Great paint, but way to thick for a reasonably priced spray gun. I’d recommend a water based lacquer. Two coats of primer and two coats of finish. The issue is where you can get it. I’ve been using Sherwin Williams Kem Aqua Plus for a few years mainly because I didn’t want to spend a lot of a finish system. I got the Earlex 5500 and found where I could get the KA+. I have had great luck with it. Now that ive gotten more comfortable with finishing I went to a AAA spray system. I’ve started having some microfoaming issues with the KA+, so I went back to the Earlex to try it, same problem. Thinned it slightly with an extender, it solved the problem. I did try the Black Widow spray gun from Harbor Freight, I thought it spray excellent, but didn’t seem to like the KA+, would keep clogging up. Didn’t try to figure out why, I just returned it. Recently I tried a company called Target Coatings out of NJ. I’ve only sprayed the clear so far but am VERY happy with it. They also sell a tinted lacquer that I am going to try which can be tinted to any SW or BM paint color, you just need the number for the color. Feel free to hit me up with any questions.
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    Roasted Wood?

    I had to go find how to explain this. We do this at my day job for guitar tops on certain models. It does change the tone somewhat. I guess you need a REALLY good ear to notice just how big a change they say occurs. “The torrefaction process involves baking wood in an oxygen free environment at temperatures higher than conventional timber seasoning kilns. Taken to its logical conclusion you would end up with charcoal but stopped short, the wood merely darkens depending on how long it has been roasted. This colour change occurs due to chemical reactions between the wood’s proteins and its natural sugars, and torrefied maple can range from soft amber to a deep reddish brown that is closer to cherry or even walnut. You can observe similar outcomes with spruce and the colour change permeates throughout the timber.“ Now what I have noticed is old growth “Sinker Mahogany” if you can obtain it, changes the tone drastically so that even a tone deaf person like me can notice a huge change. Go to YouTube and search Vince Gill sinker Mahogany and it’s obvious when he plays the two guitars. Back to the torrified, yes it does change the color dramatically, basically turns new wood into old wood and give it a unique smell, almost burned but still sweet.
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    New Table Saw

    They have all been on different saw, I think only one of them has done it twice, so no apparent issues to this point
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    New Table Saw

    I know I don’t post here much due to what I have to go through to log in everytime. But I’ve been following this thread since the beginning and kindly allow me to throw my 2 cents in. I have to say I agree with what Kev has to say about why he doesn’t want a SS. At my day job we have 13 SS’s for about 14 years now, I’ve been the lucky one to have to learn the ins and outs of these saws. Sorry to saw I’m less than impressed. Don’t get me wrong, I really like the safety feature. I believe it’s saved 2 peoples fingers. However I have had to change the cartridge and the blade at least a dozen times for just what was described happening. For the people’s who’s fingers were saved it’s more than worth it. A number of years back at a tool show I attended I got to talking to the SS rep and asked him what the reasoning was that the blade had to stop as well as drop below the table, he really didn’t have an exact answer for me. As fast as it drops that should be good enough. Change the cartridge and back on your way. Now recently I’ve come across Felder having the PCS where they have the same basic idea but have greatly improved on the safety feature of SS. Certainly not a machine for your average hobbyist, but the technology is there. This is where I feel the table saws will be headed in the future. Here’s a link to the machine I mentioned. https://www.felder-group.com/fg-en/pcs.html
  5. I know a little bit about this. I’ve been using Sherwin Williams Kem Aqua Plus, both clear and white. I was lucky enough to have a commercial place about 45 minutes from me. I call a few days before and give tell them what I need and they are good about pouring off 1 gallon cans for me. I wish I could buy it by the 5 gallon but I don’t use it fast enough perhaps. 1 year shelf life they say. Ive been using, for now, an Earlex 5500 to spray it and have had great results. I use the 1.5 tip for colors and 1.0 for clears. My tip, if the store asks what your spraying it in, just tell them a spray booth, not I’m just using a fan out my garage window. In actuality a fan in the window is fine for this stuff. Also, since I just do this stuff as a hobby, but I like stuff done right, I don’t have a “business” but I still gave them a business name and I got a better price also. But the store by me is really cool. They have also answered a bunch of other questions I had when I first went in and asked about it.
  6. The stain I used was Cabot’s Australian Timber Oil, Mahogany Flame I think was the color. I have our sitting in our breezeway so it’s not in direct sun much. But I’ve had to pressure wash it twice since the birds like to sit just above it. I think it has held up pretty well. It does get wet quite a bit when it rains or snows hard. I also used that stain on a Sipo deck railing I did. After 3 years I do need to restain it this spring but it’s held up better than others I’ve used.
  7. That bench looks outstanding. Great job on the M&T’s. This is a great project to build. What type of finish are you thinking? I’ve built about 10 of these so far. People seem to love them around their fire pits. Made all mine out of Mahogany scraps from work (ya I know, very lucky) and made some Sipo dominos also from scrap from work. Just used Cabot’s deck stain as the finish since they would be outdoors anyway. They’ve held up very well so far after about 3 years.
  8. Hey guys, got to some of what I had cut a few months ago. Not the most swirling grain, but it's darker. All came from the same board, but you can see the pieces on the right do have a little more orange to them. They were closer to the top. I talked to one of the other guys about some stuff we have matched, quite the color variations . Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Do you happen to have any pictures to share? And of coarse this comes up on a holiday weekend. I can get some pictures of when I get back Tuesday. I'll let you know. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Hey guys, I know I never really post here. But I can tell you, that IS Cocobolo. I have resawn ALOT of that stuff in the last year for guitar backs and sides. Some of it can be really straight grain, bright orange (which actually darkens to a deeper orange in about 2-3 weeks when it's exposed to air) and I've seen plenty of it with the swirling grain patter. That is what most guitar nuts want right now. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Hey gang, don't think I ever posted anything here but do check it out quite often. I have a HF dust collector that I put in around May 2014. I actually put it up in my attic of my 2 car garage just to save space. Since the area is well vented I wasn't to worried if some dust gets out of the filter bag. I will get a canister for it at some point. I also got the plastic dust deputy to seperate the dust. And only once have I had to empty the DC bag because I let the garbage can fill up. And no the full bag was not very heavy. I used PVC pipe for the ductwork, yeah yeah yeah I know, static. None, after watching numerous YouTube videos and reading everything I could find, I wrapped 18 gauge copper wire around all the ductwork and screwed into every fitting and made sure the line was continuous from the end of my line to the DC. I have not blown up or gotten any shocks at all. Oh and I have it controlled on a remote I purchased from DH Gate. Now I really only use it for my planet, jointer, router table and little dewalt table saw and it works great. The rest of my tools are all Festool so I have very limited airborne dust. So go with the HF collector, well worth it.
  12. Hey gang, I have been in the acoustic guitar production for over 20 years. If you can come across Brazilian. Rosewood, by all means do what you have to do to get it. Yes you don't want to totally "rip the guy off". But I can say this, we CANNOT get this type of wood anymore, so what we do have only goes on customs, and the up charge for a set of book matched back and sides is over $10,000, and the total material in the is about 3/4 of BF. So go for it