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    One of the keys here is to use a wire brush and...

    One of the keys here is to use a wire brush and lightly go over the charred area. This knocks loose any ash. Personally, I would seal the piece with Shellac. Brush it on at a 1 pound cut and let...
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    I use West Systems epoxy for most of my work. ...

    I use West Systems epoxy for most of my work. For tinting, I normally use india ink for black and transtint for other colors. Lampblack or carbon black also work. Be careful of all the dyes and...
  3. One thing to beware of: Ipe has a tendency to...

    One thing to beware of: Ipe has a tendency to leach and stain whatever is under it, especially if it is kept wet. Make sure you put something under the planter to protect your flooring.

    As to...
  4. I have used the DMT DiaFlat...

    I have used the DMT DiaFlat lapping plate for years. It is expensive - but darned well worth it.
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    You might consider getting a 2" wide machine. ...

    You might consider getting a 2" wide machine. This way, you can run either 1" or 2" wide belts depending on the task.

    TedP
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    I'm with Phil here. I like TimberMate - it is...

    I'm with Phil here. I like TimberMate - it is water based, doesn't spoil in the container, and is invisible to almost all finishes. Just add a little water and stir to get a consistency of...
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    You might try one of the "hard wax" finishes. ...

    You might try one of the "hard wax" finishes. They don't seem to darken wood as much. My favorite is Osmo Top Coat.
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    Another vote for Wood Owl bits. They are...

    Another vote for Wood Owl bits. They are affordable and cut really cleanly. They come in a couple of configurations and number of flutes. I like the Ultra Smooth tri-cut bits. But the...
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    Transtint has several good medium browns. I am...

    Transtint has several good medium browns. I am partial to the Coffee Brown, but the Medium Brown and Reddish Brown are also good.
  10. I keep waiting for them to sell paint in plastic...

    I keep waiting for them to sell paint in plastic bags to save a nickel.
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    John - you are absolutely right about Smiths. ...

    John - you are absolutely right about Smiths. Their CPES is perfect for this application - and also it stinks to high heaven. I made the mistake of applying it to a small piece in the basement one...
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    I *live* in Virginia, and it is still too far for...

    I *live* in Virginia, and it is still too far for me...

    TedP
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    I always cut my dovetails by hand. Mostly, I use...

    I always cut my dovetails by hand. Mostly, I use the technique of a flat-sided half pin on the bottom of the box. This allows you to make a through-cut groove without worrying as much about the...
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    I made a largish mallet from three laminated...

    I made a largish mallet from three laminated pieces of hard maple - and white oak for the handle. It held together for a year, but split pretty badly along the glue line during its second year. It...
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    I was just thinking about this video as well. ...

    I was just thinking about this video as well. Louis Sauzedde is truly a master shipbuilder and knows a thing or two...
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    Actually, I would recommend G-Flex Epoxy...

    Actually, I would recommend G-Flex Epoxy by West Systems. It is what many knife makers use to afix scales to blades. It has a bit of flex built in to accommodate movement between the materials. ...
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    My wife just got the Veritas Pocket Plane for my...

    My wife just got the Veritas Pocket Plane for my birthday present. What a sweet little plane! I have started using it to do the fine tuning on jewelry boxes, rounding off sharp corners, etc. Very...
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    Also, don't forget to add an access panel or...

    Also, don't forget to add an access panel or drawer at the bottom so you can empty the accumulated dust.
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    I agree with Phil. The quality hinges like...

    I agree with Phil. The quality hinges like Brusso are marvelous to work with and are very precisely machined. Well worth the money in my book. He's also correct that you can tweak the mounting of...
  20. Remember that the higher the gram strength, the...

    Remember that the higher the gram strength, the more water that will be absorbed by the glue - and consequently, the more shrinkage you will get when it sets. Very high gram strength glue will...
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    I would be on this being the problem... If you...

    I would be on this being the problem... If you are using waterstones, give them a good flattening before sharpening.
  22. Justin - I have exactly this setup with the...

    Justin - I have exactly this setup with the Triton hanging below a Woodpecker aluminum plate. You are spot-on right - you get a tabletop-adjustable router with a significant cost savings over a...
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    I agree with Malcolm. I have five Auriou rasps. ...

    I agree with Malcolm. I have five Auriou rasps. Some variability in the stitching is not only normal - it is desirable. The pseudo-random location of the teeth means that you won't get any long...
  24. I put some oil finish on my benchtop whenever I...

    I put some oil finish on my benchtop whenever I re-surface it. If any of that oil gets down in the dog holes, it can cause the holdfasts to slip. See if you can get a bottle brush and work the...
  25. Your wax mix may also have a bit too much carnuba...

    Your wax mix may also have a bit too much carnuba wax in the blend. Carnuba is very hard can be tough to buff out to a shine without a lot of elbow grease...
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