Response to Floor Question: Don’t Forget the Appliances

In last issue’s eZine, one of the questions in our Q&A section asked “Which Comes First: Cabinets or Finished Floor?” Several readers pointed out that the answers left out an important consideration: the kitchen appliances. – Editor

“In the Q & A, a person was asking about flooring under the cabinets, in regards to the height of the cabinets. The minimum cabinet height above finished floor should be determined by the under-counter appliances. A dishwasher or garbage disposal MUST set on the finished floor to allow it to be installed or removed. If the floor is to be installed after the appliances, the floor under it must be raised to the finished floor height. It makes no difference whether the cabinets are installed on the subfloor or finished floor level; you must allow for the appliances to slide under them. I have seen many cases of floor being installed after the appliances and you cannot get it out to replace or service it without removing the floor or countertop.” – Robert Polinski

“When I read this, I thought of a common remodeling problem: dishwashers and stoves. Allow for the dishwasher to fit! The most common problem occurs when installing a new floor in an existing kitchen and the dishwasher is not removed first. When it’s time for repairs, it’s difficult to get it out. The comment about the counter height is important, and so is the clearance between the counter and the floor for appliances. Hopefully this saves someone a headache.” – Rich Manley

Different Paints Make a Difference

In response to another question, one of our British readers shared some information he gleaned from a paint manufacturer. – Editor

“I read your reply to the reader, Richard, regarding “Why Did My Base Coat Wrinkle” and have something further on the subject which may apply. I am a joiner in England and I had a question on finishes. I rang Dulux ICI, our best trade paint manufacturer, and what cropped up was that you can’t put a spray coat on top of a brush/roller coat as the paint, due to its different way of application, moves differently. So the difference in sprayed paint moves at different rates to paints and finishes applied differently. This can cause paint to wrinkle or come off. Also, you can’t use both solvent- and water-based paints on the same project, so the system should be a water-based system or a solvent-base system.”- Tony Barker

Caution on Fishing Lure Part

If you’re planning to build our Turned Fishing Lures plan, this could be important information to you. – Editor

“Turned Fishing Lures: Lead is prohibited in fishing gear of any type in many states. The lead weight suggested in this article should not be used.” – E.M. Beach

No Standard Angle for a Plane Iron?

This reader doesn’t think you can say there is a standard angle for a plane iron. – Editor

“I just took the quiz and was marked wrong on the question dealing with the angle at which a plane iron is sharpened. I believe that the question is ambiguous. Every plane I’ve purchased comes with a nominal 25° bevel angle. It is normally flattened on the face by the user, then ground or honed to 25°. Then a “micro-bevel” angle is chosen (which could be 35°) for final honing and optimum cutting. (I, personally, use 32°.)” – Ralph Lombardo

Humorous Woodworking

And, woodworkers like their humor. Like others did a few issues back, this reader wanted to share a funny from his shop. – Editor

“I have (had) a sign in my humble shop displayed on the door of a freezer (no longer there) which read:

“Das machinen is nicht for gefingerpoken und mittengraben.
Ist easy schnappen der Schpringenwerk, blowen der Fusen
mit Schpritzenschparken und Corkenpoppen. Ist nicht
fuir Gewerken by das Dummkopfen. Das rubbernecken
Sightseeren keepen das hands in das Pockets und nicht of das
Machinen. Besser schtill, relaxen und watchen das Blinkenlights.”

The real author is unknown but I saw something similar, handmade on a wall in a tavern on the North side of Chicago and adapted it to my own purpose.  A printer friend drew it up for me using German-type lettering on a poster of 12 X 24.  I covered it with clear plastic to keep sawdust and critters off it. It has always generated many comments.” – Carl S Klump

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