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About JosephThomas

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  1. With stain I'm not sure, do as Steve says and test on a scrap piece. I would guess before though, you'll have to sand it flat afterwards so that would ruin the stain Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
  2. Epoxy works well, assuming the cracks are already somewhat done's your best bet at helping stabilize it too. I have West System epoxy, expensive but works well.
  3. Edit: Sorry my son tried to eat the keyboard while I was reading this...I have nothing valuable to contribute at this time.
  4. Mine has a little black button for resetting the circuit breaker or fuse (near the power switch). You may have to push that if it tripped. Edit: Mis-read your question. Yes the breaker can go bad, I don't recall what it feels like when tripped/not-tripped. I can check when I get home later if that helps.
  5. It was pretty slow at first, just getting the hang of it and having confidence took a little time. Had no problems in the end though, and I'm sure I'll get faster with it the more I use it.
  6. Nice job. You sanded them down with normal paper? What grit did you have to go up to for them to be nice and shiny?
  7. Yep, I fixed the middle shelf for extra strength against racking. Tried and true, simple design. I'm guessing it would be easy to make one without if the parts were beefier, and/or you have a thicker stock for the back set in grooves, and/or face frames...but I didn't see how I could make it half decent without a fixed shelf in the middle, unless I complicated the build. The back is just 1/4" maple ply, set in a rabbet, from the home center near his house ...too big to transport in my car with the family and all our luggage/presents for Christmas...I was pushing it as is I had to let the home center cut it for me and pray they knew how to turned out ok. The dimensions are: ~2 feet wide x ~6 feet tall x ~ 1 foot deep. Roughly I had exactly one and a half sheets of ply to do this, and I used ~99% of it. I really just had a small pile of tiny strips leftover from where I cut clean edges, I needed every bit of it to get it done, glad it worked out.
  8. Made a pair of bookcases for my brother as a Christmas gift, since he had been asking us to help him find a decent used bookshelf...and I thought I could make him something a little better than ikea particle board. This would have been a super fun, nice way to give something I made as a gift without breaking the bank on materials or too much time...however I hurt my back a few weeks before Christmas which made the whole thing a big hassle Otherwise I would do it again in a heartbeat, haha. It's made of 3/4 maple ply, edge banded with maple iron-on banding, finished with minwax polycrylic. I only did a couple thin coats due to time constraints, perhaps I will learn a difficult lesson in a couple years if they need refinishing soon... I used dominos to assemble the carcass, which allowed me to put it together quickly, dry-fit, pre-finish, and then transport the parts flat-packed in my sedan. First shot is the only photo of them in place loaded up with stuff that he gave me, I added a few others of the parts during construction.
  9. Awesome. How are you tracking the parts for each chair Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
  10. Pictures would help us see the potential problems and give better advice (and would also be fun). What species of wood to use and how to design it would, IMO, largely depend on the surroundings of that area as viewed from the outside. You shouldn't need much for experience, everyone's gotta start somewhere
  11. I do too, lol. Someone here (I think @wdwerker ) rec'd this latext paint additive (or similar) and I saved a link to this one at the borg, you'll probably have better luck with that compared to water...honestly thinning it with water requires mixing really well with a drill-powered mixer in my experience (I was painting walls, not furniture, but still). Nice job though...sand down the defects, fill where necessary, give it another light coat.
  12. I haven't done test pieces yet, but I was thinking of doing wipe on poly. Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
  13. Yeah I would prefer to do the same, but my lumber yards 5/8 BB is a big jump on price from both 1/2 and even more than 3/4.. Guessing it's a volume thing. These are light duty anyway so I went with the shop birch. Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk I saw that video too while looking for ideas. I'll probably do that in the future but I wanted to try it without being able to see the dominos this time. Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
  14. Got the clamps off and cut the ends closer to final length...the glue lines are nice and tight Little teaser of what it should look like when finished up: Here are some shots of it resting in place as I tried to decide how much overhang to leave...the wife and I kept going back and forth, both a little too afraid it would end up too short, but here's what we settled on: Also put together some little pull out shelves that will go in the bottom to help organize that mess below Just cutting more of that pre-made pre-finished 1/2" ply my lumber yard sells, for the convenience so I can finish this in short order. (still need to cut the bottoms). Need to make one more crosscut with the tracksaw to get the final length of the top, then I can do some cleanup with the smoother on the top face, add a slight roundover, and get to the finish.
  15. Yes that's a good point, I did not think of that. I ended up making a little throw away jig that worked out...basically just enough 1/4" ply to offset the base of the domino relative to the workpiece...this one had some blowout but they turned out all right.