Q&A LogoQ&A first ran in The Old Saw newsletter in late 2004 and has continued in The Journal. Questions from members are sent to a panel of experienced woodworkers. The "experts" do not always agree but you will find this collection to be a wonderful resource.

Use the archive lists below to help find what you are looking for or to just explore.

Displaying 248 Records
Jon Siegel
May, 2019

How long must a Danish oil finish dry before top coating with a lacquer?—Peter Breu

  • Finishing
Owain Harris, Bruce Wedlock, Richard Oedel
May, 2019

More often than not, when I remove a piece from a vacuum press, I get bleed-through of the glue (Titebond III) through figured cherry veneer (MDF substrate). It takes a lot of scaping to remove the glue. Any ideas on how to prevent or minimize this?— Steve Colello

  • Glue
Bruce Wedlock
May, 2019

Does adding thickeners such as silica or glass microballons to epoxy reduce the strength of the final cured bond?— Stan Paras

  • Glue
Richard Oedel, Bruce Wedlock
May, 2019

What bandsaw blade brand & tooth space is best to resaw lumber. Is there an optimum speed for resawing?—Claude Dupuis

  • Tools
Richard Oedel
May, 2019

What is the difference between a catalyzed and a non-catalyzed finish?— Mike DiMaggio

  • Finishing
Bob Oswald
May, 2019

Is dust actually a problem on a lathe. I seem to see only chips when I turn, and I am only assuming dust accompanies them.—Anon

  • Dust Collection
Tony Immorlica, Owain Harris, Bruce Wedlock
May, 2019

If I can have only one sanding machine, which is more useful, a 20˝+ disc sander or a 6˝ to 8˝ edge belt sander?— Philip Glover

  • Finishing
  • Tools
Claude Dupuis
May, 2019

What is the best finish to use on a sanded turned bowl? Would you use a sanding sealer before finishing?— Bob DeAngelis

  • Finishing
  • Turning
Claude Dupuis, Bob Couch, Owain Harris, Richard Oedel
May, 2019

What is the preferred method to apply Waterlox?—Bob Wyatt

  • Finishing
Jeff Roberts
May, 2019

My spalted maple bowl blanks come from the firewood pile. This leads to soft spots ruining an otherwise nice bowl. Is there a product I can use to stabilize an occasional soft spot before completing the turning?— Wayne Cardoza

  • Turning
Jon Siegel
May, 2019

I do not seem to have enough suction from my 1.5 hp unit. Perhaps a 2 hp would work better? I am upgrading my entire collection system, so this would be the time to make changes. The only location that would not work in my shop is a drop down from the ceiling.— Anon

  • Dust Collection
Jon Siegel
May, 2019

Some turners use mineral oil on bowls and develop a near glass or glossy finish. How is this done with a penetrating oil like mineral oil?—Annamarie Pennucci

  • Turning
  • Finishing
Garrett Hack
May, 2018

How can a plane blade be re-ground to develop a York Pitch (50°)—Mike DiMaggio?

  • Tools
Donna Banfield
May, 2018

When using Easy Wood or similar lathe tools on the inside of bowls, horrible and severe catches can occur when the tool handle is rotated from flat to any angle. Why does this happen when the actual cutting surface will be at the identical angle of cut?—Annamarie Pennucci

  • Turning
Jeff Lind, Burt Ouellette, Garrett Hack
May, 2018

What are the ways to use Super Glue in the shop? I’m interested in different viscosities and results with accelerators, etc. for various applications.—William Taylor

  • Glue
Garrett Hack, Jon Siegel, Jeff Roberts
May, 2018

Why do the manufacturing companies always recommend using a chuck in compression rather than expansion? What is the difference and why is expansion considered more dangerous?—Annamarie Pennucci

  • Turning
Steve Costain, Jon Siegel
May, 2018

What is the best way to add dust collection for a lathe? The chips seem to go everywhere but land mostly in front of the lathe.—Joyce Hanna

  • Dust Collection
  • Turning
Donna Banfield, Dave Emerson
November, 2017

Please outline the process to season green wood for turning or furniture making.—David Witham

  • Green Wood
Steve Costain, Bruce Hamilton
November, 2017

What is the best way to finish turning projects while still on the lathe?—Ed Bartlett

  • Finishing
  • Turning
Garrett Hack, Bruce Wedlock
November, 2017

What is the difference between O1 and A2 steel?—Mike DiMaggio

  • Tools
Garrett Hack
November, 2017

Can you provide some suggestions for homemade finishes utilizing oil and wax?—Mike DiMaggio

  • Finishing
Donna Banfield, Claude Dupuis
November, 2017

I turn mostly bowls at a relatively high speed and I keep my tools sharp. Even so, I get too much end grain tear out. What can I do about this?—Tom Donnelly

  • Turning
Joe Barry
January, 2017

What is the most stable species of wood to be used in a humid environment?—Mike DiMaggio

  • Wood
Bruce Wedlock, Claude Dupuis, Donna Banfield
January, 2017

In making large diameter lidded boxes, I try to keep the kerf as narrow as possible. However I frequently get burning on the sides of the narrow blade cutoff tool. How can this be avoided?—Jim Forbes

  • Turning
Donna Banfield, Claude Dupuis
January, 2017

What is the best way to add dust collection for a lathe? The chips seem to go everywhere, but land mostly in front of the lathe.—Joyce Hanna

  • Dust Collection
Bruce Wedlock, Donna Banfield
January, 2017

When I color a piece with aniline dye and finish with lacquer, the Beall buffing system attacks the color and removes it. How can I prevent this?—Gary Bashian

  • Finishing
Donna Banfield, Claude Dupuis, Peter Breu
January, 2017

What is a good (reliable) method to prepare green wood for turning? I’ve had limited success with just painting the end grain of logs.—Tony Immorlica

  • Turning
  • Green Wood
Bruce Wedlock, Jon Siegel, Donna Banfield, Claude Dupuis
January, 2017

Should a burr be left on when sharpening a bowl gouge?—Norman Miner

  • Turning
  • Sharpening
Bob Couch, Bruce Wedlock, Peter Breu, Joe Barry, Tom McLaughlin
January, 2017

What is the recommended method to apply a finish on a cherry table?—Jorge Torres

  • Finishing
Claude Dupuis
January, 2017

What is the best way to finish turning projects while still on the lathe?—Ed Bartlett

  • Finishing
  • Turning
Jon Siegel, Peter Breu
January, 2017

How do you square up and maintain the accuracy of a power jointer?—Kit Gurwell

  • Tools
Jon Siegel, Peter James, Garrett Hack
January, 2017

I don’t have any wall space left in my shop to hang my bandsaw blades, which are 150" long (for 18" wheels). The manufacturers do not advise any more than three loops, and anything other than a nice round shape for storing. They would prefer you open the blade fully up and hang it on the wall. I am looking for some innovative ways of storing… read more

  • Tools
Garrett Hack
January, 2017

How long can I store shellac flakes in an air tight container before they go bad?—Sal Morgani

  • Finishing
Bruce Hamilton, Richard Oedel
June, 2016

I hear that the color in lilac will not last long. What type of finish do you use to protect highly colored wood?—Syd Lorandeau

  • Finishing
Garrett Hack
June, 2016

Christopher Schwartz says that the iron of the Stanley (fore plane I think) should take a thick shaving when hogging off waste with an 8" radius iron. I think that both the Stanley and the Bedrock 605, which I have should adjust the same. The mouth should be adjusted for a large opening. Even with the frog all the way back in my plane I can’t… read more

  • Tools
Bob LaCivita
June, 2016

I do not have a garage, so I would like to build a spray booth in my basement large enough to accommodate pieces of furniture that I build. Does anyone have experience building a basement spray booth and do you know of construction plans? Also, can you recommend a source for the explosion proof fan I will need?—Gregg Pollack

  • Finishing
Terry Moore
June, 2016

Can you sharpen a bandsaw blade by hand and if so, how?—Anon

  • Sharpening
Richard Oedel, Bruce Wedlock, Bob Oswald, Bob LaCivita, Bruce Hamilton
June, 2016

When I apply a polyurethane top coat to a project, I always get brush streaks even when I use a foam brush and when I thin the material. It helps when I rag the wet finish but I’m just wiping off material I just put on. The only solution I have found is to wet sand after dry. What am I doing wrong?—Jim Seroskie

  • Finishing
Claude Dupuis, Peter James
June, 2016

Bowls can be turned from a round log cut to length or from a log split down the middle. What are the advantages or issues with each approach.—Anon

  • Turning
Bruce Hamilton, Bob Oswald, Donna Banfield
June, 2016

Turners on the Seacoast are turning cane shafts for disabled veterans in coordination with local carvers. What would you recommend for finishes? The canes, and cane shafts in particular, need to be weather resistant and likely exposed to a full range of precipitation?—Annamarie Pennucci

  • Finishing
Jon Siegel, Dave Emerson, Peter James, Claude Dupuis
June, 2016

What features should I look for in purchasing a quality mid-sized lathe? The lathe is to be used for both spindle and bowl turning.—Anon

  • Turning
Dave Emerson, Owain Harris
June, 2016

What woods are best for bending?—Anon

  • Wood
Donna Banfield
June, 2016

What benefit if any is there in using hook or ring tools on the lathe?—Joe Barry

  • Turning
Jim Seroskie, Steve Costain
June, 2016

I am finishing a small chest of drawers made with black walnut. The top piece for the chest has an open knot hole (elliptical 1/2" x 1"). There are other closed knot holes in the piece and I want to keep the look but want to fill the gap. What are the best ways to fill that which will preserve the dark look of the surrounding wood and take a… read more

  • Finishing
Donna Banfield
September, 2015

What is the most effective way to eliminate or avoid streaks in finish, particularly in the interior of hollow forms or bowls?—Jim Forbes

  • Finishing
  • Turning
Richard Oedel
September, 2015

What are some good ways to put a writing surface on the inside of the lid of a desk using baize or leather?—Herb Kettler

  • Other
Tony Immorlica
September, 2015

Can you sharpen a bandsaw blade by hand and if so how?—Claude Dupuis

  • Sharpening
Richard Oedel
September, 2015

Woodworking stores have a huge range of expensive color pigments. What pigments would constitute a basic color set that would give one the ability to mix most common wood tones and colors? Also, what is the best type of pigment? I have both TransFast powder and TransTint liquid pigments. What is each type best suited for?—Tony Immorlica

  • Finishing
Peter Breu, Bob Couch, Bob Oswald
September, 2015

What is the best applied finish for exterior wood surfaces such as doors, windows or boats (clear finish)?—Harvey Best

  • Finishing
Richard Oedel, Dave Emerson
September, 2015

I have put a tung oil/turpentine/urethane mix on my finished work and it is not drying (it must be a stale mixture). What do I do now? How do I clean it off or what can I add to harden the finish?—Jim Forbes

  • Finishing