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About MisterDrow

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    Meridian, ID
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    Hobby-level for gifts and making furniture for my home.

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  1. Oh, that's brilliant. I really like that idea. Guess it's time to buy a v-groove bit!
  2. I think my shoulder might not have been fully square on one side of the tenon. On closer inspection the other side of that is together and flat, no problem. This is the back of the door so I'll figure out some fix for it but at least it won't be seen all of the time. I'm cutting the panels today and will rabbet the back of the frame with my router for the panel to sit in. Going back, I wish I'd have gone with my initial idea to cut a groove for them to sit inside the frame but I'm here now so I'll make the best of it. The panels will only be attached at the top and bottom of each with a single Brad in the center of the board. They'll be connected to each other via tongue and groove without glue so they can expand as necessary.
  3. Well, last night was stressful. Dry fitted the frame, had to make a few adjustments to the tenons, but it came out okay. Then I applied glue to the tenons and started putting it all together... that's where things went wrong. Some of the joints that fit nice and tight before all of a sudden didn't want to close up. I was able to pull some of them tight with clamps but ended up with a couple gaps I just couldn't close. Having already applied glue (which had begun to set because I messed with it so long) there wasn't much I could do at that point. I ended up with a gap on one of them that's slightly smaller than 1/16". I'm wondering if I can cut some thin strips of wood and glue them in to fill the gap and try to hide the mistake. Honestly, I'm just sick over this. [emoji29] Any advice?
  4. Wow! That is all absolutely fantastic information! Seriously, I'm blown away. Thank you very much for sharing all of that. This is the kind of knowledge that I love here in this forum and I am very thankful to those who offer the information so freely. For my mortises, I plunged full depth at each end and then took several passes at increasing depths to slog out the middle. The triton router I have has excellent dust collection for vacuums so that helped keep a lot of it clear as I went along but the initial plunges did tend to burn a bit if I went too fast. I chalk that up mostly to using a straight bit rather than a spiral up cut bit. I've got one of those marked for purchase soon, though.
  5. Man... I can get 3/4" 5x5 BB ply from a local yard for $37... but, then again, I get a discount through the company I work for since they purchase so much from said yard. Never taken the chance to see how much it is for the man-on-the-street.
  6. Welcome, fellow Idahoan! Would love to see some of what you've made with those slabs. I've been doing some small projects lately with some Idaho beetlekill pine and that's been fun. Always feels good to use locally harvested resources.
  7. Yeah, probably a bit of overkill but I want it to be nice and to last a long time. It's also an opportunity for me to learn and practice some skills.
  8. Man... this is way more slow going than I wanted it to be. Of course it doesn't help that we've had the worst winter storm in 20 years here in the past week. Here was the starting temp in the garage today. After turning on my heater it got up to about 45 with 45% humidity. Felt quite nice after it being below zero so much here. Obligatory woodworking music pic... Anubis Gate is a progressive band... sort of a modern Rush, if you will... but harder rock. Didn't get a pic of marking out all of the rest of the tenons. A couple of the mortises were slightly longer than the original measurements, two of them were slightly off center. This made cutting the tenons a little more time consuming as I had to adjust things for each one. It is what it is, though. Modified my old tenoning jig to cut them. Hand cut the tenons to width... took care to stay to the outside of my marks. A little tight but not a bad fit in terms of thickness. Just need to round them all off and make sure each fits properly before glue-up. And here's all three rails with the tenons cut and ready for final fitting. Turning in for the night to have some drinks and snacks with the wife while we watch a movie. Hopefully I'll have the frame all glued up tomorrow and rabbeted for the panels.
  9. That's right! I forgot about that! First tenon fit and done last night. I really need to reconfigure my tenoning jig to fit my new fence. This one took way more finessing than I like to get to fit. Still, for a first tenon, I'll take it.
  10. I "drilled" the ends first with the router and then routed out the middle somewhat freehand but using my mortise jig I made. No stops. Though I think I'll use stops for the rest of them to save my nerves. Also, impressed you recognized the 'elf' reference in my username @Lester Burnham (unless you've mentioned it before and I forgot... which is entirely possible). Fellow nerds unite!
  11. Got some shop time earlier today, though not as much as I wanted so I'll be out there again tonight. Fired up some woodworking music: Marked everything out for the mortises in the stiles Got it all lined up... the feeling of screwing up such a large project pieces wasn't the most fun here... A minor alignment issue on one end at the start but all in all it went well! First official routed mortise! More to come after tonight's session.
  12. That's what she said.
  13. I almost canceled our plans for game night with friends tonight because I was enjoying myself so much. I've got all day tomorrow though and it'll be nice to spend the evening with friends.
  14. So I finally got this project going today. Laying out the rough lengths on the rails and stiles and adjusting for knots and figure in this 6/4 rustic alder. Got everything cut to rough length. Ran everything through my table saw with a sled to get a nice jointed edge. Running 88" 6/4 boards through the table saw was slightly nerve wracking but I took my time and only took off a tiny bit each pass. Worked well in the end. Then took everything down to thickness. This stuff was remarkably flat, which made this step a lot easier. Again... I really need a dust collection system for this planer. After getting everything down to thickness, I cut everything to width. Rails and stiles are 5" wide and 1 3/8" thick. That's it for today. Tomorrow I'll cut these to final length and start the mortises and tenons to get the frame assembled. Then I'll work on the 4/4 pieces for the panels inside. Hoping to have this thing all assembled and glued up by the end of the day tomorrow.
  15. I got a refurbished Porter Cable via Amazon for $250 about a year ago. The thing has easily taken everything I threw at it without issue. It's got a tendency to snipe the first and last 1.5 inches of the board but with proper infeed and outfeed support it's pretty much a non-issue. Eventually I'll upgrade and get the 735 but until then, keeping a sharp set of knives in my PC seems to do just fine. I will say, though, that while it's no DW735, having a planer in the shop was a big game changer for me. It's incredibly nice to be able to dimension wood so easily. Hell, I'll probably still use it after I get my DW for more rough thicknessing or for woods like pine so that I don't have to gum up my fancy one. And welcome to the forums!