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  1. Alright, I have not been hiding, I've been varnishing my a*% off. Four coats top and four coats bottom after a lot of fairing and sanding of the epoxy base. After varnishing, on went the additions that make the boat complete. Here are the pics; Ready for the water, fully rigged and set up, just need to add the float bag for the front compartment; Handmade walnut handles drilled thru hull; Front bungee cords, left them a little long to see how it goes; Bungee cords again and hatch behind the cockpit; Hatch in place and off, you can see the
    13 points
  2. Finally finished this project, nothing special about the cabinet but I think the doors are cool, 1/8” X 3/4” strips of oak and walnut in a weave pattern, corners are M&T joints, 3/16” grove to hold the strips, thanks for looking, comments, criticism, questions always welcome.
    11 points
  3. I made this Sepele box because I wanted to try some different ideas. The top is shaped with a spoke shave, the indent in the lid was done with a core box bit and the the joint for the dividers in the box was done with a vee groove bit. I had seem Matt Kenney do this and thought it looked a little more elegant then a regular dado and the angles match the angles of the mitered corners. The lid handles are Wenge. The finish is one coat of blonde de-waxed shellac and a top coat of EnduroVar. Vee Groove detail. This seco
    11 points
  4. Finished! I did my usual finish of Minwax Wipe On Poly. The walnut was a bit more wild with it's grain direction than the cherry i'm used to working to so i relied more on sanding then i usually do. The boards i ended up finding for the top had a few hints of figure that matched the rest of the piece. The final result is awesome and I can't wait to have the doors signed by my friends and family. And here is some context and where it fits in the room.
    9 points
  5. ABC News did a piece on the need for students desks and chairs (Marc's design) for use at home during the Covid school closures. A woodworker here in Santa Fe , David Gunter saw it and took on himself to start making them. The local media got hold of it and it's mushrooming. The Fine Woodworking program at Santa Fe Community College where I teach has become involved and will be contributing dozens if not more desks and chairs. ABC News will be doing a human interest spotlight on it tonight. This is a terrific cause if anyone else wants to get involved on a local basis. Here's a link
    9 points
  6. Finally dusted off the lathe and got to work on some pecan slabs given to me by a fellow woodturner. The slabs were out in the weather for a good while and had splits everywhere but I was able to cut enough solid wood out of them to get a good handful of blanks. The nice part was the spalting inside, seems to have caught it at just the right point.
    9 points
  7. Just a little box that I made from some scraps of stuff sitting around in the shop. Still need to make the dividers Made from walnut and ash. Bottom panel is just some cheap shop ply I had sitting around left over from a desk my father and I recently built. Waiting on some hardware and the flocking kit to arrive before I can go any further. Will post again once its all done. Hope you guys enjoy! Cheers! Luke
    8 points
  8. I've been working on the doors. I needed to get trimmed to exact size and also mount the hinges. I went with Horton Brass for hinges and pulls. I think i left a link earlier in the thread. The hinges are high quality and they come with a LOT of extra screws. Which is nice. I won't be installing knobs on the doors. Instead i'll use these push latch things to open the doors. Here it is with the drawers installed and the doors hung. Next up is to work on the shop veneer for the drawer fronts. The stock I'm using is the remainder of the crotch figure i used f
    8 points
  9. Here’s some shots of the rest of the basement, that fireplace comes in handy in an Iowa winter, feels great to be finally done
    8 points
  10. I finished a frankenstien project: Turned my single-bag DC into a Thein top hat with external venting. Can't say if it draws any better, but now the fines leave the shop, so the result is much better, IMO. Yes, that is a paint can on top, acting as a motor fan guard. Don't ask.
    8 points
  11. Just sanded this one out and wiped it with poly
    8 points
  12. I made a box over the weekend. It was a hand tools only project and it's full of flaws, hence the tiny pics
    7 points
  13. Hi folks - my woodworking time is nearly non-existent these days since the birth of our identical twin boys in June. They are doing great, and no, we're not getting any sleep yet. I thought I'd scratch the itch a little by writing up a shop tour post. If you've been on the forum a while you may have seen some of the work I've put in to get where I am with my current shop today: I went from this: My detached garage, prior to stuffing it full of all the stuff that didn't get unpacked in the house, along with all of my stationary tools. Through this: It was n
    7 points
  14. I built two of these for a friend and just finished them today. They're about 10" x 13" x 2" and made of Walnut, finished in Nitrocellulose lacquer. The frame holds an 8x10 photo. David
    7 points
  15. Over the weekend I've been working on the fine tuning details of the project. These are the details that seem to take up a ton of time but can make a huge difference in how a piece looks. First up was to make the internal shelf system. I didn't want to do pins for no other reason than to try something new. I'm going to follow what Cremona does in the guild build and go with wooden standards with an adjustable ledger. If this is new to you i'll somewhat explain it below ask if you'd like more details. The system works by placing a ledger between 2 standards, the standards can either be a s
    7 points
  16. Well @Mark J, you asked for on the water pics, so here goes; "Yours truly" on the maiden voyage; Some appropriate pics waterside; The kayak handled well, was a complete joy to use. It was well worth the effort to make and I can't wait to make another. Thanks for looking
    7 points
  17. This is some wild looking grain on this black walnut dish. Sanded to 600 grit and first coat of wipe on poly buffed on to it.
    7 points
  18. Not really giving up (whisper it) but I have a project with so many tenons required it will take me from now to next year to finish if I do them by hand. It's an Asymetric Chest of Drawers. I've done it in SKetchup and the wood in the drawers won't look like the picture but you get the idea. The cutout at the bottom rear is so it can go up against a wall without hitting base boards. It has a birch plywood rear panel too. The dimensions are roughly 4 feet square (slightly taller than wide) and about 17" deep.
    7 points
  19. I got an email from Steve Latta yesterday. Wrote him a letter (the kind with postage) to the college long ago and figured it had gone into a black hole, but it was just pandemic-delayed. I was looking for plans for a dressing table I saw in one of his LN videos and not only did he answer, he sent me the plans (which have his name on them, so they're his plans). He's going to do a class or seminar with that same table with Marc Adams next summer. So I am set for another project when I finally get back out into the shop. And it was kind of cool to get an email from one of my woodworking her
    7 points
  20. I play guitar for a young lady with an amazing voice and fantastic spirit, just very enjoyable to be around. So I decided to make something for her as a surprise. She's coming over tomorrow night after band and choir practice and you know how it is when you make something for someone - you want to give it to them right away! But I have to wait one more day. One thing I detest is Facebook but I have posted the progress shots on my page and her mom has been following along and commenting, not knowing this is for her daughter. This is a plaque I designed in CorelDraw and exported to Fusion
    6 points
  21. Well its that time again, I don't mind making urns but I really don't like it when it is a close family member. My sister passed away last year and I thought I would share the build pics. My sister loved Elephants so I designed a banner/inlay to go around the base with elephants. I use my trusty ol 45° sled to ensure perfect miters. Here are a few of the build pics and the finished urn beautifully finished with clear rubbed lacquer.
    6 points
  22. Today I got the bar cabinet doors, hung adjusted and final prepped for finish The vanity should come out tomorrow then I will have the space needed to finish the doors and drawer fronts. I also got the house siding cleaned up and windows washed, if you recall when I installed the bath/popper vent it was pretty bad
    6 points
  23. Felt good to have some shop time, and to finally make more headway on this project. Just need to cut the french cleat and hang it now.
    6 points
  24. As if this project has not been progressing slow enough already, I need to put it on hold to do some other stuff for the house. BUT, at least it almost actually looks like a table now!
    6 points
  25. 78" long x 24" deep x 42" high, mostly 3/4 red oak 8/4 legs all drawers are box jointed, with 5/8" poplar for the interior drawers. The interior webbing is all red oak. I didn't use dowels, I went M/T for joinery. And there's no one I know that can pick it up. It takes 2 to lift one end all the way. One can get it off the carpet, but no for long.The back is rabbetted in with 5/8" Baltic birch
    6 points
  26. Took down a troublesome tree by the house today. Root system is contributing to cracks in the foundation. Sad, because I planted it as a sapling about 27 years ago. Took almost 3 hours to fell with my little 33cc Homelite. That is just not enough power for a 16" bar, and I had to cut from each side, even near 20' up the bole. Only 8' of clear material here. Gonna try to slice it up and dry it, because, why not? Oak is some tough stuff. Even with Cody pulling it with my truck, and me driving wedges into the back cut, the crazy tree held on to almost 25* of incline before this li
    6 points
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  28. I found a nice spot for lunch today. A nice easy day driving around looking at roads.
    6 points
  29. Thanks for asking. It's working out pretty good. She's a lot better off here than anywhere else anyway. The dogs are a great comfort to her too. My Wife has been absolutely amazing with what she's taken on, but it was her idea to start with. One of us has to be here all the time though, so we have to plan our days around that.
    6 points
  30. Aftermarket tool not available. John Deere wanted $552 to specially make a no longer in stock tool. It's so simple, I just decided to make one out of wood on the lathe. This might be the only 200 year old Heart Pine clutch installation alignment tool for a John Deere 2640 w/reverser. I'm keeping it wrapped tightly in plastic untll the right clutch disk gets here, supposedly on Saturday. It fits so tightly, that I don't want the wood to move any. If it swells, I'll have to put it in the oven. It seemed to be the most stable piece of wood I had near the lathe. It just holds the c
    6 points
  31. Finally bought this. Sat on my Christmas list for the better part of a decade. Everyone thought it was a boring gift or something. Probably wouldn't think it's boring if they saw it in person. Fit and finish is outstanding.
    6 points
  32. I carried the vanity into the house to get placement of the faucet and sink so I knew where I needed to cut the shelf out and drill the holes. Of course it would end up being right where the cutout from the scrap I used was so I had to fit in a piece so I had a good surface to mount the sink on. Doesn't look pretty but it will work That'll work Then I used bondo on the edge of the top in preparation for the epoxy pour tomorrow I also broke the vanity down and started pre finishing the side panels and the shelf. Oh and I cleaned the shop u
    6 points
  33. Tried to get some milky way pictures. Moon was to bright though.
    6 points
  34. I know this thread is pretty much dead but I ran across this today and thought it might help someone. Tractor Supply has trailer rentals. 6x10 trailer for $14.99 for 4 hours. $10 more for all day. I would not have thought to look there. Check the website for details and local pricing. Much cheaper than the truck rental if you have a hitch.
    6 points
  35. I tell people that my grand kids are my gift from God for not killing my own kids.
    6 points
  36. Smoked some turkey legs and they were pretty good if I do say so myself Before: A and two and a half hours later
    6 points
  37. On to completing the sides of the chair. My plan is to glue up the sides, then determine joint locations for the cross pieces. I'll shape/sculpt the outer face of the side pieces, but leave the inside faces untouched as the 90 degree angles will help me with my joints. I'll only shape those inner faces once I have all the cross pieces fitted, but before glue up of cross pieces. One important guide for me is the back edge of the backrest support, this area is flat and will be a reference point for me with placement of the back rest. Here are the 4 sides glued up, minus the arms, they need
    5 points
  38. Accomplished a little more this weekend on the build. Final thickness and dimension of all the pieces. Went with a solid inch for the shelves and an inch and a half for the uprights. Unlike in Marc's video I'll be using reinforced rabbet joints to hold it all together. Going to get an ash dowel from The Woodsmith Shop to give it a little more support and help hold things together. Added a curve and 45 degree chamfer to the front to help give it a little more detail. Going through the grits right now. Hopefully should have a finished piece by the end o
    5 points
  39. More progress on the vanity Hung and fit the doors and added stop blocks Then stained it Also got the bar doors glued up. Have I mentioned that these Dubuque clamps are quickly becoming my favorites Also got the blinds hung ...and finally we took the popper for its maiden voyage...very good! Really glad I put the vent fan in above it too.
    5 points
  40. Hard to believe that in a couple of days it will be 3 months. I promised Alison's son that I would make him a cremation urn. He'll be up here the first of October. By then the Osmo should be cured and ready to buff out. Jarrah, mesquite, ebony, jelutong, black palm, turquoise. She always loved David Marks' Sensei, so I used it for a concept to make this.
    5 points
  41. I have not been able to work out in the garage the last few weeks due to the heat and smoke so today I decided to go out and clean up the garage so I could play with my Domino. I moved my workbench and found this 5 gallon bucket of pencils. It turns out my wife brought them home 2 weeks ago and hid them out there for me to find. She was at her Grandma's house helping her clean out a shed so she can sell her house and found it. It belonged to he grandpa who was a brick mason. I am not sure what to do with them. I may donate a bunch to the local 0Habitat for Humanity store.
    5 points
  42. Here's the router table and router table fence I have been building. There is a little more work to do on the micro-adjuster, which is coming from AliExpress, as well as the dust extractor for the (2 1/4 hp) Elu 177e router I use. But for now, the rest is done. This is a very full-on set up. What is relevant is that it did not cost much (don't include the cost of the JessEm guides, which are excellent but a little luxury). It is difficult to total, as some parts, such as the aluminium insert plate, was purchased about 3 years ago, as was the Router Raizer lift, and the MuscleChuck router
    5 points
  43. Here's my take on this very worthwhile project. Originally, it was just a slide out platform at the bottom with a door attached. Problem is, any trash that missed the can ended up at the bottom & tended to accumulate. I rebuilt it as shown below with the platform at the top & holes cut out to fit dedicated trash & recycling bins. The bins were from Ikea & were far better & cheaper than anything I could find at Lowes, HD, Walmart, etc. I removed the recycling bin to better show the construction. The child proof lock is to keep the cats out cause they will open it &
    5 points
  44. Small things. One to sell, one to gift. I think that’s mahogany. Might be a walnut. Not sure. One of my estate sale pickups. Tung oil makes it rich. (Apologies for the phone rotation.)
    5 points
  45. I picked up a half pint can of Osmo Polyx satin to try from Lee Valley and I thought I would share my observations and impressions with you. Which makes this a review of sorts, so pardon the length of the post. My goal for a wood surface differs from what’s customary for furniture making and is way different than finishing floors. So some context: I make handheld objects that are essentially intended to be fondled. So I am looking for a hyper-smooth surface, which preserves the wood look and wood feel. To get to where I want to be I sand the wood to at least P600, but recently P1200 and
    5 points
  46. More progress on the vanity I added a slight taper to the bottom of the front legs on the two inside faces Then busted out some planes and cleaned things up Added chamfers to the leg bottoms and broke the edges I much prefer this for surface prep to sanding Added the bottom, rounded over the slats for the shelf, and made the back brace and corner triangles The top just needs to be body worked on the edges and it will be ready for epoxy probably tomorrow. Now I need to carry it in and figure out what
    5 points
  47. Not petty or pedantic (had to look that one up) at all, good catch. I’m using magnetic push to open catches, I didn’t want knobs or handles.
    5 points
  48. Finish?! Wait, the build journal's not finished till there's in-the-water pics. I mean we don't know this will float.
    5 points