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  1. Thread: Poplar

    by Kevin Jenness
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    Throw that book away. Old growth, slow grown...

    Throw that book away. Old growth, slow grown yellow poplar (Liriodendron Tulipifera) was rot resistant but not likely to be found on the market now. Similar to Eastern white pine in that respect,...
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    Looks good. The gridwork can be omitted if the...

    Looks good. The gridwork can be omitted if the foam is glued. I've used blueboard calibrated for thickness and epoxy in a vacuum press. 6mm marine ply skins, thick edgeband to accept hinge screws and...
  3. For sure stroke sanders are under-appreciated. I...

    For sure stroke sanders are under-appreciated. I would still have one if I had room. Takes some skill to use properly, but very productive, low energy use and can be had for low $. Fills the wide gap...
  4. Thread: Poplar

    by Kevin Jenness
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    It's inexpensive, easily worked,reasonably...

    It's inexpensive, easily worked,reasonably stable, available in long, clear cuttings and is readily stained. Not that appealing to my eye as a primary wood without disguise. I would never use poplar...
  5. An edge sander is a very useful tool for cleaning...

    An edge sander is a very useful tool for cleaning up edges and end grain, smoothing curves with either the platen or idle roller and final fitting of doors and drawer fronts. A good roi for a small...
  6. I really don't feature nails, especially hidden...

    I really don't feature nails, especially hidden ones, in a benchtop. I would glue up the top and fasten it from below with lags, construction screws or dry dowels allowing for seasonal movement.
  7. Pretty much the same starting point, 120 or 150 ...

    Pretty much the same starting point, 120 or 150 on a hand-held belt sander unless there's tearout. I have a 10* face bevel on my planer knives which helps. If I'm working with tearout-prone wood I...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhlMQr7Hk0k...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhlMQr7Hk0k Straight from the horse's mouth.
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    Space is at a premium in my shop so when I build...

    Space is at a premium in my shop so when I build cabinets the flatwork comes first - face frames if any, trim, doors, drawer fronts and drawer parts,, then prefinishing, then carcass parts. Cases and...
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    If you are using manufactured drawer slides and...

    If you are using manufactured drawer slides and can work to the necessary tolerances it doesn't matter which comes first. You should always have the hardware in hand, or at least detailed specs and...
  11. My mistake. Thanks for setting me straight.

    My mistake. Thanks for setting me straight.
  12. AC pumps are typically very high vacuum low...

    AC pumps are typically very high vacuum low volume units. For veneer pressing you want a pump that will draw at least 2cfm at >20" hg.
  13. A piece of melamine coated particleboard under...

    A piece of melamine coated particleboard under the layup, atop the grooved base platen.
  14. There are differing ways of setting up and...

    There are differing ways of setting up and operating a vacuum press. I started out with and still use Daryl Keil's setup with a grooved 3/4" base platen made of melamine coated particleboard inside...
  15. If you can get that vlt setup in running order...

    If you can get that vlt setup in running order for a decent price go for it. If stored out of the light the bag should be ok. The pump shown on the vlt site is a Gast rotary vane similar to mine and...
  16. I used my son's Milwaukee cordless chainsaw...

    I used my son's Milwaukee cordless chainsaw recently and it worked well but you have to keep the chain sharp and be patient. There's a big difference in power between a high end cordless saw and my...
  17. Vacupress is a reliable source for pumps and bags...

    Vacupress is a reliable source for pumps and bags as well as advice. Daryl Keil knows as much about vacuum pressing as anyone and the forum on their site, although not that active, is a valuable...
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    Recently my ancient lathe task light failed to...

    Recently my ancient lathe task light failed to turn on. After checking the bulb I jumped to the conclusion that the switch was bad and started to dismantle the fixture. Turned out I had accidentally...
  19. Lyle Jamieson "gets by" with a chainsaw, no doubt...

    Lyle Jamieson "gets by" with a chainsaw, no doubt you can too. I wouldn't like to be without a bandsaw, for turning blanks and many other tasks, but I "get by" with one, although I understand four is...
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    As Aaron noted this seems to be a fairly common...

    As Aaron noted this seems to be a fairly common issue. Jointer tables are meant to be flat, but how flat do they need to be? If you are getting acceptable results, don't worry about it.
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    If you cut the pins flush it will make clamping...

    If you cut the pins flush it will make clamping easier. Use cauls with some give like leather or soft pine combined with a glue resist layer like wax or plastic film.

    If the box joints are fit...
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    Saw as close to the line as possible and trim...

    Saw as close to the line as possible and trim with the grain direction with a sharp spiral or segmented cutter. Or saw and sand with sharp abrasives. There are pattern sanding heads available.
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    Paste wax.

    Paste wax.
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    The ends are too narrow to rely on just butting...

    The ends are too narrow to rely on just butting them tight together. I have joined up sections successfully using a straightedge for alignment, but avoidiing joints is best.
  25. The thick face veneers on BB often exhibit sheer...

    The thick face veneers on BB often exhibit sheer checks that will likely telegraph through a gloss finish eventually. There are plenty of better substrate options.
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