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
Peter James
November, 2012

In turning green wood, what is the best way to dry after turning?—John Kerr

  • Turning
  • Green Wood
Garrett Hack, Joe Barry, Steve Branam
November, 2012

What causes a hand plane blade to suddenly dig in deeper than it is set for?—Bob Couch

  • Tools
Terry Moore
March, 2012

To build a planter, what is the best most weather/water resistant wood besides cedar?—Hugh Gardner

  • Outdoor
  • Wood
Peter Breu
March, 2012

Can you rub out or polish a non-poly long-oil varnish?—Ken Zahn

  • Finishing
Peter Breu
March, 2012

How does one cold mold a windsor style chair seat? How thick could the veneers be?—Anon

  • Furniture
Dave Frechette, Bob Oswald, Bob LaCivita, Brooks Tanner, Myrl Phelps
March, 2012

I am building a desk and want to sandwich glass between two wooden ends. Should I use tempered or non-tempered glass? What thickness? How to attach glass in wood sandwich (glass panel in frame)?—Anon

  • Furniture
Garrett Hack, Joe Barry, Myrl Phelps
March, 2012

What is the best brand of chisel?—Brooks Tanner

  • Tools
Bob Oswald
March, 2012

I use a lot of reclaimed lumber which does have hidden nails. Is there a good way to find them?— John Davey

  • Wood
Bruce Hamilton, Guy Senneville, John Whiteside, BJ Tanner
November, 2011

What is the fastest and/or easiest method of grain filling open-grained wood?—Dave Anderson

  • Finishing
Ken Keoughan
November, 2011

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

  • Tools
  • Turning
David Lamb, Jon Siegel
November, 2011

I noticed at David Lamb’s shop all the old bandsaws have the column on the right as do the old European ones (Inca). Is there a good reason why most new models have the column on the left?­—Allen Everett

  • Tools
Bob Oswald
November, 2011

What is the best way to use 100% raw tung oil? Does it need to be mixed with other liquids such as Japan Dryer?—Myrl Phelps

  • Finishing
Ted Blachly, Jere Osgood
April, 2011

Is there a general set of rules for creating laminations such as deciding on epoxy vs glue (waterbase?), thickness of strips and types of wood, and vertical grain vs flat grain?—Harvey Best

  • Techniques
Bob Oswald, BJ Tanner
April, 2011

I need suggestions on surface prep and staining techniques for use on soft maple.—Paul Wilson

  • Finishing
Jon Siegel
April, 2011

What are the considerations when carving and preparing wood for cooking utensils–non-poisonous sealing? How to prevent cracking and de-formation given that they live in heat and moisture?—Christopher Briggs

  • Finishing
Bob Oswald
April, 2011

I have a splitter on my tablesaw that is bent. It is made of spring steel. Recommendations on how to straighten.—John Watson

  • Tools
Dave Emerson, David Lamb, Jon Siegel
April, 2011

What is the best source for used industrial quality woodworking machines? What is the best way to evaluate the functionality of used machines?—Peter Breu

  • Tools
Ron Pouliot, Jon Siegel, Ken Keoughan
November, 2010

I’ve read that one should never use a roughing gouge on faceplate turning. While I can understand that turning the inside of a bowl might result in ugly catches, what is wrong with turning convex surfaces on faceplate turnings with a roughing gouge?—Tony Imorllica

  • Turning
  • Tools
Marty Milkovits
November, 2010

What is the best brush or brushes for applying shellac?—Mike Noel

  • Finishing
Al Breed
November, 2010

How do you sharpen a veneer saw?—Joe Barry

  • Sharpening
Al Breed, Guy Senneville
November, 2010

What is the simplest way to rive wood?—Bill Newbold

  • Techniques
John Whiteside, Bruce Wedlock, Guy Senneville
November, 2010

What are the important differences in performance between yellow glue, liquid hide glue and traditional flake hide glue for furnituremaking?—Jim Bradley

  • Glue
Bob Oswald
November, 2010

How do I find the right fittings for dust collections systems to fit different power tools?—Claude Dupuis

  • Dust Collection
Bob Oswald, Marty Milkovits
March, 2010

If a bandsaw blade has a bend in it, can it be straightened to run true?—Claude Dupuis

  • Tools
Al Breed
March, 2010

How do I get wax from shellac flakes? How can I determine if shellac has wax and how important is it to get out wax from shellac?— John Watson

  • Finishing
Jeffery Cooper
March, 2010

Is the glue on veneer tape hide glue and if so, can one make large pieces of veneer tape at home?— George Lang

  • Glue
John Whiteside, Al Breed
March, 2010

What is the open time for genuine hide glue?—Bob StLaurent

  • Glue
Jim Morris
March, 2010

Are water-based finishes such as water-based polyurethane as UV resistant as the corresponding oil-based finishes?—Bob Jarratt

  • Finishing
Bob Oswald, Marty Milkovits
March, 2010

With the price of teak so high, what are some alternative woods for outdoor furniture? How long will some of these last outdoors?—Kent Michaelsen

  • Wood
  • Outdoor
Terry Moore
March, 2010

To build a planter, what is the best most weather/water resistant wood besides cedar?—Hugh Gardner

  • Wood
  • Outdoor
Marty Milkovits
March, 2010

Is it safe to cut off pines edges with post hole beetle traces until the wood is clear and burn the scraps?—Allen Everett

  • Wood
Mike Cyros, Marty Milkovits, Bob Oswald
March, 2010

Where do you get quality wood for building furniture?—Guy Senneville

  • Wood
Dave Emerson
March, 2010

How do you repair a finish where sapwood (from cherry) appears later?—Steve Colello

  • Finishing
Al Breed
March, 2010

What should the working edge of a veneer hammer look like?—Joe Barry

  • Tools
Bob LaCivita
March, 2010

I am careful with my planes and chisels. I hone them often, but I do not grind new bevels. Should I change my sharpening practice?—Alan Saffron

  • Tools
  • Sharpening
Chris Kovacs, Marty Milkovits, Bob Oswald, Jon Siegel
November, 2009

Can a combination blade on your tablesaw really do it all or is it worth having rip and crosscut blades? What about for composites and laminated panels? — Greg Benulis

  • Tools
Mike Cyros, Marty Milkovits
November, 2009

What is the best method to re-attach bark to a natural edge bowl when it has come off? — Dick Davis

  • Turning
Al Breed, Marty Milkovits, Bob Oswald
November, 2009

What is the best method of surfacing (planing or scraping) of highly figured maple? — Jim Bradley

  • Techniques
Bob Oswald
November, 2009

A couple of years ago I made up a batch of polyurethane, turps, and boiled linseed oil, one third each in the mixture. It did an excellent job. Some months later I tried it again, but this time it took forever to dry. Do driers lose their effectiveness over time? Does one need to buy fresh materials regularly to have satisfactory results? —… read more

  • Finishing
Marty Milkovits, Al Breed
November, 2009

What is the best way to flatten veneer with burl or other irregular grain? — Peter Breu

  • Techniques
Al Breed, Marty Milkovits, Chris Kovacs
November, 2009

What is the best method to cut or rip very thin (~1/16") strips safely on the tablesaw. — Roger Myers

  • Techniques
Gary Wood
November, 2009

What is the difference between finishes used for furniture and finishes for turnings? — Alan Saffron

  • Finishing
John Whiteside, Bob LaCivita
August, 2009

What planes would you suggest as a minimum for basic woodworking? — Allen Everett

  • Tools
Ken Keoughan
August, 2009

What is the most effective way to preserve green wood for turning? Does it vary with species? Which is best – which is worst. I’ve used Anchor Seal on whole logs and on logs cut thru the pith but less than 50% of my logs are usable. — Tony Immorlica

  • Turning
  • Green Wood
Peter James
August, 2009

How does one tune a tablesaw for accuracy? — Fred Conley

  • Tools
John Whiteside, Peter Breu
August, 2009

Does anyone have a water based lacquer or varnish that they really like? I would prefer to spray it, but a brush-on water based product would be interesting too. — Anon

  • Finishing
Garrett Hack, Jon Siegel
August, 2009

How do you dispose of highly combustible, oily furniture-finishing rags? I’m thinking spontaneous combustion. An infrequent user like me doesn’t have much use for an elaborate, airtight metal can. And anyway, where do you empty it? I’m looking for a solution that’s simple, safe, and environmentally decent. — Dave Corbett

  • Finishing
Ken Keoughan
August, 2009

When you seal a piece of wood before turning it, how much longer will it take to dry and will it still continue to dry or will the moisture stay in the wood? — Matt Newton

  • Finishing
Bob LaCivita
August, 2009

How do you make wooden railings for spiral stairs?  I’ve got a friend with an existing staircase with a wrought iron railing, who wants to add a wooden rail on top of it, but doesn’t know how. — DJ Delorie

  • Carpentry
BJ Tanner, Eric Johnson, Gary Wood
May, 2009

What is the best sanding sealer? And how often should it be applied during the finishing process? — Bob DeAngelis

  • Finishing