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  1. 11 points
    With the recent completion of the Guild miter station build, I'm stoked about the organization, cleanliness and general productivity of my shop. I sent emails out to my favorite woodworking companies - those with whom I've spent a good deal of money patronizing over the years. A small handful sent back meaningful (not from automated systems) replies. This post is a shout out to Whiteside - who graciously sent me a banner to hang in my new shop and a T-shirt in my size. Whiteside makes absolutely fantastic router bits and I was really pleased to see them so responsive to the me / part of the microcosm that uses their products. General comments on the Guild build This is my first time making actual cabinets and it was a huge confidence builder. I will definitely be doing more. I deleted part of the original plans as I had limited space. Still worked out really nicely. Took 5 sheets of plywood if you're trying to accomplish something similar. I used the table saw entirely to make the cabinet doors and would encourage all to do so - the method employed in the Guild build uses the Domino leaves "gaps" in the doors - the table saw method is easy and leaves no gaps. I left space between the signs, cabinets, etc for a set of upper cabinets to be built soon. Everything was finished with satin Arm-R-Seal Other than that, AMA (ask me anything)
  2. 8 points
    A couple of weeks ago I took advantage of a Black Friday sale and purchased a Nova Voyager drill press for a great discount. This replaced a Taiwanese model I had for 25 years. Yeah, I know this machine is OTT, but it is an amazing tool. For those who are not familiar with the Voyager, it is a computerised, variable speed drill press with a 2 hp direct drive motor (240v). I have already used it to determine the ideal speed for a selection of forstner bits, and then drill to a preset depth, and stop automatically at that depth. Putting it together was .. uh ... a little scary. The motor section is extremely heavy, and I was concerned that I would drop it in my usual clumsy fashion. Anyway, it was put together without mishap. A Nova fence was one of the freebees thrown in ... Nova recommend that one not use a mobile base, however I need to do so since my machines occupy one side of a double garage, and some machines need to be mobile. The drill press is one. The ideal mobile base is as low to the floor as possible. A low centre of gravity is more stable, but also you do not want to raise the drill press up too much as the controls and computer screen may be moved out of your comfort zone. Steel mobile base on lockable wheels ... This post is more about the table I built for the drill press. Some may be able to use the ideas here. Most of the ideas are old hat, but there are a couple of novel ideas. My old drill press used nothing more exciting than a piece of plywood over the cast iron table. Somehow it was sufficient, although the work holding sucked ... and this is what I wanted to address here. Plus, the sacrificial board became chewed up and useless very quickly, and I had an idea to improve on this. I was not crazy about the cast iron table as a work surface. For a top I found in my local salvage yard a 18" x 25" UHMW slab 30mm (1-1/4") thick. This is about as perfect a table top as one could get - it is very resistant to damage, and yet will not damage wood placed on it. It planes without any tearout The first task was to dado in aluminium tracks for the fence and hold downs, and then to create a circular mortice for a sacrificial section ... Using a power router to waste UHMW is an interesting experience - lots of plastic string everywhere, and dust control was not working well. The circular recess was time consuming and finicky. The template began as a 2" forstner cut hole. This was then progressively widened to 4" using a rebate and a flush cut bit in the router table. Finally, the template was used with a pattern cutter to create the circular recess, above. The circular sacrificial disks are 1/2" thick MDF. I found it quicker to saw them fractionally oversize on the bandsaw, and then turn them on the lathe ... Here now is the basic table ... There is a cut out at the rear for the winder ... Now why did I choose a circular sacrificial section? I have seen many drill press tables using square sections. I cannot recall seeing any with round disks (unless it was dedicated to a sander, but that is not the same thing). The drill bit is not centred on the square. Instead, it is moved to the rear of the square. That way one can rotate the disk four times after it becomes holed. My objection to this design was that one only obtained four points, and as soon as one section became holed, it could no longer back up the drill. Now a circular disk, on the other hand, has an infinite number of positions (infinite until the circle is completed). Just rotate as much as you need. More work to make, but better in the long run. Here is the finished table ... The Nova fence came with those twisty levers. They are useless ... difficult to achieve the ideal tautness and hard to get to behind the fence. I replaced them with the long knobs. These needed to be cut down by 3/4" to avoid fowling the downfeed handles. The tracks not only hold the fence, but also Incra hold downs ... ... and even the Micro Jig clamps for taller boards ... I hope there is something you can use. Regards from Perth Derek
  3. 8 points
    This is goign to be a longer post. Hopefully not text but mostly images. I cut out and cleaned up the stretcher exactly the same way I did the legs. There was more alternating grain on this piece so there is some tear-out on the bottom side that I didn't want to chase for fear that it'd cause the strait line on the bottom to look bent slightly. Next was clean up the legs. I routed a chamfer around the entire piece which had some portions that the bit couldn't quite reach. I handled those with a chisel. Due to using a chisel there was some backward grain that gave me issues. Below shows the area i couldn't reach with the router. I developed a technique that i want to share. Because of the reversed grain tearout with the chisle was bad. To combat this I used the chisel to sever the long grains with the aim to reduce the tear out. I found holding the chisel at an angle to match the 45 degreee and doing paring slices close together worked well. The angle was a compound angle seen below. in the short 1/2" i made probably 10 slices. I then angled the chisel just right to get the 45 degree chamfer to the face. The stroke was not along the edge but close to a slice cut where i moved the chisel strait up and down in the picture above not diagonally. After a couple clean up strokes and a bit of fiddling I got decent results. I did the same technique on the other side. The above is a fairly close picture so it doesn't look perfect but after a step back it looks really good in my biased opinion. After sanding it looks even better. It took me about 5 practice tries to get some what decent at this. I'll include a picture of my first attempt. It didn't turn out well. Luckily that is on the inside bottom so it'll be covered by the stretcher shoulder mostly. Following leg cleanup was gettting the tapes cut on the bench legs. I made 1 leg the way i wanted it and used it as a template to mark out all the other legs. Used the bandsaw to cut the tapers. The pile of off cuts can be seen on the floor to the left. They make good shims but my shim stack is full so these went to the garbage. The rough bandsaw cuts were cleaned on the jointer first, then will be followed by a smoothing plane after joinery is cut. Below are the legs standing next to something strait so you can see the subtle angles. All of the legs came out pretty close to the same. I took a picture with some raking light to highlight any differences. All in all they are more than close enough that no one will be able to spot the difference short of using a ruler.
  4. 7 points
    I copied this design offered many times on the web. I made this from left over materials. The sides and bottom are q sawn ply. Face is solid q oak. The cubbies on back left and right is cherry ply faced with solid cherry. And the top is the few sappy boards in a load of cherry I bought 2 years ago. The cherry had been well stored for a long time. Maybe 40 years. Part of an estate sale. In the rough there were twists, bows, and cupping. Normal rough distortions. I think the long term storage has made the boards more tame. I think the memory to revert is completely gone. Because the board I picked was loaded with sap and allowed just one face. So I could not reverse the rings in the glue up. But I felt it did not matter with this calm cherry. No wheels. I installed high density very slippery plastic on the bottom. I expect the need to move the cabinet if lowering the table was required will be rare. But if needed is should be easy to slide it on the plastic. This time the shoemakers children did not go barefoot! PS the drawer faces are 3/4 cherry ply.
  5. 5 points
    I realized i never posed the final pictures with finish applied. I guess I was hoping I'd get the tail vise and twin turbo vise installed but that isn't going to happen for a while. The poor empty end cap for the tail vise. Hopefully someday soon i'll fill this with hardware but it's not a priority. The gap stop had some awesome pitch pockets in it that left an awesome effect. I'll never get seen wedged between the 2 slabs but i guess it's comforting to know it's there. The back face of the bench had some nice figure in the grain. It makes a nice effect walking by the bench. I made sure to put the 2 flashy faces to the front and back as i have access to all 4 sides of the bench. The 2 stars of the show. The leg vise and the sliding deadman. I went with the live edge theme for the deadman which i give credit to @bleedinblue for giving me the idea. Thanks I like it. For the live edge of the walnut deadman I did an edge treatment that I first saw Matt Cremona do on JR's bed. I really liked the effect because it reminded me of bocotte. Last touches are holes in the deadman, which I'll drill as needed. and hold fast holes in the top. Also will drill as needed. Since taking these pictures i have drilled 2 holes in the top for my pane stop from my previous bench. So not 100% done year but for all intents and purposes this is substantially complete. I've been using the leg vise on the Dining Table build for my sister and i have to say it's a real luxury. It's no better than my budget twin screw but it's a lot faster and easier to use. Ok maybe it does hold a bit better but only because i can get more leverage and i never managed to get the budget twin screw jaws to stay parallel.
  6. 3 points
    I think you should get @RichardA to drive a semi load of your wood on tour around the country so we could all have a crack at it
  7. 3 points
    I’m always trying to find new ways to do things wrong After doing things wrong often enough I eventually learn how not to do it wrong any more! Sometimes I even figure out how to do it better *shrug*
  8. 3 points
    B1rdhunter, I cut that special log today, I’m sure the Houston Boy don’t have any. Spalted Blackgum.......
  9. 3 points
    Okay, in a previous existence I was closely associated with a state taxing authority. Hopefully everyone doing this reads this. Despite some very misinformed opinions the states are getting massively better at detecting tax evasion. In a majority of states they are now using a very, very good software package called AllTax by Fast Enterprises. Old local built tax applications are ancient history, and with them their major inadequacies. In the 2000 we exchanged data with the IRS once a quarter, via magnetic tape. By 2008 the tape had morphed into a nightly file transfer. Depending on which options you chose with AllTax the data exchange is now instantaneous and constant. So the states see what the Feds see, and depending on state regulations it goes both ways. And the Feds have all the resources they want to go looking. States have entire teams of employees that spend all day looking for non-filers, including using Google to do it. I know they look for construction companies and compare their web statements with their annual returns. Same with home lodging like B&Bs, and I imagine now with AirB&B. When I left gov employment and went to furniture school I lived in a loft above the main residence. I booked it via the web. The owner told me a story of how the state showed up one day and asked him how the website showed No Vacancy, but his return showed no rental income. A settlement with penalties followed. I assume if a Deputy AG showed up at the door of AirB&B with a subpoena for transaction records your privacy would be the last thing AirB&B would be concerned with. I don't know for sure, but I think the principle probably applies to Paypal, et al. Low level stuff, especially cash, probably misses detection, for now. But if you are making a living at this, they will find you. Figure they routinely ask waiters why their tip income seems inconsistent with their hours and the restaurant's turnover. They do it all day, every day, and they work systematically at improving. And every year they all get together at a big conference and share what they're doing.
  10. 2 points
    I have a habit of layoing out my proejct pieces on paper on outlines of boards and then buying only what I absolutely need for the project. OK I am cheap. And I have gotten away with it up until now. I post this because I should have known better and maybe some one can learn from my mistake. I bought an 8 foot long piece of 8/4 walnut 5 1/2" wide for the 8 legs of my desk. Each leg needed to be 1 1/2" x 1/ 1/4" x 37" long final dimensions. The 8" was long enough for 2 rows of 4 legs each . The piece I bought was just wide enough to rip 4 legs out of the board. I planed the board to 1 1/2" and then proceeded to rip 1 1/4" wide pieces. They have to be very straight for the drawers to fit properly and there are no horizontal rails to hold (force) the legs into postion relative to each other. See my post about suggestions/ comments under General woodworking. About half of the board decided to relieve stress as I ripped and 3 of the legs have a good 1/16" to 1/8" bow. To mill out a 1/8" bow the thickness will be reduced by 1/4". Useless unless I change my design. That was an $80 board shot to hell. So the lesson is......don't try to be cheap. Buy the board wider and thickener than you need. MIll and rip to about 1/4" oversized, maybe let them sit a day or 2, and then mill and cut to final dimension and send me the $100 that you will save for a larger board. Address availlabe on request. OK, now you can all rub my nose in it.
  11. 2 points
    Get some crubber from Benchcrafted and glue to both faces of the vice and you will be amazed at how much better is will hold something and with less torque. Really worth the few bucks. The bench does look nice, what did you end up using for finish?
  12. 2 points
    Ross, watch what you say on here. I understand that there is a lifetime exemption of $11.4 million before tax kicks in. May want to keep tabs on how much you gift!
  13. 2 points
    Trouble is that there are so many more way to do something wrong than to do something right.
  14. 2 points
    That's why I build stuff and give it away. Tax THAT, Mr. IRS!
  15. 2 points
    Here is a better shot.With the knobs. $1.08 ea. at Home depot. I like the idea of having floor space storage and not need any square feet to have it. Just re-using or sharing the same space with the drill press.
  16. 2 points
    I always make sure to wax all my jigs as well as my router base regularly. It makes a large difference and helps keep accuracy up.
  17. 2 points
    I bet consensus will say that we’ve all been there, it just took you longer than the rest of us. And now, if you’re like me, you’ll keep those mistakes in hope to use them someday.
  18. 1 point
    Got it behind you and you can milk it for as long as you like! Honey, will you get me a bowl of ice cream, etc. A quick recovery to ya bud!
  19. 1 point
    Some overhang can be nice when assembling cases that have three sides.
  20. 1 point
    Well, if I can get my hands on some you’ll get a bowl out of it.
  21. 1 point
    Years ago there was a used car salesman by the name of Art Grindle here in Houston that got his fame from loud tv commercials and from jumping up and down on his cars. Sold the crap out of them. Rickey, take away the white shirt and tie and replace them with overalls and ........ No, you’re too laid back and easy going. Better stay in the mountains and make your fortune off us woodworkers!
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  24. 1 point
    I didn't mean to be augmentative, i just don't want you to think i foolishly wasted good material on a workbench. While I kind of maybe did a little bit, for the most part I used iffy material.
  25. 1 point
    Okay, I'll restate, the boards I see have great figure, your bench is veneered with the pretty stuff. Great job with the bench by the way.
  26. 1 point
    I must admit i have the crubber pieces sitting in my shop near my bench i just need to install them. The hold even without them is dang good though. I used wipe on poly, for 1 reason. When i need to apply a little bit to something i made on the lathe i can wipe the extra finish on the bench top. I already have like 6 coats on the top. I do most of my finishing as the last thing for the night so constantly adding finish to the top doesn't inconvenience me. This was not pretty character, it was loose knots and ugly torn up wane. There were some nice pieces in the batch that were what you describe and never made it into the bench. Oh i should say it was just the 1 board for the front and back that looked nice. All the junky stuff is trapped in the middle never to be seen again..
  27. 1 point
    It has pretty good looking figure, that's all I was getting at. I think I get some of my prettiest cherry from cherry logs that are not the straightest or cleanest. When it's dried it may have wane sapwood, but it has character.
  28. 1 point
    That turned out great Drew!!
  29. 1 point
    Believe it or not, both the IRS and state revenue love you Dave. At the state we very much wanted to see guys like you survive and thrive. America Can spell Entrepreneur. I did some contracting in IT after retirement, and did the whole business registration thing. At the time (decades ago)The Feds routinely did a no cost half day class on the whole process, and how to stay out of trouble. The earliest political struggles in the US were over taxes (the Whiskey Rebellion). But the attitude in the government is to not let the slackers have a cost advantage over the compliant. Government is Not Supposed to Be More Efficient, It is Required to be Equitable. The concept is EQUAL PROTECTION BEFORE THE LAW. Our enforcement guys were badged and packing, POST certified law enforcers. They had to be, some people just are not going to pay, and when they get caught sometimes have a violent reaction. States, by the way, kick the Feds' ass. They always showed up at property seizures to find our padlocks on the door and us already there and gone, they never sorted out our business day started 3 hours before theirs. Most of the established business failures are related to external events. The firm is doing okay until something non-business happens, usually someone gets sick. Then payroll taxes, etc. get used for expenses. It was never our goal to finish it off. We had specialists in working things out. A failed business is not a desired outcome, but by the time the settlement conference happens things are usually pretty well gone. Personally, having been down that road, I think the posters here have it inverted. They need to put the business organization before the wood working. Instead of how do I sell my ____ or get money to pay for toys they should be reading books and going to seminars on constructing a business plan. Fill in those boxes, and the rest happens. Locally our public library district runs monthly classes on business startup. Lots of resources out there. The best rule I ever heard on business in general: All you need to be in business is a customer. Everything else can be purchased. If you don't have a customer, all you have is a hobby. I did my consulting phase via pull. It was a pre-exisiting relationship. They wanted my service, I knew what they needed, they came to me. When the project ended my business ended. I might have gone prospecting for another customer, but there are just too many fun things in the world. I have seen a goodly number of small healthy consulting practices with just one client. Yes, diversification can be good, but what does it cost?
  30. 1 point
    Some initial thoughts on the woodpecker drill press table. I like the insert. Finger holes are convenient. There are 4 screws under for levelers. I may change the screws to a bigger diameter. Not enough resistance. 1/2" mdf is recommended by woodpecker. I like the idea but I have none. So I used 1/2" ply. I ripped a piece around 2 ft. long slightly wider than needed. Once I found the perfect dimension on the table saw I was set. Using the same set up I cross cut for a perfect fit. With the set up I cut several. I have not used the fence or the hold downs but they look adequate. The metal rails are bolted from below. Important as the hold downs are attached to the rails. If it was screwed instead of bolted the hold downs could pull it up.
  31. 1 point
    Disclaimer: I am not a CPA or tax specialist Three years ago when I began my at home woodworking after years and years of working for the man my CPA told me to make a decision - hobby or business. He said "if you tell me it's a hobby I can't help you with expenses but you'll still need to report income. If we're calling it a business then expense everything you deem applicable. The caveat is that you'll have three years in which to turn a profit or at least break even." After that the IRS will not allow us to call it a business and I stand the chance of being audited and forced to redo the previous tax returns reflecting zero expenses, showing this as a hobby, and paying the taxes owed plus penalties and interest. The first year was very easy - I started mid-year and built the CNC so no profit. The second year I secured local contracts and clientele and opened our Etsy shop late in the year, almost broke even. This third year has been a banner year and we'll definitely show profit. I don't think you can show expenses for hobby woodworking at home any more than someone who fishes or hunts can write off their boats, guns, lures, ammo, travel, etc., even if you sell the fish you catch or the meat from your hunt. It's a hobby and that's where you choose to spend your money but that's all it is - a hobby. David
  32. 1 point
    Just chant, “Size Doesn’t Matter”, “Size Doesn’t Matter”!
  33. 1 point
    Please do. They won't name a street or a disease after me. So I'll take what I can get. So, since the legs were maybe scrap anyway, I took the piece with the worst bow and milled it staight taking off as little a possible and milled the rest to match. Ended up 1 1/16 x 1 7/16 instead of 1 1/4 x 1 1/2. Decided I could live with that. I am not happy about it but the pain will disappear with time.
  34. 1 point
    I wouldn't say doing it wrong. I routinely forget to wax my hand planes and then when i remember i fly across the room because it cuts that much easier.
  35. 1 point
    Looks great. The cubbies on the sides sure come in handy.
  36. 1 point
    Looks better than anything I have in a shop!
  37. 1 point
    Works for me. I like it.
  38. 1 point
    Not so. I know because you share your work here. I like your work. You don't want this work in your house. There is no finish other than the top and face. And it was quick. The drawers are not dialed in but work. Cherry ply face and no edge work. Also I got lucky on a good picture. This is built for shop life. I say it is a nice cabinet and drill press accessory. Not ready for prime time in the living room. A good tool that should last. My only purchase was $18 for the drawer slides and $3 and change on the pulls. Fringe benefit of being a woodworker.
  39. 1 point
    I’m still on a high from this! Put a Christmas bow on it and I’ll be able to sleep!
  40. 1 point
    Any time I have ever tried to save money building anything, it has always come back to bite me.
  41. 1 point
    Definitely been there. I find there are areas to be stingy and areas to spend a little more to assure success.
  42. 1 point
    B1rdhunter, do you have a young nurse helping you with the walking?
  43. 1 point
    Thé partitions are alder and sapele, just jointed and glued Some 3/4” material together. Ran them through the “real” bandsaw to resaw a little thicker than the 1/4” final thickness, then ran it through the planer to the finished thickness of 1/4”. You can see the feet in the upper left corner of this picture. They’re color-coded, and will be mitered and splined for final assembly, which I’ll do when I’m closer to needing them. The planer took a chunk out of the end of one board. That’s by not paying attention to grain direction, which is more important on thin stuff than any other time.
  44. 1 point
    Thank you. The finishing class gave me some information. But the class covered so many materials and methods that it did not delvee deep enough into any of them. Since the class I have been researching, practicing and actually took one local shellac class. I think that I have a pretty good handle on the process now. The only part of french polishing that I have not done is the first step using pumice to fill in the grain. Does not work well with the burl veneer. Have fun playing with the veneer.
  45. 1 point
    I'm sure they would move to let you at the tree.
  46. 1 point
    Yes, I have tried every method, including drilling out the waste. Working very hard woods drives one to try it all .. Drilling, then splitting out the waste. Cleaned up .. End of my bench ... Regards from Perth Derek
  47. 1 point
    I can see where this would be a safety issue.
  48. 1 point
    Sorry for the delay. Been one of those days... Here's the link to the video I shot this morning about adjusting the Boggs spokeshave.
  49. 1 point
    And his website is worth the time to read!
  50. 0 points
    I am home in bed wondering why anybody would replace both knees at the same time.