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  1. J

    Another timber ID...

    How sure are you of this id? I'm not testing / questioning you, just wondering if you're familiar with rubberwood, as i'm not.
  2. J

    Another timber ID...

    The grain is a bit of a nightmare though! (But without, it wouldn't be so interesting...)
  3. J

    Another timber ID...

    I had a pallet made of this, it was really rough before planing. it's dense, heavy. As you can see, parts have wild grain. I'm assuming that if it were oak, there would be more staining, but maybe it wasn't wet or old enough for the staining to have developed. I dunno. Any ideas, anyone?
  4. J

    Large ported subwoofer

    ... but do vocals get reproduced with a Northern Irish accent?
  5. J

    Cordless drill

    I have a Makita from the Nicad era, that doesn't grip drill bits well, but I think the brand is generally good. I recently bought a DeWalt [Li-Ion, of course] which early on was producing metal filings from the chuck when i used a 8mm [I think] bit! Both of those were from the bottom end of...
  6. J

    Just looking for a quick to tip

    Are you using the conventional fluted cone type, or the one that's smooth, with a hole drilled through it? I find the latter much better, though not perfect.
  7. J

    Large ported subwoofer

    Nice project and great techniques [the router jig, eg]. [Loved the description of your cable!] If anyone is running any length of cable from amp to driver, I'd recommend something beefy - say 13A mains cable - as the resistance starts to get significant. My understanding is that panel resonances...
  8. J

    stuck drill bit [FAQ?]

    Yay! success! Maybe 3 mins heating with a blowtorch (felt longer), minimal change to the colour of the bit and no sign of burning of the wood, and it came free. The wood 2-3 mm away did feel hot, though.
  9. J

    stuck drill bit [FAQ?]

    -- I don't have any of that, so i'll look out for it. But i can't afford to risk staining the wood with Plusgas, etc., unfortunately. (nor is time on my side) MikeG - there's plenty of bit to grip, but thanks. Pete -- good, thanks, worth a try, methinks. Phil -- also worth a go, particularly...
  10. J

    stuck drill bit [FAQ?]

    Sorry if this is an FAQ. I'm drilling pilot holes in oak handrail with a 3mm bit. The bit is one set in a hex drive [to be quick change]. That is, until it stuck in the mopstick, and the actual drill bit came out of the hex drive part. I've tried tightening the chuck of my DEWalt on it and...
  11. J

    Oak pig's ear handrail

    I bought some of their mopstick oak handrail over a year ago, and am just now fitting it!! It's good, well finished [sanded, not 'varnished'] one length is 3.6m and it has stayed straight. I can't fault it. If you've got joins that change direction and up/down angle, have fun getting the angle...
  12. J

    Underneath the stairs

    Thanks to all for your contributions! Steve - very useful BM101 - very funny [you should be writing for a magazine!] doctor Bob - very impressive.
  13. J

    new oak handrail, outside, varnish?

    I've thrown out the previous softwood mopstick hand rail that runs up the steps to our front door. I have bought sanded but bare 45mm mopstick oak hand rail and stainless steel brackets. My default plan was to 'varnish ' the oak with a low build treatment, and have a tin of OSMO UV Protection...
  14. J

    Frame and panel doors by the inexperienced?

    Apart from the fact I will waste that timber if I decide to do M&T after all, why 'Oh dear' ?
  15. J

    Frame and panel doors by the inexperienced?

    Thanks Custard for the how to on gluing panels, I take it you stretch the tape before sticking down on the second piece /other side of the join? Also, I had made a decision to dowel the frames together, and I'm rather committed to that as I've cut the cross pieces to suit. So that means...
  16. J

    Frame and panel doors by the inexperienced?

    OK, thanks for all that. So if I butt join the panel parts, I can just glue them together, sounds good.
  17. J

    Frame and panel doors by the inexperienced?

    I am currently making my first attempt at frame and panel doors. They will be used on the front of built-in cupboards, there will be 4, all the same. I have solid oak stiles and cross pieces being 90 mm and 110 mm respectively, and 19mm thick. I am making up the panels from thinner pieces of oak...
  18. J

    """""HEAD TO HEAD MITRE GAUGE REVIEW"""""

    You may like to check out this: https://amazon.co.uk/Woodworking-Miter- ... =0&ie=UTF8 and there is a simpler, cheaper version without the fancy fence.
  19. J

    Record Power Sabre 350 bandsaw

    should ignore you really, Tom. Are you doing this to wind me up? <A second hand one would be more sensible of a tool purchase, than that nice jig you've linked to, for the work your proposing to do with a bandsaw, and about the same price.> err the jig is £70 - that saw is >£700 so second hand...
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