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  2. reconstyle

    Interior Doors

    Hi, I am fairly new to wood working – I mostly tackle smaller projects like trim work, but I wanted to try my hand at making an interior door like the picture attached It was suggested that I use poplar for the rails and stiles with dowel joinery and 1/2” MDF for the paneling. My plan was to get some 2x poplar and plane it down to 1-3/8, but I’ve notice that 2x poplar isn’t really available. So I’m just looking for some advice on the best way to go about constructing this style of door.
  3. K Cooper

    Tennessee Curly Cherry

    Thinking it’s time to take up bowling?
  4. Ronn W

    Tennessee Curly Cherry

    I learn so much on this forum.......
  5. K Cooper

    A Twisted Form

    Oh dang dude! I did something similiar on some damn weird cutting board. Perhaps a zillion pieces. It still sits today in two cardboard boxes waiting for a resurrection. Hope you pull this one off!
  6. K Cooper

    Tennessee Curly Cherry

    Now that could be a worldwide woodworkers mantra! You’ll be quoted for years to come!
  7. Chestnut

    Tennessee Curly Cherry

    Your not playing golf right then. Every time i go it takes multiple balls.
  8. treeslayer

    Tennessee Curly Cherry

    Nope, I’m woodworking because golf, bowling, tennis only take one ball
  9. Chestnut

    A Twisted Form

    I also hope that you don't give up. I was really excited to see how this turns out. If it goes somewhat south just drive a 16 penny nail in it and say it was influenced by Gary Knox Bennett.
  10. walidantar

    a c-clamp + a scrap wood = a honing guide

    honing in blade-reversed is a lot easier .. now the blade has three bevels lol
  11. Spanky

    Tennessee Curly Cherry

    Dave are you still golfing?
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  13. Byrdie

    A Twisted Form

    I'm hoping you don't give up totally on this one but take the lessons learned and apply them. I, for one, would still like to see how something like this could be done. Perhaps you need a different bonding agent, maybe one that's not so reactive to the surface but rather works on top of it. Maybe you need to shellac your surfaces first to prevent absorption. Might try a different approach for creating your base as well. Or you could try gluing up smaller sub assemblies of 5 or so stars and then gluing the sub assemblies together.
  14. Chestnut

    Just bought a little lathe...

    Which yard do you shop at? I stopped in at one of them and was a bit surprised at the prices in Chicagoland.
  15. gee-dub

    Where do you get your plans?

    I too do my own but, Woodsmith has some of the best and most reliable detail in the plans I see in their mags. finewoodworking is probably second with Wood Mag having corrections in the following issue on a regular basis. Not much help when the mag only comes out 6 times a year.
  16. SirNot

    Just bought a little lathe...

    Yeah, but Rockler, while convenient (for me anyway) is so overpriced. I only go there for immediate needs anymore. Penn State Industries, Penturningz and Amazon have saved me a small fortune over Rockler, so long as I have patience. For example: https://www.rockler.com/nova-30th-anniversary-g3-reversible-chuck-bundle-with-3-jaw-sets-and-case vs. https://www.pennstateind.com/store/CSC3500SE.html The same goes for pen blanks and kits. I really get my best blank value from my local lumber yard, just not as much of a selection. I got a 4 foot 3/4 x 3/4 blank of cocobolo for $5 there.
  17. DerekMPBS

    A Twisted Form

    Maybe you could use an adhesive that won't swell the wood fibers, like epoxy. Also, you could drill a hole through your bottom form at the center and insert a 1/4" steel rod, and then drill your layers and use that to align them so they don't move while clamped. If you did this, you might be able to use contact cement and get an instant bond, allowing you to complete more layers in a day and not have to clamp the assembly for so long.
  18. Mark J

    A Twisted Form

    Thanks, but unfortunately this project has just gone all to "poop". I got the sanding contraption put together last night and was making progress on straightening the bottom when I noticed that the small stars on the bottom were not centered on the axis of rotation, though they seemed to be centered on the large stars above. Then I realized that the center points of all the stars were gradually shifting toward one side of the stack. In small increments the stars are moving to one side and away form the other. A little bit of shift with each layer, not so noticeable at first and difficult to see when the piece was in clamps. There is a lot of shift overall, but I could possibly work around that with the bowl itself. Since the bowl is smaller than the bodies of the stars I do have some leeway. But the shift in alignment of the stars also dramatically effects the angle of twist of the pillars and there's nothing I can think of in the way of redesign that would fix that -- other than to cut them off, which may happen. I don't see any way to salvage the original form. The pillars would be grossly dissimilar and I can't think of any way to change that. I will probably cut the arms off and turn the stack as is just to see how easy or difficult it is to turn and there might be something of a bowl in there somewhere. But I am not motivated to do that experiment any time soon. All of these problems seem to have their roots in the fact that once glue was applied the wood fibers would swell and the stars no longer fit nicely between the pins. Unfortunately, I got into a rhythm placing the north arm first then placing the south arm as well as possible so with each layer I was inducing a shift to one side. For as much time as I spent planning this project I should have seen this coming. I didn't, so that's on me. I've spent a bit of time thinking about how to mitigate the wood swelling issue or other methods for for alignment, but I have spent just as much time trying to make myself promise never to do this again.
  19. Immortan D

    Where do you get your plans?

    The plans
  20. ..Kev

    Where do you get your plans?

    The plans or the chair?
  21. Immortan D

    Where do you get your plans?

    I bought a plan for chair once. Still sitting on it.
  22. pkinneb

    A Twisted Form

    This is quite the project! Very cool.
  23. sjeff70

    Where do you get your plans?

    I like books which over time drew me to my favorite periods and cabinet makers. You get so much from books. Go to Amazon.com and search 'period furniture measured drawings' or something to that effect. Buy used and get deep discounts. I know there's a Pennsylvania Dutch Chest in Bill Hylton's, 'Chest of Drawers'. There's also a few in Lang's, 'Furniture in the Southern Style'.
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  25. Mark J

    A Twisted Form

    Thanks for the suggestions. I ran this past some club members at the meeting last night and got some other valuable ideas, as well. The degree of curvature is more than I thought, like 1/4". I did try the sand paper on the cast iron top idea, but that's going to take quite a while. By the way I suggest covering the top with craft paper otherwise the cast iron will be scratched by loose grit. And yes, there's a reason I know. Another suggestion was to bring the blank back to Make It Here and use the ShopBot to flatten the bottom. I wouldn't be able to do that before tomorrow. So based on yet other suggestions this is what I'm going to try. This is just a mock up, I will use a screw chuck, but the vacuum was on the lathe. Sand paper on a board with double sided tape. The board mounts to a face plate and spindle adapter and is restrained from rotating by the ways.
  26. Mark J

    Hand tool cabinet in maple

    If I can't complain about the results, then I don't care who calls it cheating.
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