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  1. Re: Varnish problems with current thinners and brush cleaners

    I always wash my brushes with dawn detergent after cleaning well with old thinner. I soak them in brush cleaner when they get material up in the ferrule. Then I rinse them with the same thinner and...
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    Re: door furniture

    Check out https://whitechapel-ltd.com/?SID=ck5otec38g058nnid98m8d3c13. They have a lot of odd sized hardware.
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    Re: Table saw maintenance

    I think that Butcher’s wax also says Bowling Alley Paste on the can. I always thought Butcher’s was just a brand name. I use it all the time, and have been known to use an entire can in less than a...
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    Re: Table saw maintenance

    If it suits you, you can cut an octagonal pad of white scotchbrite and it will stick right to a hook and loop sander. I never worry about the appearance, but I do the same maintainance you describe...
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    Re: Custom workbench

    https://www.google.com/search?q=tage+frid+workbench+pdf&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari#imgrc=SNbYL118r9RjUM:

    I built a workbench similar to this, about 6’ long and 20” wide. There is a...
  6. Re: Evaluate, set-up, and tune and old jointer

    I have yet to see a jointer that didn’t have 1/8” HSS knives. These are easily gotten from tool manufacturers/sharpeners. I would stay away from a jointer that had a 2 knife cutter head. I just got...
  7. Re: Building a New Post and Beam Boatshop.. Materials...

    This looks like a wonderful building, the size is impressive. For what it’s worth, we always build on concrete within a few days of pouring, with no ill effects. The 28 day strength is instructive,...
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    Re: Painting wet wood or canvas

    Thanks Jay, that boat is magnificent
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    Re: Technique to weigh small boats

    With an accurate waterline marked on the hull and some forgotten calculus, I’m sure I could have figured it pretty closely.
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    Re: Painting wet wood or canvas

    Thanks for the replies, Gents. I did assume that a boat would be in the water and allowed to fill as opposed to filled on land like a bucket.

    So Jay, is there any reaction between the oil paint...
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    Painting wet wood or canvas

    I had a couple of questions about the practice of painting boats. I know from reading up on canvassing decks that thinned paint is applied over canvas that’s been shrunk with boiling water. I gather...
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    Re: Rail cap - grain run out

    I love a happy ending
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    Re: Rift sawn wood

    Thanks Gib, that’s Probably what I’ll try. The only problem is going to be flipping the log quarter with the hydraulics with out boning up the board too bad. Also we’ll have to bring the blade up...
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    Re: Rift sawn wood

    I used a lot of vertical grain Doug fir and a fair amount of QS white oak on a recent job. Mr. Smalser’s information is very helpful in understanding how this stuff is produced. Most of the QS oak i...
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    Re: Hypoid saw question

    Worm drive saws, in my experience, are too heavy, jump when you pull the trigger and the base is too small. The Makita non-worm drive have always worked for me. I have abused them in ways that beggar...
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    An opportunity for someone, I suppose

    https://maine.craigslist.org/boa/d/1959-seawitch-ketch/6650341034.html

    I expect a cut of your YouTube proceeds.
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    Re: Lofting the Brewer catboat

    More consistently fascinating craftsmanship. Thanks for this series, err.. thread.

    What do you use for the bronze you cast? Is it plumbing fittings or do you use a more raw material?
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    Re: Saw horse test

    20438Here is quick pair I made yesterday for shop use. They are for a low glue up table so will get a melamine top. 15 degree bevels, 24” tall, 5/4 pine. I put screws in the top chord where they...
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    Re: Other: Need a Thin Hot Glue

    It sounds like you’re describing hide glue.
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    Re: Wood sources

    I would call your local cabinet maker. They will have several suppliers that deliver. I’m paying $3/bf for clear white pine, $2 for clear white cedar. With luck finding connections, you could find...
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    Re: Building Arabella (An Atkin Ingrid)

    Do you have a palm nailer? It may be useful if it isn’t too aggressive.
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    Re: Building Arabella (An Atkin Ingrid)

    A novice question, if you will. How will you get a tight seal with square rivets? Simply drive them through an undersized hole? Oak will like to blow out at the corners I’d think. Squaring out with...
  23. Re: Best practice for a painted wooden sculpture

    Yup
  24. Re: Best practice for a painted wooden sculpture

    I wish I could haul one of those logs out of the Chilcat instead of laminating a board mile of rainforest wood. I spent some time in Haines, AK and the wood lining the rivers there, deadfall that...
  25. Re: Best practice for a painted wooden sculpture

    Thanks David. I will do some research on 2 part PU. I don’t know the ins and outs of marine finishes. I assume that there aren’t idiosyncrasies with Spanish cedar taking paint or epoxy adhesion. I...
  26. Re: Best practice for a painted wooden sculpture

    Thanks Ian, the sculptor has done a lot of sign carving as well, I’ll pass that along. He had mentioned a two part epoxy paint (it will be all white), but I think that was based on the assumption...
  27. Best practice for a painted wooden sculpture

    I’m working on a large sculpture, Spanish cedar, 14’x4’ x4’. I’m gluing up the carving blank for the sculptor using West Systems. It will be hollow with a wall thickness specified by the structural...
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    Re: Planking material for a 38' cruiser

    There is a company near me in VT that has a lot of clear white cedar for $2-$3/ bf. Only in 4/4 and 5/4. Not terribly long boards. They’re willing saw to order as well. PM me if you want details.
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    Re: Sharpening planer/jointer blades

    I send my jointer knives to Moore Profiles in Florida, NY. They are not inexpensive, $60 for 4 16” knives. I mail them in a cardboard tube. One week turn around.
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    Re: Knot free mast wood

    Steven could be right on with the rot potential. The issue I found is that the glue lines move enough to crack and become visible, even indoors. Outdoors this was a worse problem, coupled with a...
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    Re: Knot free mast wood

    Tulip Poplar AKA Southern Yellow Poplar is a boon to the lumber industry because it is able to be plantation grown in a very short amount of time. It is available everywhere and is one of the...
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    Re: Robertson Screws

    Putting the esoterica aside, a square drive screw and a Robertson screw are interchangeable for all practical purposes. McFeelys is an enthusiastic source of these screws. You’ll find more problems...
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    Re: knots in mast stock

    I can custom order clear vertical grain Douglas Fir 2x4s and 2x6s from my local building supply. I did that for my dinghy mast and boom. I can get up to 24’, perhaps longer. It costs around $8-10/bf....
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    Re: Benchtop sanders

    A guy in my shop made a plywood jig for a 4x24 belt sander that essentially gives him the same setup as that Rigid, minus the spindle. It takes one clamp to set up on his bench, doesn’t modify the...
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    Re: scarf for 17` 1x12?

    I am in Vermont, near Quebec. Most any building supply lumberyard will be able to order CVG Douglas Fir (Clear Vertical Grain). It can be had in lengths over 20’ by special order. It is a bit...
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    Re: Bowsprit Repair/Replacement

    Maybe too late, but you can find White oak up to 8/4 from Rugby ABP in Gorham. If they don’t have it there’s other places around New England. The yard I use on the VT/NH border has a steady supply....
  37. Re: Building a New Post and Beam Boatshop.. Materials...

    It will be a fun project for sure. In most cases a timber frame is a far more aesthetically pleasing building, as long as that is the aesthetic you are looking for. For a barn or shed I would...
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    Re: Finishing a new toe rail

    Try potassium dichromate. A dye will tend to give the two pieces of wood the same tone, but I don’t think the color is very colorfast with UV exposure. A pigment stain on top of dye may work better....
  39. Re: Captains Varnish - What on earth am I doing wrong

    Damn, that is a nice finish.
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    Shellac’s compatibility with epoxy

    It’s been advised to use shellac as a way to preserve wood throughout the building process, which makes a lot of sense. Considering that it makes a film on the wood’s surface and dries quickly, I...
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    Re: Building Arabella (An Atkin Ingrid)

    Zinsser shellac is the only kind I’ve ever used other than buying shellac flakes and dissolving them in alcohol. The latter is more of a furniture thing. I would get the clear Zinsser shellac as...
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    Re: Thin hardwood stock

    In the future call around to a local cabinetmaker or millwork shop. Where I live you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting one. Most of us would be happy to help you out for an hour’s pay. Anytime I...
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    Re: Marking Gauge

    With the pin style marking gauges I use a file to flatten both sides of the pin so that it becomes a knife edge. It makes a fine line and doesn’t tend to follow grain lines unless I am using my left...
  44. Re: Captains Varnish - What on earth am I doing wrong

    Get rid of the plastic sheeting. It is a magnet for airborne dust. It will act to keep dust in suspension in the air. Good painters that I have worked with start with an empty room, vacuum the...
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    Re: Tormek T8, table saw and compass plane?

    A Powermatic 66 that is pre 2000 is a good saw. The same goes for Delta Unisaw. The bigger the motor the better, if you have the electrical requirements. I have found that the newer saws have seen...
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    Re: Mast climbing gear in Aus?

    A Tibloc from Petzl is a good compromise for an ascender. I Ascend a rope with a tibloc at my waist, a autoblock at head level with a foot loop, and a rappel device in between (not rigged when...
  47. Re: Building a New Post and Beam Boatshop.. Materials...

    My two cents: I’m a builder in Vermont, working for the small company my father started in 1958. A timber frame is fun to design and create. It has the feel of a large piece of furniture. The number...
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    Re: Lofting the Brewer catboat

    I’m curious how you’ll orient the grain with an even number of plies.
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    Re: how far off are cordless chainsaws

    My local Lumberyard has a Makita. It takes two 18 volt batteries, the same batteries that all their other tools use. It would be fine for cutting a limb, but it is no kind of proper chainsaw.
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    Re: Saw horse test

    I make the horses for our company the way my dad did. The top chord is a 2x6 ripped at 15 degrees. Leave the lumberyard radius at the bottom to help with slivers. The legs are 5/4x6 clear pine...
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