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Gary Hanscom

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  1. Hi Gerald. No real problems, I did it in three sections. Each piece was about 1.25X1.25 and 36" long. Toughest part was making sure to have even joints everywhere. Making sure to have extra length (on each end) to account for any planer snipe is a must, well worth the "wasted" cost. TB III works like a charm also! Gary
  2. Well Dave, time for validation! Finally finished the rolling island and learned a couple things along the way! Matt Seller used to say don't be afraid to try something new. I didn't venture too far from the norm but learned a bit about butcher block style tops as well as W/B Poly, two things I had never tried before. Even made my own towel rack dowel. Didn't come out too bad...LOML and capable assistant as well as daughter and SIL are pleased with it and that's all that matters. Maple top (man that stuff is hard...eats screws like crazy even after pilot hole drilling!) and oak carcass. Couple shots attached for Dave's validation request! Gary
  3. I just used W/B Poly for the first time (on top of a 2 coat shellac base) and had few if any problems with wipe on, undiluted no less. I was doing a base cabinet for a rolling butcher block island so surfaces were sizable, vertical and horizontal. Just an old t-shirt torn into usable size rags and wipe it on. A little care is required to prevent runs but I find that working right along at a decent pace allows me to work from a wet edge pretty much, keeping the coats thin and applying numerous coats. It does dry fast, no doubt, but if I can do it (always used oil based till now) anybody can. I did sand 220 between coats (very lightly) and a brown paper grocery bag wipe down after the final coat to really smooth it out. For the first time using this stuff, I was pleased with the results. Gary
  4. Just about ready to start the finishing process on my daughters kitchen island. Got all the major assembly done, doors and butcher block done and all with final sanding. Hardware in hand and tested. Thinking of a couple of shellac coats on the cabinet part followed by water based poly...never used that before. Mineral oil for the top to be the last step. Gary
  5. I'm with Cal on this one...late to the party! I used to work in heating system installations and we flared many a fitting on 3/8" copper tubing. Only took 2 or three times of forgetting to put the flared nut on before flaring the end of the tubing to learn how to do it right! Especially with my father watching over my shoulder calling me a knucklehead!!
  6. Thank you gentlemen. I thought as much but there is nothing like expert confirmation!!
  7. Hopefully the final question of my esteemed friends on this site for this project. Still plugging along on the movable butcher block kitchen island for my daughter. Top is finished except for the oiling. And...I started wondering about wood movement. The top is edge grain maple and each strip is 1-1/4" by 1-1/4". As it is on edge, do I need to be overly concerned about expansion of the wood? Thanks for any input you may have! Gary
  8. I am making it with edge grain...maple.
  9. Greetings all. Quick question here ( I hope). I am building a butcher block rolling island for my daughter (which many of you helped me with in the design stage). During the thickness planing stage on the butcher block top, I got a couple small tear out spots which are too deep to sand out. I was thinking that I could fill the depressions with some epoxy. I have never had to use epoxy and am looking for any suggestions any of you may have as to any preferences you may have. Don't need more than a tablespoon so no large quantity needed. And will epoxy take mineral oil "finish" ok? Thoughts? And as always, thank you in advance for any assistance. Gary
  10. You all have such nice neat benches! I'm in the middle of building a rolling butcher block island (many of you helped with the block material) for our daughter and SIL. My shop is small and I have a tendency to not clean up a lot until the job is done. Carcass is in partial view here. About to start on the top and the doors.
  11. Building an oak mobile kitchen island for my daughter. Wondering about butcher block top material. Probably oak is not best? Maple better? Ripped and glued with edge up? Any thoughts? And as usual, thanks for any input! Gary
  12. I'm pulling some school math from the back of my head here from some 50 years ago, but I think there is a reasonably simple formula for this. Example: Say you have a 48" board that you want to apply 12 "somethings" to. Simply take the length (48) and divide it by the number of "somethings" you want (12) and add 1 to that number. I.E. 48/(12+1) = 48/13 = 3.6923 inches. Not necessarily a nice measurement to make but it is accurate. Gary
  13. Getting ready to button things up for the coming fall/winter seasons...mainly closing the pool, winterizing the H2O, getting the cover on and cleaning/storing the filter. Would like to get in a nice motorcycle ride with my wife before it cools down too much...didn't do much riding this year due to the high temps and humidity all summer here (Maine). Still puttering on some hatch covers for a friends sailboat. Ended up using a heat gun to remove several layers of previous owners efforts to preserve the wood. Then it's putting on the French varnish in multiple layers. Not much woodworking going on in the shop here!! Gary
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