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About sapling111276

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    scroll work, cabinet making, just about all woodworking
  1. Thank you drzaius. Looking at it, I know it will be a big project. Especially for someone without a jointer, bandsaw or planer. You think the lower section of the bench has tongue and groove boards? Bead board? This bench is my first cabinet project and it was certainly a pain trying to true up all the boards but it was pretty square in the end (a pleasant surprise for me). I like the through tenons on the hall bench which will be new for me. I tried to cut my first dovetail joinery on a piece of scrap 2x4 that I milled down to 1". It didn't come out good. I used a dozuki saw to cut down to the shoulders and then I used a (I know now) dull chisel to clean everything up. Things began splintering and digging beyond my line marks. I put it off for now but I now have some smaller oak scraps laying around that I may try it on. I read up on dovetails a little and found that there are different pitches for the joints for different types of wood. Anyway, long story for what I was getting at... I just know that if I spend this kind of money on wood, I wanna take it slow and perfect my technique as I go along. No room for error.
  2. This is what I am looking to build. Hope the picture comes through
  3. so wait, I am new to the whole sharpening thing. I did notice that I was wearing uneven grooves into my stone and became cautious and started trying to be more careful not to apply nearly any pressure at all due to this. I know you have to apply some pressure obviously, but I just need a dmt to flatten the stones? I have considered getting a dmt (assuming I am talking about the same thing you guys are. Diamond something or other) for the sharpening process before I bought the wet stones.
  4. I have talked to some people on here about getting a good wood vendor, but I have another question. How does one choose the type of wood to use for a project with little to no clue about wood species? I understand things like oak is a strong dense piece of wood, pine is really soft and not ideal for finish type pieces like cabinets and such. But I want to build a hall bench for the wife and I am trying to envision 2 pieces of wood that will be both contrasting and durable to stand the test of time. I want to join the pieces with domino type biscuits, glue and possibly headless nails. How does someone with no woodworking experience figure these things out? I want this thing to really pop without being gaudy. This will be the first thing people see when they enter my home.
  5. Ok folks, it has been forever since I posted anything goes on here, but I was busy designing and putting my ideas into motion with the workbench project. I started woodworking in October of 2016 so bare with me when you see my picture. I decided to sink my quick release vise into my bench top. It was a little tricky to figure this part out but it is milled right into my 2x4 sub top to my bench. There is a little access area that I ended up sealing up with a bunch of kreg jig pocket holes and screws. The hard top was routed with a flush bit to match the carcass of the bench. I decided to full in my Dado tracks with close to exact plywood that I ripped in such a manner to minimize the appearance while looking at the face-edge as much as possible. I went with the epoxy drawer slides as suggested above. For the drawers themselves, I decided to stick with home depot and made them from radiata pine (roughly $29 a sheet). I had super high intentions for this build and then scaled back a smidge because after all, it's a workbench. It will get used and abused and as of right now, I feel it's so nice I don't want to damage it already lol. I want to thank everyone here for coaxing me along with ideas, help and getting me to think about this as I proceed. Though some ideas were not used in my building, they were stored away for future endeavors. Thank you again. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  6. Yeah part of it is for the fun and i have a bunch of scrap wood laying around. I did run across a birds mouth router bit. I had also consdidered not segemented length-wise but to actually cut rings on the appropriate angle as to make the interior as smooth as possible. I dont mind spending the money on the DD just wanted to try this. Thanks all for the input Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  7. I am considering making my own dust deputy, type of dust separator. Thing is that I am looking for a quick way to cut the angled trapezoids in order to make said cones. Is there some way to figure out these angles by Layman's terms? Meaning, I literally have no idea about anything beyond math 2 lol. It would be nice if I could set my table saw to a specific degree, then cut the board on an angle and poof, I have a cone after a calculated amount of boards. Lets assume the inner diameter of the lower section of the cone is 3" and the upper part of the cone is 10" in diameter, over a distance of 18". How does someone figure something like this out without a ton of trial and error?
  8. OK so just got tapatalk and I was navigating around in it since I have never used it before. Denette I plan to cut away the rounded edges. The actual bench is made from doubled up 2x4s that I ripped as square as possible and then used a bench plane to flatten to my liking. I will probably do the same thing here. Update on the drawer project***: So I again want to thank everyone for their input. It had given me a lot to think about and for a bit it actually left me a little torn on what to do, so here is what I did; I didn't want to put up the cash for the plywood I would be using so I had to make a choice. I found a software program that let's you put dimensions in and it will configure the best cut pattern to save wood/money. I was able to determine that 2 sheets would be enough for my project (I even had left over for test cuts). I went to home Depot because I have their credit card but I decided to go with what I was already working with "radiata pine plywood". This stuff is $29 a panel and suites my needs for a workbench. I decided to also go with the drawer slides so I will be filling the dados that I made on the bench carcasses. I will post pics of my progress. The drawers are all cut to size and just need the draw bottom channel cut in and then glue up. Oh and I went with a drawer joint (Dado and tongue joint) which is pretty easy once you get the saw dialed in. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  9. Reading this forum again I can't lie. Part of what drew me into this hobby was watching many of the wood whisperer's videos and finding myself totally amazed by all the knowledge. This, coupled up with a thirst to try everything that Marc posts, and seeing his vast array of tools, you start to feel a little envious. I have been told recently "learn to walk before you run" and that is incredibly sage-like advice, but at the same time, it's hard to pick a path to go down when there are just so many to choose from. What I am quickly learning is to pick something I want to learn and go for it. I don't disagree that even the cheaper tools will get the job done, but man oh man... getting a well crafted tool in your hands and having that as your beginner tool can help you avoid so many mistakes as you hone your skills with them. Before choosing to pick up this hobby, I was a jack of all trades, master of none-kinda guy. I had certain tools that I didn't really care much about and these tools were sometimes put to tasks that they actually weren't even intended for. I guess that's what separates necessity of getting a job done and actually learning how to properly make that tool work for you. Recently I bought a chisel set from HD. I got it home and opened it up and as if some kind of twisted fate, I dropped my brand new chisel. Don't sweat it though, I caught it, with the sharp end, yeah, impaling my finger and laying it wide open. The funny part of this story?! It was dull. The chisel had a factory edge on it and I had no idea it needed to be sharpened, especially after my mishap. That same chisel is so sharp now (because I invested time and money into learning how) that I would not want that same mishap to happen again. Summary: don't get too excited when getting into this craft. Take time and research tools that you are interested in using (not ones that just look like they belong in your shop because they are pretty). Figure out if you can Afford to throw any extra money at your lacking tool collection. Try to determine if that tool is going to help you in the near future so as not to clutter your shop with tools that sit and collect dust. Keep asking questions. I joined this site in October of 2016 and I honestly have never felt so welcome. People respond quickly and give advice and even some pitfalls to avoid. I realize the original post was made in 2013 but I hope to add to the help of any newbies who come along with these same questions.
  10. Sorry Martin, just seeing this. I am north of Albany by roughly 20 minutes
  11. Yeah, I am actually going to make the top out of glued up 2x4s and top with hardboard
  12. OK, so I don't mind spending a little money to learn stuff so here is what I intend to do. I will try the lowes "top choice" plywood. I will only buy 1 sheet as to continue learning and not dumping money into 3 or more sheets as I hone my skills. I will post my progress.
  13. A buddy of mine sticks to lowes for his wood selection. Just to be clear, you are saying to stick to this "top choice" as opposed to finding something a little less expensive while making a workbench? Weighing all options here
  14. Thank you guys. The info is greatly appreciated. To the average guy, stuff like this doesn't exist as a problem.
  15. Oh good lord. I'm just trying to get a workbench together lol. I wonder if it would just make more sense to use solid pine 1x6 for the drawer sides