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  1. 13 points
    I finally finished with this project. The top is made from a single piece of butternut and the bottom is made from a block of wood that was labelled English walnut, but turned out to be teak. This was the blank I asked about in the Wood section and @phinds was kind enough to evaluate. @Chestnut, I know you particularly wanted to see the figure, but after turning and sculpting there's almost nothing left of the indented grain pattern. There is a little visible in the right hand pillar of the first two photo's.
  2. 8 points
    Visiting my Mother today, at her Assisted Living place. Her 104th Birthday will be April 18th. She was two when she lost family members to the 1918 pandemic. We were after them to stop letting visitors in 3 weeks ago, when we first starting self-isolating ourselves. They did start not allowing visitors for the past couple of weeks. Fortunately, the whole place is on ground level. We kept our distance, and had a nice visit. She's still completely clear headed, and says we just have to do what we need to. She opened her windows, so we could talk through the screen.
  3. 8 points
    Quick update on the SUP. Last post of progress was on Tues, and I haven't moved as fast as I was hoping. Partly because we've had some nice weather and work on my garden/yard/house pulled me out of the shop. But that's ok, I'm still moving forward and the amount of glueups has been tedious. After finishing the top decking I began prep for adding the lower decking and for "closing" up the board. I have a few things that need to be done internally before adding the bottom deck. First is added glue strips to the plywood framework, a real long process. Here are my strips prior to sizing, and in the end I used all these; Gluing up to the plywood framework, glue to the center and to the cross pieces; Next I need to make sure that all the chambers of the board are connected for even air pressure. Some simply holes placed in the center support; And some notches in the cross pieces. These notches allow not only air flow but also can act as drain knotches in case water gets in the board, not that I plan that to happen; And here's the board woth the ribs glued on and all ready for the deck; Couple other things to point out. Blocking for leash cup and air vent. I'll be using an combination device fitted with a goretex membrane. This membrane prevents water for coming in but allows air to escape. The hole in the block will be centered at the bottom of the larger hole I'll drill into the top of the board to insert the leash cup/vent; Next, I prepped the back and front of the board for blocking the will form the nose and tail. Here's the tail; Here's the nose; Finally, got the fin finallized, First cut out; Next mark the midline; Then shaped/feathered both edges down to that line, this is called the foil for the fin; So the next steps will be leveling the supports, alittle work on blocks for the nose, and the adding the bottom deck. Thanks for looking!
  4. 7 points
    I've had this build on my to do list for a while and I put it off, and now I remember why, because there are so many glueups. I've already been through two 16 oz bottles of TB III. So @Chip Sawdust is right, this does seem to be going slow. But I have made progress so here's the update. Top deck is done so it was on to the bottom deck. This glue up is a little more tricky since the top deck prevents getting good clamping pressure onto the ribs. So some creative clamping did the trick. Center board is the first to be glued; And working my way out from there; Once I got most of the lower deck glued up I wanted to get the nose boards put on. Started with cleaning up the front of the board. Before cleanup; After cleanup; So now that I have a nice surface to glue to I started with adding my boards. In this pic you can see I was able to tie my clamps into the board frame where I had not yet put my decking on. This worked out great and I don't think I could have done this as effectively if all my decking was in place. Also I left the first boards very proud of the deck. I used this lip to glue on successive boards. So then it was a matter of glue up after glueup, alternating 8 boards. Here's the end result with some rough shaping to get the nose boards flush with the deck; Next a little rough shaping of the nose. Really like as I shape and round the front that the light color paulownia peeks out from the cedar; Now on to the sides. First I need to flush up the deck and the frame and make the top deck even with the bottom deck; Now that I have a nice surface to glue too I start adding strips; In this pic you can see I'm adding a second strip to the first strip. After getting two strips added to the top and bottom I'll "connect" the top to the bottom with 1 last strip, then it will be all closed up. And finally, here's how the tail is shaping up; So I have got a lot done but it does feel like slow going. I can get a couple glue ups done, then I need to wait a few hrs before moving on. So in between glue ups I've been working in my yard. Just redid my garden beds. So I have been productive in more ways then one; Thanks for looking.
  5. 7 points
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  7. 7 points
    Sigh..........if only it was curly QSWO. How you been Spanky?
  8. 7 points
    Proud to see the company I retired from pitching in. For some reason the link would not import, so here's a screenshot.
  9. 6 points
    I havent updated this in a while, but much progress has been made due to being shutdown. I am fortunate in the fact that I can work from home, counting my lucky stars on that. With no commute and no where to go, shop time has increased significantly. Leg vise has been fitted, tested and completed Base is complete. Laid out mortise locations for the slabs yesterday and hope to cut those this afternoon.
  10. 6 points
    I will say.....this whole thing has me reading a heck of a lot more online content, especially Facebook. This came up on my FB feed, and I'm still laughing - Morgan Freeman, narrating....
  11. 6 points
    Getting ready to make a TP run to Walmart... JK. Still sanding..... 80 grit is my baseline for final shaping of the piece. I find the pencil scribble to be invaluable for ensuring all the surface is covered. Like you guys didn't already know that. I left one little knot in the pedestal, just for character. Unfortunately, the branch stub had fallen out. How do you like my 'glue and sawdust' recreation? Used both oak and walnut dist to get the effect. Now for the really satisfying part. Chemical coloring of the cherry is so quick and dramatic, it blows my mind. The colorant of choice ... The raw cherry, sanded to 120 grit. And immediately after wiping on the Drano: The color continues to darken as the water in the mix evaporates away. I start this after the 120 grit sanding, for two reasons. 1. The water raises the grain, so I like to start a couple grits below final, and ... 2. Following this process gives me about three applications to ensure even coverage, and soak the color in quite deeply. By the final sanding, no color is removed at all. I am going to try this 'lye' on the next red oak project I make, as my tests on scrap pieces yielded a very pleasing caramel color, almost a root-beer brown. Take appropriate precautions when working with corrosive chemicals. Chemical-appropriate gloves and protective eyewear at minimum. A face shield, and chemical smock or apron and sleeves are a good idea. I have tested the effects on cloth, and a small spill isn't going to make you spontaneously combust, but I wouldn't want this stuff on my skin, and especially not in my eyes. Keep clean water handy for a quick wash if it does splash or spill on you.
  12. 6 points
    Wasn't it Sir Elton John that said, "I'm still sandin', yeah, yeah, yeah!" ? That's about all I've done today, slowly working the inside of the ring and the outside of the pedestal into somewhat matching shapes. The cone is slightly 'not round', so the fit is fussy. At least it slids down far enough to cover any gap made when the feet are adjusted: But it is still snug. Since the grain runs opposite directions in the two parts, I worry the cone may expand and break the ring. I'll probably open it up more tomorrow, and line it with felt for expansion room. I forgot to snap a shot, but I took the hints from @Chestnut and @Mark J, adding 3 more leveling feet around the circle.
  13. 6 points
    In Tennessee we have 1,203 case’s as of today. The number one automaker here, has shut down the two plants in Tennessee. So my wife is here at the house, Spanky and I are trying to hide from her.
  14. 6 points
    Some people over here are saying "It's Mother Nature's way of sending all humans to their rooms to seriously think about what they have done to the planet"
  15. 6 points
    Yes, was certainly using a push stick, and a sacrificial one at that. This saw is a 3HP sawstop, and is tuned immaculately. I occasionally re-saw smaller pieces on the table saw by cutting about half way through, flipping, cutting about another half way through, and then finish with a hand saw to release the off cut. A bit of hand plane work and the piece is ready to go. This is a piece of molding, so I wanted a finer cut that I could have received at the band saw (plus I don't currently have a band saw). Due to the profile, flipping it over was not really an option. The piece was perfectly square, so this should have been an easy and safe operation. Some type of stress in the wood must have been released and cause it to pinch. It happened, of course, in a flash, so the lifting of the work piece could have been due to contact with the feather board while it was kicking back. But, of course, knowing the dangers of the tool is part of what experience provides. Knowing this operation could be more risky than others, I used a trusted feather-board and was aware of the potential for kickback. There is no 100% safe operation, so being prepared is our best defense.
  16. 5 points
    I thought about getting a T-shirt that said STFAH, but then I thought that since I'm at home, no one would see it.
  17. 5 points
    It looks as though we in the UK will be isolating for at least 6 months. They are reviewing the situation every three weeks. We are just starting week 2 of the run. I work from home so am ok for salary and we are getting food delivered by the supermarkets. More importantly we got a big delivery of wine and beer today. So if the food diminishes we can still get our calories from a liquid intake
  18. 5 points
    Hi This is my first post here. Have been following the forum for years though. Hopefully my input can be helpful. I am teaching cabinetmakers and joiners in a danish school. The following is what I teach my students. What causes kickback when ripping thin stock is if the piece get pinched between the back of the blade and the fence. To avoid this, the solution is to pull back the fence so it only overlaps the sawblade by one fourth of the length of the sawblade: If the fence can´t be pulled back I would use a sacrificial fence. The shown one is not really a dedicated sacrificial fence but it would work: When doing the cutting use a push stick to hold the piece against the fence just in front of the blade: Or you could use a featherboard: By the way I agree that in most cases the bandsaw is a better choice for this operation.
  19. 5 points
  20. 5 points
    I figured his wife took his keypad away. I needed a couple more cans of Flex Seal and decided to go to Walmart so that I could get some items for my bride and also get another look at the bare tp shelves. Pasadena has always and still is a redneck city, John Travolta’s Urban Cowboy, chemical plants etc., so I was ready for anythIng. The parking lot was half full and I got out and strapped an 8’ 2x4 to my back to insure “social distancing “ and went inside only to find there was no need for the 2x. Much to my dismay, everyone was polite and respectful to others space. On those that didn’t have their face masks on, had a smile. I have a renewed respect for all mankind. If this will continue and carryover after we get past this crisis, we will have a bright and exciting future ahead of us. Good luck everyone.
  21. 4 points
    My two kids have yet to say that they are more worried about my 401k than me so, that’s a good thing.
  22. 4 points
    Bearing guided core box bit and a circle cutout. That or the circle jig like you mentioned. I'd cut it on the fullsized board before cutting in the profile detail that it shows.
  23. 4 points
    Five years ago I picked up a bunch of trays at a woodworker's estate sale. It was a cheap and useful way to organize things. But stacking them became inconvenient. Now they are becoming drawers. About half done now. But so much better.
  24. 4 points
    Went to the store early this morning. We’re rich!
  25. 4 points
    We do maintenance work for Calgary's largest homeless shelter. They are a top notch organization. I haven't been there for about a month, but got a call today to get some heat going in a temporary tent they have set up in the parking lot. It's to provide a warm place where they can take temperatures & do other tests before allowing clients into the building. Things are very tense there because a single infected person could spread the virus like wildfire. I was there twice today & both times there were 2 police vehicles, each with 2 officers just so they are close if something erupts. A couple of other vacant buildings have been set up for sleeping so they can keep up the distancing that is so vital.
  26. 4 points
    Been working from home since the 13th here. That was also the day that they shut down the school district til April 27th. Everything that everyone else has said is the same here in the Seattle Metro area. Normally I am a home body, but this crap is wearing on me. Not a lot of human interaction, just with wife and son. We have been in the market for a new puppy and figured this would be a good time since we will be home for the 6 weeks minimum. Starting to think that wasnt such a great idea. Wife and I split the schooling duties in order for us to keep working. School schedule does include an hour of woodshop. We are building him a toolbox, which started with a little bit of design work using Solidworks. Yesterday we did auto shop instead of woodworking. Found a smoking deal on a set of wheels and tires that I have been hunting for a while.
  27. 3 points
  28. 3 points
    I wasn't sure which forum to put it in. Saw is an old 070. You don't need a chain brake anyway, if you're not going to use the front handle.
  29. 3 points
    Coop the next time you come in, I want you to kick my butt for selling RIW a whole log of tiger hard maple.
  30. 3 points
    I just got this email from Nikon. I guess they are taking advantage of people being stuck at home and are opening up their learning courses for free. https://www.nikonevents.com/us/live/nikon-school-online/?&utm_source=MKT&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=FreeNSO-4-1-2020&utm_content=btn&utm_term=startnow&ET_CID=3269339&ET_RID=326549722&SC_ID=0032400000mK7W3AAK Could be useful to many just thought i'd throw it here.
  31. 3 points
    My cousin, who is an advanced ameteur photographer, lent me a Nikon D70 and some other equipment. Here's a picture of the setup and one of my "design studio".
  32. 3 points
    Thank you. I'm a self taught hobbiest who acquired a very nice shop over the last 40 plus years. When I retired I intended to make a little money building furniture and hardwood counter tops but I ended up building furniture at a very consistent loss for my family, friends and church. Oh well, it makes my wife accept some of my shortcomings. I like to build beds and tables but I've built tv consoles, counter tops, cabinets and lots of other stuff except I've never built a chair. My last couple of projects were a copy of The Railroad Barons bed built in walnut, a live edge walnut sofa table and three tables on pipe frames with casters for my church. I'm just starting a river table with glass insert from a cherry slab that is about 24" by 96" by 2 1/4". In my shop I have 54" (?) 5hp Jet cabinet table saw, 20" Powermatic planer, 8"Grizzly jointer, Delta bandsaw, 12" Dewalt compound miter, Jet drill press, 3 1/2 hp router table , 50"Woodmaster sander and 4 vac systems. I've also got a 16" jointer that was built in around 1860 that was originally water or steam powered that I haven't finished refurbishing.The tools are better than the woodworker. I'm slow but I still have all my fingers.
  33. 3 points
    Did a little more on the Ferrari today. Put a little heat in the shop, brushed some sawdust out of the way and prayed some red paint. A friend of mine says you can't spray in the shop because the dust is ionically charged to attract itself to the paint spray. I didn't buy it, and I think the results speak for themselves. I'm not a professional and maybe not that picky in some things, but this is a Ferrari and I am a tifosi from way back so this has to be decent, if not perfect.
  34. 3 points
    Looks too small for a typical "beam compass" type jig, so I vote for @Chestnut's idea of a circle cutout and a guide bushing. Or give me a couple days, I'll rig up something to do it with a tablesaw.....
  35. 3 points
  36. 3 points
    Use screws for the drawer runners. slot the holes in the runner itself, so the screws can move as the panel expands. For the top, you have two problems. The side panel will expand across its width, and the top will expand along its length, so you have opposing movements. I would use either shop-made 'buttons' or figure-8 fasteners along the front and back rails for attaching the top. I would attach the top to the end panels ONLY in the center, perhaps with an L-bracket having the screw hole for the top side elongated. You would be safer to make a top with grain running tge length, not the width. Truly, you may have little to worry about. Most of those strips appear to be oriented so the growth rings pass through the top, sort of a quarter-sawn arrangement. In that case, expansion and contraction along the length of the top panel will be minimal.
  37. 3 points
    Quarter sawn paper towels ain’t what it’s cut out to be, however, it’s better than the pages from S&R catalog.
  38. 3 points
    I’m sure glad I have a 14” bandsaw. But I think I need a taller fence? Maybe I should put in a 3/4” blade? I’m not getting much toilet paper out of these paper towel rolls, that’s all I know *shrug*
  39. 3 points
    Waiting for the day to warm up a bit so I don’t have to heat the shop too long, getting parts ready to paint “brilliant” gloss red. A fair amount of detail already in the cockpit area.
  40. 3 points
    So is the run on toilet paper. But humans are known for being odd.
  41. 2 points
    I have spent most of this work from home with an iPad on my porch. Even When it is cool, the fresh air is awesome for clear thought. It will be tough to go back to a school building in the fall.
  42. 2 points
    Build the step stool yourself. The Shakers have a simple but beautiful design. Ask Google, it'll take you there.
  43. 2 points
    Just got back from picking up a old, small Jet 1HP dust collector for $25. The woman left it out in her driveway so we could practice social distancing and was less then 7 miles from my house round trip. We may get together once this virus is over. Tomorrow my planer comes in. Now it's time to get a lot of work done so I can actually try out my tools tomorrow.
  44. 2 points
    One that you know of. There will be more.
  45. 2 points
    As I've been telling people I work with, this is a dynamic situation and subject to change from week to week. We don't know what we don't know, and that's a lot, it seems. Meanwhile, I discovered this little humorous take on it from the BRCC folks (no I'm not affiliated, just thought it was funny):
  46. 2 points
    It was supposed to be a droplet of water, but now I tell people it's honey (higher viscosity ). I didn't get the contours of the droplet quite the way I intended--it's only my second finial, so I'm cutting myself some slack. I also was a little off on the outer curve of the base component, and the droplet isn't dropped as far as I would have liked. Here are a couple of 3D drawings showing the goal, but if you excuse the pun, with a lathe things don't always turn out the way you were planning.
  47. 2 points
    Awesome! That had to be incredibly scary on the lathe!
  48. 2 points
    I have the 735 and have put a lot of board feet through it, and in five years still haven’t flipped the blades. I still get a great finish from it. I have a little Cutech 6” jointer that’s light enough to put on a lower shelf when I’m not using it. The planer has its own roll around so I don’t have to carry it anywhere. At 85# it’s not a toy unless you like that kind of thing No personal experience with a combo tool. I’ve stayed away from them only because like an enduro motorcycle, they always compromise something and aren’t the best at any one thing. That’s not to insult the Hammer owners, as a high end tool like that is always going to be better, that’s just my personal perspective on things in general. Plus I can’t justify the expense of the high end tools much of the time (hand planes being one exception).
  49. 2 points
    Coop, would you believe that Spanky and I, are having to hid in a cave, because we are the one’s that have been hoarding Toilet Paper?
  50. 2 points
    I'm on day 7 of a 14 day self isolation period. I have not gone farther than the end of my driveway in 7 days. At first I was really restless, but now I'm more accustomed. Not a tonne to do, and since I can't get supplies, I am working on some scrap wood projects in my spare time. I have been working from home for a while since this started, and also doing some "home schooling" with my daughter as the schools here are closed until at least Easter. Friends have been dropping off food supplies to us, and we are in a "conservation" mindset to reduce our consumption. There have been a few "silver linings" I've notice in this disaster: 1) People don't actually need that much to get by. Sometimes "less is more" 2) Lots of quality family time, with evenings full of cards and board games 3) Massive reduction of pollution for many areas of the world 4) Being reminded not to take things for granted.