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  1. 7 points
    Hi everyone! I’m an older member who doesn’t post often, but here’s my latest finished piece:
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    One more of the 4014 Big Boy.
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    A professional woodworker who was making drawer using tiger maple used to be criticized for using such expensive wood for them. His point of view was, it may cost 2X the price for the lumber but I managed to get 5X my highly rate because it looks more impressive. My personal issue with the live edge & epoxy river table, is the cost of epoxy. At 100$ / gallon, some of these tables are 100s of $ for epoxy (and most videos on youtube are sponsored by .....), But, they are using most of the time boards that would end up on the firewood pile... in some way it is a good used of a natural resource and creating employment for the resin maker. Going where the market is going, is a sure way to survive. As they teach in business school, you will not find that many saddle/buggy manufacturer anymore, there are some. One is a few hours away (in canada), many of the buggies used for military funeral in the us are theirs. Is there a market for them, yes, but very limited. Locally they interview an auctioneer about what is selling or not(city of 2M+), and most estate furniture do not sell anymore. Their size is an issue. Some condos now are less than 800 sq/ft (but still 300k$ and up), that fancy federal buffer will not make it. After being a weekend woodworker, I have learned to appreciate the work people put in their craft. Doing it for fun, I would not put 100s of resin in a table, but I understand some people may like it. It fits most likely in their overall decor. We personally had to furnish an apartment for a year, 4 hours away, while keeping our house. The plan, buy as little furniture as possible for the apartment, and at the same time, do not spend 100s in vehicle rental to move furniture away and back in a year. We bought cheaply made dresser, which retail for 300$ a piece,but were 2nd for 75$. Our theory, people are not buying heirloom furniture anymore, they want to replace them every few years, to stay with the latest trend (I called this the HGTV effect). Some of these dressers, were particle board cover-up with 'wall paper' for their finished look. The WW for mere moral: posted a video this weekend about what people are looking for in youtube vs what he is doing now. What he was interesting in doing vs what he needed to do on youtube to make a living (this video is being sponsored by XYZ...). This may interest you ... rustic furniture vs 'fine' woodworking vs what you want to do vs what you can do to $$$
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    You’re one of the Ancient Ones ™ Its really remarkably stable. The legs spread out so that the top only really overhangs the footprint by about 1.5” on each side. No twist or wobble.
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    I was thinking more of bent wood like a drum table, but I like your idea better. I could see dove tail finger joints done on an angle to create a polygon. Then he could plane the whole thing down to round. It would really look like something. I don't know @Denette you'd better get started on this project before we complicate the design any further . Now see what you've been missing .
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    Circular dovetails would be very, very interesting!
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    @gee-dub, I think you shoud hire @Tom King to come out there and put up a replica 17th century log barn with split cypress shingles...
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    That is an awesome picture. There is a steam locomotive in the train museum in Sacramento Ca. it's 123 feet long and is a cab forward model that was designed specifically for hauling freight over the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. It was designed with the cab forward so the the crew wouldn't get asphyxiated from the engine smoke when it went through some of the real long tunnels along the mountain route.
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    Sweet! Interesting twist on the base design.
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    So, if you're an older member, what does that make me But it's a very nice table. The only (unsolicited) critique I have is that it looks kinda top heavy. How stable is it?
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    Or the 5 star reviews that say “I haven’t used it yet, but I’m sure it will be great!”
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    Hi Jesse, and welcome. The general consensus here is that the current 'rustic' trend is just that, and that it never should have become a trend, and that it will hopefully go away soon. Personally, the rustic look has been poisoned by the innumerable wanna-be youtube 'woodworkers' who, in fact, know next to nothing about woodworking & turn out the worst quality of garbage in the name of getting more views. All that out of the way, I don't think there is anything wrong with using pallet wood or barn board to build shelves for the garage or storage room or garden shed. It gives material that would otherwise be tossed a second life, and it doesn't matter if it is ugly. The current live edge slab trend, which also seems to be waning. has almost ruined the genre. There is some beautiful live edge stuff out there, the work of George Nakashima being a premier example. But again, there is so many bad examples of it being churned out that 'live edge' is coming to be associated with 'yuck'. That's the end of my rant for now.
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    Finally home from a long work road trip! Had some catching up to do! A few projects to get done that have been piling up! Only the bathroom vanity was done for YouTube.. 1. Table Lazy Susan and a cutting board for 2 different clients.. 2. A thread storage cabinet for my wife's quilting room 3. Bathroom Vanity for a client. 4. And, a floating picture frame for a family member..
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    Since the piece is sitting in your garage, you might consider aiming a fan at it, possibly with a door or window open.
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    True, it is a minor detail and quite frankly in my past chairs I've left more of an end grain edge there than most people do. But my concern here is that the way the rocker sits, slightly tilted back, that edge is more visible and I'm concerned the dye may make this area darker. Even with that said i still will likely leave somewhat of an end grain edge and test the dye on a piece before I put it on the chair. Don't like the knife edge you see some people develop. Thanks as always for your kind words.
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    We do a lot of slab tables for retaurants and there offices. There is a a lot of money on the purchase end as well as the selling end.....
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    Another thought on routers. Think ahead to a track system. The track systems, such as Festool's, are most commonly used with track saws, which are themselves a wonderful invention. A router that can also ride the same track is very usefull for a long straight router run. So I would give some consideration to what track saw and track system I'd want to be in. Triton and Makita have track saws, but I'm not sure of Bosch and DeWalt.
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    NIcwly done, I like it.
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    A circular carcass on top of that base might look very modern. Be a lot harder to do, though.
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    I actually considered making it even crazier by flipping it, but decided the proportions were a bit off. I may use the idea in a later piece, though.
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    If you are ever in northern IN in the summer, check out the Hesston Steam Museum. On the same property items range from pit saw mills to engines of various sizes. Around holidays they operate the machines.
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    https://www.lowes.com/pd/Triton-Tools-2-25-HP-Variable-Speed-Plunge-Corded-Router/1000758334?cm_mmc=shp-_-c-_-prd-_-tol-_-google-_-pla-_-129-_-sosatg-powertools-_-1000758334-_-0&cm_mmc=src-_-c-_-prd-_-tol-_-google-_-tools-_-PLA_TOL_Tools_High+Priority-_--_-0-_-0&gclsrc=aw.ds&&gclid=CjwKCAiA5JnuBRA-EiwA-0ggPTqwZQMot1k-7hgQE71lSvrdmHYJMW0dMzK9q0gzR2hTq1DjYkakNRoCO38QAvD_BwE This is a little more but an exceptional tool.
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    Nice table! @Denette , but where've you been?
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    I like the waterfall of grain that goes from the top to the sides. And nice dovetails
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    There’s an old steam locomotive train ride in WA state that I’d love to take sometime. My wife and I love the old trains
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    Not to high Jack but to only take advantage of the situation, who is the oldest member on here? I’ll go first at 70 yo.
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    I would imagine with the diagonal cross pieces that it very stable! Well done and like the design and the tight dt’s!
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    Damn, if drzaius is ancient, then me and several others must be fossilized.
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    He didn’t look near that aggravated when he left Houston! Maybe because he had Bush 4141 behind him to sooth him a tad. Great pic, thanks. I bet Cody will love it!
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    I'll bite. Having dipped my toe into the 'online woodworker' as a possible income source, I wish you better luck. As for producing an e-book, my personal experience at building with 'slab' material could have been greatly improved with some valid information about ensuring thick stock is really dry, and planning for wood movement in a realistic manner. Thick slab stock exerts an amazing amount of force as it shrinks or swells. After my unpleasant experience, I learned that ancient stonecutters used dry wooden stakes driven into holes in the rock, then added water to split the stone. It is that powerful. I later noticed 2 features of many Nakashima designs that made sense with that knowledge. He used much thinner 'slabs' than we tend to see today, and most of his bookmatched slab table tops, although joined with butterfly keys, have an intentional gap down the middle. It is obvious to me now, that he realized the force of expanding wood.
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    Hi and thanks for the comment. I hear you. Fortunately, I previously worked in a custom woodshop building doors, cabinets and architectural millwork for several years where we actually thought about wood movement and the like. I currently work in a rustic woodshop where not much thought goes into construction other than to add more screws or bolts. And I'm certainly had enough of the epoxy resin. I have had similar thoughts as you. There is even fake barnwood stuff at walmart and pine slabs at Lowes. But I do enjoy the aesthetic of live edge and barnwood. I agree with you about Nakashima, too. One thought I had with my e-book idea was how to properly build with slabs while accommodating for wood movement. Thanks again for the response Jesse
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    I started working on a moxon vise today. It will be based on the Katz-Moses plans and incorporating some of @derekcohen’s improvements. Also worked on cleaning up some Jorgensen handscrew clamps I bought off craigslist recently.
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    Great job Bmac! Rounding the under side of the seat took me a long time on my stools. Getting them to match and then matching to the other two stools took me a long time. Now every morning when I walk by I realize nobody even sees them But if they ever look they are very nice