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  • Birthday 07/06/1978

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    Glenview, IL
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    Building furniture for my house. High quality but not too fussy. Stuff I can knock out in a weekend or two.

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  1. This project isn't dead.... I just stalled at the part I hate... those last details. I took advantage of my day off today and mounted one of the doors. I need to tweak the reveal a bit. The hinges are equally spaced... for some reason the middle hinge appears off center. It is not.
  2. It is behind FWW's pay wall. If you aren't an online member you won't be able to open it. This link will give you a preview of the article http://www.finewoodworking.com/2010/02/11/the-right-way-to-use-contrast
  3. This should be required reading for all woodworkers. It is behind a pay wall, but worth every penny of the annual FWW online membership. This is the good kind of advice you can't get for free from the hipsters on yourube. http://www.finewoodworking.com/membership/pdf/9575/011211038.pdf
  4. Preach! Nothing says newbie like 1) chunky projects and 2) maple and purpleheart, or any other highly contrasting species. Woodworkers love contrasting species because it is so.... woodworkery and you don't see it in commercial furniture. But guess what? commercial furniture is designed by professional designers and they know it is U-G-L-Y you ain't got no alibi, you UGLY. I am guilty of this too. Take a look at the masters.... Stickley, Krenov, Maloof... you won't see highly contrasting primary species for a reason. Krenov used contrast, but he used subtle contrast, focusing on texture and slight differences in color.
  5. As a side note, one of my first project was a table using old growth 2x4s I bought from a reclaimed building supply place. They were almost all vertical grain. They were probably from 1900-1920, which is when most of Chicago was built. It seems it was much more common to quartersaw construction lumber back then. I buy from a few different places - all of them are happy to deal with small purchases. The largest yard I deal with has a million board feet in inventory but will happily sell you 50bd ft, but you can't pick your boards. That being said, everything I have bought from them is primo - flat, straight and properly graded. The 80% cherry is absolutely 80%+ heart so there is really no reason to spend all day picking through a stack. A lot of the places aimed at hobbyists do let you pick your boards, but they often have a lot of trash in the rack (at least the place in my area does). I buy directly from two different sawyer/kiln operators. One deals mostly in boards, mostly 4/4 to 8/4, he air dries everything for 3-months, depending on the season, before it goes in the kiln. The other deals mostly in thicker slabs, they air dry for a year before it goes in the kiln. I guess I am spoiled because I live in a major market. Buying quality lumber seems to be a common problem for people, but I have not had any problems. But you have to be willing to 1) drive 2) spend and 3) act like you know what you are doing.
  6. makes no sense at all.
  7. I see walnut slabs selling for anywhere from $3bd ft to $20 bd ft (or more). The reality is most of it is ungraded and would make #1c grade at best. But plenty of suppliers cash in on the slab trend and price it like FAS walnut graded on an oak scale.
  8. Does GM tell you how many hours it takes to build a car? No. They decide they can sell a mid sized car for $25,000 (or whatever) and then engineer a car to that price point. Furniture builders should do the same thing. Figure out what kind of table you can build for $1,500 (or whatever) then engineer a table that is profitable to build at that price point. A client shouldn't overpay because your are slow, and a client shouldn't underpay because you are fast. The market price for pretty much everything we make is already established. It is up to you to make a profit at that price. I know you are joking. But I know a lot of seriously wealthy people. They are not idiots. It is difficult to get rich and be an idiot. But as you have more money, you value different things. For example, my time is way more valuable to me than it was 15 years ago. That is why I do "dumb" things like pay a plumber $300 to replace a toilet I could replace myself or pay an electrician $2000 to install a sub panel in my shop, something else I could do myself (or with a little help from two of my best friends, who are electricians). I simply don't have the time. That doesn't make me an idiot. It makes me understand that time has value. And like my dad said, you can't take it to the grave. So you might as well enjoy it while you are alive.
  9. It would be cool to see the sawstop PCS and ICS with the same view. The difference between the PM1000 and PM2000 is obvious with the top removed.
  10. I have only heard that from people that sell shellac flakes, so take it with a grain of salt. But it makes sense. The shelf life extenders like cause the finish to cure more softly, resulting in a gummy finish if you build it.
  11. That first pass of the jointer or planer on rough sawn stock.
  12. Depth is the front to back measurement, or as you put it, parallel to the blade. 3" is a big deal, most consumer oriented saws have almost no infeed support, which is a problem when ripping lumber or even cross cutting wide boards.
  13. I have used both brilliant and granat for sanding finishes and i can't tell the difference. the guys at festool are speaking the truth. I am glad they are scaling it back, because I have accidentally ordered the wrong paper more than one time.
  14. I stand corrected. They are the same genus. Thanks for the clarification.
  15. Its like Mahogany. The real stuff is from Cuba and Genuine/Honduran is a close cousin. Then all these other species (kyaha, shorea, etc) come along and call themselves mahogany to jump on the gravy train. I believe the valuable rosewood comes from brazil, but is highly protected. Historically, that is Rosewood with a capital R. Sissoo seems to be one of those species that is marketed as rosewood to capitalize on the historical value of Rio Rosewood. I might be wrong on that. If they are all part of the same genus than I will certainly agree that they are rosewood, but if you have to go to the family level than I think it is a stretch. I will agree a lot of this is subjective. Cuban Mahogany might have historic value but I can't say that it is objectively better than Honduran or even Utile.