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  1. 9 points
    Hi everyone! I’m an older member who doesn’t post often, but here’s my latest finished piece:
  2. 5 points
  3. 4 points
    This is my little corner in my shop. All of the machines are out of the shot as I rarely use them. I make less mistakes and can catch them earlier if I do things by hand. I found one of my mistakes is letting my avocation become my vocation. My father told me this years ago. Didn't believe it at the time of doing woodworking for a business, but I understand it now as a hobby.
  4. 3 points
    Well thanks for the nudge, @drzaius. I had this written down in the "sucks to be me" column, but Jet is sending out another top. Turns out the center of the table is 8 thousadths higher than the leading and trailing edges on the slot side of the table (3 thousandths on the spine side). So new top is coming . Oh boy, I can't wait to have to clean off the cosmoline..
  5. 3 points
    I actually considered making it even crazier by flipping it, but decided the proportions were a bit off. I may use the idea in a later piece, though.
  6. 3 points
    A professional woodworker who was making drawer using tiger maple used to be criticized for using such expensive wood for them. His point of view was, it may cost 2X the price for the lumber but I managed to get 5X my highly rate because it looks more impressive. My personal issue with the live edge & epoxy river table, is the cost of epoxy. At 100$ / gallon, some of these tables are 100s of $ for epoxy (and most videos on youtube are sponsored by .....), But, they are using most of the time boards that would end up on the firewood pile... in some way it is a good used of a natural resource and creating employment for the resin maker. Going where the market is going, is a sure way to survive. As they teach in business school, you will not find that many saddle/buggy manufacturer anymore, there are some. One is a few hours away (in canada), many of the buggies used for military funeral in the us are theirs. Is there a market for them, yes, but very limited. Locally they interview an auctioneer about what is selling or not(city of 2M+), and most estate furniture do not sell anymore. Their size is an issue. Some condos now are less than 800 sq/ft (but still 300k$ and up), that fancy federal buffer will not make it. After being a weekend woodworker, I have learned to appreciate the work people put in their craft. Doing it for fun, I would not put 100s of resin in a table, but I understand some people may like it. It fits most likely in their overall decor. We personally had to furnish an apartment for a year, 4 hours away, while keeping our house. The plan, buy as little furniture as possible for the apartment, and at the same time, do not spend 100s in vehicle rental to move furniture away and back in a year. We bought cheaply made dresser, which retail for 300$ a piece,but were 2nd for 75$. Our theory, people are not buying heirloom furniture anymore, they want to replace them every few years, to stay with the latest trend (I called this the HGTV effect). Some of these dressers, were particle board cover-up with 'wall paper' for their finished look. The WW for mere moral: posted a video this weekend about what people are looking for in youtube vs what he is doing now. What he was interesting in doing vs what he needed to do on youtube to make a living (this video is being sponsored by XYZ...). This may interest you ... rustic furniture vs 'fine' woodworking vs what you want to do vs what you can do to $$$
  7. 3 points
    You’re one of the Ancient Ones ™ Its really remarkably stable. The legs spread out so that the top only really overhangs the footprint by about 1.5” on each side. No twist or wobble.
  8. 2 points
    Well you have to work within your space realities. Placing the grinder underneath is as good as it gets. Why not mount it to a board with stout handles so it would at least be easy to take out and set up. You probably know this, but I gotta mention that grinders produce a lot of nasty metal and stone dust. And you need freedom to swing your tools while still being able to watch the edge form. For sure give it a try, but I'm thinking that using a grinder tucked into a low shelf is not going to be a source of continuing happiness. Another tool storage option you might consider for longer tools is vertically orieted PVC tubes on the ends of your bench. You'd need another 3 or 4 inches of clearance where you park the lathe, though. I'm guessing you could put 4-6 tubes on an end and I'd tilt them 20* top toward the operator. That would also be a useful place to put the tools your working with.
  9. 2 points
    I now have wheels! I have all the plywood in the picture attached, so the basic structure is there. I bolted through the plywood and stand for anything load bearing, and the rest is screwed through the metal and into wood. The casters are awesome - the lathe moves in any direction, and it's very easy to push around. I'm not sure how to space out the drawers. There's about 44" between the stand uprights. I was going to put the grinder on the right side which needs at least 15", and the motor on the left needs at least 10". I was going to use 3/4" ply for the dividers, so I would be left with a maximum of 17 1/2", so the interior of any drawer would be about 15 1/2" max, likely less. Since the lathe chisels are over 16" long, that doesn't work. I'm contemplating doing one wide drawer at the bottom that would be around 24" inside. That should allow for the current lathe tools and possibly some future ones. But that means I can't go with the simple construction I was thinking.
  10. 2 points
    I was thinking more of bent wood like a drum table, but I like your idea better. I could see dove tail finger joints done on an angle to create a polygon. Then he could plane the whole thing down to round. It would really look like something. I don't know @Denette you'd better get started on this project before we complicate the design any further . Now see what you've been missing .
  11. 2 points
    Circular dovetails would be very, very interesting!
  12. 2 points
    @gee-dub, I think you shoud hire @Tom King to come out there and put up a replica 17th century log barn with split cypress shingles...
  13. 2 points
    Sweet! Interesting twist on the base design.
  14. 2 points
    So, if you're an older member, what does that make me But it's a very nice table. The only (unsolicited) critique I have is that it looks kinda top heavy. How stable is it?
  15. 2 points
    Or the 5 star reviews that say “I haven’t used it yet, but I’m sure it will be great!”
  16. 2 points
    Hi Jesse, and welcome. The general consensus here is that the current 'rustic' trend is just that, and that it never should have become a trend, and that it will hopefully go away soon. Personally, the rustic look has been poisoned by the innumerable wanna-be youtube 'woodworkers' who, in fact, know next to nothing about woodworking & turn out the worst quality of garbage in the name of getting more views. All that out of the way, I don't think there is anything wrong with using pallet wood or barn board to build shelves for the garage or storage room or garden shed. It gives material that would otherwise be tossed a second life, and it doesn't matter if it is ugly. The current live edge slab trend, which also seems to be waning. has almost ruined the genre. There is some beautiful live edge stuff out there, the work of George Nakashima being a premier example. But again, there is so many bad examples of it being churned out that 'live edge' is coming to be associated with 'yuck'. That's the end of my rant for now.
  17. 2 points
    Short update, only spent a little time in shop and have a busy weekend, so here's where I'm at. Finished shaping, sculpting all leg to seat joints. Sanded to 180 but I still have a few scratches to work out. also need to put plugs in and work those areas. Front leg area the tougher than the back area. Cannot be shy or hesitant, there is a lot of material to remove in the front leg to seat joint area; You can see here I have a little less width in the leg at the joint than above or below joint, I'll need to work on that; Also started rounding the underside of the front part of seat; Still need to work this area to make it look thinner; Flow to back legs look good, minimal work left here; Here you can see the side "wings" or extensions coming up from the seat and joint, want to make them flow and be mirror images of each other whether its side to side or top to bottom; So now I can glue on the arms and when I get back to this I'll be working this area; Finishing up the front legs took me 2 more hrs so I'm sitting at 27 total hrs. Believe it or not it may seem like I'm moving but there is a lot of work ahead of me still. Thanks for looking.
  18. 1 point
    It finally arrived. Can't start the assembly or mounting quite yet since the "how-to" video won't be ready for a few days but heare it is..... www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Twon+turbo+vise&&view=detail&mid=43C3402A31E80818FFD343C3402A31E80818FFD3&&FORM=VRDGAR I have never seen anything quite so well packaged as this. I will peel back a few layers for you...... This is the plexiglass face plate - The gears will be visible when ti's all assembled. Also the 2 screws. Remove the plate and pull out a couple of styrofoam plugs..... Remove the plastic bags fo parts and the back of the vise is visible. Now to get some maple 8/4 maple for the jaw. This is the smallest of his 3 vises - 16" from screw to screw. I figure that the jaw will be 18" long. Plan to mount it as a front vise. Should look something like this when its done. I may take a few pics along the way but the assembly process will be on line. Will definetly review that ease or dificulties of the build and what I think of the vise. LInk: www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Twon+turbo+vise&&view=detail&mid=43C3402A31E80818FFD343C3402A31E80818FFD3&&FORM=VRDGAR Stand-by.....................
  19. 1 point
    Sorry, I'm not buying their "multiple postings" BS. I never made another post until I got notice that my review was declined because "it didn't meet their site guidelines". So, once they declined one, I'd make another. There were no "multiple posts" I believe I got this note because of the public pressure combined with nasty letters from the BBB and the AG. The review is still not posted and I'm just not holding my breath!
  20. 1 point
    Some days you're the bug and some days you're the windshield.. Rough day in the shop for sure!
  21. 1 point
    So I cut the groove perfectly with my router and a spiral upcut bit. On the wrong side of the board. Ok so I cut a piece and put it in the groove as a patch, flipped the board over and started the cut on the other side. The bit came loose and cut all the way through the board. I’m done for the day.
  22. 1 point
    I appreciate you putting some thought into this. My total turning experience at this point is about 3 hours, so I'm sure whatever I do there will be some cursing about it later. The grinder is way less than ideal there, but I was thinking of making it easy to pull out and clamp to a higher surface. I'm aware of the mess from it, although I thought maybe using it enclosed would help contain it. Whatever I do will still be a lot better than what I have for it now. I've seen the PVC tool storage on some other stands. I might still do that, no matter what I do underneath. I do want a spot for them to be stored away, since I have frequent visits from my small daughters in the garage. My youngest especially has a knack for grabbing whatever is dangerous.
  23. 1 point
    Finally home from a long work road trip! Had some catching up to do! A few projects to get done that have been piling up! Only the bathroom vanity was done for YouTube.. 1. Table Lazy Susan and a cutting board for 2 different clients.. 2. A thread storage cabinet for my wife's quilting room 3. Bathroom Vanity for a client. 4. And, a floating picture frame for a family member..
  24. 1 point
    Wood is expensive, because it takes a lot of time. That Cypress Shingle roof you were talking about, with the fantail hips, cost about $100,000. That was mostly our time, but I can't afford our time. A lot of people think I can do work for myself for nothing, but if I'm working for myself for nothing, we're not making any money, and going backwards. It also needs to be pressure washed here, every 10 or 12 years, or lichens grow on it so thick that it ruins the roof, if it's under any trees. Metal itself is not the cheapest, but even the standing seam wraps something up really fast, if the roof is not too complicated. It's also maintenance free for probably over 50 years-guaranteed for 40 years. We did our 12 x 24 porch roof one afternoon, with standing seam. Actually, a couple of hours to get it on late one afternoon, and then another hour or so the next morning folding the edge.
  25. 1 point
    The flowing lines are amazing!
  26. 1 point
    Since the piece is sitting in your garage, you might consider aiming a fan at it, possibly with a door or window open.
  27. 1 point
    True, it is a minor detail and quite frankly in my past chairs I've left more of an end grain edge there than most people do. But my concern here is that the way the rocker sits, slightly tilted back, that edge is more visible and I'm concerned the dye may make this area darker. Even with that said i still will likely leave somewhat of an end grain edge and test the dye on a piece before I put it on the chair. Don't like the knife edge you see some people develop. Thanks as always for your kind words.
  28. 1 point
    We do a lot of slab tables for retaurants and there offices. There is a a lot of money on the purchase end as well as the selling end.....
  29. 1 point
    Another thought on routers. Think ahead to a track system. The track systems, such as Festool's, are most commonly used with track saws, which are themselves a wonderful invention. A router that can also ride the same track is very usefull for a long straight router run. So I would give some consideration to what track saw and track system I'd want to be in. Triton and Makita have track saws, but I'm not sure of Bosch and DeWalt.
  30. 1 point
    NIcwly done, I like it.
  31. 1 point
    A circular carcass on top of that base might look very modern. Be a lot harder to do, though.
  32. 1 point
    https://www.lowes.com/pd/Triton-Tools-2-25-HP-Variable-Speed-Plunge-Corded-Router/1000758334?cm_mmc=shp-_-c-_-prd-_-tol-_-google-_-pla-_-129-_-sosatg-powertools-_-1000758334-_-0&cm_mmc=src-_-c-_-prd-_-tol-_-google-_-tools-_-PLA_TOL_Tools_High+Priority-_--_-0-_-0&gclsrc=aw.ds&&gclid=CjwKCAiA5JnuBRA-EiwA-0ggPTqwZQMot1k-7hgQE71lSvrdmHYJMW0dMzK9q0gzR2hTq1DjYkakNRoCO38QAvD_BwE This is a little more but an exceptional tool.
  33. 1 point
    Nice table! @Denette , but where've you been?
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  35. 1 point
    I like the waterfall of grain that goes from the top to the sides. And nice dovetails
  36. 1 point
    Not to high Jack but to only take advantage of the situation, who is the oldest member on here? I’ll go first at 70 yo.
  37. 1 point
    I would imagine with the diagonal cross pieces that it very stable! Well done and like the design and the tight dt’s!
  38. 1 point
    Damn, if drzaius is ancient, then me and several others must be fossilized.
  39. 1 point
    I'll bite. Having dipped my toe into the 'online woodworker' as a possible income source, I wish you better luck. As for producing an e-book, my personal experience at building with 'slab' material could have been greatly improved with some valid information about ensuring thick stock is really dry, and planning for wood movement in a realistic manner. Thick slab stock exerts an amazing amount of force as it shrinks or swells. After my unpleasant experience, I learned that ancient stonecutters used dry wooden stakes driven into holes in the rock, then added water to split the stone. It is that powerful. I later noticed 2 features of many Nakashima designs that made sense with that knowledge. He used much thinner 'slabs' than we tend to see today, and most of his bookmatched slab table tops, although joined with butterfly keys, have an intentional gap down the middle. It is obvious to me now, that he realized the force of expanding wood.
  40. 1 point
    Hi and thanks for the comment. I hear you. Fortunately, I previously worked in a custom woodshop building doors, cabinets and architectural millwork for several years where we actually thought about wood movement and the like. I currently work in a rustic woodshop where not much thought goes into construction other than to add more screws or bolts. And I'm certainly had enough of the epoxy resin. I have had similar thoughts as you. There is even fake barnwood stuff at walmart and pine slabs at Lowes. But I do enjoy the aesthetic of live edge and barnwood. I agree with you about Nakashima, too. One thought I had with my e-book idea was how to properly build with slabs while accommodating for wood movement. Thanks again for the response Jesse
  41. 1 point
    Great job Bmac! Rounding the under side of the seat took me a long time on my stools. Getting them to match and then matching to the other two stools took me a long time. Now every morning when I walk by I realize nobody even sees them But if they ever look they are very nice
  42. 1 point
    When I built my router table this was one of my goals. I'm going to add handles to the tray of bits to make it removable. I found the little plastic inserts At woodline.com.
  43. 1 point
    I enjoyed the work. I wish I could have convinced the client not to stain. I would have liked it more.
  44. 1 point
    Still have plenty of work left. I need to make the deadman, create the gap stop, ease the edges, figure out a temporary bottom shelf, and apply some sort of finish. The gap between the slabs is larger than Marc's and my plan is to make the gapstop large enough in a way that tools can be stored there but that they will sit below the bench surface.
  45. 1 point
    I’d say it’s at least a few grand...
  46. 1 point
    How many times have I heard that? Kev, you have as much space in front of your Kapex as I have in my shop.
  47. 1 point
    Client dropped by and helped me stack the unit. They gave me an order for a matching desk! They must have liked it. The ladies present gave lots of oos and ahhhs. Orders are the equivalent of oxygen for me.
  48. 1 point
    I use old paint thinner by using it for the initial wash, then a wash with fresh thinner, then I work in a big blob of dish soap, rinsing well. It actually seems to get the last finish residue better than just using paint thinner alone. I collect the spent mineral spirits in an old thinner container. When it gets full, I take it to a recycling facility.
  49. 1 point
    Mineral spirits and a comb works. For paint & finish waste, I mix it with wood shavings and let it dry, then bag it for the trash. Our local landfill will accept most any type of finish as long as it has cured.
  50. 1 point
    I liked Marc's breadbox build very much. Alison liked most of it. We compromised and below is the result. Air-dried walnut with ambrosia maple door and drawer, with ebony pulls.