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    Where do you get your plans? has excellent plan, I build my first piece using their plan. They are very detailed and also, includes extra info about technique specific for the project. If you do not want to subscribe, especially if you are looking for a specific project, they do sell them individually.
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    Classic Woodworking TV

    The host has also a youtube channel: and he does live session on a particular subject. He did one on veneering ( ) which I found to be an excellent introduction and made it want to try it. He is very enthusiastic and he does mentioned that he is using a tool xy, and that it was given to him, which is a change from all the youtuber with their bright colored square.ruler showing up on all of the channel lately.
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    Pros and cons of air dried vs kiln dried

    I had limited success after soaking kiln dried lumber for 24 hours in water, prior to steam it. I could not find air dried walnut in my area. martin
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    Reaction to wood dust - extreme fatigue -unique?

    a short series of video about dust control:
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    Outdoor kitchen

    Can you fun-lattened it to prevent water from staying on it ? I have used australian timber oil finish (the version with the plain cover, not the blue cover, which is not as good) on outdoor project (mostly teak or lyptus). You need to redo it 1 or 2 a season, but it is a lot easier than a film finish, which must be totally removed. All you do, is hose up the old finish to clean the surface, wait for it to dry, then re-apply the oil finish with a rag. It is not shiny like a film finish, but a lot easier to refinish (and a lot less costly than penofin). Martin
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    Giant Jenga finishing ?

    Hi, I am looking to do a giant Jenga game. The block must slide easily, whether humidity or temperature is high. In my past project, I did not have to worry about finished parts having to slide on each other. Finishing suggestion ? martin
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    How could i flatten my table top?

    My question: are you sure the wood is in a stable condition, in term of humidity ? If not, you will work to make it flat, to have it cup or twist again.
  8. I started by following plan from Woodsmith magazine. Unlike other publication, they have more of a step by step approach that was helpful to me. Make sure as you go along with the plan, to adjust the plan based on the actual measurement of your piece that you have already cut. for the mechanical based, Ikea sell desk (sit/stand) with either a mechanical lift or an electric lift (I bought a 12 of them for my office). they sell just the frame (
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    Basswood for turning ?

    Anyone with experience with basswood for turning ? I know it is commonly use for carving, how well does it turn ? It will be for pieces that will be painted.
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    Pecan wood

    You never had any problem with the vertical pieces being cross grain with the horizontal piece ? or all are too narrow to be a significant force on the other.
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    Biscuit jointer, bandaid or needed tool?

    For panel, I only slightly tight each clamp, making sure to alternate having the clamp on top or the bottom of the board. As I do it, I check if the board are slipping out of alignment, and if so, I release the pressure on a few clamps around the slippage, and reversed the other to tighten them up. Even with parallel clamp, the pressure does not seem to be even on the board, in some case, making them slip out of alignment. Helping me to have a tight join, I always to make a last cut on the table saw, only engaging 1/3 of the teeth to make a clean/effortless last cut. Also, I use an 8' aluminium I beam as an edge instead of just the fence on the table saw for any piece which will be longer than the fence. This work only if the board are cut at 90 degree. I had a colleague which cut his board off of the 90, and alternate the angle up and down, which will benefit from the biscuit.
  12. Kutzall has the Original and the Extreme Shaping disc. Anyone with experience with any of them ? or with a similar product ? a preference ?
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    Biscuit jointer, bandaid or needed tool?

    I bought the Dewalt, used it for the first 2-3 years, it has been in storage for the last 10. I have biscuits in sealed containers for the last 10 years, they are antique biscuit by now. I'm thinking of putting them at the bottom of the pond, it seems these old growth tree from river bottom fetch a premium, hopefully the same with happen with my biscuit. I try once or twice to use the discuit to be structural for a joint, and unlike a Domino, it does not have enough holding power. After I bought a drum sander, it seems as long I was careful during the glue-up with the board sliding up and down, the drum sander would take care of the small difference. I do not own a domino, but if one day I try to do a chair, I think Domino will facilitate there angle joinery. The one glue joint I never have good result with, is when I try to glue up some 4/4 to have 12/4. It seem there is always some gap in between. May be I should to do a cleanup pass on the jointer, with a very light cut.
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    Black Friday cometh

    Hi, It seems Rockler has SuperMax 19-38 Drum Sander which have been in stock prior to any new taxes on import at 1300$, while others sell it for 2000$. The model # is the same as other website, it should not be a prior version of it. Martin
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    Outdoor film finish

    What would be a product with polyester resin ? I used oil based product in the past, but most are not available anymore. As I mentioned before, the challenge is the top/flat part. If I had to redo it again, I would have purposely made the top convex, to help with the water not staying on it. I am not sure, if it is the sun or water resting on it which is causing the most damage. All vertical edge or the under side are still looking like new. Martin