STL182: Tiny Scratches On My Blade
Tom, Mike, and Ben discuss concrete floors, honing issues, sliding tablesaws, and homemade paste wax
How Ben finished Mike’s spoon – Finish Greenwood Spoons Like a Pro by Emmet Van Driesche
I have a sliding table saw and struggle to convert all the jigs mentioned in the magazine to fit my saw. How would you attach for example a kumiko grid jig as used by Mike in the article “Spice up your work with kumiko” to the saw? Do I fasten it with bolts to the crosscut fence or just let it ride in the one miter slot in the sliding table? In either case it is just secured on the left side of the blade.
- Spice up your work with kumiko by Michael Pekovich #259–Jan/Feb 2017 Issue
- Sliding Tablesaws: Is One Right for You? by Daniel Chaffin #272–Tools & Shops 2019 Issue
I’m on the lookout for a new paste wax solution. I’m totally over the petroleum smell of commercial options, and would love something simple with just a bit of luster to apply to my projects. Has Mike ever shared his recipe to attempt to recreate the non-longer-available Goddard’s Cabinet Makers Wax? I never used the product in its original form, but I’m sold on his description of it. Something natural, simple, and lemon-scented sounds like the perfect solution for me.
- Which Waxes Work Best? by Mark Schofield
- Custom Blending Paste Wax in the Shop – Don Williams site Don’sBarn.com
- Briwax – Natural Creamed Beeswax
Segment: All Time Favorite Tool of All Time… for this week
Tom: Cabinet scraper and card scraper
Mike: Dead blow mallet to straighten his folded-back backsaw
Ben: ARK Shark Guard for his Delta Unisaw
I see pictures posted online where people have gotten a completely mirror polished edge on a chisel or plane iron. I’m using a Norton 1000 water stone, followed by a King 3000, followed by a Norton 8000 stone. I can’t seem to get that mirror polish. I still end up with some scratches, no matter how long I work with the 8000 stone, even when honing a new blade. I know Mike recommends 1000/4000/8000, but Lie Nielsen skips the intermediate grit, so I don’t think the 3000 stone is my problem. I’ve thought about trying to get a finer stone than the 8000 I have, but I don’t want a $100 experiment.
The cement floor of my shop is unsealed and kind of wrecks my feet after a day in the shop. Keeping in mind that it’s a rental, do you have any recommendations for an affordable flooring option that may help my feet and also protect my equipment from the sludge that melts off my wife’s car? It needs to be solid enough that I can have my lathe on that won’t increase vibration.
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