STL 171: When the Instagram Critics Get To You
Mike, Anissa, and Ben discuss unwanted critiques, sharpening jointer knives, panel glue-ups, and dive pretty deep into fuming oak
A winner for the USB archive has been selected. Thanks to everyone who entered, it was fun reading all of the comments. We’ll keep doing things like this. -Ben (09/14/2018 – 10:47:13)
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From Ray: I recently scooped up a 6″ Delta jointer with steel knives. I’m re-sharpening the knives myself with sandpaper and a granite slab. How can you tell when it’s time to pull the knives and freshen them up? Is there a specific board foot limit or time limit?
- Sharpening Services – Is it worth the time and expense to get your blades sharpened?
- Video: Machine Setup – The Jointer part 1 – Matt Wajda sets the jointer tables using only a straight-edge and some scraps of paper
Question 2: Fuming madness!
From Chris: I have heard that it’s important to ensure all pieces come from the same tree in order for consistent color matching when fuming with ammonia. How do you do that if you are buying from a lumberyard instead of a private sawmill? My lumberyard has stacks of White Oak but it’s impossible to ensure they come from the same tree.
From John: Do you pre-finish panels before glue up so they do not reveal unfinished wood during seasonal changes.
From Vince: I am fuming white oak on a hanging shelf. My test boards look darker after 30 hours in the box, but they have a bit of a greenish hue to them. I was hoping a coat of Waterlox would make the color a bit ‘warmer’, but it didn’t quite get it there. Is there another wiping varnish, or maybe a dye additive that the pros would use to warm up the color?
- Finish Line: Original Arts and Crafts by Nancy R. Hiller #193–Sept/Oct 2007 Issue
- Re-creating a Shaker Finish by Linda Coit #203–Jan/Feb 2009 Issue
- Video Workshop: Mike fumes the white oak of his hayrake table
- Video: How to Fume Furniture with Ammonia by Kelly J. Dunton #186–Sept/Oct 2006 Issue
Segment: Smooth Moves
Anissa – Left an errant screw on the bench while screwing down a tabletop, thus, gouging the top.
Ben – Not trusting his eye and over-trusting layout lines
Mike – Taking too much time in between mock-ups and loosing sight of his original vision
From Aaron: I have seen conflicting information on edge gluing flat sawn material. Some urgently stress the importance of alternating the direction of the growth rings on the end grain. On the other hand, some very reputable sources stress the importance of orienting the boards in whichever position yields the most natural grain progression across the panel. Who is right?
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