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About salphonso

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    I just like building all kinds of stuff.
  1. Found that article - http://www.finewoodworking.com/2009/05/01/torture-test-for-outdoor-finishes Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. This was especially helpful since I am in Louisiana and that was one of their test sites. You just saved me time and money. Thanks Mike.
  2. I used Pre-cat Lacquer for the first time on a desk project recently. I have a cheap $99 Rockler HVLP and it sprayed it fine. I'm a hobbyist not an expert and only been using a sprayer for about 2 years now. for this particular project I sprayed 2 coats of dewaxed shellac, sanded it down smooth, glazed with a walnut gel stain quickly wiping it off, then top coated with Pre-Cat Lacquer. 4 coats sanding down with steal wool between coats, except for final coat. In my not so expert opinion, I prefer lacquer due to it's quick dry time, ease of use with sprayer. Ventilation and resp mask are a must though. I love the smell of it but prefer to keep my lungs healthy. Here are some pictures of my results and it's been holding up well to my brother's abuse so far.
  3. I have an outdoor swing bed I am finishing up. It is made out of Alder and I am looking at putting Epifanes marine Varnish on it. Also, possibly using epifanes Mahogany stain as well. My question is should I seal the wood with a CPES first or a dewaxed shellac or not at all. I will obviously do a few test pieces first but before I go out and by a CPES I wanted to get some opinions on it. I have read mixed reviews and have watched Marc's video on refinishing his outdoor table. I am still left wondering if it is worth it on new wood or its only worth it when repairing worn down and/or rotted wood. Thanks in advance.
  4. @mat60 , Everyone has different needs and it's all about what works for you. I don't know what works for me yet. Every time I build a shop tool or jig I always end up saying I wish I would have added xyz. So trying to cover all my bases in the design process before I start although, it's pretty much guaranteed that I'll be saying I wish I would have done it this way a few months down the road
  5. @Eric. - Ok, so I can take that off my "1000 ways to complicate" things list. I wear a respirator majority of the time anyways. Better safe than sorry.
  6. you have me thinking on this downdraft idea now. I have never used a downdraft table. Is it a game changer? 99% of the time I have the garage door open with a fan blowing out along with my standard DC unit. Sanders and router(when not in table) currently hook up to shopvac soon to be replaced festool Dust Extractor.
  7. I'll post some pics when it's done. It's 1 of multiple projects going on right now. 2 Twin Beds, 2 Outdoor Bed Swings, Outdoor Sectional Sofa. Plus a huge list of to do items that have not been started. I need to add a 3rd bay to my garage to make it a finish/wood storage room or find some land, and build a new house with a huge workshop...
  8. 48x60 assembly/outfeed table with storage
  9. I plan on having leveling feet to take care of leveling and minor height adjustments to match up to table saw. I also plan on having caster on mine just in case it needs to be moved. Probably these caster : http://www.rockler.com/workbench-caster-kit-4-pack
  10. Nice Chet, I don't use screws often but when I do I buy in bulk (meaning if I need 2 I buy 500) so I could fill that up nicely. I like the colt 45 idea. Could have used that when my brother kept asking me when his desk was going to be ready...
  11. Hey Guys and Gals, I am about to build an assembly/out feed table. Finally convinced my wife to let me take up the entire garage. It will double as an out feed table and will be a torsion top. I will be doing Marc's build with my own modification on storage. Which brings me to the question at hand. What tools do you keep on/in your assembly table? Off the top of my head I came up with this list but I'm sure there are more things I should account for that I will need/want there. drill guns nail guns compressor glue orbital sanders table saw blades (since it's right there and doubles as out feed) finishing tools (brushes, sprayers) screw drivers, wrenches
  12. Thanks @knotscott. Great article. I will continue reading it this morning. Definitely makes me think it was more user error and blade choice rather than the machine itself now. I'll order some new blades soon and see how it goes. Having the right tools at hand will always make life easier.
  13. So, I always thought more teeth to avoid tear-out. I have a zero clearance insert to help avoid that as well. Guess I'll be ordering some blades soon as well.
  14. @gee-dub - My projects vary from cabinet style with some sheet good to all solid wood desk. My latest project was a solid wood desk made out of knotty alder. Through mortise and tenon joints and all other joints were 1/2 inch dowels. Not a single shred of metal. Hand planed the top. I enjoy doing this more than building cabinets and the saw struggled with ripping 8/4 Alder so hate to see what it would be like ripping any 8/4 hardwood. The blade I am using is a Freud 50 tooth combination blade. It was sharpened before I started the Desk project but still struggled and the saw would bog down a lot. I'm still trying to learn what blades are best for each situation. Here's the desk I built.
  15. Thanks everyone. Great info and a great welcome to the forum. You all make very good arguments and all basically lead to the same point. I think a jointer will be the purchase I make. TIODS, I would have never bought this table saw. It was a gift. Quite honestly, at the time it was given to me, I probably would have bought much worse and regretted it. I wont hammer you all with questions of what jointer and what size as those questions are all over the forum with enough info to help me decide where to spend my money in that regards.