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  1. This was a build for my dog agility instructor. Somehow over the years, The chess table that had been in her family got lost or stolen. She asked if I could make one for her and she wnated her parents initials in the top of the table. In the following pics t he chess squares are 1/42" carelian birch and walnut on Baltic birch plywood The frame is solid walnut. The playing surface is 16 x 16" and the table is 26" square overall. Frame is glued to the border with the addition of 3 dominoes along each side. I changed the domino depth setting just a bit beween drilling the boards and dr
    13 points
  2. I took these 3 picture in 2018 on our trip Ireland. Dunluce Castle, Northern Ireland, UK Kylemore Abbey, Co. Galway, Ireland Ha'penny Bridge, Dublin Ireland Believe it or not, these 3 are all taken on a Motorola G5 cell phone. I was contacted by the Ireland tourism people asking permission to use these photos in some brochures they were making after I posted them on a Irish Travel forum.
    10 points
  3. Like many of us, I take pride in many of the things I make. I take pride in the positive comments I get from students who have taken my classes. It makes me feel like I'm contributing. Then I talk to a real woodworker. I'm going to brag about my brother, a professional woodworker just a bit. I talked to him earlier today - he had asked me to call him after seeing an Instagram post I put up using my Pantorouter. He was thinking about getting one. When he answered the phone, he sounded out of breath. He explained that he was swamped with work. Like many woodworkers who actually m
    9 points
  4. Next I did the draw bore pins a la Mike Pekovich. It's really handy to have multiple squares - one for the edge standoff, one for the top hole and one for the bottom. You may wonder why I have two Starrett 4" combo squares. I "lost" one last fall and after weeks of looking for it and finally buying a new one, found it in my apron - in the wrong pocket. I learned this little trick from a FW podcast a couple of years ago. I got a set of center punches from HF for ?? $12. The pin holes are ¼". With the boards clamped together, insert the 1/32" smaller size punch into the hole w
    9 points
  5. This is going to be a bit different of a project. Megan and I have discussed at length a means to provide a space for her to get ready but also be easily hidden. Our home office has a close that isn't very well utilized instead of piling boxes and totes there, we'll shift them to the now finished garage. A lot of discussion and talking lead to building a dressing/makeup vanity in the office closet. Not really sure how this is goign to end up. I'll be designing as we go. Main parts that I know I'll be making are a work surface, a rolling drawer organizer, and a mirror with lights. I starte
    8 points
  6. That is definitely an impressive work load. Thats one of the two main differences between a hobbyist and a pro. A pro works a lot more AND they try to put money in the bank account. Us hobbyist just drain the bank account.
    8 points
  7. 30 vaccinations today . Doesn't seem like much, but it comes out to 6 per hour and there's a certain amount of bureaucracy that is part of the process.
    7 points
  8. While finish was drying I continued work on picture frames. I can't remember who posted about the L fence but I ended up making an L type fence to trim the splines down quickly. That allowed me to clean the edges of the frames up with a hand plane. I just need to run them all through the drum sander to clean up the front surface then mount glass and backer boards.
    7 points
  9. Most of my collection is in boxes right now. I am in the process of remodeling my "man cave". These are a few of my rarer pieces. Sears "Ted Williams" lantern made by Coleman. Near mint condition. Coleman Ker-o-lite. Colman's only wick kerosene lamp. (reproduction shade) 2018 Coleman "Seasons Lantern" and matching cooler. Since 2005 Coleman has made the The Seasons Lanterns for the Japanese collector market and not sold them in the US. For some reason in late 2017 they sold (we believe) around 800 on the Coleman website. I found the cooler at a Coleman outlet
    6 points
  10. I made the cherry dowel pins I'll use for the draw-bores. Then I swore for a couple of hours (03:24:27) while putting together the Grizzly (emphasis on the grrrrr) overarm guard for the slider. After 30+? years can't they hire someone to translate and make a decent set of instructions? PISS poor instructions! Anyway, the Pantorouter (great instructions!) has a circular template for making dowels. The inherent design of it allows for fine-tuning the fit. Given the problem with out of round commercially available dowels, these are a COPD's dream.
    6 points
  11. I'm charging them the going rate for 4/4 and 8/4 cherry here in Santa Fe, which is 10 times what I paid for it. Here's the link to the members only Becksvoort article - https://www.finewoodworking.com/2002/12/01/harvest-table The changes I made based on Alison's table were mainly dimensional and per the client. The Becksvoort table is too wide for their space. I'm also doing pull out supports for the drop leaves and they wanted a simple square edge rather than a rule joint.
    6 points
  12. One of my other hobbies is collecting Coleman lanterns and stoves. Since I started collect I have wanted a Coleman parts rack. Since I have not found one in the last 12 years, I decided to make one. First step was to borrow a picture from the web an draw it up in Sketchup. Then it was time to make same saw dust. The shelf is clear pine. The backer is maple plywood. For the finish I used Orange General Finished Water Based Die Stain. I ended up doing 2 coats of stain to get a nice even rich orange. The I did a coat of shellac sanding sealer fo;;ed by 2 coat
    5 points
  13. The ability of the lift to raise the collet high enough to reach with regular wrenches is a limitation of the router, not the lift. If the collet is too stubby, with the motor housing nearly touching the underside of the plate the collet will still not be adequately exposed. Bent wrenches are a solution to this. Freud routers had very long arbor/collet setups but these are no longer made. My Milwaukee 5625, like the PC 7518, has a bit of a stubby arbor/collet/nut setup. Still very reachable on the Woodpecker PRL (v1) model which was designed for the 5625. Your router
    5 points
  14. I've posted a few photos in the What Did You Do Today topic, but I'm now far enough into it to start a simple journal. This is a "commission" for a neighbor - we're trading labor, he's going to do some stone work for me. The design is a merger of a sofa table Alison bought in the early '80s and a Christian Becksvoort design that was in Fine Woodworking Nov/Dec 2002. Because it's narrow, I had to veer away from Becksvoort's spinner supports for the leaves - just not room for the width of the leaves. I'm using some air dried cherry that I got from a Franciscan monastery that was
    5 points
  15. Went for a walk by the Mississippi with the “boss” on her birthday, ice is starting to break up in spots but it’s going to be a while till it’s all open water
    5 points
  16. $80/box I got a very nice bottle of wine from my neighbor for it. Hell of a deal from my perspective!
    5 points
  17. This is a Dendrobium orchid species. Blooming now. It is fragrant. Comes from Asia. Used in Chinese medicine.
    5 points
  18. I've been on my feet too long today. I read the header as Removing DUST from jointer infeed outfeed tables. I thought, "What kind of moron...?" I'd better not offer any advice.
    5 points
  19. So i spend about an hour in the store with 2 of the sales staff. One had the Rockler Pro lift the other had the SL lift. Both of them have used nearly ever lift available, they do demos in the store so they had lifts with routers mounted and ready to go. The gentleman with the SL lift said the same thing you did, set it up with the brass adjustment and it holds it's setting very well. They had a Incra there as well so i played around with that one too. The locking feature was a joke. I locked the height adjustment and was still able to adjust the height like there was no lock. So i decided to
    4 points
  20. It's 28" tall at the request of the client. I think 30 is fine. Very thin coats, just a couple of swipe and move on. If you put too much on the rag just wipe faster so that it looks like you are wiping it all off. You are just sealing the wood, not building a finish. Using shellac as a final finish is a different ball game. I have done finish coats with a brush but am not familiar with "hake". There is a drawer on the opposite side, also on the right for shess pieces. Dog agility - directing your dog through an obstacle course with j
    4 points
  21. That's how I've done it in the past. What I found, also, is that it's not uncommon for bradpoint tips to be a little off center, moving the start point in a direction you don't want it to go. The center punches are easier to align.
    4 points
  22. I'm going to offer a very contrarian suggestion, just wax over it. Use a scotchbrite pad to remove any scale, but leave the fine patina, then wax it. This technique forms a protective layer that inhibits further rust quite well. Doing so purposefully, as with a vinegar / salt wash, is one way firearms were once treated to prevent rusting.
    4 points
  23. It's always good to know when you're on your game, and when you should just go have a beer...
    4 points
  24. I learned very quickly to trust Phinds in such discussions.
    4 points
  25. Got it hung on the wall today.
    3 points
  26. @Mark J thanks for asking! It has calmed down, though it never got too crazy in the ED, the ICU got the worst of it. Their patient volumes still haven’t gotten back up to pre-covid levels. Their covid numbers are going down, which is good. She has had some crazy stories, though that is not specific to the covid era. One patient tried to hit her, then removed their mask and started forcefully blowing around in the air. Of course they later came back positive. Another time had to intubate a patient without full PPE, but that was not due to lack of supply and was surely against policy, but t
    3 points
  27. Is the panel mounted on your garage wall? Is it possible to just run the breaker to a receptacle in the garage easily. I don't particularly like the door and cord idea. If this is long term the insulation on the cord could get damaged in the door. It looks like you have a lot of room in that panel. If this isn't a rental running a few circuits might be worth the cost. As a side note if the receptacle isn't being used I'd turn the breaker off. No real risk but no reason to leave it energized either.
    3 points
  28. Haha! That reminded me of a game my SIL would play as a kid with his brothers. It was called "don't look up". They would stand in a circle & each throw some object (rock, stick, whatever) up in the air then not look up. If you did, you lost. And sometimes if you didn't, you lost too
    3 points
  29. The risk of getting sprayed is the fun part.
    3 points
  30. The whole floating shelf thing has been on my mind for years on how to do one but easier. I don't like the dowels that go into the shelf because the brackets literally span studs and i feel like they are neither secure or durable. Marc recently talked about the Hovr product and I'm sure it's great but the price tag .... ouch. My idea is honestly figure 8s. Simple easy effective. Trouble is I'd only consider it for shelves that are above eye level or will always have something on them for decoration. So to test I gave the idea a try in my shop. So here is my floating live edge walnut slab
    3 points
  31. Thanks, I will write it down again, so I can loose it ....again.
    3 points
  32. Gee, and I finished a turning project around Valentine's day that I started before Thanksgiving.
    3 points
  33. Keeping in mind the considered opinions offered by experts, I have remodelled the joinery as per the attached image. The bench top would rest on the short aprons through a micro angled dovetail ( more of a dado actually ). I hope this frame would now be strong and rigid. The overhang on one side is for mounting the vice. But for this, the top and the frame are flush. I thank all the masters for their advice. I would request a final opinion on this design.
    3 points
  34. I don't have a center punch, so I use the point of the brad point bit I drilled the holes with, then set the point back a 1/16th toward the shoulder.
    3 points
  35. You know tomorrow you're gonna find another one of those red templates. I know where everything is... And about how many layers it's under.
    3 points
  36. That table has inspired plenty of people. Here’s my attempt in Mottled 12/4 bubinga for the top on a hard maple base. https://www.averagesavant.com/post/manage-your-blog-from-your-live-site
    3 points
  37. Needed another one, and decided to try this one, since the handle won't get caught on anything. Not only is the handle a good design, but the fan control is better than any other one I've ever bought. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00L7V1REE/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    2 points
  38. Whenever my wife and I finish a project and have some "extra" parts left over that will eventually be needed due to wear or replacement parts such as a faucet filter that will need replacement in time, etc, we say to each other, "Let's be sure to put these in a safe, obvious place that we'll be sure to remember when we need them." We've never been able to find any of those things. Ever again. I think they go into the alternate universe. Like my memory. Rich
    2 points
  39. Coop, I doo all my bit changes and adjustments from above the table, but that is because my 'lift' is just me lifting the entire plate out of tge recessed hole in the table. Ever see 'The Router Workshop' on PBS?
    2 points
  40. Just north of that RR bridge was one made for cars and wagons but before that people used to cross there on the ice on a regular basis, different times for sure
    2 points
  41. Hey @JohnG , your wife is an ED physician, how's she been doing? Hopefully the intensity has been dialed down since the begining of the year.
    2 points
  42. I thought I would have to end up doing that. I saw an 8# by 3/8" plate on Amazon, but it may be too narrow. I will learn something in the process of making my own out of ply. Thanks.
    2 points
  43. One of our sisters is a good artist, as is Jim. That gene stopped there. I'm the youngest. Jim & I are at least 4th generation woodworkers, either pro or hobbyist. Our dad was a hobbyist, as was his dad, and we caught the bug from him. Our great-grandad was a carpenter. I have his Stanley 45.
    2 points
  44. Strange day for me. Not the least of which was my UPS delivery. Earlier than usual. Sunday I ordered some Krill oil, coffee and Nasacort. Today I got Krill oil, coffee, Nasacort and 150 rounds of 45 caliber ammo. I don't own a gun. Amazon Customer Service told me to dispose of them or donate them.
    2 points
  45. Drew, I'll send you ten bucks if you hide that closet behind a secret swinging book case. Secret rooms are just cool, no matter what.
    2 points
  46. I think you were right, Chet. This was an extremely dynamic weather shift for us here in Arkansas in the last 48 hours. All that after our snow storm. The rust was dense but not thick thankfully. WD40 and a rag got it off and I put another paste wax layer on it. Thanks
    2 points
  47. Yes, they say Texas ebony, not lignum vitae and definitely not katalox.
    2 points
  48. Wait, you've honestly never said to yourself "this saw is too powerful/smooth/reliable"?
    2 points
  49. I’ll be getting a California Air tools one once my pancake dies. I just got a cordless nail gun but for the amount of nails I’m shooting so quickly in a door a pneumatic is quicker and a lot lighter.
    2 points
  50. Not much time in the shop today but I did get a start on some organization in my PantoRouter cart. I had never used the Kaizen foam before but it works pretty good.
    2 points