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  1. 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?
  2. 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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    Here's an interesting quote from Sam Maloof. Obviously his work is amazing and has lasted but this is the first time I've seen someone claim dowels are stronger than a M&T. https://www.finewoodworking.com/fwnpdffree/011025048.pdf
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 2 coats of OSMO Polyx Satin on my new desk top. I’ll go for a third tomorrow, let it cure and then set it up.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 Pol
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    Woah! 180 litres of resin, a forklift to move this thing and sanded with a floorsander. It's a whole new level of table building.
  11. 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.
  12. You’ve put that together quite nicely. Well done.
  13. 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.
  14. I like the angles cut on the end of the top. The little details add a nice touch.
  15. 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.
  16. Well done! Your hard work has paid off.
  17. I’m curious why you’d need to do this?
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. I would think carefully about trying to make that type of cut on the SCM. You wouldnt have much support to hold on to it. A table saw would be a much better option for safety and consistency.
  21. I'm toying with the idea of staining some Victorian Ash for my upcoming desk build. I'd love to use some Walnut but I've been using local timbers recently for building. It's quite expensive in Australia. The table is the colour of the Vic Ash I have for the top. The floor is a Walnut stain I've come across. I'll try out some test pieces soon to see how it goes but has anyone used Osmo Polyx over stain? The alternative is a wipe on poly but the feel of Osmo on timber is quite nice.
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    Guitar repair

    I took too long to make a decision and someone else grabbed it. No tears here. Every now and again I get the urge to buy an electric guitar and crank some chords. I used to own about 5 electrics but got rid of them all. I know my limits as a guitarist, I'm not that great. Now I have one decent acoustic (Martin 000-15) and it's my forever guitar. I cringe at every ding my guitar gets but eventually accept it as part of it's journey.
  23. I don’t know if it’s similar but I had this problem earlier in the year. The technician from the place that sold it came and checked it out. He replaced the starting capacitor (or something like that). It still starts with a big thunk and then runs normally.
  24. Welcome back. Injuries aren’t fun. It’s good that you’re back at it.
  25. Looks good. Off to a good start. The first time my wife and I hosted Christmas, our Christmas table was a sheet of plywood screwed to our cheap secondhand table. With a table cloth thrown on top, it was the perfect size.