lewisc

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  1. lewisc

    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.
  3. 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.
  6. 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.
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    Chop Saw Miter Saw Bench

    If you pre order Marc’s new joinery book by the 16th, you can get a free guild project (mitre station is included). The thing I like about his station is no fence. Seems like a great idea.
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    Rustic woodworking

    I like the angles cut on the end of the top. The little details add a nice touch.
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    Perfect 6" steel rule

    These don’t really fit in a pocket but I’ve found them simply mind blowing when it comes to marking out. My pocket rule is a Toledo metric rule. I don’t deal with imperial measurements without converting them. It’s Simple, small and has really clear markings. the incra is next level though.
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    Sculptured Lectern/Music Stand

    Well done! Your hard work has paid off.
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    Plunge tracksaw turned into circular saw

    I’m curious why you’d need to do this?
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    An example of how I cause myself frustration

    If you can, find a decent timber supplier. Bunnings mostly carry pine and Tas Oak/Victorian Ash for solid timber but they also stock quite a few laminated panels. If you're buying from there, sight the length of the timber for bows, cups and twists. Pine can have a a lot of tension in it which makes ripping it challenging. You won't find the terms S4S etc in Australia - typically it's called dressed timber or DAR (dressed all round) timber.
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    Greetings from Tinonee NSW Australia

    Welcome from Victoria (don't hold that against me) Geoff. The group here is a good bunch. You can post your ongoing work in Project Journals: https://www.woodtalkonline.com/forum/58-project-journals/ or Finished work in Project Showcase: https://www.woodtalkonline.com/forum/77-video-and-project-showcase/ Or choose one of the many sub forums and ask away. Much of the timber and tool talk relates to the USA but the woodworking knowledge and advice here is excellent.