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  1. 6 points
    I would say dado. It’s not overkill, just simple & effective for this application.
  2. 2 points
    Attaching the "face" all around, including the vertical "spacers" will stiffen the structure considerably, like the back on a book case.
  3. 1 point
    Megan has been requesting fresh herbs in the kitchen for a while. So i decided to make a rack that hangs by the window in our kitchen to put some potted herbs on. Light is important so i researched grow lights and found all the stoner options on pretty much every site out there. Those are a no go, A. I'm not a stoner and the lights don't look cool, B. I'd like something that blends in. So i researched what light plants need and remembered all those you tubers that got lights from American green light. What the heck I'll give them a shot. The joinery was screws that were plugged. I made treys to hold the pots that had some empty space underneath to hid the lights so when you look at it the light just seems to appear. To run the wires i kerfed the back of the vertical supports and hot glued the wires in. The key was to be flexible in case the idea didn't hit the mark. The whole thing was made from cherry because i have scraps that need to get used. The bottom trey is taller to hide the LED ballast. Here you can see the ballast and the lights. These things are BRIGHT!!!!! and awesome. They are perfectly color balanced so my camera picks up color like i'm under sunlight. I got the 4000k versions of the LEDs because the 5000K ones irritate my eyes and 3000K look yellow. I ran some super overkill cord. The power cord is 16 ga SOOW to run a 24 watt led ballast..... I didn't have any lamp cord and this is what i had around. Did half laps for the first time to make mounting brackets to attach the rack to the wall. On the brackets i fastened figure 8s and used screws and anchors to hold it up there. In the picture above on the left side there is a little leg that braces against the window frame. This makes it so the screws only need to hold sheer forces. Did a test run before i warpped it up to make sure that everything was going to work out ok. Lights were nice, they didn't overly illuminate the kitchen when it's dark but they put a LOT of lights on the plants. Turned out Megan loves it. I wrapped the pots and seeds for herbs separate and had her open the pots first and the seeds 2nd. She was so confused until she read the seed packets. After i got it hung she ended up having a great idea to get chalkboard stickers and write the plants names under their position. She was worried that i wouldn't go for it. I thought it was a great idea and told her it was her rack and gift so she could do with it as she pleased. I ended up buying some already growing herbs and we have started trying to germinate seeds for the rest of the types that we don't use as often. Here is a picture of it today. We have some germinated seeds we need to get into starter pots for a couple weeks and it should be full of mature herb plants by March. I'm so impressed by the American Green Light lights that i'm going to work to convert my shop lights over to their system. They match sunlight so well and the color balance is more relaxing to the eye. they are also very low profile so i should be able to mount them places that regular fixtures just won't work. There is no reason that light fixtures need to be big any more. The whole project took me 3 hours or something. Finish is just shellac. I figured the finish is going to get abused by water so why not go with something somewhat durable but easy to repair.
  4. 1 point
    Gifting it to a friend today but I got a quick snapshot outside while things are offgassing. This is from Anne of all Trades's site and I even had some dark green paint for the sides. Mostly pine but the bottom shelf is poplar. Oh well. My boards were bowed, so I added tusks for the central shelf to keep things straight. Tusks are a little long, might come back later to cut them down or do something pretty with them. Right now, I just needed to get it done and on its way.
  5. 1 point
    I like sliding dovetails. Slightly more elegant than dados, not much more difficult. Granted, dados are a close second.
  6. 1 point
    I especially like dados here because if they go all the way through, they can be cut simultaneously by just flipping the board.
  7. 1 point
    Be very, very careful . . . you are at a critical point in your life. One false step and you could have a dozen hand planes, shaves and saws before you can stop yourself!!! To your original question, I too would go for dados.
  8. 1 point
    Both are gorgeous and dramatic, but my eye tell me I like the bottom one just a little more. Having them alternate; top row with figure in the center, next with figure outside, next center, bottom outside might be worth mocking up just to see how it looks.
  9. 1 point
    Certainly a little more difficult than if they were straight, but once laid out with a knife & tape it wouldn't be terribly difficult. It would also be helpful to cut an angle guide block just to help keep the sides true. As far as figuring the angles, drawing it out in plan view at full scale would be very easy & that would automatically give the exact angles.
  10. 1 point
    For my eye, the top match is so much more dramatic. It emphasizes the figure...
  11. 1 point
    +1 for dado. Easy and effective.
  12. 1 point
    Agree on the dado, if nothing else it will make alignment easier. Miter joints are fairly strong, but if you are worried, splines or dowels will give you a little more strength. And not strange at all!
  13. 1 point
    I'd tear the whole garage down, build it adjoining the house, make the ridge the same height as the other end, and same roof slope, with a matching hip. You could make it as wide as you wanted to. Draw 24', and see what it looks like.
  14. 1 point
    They are about 6’ long. I used my quick grip clamps because they kind of have their own limitations in terms of clamping pressure capacity. The first two glue ups I snugged them right tight but the last one (the gappy one) I let off the pressure a bit. I’ll go back to the original amount of clamping pressure and all should be good. Thanks again!
  15. 1 point
    Mark J wanted to write on Coop’s butternut lumber Mark J was here.
  16. 1 point
    For me it depends on how you want the piece to fit in the room. Grain orientation can sometimes make a piece feel taller, shorter, wider or less narrower. The top drawer orientation brings the visual focus to the center of then piece, making it feel smaller in width. The lower drawer orientation spreads out the focus to the sides in long sweeping motions, making the piece feel wider than it actually is (in my opinion, of course). If you have a big room and want it to feel like a big piece, I'd go with the lower orientation. If you don't have a ton of space and want it to at least feel smaller, I'd go with the top orientation.
  17. 1 point
    Tell the CEO the extra room will be her studio with a second floor view if the woods.
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  20. 1 point
    Another vote for the top pattern. Both have the uplifting feel I prefer but, the top looks best to me.
  21. 1 point
    Top would be my preference but both like nice.
  22. 1 point
    I'm in with the top set as well. I like the way the focus is drawn toward the center rather than trying to pull the eye out to opposite edges.
  23. 1 point
    I zoomed in (well you know, I had too) and darn clean looking mortises! And not to chase a compliment with a comment but yeah, I would have shortened the tenons and rounded them over like the top of the sides.
  24. 1 point
    Resident stoner with my own indoor herb garden. Do you have the lights on a timer/switch, or always on? If not planning to have them turn off, you should grow a solid root system on each mother plant under minimum 18/6. Root growth is mostly done during the darkness hours. If you're interested, I can show you pics of plants hydroponically grown at 24/0 until flipping to flower. The Roots are maybe 1/5th in thickness and length.
  25. 1 point
    Few pics of a cave that’s 1000 ft from my house.