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Can Glue Joints Be Clamped Too Tight?

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Can Glue Joints Be Clamped Too Tight?

  Many people are worried about over-clamping. I say that’s absolutely not a concern. Here’s why: Consider this. I have a cutting board that is 12” x 18” and 2” thick. It consists of many boards glued together to make the whole thing Let’s take two of those interior boards. They are 2” tall by 18” long.  And I have to glue them together. 2x18 = 36 square inches of glue surface. It’s a hardwood. So Titebond says I can use 250 pounds per square inch in clamping force. 36 square inches x 250 pounds per square inch = 9000...

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Can I Apply Lacquer or Polyurethane Over an Oil Finish?

Can I Apply Lacquer or Polyurethane Over an Oil Finish?

The short answer is “Yes, if it’s the right oil, and you let it dry first.” Here’s a detailed answer for those interested.  There are two general classes of oils. Drying Oils, and Non Drying Oils.  A Drying Oil is one that will harden to form a solid film after exposure to the air over time. The oil hardens through a chemical reaction called cross-linking, or polymerization by intaking oxygen.  So in actuality they “cure” rather than dry. Just like a polyurethane.  Some examples of drying oils include tung oil, linseed oil, and walnut oil.  Note: Danish oil is not an...

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DeWalt vs. Bosch Sliding Compound Miter Saws

DeWalt vs. Bosch Sliding Compound Miter Saws

I get asked this almost every other day in an email; which Miter Saw do I like Better? The DeWalt I first had, or the Bosch that I have now.   I’d like to start by saying, that I am not now, nor have I ever been sponsored by any saw manufacturer. I bought both of them with my own money, and the review & comparison is completely honest.  I have been a DeWalt fan since Stanley Black & Decker first bought the name from the DeWalt Radial Arm Saw company and made their first contractor grade yellow tools. It’s been...

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BALTIC BIRCH PLYWOOD: What is it? Why is it better?

BALTIC BIRCH PLYWOOD: What is it? Why is it better?

Article: Baltic Birch Plywood is a plywood built using a specific method. It comes from Russia and the nearby Baltic states. Baltic Birch plywood is generally regarded as being of higher quality than standard birch plywood. It is made entirely from birch plies, and unlike regular plywood it has no softwood or filler plies in the center. Also the plies themselves are thinner, allowing for more plies for a given thickness and they are a uniform 1.5mm thick. This gives it much greater stiffness and stability. Additionally the outer ply (face veneer) is also 1.5mm thick. Which is about double...

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Polyurethane, Lacquer, Shellac, or Varnish? What do I use? What’s the difference?

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Polyurethane, Lacquer, Shellac, or Varnish? What do I use? What’s the difference?

Article: Your woodworking project is done. And maybe you’ve stained it too. Now you need to protect it with a topcoat. What do you choose? Maybe this information guide can help you... from; James KingKing’s Fine WoodworkingHighlights: What are you looking for?Fastest Drying Time:Lacquer - 30 min(Shellac - 1 hourWaterborne polyurethane - 2 hrsStandard Polyurethane - 24 hours)Best for Crystal Clear Finish:LacquerWaterborne polyurethane - close second place. Easiest to Apply:Wipe on polyurethane Spray on poly from a canSpray lacquer from a can-All three are easy optionsEasiest to Repair:Lacquer -Spraying on another coat partially dissolved the coat underneath, leading to perfect...

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