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    To preserve the dark color, I use Watco medium or...

    To preserve the dark color, I use Watco medium or dark walnut as a first step in finishing.
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    Itís a nice piece Eric. Nothing wrong with being...

    Itís a nice piece Eric. Nothing wrong with being critical of our own work, cause thatís how we get better, but you should be proud of it. Itís hand made with some hand made character. Ever look at...
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    Thanks Andrew. I think I need to rethink the top...

    Thanks Andrew. I think I need to rethink the top construction. Would like to avoid spaces between the boards and am trying to use what material I have on hand. Have to give this some more thought.
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    Attach top on outdoor table

    Iím assuming I can use Z clips or figure 8s to attach the top...or is there some other preferred method for an outdoor table?

    Itís a pretty standard table; four legs/aprons with breadboard top.
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    When we remodeled the kitchen we had it built...

    When we remodeled the kitchen we had it built into an upper cabinet. It’s a counter top model with a trim kit. We’re on our third since 2005. All GEs. I figure $150 every 5-6 years is doable. ...
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    One year. And that may be shorter depending how long the bottle sat on the shelf. Titebond has started to put a date of their bottles. While I’ve had good luck with the stuff, others here have...
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    I’ve used just about every way I can think...

    I’ve used just about every way I can think of...hand saw, table saw with shims, table saw leaving a small amount to knife, router with 1/8” spiral bit. They all seem to require a small amount of...
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    John, that’s a beautiful finish.

    John, that’s a beautiful finish.
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    Taylor, I’m primarily a hand tool guy, but use a...

    Taylor, I’m primarily a hand tool guy, but use a jobsite saw for rough dimensioning. Mine is a Dewalt. As others have said, take the time to align the blade to the fence. Jobsite saws aren’t the...
  10. I use a jig similar to what Doug posted. A piece...

    I use a jig similar to what Doug posted. A piece of plywood with a couple of hold downs. If just one piece, a straight drawn line and a handsaw followed up with a jointer plane.
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    Mike, there are a couple of ways you can address...

    Mike, there are a couple of ways you can address this. If I understand you correctly, one of the board edges is sitting about 1/16” higher than all the other boards (?). You should be able to use...
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    Ha. Love to see it. I do hope those...

    Ha. Love to see it. I do hope those extracurricular activities come with a good tip!
    Anyway, sorry for the diversion. Back to the bench build....
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    Funny the difference a uniform makes. If we...

    Funny the difference a uniform makes. If we walked on board and saw you in shorts and a T-shirt, it would very surely makes us nervous. Safe travels.
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    Looks great Jim. Thanks for sharing. I’m...

    Looks great Jim. Thanks for sharing. I’m curious about the water management part. Seems a lot of water is going onto the wood and maybe even you? Do you think it will hold up over time?
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    Marking hinge placement for boxes

    Just thought I’d share a method I’ve been using lately to help with box hinge marking. In the past, I would separate the lid from the box and then attempt to align them back together perfectly to...
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    Jim, you’re second piece of advice is a great...

    Jim, you’re second piece of advice is a great idea...for any move.
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    I just use T-shirt material. I would think cheesecloth is too textured. I’ve posted this link before, but essentially follow this method:

    https://youtu.be/iPtoPBMbAP8
  18. So the plumber came today to do some rough in...

    So the plumber came today to do some rough in work and brought a roll of Trimaco X-Board. Seems similar to the Ramboard. We put it down with the 3M tape Tom suggested (No residue). It seems to be...
  19. Mark and Tom, thank you! I have a Sherwin...

    Mark and Tom, thank you! I have a Sherwin Williams and HD nearby...will give them a try.
  20. Protecting hardwood stairs during renovation

    Doing some renovation upstairs and want to protect the hardwood stairs. Drop cloths are too slippery, rosin paper with painterís tape wonít stay in place...afraid to use duct or gorilla tape...donít...
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    Why not. Can’t take it with you. It’s just a few...

    Why not. Can’t take it with you. It’s just a few more items the kids will sell at an estate sale for $3 each��. In the mean time, you’re just going to have to design some curves into those benches...
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    As someone who doesnít drink alcohol, a better...

    As someone who doesnít drink alcohol, a better variety of non-alcoholic drinks at a bar would be welcome. Iím not sure a total ďsober barĒ would make it. There was rumor for awhile that a few craft...
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    Dennis, it looks great. Very nice work! ...

    Dennis, it looks great. Very nice work!

    Regarding the drawers, I finish the front with whatever is used for the rest of the piece, however I donít use any oil based finish on the sides or...
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    Wow Mark, great work! That piece is beautiful.

    Wow Mark, great work! That piece is beautiful.
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    I used the Veritas tail vise screw. Has...

    I used the Veritas tail vise screw. Has performed well.
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