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by _lotusbleu
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: New User with Bow Tie Issues
Replies: 1
Views: 795

Re: New User with Bow Tie Issues

Letting the beech settle inside for a while will help - or you can set up a fairly inexpensive kiln with household dehumidifiers to dry out stock in your workshop.

0.2% moisture content seems insanely low though - most wood is dried to around 6-8% for furniture.
by _lotusbleu
Sat Apr 06, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: What handsaw to buy for fine woodworking
Replies: 1
Views: 657

Re: What handsaw to buy for fine woodworking

I think going for a mid-range tenon saw is worth while - there are good modern ones available for around £30-£50.

I also often use japanese saws for when I'm looking for something extra fine.
by _lotusbleu
Sat Apr 06, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Pull saw recommendations?
Replies: 3
Views: 644

Re: Pull saw recommendations?

I would say go for double edged japanese saws. They are great, and don't have a 'spine', which I find a lot more convenient.
by _lotusbleu
Sat Apr 06, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Diamond Sharpening Stone
Replies: 3
Views: 726

Re: Diamond Sharpening Stone

I know this is a bit late to the party but the best diamond stones I have used are the DMT continuous ones.
I've found that others can take a really long time to break in - and often seem more course than they say. Has anyone else found this?
by _lotusbleu
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Case hardened wood
Replies: 2
Views: 779

Re: Case hardened wood

Most recently I got some case hardened boards from Lathams. I have had it from a smaller timber yard too.

Used to find Lathams reliable and decent to deal with, but had a couple of poor experiences recently.
by _lotusbleu
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Case hardened wood
Replies: 2
Views: 779

Case hardened wood

I've been getting case hardened timber more often than I'd like recently from different timber yards. Has anyone else experienced this? Do you think it's reasonable to try and get a refund? I usually find trying to get anything out of timber yards is like pulling teeth, even if it's just an acknowle...
by _lotusbleu
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: What saw table?
Replies: 6
Views: 1521

Re: What saw table?

I have used an older Sheppach Table saw - think it was a Precisa 3, but it's been a while so can't remember the exact model. It was alright, but was single phase and definitely lacked power. This was in a shared workshop and it had been there for a while before me, so I can't testify for the accurac...
by _lotusbleu
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: native Sycamore suppliers
Replies: 5
Views: 1335

Re: native Sycamore suppliers

Might be worth giving Devon Hardwoods a go? Pretty sure they stock sycamore, and if you're putting in a decent sized order they'll deliver up your way.
by _lotusbleu
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Drawer makers
Replies: 8
Views: 1727

Re: Drawer makers

I've used shaker 2 go for doors before, they're pretty good.
Have also used Hafele for drawer boxes - not sure how they compare in price with the others suggested though.
by _lotusbleu
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Tulip or maple? (Here we go again)
Replies: 11
Views: 2185

Re: Tulip or maple? (Here we go again)

I have found you have to be a lot more careful when machining maple to get a clean finish. Also it seems to more readily warp than tulip, I think as can hold a lot of tension in the boards. If you have to machine down a fair amount in thickness then make sure you flip the board with each pass, takin...
by _lotusbleu
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Cabinet-hinges
Replies: 3
Views: 1109

Re: Cabinet-hinges

by _lotusbleu
Tue Nov 01, 2016 10:47 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: repairing lacquer table top
Replies: 7
Views: 1813

repairing lacquer table top

I've been given a veneered oak table to repair. it had a solvent can left on it which must have dripped as it's left marks on the finish. what's the best way to go about repairing the finish? I have some polyvine lacquer, would it be ok just to brush this on? http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk259...
by _lotusbleu
Mon Jun 27, 2016 9:51 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Knock down fixings?
Replies: 4
Views: 1551

Re: Knock down fixings?

Thanks - I think the bed brackets look like a good option, as I was a bit worried about the strength of knock down fittings.

If only I had the money to go out and buy a domino cutter for the job!
by _lotusbleu
Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:07 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Knock down fixings?
Replies: 4
Views: 1551

Knock down fixings?

I've got a project on to 'fix' an old bed, which is just a headboard and footboard, so needs support rails for the slats making. It clearly used to have metal supports, but the client wants wooden ones added. I was thinking of using knock down fittings to attach the rails to the ends, but I've not g...
by _lotusbleu
Tue Aug 25, 2015 6:51 pm
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Kity 638 vs new axminster planer thicknesser?
Replies: 6
Views: 2365

Re: Kity 638 vs new axminster planer thicknesser?

Cheers for the replies.
Lynx I'd definitely be interested in the record. Could you give me a bit more info about it? New to this forum and can't figure out how to send a pm.
by _lotusbleu
Mon Aug 24, 2015 1:51 pm
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Kity 638 vs new axminster planer thicknesser?
Replies: 6
Views: 2365

Kity 638 vs new axminster planer thicknesser?

Hi everyone, Looking to get a planer thicknesser for my workshop and not sure to get a second hand one or go for one of the Axminster trade AW106PT2. I'm on a pretty tight budget, and saw Axminster has an offer on at about £800, which makes it tempting, but my gut is telling me to go for something s...
by _lotusbleu
Mon Aug 24, 2015 1:45 pm
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Getting machines upstairs?
Replies: 7
Views: 1908

Re: Getting machines upstairs?

Cheers for the responses everyone - didn't go for the workshop in the end, seemed like it was always going to be a pain in the ar*e.
by _lotusbleu
Thu Jul 09, 2015 8:19 pm
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Getting machines upstairs?
Replies: 7
Views: 1908

Getting machines upstairs?

I'm trying to start my own workshop and looking around for a decent location to rent. I saw one the other day that could work well, but it's on the 1st floor of a building. Could this logistically work? I'm not sure if it would be too much of a nightmare getting all of my machines up there and how t...

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