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  1. 15 points
    Signed, sealed and ready for delivery.
  2. 12 points
    Some final photos of the Thing: The doors don't close firmly because of the SOSS hinges (I don't recommend them) so I will probably add some magnets, but that shouldn't change the appearance much.
  3. 11 points
  4. 10 points
    In self defense I normally make a batch of small items and stash them in the closet for unexpected gift requests. Due to various reasons I got caught flat-footed this holiday season when I was asked for a "quick" gift for someone who "suddenly" came up. I am going to kill off some scrap and shorts and build up a supply for all those surprises that will come up this year ;-) I gather some scrap of at least the minimum size I need. I butterfly it and flip the outside faces in in order to get continuous figure around the box. I thought I had a picture of that technique. I'll try to dig one up and post it here later. I miter all the carcass parts and rabbet them. I plane and pre-finish the inside surfaces with shellac. I have a collection of thin stock in the scrap bin from resawing things like drawer fronts. I use this as veneer on 1/4" plywood for the bottoms; ply out and veneer in, of course. As a side topic, here is my improved Rikon 10-305 fence. Simple but effective. You can see a veneered bottom in rough size at the left edge of this pic. The tops all get a centered 1-3/8" hole. This scale would change with your box size to some degree. I then use setup bars and stops at the router table to route a pair of sort of mortises to receive the pull. The hole gets a round-over treatment. This is where your pinkie go when you grab the pull. I square up the mortises with a 1/4" chisel. I use the same technique I use for G&G ebony plugs, I taper them to fit like a cork. You can see that the ends are slightly angled. I also taper the thickness a bit. This calls for a piece of melamine I keep around with some abrasives on it. You place the pull blank on the abrasive, tile the pull up about 1 degree and pull it toward yourself. I do this once or twice per side. You know when you have the right fit when the pull almost seats in the mortise. You can shorten the angled ends a bit to ease up on the right fit. Why go through all this? Same as on the square ebony plugs, the force-fit of the last 1/64" of depth make a snug fit in the mortise; no gaps. Ready for some finish. I'll be back . . .
  5. 8 points
    Good advice here, but I have to say - not too fond of your moniker. Probably just being sensitive.
  6. 8 points
    Heres the results of this last weeks work. Globe/bowls are birch cut and stacked from a board. The stands are curly walnut, the finial is purpleheart. The stand for the top has a felt lined recess to seat the finial in when the globe is opened.
  7. 8 points
    That looks like an awesome space. Also that's a massive table. I can't imagine the amount of stuff i could pile on top of there to avoid putting it away.
  8. 7 points
    I would say dado. It’s not overkill, just simple & effective for this application.
  9. 7 points
    Now that the shop's up and running, thought I'd toss out a shop tour. Lots of changes coming for sure! https://youtu.be/5SpWamWnFc4
  10. 7 points
    My deepest thanks for all the kind words to all, especially those who offered opinions since one of the reasons I post to to create discussion. There are just so many ways to do joinery, and so many takes on design. We all benefit from the diversity. This has been an interesting build (they have to be interesting, otherwise why do it?). A challenging design to reproduce with hand tools. The first time I had attempted mitred dovetails. That was interesting. It came together very satisfactorily in the end. I am in awe of the top - that Jarrah is simply stunning ... far more so in real life where you can see the chatoyance and fiddleback. A couple of better photos (perspective is everything) ...Thanks again.Regards from PerthDerek
  11. 6 points
    Agree with "grain" being the issue. And, FWIW...a google search of "crack" and "spoon" turns up a ton of not unexpected results....
  12. 6 points
    What they said. Should be plenty strong enough. I built this one at least a year ago and it’s held up to the job of one monitor. It’s got about 3-4 small dominos in each join. Perfect for sliding the keyboard under.
  13. 6 points
    What's the difference between an introverted and an extroverted engineer? An introverted engineer looks at his shoes when he's talking to you, an extroverted engineer looks at your shoes when he's talking to you.
  14. 6 points
    I generally match my tools. Almost all of the tools in my shop are woodworking tools. I keep the car tools in the garage and the garden tools in the shed. It's nice to have all the matching tools together in the place they get used so i don't have to go searching for them ...
  15. 6 points
    Could it be an environmental thing? I have a can that has got to be over 10 years old that still sprays. Shows how unimpressed I am with the stuff that a can lasts so long, eh? I live in SoCal where anything that even appears to be a seasonal change happens on TV to someone else, somewhere else so, pretty moderate temperature swings. We did have that typhoon come through here last week . . . Grown men wept at the sight of such destruction . . . . "Honey! Call 911. There's a mysterious shiny foreign material all over the deck!!!"
  16. 5 points
    Dogs are done! Guess that means the tops are officially done until the final flattening. would really love to start on the base today, but I have work work to catch up on.
  17. 5 points
    Figured maple for the leg vise chop. Normally I wouldn’t use the side with the worm stain...but pretty sure my kids will think it looks cool.
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    Here are the ones I turned maybe 20 min all in. Before After
  19. 5 points
    I'm going to go pick up the beams tomorrow or the next day it looks like. They're either not going to work or they're gonna be awesome...one way to find out, get em in the shop and get them cleaned up. I may end up buying 8/4 stock for the dog hole strip, outer laminate and the side rails. I suppose that could be prevented if I can resaw the beams and they dont move like crazy, but who knows how that'll go. Again, one way to find out.
  20. 5 points
    Can't say that about mine can you?
  21. 5 points
    I had a woodworker who I respect greatly for his woodworking knowledge once told me that hand cut dovetails or dovetails in general are only precious to the woodworker, no one else even notices.
  22. 5 points
    Yeah, well... I'm sure Dad would have had to do it barefoot..... in the snow.... up hill...... both ways.
  23. 5 points
    On my Schedule C, I list my occupation as Carpenter, and also have since 1974. I admit to never spending any time thinking about matching tools, which includes reading most of this thread.
  24. 5 points
    Latest update. It's been a pretty good week as I've had a fair amount of shop time. I finished putting together both slabs, but haven't cut them to final length. I'll leave that until the end in order to get as much length as possible - likely about 79". They still need some clean up which will happen at the final flattening. The end cap turned out pretty good, with only some tiny gaps that filled nicely with glue and sawdust. I decided to just use dog holes rather than square dogs. The final width of the top will be 25 1/2". I've got a good start on the legs which are now all mortised and have their top tenons cut. The front Left still needs to be drilled and routed for the leg vise. The rails are almost done as well. As you will see in the photos, I added some visual interest to the bench. I got a good deal on some 4/4 quilted maple, so I incorporated that into the front laminate. I realize this is "just shop furniture", but as strictly a hobbyist who doesn't really have to justify costs, I figured it would look interesting. I'm planning on using walnut for the chop and gap stop, and will do some inlay in the chop as well. The best part of the this build for me has been getting more familiar with my router. Of all my tools, it's the one I felt most uncomfortable with. I'm still by no means completely proficient, but this project forces you to use it so much that you have to become more comfortable, so I'm not completely butchering wood when using the router now...
  25. 5 points
    You can see some on my website, at least some of the builds I posted in recent years. http://www.inthewoodshop.com/Furniture/index.html Here are a couple: Kist (Fiddleback Marri and Jarrah) .. ... with a secret drawer ... Hand crafted copy of Hans Wegner's "The Chair": This won the Popular Woodworking Excellence Award for 2016. "Lingerie Chest" in Makore (carcase) and Figured Jarrah (drawers). This has curved sides and bow-front drawers (i.e. a contemporary "Bombe" build): The drawers are all compound angles ... The top has a secret mirror .. and the top drawer has jewellery trays and a secret lock .. This won Best of Show at the Perth Wood Show in 2016. A sofa table in Hard Maple (carcase) .. .. and WA Sheoak top ... This won again in 2017. It also has a secret drawer And I recently posted on this bow fronted Apothecary Chest in Black Walnut ... .. with curved drawers ... Regards from Perth Derek