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bio website jay-lickfett-woodworking.com
location Irvine, CA
age 38
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Oct
14
comment PC in desk build
That cut should take a couple minutes max- either you are using the wrong kind of saw for the job, or your saw is very dull. If it gets the job done, fine - but be aware it is not the way things should be.
Jul
2
comment How can I clamp two 325 mm planks while gluing them together?
Another advantage to pipe clamps is that you can use couplings to combine several shorter pieces of pipe rather than having to buy the longest possible lengths you need for a given project. Gives more flexibility with lengths and is easier to store.
Jul
1
comment Are plywood dovetails a good solution to building something that needs to be dismantled?
Screws will work fine as long as you predrill the holes.
Jun
12
comment How do I properly ground my subpanel that only has one neutral/ground bar?
“Grounding Electrode. Building(s) or structure(s) supplied by feeder(s) or branch circuits(s) shall have a grounding electrode or grounding electrode system installed in accordance with Part III of Article 250.”
Jun
12
comment How do I properly ground my subpanel that only has one neutral/ground bar?
2008 NEC 250.32
Apr
27
comment What type of aluminum are squares and 72" straight-edge rulers made of?
This answer implies that there is only one kind of aluminum that can be bought when in fact there are a number of widely used alloys. As with steels, the heat treatments that are done on many of these aluminum alloys significantly modify their properties. Finally these alloys are stronger than pure aluminum, not softer.
Mar
30
comment How to repair a small hardwood crack?
The wood has actually contracted due to lower humidity now. When the humidity increases again the crack will probably close up on its own and it could even blow out the ends. As Henry describes below, allowances need to be made for expansion and contraction cycles in solid wood. There would have been less chance of cracking if the grain had been run the long direction of the bench instead of the short direction.
Mar
21
comment How do I sharpen wood lathe tools?
The angle does matter, but it depends on the type of tool and how it is going to be used.
Jan
10
comment How can plywood edges be finished to conceal the plies?
MDF is commonly used for painted kitchen and bathroom doors (search 'custom cabinet doors' online). If you have a real lumberyard nearby you might be interested in ultralight MDF which is slightly more expensive but would be easier to handle when you are cutting the parts.
Jul
29
comment Can I put a sanding drum in a routing table and use it like a spindle sander?
The shanks of router bits are manufactured to specific sizes in order to be held securely in the router collet. Speed control or not, it would be unwise to use any tool in a router that isn't specifically intended to be used that way.
Jul
12
comment What could cause polyurethane to dry with excess gloss?
I would love to see a reference to some product that has the gloss as the additive, because I don't think it exists! I suspect the people believing this are simply misinterpreting instructions to 'stir completely to ensure a consistent gloss level' or something to that effect.
Jul
12
comment What could cause polyurethane to dry with excess gloss?
edited to correct my spelling of 'flatting' agents and to add a reference link to more info
Feb
6
comment Table with 45 degree corner groove
This is called a "miter joint". You will have better luck searching with those terms.
Jan
5
comment How can I remove wax from a wooden counter so I can resurface it with Danish oil?
In the picture the surface of the counter is the edge grain of the wood, and the left edge shows the end grain. End grain is sometimes used as the surface of butcher blocks and wood countertops but it can really absorb (and sometimes weep back out) liquids. Doesn't sound like the problem you're having though.
Jan
4
comment How can I remove wax from a wooden counter so I can resurface it with Danish oil?
Is the counter made such that the surface is the end-grain of the wood?
Nov
24
comment Why aren't all houses equipped with fire sprinklers?
In my condo all the sprinklers that are in the living areas are recessed behind little cover plates and pop down when activated by high heat. This type should be pretty hard to damage by accident, and they look nicer.
Nov
17
comment Securing furniture to prevent tipping due to earthquakes and babies
I usually use corner brace brackets because they are cheap and available in a variety of sizes. You can also paint them if they're visible so it just blends into the wall. The straps would be easier to use if you want to hide it behind the cabinet- you first attach the strap to the stud, then move the cabinet into place and attach to the top.
Oct
22
comment How do I safely get glue off of wood that's to be stained?
+1 for testing on scrap first
Sep
1
comment Should tile floors be cleaned with vinegar only? Is the advice against using other solutions a myth?
The installers directions are kind of vague and contradictory, to the point where I wouldn't get hung up on them. For example they say not to use any cleaner containing acid, and yet vinegar contains acetic acid. Whatever cleaner you choose, it only takes a tiny amount- probably less than is what is on the label. You want to minimize any residue left behind after mopping because it will continue to attract dirt. It is the dirt that will scratch up the tile over time when you walk on it. The cleaner itself is not going to scratch the ceramic, unless it contains an abrasive.
Sep
1
comment How is it that two breaker switches control the same things?
If you remove the front panel, remember that the terminals where the incoming service wires connect are still hot even when the main breaker is off!