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    Furniture, storage, and art.

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  1. I have a few planes. I love them. I want them to last a long, long time. That said, I'd prefer not to put anything too chemical on them to stop rust... as I also touch them all the time. Seems like Lie-Nielsen recommends camellia oil, but doesn't sell any. Suggestions?
  2. So, I may have lucked out. A TechShop opened about a hundred feet from where I work; woodshop, metal shop, plastics shop, fabrics, and a few other things tossed in, $150ish a month. (Bakery Square, Pittsburgh) They don't have anyone doing much furniture yet. (They've been open for a week in this location.) They have a spray booth, with full exhaust, and a large 220v compressor pushing air to the booth. What they don't have is a spray gun, or anyone working there with enough experience for me to ask them. Best guess of what I'd be spraying is a post-catalyzed lacquer, probably Mohawk, as there's a place that stocks it nearby. What do I want to look for in a reasonable gun? Any place to look online? There's a local Rockler and Home Depot, if that helps.
  3. From what I gather on the Festool front, a 150/5 or Rotex 125 would be a decent all-around answer, hand sanding for the final grits. A Rotex 150 + the 150/3 seems the two-sander Festool route. The Ceros seems to be a monstrously powerful variant of the 150/5, which uses Abranet instead of sandpaper?
  4. So, I have a 5" RO sander from Bosch that cost me about $100. I use it for everything between 80 grit and 320 grit, then tend to hand sand for any higher grits. If I can save time, and/or put less dust in the air, I'm willing to spend the money, at least to a point. Pneumatics are out; they're too loud for my urban shop. What should I be looking at? - Any huge advantage or disadvantage to a 6"? Is the extra size worth the extra weight? - Is the CEROS made from the same Kool-Aid that Festool uses? - Is a set of sanders purchased over time more useful than any one particular upgrade here?
  5. Did the 1000 cut through, or was it a previous step that gotcha?
  6. Screwdrivers. C-clamps. A hand saw. Belt sander. Coping saw. These all seem like things I would have used... but don't. FWIW, I *do* use a biscuit jointer and a lock-miter bit.
  7. Dewalt's smaller palm router is *very* quiet, albeit not great for large cuts. The 611? The 615 in a small router table can also double as a jointer. For small-space work, I found having a fold-down bench really valuable; when I don't need it, it folds flat to a wall. This is full of win. Bandsaws are *much* quieter than table saws. Unfortunately, quiet dust collection is pricey. Any shop vac can get you started, and a shop vac with a cyclonic dust preseparator (<$100?) really works pretty darn well; Marc just reviewed these a few weeks back. In addition to a shop vac, it's nice to have a woodworking-specific air filter in the room as well. (I say this as I work from a semi-finished basement; I wouldn't work without either at this point.)
  8. Make a rectangular box without a top out of 1x6" cedar, maybe 1x8" if you can find it. Use 1x2" cedar as trim around the bottom edge, except don't put it on the back. You now have a window box. For extra points, work it out to lean the front forward maybe 15-20 degrees; requires a bit more thought, but looks a bit more polished when it's done. Drill a bunch (10?) 1/4" holes in the bottom for drainage. I built something similar to that three years ago, and only had one problem; the boards on the front pulled away from the sides as they warped. I'd used 18 gauge brad nails to hold the whole thing together, which, well, didn't work perfectly. Took a cordless drill, countersunk a few screws, and it holds together fine, again.
  9. I think I may shoot for wax, as I don't want to wait for BLO to fully dry.
  10. So, this isn't fine woodworking by any stretch. I'm sinking four 4x4 cedar posts into holes as part of a grapevine trellis. I ideally want a nontoxic, non-leeching preservative on those posts, to make them last longer. They'll be surrounded by gravel and/or clay, so I'm not expecting terribly wet soil stuck to them. That said, I'm trying to figure out which oil I'd least mind having to eat, as eventually, the grapes will pick it up.
  11. I bought a Festool tracksaw, and dang, I'm impressed. My sander died on me, and I'm looking to replace it with one or two new ones. Since the tracksaw was done well, I'm considering Festool here. But they sell a *lot* of sanders. For woodworking/cabinetry/furniture, which sanders should I be looking at here?
  12. I have had wood in my (dry!) basement for 6 months. 5/4 QS White Oak. The last 24 hours have been humid and rainy, but dry for months before that. (Pittsburgh, PA, and winter makes it pretty darn dry here.) I ripped the oak down the middle today, aiming to make 2/4 white oak after it was planed... and holy hell, did it bow out in the middle! Wait and hope it improves, or hurry up and plane it before it gets worse?
  13. Bought the Laguna 10" combo Jointer/Planer, with the spherical cutterhead. I wanted something 4' long (tops) as a jointer, and nothing was in that size range. Ideally, I wanted 8" or wider. My wallet wept. But damn, this is doing a great job on surfacing wood, and I get back the space my lunchbox planer (and base) was taking up before. Machine works well, was setup properly, and again, does a great job on the wood without tearout. 9/10. The fence is meh, but the machine it's sitting on is *great*.
  14. Harbor Freight's 2HP dust collector is large-ish, but $155 if you catch it on sale *and* with a 20% off coupon. I used that, plus a Rockler Dust-Right collapsible hose. Works great. I eventually upgraded the dust collector with a trashcan-lid preseparator ($25?, Rockler). A friend upgraded his with a Wynn nanofiber filter, which was a noticeable air-quality boost in his shop. For <$200, it's a *ridiculously* nice setup. Even off-sale, $300?
  15. Homosote (similar to drywall) is designed to soak up sound. The ceiling tiles are probably *very* similar to it; nice one!