Roger that on the solid wood. I am guessing that the size of solid wood leaves would be the primary factor in wood movement? I like the legs working as an additional function. Why not play on the same feature of the accessory rail and just route a dovetail/slot through the middle of the leg top? Then you can have a just have an accessory base with a slot at the bottom. Dice boxes, scrabble tile/card/cup holders, etc? Or would there be clearance issues with the edge of the table? The slot would be able to keep from rotating. Of course, unless you went with a square dowel post or some other way to prevent rotation? Just a thought.
Great article Ryan. Lots of good points. I liked the part about critical thinking, This is something that is being over looked in education. I have a grandson that is a freshman in high school and gets good grades but struggles with working through a problem when it shows up when we work together in the shop. He is starting to see that through some thought you can find a way to fix or work around what happened. If that is all he gets out of wood working I would be happy, but he does come over quit often to do something in the shop, which is easy for him because they live next door, so he definetely seems to enjoy it. If you pursue doing the projects in your hobby to the best of your ability it can have an effect on all of your pursuits if you welcome it. You don't have to be OCD about it just your best effort. I also think that something like wood working, if you let it, will help you slow down your life.
Good morning all. I am new to the serious aspect of wood working. I have put furniture together, made temporary plywood walls, and put up shelves but nothing made completely by hand. Since I am not home to be able to actually work on anything, I have been watching a lot of YouTube videos and reading everything I can find. I have noticed all the great advise on this page and thought I would throw a question out there for the more experienced. In a group of these videos, they show how to make your own major tools. They used a regular circular saw with a mica counter top and created his own saw table, which he claims cuts just as good as any $400-$500 saw table. Another tools I saw were a band saw, two different types of lathes, a router table, a jointer (made from an old planar), and even one called a pantorouter (I had never even heard of this one before). I know everyone here advices to keep a sharp eye out for the decent used tools to start, but I was wondering if it was necessary. If by following the building designs of these DIY homemade tools, couldn't you just as easily learn the finer points of woodworking while simultaneously practicing and getting the tools you will need in the future? If the tools are made by me, I would know how they operate better and the knowledge that I could fix them if need be. As a beginner and not looking into this as a full time profession and more along the lines of around the house to start with, wouldn't this be a good way to start? Would tools like this get the job done just as well as the store bought tools? Or is the quality and precision in the work that important to skip the homemade tools? Thanks for any input.