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  1. Finally finished up the Shaker End Table from the Guild. Learned a ton, made my share of mistakes but overall I’m pleased with how it came out. My first time using cherry. Was just asked by SWMBO when her coffee table and TV stand will be done.
    14 points
  2. I'm feeling pretty good today . . .
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  3. As you guys know I'm in the shop a lot, and as a result I generate a lot of scraps, mostly designated for the woodstove. That has always bothered me because some of the wood I burn is really nice stuff, it's just odd shaped or too small to do much with. Lately I've donated alot of my scraps to a few young budding woodworkers. This gets rid of a good amt of stuff and they are so happy to have it. But I still have that pile of wood, I'm sure we all have it, that pile of some nice pieces we hope we will find a use for in the future. Well my pile just seems to keep on growing despite my efforts to
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  4. Hello, everyone. I'd like to introduce myself. I'm an amateur furniture maker/designer. I live in Oceanside, CA, about 35 miles north of San Diego. I haven't been able to do much in the last year due to Covid-19 isolation issues (age and underlying medical issues), so I haven't had any opportunity to buy supplies. But I've just received my 2nd vaccination, so I hope life will be returning to some normalcy. I've included some images of my last project, a dining room side table of 8/4 Ash. The large dovetails were interesting to make and required construction of a hefty jig to hold the (hea
    11 points
  5. I took these 3 picture in 2018 on our trip Ireland. Dunluce Castle, Northern Ireland, UK Kylemore Abbey, Co. Galway, Ireland Ha'penny Bridge, Dublin Ireland Believe it or not, these 3 are all taken on a Motorola G5 cell phone. I was contacted by the Ireland tourism people asking permission to use these photos in some brochures they were making after I posted them on a Irish Travel forum.
    10 points
  6. The shooting board fence my wonderful wife bought me for our 35th wedding anniversary this Sunday...do you suppose I should let her know
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  7. "What did you do today?" Smiled a lot.
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  8. I didn’t do a journal on here but I did snap a few pics along the way. The lumber was sourced from a walnut tree that I cut down about 6 years ago in Louisiana and brought back to Houston to be milled. I’ve made a couple of end tables from some of it but had several 8/4 slabs waiting on the right project. We had a new bathroom added to our house and decided I wanted to build the door going from our bedroom to the bathroom. Here are the slabs in rough form. And after I took a belt sander to them to see what kind of grain I had to work with. After milling to approximately 1
    10 points
  9. Next I did the draw bore pins a la Mike Pekovich. It's really handy to have multiple squares - one for the edge standoff, one for the top hole and one for the bottom. You may wonder why I have two Starrett 4" combo squares. I "lost" one last fall and after weeks of looking for it and finally buying a new one, found it in my apron - in the wrong pocket. I learned this little trick from a FW podcast a couple of years ago. I got a set of center punches from HF for ?? $12. The pin holes are ¼". With the boards clamped together, insert the 1/32" smaller size punch into the hole w
    9 points
  10. After a lot of hunting and clicking my wife and I were both able to get appointments and vaccinated. And now I am finally set up (with vaccination and liability insurance) to be a volunteer vaccinator with the Chicago Medial Reserve Corp. My first stint is Wed March 3. I am strangely excited about this opportunity to work for free. It's like I've been stuck on this sinking ship and now I've finally gotten hold of a bucket and I can take some positive action.
    9 points
  11. Scrap boxes may not be made from your first choice of materials. You may mix materials or use hardware that has been laying around a while. Still, they are a nice break from larger projects, use up scrap and create a pile of items that are handy for last minute gifts . I have no resaw capability in the temp shop so I need to be creative with what's on hand. To the scrap bin . . . I use shop made stop blocks to make repeated length cut in two dimensions. I use a FTG blade to cut 1/8" grooves for the top, bottom and insert tray supports. I glue some re-s
    9 points
  12. Just a small peak at a sideboard I am currently working on.
    9 points
  13. Getting closer but I am having to put the finish on by hand because my spray booth/ garage is a bit chilly to use the Fuji.
    9 points
  14. This is going to be a bit different of a project. Megan and I have discussed at length a means to provide a space for her to get ready but also be easily hidden. Our home office has a close that isn't very well utilized instead of piling boxes and totes there, we'll shift them to the now finished garage. A lot of discussion and talking lead to building a dressing/makeup vanity in the office closet. Not really sure how this is goign to end up. I'll be designing as we go. Main parts that I know I'll be making are a work surface, a rolling drawer organizer, and a mirror with lights. I starte
    8 points
  15. Got my first covid vaccine shot today. Feel good about that.
    8 points
  16. Got Aviva's doors glued up and prepped for final sizing tomorrow.
    8 points
  17. Back after 48 hours of no power. No heat or internet till now! But we will be having rolling outages for a while. Houston, the energy capital of the nation. They should take lessons from Motel 6. They can keep the lights on for ya!
    8 points
  18. She mentioned to me the other day her recipe box she got from her mother has lost its lid and was dying of old age. I set out to remedy that. Did a little research on mitered joints and found this video to guide me. Once I tuned my tablesaw up to get a good 45 degree cut I followed the instructions on some 1/2” baltic birch plywood. I cut mitered joints for the four sides and top, also cut rabbets on the side panels to lay in a 1/4” piece of baltic birch for the bottom. It was amazing how accurate that technique was for making the miter. When assembling I glued the f
    8 points
  19. Love It!!!! Staying inside for sure. 1) Pipes wrapped - check 2) Plants Covered - check 3) Last trip to Whataburger - check 4) Isopropyl alcohol added to windshield washer reservoir- check 5) snow chains added to wife’s bicycle so she will be safe in case we run low on food - check 6) 3 trips to Spec’s Liquor Store - check, check, check I think we be ready!
    8 points
  20. Our downstairs living room hasn't had much in it since we moved in. With almost all of the furniture done for out main living room it is now the focus. I've had some ideas to make some MCM style furniture and there are a few pieces that I'd love to try and make some day. So with that style being the overall them of the room I started by making the TV console thing. For some reason Megan has broken from her typical and requested that most of the furniture be made out of Maple. A few months ago I bought a bunch of hard maple for the furniture down here. The design was pretty strait forward a lon
    8 points
  21. While finish was drying I continued work on picture frames. I can't remember who posted about the L fence but I ended up making an L type fence to trim the splines down quickly. That allowed me to clean the edges of the frames up with a hand plane. I just need to run them all through the drum sander to clean up the front surface then mount glass and backer boards.
    7 points
  22. Say no more! This is obviously a critical situation and justification for replacing a worn out tool! You are doing this for others and not for self gratification!
    7 points
  23. Got the slab joints sawed.
    7 points
  24. I recently had to install a hook into one of my ceiling joists using a 3' step ladder I often use as a stool at my bench. I made it safely to the second step before the waves of dizziness kicked in, but I persevered by steadying myself against the joist. It was a stretch, but I knew not to stand on top of the ladder. I'm happy to report I made it down safely and there was beer in the fridge.
    7 points
  25. Been working on picture frames. They are slowish going because I only have 1 band clamp so i can glue them up around 1 per hour. It's working out somewhat well though Megan's work is being incredibly stressful so I'm taking time to help with her chores and also distract her from work when she isn't working. I'm going to reinforce all the corners with splines because I like making frames that way. Making 3 sizes (11x14, 8x10, & 5x7) allowed me to be very efficient with my cuts and my scraps were very minimal. The picture below is all of the scraps from (5) 11x14, (10) 8x19, &
    7 points
  26. ok, so a quick and easy one page build, @Coop and @Bmac had asked how they were built so here goes. here's the pattern i use you can see about 11" long glue up the blanks and trace the side profile and cut on the band saw then trace and cut the top profile the rest is just a belt and disc sander after cutting some of the waste off on the bandsaw, over to the oscillating spindle sander then on to my ROS clamped in my vise upside down for final finishing, a little hand sanding to finer grits then a couple of coats of mineral oil and done, really easy and quick project that make g
    7 points
  27. I visited @pkinneb at his shop today. He was graciously agreed to spray my project chess table top for me. Thank you, Paul. I also got a guided tour of his 2 year basement project. What great work he did from the rough framing to the unbelievable epoxy bar top that looks like marble. His home theater is particulary welll thought out and impressive. This guy does great work, Thanks for the tour.
    7 points
  28. Got my second covid shot,,
    7 points
  29. No moving, this farm has been in the family since 1913. Here is a snowy view of what it looks like over the sideboard.
    7 points
  30. The dividers make it a little harder to see but the drawer fronts are all consecutive pieces from the same board. Here is the view from sitting beside the sideboard, I am living in quarter sawn heaven. And thanks treeslayer hopefully we can meet up someday and possibly get coop and a few others involved. Maybe we should go see Spanky.
    7 points
  31. Well Gentlemen here is the finished sideboard. It came out better than I had hoped for from a retired bricklayer/wood hacker. Enjoy the figure.
    7 points
  32. I got the platform installed to raise my Sawstop table surface to the height of the slider so that I can feed back to back without interference. The platform, laid flat, looks like a ladder made of 2 x 6s half lapped and glued and screwed together. I used 8 of the leveling mechanisms Marc used on his new outfeed table for fine tuning the height of the saw surfaces. It's a piece of cake for a man my age to solo hoist a ~ 650 lb (PCS + inline router table) up onto a 2 x 6 platform, with leveling hardware that does not slide at all, and position both within 1/32" of parallel to another saw.
    7 points
  33. First coat of finish on and I couldn't be happier
    7 points
  34. I can’t stand the bamboo spoons we have in the kitchen for stirring and mixing, so I got the ball rolling on making a few from some cherry scraps. Roughed out on the bandsaw slightly less roughed on the belt sander with 80 grit Then carved out the spoon hollow, cleaned up with a card scraper, and then worked up the grits. I’m far from proficient at spoons but have carved a few and enjoy it for an occasional project. I will probably enjoy it better once I get better at hollowing them.
    7 points
  35. That is definitely an impressive work load. Thats one of the two main differences between a hobbyist and a pro. A pro works a lot more AND they try to put money in the bank account. Us hobbyist just drain the bank account.
    6 points
  36. I made the cherry dowel pins I'll use for the draw-bores. Then I swore for a couple of hours (03:24:27) while putting together the Grizzly (emphasis on the grrrrr) overarm guard for the slider. After 30+? years can't they hire someone to translate and make a decent set of instructions? PISS poor instructions! Anyway, the Pantorouter (great instructions!) has a circular template for making dowels. The inherent design of it allows for fine-tuning the fit. Given the problem with out of round commercially available dowels, these are a COPD's dream.
    6 points
  37. I'm charging them the going rate for 4/4 and 8/4 cherry here in Santa Fe, which is 10 times what I paid for it. Here's the link to the members only Becksvoort article - https://www.finewoodworking.com/2002/12/01/harvest-table The changes I made based on Alison's table were mainly dimensional and per the client. The Becksvoort table is too wide for their space. I'm also doing pull out supports for the drop leaves and they wanted a simple square edge rather than a rule joint.
    6 points
  38. Back to the boxes. I had to occupy myself while they did the finishing work on the slab or I would have driven then nuts. Didn't want to be that guy. I cut some free form shapes from the lid scrap. I thin it and shape it till I'm happy. I epoxy them on with bits of stainless wire acting like mini-dowels, The hinges have no stops so I will use chain. I believe this is the first time I have ever used a chain-stop; meh. I add felt dots for the lid to close on (the hinges were positioned to anticipate this), add the tray and they come out like so.
    6 points
  39. This week I am back to working on my planer upgrades. I bought a Wixey digital readout on sale last week on Amazon ($56 & free shipping). I will be installing that sometime this week. I have my folding table top extensions installed on the cart. Next I will be making the adjustable infeed and outfeed tables. Then I need to go buy more plywood to make the dust/ chip collection box.
    6 points
  40. Aviva insisted I post another pic without sweat stains. She did a great job on her doors.
    6 points
  41. Finally got all of the hardware I need to move forward on this project. I have the adjustable infeed table almost done. Just need to round the corners and the edges, seal the exposed edges and attach it permanently.
    6 points
  42. Finished my DVD storage project Should have space for a while now
    6 points
  43. Got my DVD racks stained an glued together just need to hit them with atop coat
    6 points
  44. Fleur de lis cut as a practice piece, Cherry into Walnut. Carveco is what I used to create the toolpath. This is just wiped in Naphtha to see how it will look. There's a one minute video on my Instagram page showing this being cut. David
    6 points
  45. We think alike @JohnG, mahogany and walnut scraps, bandsaw, belt and disk sander, hollowed with a round rotary rasp in my drill, crude but it works I need to get a spoon chisel or whatever they’re called because my kids want more as usual, way too much work the way I did it
    6 points
  46. 30 vaccinations today . Doesn't seem like much, but it comes out to 6 per hour and there's a certain amount of bureaucracy that is part of the process.
    5 points
  47. @Coop, I hope you and your household are keeping safe. And I hope there is a rapid return to seasonabe Texas weather. (In fact I wouldn't say no to some seasonable Chicago weather). We northerners may not take winter for granted, but we do take it in stride. And we tend to assume everyone else will, too. We loose sight of that poor Texas woodworker that barely has a pair of socks, much less shoes .
    5 points
  48. 30 x 40. Once things slow down a bit I will start a thread about the journey ;-)
    5 points
  49. Not with my wife looking over my shoulder.
    5 points