Woodworking Tips & Tidbits – 01/27/08

1. There’s no difference between rubbing the finish into the wood or letting it sit on top of the wood and giving it time to soak in.

2. Boiled Linseed Oil is not boiled at all, it’s not even heated. Metallic driers are now added to raw linseed oil to speed up the curing process.

3. To square up a cabinet or box for gluing or assembly clamp a speed square in the corner. This will bring it square.

4. To make your own downdraft table cut a piece of pegboard 12″ X 24″, make a shadowbox frame with 1X6’s and nail the pegboard to the frame. Cut a 4″ diameter in one end and install a plastic dust collection fitting into it. Cover the bottom with ‘masonite’ or 1/4″ plywood. Hook up your dust collector and start sanding.

5. By sanding the first coat of your finish level and smooth all additional coats will look better. The mineral soap in sanding sealers produces a fine white powder that doesn’t clog up sand paper, thus making it easier to sand. By sanding the sanding sealer smooth and level the next coat of varnish or lacquer should go on much smoother.

These are a few woodworking tips and tidbits that we picked up (and/or wrote down) over the past week. They come from a variety of sources including magazines, newsletters, online and personal experience.

There are more Woodworking Tips and Tidbits located here.

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