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  0 Thread: How close
Post: RE: How close

I think it depends on what you are building,I built many exterior shutters with butted frame joints having previously calibrated my chop saw 90 deg cut. Slightly out of square won't really matter much...
alexh1 Woodworking 8 722 04-21-2022, 02:52 PM
  0 Thread: Kitchen Cabinet Paint
Post: RE: Kitchen Cabinet Paint

I have sprayed the Campbell solvent based finishes for a while, the post cat conversion varnish product has amazing durability, a few days after spraying I can run my thumbnail over it hard as I can a...
alexh1 Finishing 27 2,090 03-31-2022, 01:11 PM
  0 Thread: How to strip gilt+gesso
Post: RE: How to strip gilt+gesso

Speaking of stripper, I just noticed that methylene Chloride has been banned. The alternative premium product is now $60/gal! Does this work as well as MC? At that price it better! Edit - I read ...
alexh1 Woodworking 3 435 03-17-2022, 03:01 PM
  0 Thread: Good Morning
Post: RE: Good Morning

Greg, One of the smartest things I did was organize my screws (actually only bolts/nuts/washers since screws stay in the boxes). I used to have a bucket, dump it out on the bench and hunt through for ...
alexh1 Home Improvement 14 1,280 03-10-2022, 04:50 PM
  0 Thread: Gonna jinx myself, but
Post: RE: Gonna jinx myself, but

My gas water heater was $700 10 years ago, Ca prices I suppose. I saw where a plumber claims changing the anode rod at about 5 years can double the life so I got a magnesium segmented one on Amazon an...
alexh1 Home Improvement 5 572 03-10-2022, 04:40 PM
  0 Thread: How to strip gilt+gesso
Post: RE: How to strip gilt+gesso

I have done lots of furniture refinishing that had carvings etc and I used methylene chloride also. What I finally found that worked really well on carved areas is a small brass brush which can be fou...
alexh1 Woodworking 3 435 03-10-2022, 04:32 PM
  0 Thread: Removing PVA Glue
Post: RE: Removing PVA Glue

Acetone works well but evaporates so fast. My Bessey clamps are really bad, I was thinking of buying pvc pipe, capping one end and filling with acetone to soak/submerge the rails (although I think ace...
alexh1 Woodworking 8 697 02-25-2022, 05:00 PM
  0 Thread: need small water softener
Post: RE: need small water softener

I agree, if you have hard water look into a whole house system. My water company has the hardness on their website at 24 grains. I thought water softeners were a scam but since we had to have spray bo...
alexh1 Home Improvement 9 692 02-16-2022, 05:19 PM
  0 Thread: Guide to building a new house
Post: RE: Guide to building a new house

I was considering going down this route, mostly so I could build an oversize garage on the house as a shop to do all the finish work but the wife put the kibosh on that. It's probably the worst possib...
alexh1 Home Improvement 22 4,586 02-09-2022, 08:22 PM
  0 Thread: More house building fun with bureaucrats
Post: RE: More house building fun with bureaucrats

I had my first interaction with inspector for what you would think is a minor issue - heaved sidewalk repair. I got a permit and broke out the section myself, formed it and hired a concrete guy to pou...
alexh1 Home Improvement 21 8,007 02-09-2022, 06:13 PM
  0 Thread: Post cat clear
Post: RE: Post cat clear

When I got the tinted precat (I think it was MagnaMax) it was a 275VOC product here in CA and they could not sell the slow thinners like Flow 2 or retarder. So they told me to use lacquer thinner and ...
alexh1 Finishing 2 419 02-09-2022, 04:00 PM
  0 Thread: Downsides to storing lumber in garden shed?
Post: RE: Downsides to storing lumber in garden shed?

I made a rack on my garage ceiling but it's not ideal. I made 3 'H' shaped 2x4's with one long side of the H bolted to the ceiling. This was before I had a welder, if doing it again I'd probably make ...
alexh1 Woodworking 9 1,004 02-09-2022, 03:38 PM
  0 Thread: Shop Lights
Post: RE: Shop Lights

Cian Wrote: (02-08-2022, 05:21 PM) -- Hi Doug - Apologies if it was answered earlier in the thread, but why can't one just remove or bypass the existing ballast in their T8 housing and then in...
alexh1 Woodworking Power Tools 26 2,699 02-08-2022, 07:46 PM
  0 Thread: Post cat clear
Post: Post cat clear

Hi, I have used Campbell post cat tinted product and had great difficulty with it because of its extremely fast drying. I finally got it to work out after getting a gun with a pressurized cup. From w...
alexh1 Finishing 2 419 02-08-2022, 07:00 PM
  0 Thread: Availability of 4/4 hardwood
Post: Availability of 4/4 hardwood

Hi, In terms of solid wood projects (vs MDF) I have done a few but I realized all were constrained, meaning they were nailed or screwed to a wall. I made some hard maple half box pilasters with miter...
alexh1 Woodworking 12 1,223 02-08-2022, 02:48 PM
  0 Thread: Small Glass Stop
Post: RE: Small Glass Stop

Ok, that makes me feel better. I have a pin nailer, definitely sounds like the way to go.
alexh1 Woodworking 6 555 01-29-2022, 05:59 PM
  0 Thread: Triton router vs. Lift
Post: Triton router vs. Lift

Hi, Some time ago I upgraded my router table setup to a Triton with Infinity plate. Usually I have used my router table to make small moldings that you cant buy so precision was not critical, just ...
alexh1 Woodworking Power Tools 8 884 01-29-2022, 04:25 PM
  0 Thread: Small Glass Stop
Post: Small Glass Stop

Hi. Made some divided glass doors - used 3/4" stock. The router bit set I used says 3/4" or 7/8" stock but I realized if 3/4" stock is used the rabbet for the glass is a bit shallow at 1/4" deep (v...
alexh1 Woodworking 6 555 01-29-2022, 04:04 PM
  0 Thread: Jet Contractor Saw Blade Height
Post: Jet Contractor Saw Blade Height

Hi, i have a jet Contractor saw and raising the blade is smooth but lowering it is very difficult  - lots of friction and a metal on metal rubbing sound. I isolated it to a washer shown in picture be...
alexh1 Woodworking Power Tools 0 340 12-29-2021, 03:24 PM
  0 Thread: Face frame for inset doors
Post: RE: Face frame for inset doors

I was also wondering for double inset doors, is there typically a vertical divider as part of the face frame or does it just depend? Seems that it's bit cleaner look w/o. I'm planning to use this bui...
alexh1 Woodworking 7 863 10-25-2021, 01:25 PM

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