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  1. Yes @Chestnut ... Any way in which you can get more contact between the liquid and the glue seems to be the key. Again, the Xanthan gum seems to thicken the liquid enough for me that I dont need the paper towel at all. I think the gum was also cheap! BTW, fellow Minnesotan here down in the SE.
  2. In 2016, I had a good email exchange with the folks from TightBond. Their recipe is: 1:1:1 (by volume) of Acetone/Vinegar/Water The recipe is quite effective but I found that it was too thin to "sit" on the glue long enough to be effective. So I added some Xanthan gum, which can be found in the grocery store, to thicken the liquid. I now dispense this from a generic ketchup/mustard plastic bottle and it really sits perfectly on the glue. Let it rest and the glue is loose. Like @wdwerker I also use a wire brush.
  3. looking at dinning room chairs frankly...and simple is even better. Most of the designs I have seen would be tough for me as I haven't made the splash for a bandsaw in part because I want to start with a decent one out of the gate. Will check the guild project. I'm comfy with floating tenons too.
  4. Hey folks, Every time I think about building chairs, I get creeped out and intimidated. Do you guys have a recommendation on a chair design that would be a good starter? Maybe with less curves or complex joinery. Or even plans? Thanks in advance.
  5. Fellers, This probably one of those questions asked frequently but I want to ask again ... I'm about to make a family member a quartersawn kitchen table and have aquired the 5/4's wood to do so. I'm aiming for roughly 1" in final thickness. The top will be 2x20" ends and 2x10" optional leaves. I've gotten away from using biscuits for alignment these days. Using TB2 on the edges for glue up should be sufficient for the previously mentioned sizes right? I don't own a domino, but if I did, I probably would pop a few in the 20" sections but to me it seems the sections are small enough. The only thing that has me second-guessing myself is the thicker lumber. As always, thanks in advance for your responses!
  6. @Chestnut your align and lock link doesnt work for me... mind double checking it?
  7. Can you guys recommend any instruction on how to line up the leaves and so forth using dowels etc?
  8. Has the edge been routed with some some of pattern as well? There appears to be a good selection of hardware from Rockler for guides and the like. I like the idea to store the leaves under the table! Thanks for that one.
  9. Howdy folks, My niece is in need of a table to somewhat match a set of chairs she already has. She is in college and money is tight for her. I've attached a picture of the chairs. I think the table will end up being relatively small because it would be for an apartment. I'm working on sizes now. I havent personally seen the chairs up close but looks like red oak to me. I could benefit from your advice/commentary on things like: I'm contemplating two leaves should she get a bigger place or want to expand the table. I've read that it is typical for tables with leaves to have the grain for short-wise? When doing leaves, any tricks or pointers (or urls or videos) to making sure stuff lines up ? I havent seen this done, but i can imagine that people certainly have found techniques that work for them. When the grain goes short-wise, that sure exposes a lot of end grain. Are we cool with that? I dont veneer. And I'm always interested in the wwyd (what would you do). Thanks in advance folks!
  10. bbaude

    staining walnut

    hey thanks for all the input ... i hope that i didnt lead anyone to believe the guy was saying adding stain would fix the problem of lightening. he only suggested it would possibly appear to fade less. i think going without stain is the general answer, unless you need some to try and do some matching.
  11. bbaude

    staining walnut

    Folks, When at my local "mill" the other day, I was buying some walnut for a project for my niece. The dude their who I have gotten to know a little bit suggested that I use a light walnut stain on the finished piece to help it remain dark because it will fade over time. I was curious if folks do this ... and if so, what do you like to use. In the past I have always just done poly so the grain can come through. Never thought much about staining walnut in part because I have several pieces from my grandparents that my father and I have refinished where they had used that thick white paint back in the day over walnut. Gasp!
  12. BTW, do you have a favorite router planar bit for the job? This is actually something I don't have ...
  13. @Wimayo Very cool jig. I agree that it looks like a winner. Many thanks