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Re: Make a Drying Rack out of Wood Scraps and Staples

seems like a lotta work to me.

My drying rack is a 2x4 ripped into an octagonal and fit on 6 of the 8 faces with shelf standards,

Height is the same as my shop ceiling, and there's a little octagonal block on the ceiling to recieve it.

shelf supports let me put maybe 15-20 doors per support, stores in a corner, with a bucket to hold shelf supports. modifiable to site if needed. up and down in minutes. will hold doors up to 30" wide, and with judicious placement up to 4 or 5 ' height. Much more flexible, and once made, saves more time and space than this suggestion. Way less floor footprint as well!!

Eric

Re: Crown Molding: Mitering vs. Coping. Which Do You Do?

coping vs mitering....

When I was taught by Sy Mason, an old-school english carpenter to apply molding, the first rule was that you should try to minimize the possibility of looking straight into a joint.

With a mitre joint, standing in the centre of the room yer looking directly into most mitred joints.

You walk into a room, and the wall facing you is square cut on each end, most of the other pieces are coped at one end, butt on the other

With a coped joint, yer head has gotta be along the wall to look into the joint.

I much prefer to cope, as with suitabale backcutting on the coped, you can achieve an acceptable joint with a degree or two of motion

Less waste too. A F/U on length of a mitre joint, making it too short, can mean 75 or 100 bucks in wasted material. but with a coped joint, you can easily fine tune the cope by maybe 1/8", and yes you may have a gap at the other end, but it's generally patchable with caulk as it's at the painted wall juncture.

Some other tricks I use are to use a 23g pinner to tack in place. Rationally placed, they will hold the piece in place (but I do use jacks to help support it. Wanna take the piece down, Electronic wire cutters will fit behind it and cut the pins, 18g pins used once I is happy

Instead of sandpaper, I use rasps and files

And yes, I use an oscillating saw to augment/replace the coping saw. A recent epiphany.

Eric in Calgary


Re: How To Stop Paint From Bleeding Under Masking Tape

i'd love to try this next time. looks great, but just before the video cuts to say "now that is clean" the image shows a line of caulk about 1/8 of an inch above the arisse. I think I'd use the damp rag to clean that off.

I'm thinking it won't be so successful with stained or natural wood finishes...

Eric

Re: How to Trim a Hollow-Core Door to Height

Ill go along with the previous comments. I got tired of measuring backset for various skill saws, and if you go off track in to the door yer hooped. The orudent person would use a jig that would not allow the saw to off track in the wrong direction.

I carry a jig in the truck which wraps around the door on both sides, square to the side, Not 3/4mdf. but rather 1/4" baltic birch. I dont score with paint grade doors, but would with veneer doors. The jig acts as a zero clearance saw guide and is held in place with Jorgenson spring clamps. I too use the cut off inset and simply reglue it with a few of the same spring clamps, using my jig as a caul to distribute the pressure evenly. Glued up and with a couple of passes of a block plane to chamfer the edges and all is well. No compressor, no table saw; and if you use a slower cordless saw, the mess is minimal.

used iterations of this jig for 20 years now, even used it to trim down about 40 metal exterior doors on one contract.

You use a hacksaw to cut through the wraparound on each side, cause the skill saw will not do nice things to them unless they are precut.

these doors were foam filled, so after deburring the edges of the metal, which will cause serious damage to flesh otherwise, a 71 router plane was used to pare out the foam fill appropriately. Then the blocking was reglued in place, and the wrap-around sweep kept the cut edges hidden and in place.

Eric

Re: Drilling out a 1-1/2 inch deadbolt hole to a new 2-1/8 inch hole

I think you'll find that Starret makes what they call a "boo-boo" arbour to handle exactly this kind of situation.

Now, if only they'd made a device to make the hole smaller!!!

Eric

Re: Small Drywall Patch

well, I've learned some new terms like "blow patch" bandage patch, and I'll add the term I learned from god knows where..."hot patch"

I've done this using plaster of paris to set the patch in place, mixing it with weldbond for adhesion, but better be real quick. Spritzing the edges of the cut out with water gives you a few more seconds to set the patch

Once set up, coat with a quickset 20, go for a coffee, cover with finishing compound, point a heater at it, get another coffee, (don't leave the heater unattended). sand, prime and paint. It works.

but recently, I acquired a bag of vario mud for the tapeless drywall system.

http://www.edp-inc.net/

been patching drywall with it for the past few months, without tape and the associated feathering. Costs around 80 CDN a bag, but theres no tape joint to feather out, ergo no bulge in the wall no flash out. It's got it's characteristics, but so far good results.

If anyone is interested, I just patched a wall for a window replacement and can post photos.

Dry time to recoat is maybe 35min-1 hr, As calgary is so dry, it's on the quick side here in the summer, maybe longer on an exterior wall in the winter, but still OK in my books.

It does shrink a tad, and is hard to sand, but anyone who's trowelled stuff before puts in on so as to not have to sand.



Eric in Calgary


Re: Has the cordless tool market become overpopulated?

Last time I got PO'd at the number of batteries that wouldn't hold a charge, would charge in one charger, but not in another, I piled up all the suspects in a pile, and the cost of replacement was 0.5k$

That buys 8 or 10 corded drills whose cords alays fit in the outlets, have more power and are always there with the gumption that gets needed from time to time.

That's half a thousand in consumables.

OK, there is some advantage to be had from these puppies, but you gotta wonder when the 7.2V makitas that you bought 25 years ago keep functioning when the 18V dewalts of 5 years ago don't.

Them early 7.2V were weak buthandy, however now the larger supposedly more powerful 14+V units are clearly over balanced,I'd rather drop a 60 buck corded drill off a step ladder than some 'lectronic space age marvel whose main claim to fame was that it might have saved me 5 minutes in a month, but ended up costing me 4x my hourly rate to repair.

Made no sense to me 5 years ago, makes even less sense now.

The only new bat unit I have purchased in the last few years was the little micro Skil that the salesman dismissed as a "toy" but will fit into the tighter spaces. I think it's a whoppin 3.6V

Battery tools to my mind just don't make economic sense in average applications.

When my grandkids inherit my tools, they is abosolutely gonna love them 14.4V gutles cordless saws that they cannot get batteries for any longer. So sweet.

Meanwhile, them really famous tool mfgrs sell "FLIP-OVER SAWS" in Europe, but not in N.Am.

http://www.knighton-tools.co.uk/acatalog/dewalt_flip_saw.html

nOPE, us po boys gotta buy TWO tools instead of one.

why would I think that marketing don't factor into the equation.

Wanna buy a sh*t load of dead batteries?

I thought not...

Eric in Calgary