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  1. It doesn't rain often around here but when it does odd things sprout up.
    14 points
  2. Final inspection complete. The next phase begins: 2100
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  3. I have to share this news with you folks. In fact I think you get some of the credit for encouraging me. One of my pieces was chosen by the American Association of Woodturners for inclusion in the AAW's 2021 Member Exhibition, Finding the Center. I'm dumbfounded. I just had no expectation of being selected; I almost didn't enter. The piece they selected was "Offering", wip down to the bottom of the first page this journal to see some pictures: The exhibit is at the AAW gallery in Minneapolis and runs from Sept 5 to Dec 30, so I've got a while
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  4. for hand surgery. I had a locking thumb that was painful. The surgery was 2 hours ago and is already feeling better.I have flexibility already. But doc says no work until the stitches are out.
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  5. Attached the bottom tonight and took some final beauty shots. Wish I would have had more time to play with some additional inlay strips recommended by Scott Grove but can't risk mucking this one up so I will probably make another similar one to try that on. That's a wrap! Thanks for following along
    11 points
  6. Glue up went well Next up was to cut for some keys Then glued them in and trimmed them at the BS Then I fit the bottom that will screw in for access. That'll work And finally glued in the attachment points for the bottom before starting the finishing process. Last step will be to rub out the finish and take a couple beauty shots later this week.
    11 points
  7. Today I remade the box while still not perfect I can at least live with this one. 1 2 3 4 - you can see this one is still off, I should have changed my bandsaw blade to a new one but it will work. Next up I cut a dado for the inset top panel and hand fit it using a shooting board and #5 plane With that done I moved on to a bevel detail on the top and the bottom of each side. I clamped a quick zero clearance piece down to the router table to insure a smooth cut. The panels are square with about an 1/8" 45 bevel top and bottom. Th
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  8. @wtnhighlander, Funny you should say that. It rained (well, what we call rain anyway) the few days before the building was going up. Despite repeated warnings about the electrical trench one guy pulled in and stopped right on it. It had been back-filled and compacted but, none of that means squat compared to Mother Nature's compacting process. His buddy was waving him forward like crazy but, for some reason he just sat there and sank up to the axle. This meant the other trucks/trailers that arrived had to stop behind him. Parts had to be carried to the slab when there was road
    11 points
  9. Pretty much finished the scraper plane that I started a couple years ago. Some final sanding, touch up the blade, and add finish and it will be complete
    10 points
  10. Ok I lied I have to post one more pic...on my desk the top really pops! Apparently I need to read up on lighting for photos LOL
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  11. Inspection for roof decking tomorrow.
    10 points
  12. About 70 miles due east of Santa Monica. I'm taking advantage of the lull to seal saw joints and mark stud locations. I've done this floor and ceiling in other shops and the short time spent on the little marks pays back well later on.
    10 points
  13. Here is a door that I completed in December. It is a stave core door. The inside is popular and the outside is Wenge and maple. I also did all of the stained glass. The inlay is their cattle brands, because they live on a cattle ranch. The first one is without the side glass installed. Also there is a short time-lapse of the process.
    9 points
  14. Finished product! Decided since this was my first time solely using hand tools for sawing, flattening, dimensioning, jointing, etc I’d start off with something pretty easy like a cutting board. It’s nothing special, but was a nice little training exercise.
    9 points
  15. My Christmas gift finally arrived ... Veritas medium router plane, back-ordered 4 months.
    9 points
  16. This isn't likely to be an exciting thread as it'll just be standard cabinet build. Existing bathrooms and laundry room look like this. The new cabinets will be cherry, and I'm not a fan of the overlay design so all the doors and drawers will be inset. I have already made the lower cabinet carcass for the laundry room and 2 bathrroms. I have a deadline to make for the granite measurement so i have been steadily working on these. The laundry room above will be slightly modified. The cabinet will be shortened from the 6' that it is now to 4'. Where the sink currently i
    8 points
  17. Finished the external electrical boxes today but this was the highlight.
    8 points
  18. Finally getting a chance to use my new hand plane, and it appears to be working pretty well.
    8 points
  19. Ok...so I am not sure this is worthy of a Project Journal, but I have decided to try the WW kitchen helper for my first project and add a thread. If there is a better location to post this thread please let me know! I have watched the WW video a few times and have printed out all of my plans to get started. I have also been talked into doing a small doll bench for the niece so we will see how that goes. I started with 4/4 cherry for the kitchen helper and 4/4 poplar for the bench with target end dimensions of 3/4-inch. Not too worried as long as I get all of the parts dimensional
    8 points
  20. So we got our first package of bees today! Typically you can have packages of bees mailed to you, but this year it seems that all suppliers are doing pickup only. So, how do you mail or store bees? Bees need a gap of 3/16"-1/4" in order to fit through, so 1/8" mesh will safely contain the bees while allowing plenty of air. In the center of the box, there is a metal can full of sugar water with a few small holes in the bottom to feed the bees while in transit. Suspended next to the feeding can is a small wooden box called a queen cage. It has one mesh side, and a hole on each end. On
    8 points
  21. I don't normally post my videos on here out of respect but, thought you all might get some use out of these. This is my review on the Harvey MG-36 Miter Gauge as well as adding a 0 clearance fence to it.
    8 points
  22. I’ve been eyeing the festool vac sys for a few years now but I really couldn’t justify the cost for a new one. The full set cost more than what I paid for my used pm2k. I would check the used market and even set up a couple of alerts on my phone but after a couple of years I never really had high hopes. Well yesterday guess what shows up on CL. Nearly spilled my coffee trying to hit the reply button. Agreed to meet early the next day and frankly I was still not convinced I was going to get it. Been burned more than a few times by Craigslist posters who agree on a price and time to meet then
    8 points
  23. Cherry kids folding chairs, the dark one was made in 2017, lighter was done today, Watco oil is the finish, all are right it just gets darker with time and better I think
    8 points
  24. People have different thoughts on windows and I believe everyone is correct as it pertains to their shop. In my reality windows are an incredible waste of valuable wall space. This is compounded by the fact that where I live we have all the 'natural light' we can stand 340 days a year and I already know what it looks like outside . Call me a curmudgeon or a misanthrope but I go to the shop to isolate and immerse in the atmosphere of the shop. I enjoy being with people and I enjoy my shop time. The two rarely spill over into each other .
    8 points
  25. I started working on the front of the shelves today. Cut one shelf worth of squares. I used the same method as the previous rhombuses. The squares are 2 5/8 from diagonals and the edging is 1/8. Then, set up to cut the holly strips that go around the squares. Got the miters pretty close to where I can appreciate them and batch them out. Tomorrow will be another day of cutting squares, edging and waiting for my glue to arrive. On a side note. This is how I store veneer that is not in use but is in the way. I tape it to my plywood that I am not using anytime soon and stack it up against t
    8 points
  26. Tick, tick, tick . . .
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  27. Oh yeah this is starting to come together...
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  28. As you get older, that 50’ can quickly become 500’! That’s the reason you put in a backdoor.
    8 points
  29. I got permission to buy a new tool and the next morning it popped up on recon.
    8 points
  30. This morning, I spent some quiet time in contemplation, out on the river.
    7 points
  31. It's a shame they don't last long, in bloom. This is in front of the rental house. They're not quite at their peak, but I was down there, and might not remember to take a picture later. This is also before I've cleaned up the beach I reclaimed last year. There has to be over a thousand, and maybe even two.
    7 points
  32. My first Panto M &T. An amazing machine. The learning curve is steep here at the beginning. I imagine the curve will flatten in time. I intend to build a base unit when I can find the time. I ordered the plans. If you buy the all in package there is nothing else to buy.
    7 points
  33. I had the pleasure of a visit today from @Ronn W on his way back from woodworking school, great time, much wood talk, and a great lunch provided by my wife. Thanks for stopping by Ronn, always good to see you and talk wood stuff.
    7 points
  34. I was able to finish all of the fronts. The top is the first one that turned out to be the experimental one. You can see the difference it made. The original one was short about 3/4 from the new ones. I made a little different platen because the Holly was very slightly thicker than the ebony. I decided to tape on a very thin piece of foam. This allowed the ebony to be pushed into the glue that was around the ebony. Then taped and glued the fronts. I also finished gluing the bottoms of the shelves. Because the shelves are 3" thick, I needed
    7 points
  35. I never liked most glues for mdf. The medium tended to float and shift even while clamping it together. But this thick stuff sets up fast, the mdf doesn’t float away, and it doesn’t get sucked in like a sponge. A very suitable use for the thick stuff.
    7 points
  36. Floating shelf V2. I had an idea to just use a piece of angle. So i bought an 1/8" x 1" aluminum angle for $10. My idea is to cut a kerf in the back of the shelf and then relieve some wood to allow the shelf to sit flush with the wall. I used a tall fence on my table saw clamped the shelf in place and then cranked the blade up 4.5 turns of the hand wheel to get the height i wanted. I then used a forstner bit to relieve most of the material and cleaned up with a chisel and router plane. I put a small test piece of angle in the slot. In my tests i found that the shelf could suppo
    7 points
  37. About 10 years or so ago, I was fortunate enough to purchase a set of Kiyohisa slicks from the maker, Watanabe Kiyoe, through So Yamashita (Japan-Tool.com). These have been incredible chisels and a joy to use when building furniture. As much art as tool. Part of the motivation for this thread comes from the completion of the underbench cabinet. Here are the Kiyohisa slicks in a drawer (beginnings of fitting tools into the drawers) ... Of course, over the years, I wished I have been able to order a set of Kiyohisa oire nomi (bench chisels). Not only were these very expensive sev
    7 points
  38. Biden chipped in 1400 an I payed the rest for a Pantorouter. I got the one that will press my shirts. Seriously they have a deal of $1995 for everything. All accessories. And freight. It is promoted as limited time. $150 savings. I had to stipulate that I want the shipment delayed until arriving April 10. I have a hand surgery for a locking thumb on March 31. If the box shows up early I may not behave and hurt my hand. Joe has an invitation to use the tool anytime.
    7 points
  39. Well after I had everything together I didn't like some aspects like small gaps and such. So I spent some time fixing up the errors and making a jig so hopefully the next go around goes a little smoother. You probably can't tell from the pictures but it is a lot better.
    7 points
  40. I forgot the 2 best pictures.
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  41. Pretty cool, but they weren't willing to trade a chair for a puppy.
    7 points
  42. These 2 were waiting for me when I got home. Now I just to find my bearing puller
    7 points
  43. Shipping and packaging: Super, not a complaint at all. Eleven days from order to it sitting in my garage. Make sure you get yourself a new roll of paper towels as they are very liberal with the grease. For obvious reasons, that’s fine with me. Unpacking and setup was straight forward. Instructions were good. Lots of grease needed to be removed before power up so as to not spread it around anymore than it already was. Did a quick check on the mechanics, aligned the blade and guides then turned it on. It powered right up. Everything seems well balanced as there is no noticeable excessive vi
    6 points
  44. Exactly the opposite of humans.
    6 points
  45. Trying out something. I've read and seen alton brown use a hot plate and cardboard box for a smoker so i figured I'd try it out. The nice part about his method is he uses sawdust to get smoke. I have a LOT of sawdust. Inside the card board box is a hot plate with a sawdust filled cast iron pan. Dowels go through the cardboard box to suspend the food. I'm smoking a chuck roast to make some shreaded beef sandwiches. Sawdust is a mix of walnut and cherry for a good heavy smoke flavor. From my research walnut is similar to misquite but a bit heavier and stronger so it's suges
    6 points
  46. Normally these would come in the mail, but with all the issues with that lately, everyone is doing local pickup only. Approx 10,000 bees (3 pounds).
    6 points
  47. We get our first package of bees today so I’m scrambling to be ready. All hive boxes are built and last night I painted them. Most frames are ready, but I have to install the wax foundation in one more set. All of these parts will make two separate hives, so technically I’m ready for our first package. But, our chickens are supposed to hatch on the same day that I’m picking up thw bees so I won’t be getting any less busy. Hope to update my bees thread soon.
    6 points
  48. I changed the faces on the bottom drawers. The previous was blotchy on the finish so I changed it. Much better. I was delayed doing this because my planer went down. Up and running better than ever. Now waiting for the prep work in the bathroom to be done so I can install.
    6 points
  49. Waiting for final inspection . . . Facing the house. Vehicle loading. Back.
    6 points