Here is a list of all the postings Big Al has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Need to replace switch on cutter|
Personally I would buy a new switch and fit it. If you ever need to cut the power to the tool quickly it's easier to let go of a switch than to find and turn off a switch which is on the power cable.
|Thread: Radiator cover|
Here is a radiator cover that I made for some friends of mine.
|Thread: Extractor Problems|
To be fair an extractor will never pick up anything dense and heavy. Even industrial ones never usually suck up screws or nails, just dust and shavings. The only time you hear a bang of any type is when a loose knot or dowel goes up the extractor.
I have had a couple of these extractors in the past and had the same problem. On the ones I had there, where the pipe attaches is a metal cross covering the blades which suck the debris into the extractor, which I assumed was for a safety reason. I just cut them out and never had the problem again.
|Thread: Danish oil|
No I wouldn't use it on a chopping board and to be honest I have only used an orange oil once many years ago and don't put anything on a chopping board these days.
|Thread: Danish oil problems|
not something I have had a problem with, but then I usually use clear danish oil. It might sound a bit daft but did you shake the can before applying the oil?
|Thread: Wooden Mullions replacement|
My only suggestion would be is to make them yourself and that way you can make as many as you need, and they would be a lot cheaper than buying them. Also its not as if there not difficult to make.
|Thread: DVD/CD Racking|
Hi after a quick search I found some from a London supplier, click here to go to the fittings on their web site.
|Thread: ERCOL coffee table split|
Personally all that I would do is to strip the finish back to bare wood and re finish it and not worry about the splits.
There is a big difference between white spirit and cellulose thinners, white spirits is used on oil based finishes such as danish oil and varnishes, whereas cellulose thinners are for cellulose lacquers and paints.
|Thread: table saw help|
I own both a table saw and a band saw and use the table saw the most. Both have their uses, and both have their plus and minus points. Hard to say which one I would choose over the other.
|Thread: With some sadness|
I too worked for myself for about 3 years and had to call it a day nearly 10 years ago and find a job, and looking back at it, it was the right thing to do at the right time. My furniture making has gone a lot further now that I make things for the sheer enjoyment of it rather than trying to make a living from it.
|Thread: Router Speed|
What determines how fast you run the router is the diameter of the bit that you are using. If you are using cutters up to 25mm diameter then the maximum speed is fine, but if your using a panel raiser or a large mitre lock cutter then you will need to slow down your router. The only other time that you may want to slow down your router is if you get burn marks, but this is usually a sign that the cutter is blunt and either needs sharpening or replacing.
|Thread: Best timber for gates|
The only problem with using oak is that you would need to use stainless steel fixings, normal zinc coated or steel ones will react with the tannin in the oak and stain it black.
Good alternatives are sapele or iroko, both are excellent timbers for external usage and if untreated will go silvery grey in time. Personally my own preference would always be to make a gate from hardwood, however there is nothing wrong with pressure treated especially if your on a budget or can't prepare the timber yourself.
|Thread: Mahogany Identification|
Just tried to look at your dropbox but it requires a sign in.
|Thread: Sip 1444 bandsaw|
Just googled it and found a manual in PDF format on SIP's web site. Click here to go to it.
|Thread: Fit for a Princess|
Blooming amazing but I can't imagine the recipient getting much sleep on the first night.
|Thread: Oak Dinning Room Table how to do ends|
When I made my desk top I used the bread board method and wouldn't bother again. The main field of the top shrank in time and left a step at the ends, whereas every table that I have made since I have never used the bread board method and attach the top to the base with buttons which allow's movement.
Edited By Big Al on 15/09/2015 17:29:50
|Thread: Apprentices can't always be fooled|
I have the same problem on my imac when using safari, but if I use google chrome it works ok.
|Thread: Pricng articles for craft fairs|
Good luck with pricing your work, I have never managed to get it right.
One lady once told me that most people fall into the PPP category, Pick it up, Put it down and then they P*@s off.
|Thread: Expanding Circular Dining Table|
What an amazing table, love the way it expands.
First class job.
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