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  1. 16 points
    A fun project for my Grandson.
  2. 11 points
    As I get older, I find my hands seem to disagree with what I want to do. They shake! Not a lot, but enough to, in some cases be nerve racking, and even at times a tad dangerous to my fingers. I have been using a chunk of scrap plywood with two pieces screwed at 45* to the table to cut splines for picture frames, boxes and any joint that brings end grain to end grain. Shaky hands do not offer a good solution to a quick made jig that by itself is shaky to begin with. No, my shaky hands and the shaky jig don't counter each other and make the movement solid. It exacerbates it, and makes it twice or more worse. You can guess that it was driving me to drink, and scaring the hell out of me from time to time. For those of you that don't know me, driving me to drink is a really short drive, closer to a walk, than a drive. I remembered, Dave, aka: treeslayer having made a jig for accurately cutting splines, but I couldn't find it in my search here. I did however remember a little about it. He had T-tracks to hold stops to control the placement of the piece to be splined, and it kept hands away from the saw blade. Which I definitively approve of, having lost a knuckle to a saw blade during a kick back. So, since I couldn't find Dave's, I proceeded to conjure up my own version. When mine was completed, I PM'ed Dave, and asked him about his. And I showed him mine. Great minds must really think alike, because when I saw his, they were so close in construction to each other, that my jaw dropped. Time for some Jack to toast great minds. Here's my version. Say what you will, I'm a big boy.
  3. 10 points
    This project was a long time coming for me. Planned and designed for five years. Most of that was you know.. learning how to do woodworking. Later I'll build a cabinet that goes under the desk, very similar to the under workbench cabinet from the guild. I want everything to be easily movable and not be a six month or more project. This took me about a month and a half. First project from wood I dried myself. Dried outside for about 18 months, 2 months in the garage. Then I cut into rough leg blanks, discovered they were still 13% or so in the middle. They sat in the garage like this from late November until mid-March. (security cam, obviously shop is super clean ha!) I tried to lay everything out the best I could with decent grain matching, labeled everything. I don't think I ended up sticking to the labels. Used loose mortise and tenon to join the legs. I don't have the Domino XL, so I made everything the old fashioned way. Loose tenons are 4" long, 2" wide and 1 1/8" thick. Tapered bottom and top parts of legs. Top, ended up choosing the two widest of what I thought were bookmatched sets. Each were 12' long, 14-18" wide, 2" thick. These had a lot of huge nails in them. Ruined 2 bandsaw blades slabbing them. And made it so I only got 3 full length slabs. The twist was pretty bad and ultimately the bottom never ended up truly flat as I stopped once I reached 1 3/8" thick minimum. So if you were to look closely you'd see issues, but I was able to live with it. Threw a profile on the front. The entire desk was sanded to 180, finished with Rubio Monocoat and a coat of Rubio maintenance oil, pretty much following Marc's method. I chose this finish because I wanted something easily repairable. I figured it would stay perfect for about 10 mins, maybe even less, as knowing me, I'd mess it up bringing it in. I gotta say, I don't like the finish near as much as Arm r Seal. Both in look and feel. Maybe I did it wrong, but it just didn't feel near as smooth. You can see from the pictures that I ended up not getting a real bookmatch. I think what happened is the log was cut into lets say.. 12 2" slabs. The middle slabs couldn't be 12' long because we had to chainsaw out a giant patch of nails. So I ended up with a slab from early in the cuts, and one from late in the cuts. Enough had changed that they were no longer real good match. Also I couldn't cut out the sap in the middle without losing width I wanted. Attached the legs with shop made clips. Also set spacing with a sorta ladder shaped thing I made that fit into each leg. Final product, still some cords that I need to clean up.
  4. 10 points
    Haven’t had a “date night” with my wife in a couple months since babysitters and other childcare options are out. Nothing says romance like being surrounded by power and hand tools, sawdust in the air, and lots of wood Had to move half the stuff in the garage to make space, but it’ll do.
  5. 10 points
    Finished the woodworking side of the card box. At some point it'll get a sprayed finish (probably brown) and w ill have cards written on it. Not to bad for my first hand cut dovetails.
  6. 10 points
    I had a request from @Mark K for more info & pics on the outfeed table I made for my table saw, so I thought I'd post it here for anyone who's interested. But firstly, please excuse the state of my shop. We are painting the interior of the house right now & the shop is the designated dumping ground/staging area. There are 2 sections, one for the saw, the other for the router table. Overall thickness is 2-3/8". When extended, I have 42" from the back of the blade, which is ample for most of what I do. If more is needed, I have an 18" auxiliary section that hooks onto the main outfeed. With just the main outfeed, I can put my full weight (about 200 lbs) on it with no danger of tipping. With the auxiliary added, there would be that danger, so there are 2 legs to support the far end of it. The tables are torsion boxes built of 12mm (1/2") Baltic birch with plastic laminate top & bottom. Extremely strong & rigid. If I built it again, I'd use 6mm & save a bunch of weight & a little money. There is a swing-away bracket that supports the main table & a pivoting block to hold up the router extension with the saw extension. Even with the whole thing supported by just the one bracket, it's very sturdy. The plywood box under the left extension table holds all my blades, brakes & saw specific tools. Attached to the right hand side of the router table cabinet is a plenum/damper that directs dust collection to either the saw or the router compartment. That's a 6" flex that runs from the outlet at the wall. The router fence & table saw guard are connected to an overhead duct by a short length of 2-1/2" flex. Dust collection for both is excellent. It was important for me to have the outfeed supported solely from the saw because the floor is not perfectly flat & the saw gets moved around a lot. I didn't want to have to mess around with height adjustments to get things lined up every time the saw was relocated. The saw & outfeed are frequently used as an assembly table, so I took care to make everything coplanar.
  7. 9 points
    When ya get old, things happen that as a younger man you'd never expect to happen to you. Mainly because when we're young we know we're gonna live forever. I got old. I had a monster back surgery a year ago and it's made my ability to walk properly kinda crappy. And being on my feet for more than 10 or 20 minutes, causes more back pain than I like to brag about. Anyhow. I got a cane from my insurance company. It helps, but it's to short even fully extended. And all the canes in Walmart are short as well. So I made one. It to turned out to be to short, so it became firewood. I made another from an Apple branch and a chunk of Cherry scrap. That works okay, but I feel as though it to, is just a little to short. Last week I started with a piece of Sassafras that was way to long. Thinking I have a saw or ten, I could cut it to fi. So I proceeded on design. I wanted something a tad different. And after several days of cutting, shaping with a rasp and sandpaper, I wound up with one to tall. But as I mentioned, I have a saw somewhere in the shop. I made a cut. Tried it. Made another cut , tried it to. Another cut, and Damn! It's just right. Here's the three, with the last one being to me, quite cool and easy to handle. Three legs are better than two nowadays for me. I think you can see the improvement.
  8. 9 points
    So frame and panel construction isn't the most exciting so i skipped some of the repetitive parts and skipped to the fun parts. Sides together and long rails cut brings us here. The stock for the horizontal dividers is sitting on top. I cut it to length accounting for 1.25" tenons and dovetails. After cutting to length I cut the shoulders on one end. This allowed me to dimension the exact location of the other shoulder from the project. The tenons aren't the exact same length as a result but it doesn't matter much if one is 1.2" and the other is 1.3". After the shoulders were cut i cut a dovetail onto the ends of the top divider. After a bit a chopping the tail was cleaned up and it was time to scribe the socket on top of the leg. I used a forstner bit to remove the waste and then diligently worked my way back to the scribe line with chisels. They aren't perfect but after working In i got a tight fit and it locks the legs together really well. The lower horizontal divider will have a twin tenon. I cut these at the bandsaw. The tenons are 3/8" with 1/4" in between and 1/8" on either side. I make sure to stay away from the baseline. After cutting the bulk at the bandsaw cleanup with a chisel to the baseline is pretty easy. Tenons first is a bit more tricky than mortise first but it makes layout somewhat easier in a way. I clamped a board to two faces of the leg and then scribed around the outside of the tenon. After scribing the lines, i removed the bulk of the waste with the drill press and chiseled to the lines. On the long grain portions i made sure that i kept the chisel as square to the face as I could as that is where the good glue connection comes from. Fit like a glove. With the horizontal dividers done now it's on to the vertical dividers.
  9. 8 points
    I found a way to organically control stink bugs in my tomato patch. I splinted and duct taped my portable shop vacs hose to my Festool’s hose to give extra length. I even caught several couple’s that were in the process of creating baby stink bugs. That had to be a rush for both parties! I then vacuumed a little Seven dust to give them a farewell party.
  10. 8 points
    This is my small garage shop. It is about 11" X 22" (1/2 of a 2 car garage). As you can see space is it at a premium. All of my benches and tools are mobile allowing me to move things around as needed. My 2 benches are from Harbor Freight that I have modified to fit my use. They all happen to be the same height as my table saw so they double as as an out feed table. The table saw has a shop vac under the wing that is on a auto switch. I also have a mobile shop vac cart with a cyclone I use with the router, band saw. My next project is an air filter cart that my spindle sander and drill press (next upgrade). It will house a 3 speed furnace blower and also give me more storage. Jeremy
  11. 8 points
    Hello everybody! My name is Adam. I'm 35 years old...not for long, as my 36th is fast approaching (May 25). I've been lingering in the background for a few weeks, but I'm finally getting around to introducing myself. I'm very much a beginner here, but I'm happy to say that my interest in woodworking has gone from a strange case of voyeurism to a player sport as of late. I live in a little bitty quiet town in Southern Virginia with no lines on the road or stop lights, and though I love this little bitty town and my little bitty place in it, life is far from anything like I thought it might be. I would love to say that I was just bored and decided to start back up on an old project I'd shelved long ago, but that's not the case. Somewhere in the past decade, I became completely disenchanted with life. Failed relationships, the untimely deaths of several of the most beloved people of my life, and a surprise seizure disorder cracked the otherwise happy and strong foundation on which I believed I existed. At the risk of oversharing but making a long story short(er), all I know to say here is that I must not have been the person I thought I was - those things wouldn't have had the profoundly disturbing effects they did if I had been. Without really realizing it, I was on a desperate hunt for a reason to get out of bed the next day when I stumbled upon my interest in woodwork. Over the course of the last year or so, I've gone from being a person who owned a drill but reserved it for someone else's use to having 4 batteries in obsessive rotation at all times. LOL (It's funny cuz it's true.) I share that to illustrate the strange shade of surprise this whole thing is colored with for me. If you've read this far, keep reading...I'm about to tie it all together. Around last November or so, I came across a good price on some 1x6x8 pine boards, and I bought 30 of them. I put them in the living room floor to create an obstacle; I had to adapt to this obstacle or change it's form. (And obstacle it was since I live in a singlewide mobile home!) Well, that was the idea, but to my surprise, my stubborn @$$ is like my father after all. It wasn't until I'd called up an old buddy of mine and told him to "come get this (insert various expletives here - I used them all!) load of wood out of my (repeat expletive insertion here) way before I kill some- (one more expletive insertion) body!" that I finally felt the urge to build. As I watched him go out the door with those boards (over and over again), I felt like I was betraying something or somebody...myself? the wood? Who knows. I made him leave me five, and after finally firing up the table saw I bought, it wasn't a week later I called that buddy up and asked him if he'd bring me back 5 more. LOL Now everything in my living room is covered in saw dust, and I've got a newfound zest for life. Okay, "zest" might be a strong word selection, but I do have a couple projects under my new tool belt and a little hope in my heart. So far, I've made a crosscut sled, a tracksaw-like jig thing, a floating shelf, and a stand that's attached to my porch to keep my garbage can upright and safe from the 4 legged residents of this sleepy little town. It's been a slow start, but I think I may have found the most unexpected love of my life in this craft. Thank you all so much for being here, for doing what you do, for loving it, for sharing it. It's not lost on me! This is especially important for someone like myself that is without a mentor of any sort, like I'm sure a lot of you are. For what it's worth, I went ahead and offered up the subscription fee...not because I couldn't stand the ads, but because it's the only readily available way to show my gratitude to the community. You are appreciated.
  12. 8 points
    The hall table for my niece was completed and delivered, but the wedding was postponed owing to Covid-19. Australia locked down early, and we have suffered less than other countries. I realised early on that I would have to change the way I ran my psychology practice, and began to research and gear up for Telehealth using video. I found this quite stressful as I intensely dislike using the telephone (and cannot avoid doing so through the day), fearing that video may have the same impersonal feel. It has been reassuring that it has turned out quite a decent experience, and it will usher in changes in the future for consultations. Distance and mobility may become barriers of the past. Still, the past 6 weeks have been exhausting. Working in front of a screen is intense. I've probably put in 15 hour days owing to the extra admin needed. What has this got to do with woodworking? Well, I really haven't made it into the workshop until about two weekends ago. It is a refuge from the stresses of the world, and I can chill out just tinkering. I managed to tune up all my machines. Do you know that bicycle lights are the best lights for drill presses and bandsaws? Got a couple of them. Attached a spare Wixey to the bandsaw. Love it! Made a rack for router bits. This is sounding desperate. My energy levels are too low to tackle the painting Lynndy wants me to do. I really just want to push a plane around. Blame Rod Cosman. He has a daily video on building drawers. If you can ignore the constant sales pitches, Rob is one of the good guys, and there is always something to pick up. I would watch one episode after the last patient was done, with a coffee and my feet up. <sigh> Well, Rob was using this large shooting board. He likes to shoot with a #5 1/2. The board was nothing special, but it reminded me of a project I had thought about some time back - a shooting board for tuning the long edges of drawer sides. Keep in mind that the drawers I build tend to have sides 6-8mm thick. You cannot plane this accurately in a vise (well, only Warren can). I must say that Rob demonstrated wonderfully precise work, and this rubbed off on me. Hence the interest in creating a shooting board for long edges. Numbers: the runway to the fence is 750mm. The total length is about 880mm. The total width is 450mm. This is a large shooting board. Yet I can reach down it. It is not cumbersome to use. Its principal use is long side edges, but it can shoot ends as well (not to forget that I have a shooting board and plane dedicated to shooting ends). Solid wood? Well, sort of. The choices are MDF and ply. MDF is really not a great choice as it had a hard exterior (good) but soft interior which does its best to imitate a sponge when water is nearby (very bad). It is also very heavy. The plywood in Oz is .. well .. cr@p. There really is no other word to describe it. It is light, since full of voids, and generally looks like a pretzel. It is possible to purchase marine ply, but it is very expensive. My local Bunnings had these laminated panels on special, and they were cheaper than the unspeakable ply. The thicker panels are Merbau, which is heavy and hard. The lighter stuff is unknown and softer. The laminations will minimise movement. The panels were all 300mm wide (12" for those who have not yet entered the modern era). One-and-a half panels made up the base. These were planed down on the jointer and thicknesser, and then joined level with the aid of biscuits (yes, I have one .. damn useful they remain, when most traded theirs in for a Domino. So silly of you .... I have a Domino as well. These machines do different things). I digress. Glued up ... I use mild steel section (covered in tape) for cauls. As good as the results may be out of the thickness/planer, the surface is not going to be flat. I have not used this Marcou in yonks. Traversing to flatten across the grain ... Winding sticks are used to check for twist ... The high spots are marked and planed off ... For fun, I decided to enter the 21st century. Behold, the new winding sticks ... Then it was the turn of the runway. What are the chances that it runs parallel to the platform? Here are two squares on the platform. There is no gap between them as the panel is flat and level ... Now when I take them over to the runway, it can be seen that this is not parallel ... The next task is to plane the runway, checking along its length ... until you get this ... Next step: remove the fence from a Small Plow (plough!) and run a 1/4" groove along the side of the runway/base of the platform ... This is for dust, to keep the corner of the runway clear. Next step: shoot the rebate for the blade. I use a Veritas LA Jack. It does not matter much as I have three planes I could use, and the other two (seen shortly) have similar dimensions (the blade is about 6mm above the sole) ... This electrified router plane was used to create mortices for T-slots .. Now the fence could be attached. It is aligned with the blade rebate, and squared to a plane. I use a little glue to set it, then screw it on from above and below ... Here is the side fence being morticed ... Finally ... ! Here is the shooting board ... Shooting the sides of a drawer with a Veritas Custom #7 (the advantage of this plane is that it has a 40 degree frog, so can shoot end grain, plus with the chipbreaker it will plane sides very cleanly) ... Remove the side fence, close up the outer runner, and use the LN #51 to shoot ends ... The underside of the board is covered in rubber underlay ... This is as the long shooting board with live under the table saw and be used on the outboard ... I am not sure if this build was just a way of having some fun, or whether it will get serious use. Either way, it was time well spent. Stay safe. Regards from Perth Derek
  13. 8 points
    This was just a test piece to make sure my file on the CNC was correct, so I grabbed some 1/2" BB before running this on more expensive Maple. Now that I have cut and finished it I may not make another one, not sure yet. I'll give this one to a friend who's on the front line fighting the virus. David
  14. 8 points
    Well Ladies and gents...it's finally done. I logged in at 210 hours including tearing apart my jointer and learning how to tune that up. Thank you all for your help and guidance along the way. I think I will go make something small now...or just look at it. Bit by bit, hour by hour, I got through it. See ya on the flip side..
  15. 8 points
    I have been a bit MIA from the forums recently (not that I'm super active or anything but I do tend to lurk most days) and wanted to share a couple quick projects I was working on. First, I put together some of them fancy pants Krenov Saw Horses. I absolutely love them. I think the wood is maple. Except for the "feet", those are white oak. Except for jointing and thicknessing this was all done with hand tools. Pay no attention to the notches on the top of the left one. Those are.....um......speed notches......yup. They are 100% for speed and 0% because I cut something in the wrong spot. Always mark your waste folks. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- My other project is what I have named: The way overly complex shelves. The reason for the name should be very obvious. Like the saw horses, except for jointing and thicknessing this was an all hand tool build. Finished with a couple coats of Danish Oil then paste wax. I'm very happy with how these turned out. Thanks for looking.
  16. 7 points
    Greetings from Tokyo In Japan, the state of emergency was finally released in this week. During the home stay period, following works had been made.
  17. 7 points
    Started yesterday with some cutoff pieces of Walnut, finished it today, shipping it to NY on Monday. Finished in Nitrocellulose lacquer. When your planer isn't big enough and the CNC is... David
  18. 7 points
    @Scooby, I live in Pasadena, SE of Houston. There are 3, that I know of, lumber companies between you and me. You can get many varieties of hardwood, rough sawn , cheaper than the Home Depot’s milled (questionable) pine boards. If you want to make the trek, stop off at one of these stores and bring it to me and you can help me get them to decent condition. My shop is no where near as wonderful as some on here but it will give you an idea of the various tools involved.
  19. 7 points
    I forgot to mention, that the front of the knob has a dent rasped in it to give my forefinger a little extra grip.
  20. 7 points
    Pretty excited got these in the mail today. I'll be planting them tomorrow.
  21. 7 points
    Where'd you get that big penny?
  22. 7 points
    Harnessing my inner Thomas Johnson to do some light restoration (mostly just cleaning) of a new bed frame for our daughter. The head and footboard are nice quality and condition solid hardwood. The canopy parts needed the most cleanup. Used steel wool and the oil/wax like TJ often does, and it did a great job. All of the parts looked like the one on the right before I started.
  23. 7 points
    I used Osmo for this table. I usually spread the finish on the surface with a plastic applicator. I have the West Systems epoxy ones (the yellow kind). When applying it it is best to get an even coat on all end/edge grain first, then cover the top. If you get a drip on the sides it will be darker than additional coats.
  24. 7 points
    Someone that lives on the road behind our pastures sent this picture. These are the last two horses we have here. Both were born here. The Connemara is 17 years old, and the Chestnut German Oldenburg is 18. This is a corner of the pastures that I let grow up to block the view of a house. That little stream is spring fed, and comes out of what used to be a water complex for an eventing course. Water runs out of the ground all around here.
  25. 7 points
    The kids (and grandkids) have been here every day sorting through stuff in the house and cleaning. It has been pretty hectic at times. I know she's gone, but I don't think it's really soaked in yet. Driving a truck for decades kept us apart a lot, but it sure seems a lot quieter when the kids aren't here. My son was working in the shop every day until his back went out a few days ago, probably from stress and working too hard trying to let me stay at the house. He's better now and we both need to get back to work because we are in the middle of a cabinet job.
  26. 6 points
    My Name is Richard Brown. I’m a disabled Marine, long term woodworker. I was a moderator on another forum for years and after it was bought by people who covered the site in ads we had a falling out. I created my own forum for and tried that for the last 6 years but recently decided it was not worth it anymore. Which brings me here. I’m looking for a new home. I build cabinets, furniture, even things like decks etc. I enjoy turning, making things like cutting boards, jewelry boxes etc. and been fooling with cnc work. I do small jobs for a furniture restoration company which expands on all forms of woodworking. I don’t make a lot of money doing that but have to learn new ways of doing things which I enjoy. like I said I’m looking for a new home And hopefully I find it here.
  27. 6 points
    I bought a 3hp Shop Fox Dust collector, a super Dust Deputy XL cyclone, two wynn canister filters and reconfigured it to fit my needs. I had made several changes over the years and made test while making changes. using a 1.5 hp DC with bag filter I noticed to improvements. When I added a canister filter I got a 50% increase in suction. Then another 50% increase when I switched from 4” PVC duct to 6” PVC duct. Now when I switched to the new 3hp collector, swapped the Thein Separator with the Dust Deputy and added the second canister filter I got at least a 400% increase I have about $1400-$1500 invested in a system I’m pretty happy happy with. Its not perfect but its strong enough that I dropped the remote for the system and it got sucked up 6’ straight up and 10’ across before I could hit the breaker. I decided to add A clean out after that. Apparently The non slip surface of the remote prevented it from moving once I hit the breaker. finally here’s the picture
  28. 6 points
    I hate when I assume because I very rarely assume correctly. I have started to remind myself that assuming will more then likely create extra work.
  29. 6 points
    I buff it by hand with an old t-shirt/cotton rag in each hand. I recently bought the Osmo Top Oil product and tried it out on an end grain cutting board. According to the description of Osmo Top Oil, it can be used on cutting surfaces. I applied it similar to how I applied mineral oil, rub it in, wipe off the excess, repeat 2-3 times. I think this is going to be my go to finishing product for cutting boards from now on. It doesn’t build a film, it penetrates the wood, makes it water resistant, and the best thing is that it doesn’t darken end grain like mineral oil does so the colors of the woods used really stand out. I guess now I’ll have to find out how durable it is.
  30. 6 points
    A friend asked if I could make a finger labyrinth for his son. I grabbed a photo off the Internet, did some modifications, and cut this out of Maple for him. It's about 11.5" diameter and finished in Nitrocellulose lacquer. David
  31. 6 points
    All the above are good responses. What you're seeing is really pretty common due to a couple of things. 1. Plunging or entering the cut too slowly, then hesitating before you actually start the channel. 2. Spinning the tool too fast for the feedrate and 3. moving the router forward too slowly. The #1 cause of dulling any tool is excessive heat buildup. It's not because the wood is hard or abrasive, it's heat. Heat forms when the tool is not ejecting chips efficiently and quickly. The heat stays in the chips and surrounds the tool causing it to burn. Once the tool burns it loses its temper and dulls very quickly. Turn the rpm down and move the router faster. This causes the chips to be thicker. Thicker chips carry more heat away from the tool. One other comment - the tool you're using is a very aggressive bit originally designed for CNC routers where you can control the rpm and feedrate much better than you can by hand. That bit really pulls down and into the cut. The heavier the cut the more the tendency. Try either taking several shallower passes as has been recommended above or switch to a less aggressive tool like a two flute straight bit. The helix on your bit is very high.
  32. 6 points
    I guess I'm basing this off of Matt Cremona's sideboard enough that i can reference it. I mentioned in a few other threads that I'm going to make a Sideboard where I will use the interior of the doors as the guestbook for Megan and I's upcoming wedding (provided it can happen). Here is the plan. A good portion of this project will be made from walnut that I got in a batch on craig's list. A guy was selling a couple 8/4 boards for $8/bf and threw in a bunch of scraps. The scraps are 6/4 rough and should plane and joint out to a hair over an inch. I'll probably take them down a bit further though to the thinnest common board. So far i have leg stock milled with the curve laid out and I'm working on grooves and joinery. I'm going to do some traditional style joinery with structural dovetails tying pieces together instead of just M&T. It's going to be fun to try some new techniques. For a warm up I made a card box to set out and hope that people put money in at our wedding reception. I'm not above begging if needed.
  33. 6 points
    Man it is nice to have the electrical sorted in the finish room! I got things sprayed over the last couple days. The movie poster frame is complete and I finally got the cue rack hung. Big thanks to @Chestnut the french cleat idea was perfect for this!! Didn't stain it but I did spray clear on the back side just to seal up the wood. In theater news I added an Echo dot to the automation still working on getting everything set up but its pretty slick how it integrates with the Insteon and Harmony hubs to run the lights, outlets, and all the equipment in the room. Also cut in an outlet into the back of one of the columns. I have been meaning to do this for a couple months but went to vacuum the other night and realized i didn't have any easily accessible outlets, problem solved. I'm off next week and hope to get the bar cabinets and counters completed...we shall see
  34. 6 points
    You and my wife would
  35. 6 points
    My scrap wood box has been overflowing for a while now, so I spent some time going through it. I did find half a dozen pieces to toss, which is fine... really... I'm sure the shaking will stop soon. Maybe I just need another box.
  36. 6 points
    I just pyroed a Zen pen barrel using the platform and indexing. Finished with a bit of stain rubbed in and Deft spray laquer.
  37. 6 points
    Ive been playing getting my feet wet with basket illusion technique and was curious if I could use segment pro to design a pattern. As it is basket illusion doesnt stagger the units of the pattern the way segmentation does but I could easily make a faux segment pattern with the same techniques. I worked up a four layer pattern for a decorative ring in segment pro and proceeded to bead a small bowl with a 1/8” beading tool friction burned them with wire. I used the 144 hole index set to do a staggered 72 segment pattern around the bowl with my pyrography pen in a sled I made from scrap and using a platform I had built after seeing John Lucas demonstrate router embellishing. Afterwards I colored it with colored sharpies and finished with Deft spray varnish.
  38. 6 points
    Took delivery of a new tool for the shop
  39. 6 points
    This is a simple hand router, that works surprisingly well and simple to make. I have used it for years, for making my wooden hand planes. It is quite accurate when using it. It can be made from stuff you probably already have.
  40. 6 points
    I have been watching this young man's wood turning videos for a couple of years now. he's pretty talented. Likes to do segmented stuff. I was watching his latest video and when it came to the end I had a genuine belly laugh. It is worth watching:
  41. 6 points
    I always like to show a little appreciation for service that's maybe a bit above the norm from our suppliers. I ordered a set of Shapton Glass stones on Amazon a couple of months back - 1000, 4000 and 16,000 grit. I already had the 8000. The first time I used the 16,000 stone I noticed a crack that appeared about ⅔ of the way up the length and going all the way across. I notified Amazon, but the problem was that it was one of 3 in a set and they wanted me to return the entire set, but were out of stock and didn't know when they would have any. I dug a little deeper and found the vendor, called him and explained the situation. He immediately agreed to take it back and send a replacement. I had the replacement 5 days after mailing it back. Great service! The Craftsman Studio, LLC. Scott Love https://www.craftsmanstudio.com/
  42. 6 points
    Got veneer laid up for the drawer box that will go below. Mesquite with walnut interior.
  43. 5 points
    Figured I'd post this here, painting is near complete. I have a couple windows in the back of the house but I don't mind painting those so much. I started washing the house May 14th. Here is the before. And After Soffits fascia gutters downspouts were all painted white with an airless sprayer. All aluminum parts were primed with the recommended primer from Sherwin Williams and painted with Emrald. I painted the downspouts outside but rain forced me to move them inside to finish drying. The sprayer i bought (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0026SR0FW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1) really made all of this easy. Painting gutters, soffits, fascia, and garage doors by hand would have been a nightmare and taken forever. The big garage door took about 10 min. The little door took the same time but I had to tape the locking handle. To help manage over spray i used cardboard shields. You can see them on the bottom of the door above. I used some handheld as well to protect the brick. This allowed me to paint very very close to surfaces and never have to tape or mask of areas. I also painted our front door. I took a low angle picture to highlight the spray quality. There was some orange peal but not awful. I could have laid down a better finish with my HVLP but that would have required a different paint and the results are good enough for a front door. Beats brush marks or roller texture. Total time in days to this point is 9 but rain really got in the way and extended the project a good 2 days. I'm looking forward to getting back to furniture, though the outside time was really nice. Maybe I'll find some landscaping to do this summer.
  44. 5 points
    I thought I would start a thread where we could record what came today to aid our woodworking. Anything is game here from humble fasteners, through handtools to machine tools and even wood stock whatever. If there are no pictures it didn't happen I'll go first. Over the years I have done a small amount of veneering but never anything that required something like a vacuum bag system. I simply could not justify the cost at the moment. That's not to say never as you don't know what is around the corner. Anyway recently I was repairing some lifted veneer on the aprons of a table with cauls made from plywood wrapped in packing tape and thought "If I had a veneer hammer I could do this quite easily". In "ye olde dayes" a workshop would always have a few veneer hammers on hand but they seem to be few and far between nowadays. You can make one from some brass strip and a few sticks of wood but I wanted a substantial commercially made one. So a German made Kunz veneer hammer arrived this morning with a drop forged head. This it the KUN037 with a 90mm (3.1/2") blade on one side and a 22mm (7/8") square lump on the other side for spot pressing. Best used with hot hide or Titebond hide glues it will even work with Titebond cold press as it pushes the mating parts together forming a good seal. It will probably work on any adhesive which exhibits good grab characteristics like Titebond Original.
  45. 5 points
    Scooby, I’ll extend my offer a little further. When you get you a decent table saw and pick you a project that you would like to build, send me a pm. I’ll be glad to meet you at one of the afore mentioned 3 lumber suppliers, load the lumber in my truck and bring it back to my shop. From there we can joint and plane it and cut it into some manageable pieces that you can it take back home. Again, from the visit to my shop, you can determine what wood working machines you think would be helpful to you. And you can start with some inexpensive stuff like poplar or oak. And with minimal investment, you might think that it’s not the route you want to go after all. But hopefully you don’t decide that.
  46. 5 points
    Finally made some more progress in the past few days. Christmas is gone, Valentine’s is past, anniversary is past, wife’s birthday is past, but we have 4th of July to look forward to! Lots of dovetails and resaw 1/4” poplar drawer bottoms (cut fatter then run through the planer to thickness). Two screws on the bottom (didn’t like the nail idea) to hold it in place while the glue dried. They seem to fit well. Thé partitions ended up not quite square, despite measuring what I thought was carefully. That’s frustrating but there’s no fixing it now. I’ll make adjustments the best I can when I glue them together
  47. 5 points
    The migrants are returning.
  48. 5 points
    More progress on the digital movie poster frame today First up I made a quick template to route out an exhaust and entrance for the fan that will be used to pull the hot air out. The fresh air inlet is on the bottom right. Then I glued up the frame There will be an inner friction fit frame so i added a 1/8" round over to the inside edge to make installation easier. I will do the same thing on the inner frame Then I glued it up and did a quick test fit After gluing the back on I made the inner frame Then I mounted it After a few connections I installed the TV and then test fit the inner frame before gluing it up Just need to knock out the face trim and this one will be a wrap.
  49. 5 points
    Got the rack prefinished using GF Ebony Dye I added one coat of satin top coat and then glued it up Just need to glue in the two turned dowels and spray a couple final top coats on it. Should be hanging by Sunday.
  50. 5 points
    Or we spend more time in the shop and less under their footsteps and plans. My wife can be gone to Hobby Lobby for hours and I’d never know it. By the same token, her and friends can go to the casino in LA for the night and I feel abandoned after 30 min. Makes no sense.