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  1. 9 points
    When ya get old, things happen that as a younger man you'd never expect to happen to you. Mainly because when we're young we know we're gonna live forever. I got old. I had a monster back surgery a year ago and it's made my ability to walk properly kinda crappy. And being on my feet for more than 10 or 20 minutes, causes more back pain than I like to brag about. Anyhow. I got a cane from my insurance company. It helps, but it's to short even fully extended. And all the canes in Walmart are short as well. So I made one. It to turned out to be to short, so it became firewood. I made another from an Apple branch and a chunk of Cherry scrap. That works okay, but I feel as though it to, is just a little to short. Last week I started with a piece of Sassafras that was way to long. Thinking I have a saw or ten, I could cut it to fi. So I proceeded on design. I wanted something a tad different. And after several days of cutting, shaping with a rasp and sandpaper, I wound up with one to tall. But as I mentioned, I have a saw somewhere in the shop. I made a cut. Tried it. Made another cut , tried it to. Another cut, and Damn! It's just right. Here's the three, with the last one being to me, quite cool and easy to handle. Three legs are better than two nowadays for me. I think you can see the improvement.
  2. 7 points
    I forgot to mention, that the front of the knob has a dent rasped in it to give my forefinger a little extra grip.
  3. 5 points
    This is my small garage shop. It is about 11" X 22" (1/2 of a 2 car garage). As you can see space is it at a premium. All of my benches and tools are mobile allowing me to move things around as needed. My 2 benches are from Harbor Freight that I have modified to fit my use. They all happen to be the same height as my table saw so they double as as an out feed table. The table saw has a shop vac under the wing that is on a auto switch. I also have a mobile shop vac cart with a cyclone I use with the router, band saw. My next project is an air filter cart that my spindle sander and drill press (next upgrade). It will house a 3 speed furnace blower and also give me more storage. Jeremy
  4. 5 points
    @Scooby, I live in Pasadena, SE of Houston. There are 3, that I know of, lumber companies between you and me. You can get many varieties of hardwood, rough sawn , cheaper than the Home Depot’s milled (questionable) pine boards. If you want to make the trek, stop off at one of these stores and bring it to me and you can help me get them to decent condition. My shop is no where near as wonderful as some on here but it will give you an idea of the various tools involved.
  5. 3 points
    Is that a little close to the "Now Playing" sign??? I hope you don "Drink and Dart"!
  6. 3 points
    Dart board cabinet done and installed. I will make the doors when I do the bar cabinet doors, onto the bar cabinets...
  7. 3 points
    Looks good Richard! When I was in my twenties I was driving through town with a buddy. An old man was crossing the street using a cane my buddy said I can't wait to be able to carry a cane. I looked at him like he was crazy, he looks back at me and says you know to beat the punks with
  8. 2 points
    I'm a big fan of the Lee Valley brad point bits (the nicer ones, not the utility ones, although those work too). They're much better than cheap bits that I had previously. https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca/shop/tools/power-tool-accessories/drill-bits/42247-hss-lipped-imperial-brad-point-drills I've got the set of 7 from 1/8" to 1/2", along with the full set of sizes below 1/4". It takes me about 1/3 the amount of time to use the 3/8" bit with my dowel jig compared to the cheap brad point bit it came with.
  9. 2 points
    Here you go Rickey, table top is the curly oak, just an oil finish; Here are a few boards milled and waiting to be put to use, some real nice curl in these boards!
  10. 2 points
    3- Having some sort of vac will be very good to have, but it certainly won't catch everything. Just know that you will still need to do additional cleanup. Expect a fine layer of dust throughout the garage. Consider making an air filter by taping a 20x20 HVAC filter to a box fan. This will help clear the fine dust from the air. There are more expensive air filter options as well. 4- Many people say that they want to start out using less expensive wood, like pine (or other softwood) 2x material from home stores. If you want to use that material for projects, you will need to set your expectations for rough construction tolerances and results. If you are aiming for very precise work and tolerances, you will get frustrated and disappointed (unless you also have a jointer/planer and can mill it straight and square). Plywood is great for shop furniture and storage. MDF is also good for jigs. For non-shop furniture projects, consider using a low cost hardwood. You can buy it already surfaced (1 straight edge, and one or both faces jointed/planed) from a lumber dealer and will have to fight it much less than the 2x material at home stores, and it will be cheaper than buying the same wood from a home store. 6- As mentioned by someone else, get a cordless circular saw (or just a hand saw) so that you can cut it down in the parking lot. Sometimes you can get them to cut it to rough length for you, depending on where you shop. I see in your later post that you have a CX-5. I have a 2015 and can fit some 4' boards in the cargo area with the seats up. With the seats down and the front passenger seat properly positioned, I can fit much longer than I originally expected. 2015 CX-5 has 165lb limit, assuming it's evenly distributed. Keep an open mind to a planer. You can get a "lunchbox" style planer starting at a couple hundred bucks. They open the door to a lot of new possibilities. +1 to all of this. My CX-5 has a rated 2000lb tow capacity, which is plenty for buying some wood and other general uses. I bought hitch online for ~$150 and installed it myself.
  11. 2 points
    Ross, I think Coop is now working the second Tuesday of each week. He's scared of retiring, His Bride has a to do list that runs from Houston to Oklahoma City.
  12. 2 points
    @Scooby, I highly recommend you take @Coop up on that offer. He is a skilled woodworker, and a fine gentleman, to boot. That is, if you can catch him on a day off from that job he refuses to retire from. What are you down to now, Ken? Half a day on odd-numbered Thursdays?
  13. 2 points
    Nice work Rick. The rasped dent must be like one of those sharp cleaving ridges that chair makers seem to like putting into seat bases. Lift and separate!
  14. 2 points
    Now don't lose your head, you could run for hours.
  15. 2 points
    I feel like a youngish chicken with new knees.
  16. 2 points
    Hi Scooby, and welcome. I hope we can offer some helpful advice to get you started off on the right foot. Regarding tools, these are MY opinions, so take them as you like. Personally, I find my tablesaw to be critical to most projects, but I would invest even more in a planer. Why? Because even pre-milled lumber moves, especially when stored in an uncontrolled environment. Making the wood flat and even is easiest with a planer AND a jointer, but there are lots of tricks to use only the jointer. All of which are much faster than using a router sled! My advice would be to do your best on the tablesaw, shop used if necessary, and save toward the planer and jointer as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, a couple hundred $$ can net you a decent jack plane and a diamond plate to keep it sharp. Learn to use those, and your expensive machine worries will be much less urgent. As for materials, don't take it for granted that home center softwood is cheaper or easier to use. You pay for that smooth surface, the 'craft boards' that most places carry are considerably more expensive than the equivalent boards from a mill. For transport, look into a trailer hitch. Probably no more expensive than a roof rack, and gives a lot more options. And you can always rent a pickup for the day if the SUV just won't cut it.
  17. 2 points
    What came in the mail today? The same thing that comes every day but Sunday. Another bill.
  18. 1 point
    I thought I would start a thread where we could record what came today to aid our woodworking. Anything is game here from humble fasteners, through handtools to machine tools and even wood stock whatever. If there are no pictures it didn't happen I'll go first. Over the years I have done a small amount of veneering but never anything that required something like a vacuum bag system. I simply could not justify the cost at the moment. That's not to say never as you don't know what is around the corner. Anyway recently I was repairing some lifted veneer on the aprons of a table with cauls made from plywood wrapped in packing tape and thought "If I had a veneer hammer I could do this quite easily". In "ye olde dayes" a workshop would always have a few veneer hammers on hand but they seem to be few and far between nowadays. You can make one from some brass strip and a few sticks of wood but I wanted a substantial commercially made one. So a German made Kunz veneer hammer arrived this morning with a drop forged head. This it the KUN037 with a 90mm (3.1/2") blade on one side and a 22mm (7/8") square lump on the other side for spot pressing. Best used with hot hide or Titebond hide glues it will even work with Titebond cold press as it pushes the mating parts together forming a good seal. It will probably work on any adhesive which exhibits good grab characteristics like Titebond Original.
  19. 1 point
    Well Kev, got all the curly walnut, but you got all the curly white oak.
  20. 1 point
    Bonny and Clyde, incognito, cool.
  21. 1 point
    This is looking very nice! Makes my setup seem too utilitarian. Nice cue rack, I need to make one now that I have a table again!
  22. 1 point
    I did not think of ebay. Shoot. I didn't order them on amazon either. I had to order a screw and a belt and just started picking places at random that didn't list an estimated delivery date of like "May" (back in mid-April) and ... nothing. The kicker is I nearly bought a new planer. Grizzly said 2 days delivery. I should have just done it. Edit - BTW, amazon has been better last week or two. Took a month to get Monster energy drink I ordered in March. Took regular 2 days for same thing ordered Friday. I think they were able to get things wrangled so they can get back to what they do best.
  23. 1 point
    Scooby, I have the Ridgid R4512 and like it but people have had issues. There's a new version out now and I've seen some strange reviews. If you have Facebook check out the Ridgid R4512 owner's Facebook group for lots of reviews and tips. I bought the Ridgid planer from here. They go on sale for 25-30% fairly often. https://www.directtoolsoutlet.com/Brands/RIDGID/RIDGID-15-Amp-Corded-13-In-Planer-with-3-Blade-Cutterhead/p/ZRR4331 Set up a Craiglist notification for whatever tools you're looking for and watch out on Facebook marketplace or whatever local board is best. I would definitely take Coop up on his offer. That would speed up your learning curve quite a bit. If you don't have a place for a trailer you can usually find a place to deliver wood or rent a truck from uHaul, Home Depot, Turo, etc. I think the CX-5 limits board length to just under 8' but it's been a while since I've used ours to get some. A simple hand saw can break boards down in the parking lot to a size that fits unless you're working on a big project. Don't be afraid to jump in and start building furniture with hardwood. Rarely do you screw up and have to get rid of the whole project. Also, the majority of people don't notice details or mistakes. There are some great in-depth furniture videos out there but www.thewoodwhispererguild.com has some great ones. Not saying follow this 100% but I think it's an interesting concept showing you some things you can build along the way. https://www.woodmagazine.com/workshop/idea-shop-6?page=1
  24. 1 point
    I have the Ridgid and have been satisfied with it: https://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-13-in-Thickness-Corded-Planer-R4331/100634358 The DW735 is the "gold standard" of lunchbox planers: https://www.homedepot.com/p/DEWALT-15-Amp-Corded-13-in-Planer-DW735/100011483?MERCH=REC-_-pipsem-_-100634358-_-100011483-_-N You could also try the WEN: https://www.amazon.com/WEN-6552T-3-Blade-Benchtop-Thickness/dp/B07KL4L9KM/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=wen+planer&qid=1589983550&sr=8-1 or the Harbor Freight special: https://www.harborfreight.com/15-amp-12-12-in-portable-thickness-planer-63445.html It looks like the prices have gone up a bit since I was looking at them. You can probably find them cheaper online if you hunt around and watch the prices, and can also check Craigslist and similar. I think the Ridgid was $399 when I bought it, and the box was beat up so they gave me 10% off. All lunchbox planers are LOUD. Some people wear foam ear plugs and over ear muffs both while using them.
  25. 1 point
    Looks like not only a pleasing design, but very functional. As to a market, I bet you're not the only tall man that can use a cane, and everyone would prefer something stylish.
  26. 1 point
    Coffee on the monitor!!! The walking stick came out great Richard.
  27. 1 point
    Nice work! Now if someone isn't social distancing instead of telling them you can cane them.
  28. 1 point
    Well done Rick! I’m sure one of those are in my future, as a good friend says “nice job young man”
  29. 1 point
    Looks like the experienced members have things covered pretty well all is good advice. I'll just add start small and add tools as you need them. For lumber I like to suggest a small trailer. The little 4x8 utility trailers that can be found for dirt cheap will haul a lot of lumber and don't take up much space. I want to say there are folding trailers out there as well. Trailers are useful for more than just lumber hauling as well.
  30. 1 point
    I think @Coop is on to something, Rick! Make up some DIY cane kits, extra long with cut marks along the bottom 6", every 1/4" or so. Package it with a hacksaw blade and a sheet of sandpaper.
  31. 1 point
    I see this thread has been revived. My eye sight is getting worse these days and finishing became an issue in the dark days of winter pre Covid. So I installed an extra 16 LED lamps which are these ones https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00JMJ2QJS 4 Pack R80 LED 10w E27 Replacment for Reflector R80 Light Bulb Energy Saving 75w Equivalent Light Output [Energy Class A+] - note these are 230volt ones intended for the UK so find the equivalent for your line voltage. Anyway these are arranged in a grid pattern spaced every 2 feet over some areas of the shop where I need them. I now have around 25 in the shop and can switch them on/off in individual zones with a few ceiling pull switches on cords. These are in addition to the T8 fluorescent tubes which cover the entire shop. So it is now very bright when I need it and the lamps are daylight. However as I mentioned above they do generate RF that interferes locally with radio reception. But as the shop has an external antenna now I no longer get any issues.
  32. 1 point
    Not really. I am working adding a shed to the back yard so I can move some stuff out there to give me more room. I was looking at The Dust Right mobile cart at Rockler. It is about the same footprint as what I have but is 4" and more CFM.
  33. 1 point
    Yea that knob is going to hurt when it ends up, upside someones head. I really like the design Rick, Very cool.
  34. 1 point
    That's a cane to do some beating, too! Looks great, Rick.
  35. 1 point
    Really simple workbench: Slightly less simple, but easier to work at bench: No affiliation with this guy, but his "Woodworking for Humans" videos are just the ticket for someone starting out on a limited budget.
  36. 1 point
    I read thIs first without my glasses and thought you said painted instead of planed.
  37. 1 point
    My granddaughter lives in College Station from Sept. to May.
  38. 1 point
    I hope you aren't calling me old.
  39. 1 point
    Nice setup. Seeing shops like this make me realize how poorly I have mine laid out.
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  41. 1 point
    Bmac, do you have any pics of the curly white oak lumber planed? I wanted the ole boy in Iowa to see it.
  42. 1 point
    I'm going to build it on a base that clears the bottom leg and goes right on top of it. The left side of cabinet will probably sit flush with left side of desk, extending in about 3 feet. I think I'm going to build the cabinet all the way up to the underside of the desk, though at that point I have to worry about making the gap between the two look even. Since there is about 6-8 inches from the front before the leg starts, I can do some small drawers for things I use commonly on my desk. Then below, full width drawers. And I want it on wheels that will be mostly hidden by the base of the cabinet. I need to be able to pull it out to clean behind it and such. I haven't decided yet if I'll actually hide the vertical part of the leg behind the cabinet. I love the desk's simplicity and leg design, but I very very much need storage. There is a huge pile of crap sitting on my floor that needs a home. Hoping to start this ..... well as soon as the DANG replacement belt for my planer gets here. I have 4 on order from 4 different places. It's been 35 days and not one has made it to me. Stupid pandemic.
  43. 1 point
    For those who may be interested in making a Side escapement Bead Plane, this may be for you. I documented this in three parts, with lots of photos. In Part 1 you will learn how to use a table saw to make the intricate parts of this plane, use an electric router to profile the bead. In Part 2 you will learn how to profile and heat treat the iron. In part 3 you will learn how to embellish and finish the bead plane. The most difficult part for me was all the time it took to photograph in detail... How I did it. Feel free to download the pdf files. Garys How I made a Side bead plane Part 1.pdf Garys How I made a Side Bead Plane Iron Part 2.pdf Garys How I made a Side Bead Part 3.pdf
  44. 1 point
    Megan and I's favorite thing to do is grab a laptop and watch a movie outside with a fire going next to us.
  45. 1 point
    They weren't when I opened them up.
  46. 1 point
    I used Osmo for this table. I usually spread the finish on the surface with a plastic applicator. I have the West Systems epoxy ones (the yellow kind). When applying it it is best to get an even coat on all end/edge grain first, then cover the top. If you get a drip on the sides it will be darker than additional coats.
  47. 1 point
    More progress on the digital movie poster frame today First up I made a quick template to route out an exhaust and entrance for the fan that will be used to pull the hot air out. The fresh air inlet is on the bottom right. Then I glued up the frame There will be an inner friction fit frame so i added a 1/8" round over to the inside edge to make installation easier. I will do the same thing on the inner frame Then I glued it up and did a quick test fit After gluing the back on I made the inner frame Then I mounted it After a few connections I installed the TV and then test fit the inner frame before gluing it up Just need to knock out the face trim and this one will be a wrap.
  48. 1 point
    No sir, that’s the reason. You’d be surprised.