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  1. For the past 25 years, we have lived with these Ikea bench stools in our kitchen ... We do not eat much at the bench, but they get used. More recently Lynndy suggested that we replace them, and I thought that this would be a good excuse to build something inspired by Wharton Escherick, whose stools are just so organic and profound in their simplicity. The design was also influenced by a point made by Lynndy that a fixed-height footrest does not fit everyone. I thought about this and it occurred to me that the stretchers on the Escherick stools could fo
    12 points
  2. I just completed a kitchen renovation. It took 51 days and mostly with out surprises but there were a couple of things that added to the adventure. One was some water damage around the sink and dishwasher but I was expecting this as we had some dishwasher problems about three years ago and this required some subfloor replacement. The other was when the counter tops were installed I had to move the plumbing around under the sink to line up with the new drain locations and the way the new garbage disposal installed. This was no big deal, I just don't like plumbing. Just because I am at
    11 points
  3. I've not made a large number of these stools, more like a half dozen, and so I hardly count as an expert here. There are others on the forums with so much more relevant experience. Past stools have used a scorp, pull shave and travishers to shape seats, and the legs were drilled with a brace and auger bit. Tenons and mortices were tapered with shop made reamers and tenon makers ... For this build I decided to go a different route, and combine power and hand tools. One reason was that the wood chosen was Hard Maple, which is a little more work to excavate than, say, a softwood s
    11 points
  4. Well, happy day when I pick up chairs from my upholstery guy. Very happy with the result, the fabric looks really sharp with the cherry. The chairs are very comfortable, very comfortable. Couldn't be happier with these. So lets put a bow on this build; I'm in the middle of building two more out of walnut, I'll show those when done. It was fun to get back into building chairs. Thanks for looking,
    10 points
  5. I had to resort to using the Egyptian stone moving technique - 4" PVC tube rollers - to get this inside. It helped me make an executive decision, though. Shipping weight on this was 610 lbs. Net weight is just under 400. My slider coming next month comes in at just under 1400 lbs. I'm calling a rigger.
    9 points
  6. The table is all complete! I figured I'd start out be showing the table that I'm replacing. It's just too big and it dominates the small eating area of out kitchen. I made this table back in 2013 it was my 4th ever project. I made it in the back of a 1 stall garage with a miter saw, handheld circular saw, and brad nailer. Yes the car stayed in the garage while I was working. I didn't have another place to park it. So out with the old in with the new. The top turned out quite nice. The color in the walnut has a lot of depth to it that the camera kinda kills.
    9 points
  7. My daughter sent this to me and it cracked me up:
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  8. Hello..I'm new here but saw online the post Bmac did on his chair build. when I saw the chair made by Bmac I thought I would share the chairs I made of one of Sam Maloof's last designs. I made the chair Bmac made as well. I am currently making a 2nd prototype of the same chair but with a few changes.. Hope you like them.. Here is also the classic rocker I made in tiger maple
    8 points
  9. So, this morning around 6:30, I'm fixing breakfast for my dog and I when he raised hell barking, louder than he ever has. My first thought was there was an intruder that I'd have to somehow scare away with a gun or my superhuman Machoness. Oops, I run to the window, and there was the damn intruder, plain as day, boldly showing off, as if he didn't care what my dog was doing. The only rifle I had nearby was a 22lr and I figured, that wouldn't stop him unless I got a lucky shot, so I grabbed my camera, so I'd have a record of him if I needed to report him. Does anyone have any facial recogni
    8 points
  10. My wife has been wanting a puppy for several years now and I promised her one for her bd which was in June. I came up short on a timely delivery but she’s ok with that. Picked up “Sage” today. Now we both have rabbit holes!
    8 points
  11. Just finished this piece for a bathroom today. I use a color called Michaels Cherry Stain which is one of the stains the Amish all over the country use. Then I spray two coats of shellac and finish with General Finish High Performance. The Amish shop that built my doors for the house uses a catalyzed laquer over the same stain and gets a finish that is far superior to mine, I just haven't been brave enough to give it a try.
    8 points
  12. Finally finished the whole insert project. No more sliding doors from the 60s.
    8 points
  13. Cleaned up the shop good after the basement project. Gonna knock out a few quick shop projects then back to furniture
    8 points
  14. I just discovered these forums and look forward to participating. I'm new here, but not to woodworking where I've been involved for 4+ decades building cabinetry, furniture, and "treen". I'm happily retired and enjoy shop time, reading, hiking, film photography and seeing my kids and grandkids. I look forward to getting to know and learn from you all and sharing what I've learned when I have something pertinent to say. I may know some of you from other forums but I love hearing other viewpoints on the woodworking we all love.
    7 points
  15. Been wanting the Shinwa bevel gauge, or one with a knob on the end instead of on the side. Someone gave me a $100 Amazon gift card as a thank you for teaching a class, so I splurged on it. Got some other goodies too, but they aren't here yet. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality. Some reviews knocked the fit and finish, but it is adequate. No sharp edges and it locks rock solid, far better than my old guage. Glad I got it.
    7 points
  16. It didn't come in the mall but i bought s 14/12 on black Friday sale from acme. The 10% plus the free resaw king was just too tempting. I wanted a 10" saw but after i considered the space it would take up and the small table i started considering 14" saws. I missed a powermatic 14" for cheaper but this might be better. I'm still working on the garage so i just shoved it in my shed which has gotten awfully full.
    7 points
  17. If any of you remember, I posted a year ago about piece that I had bought and wasn't happy with the way it was stained/painted. I spent months sanding the whole thing down, removing wood filler that was between the top three boards and trying to fill up the gouges in the construction grade lumber. I then tried unsuccessfully to stain with minwax. I just couldn't get an even coverage and avoid orange tones no matter what I did. The more I tried the worse it got. I probably sanded this piece down a few sizes in the process but used it as my learning piece. I tried oil, polyurethane, etc..
    7 points
  18. An early Christmas present for mom. She's up in age and has been stuck at home since covid so gardening is her only form of exercise. Made out of recycled redwood bleachers. You can still see some of of the stained bolt holes. Decided to leave them in instead of cutting around them.
    7 points
  19. Knocked out the first little shop project on my list, a shelf for my cordless palm routers. I like having them close but sitting on the outfeed/glue up table was bugging me, problem solved.
    7 points
  20. More experiments in tablesaw turning. Inspired by some end grain platters recently posted by @Gary Beasley, I decided to put a maple 'tree cookie' to use. It was cracked, of course, but yielded some chunks I could play with. These await finish, but came out ok. Far from Gary's fine work, but acceptible for not owning a lathe. I really dig how the end grain patterns look in this maple. BTW, the cookies were very rough cut by a large chainsaw. My first challenge was how to get faces that were reasonably flat and parallel. I worked out a method for doing that at the TS as well, I
    7 points
  21. I did a post a few weeks back on a copy of Sam Maloof's prototype rocker that he made before he passed. After I finished that chair, a flood of idea's and changes came over me, so I started on a 2nd chair and added those changes I wanted. The changes are still 100% Maloof just added to the prototype design. Even though the chair is done, I'm waiting for the seat upholstery shop to finish the leather seat which is the same as the first rocker. I figured I would show the chair without the seat for now.. who knows how long the upholstery shop is going to take to finish it Fi
    6 points
  22. Robby, that’s a rough row to hoe! We are in the middle of adding on to our house and in doing so, our existing closet and bathroom will become part of our bedroom. This means moving all of our clothes to another bedroom closet. A perfect time to get rid of clothes that I grew out of. I ended up only throwing out one shirt, and it was folded and in a drawer. I feel certain I will get back into the other shirts some day! When hell freezes over my wife told me.
    6 points
  23. Not physical mail but rather email...I got confirmation today that I have a seat in the MASW Michael Fortune #1 chair classes for next year. I have wanted to get into this class for 3 years so pretty pumped. Ultimately its 7 days in June and 5 days Sept. Two days of jig building followed by 5 days of steam bending and prepping parts then after some homework we go back in the fall and come out with a completed (or close to it) chair.
    6 points
  24. Also called shut the box and other names, roll the dice and flip the numbers to make what you rolled, first one not able to make their number loses, spalted maple, walnut, butternut numbers, brass rod and hinges, thanks for looking and as usual comments, questions and critique are always welcome.
    6 points
  25. Got 14 of 22 sheets up yesterday going to finish today.. Then start on the walls.
    6 points
  26. Actually there are two walk-in closets in the 16’x16’ space. And yes, the reason for the build to begin with is to allow for wheel chair accessibility should the need ever arise. The shower (no tub) is 4’x7’ with no curb. Shoot, we could have showered with friends if we had done this 50 years ago! Yeah, they showed today like they said!
    6 points
  27. Not really in the mail but via slow moving turtle. We are adding on to the back of the house and submitted plans for a permit in late August. The city finally issued a permit three weeks ago and the inspector, bless his heart, finally showed today and approved the form and steel. We get concrete tomorrow!!!
    6 points
  28. Brassavola Little Stars. A primary hybrid. Meaning both parents are species. The flower has a sweet and spicy aroma. Only at night. It's pollinator is nocturnal. A moth. So the plant has evolved to save the scent for night only so the flower will last longer. A better chance to pollinate. The fragrance has created a nick name of Lady of the night. It is natural to the Americas. Central, northern south America and the Caribbean. If the humans came around a million years later this plant would be natural to florida. Other than its natural habitat, it grows easiest right here in South Florida. Th
    6 points
  29. It's been awhile since I was able to work on my shop. This last weekend my oldest son and his son helped me with the rearrangement of my shop. A clamp rack was removed from the wall (I made a new one, shown earlier in this thread). My lathe was out on dollies and moved out of the way. The power tool case and the mechanic's chest were moved in to resulting hole. I was tighter than I thought it was going to be. I moved all of my stationary tools to their new positions in a tool island and my shop lost its gloomyness. The big issue was that I found out I had a lot of little hidey hole
    5 points
  30. Today was a busy day for me. I cut up a big pine that recently fell, stacked the logs, and cleaned up the brushy stuff. Split and stacked about 2/3 cord of oak. Half was recently cut down in a neighbor’s yard and the other half was on the property when we bought it. Probably still another 2-3 cords of wood to be split between those two stacks (a couple more stacks of oak and dogwood, probably a dozen stacks of pine). I also split some of the oak tree I cut up in another neighbor’s yard a couple weeks ago (separate stack). Also installed a new bathroom sink faucet on my wife’s sink and a few ot
    5 points
  31. Just to be clear, I do agree that board feet would be the most accurate, IF referring to the square feet X depth of cut. I like the bushel idea too. Just thought of another irritating term: "vertical grain fir". For some reason it usually used for fir, not other woods. And what the hell does that mean any way? When it's a tree, yes the grain is vertical, as is when used in a vertical orientation. But you spend all that extra cash of VG fir, take it home, lay it on the bench, & suddenly it's not vertical grain anymore
    5 points
  32. Holy that's slow. I issue permits in under an hour. I usually have them reviewed and approved before the person leaves the office. I hope the addition goes smoothly looks like it's going to add a good amount of space for you. It's all shop space right?
    5 points
  33. I knocked these out today using Lexan. Sort of fun. Sort of interesting. But definitely useful. They are 2 1/4" in the face, and 1 1/2" over the top. Ratios 5:1, 6:1, and 7:1 (I find 8:1 too flat). There is also a saddle square. If there is interest, I'll post a build. Nice items to make as Christmas presents Regards from Perth Derek
    5 points
  34. Thanks for asking. She's not improving very much. Still mostly paralyzed on one side from the stroke. One of us has to be here all the time, so it slows both of us up from doing what we normally do. It's taken my wonderful Wife about this long, I think about four months now, to get her medication right, so that she will sleep all night. It'll just be the three of us for Thanksgiving, this time. We do what we have to do.
    5 points
  35. Finished up the DP table today, just needs a couple coats of poly on the edge. The smaller table provides more room for the mortiser I bought earlier this year and matches the router table becuase well that's important right
    5 points
  36. What other joinery methods are you considering? M&T is definitely not overkill, it's the accepted method of construction for this type a piece. And as mentioned above, a dovetail on the top aprons would add even more mechanical strength. I don't know if you subscribe to Fine Woodworking or not, but Mike Pekovich wrote an excellent article on making a side table from a single board that is a great primer for this type of table. I use it as a project in my intro classes.
    5 points
  37. Between a book I've been reading and some internet research, I was able to figure out where my father's regiment was stationed at the onset of the Battle of the Bulge. I couldn't get down to the company level, but it was very cool to be able to see the regiment's position.
    5 points
  38. Been working on fences for two days. The perimeter fence is mostly 5' high four-board, with a 9 ga. aluminum hot wire above the top board. We haven't had the hot wire on for years. Pam let me out of the pastures when I was on a tractor, and she went to the barn from there, expecting to go back out of the gate, but went to the house the other way. The gate was left closed, but not chained for several days. Wednesday, we woke up with the two horses sleeping in the field in front of the house. They went right back in when we called them. The trouble is that they found where the chi
    5 points
  39. Not sure about the pheasant crop as temps have been in the 60's and 70's since the opener. I have been working on clearing 14 acres of PINE, cedars locust and hedge in an effort to develop some bird habitat. No CHERRY trees were harmed in the dozing of ground. On a side note my bench is hard maple with a bit of walnut worked in and a base of ash.
    5 points
  40. Well at least, it appears, that the table saw in question has a blade guard on.
    4 points
  41. thanks everyone.. Much appreciated the kind comments.. All the sculpting is done by hand.. I do use Die grinders to remove a good chunk of the wood but turn to special files and rasps to do all the final shaping.. I am currently working on a birdseye maple rocker, but in the classic Maloof design.. I will be posting it for sale when I am done. From my understanding Sam didn't make very many birdseye maple rockers.
    4 points
  42. Totally inspirational, thank you for sharing. I really love the lines you developed in that second chair! I for one hope Randall keeps sharing with us!
    4 points
  43. An imposter! You know I’m the real deal because I have an ‘h’ in my name! Jokes aside, welcome to the forum! It’s a great bunch and very valuable resource.
    4 points
  44. Received a some more BF items today. First some Makita batteries $159.99 pd $90 after sale and $10 coupon. I love my Makita cordless palm routers but they do use more battery power then the drills etc so it will be nice to have a couple extras. Also got a couple of 150 Magjigs for the Bow featherboard I bought on sale over the 4th of July before realizing how much the Magjigs were. They finally went on sale so picked up a couple Finally picked up a set of knobs for the new drill press table fence. Truth be told Rockler should include these in the kit as the ones they prov
    4 points
  45. I named my hammer hammergo. So when I am looking for it I'd say where'd hammergo?
    4 points
  46. Been busy doing a last minute garage sheetrock and finish. There are too many unknowns with Covid that we are deciding to do our wedding reception at our house with a reduced guest list. I have 25 days to get this finished. Insulation is 75% done. I have a couple outlets to add tonight and then should have all the prep done. I'm doing this fast and not planned as well as I'd like. I'm 100% sure future me is goign to be upset with past me for a snap decision I made that was wrong.
    4 points
  47. To finish out this thread, I appreciate Coop's attempt to help. That screw was not the problem. I contacted Bosch who handles service for Skilsaw these days and spoke to an engineer. I knew the saw was out of warranty, but I was just looking for guidance on why it was not working. I sent photos and a video, but he didn't know what was wrong either. So he said, pack it up and send it back. Even though it was out of warranty, he volunteered that they would fix it. This, despite that Bosch will no longer support Skilsaw after December 2020. He could have easily blown me off. He sent the
    4 points
  48. I was asked to explain how I go about sharpening my bandsaw blades, and finally got around to putting together a couple of photos. Let me say first that I did not invent this method. It is widely used. I learned it on YouTube, that font of all important wisdom The fixture is new, and really thrown together in about 20 minutes. Before this, for a number of years, I would simply freehand this process. That worked well. Eventually .. recently .. I decided a fixture would offer more reliable results and less hand fatigue. Well, I think that this is so. The main tool is
    4 points
  49. Thank you all so much for the welcome.. Much appreciated.. This chair is a copy of a prototype that Sam made. I knew Sam well (since my 20's) There were several things Sam wanted to change on the chair, but passed before being able to make them. I saw all 3 of the newly designed chairs when they were being shown at his exhibit at his home. I have not seen the chairs displayed since. Sam was kind enough to make me copies of his templates when he saw that I could not afford one of his iconic rockers, so I could make my own. 2/3rds of my furniture is Maloof style pieces that I have made
    4 points
  50. Last week I finished my router table. Thanks to everyone who chimed in re: fixing the sloppy fit of my JessEm router lift in my General International/Excalibur cast iron table. Long story short, I took up the slop with some metal shim stock, but discovered my router plate is far from flat. It's useable in the near term for less sensitive operations but I will need to source a new plate to do anything with precision. I will likely buy a Woodtek plate and drill it for a Triton 3 1/4 hp router once I have enough pennies saved. This is the closest thing to actual furniture I have built in over alm
    4 points