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Ask WWGOA: Buffing Compound

Question: Saw your video on finishing wood pens with CA and stick buffing compound. My question is this: what type and brand name is the buffing compound I should use? Submitted by anonymous Answer: You can find stick buffing compound at most woodworking retailers, and also on line. Check out amazon.com for white buffing compound…

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Ask WWGOA: Maple and Cherry Wood

Question: George, you made a pair of Kitchen Tongs, where do you purchase maple or cherry wood 1 1/8″ thick? Submitted by Terry Answer: In my area, Wisconsin, it’s pretty easy for me to get hardwoods that are 5/4” (1-1/4”) and 8/4” (2”) thick from my hardwood supplier. I did a Google search for “wood…

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Ask WWGOA: Using Barrel Hinges

Question: Regarding your video Using Barrel Hinges, I’ve seen inserts that sit in the hole after drilled, which have points on them to punch a center mark in the opposite piece. Is this not the proper way to make sure the settings are correct? Submitted by Kirk Answer: The item you’re talking about is a…

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Ask WWGOA: Drilling Into Masonry

Question: I recently hung two good sized wall cabinets in my garage. I used French cleats for each and they were affixed to brick veneer in the garage. I used Tapco hardware, including the supplied masonry bit. I wore out the bit and both arms, but I hung the cabinets. The next project is six…

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Ask WWGOA: Environmental Headgear

Question: In his recent woodturning CD George wore an environmental headgear which included a powered air filtration system (You can see it here). Could you let me know the maker of this unit and possibly sources for it? Submitted by Dennis Answer: I use the Trend Air Shield Pro. It’s available from a variety of…

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Ask WWGOA: Cleaning Dried Acrylic Paint

Question: I spray with acrylic paints and sometimes get buildup in spite of constant cleaning. Do you think soaking in mineral spirits will lift dried acrylic better than water? I’ve heard this is a good idea since mineral spirit molecules are smaller than H2O molecules. Submitted by bbbartolo Answer: I don’t think mineral spirits will…

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Ask WWGOA: Cutting MDF

Question: What should I use to cut MDF wood? Submitted by Richard W. Answer: This video provides some info on table saw blades. A triple chip blade is best for mdf and other abrasive materials, like particle board. George Do you have a question for WWGOA? Ask us on Facebook or email editor@wwgoa.com. Note: questions…

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Ask WWGOA: Drying Cut Wood

Question: Simple question maybe. How is the best way to dry wood cut from trees? I have several around the farm here, ranging from Pecan to Oak. During fall we trim them up and think they would be a cheap supply. I have heard several ways using a coat of latex over the cut ends…

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Ask WWGOA: Turning Tool Recommendations

Question: I’m new to turning. I bought a Jet 12-20 lathe. I have one full length Easy Wood Rougher. I need to buy more turning tools. Since I’m new and want to learn to do “coves” and “beads” would you recommend continuing with the Easy Wood System or going to the standard gouges, skews etc.?…

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Ask WWGOA: Removing Rust from Cast Iron

Question: How do you remove rust from a cast iron surface? Submitted by William M. Answer: I wet sand the surface using WD 40, JB 80 or other rust remover as a lubricant and 400-grit wet/dry sandpaper wrapped on a block of wood as an abrasive. If there’s LOTS of rust and the removal is…

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