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    • Projects 2014-2015
      I've lurked on the forum a bit and haven't really shown off anything that I've made. So here are 3 projects that i made between 2014 and 2015. Technically i started the end tables in 2012 and didn't finish them until 2015 but that is beside the point. Some times i start a project and sleep on it for a year or two. I most recently finished a pair of bookshelf speakers for my home theater. I made the box out of Jatoba Walnut and Maple. Internal components were from Parts Express. They sound better than they look. If there are any audio nerds in the crowd i have 2500 hz crossovers with the woofers tuned and ported to 54 hz. The Jatoba is super heavy and even at 3/8" makes a wonderfully solid enclosure. Here is a picture of the speaker on the end tables that i started in 2012 and finished this spring. I had an idea to make them entirely out of solid oak, internal floor and all. It was an awesome idea to spend a lot of money on oak that no one sees and they are super heavy. So job well done right? I hate the doors and am probably going to tear them off some day and replace them with something better but for not they work. To answer the obvious questions, Yes i don't have trim on my walls yet. No that plant isn't dying it's actually naturally pink. I have an addiction to dovetails. Here is the hickory coffee table i made to sort of go with the end tables. My entire house is filled with a hodge podge of random furniture. The hickory i made this coffee table I'm beginning to find was some what unique. It was very very wavy almost like a quilted maple. I tried to take a picture showing the grain but it's hard to show. I don't know if i even like this table any more. It's too square. My goal for 2016 is to incorporate a curve into something i make. The last project I'm going to show off is an idea i had to throw back to the cabinet radio days. I bought some ash with the goal to make a bedroom table that had a built in stereo. I like to listen to music at night while I read and most stereo systems are either large and expensive, Small and sound like butt or a combination of the 2. When i purchased the audio components for the bookshelf speakers i bought 4 sets, 2 here, 2 previous. I also wanted to do something special and make a couple hidden drawers of the side of the table to store ... items. The overall goal of the project was hidden and understated. I feel like i accomplished my goal. I also failed at getting the front drawer and door square, you win some you loose some.
    • Help with subtle hinges/closures/attachments
      I don't know about the hinges, but here's a quick sketch of what I'd do to lock it open.  Two battens would slide in the rabbets.  The battens could have little knobs on them for sliding.  You'r looking at the outside of the "book", when it's flat.  
    • The Making of a Cocobolo Pen
      Thank you wnaziri and Brendon!!
    • strategy for jointing a board on a jointer
      I flatten panels on the drum sander.  I believe what were talking about Is a board.  Eliminating bow and twist is not the planers forte without a shimmed sled. The reference face of the board will become the other side.  A twisted board through a planer will become a thinner twisted board. 
    • The Making of a Cocobolo Pen
      Not a turner but I enjoyed that.  Great use of the sapwood. 
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