SouthWest US

Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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  2. Texas woodworkers? 1 2

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  3. San Diego woodworkers?

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  6. A class in texas

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  7. Hardwood

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  8. Air Dried Pecan

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    • The process of attaching of the legs was completed by the addition of two screws in the sliding dovetail base.  Why add screws? The screws are not to prevent the base sliding back (an elongated hole actually encourages this). It is just to prevent the base twisting in, and breaking out of, the socket since there is no glue there to prevent any lateral movement. The force comes from the splayed and angled legs. They will want to cant outward, and this becomes more so when the three drawers are filled and a vase of flowers is placed on the top of the table. I thought that it is worth mentioning the screws used and how they were inserted. The screws are 1" long brass tapered wood screws. The drill bits are also tapered to match. These ones include a countersink and depth stop. The plan is to drill the hole for the screw through the base and into the case, and then widen the hole in the base. This will permit the base to move with expansion and contraction. In this case 2mm each way. A wider drill bit (and depth stop) .. Before inserting a screw, especially brass screws, they are dipped in a little wax. This is wax for lubricating bandsaw blades ... Here is the widened hole ... The gap around the screw ... The second screw is on the other side of the leg. This is positioned about half way between the end screw and the glued toe. Regards from Perth Derek  
    • My favorite is the hippo, I'm not sure why but it conveys a personality and I like it. The ostrich and giraffe I really like as well.
    • Did you make all the images above?  If so you're doing better than I.  I've figured out how to model what I need to see to evaluate a design, but that's as far as I've gone.  
    • I've been playing around with Fusion 360 over the last few months. This series has been good to learn some skills: The interface has changed as there was a recent update but most things are reasonably similar- maybe just a different order or location of finding it. I'm really happy with what I've been producing so far, especially the rendering. I've had a go at a few of the tutorials and tried a simple coffee table. It's not to difficult to find your way around after while.    
    • I bought my table already built on Craigslist so sadly mine are thin/deep drawers that slide out. I wish that they were set in small squares in the drawers so that I could take them out and look at a few at a time. It would be nice to be able to see like 4 of them at a time. Hard to tell which one you need without taking out 3 or 4 and looking at them till you get the right one.  I find that I only use about 5 of them so those are all in the front. 
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