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    Oiling Meranti

    Hi All, I'm about to finish a meranti magnetic knife rack, and was planning on finishing it in linseed oil. Since it is an open grained wood (I think), do I need to fill it, and what grit should I sand to? Thanks in advance, Hugo
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    Magnetic Knife Rack

    Hi all, I'm making a knife rack for a friend's birthday, and was wondering what magnets to use. I want to strike the right balance between the magnets being strong enough to hold the knives in place, but not so strong that it wrenches knives out of the users hand. Furthermore, there's the issue...
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    Cheap, second-hand, green, French (maybe?) pillar drill.

    Hi all, I've been seriously noticing the lack of a drill press in my workshop during my guitar build. I came across this recently: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bench-Pillar-French-Collectable-Electric-240-Drill-Excellent-Condition-/130990756633?pt=UK_Home_Garden_PowerTools_SM&hash=item1e7fa85319...
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    Dust extraction for a tiny workshop.

    I'm in the midst of my first guitar build, and the saw dust is flying. Almost every surface is covered in a good millimetre or two of dust, and the floor rustles with chips and shavings. I also use a twin cartridge dust mask whenever I'm in the workshop, even if I'm just getting something. I'd...
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    Solid Polishing Compounds with Foam Buffing Pads

    Hi All I've finally got round to building a guitar, with materials arriving in the coming weeks. I'm looking for an affordable way to buff the nitrocellulose finish that I'm going to lay down on the guitar. This is probably a stupid question, but I was wondering if I could use solid Menzerna...
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    Rust in shed-workshop.

    Hi All With my workshop up and running, I've been getting some projects underway. However, after just a few weeks, my chisels were covered in still wet rust. I knew that rust would be an issue, but I didn't anticipate this. I'm considering getting some of these...
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    Telecaster Plans

    Hi All My workshop has been set up, and I'm ready to take on a big project. With any luck, I'm going to start the construction of a Telecaster style guitar this year. I've been planning on doing it for the past 4 years, and I think that I'm ready. I was wondering if anybody has, or can point...
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    Workbench in the damp.

    Hi all, I recently bought a budget SIP workbench. Although it's not the most stable thing in the world, it should be great for my purposes. It's going to go into a little storage shed that's been reconditioned, and recomissioned as my little workshop. Although it's rain proof (I think!), it's...
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    Router Advice

    Hi All I'm looking to buy a router. Since I'll mostly be cutting deep cavities into dense hardwoods, I have been looking at 1800W+ 1/2 collet routers. I stumbled across the Hitachi M12V2, or Hitachi M12VE (which simply appears to be the older model), as they appeared to be the cheapest 1800W+...
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    New Combi Drill

    Hi All Today, I bought a Hitachi DV18DCL2 Combi Drill from Screwfix for £99.99: http://www.screwfix.com/p/hitachi-dv18dcl2-18v-1-5ah-li-ion-cordless-combi-drill/64945;jsessionId=HLLhRjjWJx1vlknGlqGZKFY0h7dB7LBF54LDK6rhz4nR6gv1LWMT!-2133840619!1365451638657 I'd had my heart set on the Makita...
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    Maybe I won't be buying mortice chisels...

    I found an interesting link that showed that cutting mortices with ordinary bevel edged chisels is quicker and neater: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_NXq7_TILA
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    Cheap workbench

    Hi all For my new workshop (my-future-workshop-t66407.html), I will need a workbench. I have been looking at these: http://www.axminster.co.uk/axminster-be ... rod558647/ http://www.tooled-up.com/Product.asp?PID=142157 The second one on this page http://www.wnealservices.com/acatalog/w ...
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    My Future Workshop

    After three long years of negotiations, my parents have granted me this storage shed to become my workshop: http://imgur.com/a/NwuMw It measures about 8' by 2.5' (2.4m by 0.8m) and the door opening is about 5ft (150cm). I've found the perfect workbench for it, and, with some lighting (and a...
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    Saw this on Reddit... http://imgur.com/a/fc9px
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    WorkSharp WS3000 Thoughts

    Hi Everyone I've had my WS3000 for just under a month now and I wanted to share some of my thoughts. Firstly, I think that it's a very well built machine. The whole top is cast metal and the sides are sheet metal. Obviously it can't compete with the likes of Tormek, but I think in terms of...
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    Box hinges

    Hi all I'm about to start building a little dovetailed box (jewellery?) and I have lumber and the necessary tools. But. I just looked up online, and it seems like box hinges are an absolute fortune! The cheapest I could find were a flimsy looking pair from Rutlands for £5.95 that don't even...
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    Draper vs Zona Dovetail Saw

    Hi Everyone I'm about to order, so I need a quick response, please. I don't have the funds for a proper job resharpenable Veritas dovetail saw, so the question is: Draper Dovetail Saw: £5.40 or Zona Dovetail Saw: £10.96+PP Neither of them are resharpenable, so the old argument of "spend...
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    Garden Workshop

    Hi all I've been dabbling with woodworking for the past few years, doing it when and where I can, but I think that if I'm ever going to progress, I'm going to need a permanent workshop. It's very much so early days, but I was looking at getting an 8x10 shed and propping it up on a self...
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    SawStop UK Imports

    I'm probably completely missing something, but I've always wondered why people don't just import SawStops from the US. Even with freight and taxes, surely it would still come below the price of a really decent UK saw. Or is there just not the demand for it, as nearly all UK saws have sliding...
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    Record Plane identification

    Hi all I found a Record no. 5 plane in pretty good nick but I can't work out when it's from. I don't have any pictures on me but when I saw it saw it, I noticed an odd lateral adjuster. It had a sort cylindrical end to it, unlike a standard Stanley job. I would guess it's from the 80s or 90s...