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  1. Ok, @Spanky got me going to finish up this post. I had put my last coat of finish on the Rocker yesterday and so I went home at lunch to move it into the house and grab some pics. When I left off here I had to do the final sanding of the rockers and lower legs. Then it was wet down the whole rocker to raise the grain and then resand the whole rocker. Dye was applied next and again I had to resand the whole rocker! Once those very joyless tasks were completed I got to apply the finish and then for the first time see what this wood had to offer. Well it didn't disappoint, God made some bea
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  2. Second installment. The sides of this piece are cut back, which narrows the corners and gives a longer and narrower space in which to form the pillars. This allows the pillars to be a little more dramatic. However I actually made a “mistake” in sequencing the steps on this project by removing that waste wood now rather than after the pillars were mostly formed. To explain briefly, whenever I turn one of these convolved forms I encounter end grain chip out from the trailing edges of two of the pillars. This occurs where the grain runs perpendicular to the tool path and the pillar is ge
    8 points
  3. Now it's time to use it. I found out last night, after i got home late due to a 12 hour work day, that turning a couple quick things on a lathe is fun and relaxing. Your setup is beautiful and makes mine look like a joke but it works.
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  4. One, I don’t understand it, two, I could never dream that up and three, there’s no way I’d ever attempt it. But You’ve done all three and looks darn good so far!
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  5. Here's an idea I tried awhile back and have never left. Mill a bit of hardwood to fit inside the Incra tube. I milled a couple of feet and have not run out yet. It only takes a few inches to make a new "flag". I have a few "flags" for various tasks. They all change out quickly with one screw that happened to already have a hole in the extrusion. It was one of those cobbled together solutions that stuck with me. My miter gauge fence is highly modified from the original intent but, the addition of the sacrificial "flag" could still work on a stock tube.
    2 points
  6. I would like to get some comments/ suggestions on a desk that I am designing for myself. It is taller than most desks since I have worked at a drafting table for many years and prefer the height and sloped surface. Top shelf is for 2 computer monitors. Shelve space behind the drawers a basically because no one needs a 24" deep drawers. I may do drawer fronts with book matched veneer - that looks continuous from drawer to drawer. Any comments welcome. I won't be offended.
    1 point
  7. Absof***lutly beautiful job. And you have three? I'd go crazy trying to wear them out evenly. Top notch craftsmanship.
    1 point
  8. First, all 3 woods, cherry, walnut and maple, were ideal for this project. The tiger maple with all its figure really turned up the wow factor and was very easy to work with. I've made 2 of these rockers before these 3, and those first two were cherry. Can't really say I have a favorite wood, I think all the woods worked similarly and all took just as long to sand. This chair is a real labor of love, by the time I'm done I've felt every surface, edge, joint, corner and roundover hundreds of times. The hand sanding is tiresome, but at least at that point you can see the chair and it's nice form
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  9. Beautiful, beautiful work @Bmac and that dye really did it’s job on making that grain pop, that’s some of the finest work I’ve seen on here and an awesome trio that will last several lifetimes. Well done sir!
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  10. Great looking family Awesome job and thanks for taking the time to journal it, this will be one of my go to resources when I do mine.
    1 point
  11. Bmac: Great job !! That tiger is unbelievable.
    1 point
  12. I have had my A3/31 for about 14 years it has the straight blades and has worked very well for me. The newer ones are even better, tables don't butterfly open and the spiral cutter head come to mind. FWIW I had to replace a $20 capacitor a couple years back other than that no issues.
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  13. Jim, I've been very happy with my Hammer A3-41. I got it with the spiral cutterhead. Felder is running a special on them right now. Swichover doesn't have to be a hassle. Here's a short video of the process that Kev shot while he was here last summer. I don't know if you have any travel plans for the holidays but if if you're coming anywhere near Santa Fe give me a heads up. You're welcome to check it out.
    1 point
  14. Bmac, I keep looking for pics of the finished rocker?
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  15. I wasted more time on it than I recovered by reduced prices. I didn't find anything woodworking related today. I did get a good Cyber Monday deal on a little vinyl sign cutter. I have labels on over 140 toolboxes, that were printed on computer printer labels, that need to be redone. That will be a tedious process, but I wanted to do it in a professional looking manner this time. It'll be handy to have for other things too.
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  16. Ahhhhh! I see, I think I understand now, just don't ask me to do that!
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  17. Or you could find a chunk of aluminum with some of the raw ore still stuck to it & make a live edge gauge.
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  18. You could make the cut longer and fill the void with epoxy to make the first ever River (TM) miter gauge.
    1 point
  19. Nice to finally deliver. And several wows were offered. We work for money, but the thanks and comments of appreciation along with the wows are a meaningful part of the pay. Dealing with nice people adds to the pleasure of the work. I had to bring the drawers back to the shop. I did not calculate the plastic that fits on top of the drawer sides to accommodate the hanging folders. It was 40 minutes round trip travel and 20 minutes to cut the sides a half inch. All is well!
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  20. You could always consider it a gauge to find that angle again.
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  21. Apparently you don’t have a SS or your story would have been longer!
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  22. Just hack 1cm off the end. You didn't need a fence that long anyway. That sucks. I've been super careful with my miter gauges but i bet it's only time until I do this to one of mine as well. If it bothers you enough incra does sell replacement parts. https://www.incrementaltools.com/PARTS_INCRA_Miter_1000HD_p/pc-miter1000hd.htm
    1 point
  23. We are building a version of this hall table ... We left off last time with basic preparation of stock from rough sawn boards .. A word of introduction before continuing: while I am best known for hand tool work, I am a blended woodworker and have a pretty full compliment of power tools, which I use. It is horses for courses - power does the grunt work and hands do the details and joinery. So there are machines here as well as hand tools, and I like to believe they coexist well in my builds, as they should. I began this session by turning the legs ...
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  24. The factor that causes movement is the difference in expansion or shrinkage between the radial direction inside the board and the tangential. Radial is the change in diameter of the log and tangential is the change along the growth rings. This is often expressed as a ratio. The closer to 1 of the ratio the more stable the wood is going to be. Also the lower the percentage of shrinkage in either direction the more stable the wood will be and the less it will change size. If the ratio is 1 and the percentage is 15% it'll move a lot but would in theory be stable. Wood is natural and theory goes o
    1 point
  25. Until today. I set the incra mitre gauge close to the blade to give as much support as possible for a small piece of timber to cut some angles. Once done, I set the angle (saw tilts to the right) and then made my cut. I wondered for a second where the aluminium shavings were coming from. It wasn’t a smart moment.
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