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  1. Isaac

    Shellac and Dye

    The flip side here is that shellac is very repairable. Scratches and marks in the finish and such can be readily repaired by applying more shellac.
  2. Actually I think you can look to lawn care products for this one. This is is out of stock, but you get the idea. we had one years ago, worked great for holding plastic bags open while you tossed in leaves. They key is it is NOT a fixed cylinder, if it was, it would be a pain to slide the bag over. Instead, it is a rolled sheet. You roll it tight, insert it into the bag, and then release it and it unfurls until it pulls the bag taught. It should line the inside of a drum quite well.
  3. Isaac

    Design Opinions requested

    What is the purpose of the flip top? What electronics need this sort of access? I built something like that on a small box. One problem is the top piece can warp, or just change seasonally, resulting in the joint between the top and false drawer front not always being a true 90 degrees. When that happens, you’ll have trouble keeping the two halves nicely aligned, as they may not move/warp to the same extent. It also means you can’t store anything on top of the unit. Many cabinets look nice with a vase or similar accent object on top. If you want to procceed with this direction, I’d suggest removing the middle joint and making the top one single piece, rather than two distinct halves.
  4. Isaac

    Hoping to get a couple blanks from here

    Was thinking the same thing. Do you start with a hatchet and bow saw and try to get something vaguely square and clean so that it can be worked with your proper woodworking tools?
  5. Isaac

    Closet Remodel.

    For the piston action, you can shorten the top of back piece to allow air to escape. Eric recommended that to me a few years ago. I have a cabinet with the same issue, though I never got around to doing anything to address it.
  6. Isaac

    Triton Dual Dowel Machine

    Its all good. I was just surprised to be questioned on it so much when it is pretty widely held belief, so it is not just my belief. On the other hand, I'm not just parroting someone else here, I've already made a specific case for why I think it is notably inferior connection to other common options. A dowel jig is cheaper than a biscuit joiner. It is better than nothing. No one is disputing that.
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    Triton Dual Dowel Machine

    I just chose Marc because this is his site. If you google around you'll dig up lots of articles from various magazines and such making similar claims to Marc. If you dig even harder, you'll probably find someone claiming biscuits are the strongest connection available. I've already made my case. I think a single biscuit has poor grain orientation for a rail and stile joint compared to common alternatives. Adding a second biscuit will strengthen the joint, but doing so does add time and you certainly need to get the depth right to get a good fit.
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    Triton Dual Dowel Machine

    I don't think anyone would really argue they are better then having no connection at all save for glue. I also agree with a point that you often make that many of our connections do not get fully stressed, so many connections will probably suffice. That being said, most biscuits I have seen have the end grain running along the length (from tip to tip of the football, so to speak) or at something close to 45 degrees. For that reason, they are easily friable when folded and torn in half when bent along this axis. Unfortunately, that is the same axis, or close to the same axis, that coincides with the joint line. If you get the grain running perpendicular to the joint, you'd have a skinny, loose mortise and tenon, and I'd agree, that has the potential to be a fairly robust joint. Alternatively, you can double up biscuits, which also increases the strength. but that also doubles the time invested. Anyhow, I don't think this is just an internet thing, and it is certainly not a crazy Isaac thing. This is the consensus I've seen from established woodworking experts: So take it up with them I guess?
  9. Isaac

    Triton Dual Dowel Machine

    Long joints between sheet materials is where biscuits are primarily used. Of course long joints like that are strong with just glue, so adding the biscuits won’t hurt. Do you actually use biscuits for things like connecting the rails and stiles of a door frame? That seems like a really poor technique to me. The problem is the biscuits themselves have minimal strength and can be readily split by hand along the grain which coincides with the very same plane which will span between the two pieces of base material that are being joined. The same cannot be said for a dowel, domino, or mortise and tenon.
  10. Another option is a Fuji sprayer. This is the one I opted for. Certainly did the trick when I finished my baby boat crib last year.
  11. Isaac

    Avoiding "puddles" of dyed epoxy

    Good question, I've dealt with this a bit as well. Curious to see what others have to say.
  12. Isaac

    Triton Dual Dowel Machine

    Can't say about the Mafell vs. the Triton, but I can say that a dowel joint is different than a biscuit jointer. The biscuits really provide very little strength, and are most useful as alignment guides for glue-ups, not for strength. Also, based on the price I'm seeing for the Mafell, I think many here would guide you towards a comparably priced Domino joiner from Festool.
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    Popular Woodworking

    I listened to a recent FWW podcast with Mike P. He made a great point. Most of the woodworking magazines look for various projects to fill each issue, trying to hit a certain level of complexity or so. FWW Doesn't take that approach. They are in touch with many top furniture designers around the world, and they find out what these top designers are already doing, and look to see if documenting their build would make a good piece for the magazine. So it is not just coming up with pieces to fill a magazine. It is documenting pieces already being made by masters. I think that is why FWW pieces consistently have the little nuances and details we all come to appreciate. Things you can’t always put your finger on initially, but which reward careful examination.
  14. Isaac

    Hand tool cabinet in maple

    Makes perfect sense to me. One figured cabinet board among a wall of straight grain would look odd.
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    Bench Dog brand planes

    Sure looks like one! plus a bunch of Narex Chisels and rasps. Those are Czech, aren't they