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  1. I made a front door with 8/4 Q sawn w oak. Never a problem with a wide rail. But the finish failed. Mold and mildew got under the finish over a 2 year period. So I removed the door and stripped the finish down to bare wood. I then varnished with extra, extra finish on top edge and bottom. The mildew came back under the finish. Not to be outdone by mildew I took the door down to wood again to no avail. So I did it one more time 3 years ago. This time with Sapele. I call it mahogany. It looks smells and taste like mahogany. Beautiful wood. I saved some very nice stained glass for the new door. A
  2. A legacy heirloom piece. Be proud!
  3. I have an 8" dado from Frued that I bought 40 something years ago. After many sharpenings, it is still good!
  4. After plane work is done you have a choice. Scrape or sand. Most people today sand. Scraping has been around before sandpaper I think. Scrape in the right hands can be a very good surface to finish. The foundation of good scrape work is knowing how to sharpen the scraper. Good luck
  5. Buy a carbide dado. Take care of it and you will have it for a long time.
  6. Anything with an edge, like saw blades, router bits, planer knives must buy new or expect issues. Not that you cant be lucky. Just know it is a gamble.
  7. curlyoak


    This is known as the clam shell orchid. AKA Encyclia cochleata. Growing in the new world from Northern South America, central America, the Caribbean and South Florida. The one in the picture is natural to South Florida. It flowers sequentially. A new flower appears as the previous one is fading.
  8. What a view! Nice place to live. Would this help you? This is used around here a lot especially for high up palm fronds and coconuts. Add a 10' ladder for the high ones.
  9. The face is absolutely stunning!
  10. $2.19 bf 6/4 for red oak is an amazing price. I would check on the grade and ask if it is kiln dried. If it sounds too good to be true, then.....
  11. Hi Mick, I have a 10"delta. Do you know of any add on sliders that are worth the time and money? The distance from the blade is fine for me. Thanks
  12. The bottom fits into a dado on the door. The added 45 degrees oak on one side keeps it in place. In the cabinet I made a elongated L. That gives me an easy way to fasten to the bottom and the hardware. After 15 years I replaced the slides. Above is a printer I wanted more extension. I had enough vertical space to do this. And all the parts and pieces were on hand.
  13. If your pine is new it may be wet. It probably was never in a kiln. Wet pine will shrink. Is your workbench top fully supported or does it have a span? Pine will dent. Quartered oak is my choice.
  14. Excellent design work and execution. I imagine it was tricky to glue up the doors. Did you sign and date it?
  15. What are you building? How many pieces to cut? What size?
  16. Let the work overhang the bench so the cut line is away from the bench. Clamp it to the bench. Cut the line then move the work and clamp until you are done.
  17. I built the cedar potting table a year ago for my neighbor. They didn't like the view of buckets and boxes. I made the styles and rails 1 inch thick dressed. The 1 inch stock around here is 11/16 with one face rough. I milled it out of 2" stock with leftovers for slats. The frame is held together with dominoes. I used the large domino 700 for this project. I also added permanent slats on the ends. The table is cedar also. All metal is stainless steel. The legs have 1/2" high density slippery plastic attached to the bottoms. Cant suck up water and rot. The choice was no hinges. There are 2 - 1/
  18. It is financially efficient to buy the same brand. The big expense is the batteries. The best time to buy batteries is December. Half off. I keep myself a year ahead in new unused batteries. Lithium batteries have an unlimited shelf life. No leakage. My preference is Makita. There are several good choices.
  19. Get a variable speed drill instead of the impact. I use and like Makita. Stay with one brand so if you expand and need another tool the batteries will be interchangeable in the same brand. 18v is not the smallest but an average lady should have no trouble with the size, especially if you use both hands.
  20. It will last for several years. The weakest link is the bottoms touching the dirt. the ends will eventually rot. It will last a lot longer than untreated wood. If you poured four footings and applied simpson clips to the bottom, you would solve for the weakest issue. If not the one in the link, they make many different ones.
  21. I agree with above. Also when you make no mention of budget. The jumbo band saws can be very expensive. What is your budget for a band saw? Your budget may inhibit a jumbo.
  22. I have and use a 12" Delta radial. Smaller and not too wide pieces are cross cut on the table saw. Longer and wider on the radial. Also rough cross cuts on the radial too. I keep the rough sawn needed for a project on a rack above the radial. Usually.
  23. If it is a wood shop, make it out of wood...