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  1. 3 points
    Uh...... It wasn't old then.
  2. 3 points
    On this installment, I worked on the benches for the bench as well as the lumber for the bench seats and the table top. The lumber I'm working with, as I've mentioned, is on the thinner side. Most of the pieces are at 13/16" in the rough. It was dried outside in a pile that wasn't really laid flat not stacked particularly well. Getting strait lumber over 36" long has been tricky and requires a good selection process to find nearly strait boards, which there are few, or removing material to the point where the boards are quite thin. I need some parts 50-51" long so drastic measures were necessary. For the rails of the bench i ended up with some bowed and twisted wood. I rough cut the boards to size to minimize as much jointing as necessary. In the end i only ended up with about 9/16" material. For a bench structure that made me a bit uncomfortable, so i glued a piece to the back but only on the ends for joinery. The long rails are 3.75" tall so i know bending strength wise they will be ok but I'm worried about joinery. In the picture above you can see how i added material to be able to get a tenon in the rails in a way that doesn't leave a very thin skin over the floating tenon. This worked out well and stiffened the boards a bit as well. Because the short rails were only 9" long, I was able to mill a hair over 3/4 material there so i didn't have to double up on those. After milling and mortises it was just a simple glue up. The table top and bench seats were another trick. Some of the boards I have are pretty wide at 9.5". Unfortunately just like everything else they have some serious cup and twist. The nice part about cup and twist is that ripping the boards narrower not only allows them to fully fit on my jointer but it also reduces the amount of wood needing to be removed to eliminate the cup and twist. So now that i took some 105" long 10" wide boards and made them 52" x 5" we're good to go. My goal is to keep the boar parts together and then glue them back together after jointing in hopes that the seam down the middle of the board isn't noticeable. For the most part it worked out quite well. One bench i needed to reduce half of one board down to 2.5" wide because it was just that twisted. Then some epoxy knot filling. The board below has 4 glue lines on it. The table top it's self worked out much better. I cleaned it up with a card scraper and it looks pretty dang good. My plan is changing for the better. I was able to keep the table top thick enough that I'm not going to add material to the edge to make it look thicker. I'm just going to leave it as is and give it less of an edge treatment.
  3. 1 point
    I've been watching too much Frank Howarth wood turning lately but from it I stumbled upon the Celtic Knot on youtube and it looked both easy and awesome. Much more attainable than some of the things Howarth does. Beings that not many turners post her I figured why not create a dedicated post. I found a tutorial that makes it really easy. You start with a piece of square stock and set your miter gauge to 45 or 60 degrees. Really I'm not sure the angle matters a whole lot the outcome will just look a bit different. Se your blade height so you don't cut all the way through. Leave about 1/8" of material. Have a stop block set or if your fancy like me and have one of these over the top miter gauges use the built in stop. First cut. Then take some wood or something else that you have prepped to your saw kerf width. I'm using birch stock and walnut fill. To glue the filler in get CA glue in the slice as well as coat the sides of the infill piece. I used gloves to prevent myself from having to call for help after gluing myself to my table saw or something. After the in fill piece is in I hit the outside of the piece with some activator and sanded everything flush with my belt sander. Yes i have a belt sander, no I don't use it often, this is the first time in about 2 years. After the first cut rotate the stock 90 degrees spindle style and make a 2nd cut. Same thing with CA glue on the infill and belt sanding. This is what my piece looked like after rotation 90 degrees. You can also see the miter gauge setup and stop block After the infill is glued and flushed. Rotate 90 degrees again spindle fashion, cut, fill, sand. This is what it looks like before the 90 degree rotation. As you can see the saw blade is lined up on the walnut from the previous cut. I was rotation counter clock wise from the picture below's perspective. Make sure to always rotate the same direction either clockwise or counter clock wise (anti-clockwise if your from Europe). After 3rd cut. The other side. As you can see the top face does not have a diagional. My last cut will position that side down. After all 4 sides are cut you should have a top line and bottom line with a diagonal on each side. You would see an X if you use other methods where you cut all the way through but those methods leave you with a more difficult glue up. Once you turn the area down a bit you'll see this. This was just a test. It only took me about 2 hours from first picture to last picture. Gotta love how fast you can make things on the lathe.
  4. 1 point
    what's the problem? all you have to do is not sleep and work three times as fast as anyone on here
  5. 1 point
    This is a fun little puzzle that goes by the name of Golf, Nine Hole and, my favorite, Gopher Hole Puzzle. The goal is to fit all six pieces into the box. The possible combinations make it pretty challenging. See here for build instructions: https://www.instructables.com/id/Gopher-Hole-Puzzle/ Animated Solution: https://youtu.be/ZYHHGRM18a0 Actual Build: https://youtu.be/kbY3dr0G6fo Made from a cedar 1x6 Holes 1.125" Chamfers Parts Pegs 5 Styles CAD Final Pictures
  6. 1 point
    Bunch of light weights, coming up on 48, and I don’t think I’m the longest on here but I may be close to the top of the pile
  7. 1 point
    I'm just looking at that Kumiko work and thinking, "man right there that's a week for me, each". You and Chestnut. Must be a Minnesota thing.
  8. 1 point
    I know it is just a little part of the project but you don't put finish on the kumiko, correct?
  9. 1 point
    Wow these are going to be quite the quick Christmas gifts. I thought that my Quick table and benches was going to be a lot. You know you only have like a week left right? I'm starting to get worried that finish will be cured in time.