[x_section style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 45px 0px 45px 0px; “][x_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” bg_color=”” style=”margin: -20px auto 0px auto; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_text]We often get questions in comments, email, and messages that a lot of you are asking time and time again. I want to help answer those and have put together this frequently asked questions page for you. If there are any others you’d like to see answered, please comment below.[/x_text][/x_column][/x_row][/x_section][x_section class=”left-text ” style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” bg_color=”” style=”margin: 0px auto 0px auto; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_accordion][x_accordion_item title=”How do you make a Steel Wool & Vinegar Stain?” open=”false”]Put a handful of #000 or #0000 steel wool in a jar and then add white vinegar. You’ll want about one-part vinegar to two-parts steel wool. Let the vinegar dissolve the steel wool for at least a couple of days. With the vinegar solution you definitely want to leave the lid off, as it releases a gas that you’ll want to let escape from the jar. The mixture will get darker the longer you let it sit. Oxidation will occur and the mixture reacts with the tannins in the wood to give it variations in color. It changes Fir wood to dark blues, greys, browns, and black. Pine, however will not darken much at all.
You can always dilute your mixture if it is too strong. Simply pour a little of the strong mixture in a new cup and add white vinegar.
Here’s an in-depth video explaining the whole process for you.
[/x_accordion_item][x_accordion_item title=”How do you cut a Barrel in half?” open=”false”]Prior to cutting, drill holes in the bands near where each cut will be made, and then drill another one in the middle. Then put 1 inch wood screws into those holes/into the barrel staves. Then, use a sawzall to cut through the bands down the middle of the barrel. Because you fastened the bands you’ll able to keep everything in place. For the end-caps of your half barrel, you can buy thin 1/2 inch metal band and tack it on each end to keep the half circle end-cap from moving.[/x_accordion_item][x_accordion_item title=”Where can I buy/find whiskey barrels?” open=”false”]A few good places to check for whiskey barrels are locally on Craigslist, breweries or distilleries, and then at local farm/ranch supply stores. I know that for the midwest, Mernards often carries full size whiskey barrels that you’ll just have to then cut in half (see question above about cutting a barrel in half). In Montana I was able to come by some used barrels on Craigslist as well as the option to buy new at a farm/ranch (Murdochs) supply store.
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The torque screws that I use are Big Timber Torx made right here in Montana. [/x_accordion_item][x_accordion_item title=”Does the Farmhouse Table warp/twist?” open=”false”]I live in Montana where humidity is not an issue at all. My farmhouse dining table never has had any issues in warping, bending, or twisting. If you’re living in Florida, Georgia, or somewhere else with high humidity, know that it is definitely more likely to have movement. There are a few key factors to consider when building to make sure it won’t be an issue for you either!
1) Make sure you purchase dried out wood, either kiln or air dried. Do not construct the table until you are sure the wood is completely dry.
2) Use glue sparingly on your joints to allow the wood to expand and contract. As I make more and more woodworking projects, I’m finding just how amazing the power of a solid wood glue like Gorilla Wood Glue is. For a project like the Farmhouse Table, though, you’ll want to use glue carefully. You want the wood to be able to naturally move with the seasons. Use glue sparingly!
3) Recognize that if you’re living in a very humid area, it could be a possibility that the wood could shift so do everything in your power to avoid it becoming an issue.
4) The Kreg Jig is a great joinery system that is perfect for the average DIYer. Other types of more advanced joinery like mortise and tenons will reduce the chances of movement even more, yet pocket hole joinery with a Kreg Jig works great!
Here is a good reference from Fine Woodworking magazine (click the highlighted text) about other, more advanced options for securing tabletops and breadboard ends.[/x_accordion_item][/x_accordion][/x_column][/x_row][/x_section]