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  1. 4 points
    The bench is at the front entry (which I seldom use.) The finish isn't as wet and glossy as in previous photos. It's more of that oiled deck furniture look, but the color is still plenty dark and rich. I'm happy with it. We'll see how it ages outdoors in the elements.
  2. 2 points
    I've never seen a biscuit with the grain running straight end to end. Is always at 45*. When a properly executed joint is broken, yes, the biscuit sometimes breaks, but the wood on either side is also destroyed. I've made and broken many joints just to test this. I have made frame and panel doors using biscuits to join rails to stiles for a bathroom cabinet and after many years of hard use, they still survive. That is a moderate stress use for which they seem to be okay. I certainly wouldn't use them for a joint that requires a great deal of strength. They are not intended for that. Those that write off biscuits as an 'alignment aid' either don't have much experience using them, or are not installing them properly. I know many look down their noses at biscuits (along with pocket screws), and I do agree that they don't have much of a place in fine woodworking. But when used within their intended parameters, they're a good, inexpensive, and East to use choice.
  3. 2 points
    Looks pretty nice sitting there Dave. When will the hand cranked ice cream be ready?
  4. 2 points
    Get his address, and get the bench. Why build when you can "borrow".
  5. 2 points
    You need to let ole Franklin see the light a little more, then he want be hiding his eyes.
  6. 2 points
    No expert greater than Norm Abrams used biscuits on a regular basis, but I think it's important to pay attention to the way he used them. He used them when joining two long grain edges of planks together. i believe I've seen him use them for apron to leg connection but in those cases I'm certain it was light weight, low use instances and not as a replacement for a tenon. The point needs to be made that they were not used as the single method of joint but rather that the surfaces to be mated were also liberally applied with glue. While he rarely said it, he would not have claimed the biscuit added any strength to the joint. They were for alignment and the strength of the joint came from the adhesive bond. Further, I've never found biscuits that had a grain because the ones I've used were composites, essentially particle board. The lack of grain, in my opinion, would make them even weaker. I guess the key to the discussion, in my opinion is to know how to use the right tool for the application and then to know what the addition of that tool really adds to the work in progress.
  7. 2 points
  8. 1 point
    I recently purchased a router table that came with a cheap, useless cross legged stand so I decided to build this router table cabinet. Very fun project and provides me with quite a bit of storage of which I am quite lacking. Hope you all enjoy it.
  9. 1 point
    Well I have to say that is quite the connection!! In the end it works and that's all that matters
  10. 1 point
    I think I'm done being distracted for now with dust collection. I did get the drawer divider milled down to 5/8", but I can't make up my mind what piece to use for above the cubbies. I have a couple of piece with interesting defects, one of which will probably end up there. I raided the plumbing aisle at Home Depot to connect my dust collector with the new dust deputy. I wanted to have hard pipe from the dust deputy to the collector, since it's a pretty ugly connection (unless I get into disassembling the dust collector and building a new cart, but that sounds like work, and would make it really tall). I was able to have the dust deputy ride on the same cart, although I suspect I'll add a better support to hold it. And yes, it's being held on with a bungee cord right now, but it actually is quite stable like this. Obviously I'm currently missing the hose, but I'm happy with the result. Plan B was to try bending the PVC if I didn't like how it turned out. I can't tell a difference in the airflow from right at the collector input, or going through this, so the difference is likely small enough that I don't care. And the back view. I may end up adding a counterweight on the back corner to prevent it from being tippy with the dust deputy hanging off the front. The other option would be to shift the pillar with the motor back and drill a couple of new holes.
  11. 1 point
    I'll get my bird house set up for your visit, Byrdie, How high do you want it?
  12. 1 point
    Would Formica on baltic birch be more durable then melamine? I say baltic birch because it is a nice smooth surface to adhere the Formica to.
  13. 1 point
    It's my understanding that Brendon is going to spin up a batch when he drops by to borrow the bench. Thanks everyone for playing along. I'll try to remember to post a follow-up photo when I refinish the bench in (hopefully) a year.
  14. 1 point
    Talk to me Dave, you in or out on the pickle lumber? All woodworkers needs at least one pickle board in the shop.
  15. 1 point
    Very nice all around. A legacy bench. I love walnut. well done!
  16. 1 point
    Very cool cut. I wouldn't mind having 12 1" think cookies from that tree. Would make beautiful table chargers.
  17. 1 point
    I like the clock and your photos of the build. Thanks.
  18. 1 point
    I also think 1/4 is too thick. 1/8” or maybe 3/16” at the most. Commercial veneers are much thinner. If I was making my own veneer. I would start with 1/8” and then sand a fair amount. If it makes you comfortable, go ahead and add a similar layer on the bottom, but with 3/4” plywood I don’t think it’s needed. I would finish both sides, but really the movement causing the most problem for you is the 1/4” veneer layer. Good luck.
  19. 1 point
    Every time I open my billfold the presidents shade their eyes
  20. 1 point
    I first saw the method here: (skip to 12:10) https://youtu.be/RViaveKDd48 In the video, he has a Moxon vise with rabbeted jaws which allows the pattern bit to cut the entire bottom of the pin baseline. This is unlike Bob Van Dyke's method in Fine woodworking where the jig prevents the router bit going thru to the other side and thus requiring a little bit of further hand chiseling. I use these inserts in my Moxon vise to create the space for the router to cut all the way from front to back. I agree with @SawDustB, it feels like cheating but it's wicked fast and effective.
  21. 1 point
    I saw someone post something about it elsewhere, can't remember where, but I searched for it and found this fine woodworking video on it. Even the preview picture will basically show you what to do. https://www.finewoodworking.com/2014/05/30/simple-trick-for-cleaner-dovetail-joints Basically the idea is you clamp a support board in behind so it is flush with the top of your pins to prevent the router from tipping. You need a short pattern bit, so the total height of cutters plus the bearing is less than the length of your pins. I used a bit with a 1/2" cutter length so that even with adding the 1/8" for the bearing it's less than the 3/4" of my stock and put it in my trim router. You simply route out between the pins, and the bearing will prevent it from cutting in any further than it should. It even cleans up any imperfections in the saw cuts. As long as you have the first 1/4" or so of the joint coming together before you do it, then the pins are almost perfect, aside from a tiny bit that needs to be chiseled in the back corners. I'd take a picture for you, but my case is still assembled and I'm leaving it like that until I can mark out some of the other locations. Matt didn't cover this in the guild build - I'm pretty sure he did the standard chopping out for his. I wanted to try it out, since chiseling the baseline of the pins is the part of dovetailing I find to be find of tedious. I really enjoy the sawing, less so the chiseling.
  22. 1 point
    Really nice work Ronn. All the details really make this piece a pleasure to look at. The floating face is a cool design feature.
  23. 1 point
    Awesome work. I like the little details that you add to give the project some depth.
  24. 1 point
    Dang, saw this and went looking at the cost of clockworks without ever giving this a thumbs up. Yep, that’s how fast it took me there. Looks good.
  25. 0 points
    F+W, the parent company of Popular Woodworking has filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11.