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  1. 15 points
    Most all of you saw the Final Gift for my Wife when she passed. She and I agreed that I would build her final resting place. It was a painful and joyous experience. Since then I pondered what was next for me, being alone and old with only a house mouse to share my days. After 4 or 5 months of mourning and praying, and crying, I thought I could help other people with the expense of buying a casket. On average, caskets run about $2500.00 and the sky's the limit from there. We have a local sales site, somewhat like Craigslist, but it's just for Middle Tennessee. You can find anything you want on that site, and it's mostly nice local country folk, for the most part. So, I put an ad with a couple of pictures of the casket I built for my wife. It got a ton of hits, but it took a few months before anyone called. We talked, and he drove 30 miles to come talk with me and tell me what he wanted done. His idea was he wanted just a plain Pine box, with the exception that he wanted it made out of Cedar. The reason was he had a source for inexpensive Cedar and a source for drying that Cedar. It was coming from his property, which made it personal. What he wanted from me was the labor to construct it. We talked about my hourly rate, and settled on what amount of time I would have in it and we agreed on a price. He then told me, that he really wanted two done. One each for him and his wife. They're just simple nice church going folks and felt that the trees were his and he didn't want anything fancy. I can do "not" fancy. So he went about getting the trees cut, milled and dried, I took some time, and life has a way of interrupting the flow of things. I had a horrible back surgery, and when I was just about ready to start, he broke some bones in his foot. After we were both healed for the most part, he brought the wood. Nice tight Cedar, 1" thick 6" wide and more or less 8' long. The frustration for me is that there was an enormous amount of sap wood, and I wanted to try and use as little of that as possible. With Cedar, your gonna get sapwood no matter what you try to do. In the process of constructing these I was very choosy with the boards, and as I was putting things together, I invited him down several times to get a feel for the process. Each time he dropped by, he wanted to make a change about design. Since the changes he wanted were in front of what I was already doing, it wasn't a major problem. But I told him finally, "every time you come here you add more time in the construct and your cost is going up each time". He said okay, just add it to my tab. The final construct is large box joints at all four corners, with all the joints pinned with contrasting dowels, a small piece of trim on the side that can hardly be seen. Hand rails that I had to make extra, because in the start of this build I had told him I had some Poplar just the perfect size for the rails. He wanted Cedar. So Cedar he got The insides are finished with one coat of satin poly, the exterior has a base coat of satin poly and two coats of gloss poly. And they are for the most part, plain caskets They are dried and cured and he's coming this week, to pick them up one at a time. He's going to store them in a room in his house that is climate controlled, then he has a friend in the cardboard business that is going to double wrap them and seal them close til they are needed. All this because Cedar "sucks", to work with, sucks moisture and twists and warps like a pole dancer. But here they are. Comments are welcome. Oh, and since he and his wife have been married more than 50 years, I figured they kinda like each other, so I added one single adornment on the lid of each one at no charge.
  2. 5 points
    It seems that when we experience a poor Customer Service interaction, it spreads like wildfire. but when the experience is positive, it doesn't. So I thought I would post about 2 recent expereinces, to give credit where it is due. LIE NIELSEN I was using my low angle block plane when it slipped out of my hand, shot up into the air, and landed hard on the concrete floor of my shop. The brass cap took the brunt of it. When I dissembled to survey the damage, I found the main tensioning screw, and the spinwheel, were both damaged pretty well. I tried to straighten out the spinwheel by heating it up with a torch and bending it back. I got it about 75% of the way there, but it still didn't function anywhere close to correctly. I didn't bother trying with the tension screw. So I emailed LN to inquire about ordering replacements. With zero prompting me from me, Liz informed me that an order had been created and the parts would arrive in a few days. I asked her "what do I owe you?". Nothing. They shipped them to me for free - Inlcuding the shipping. Needless to say, I was already a slobbering fanboy, and this didnt do anything to tamp that down. I was thrilled with this turn of events. And sure enough, the parts arrived a few days later and I was back in business. ROB COSMAN I ordered his dovetail saw and several other items. One day I noticed that a chunk had broken off of the handle of the saw. (I got the Swanstone handle - which a resin). I hadn't dropped the saw, or done anything that I know of that should result in a chip. So I sent them an email last night. I wasn't asking for anything, but wanted to let them know about it - so that if it happens again, I have it documented. I sent this email last night. This morning I woke up to an email from Rob himself - telling me that that should not happen, and they might have missed a small defect during QC - and they will gladly replace the handle for free. Again, very pleased with the immediate response and the offer to make it right. Sometimes, not always, but sometimes paying that extra dough for premium products can yield other advantages. And maybe the RC case is a simple case of an 'expected' level of customer service - but more and more it seems like you don't even get the bare minimum of accountability from companies these days. I HATE HATE HATE being sold an extended warranty. I feel like I shouldn't have to pay a store to back up their products. And so, I am trying to pay it forward by publishing these experiences. In hopes of possibly influencing other woodworkers to go ahead and make that purchase - and to feel good knowing that you will most likely be well taken care of if you have a problem. Take care all DC
  3. 5 points
    I've been a pallbearer more times than I even remember, and I don't remember a single one of the caskets, because they didn't really matter. I would always remember this one, because it does matter.
  4. 5 points
    Finished at last ! A few thoughts to finish this up. Greene and Greene: probably not, the more I looked at them the more I thought more Stickley or Praire or Mission style but not G&G, the shade maybe but now I want to make a true G&G style(someday) The glass: the sky is the limit here and personal taste of course, I would like to have my glass guy do a scene of some kind. Trees, sky, earth something to show off his talent. Base: I think the box joints came out great but I could have used them on the skirt for the shade as well, not to pleased with the pieces I added on to the bottom of the base on the corners, you can tell they were add-on, should have used thicker wood or not at all, wanted the height for the cloud lift. Fuming and shellac : I will be doing this again I really like the effect on the QSWO, both were new to me, and making garner shellac was the way to go, thanks again for the help @pkinneb, and @Chet Light bulbs: 2 LED, 100 watt equivalent. Finish: 2 coats of ARS satin but it did impart a slight tint, next time water bases for the clear color. Thanks to everyone for the great comments and following along. It’s been a long journey for me and I think I’ll take a day or two off
  5. 4 points
    In the book "The Joiner and the Cabinet Maker" (incredible book by the way) Christopher Schwarz explains how to make some dovetail chisels. He says you just need to get a cheap chisel and file the side bevel until the it comes to a point. Chris also says that you can do this with a belt grinder as long as you don't let the steel get too hot and loose it's temper. As someone who has drank the Christopher Schwarz cool-aid I gave it a try. I had some Harbor Freight chisels that were collecting dust and I took them to the belt grinder. If I screwed up or this didn't work then it is no great loss. The one on the left is the before pic, the two on the right are the ones I "made". The 1/4" did not even have a side bevel too it at all, it was pretty much a mortise chisel. Schwarz also said to cut the handle down to make the chisel shorter. That way you will not feel like you are chiseling with a broom handle. I did not need to do this because these chisels are already pretty short. They are not pretty and the small one was hard to sharpen. But they work like charm.
  6. 3 points
    I was just at my eye Doc's office for my annual exam..[New glasses enroute...Again] and she and I got into a heavy conversation about urns and more about pet caskets. She is going to have a friend of hers get in touch with me about pet caskets. Who knows, I may have put myself in the death business accidentally. Oh well, a buck is a buck, and sometimes a deer.
  7. 2 points
    This one's a wrap. Very pleased how it turned out and the alterations I made to the Hank chair I think worked well. So let me take a few minutes reviewing the project and giving you my thoughts if you are thinking of purchasing it. The instruction videos were solid, not as detailed as Marc's videos, but still they were good. Jory has an easy way about him and it's amazing how he will go with the flow. He is not really strict about measurements, but he does develop systems that create consistency. He relies on dominos for his joinery and this makes the construction rather straight forward. This lends itself well to alterations to the plan. His template system is neat and really worth learning, I see incorporating this in future projects. I could easily seeing someone take this project and developing other pieces of furniture very easily. I'm already considering a love seat or couch. You could use the same sides or slight variations and just make a longer seat. Another aspect of this build that was very simple, but a new technique for me was the leather seat cushion. I was amazed at how easy this was and I will definitely use this on future chairs. I will say I thought the straight forward joinery with the domino system was not very challenging, and if you follow as it's presented, there really is minimal handtool utilization. Also, Jory uses a router for a lot of stuff, and it is not my favorite tool. I incorporated some handtools in this build, mainly rasp work for some shaping. So those are my thoughts, and now some pics of the final product; This looks like a perfect setting to have a glass of scotch and a nice cigar as two friends debate politics, religion, or sports. Thanks for looking and thanks for following along.
  8. 2 points
    Got my own baby on board.
  9. 2 points
    Well there is my problem. I have been trying to straiten out my plane's soul not is sole. I have spent a fortune in incense, animal sacrifices and dark rituals. Sand paper will be much cheaper.
  10. 2 points
    Thanks Drew, you’re right on more A&C than G&G for sure, I think a square base with bigger proud box joints and some other small changes would be in order for a true G&G. Our dentist is a great guy and a woodworker to boot and recently retired, it’s always good to keep someone who can cause you a lot of pain very happy
  11. 2 points
    There's really not to much hardware, just the 5" bolts that attach the handrails to the case. I run them through a base that keeps the rails 2" away from the case. They are stainless, so there's a decent look to them. The lid is a slide on, from the pic's you can see a guide attached to the lid that fits tightly along the side of the lid. To make the lid slide easier, I simply added Johnson wax. There are 10 counter sunk holes in the lid top to anchor the lid after the consumer is inside. 3 Along each side, and 2 on each end. One other point, is when I made the sides and ends, I ran a dado 2" up from the bottom of each side to accept a 3/4" piece of plywood, then turned the case over and added a 2" by 1" strip along the inside of the bottom for added support for the bottom. Here in Tennessee, the law is, that anyone can make a casket. However it can be rejected by the funeral home for it being unsafe during transport. They can reject it if they feel the ends or bottom will fail and the consumer falls out. So, I go out of my way to over engineer each one so that doesn't happen.
  12. 2 points
    Well done bud and hard fought. I’m sure building these two reminded you of the one you built for your love? The heart is a neat added touch. Having worked with it, how do you like cedar ?
  13. 2 points
    We put a new roof on our chicken coop today. The people who run the restaurant, that we ate lunch at today, had the biggest laugh over that. They always ask us what we're working on, and said it was always interesting, but they thought it hilariously funny when I told them we were reroofing a chicken coop. At least it was standing seam metal to match the house.
  14. 2 points
    Thanks Rick, it’s a small detail, maybe not worth the trouble but I like the effect, as I mentioned early on in the journal these were not the first ones, they are actually # 8 and 9. the idea for the strip of glass came out of the cherry one I did with rosewood inlay, thought it would look good with glass instead of wood. Here’s the cherry one and oak with dovetails, I do like building them, and like finishing them even better!
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    No, I was thinking about boxes. He has some information about sizes I thought would be helpful.
  17. 1 point
    @RichardA, you might find this guy's web page interesting: https://vanduynwoodwork.com/urns-for-sale/ He posted on the AAW site. Among other things he makes cremation urns.
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    +1 A nice lidded box would probably be popular. The casket looks very nice, and I can imagine that it is very meaningful to the customer to be involved in the process and have more input on the design than picking one out from the “standard” options.
  20. 1 point
    You know, since you seem to be looking at this as a potential business, have you considered offering cremation urns? A lot of woodturners make them, but it certainly doesn't have to be round. Maybe it's a regional thing, but there seems to be some demand, and not just for people, but pets.
  21. 1 point
    Ordered a new remote for my dust collector. I was having issues turning it on so I called Oneida they advised it was most likely an indication the receiver was going so I purchased a repair kit and should be good to go once installed. I have to say not only was this a great interaction, they were very helpful, but this is the first issue I have had with my 3hp Dust Gorilla since I installed it, which they advised was 2005
  22. 1 point
    You did a beautiful job Rick. Simple words cannot convey how amazing this is.
  23. 1 point
    Exactly what I was going to suggest.
  24. 1 point
    Nice work, Rick. And a great service to offer folks. I kind of like the way cedar sapwood streaks run through. Would you mind sharing any build details, hardware and such? I'm curious about the handrail attachments and lid closure, specifically.
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    Rick, that's a great job. And what a fantastic idea you've come up with.
  27. 1 point
    If you know the person or people, it always matters. Thanks Tom.
  28. 1 point
    Very nice work Rick, I’m sure they appreciate the great work you did, and maybe it will generate more orders for you
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    Thanks, yes it could Ross, and that may be in the design for the next one, an apron with small panes of stained glass all around, google mission lamps and you'll get some ideas what it would look like. some small changes will be made for the next build, box jointing the main base, cutting it in half and tapering it and glueing it back together was a completely unnecessary step on this one, could have been one piece. i did others that the sides of the base were dovetailed and those had to be dovetailed first to work in my Leigh jig and then cut and tapered
  31. 1 point
    Simple solution is to make a splitter into your next insert, something like this: A real riving knife elevates and tilts with the blade. There used to be company that made aftermarket riving knives, but the selection of saws they fit was rather limited. Sorry, I don't recall the name. A properly aligned blade and fence will minimize the danger of wood binding and kicking back. I suggest using a solid, 'shoe' style push tool, with a sacrificial bottom, to hold the work to the table at all times. I use a 16" piece of 2x6 with a small strip attached to one end as a 'heel' to catch the workpiece. With the blade just clearing the work, I can run the push tool right over it, and easily make a new one when it wears out. Don't make the mistake of running your push tool along the fence, especially on wider cuts. That actuall puts twisting force on the work that INCREASES the chance of kick-back. Push closer to the blade. And NEVER with your bare hands.
  32. 1 point
    The lamp is awesome, Dave! I think the fumed oak is perfect with the amber overcoat. To me, fumed oak with non-ambering finish is a bit to gray-green. Curious, could the 'apron' around the shade be opened up with a wider glass, without comprimising the structure? I think that would add a great dimension for customizing the pieces. Put a pastoral scene in that strip with the pattern as you show for a cloudy sky overhead.
  33. 1 point
    Wife and I took a trip out to Birmingham to visit the Sloss Furnaces for some photography. The heat as brutal, we didnt last that long especially considering my camera pack weighed 30 pounds plus the tripod. I was able to expose a dozen sheets of 4x5 film, processed them yesterday.
  34. 1 point
    I blame Marc. He did uneven slat sizes on the morris chair build and it stuck with me. I give him all the credit i've just been running with it. My only claim is being able to feel out the proportions but that was just trial and error.
  35. 1 point
    Just a couple of pics of recently completed wall cabinet. 26" x 18" x 7". This is inspired by Mike Pekovich and his latest book. Thank you , Mike. As I got into this one, I was amazed by the amount of work. All the dovetails and through tenons made this project great experience precise layouts and a good opportunity to explore diffferent ways of cutting the joinery. I don't have a mortiser , but I tried combinations of router, drill press, band saw, table saw and chisels. Did not use dovetail jig. Learned quite a bit. All joints are dovetails or through M&T except for the 3 thin shelves which are set into stopped dados. Cabinet is eucalyptus, door and drawer fronts are mahogany. I like the mahogany, I am not crazy about the color of the lyptus now that it is finished. I think that QSWO would have been a better choice. The back is 1/4" lyptus shiplap. It is hung with a french cleat. All pieces were finished with 2 coats of shallec and 2 thin coats of ARS satin before assembly. I will need to make another one to correct the major mistake I made with this one. Did not notice it until my first dry fit of the cabinet. But by that time all the dovetails and mortises were cut and I decided to complete it just for the education. This piece was made specfically for the cast bronze Gargoyle bell that was a wedding present from my Best Man (a sculptor). It's been in our living room wherever we lived since 1972.
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    In the tent with ammonia for about 6 hours and the resultsvery pleased with the results, turned a nice dark khaki color, the test piece in the middle is the garnet shellac I mixed with one coat of satin ARS
  37. 0 points
    Richard, everyone knows you have a heart of gold.