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  2. pkinneb

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    So sad!! Chicago recently lost a young female officer (29 yr old Ella French) during a traffic stop she had two young children. Both ends of the age spectrum and both, like to many others, are so tragic These really hit close to home for me and my wife as our youngest daughter is an FBI agent working violent gangs in Chicago and previously was a Michigan State Police officer.
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  4. Really like how you put the drum sander up on a storage cart for your abrasives. I’ve never seen anyone do that. Will have to remember that for the future.
  5. Can you post notes on those angles and drops? I'm just kinda curious how they compare for chairs and also do plan some day to make a couch. How do you think the wooden slats for seating are impacted by the firm cushions? Most of the chairs and couches use webbing to allow for a bit of a give. I was also just thinking if the seat slats were a bit thinner to allow for some flex in the wood. These might offer a bit more comfort? If I did more flexible slats I'd probably try and attach them in a way that they are replaceable. In the even that I decided to stand and jump up and down on the couch because my favorite sports team did something good or bad... I feel like with seating designing for long term repairs is sometimes worth the little bit of extra thought. That or over build it so it'll just never break, though some times that's not ideal in my opinion as it leaves the furniture looking ugly or possibly uncomfortable. These are not comments on your piece just thoughts.
  6. @Chestnut, agree and I'm pleased that the look is not heavy handed or bulky. It's a lot less imposing of a couch than the one it replaced, and I think this makes the whole room look less cluttered. @Chet, couldn't agree more with that statement. It really puts the custom in custom furniture and it's a benefit of being able to design and build your own. A few thoughts on the seating. I've had the opportunity to sit on the couch for a few days and the upholstery guy used extra firm cushions for the seat and med firm for the back. I almost wish the seat cushions were a little less firm, but not a game changer. I also think I could have increased the angle slightly (rake or pitch) of the seat. Basically this is referring to the drop from front to back in the seat, I could have increased that drop. The angle of the back to the seat could have also been increased slightly. I discussed this with the upholstery guy and we even tried an angled or wedge cushion for the back cushion, but I didn't like that. The softer back cushion does effectively increase the recline angle slightly since when you sit the back cushion gives. So overall I think it sits well, but I'm going to make a few slight tweaks in the loveseat. I may even tweak this couch. Because I'd think it would benefit from more drop, front to back, I may cut off an inch off all the back legs on this couch. This is the quick and easy way to increase the rake.
  7. Coop

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    A Houston police officer was shot and killed today and his partner is is in serious condition. They were serving a warrant on an a-hole that had jumped bond on three priors. This officer with 31 years of service was due to retire in three weeks. To my knowledge, the officer never tried to pass a fake $20 bill nor resisted arrest nor had a lengthy rap sheet. Chances are that in 2-3 weeks, he will be forgotten. No streets named after him nor continued nation wide news. RIP Sir!
  8. Wow! That turned out very, very nice! Great job!
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  10. legenddc

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    Home Depot seems to have the kids workshop kits back, but you don't do them in the store. Just pick them up and let your kids do them at home. They're supposed to come out the first Saturday of the month. Got a couple of leftover ones the other week and the kids made them and had a blast.
  11. Tpt life

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    Sometimes my career and hobby collide.
  12. I’ve never heard of rosemary cedar, any pictures? Where are you located?
  13. Tom King

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    I'm throwing away the standard insert. I've seen pieces go down beside the blade, but nothing ever came of them, other than aggravation to get them out. A good excuse to end the possibility.
  14. Chestnut

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    That's a scary and unusual kickback. I agree i think the ZCI is probably a bit more beneficial than the marginal dust collection otherwise.
  15. I think this turned out great. I really like the design and how it fits into the room. With the cushions the project as a whole looks very small and delicate. I imagine that sitting in it would be a very different experience from the pictures you have shared.
  16. I also love rosemary cedars. I can suggest you research this. Cleaning its leaves is somewhat fantastic. Other than that, it's a nice product. I'm going to get myself furniture set from them in the near future.
  17. Robby W

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    Glad you came out of it ok. As for leaving room for airflow, if you think about it, the board being cut completely covers the slot so it doesn't make much difference. I have seen people drill a hole at the entrance side of the blade, just before the slot, to let air in. I doubt it makes much difference.
  18. I think something like this or a specific shape to the arm rest would be cool. I have always enjoyed seeing furniture pieces, mainly from the past, that have an odd feature. Then you find out what the feature is used for and you can't help but think "what a cool idea". Can't wait to see what you come up with.
  19. This guy modified some old beast to accept a jet mortiser. Not sure that is what you are after, but your question brought it to mind.
  20. treeslayer

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    Glad you’re ok Ross, it’s a lesson for all of us that unusual things happen in the shop that could have been prevented, another reason my wife stays out of the shop when power tools are running
  21. Pictures aren't loading for me from your last post.
  22. Thanks for all the compliments. But @Mark J brings up the real question; Well my wife is very easy going but she did have some feedback on this project, because I was hoping to parlay this into a matching loveseat build. If you guys remember her one request for the loveseat was being able to sit while leaning her back on the arm and having her feet on the loveseat. So this couch was a trial run for that project. Well she does love the couch, but the arm is too low for her to lean against it. I scooped it out and shaped it so putting a pillow there and leaning against it is comfortable, but it is too low and does not give her enough back support. So before I start the matching loveseat I have some thinking and designing to do. I'm thinking of a way to "wrap" the back, or extend the back to the one side she would lean against and just do the same arm as the couch on the other side. Or simply make the arm higher so there is more support. I'm not sure but it's these challenges that make this hobby so fun. I had enough foresight to buy enough of the fabric for the loveseat when the couch was upholstered.
  23. Coop

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    I have done the same, using an insert specific for 45* bevel cuts, returning the blade back to 90* without changing the insert back to the zci. Then cutting an off cut that dropped down into the blade and getting a non injurious kick back. It only took once as I wasn’t wearing safety glasses and the piece clipped my ear. Glad you are ok.
  24. wtnhighlander

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    I experienced a very unusual sort of 'kick-back' today. Ripping a rough edge from a board about 18" long. The off-cut was NOT trapped between the blade and fence. When the cut was complete, the waste had enough drag on the blade to slide backwards a bit, as they sometimes do. However, it was thin enough to drop into the slot of the throat plate, where it grabbed, and swung upward with enough force to give me a good stinging whack across the forearm. Then it continued into the saw, where it jammed the blade and made the throat plate jump out of its recess, before I could hit the switch. This is the perfect argument for using a zero-clearance insert, which I had been avoiding, so as to keep more air flow around the blade for dust collection. Lucky it did no real damage to me or the saw, but it certainly got my attention!
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