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  1. lewisc

    How to show the grain on pine

    Try a blowtorch. Burn it for a bit and use a card scraper or sand over the top of it if nessecary. Finish with danish oil.
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    Outdoor Rocker

    Well done. It’s got a really nice clean look to it.
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    Matt's Hand Tool Cabinet

    I'm glad someone said it.
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    West Systems maintenance

    The WS epoxy I buy in Australia comes in completely plastic containers. I wonder why they’re different? The only problem I’ve come into recently was the pump on the 207 failed.
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    Easiest plunge router

    If you’re looking for a new router for a job that should be CNCd, is getting a small CNC router out of the question? Some of the YouTube makers seem to go ok with the xcarve machine.
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    Gluing End Grain Cutting Boards

    I use a few pieces of pine covered with tape and a couple of clamps to bring them in line. I don’t do fancy patterns so perfect alignment is not as important for me. I normally wing it and see what comes up.
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    attaching table top to legs

    This is a great read on keeping table tops flat, while allowing for movement. It might not answer your questions but it’s a useful resource. https://www.finewoodworking.com/media/TabletopsFlat.pdf Can you add some pictures?
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    Oil + wax mix: finish and maintenance question

    I've used Osmo PolyX on my dining table for for about a year. No complaints. I also just finished my desk with Osmo - after a month, it still feels great. I used to mix my own wax, tung oil and BLO finish but it started making sense to buy pre-made finishes. My vote is now Osmo when it comes to wax finishes. What about using a cabinet makers wax? http://www.ubeaut.com.au/trad.html This is one I use here in Aus.
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    End grain cutting board issue

    I've had it happen on some but not others. As said, melt some beeswax into some mineral oil and rub it in. Something I also do is to leave a liberal coat of oil on the board over night. It will keep soaking in and buffs out easily enough.
  10. I’m probably never going to buy any bench crafted hardware but I don’t get it. It’s not that bad is it? Is it about the purity of wood being on the workbench? If that’s the case, shouldn’t it all be made from timber? Having said that, a brass knob would have my vote. It’d have a nice patina after years of using it. Also, it could be worse. It could be a turned epoxy river knob.
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    Splinters after sanding

    It's plantation timber so I figured it's grown and harvested quickly and hasn't had time to develop the density of older trees. I made our kitchen table from recycled timber that is a similar species but feels completely different in terms of density and weight. That table timber was probably pulled out of a warehouse that was build 50 years ago.
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    Splinters after sanding

    It seems fairly straight grained. It's only in a some parts across the whole board. I was putting it through the sander from both ends. Raising the height a bit and then going for a few more passes. I was going to hit it with 60g on the ROS and go from there.
  13. I've posted this on an Aussie Woodworking forum with the hope of getting some local timber knowledge. I thought I'd give it a go here as well. I think splinters could be the right word. If anyone has a better word, I’ll use that. I've just glued up a Vic Ash panel for my new desk top. After running it through the drum sander at 100g on the slowest speed, the surface has got all these little splinters in a few spots. I’ve epoxied up a some gum veins and will start with the orbital sander today. Anyone seen this before and have any remedies? I’m planning on sanding to 240 and using OSMO PolyX to finish. My initial thought is something to do with the growing process being quick compared to some recycled timber that I’ve used which is much denser.
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    Joinery Question

    What they said. Should be plenty strong enough. I built this one at least a year ago and it’s held up to the job of one monitor. It’s got about 3-4 small dominos in each join. Perfect for sliding the keyboard under.
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    Small Sculptured End Table

    You’ve put that together quite nicely. Well done.