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  1. I experienced a very unusual sort of 'kick-back' today. Ripping a rough edge from a board about 18" long. The off-cut was NOT trapped between the blade and fence. When the cut was complete, the waste had enough drag on the blade to slide backwards a bit, as they sometimes do. However, it was thin enough to drop into the slot of the throat plate, where it grabbed, and swung upward with enough force to give me a good stinging whack across the forearm. Then it continued into the saw, where it jammed the blade and made the throat plate jump out of its recess, before I could hit the switch. This is the perfect argument for using a zero-clearance insert, which I had been avoiding, so as to keep more air flow around the blade for dust collection. Lucky it did no real damage to me or the saw, but it certainly got my attention!
    6 points
  2. Picked up the Rockler dust collector expanding hose and the swivel connector for it. With my little Jet dust collector it needs a swivel so it doesn't get tippy. Nice to replace the early 90s hose that seems like it was a gutter drainage pipe.
    4 points
  3. OK, it's been awhile, and my patience has finally paid off. My upholstery guy took the month of July off, and with the backlog of work he had to do I just got the couch back this week. So it's time to put a bow on this build. I like the fabric we picked, the cushions and couch look real clean and it sits very well. The MCM look is beginning to permeate my home, and this project will result in a few matching pieces for the room (love seat, coffee table, end tables). So here's the finally couch; Thanks for following along and I hope this was enjoyable to watch, I can say it was enjoyable to build.
    4 points
  4. Thanks for all the compliments. But @Mark J brings up the real question; Well my wife is very easy going but she did have some feedback on this project, because I was hoping to parlay this into a matching loveseat build. If you guys remember her one request for the loveseat was being able to sit while leaning her back on the arm and having her feet on the loveseat. So this couch was a trial run for that project. Well she does love the couch, but the arm is too low for her to lean against it. I scooped it out and shaped it so putting a pillow there and leaning against it is comfortable, but it is too low and does not give her enough back support. So before I start the matching loveseat I have some thinking and designing to do. I'm thinking of a way to "wrap" the back, or extend the back to the one side she would lean against and just do the same arm as the couch on the other side. Or simply make the arm higher so there is more support. I'm not sure but it's these challenges that make this hobby so fun. I had enough foresight to buy enough of the fabric for the loveseat when the couch was upholstered.
    3 points
  5. I find the drill press much less nerve-wracking than a screaming router, for hogging out waste from a vessel like this. Once the middle is roughly hollowed, I added some spacers to offset the center from the edges when I re-attached them. Takes a good deal of force to close the gap. Guess my bandsaw kerf is a little wider than optimal. While the glue dried, I worked on parts for the suspension shelf to hold the tray. A dovetail is much better than just driving a screw. I hate to rely on fasteners alone, but I want this part of the structure to be removable, without leaving any visible sign. We'll see how this works out.
    3 points
  6. Got the drum sander in. It is surprising how much abrasives weigh if you get enough of them in a small footprint.
    3 points
  7. Finally Finished the Bench!!!! Now a three part finish of equal parts of spar varnish, thinner, and Boiled Linseed Oil. First project from the bench will be a new tool cabinet to fill the space in front of the bench so that my most used tools are right there at the bench at the ready! Just about burnt up this poor drill - drilling 24 holes through 4" hard maple
    3 points
  8. I think I fixed it ;-)
    2 points
  9. I have done the same, using an insert specific for 45* bevel cuts, returning the blade back to 90* without changing the insert back to the zci. Then cutting an off cut that dropped down into the blade and getting a non injurious kick back. It only took once as I wasn’t wearing safety glasses and the piece clipped my ear. Glad you are ok.
    2 points
  10. Decided to go with butcher block oil, then Howard's bees/carnuba wax. This is the first coat of butcher block oil. I think it will be amazing.
    2 points
  11. Sometimes my career and hobby collide.
    1 point
  12. Hi everyone, Just a general and very broad question here. What, according to you is the best type/kind of wood is good? I mean, woods which you think are best for your home? I believe there are various types of woods available and people different types of woods in their bedroom, kitchen, bathroom etc. So, what you believe is best and good woods in terms of durability and all. Thanks.
    1 point
  13. I'm throwing away the standard insert. I've seen pieces go down beside the blade, but nothing ever came of them, other than aggravation to get them out. A good excuse to end the possibility.
    1 point
  14. This guy modified some old beast to accept a jet mortiser. Not sure that is what you are after, but your question brought it to mind.
    1 point
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  17. That’s a great bench ! Man I wish I had room for one, that’s a beauty and a nice shop for it to live in for years to come
    1 point
  18. +1^ Another great piece, well done @Bmac
    1 point
  19. I love it! For the way I work it is perfect!
    1 point
  20. Congrats to you both that's awesome!! In this world where its become so easy to walk away its awesome to see a couple thrive in their commitment to each other!
    1 point
  21. You never disappoint @Bmac another beautiful piece!!
    1 point
  22. Great results Bmac. I do like the fabric, nice choice.
    1 point
  23. Looks great. Is the wife warming up to it?
    1 point
  24. A wonderful addition. I agree on a great fabric choice. Really pulls the MCM look together.
    1 point
  25. Looks fantastic as usual! Just yesterday I was thinking we were about due for a @Bmac chair build post!
    1 point
  26. Got help to dolly the DP into the shop. the rest can be moved in small pieces so I'm good with that. One more piece of the puzzle done . . .
    1 point
  27. The DP Wall Cab has gotten installed in the new shop so I thought I would post a recap. The hydraulic lift helped get it in place. The adjustable shelves allow for changes in tooling (or of mind). The door holds frequently used items and opens toward the DP operator position. The lower door makes a platform to hold items while working. It is also handy for the Drill Doctor. The plastic shoe boxes inside hold the Drill Doctor when not in use along with other bulky items. The shelves inside hold other drilling paraphernalia. There is room behind to hold extra shelf parts for future use. That's about it.
    1 point
  28. Well, I finished it and took your advice, @gee-dub. I put stretchers at the bottom and top and then used 2 layers of 3/4" plywood on top. I think it turned out pretty good. For those curious I used spax hardwood/mdf screws. I would definitely do rabbets on the walls and top and bottom next time.
    1 point
  29. I think what his research comes down to is that glue is stronger than lignin, and wood fibers are stronger than glue. That does not mean that an end to side or end to end joint is strong enough for a given application. Joinery does have to consider wood movement, for example. And what classic joinery, like M&T, seems to do is get the the wood fibers to cross the joint and provide the strength. I'm thinking a well made M&T is probably just as strong without glue as with it, it's just more likely to get knocked apart.
    1 point