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  1. Warning: long and possibly boring monologue ahead...feel free to just look at the pics if you're not interested in my life story... This project was farther down in the queue than a number of others I've been thinking about, but a series of events guided me to push it up to the fore. About a year ago, a huge tree fell on our house (a white oak...befitting that white oak was used in this project, although that was purely coincidental). Anyway, the long and short of it is that it was a complete PITA that stole away a big chunk of time that I would have rather spent in the shop. Th
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  2. Some of you know, and some don't. My wife was diagnosed with cancer in 2015. She went through all the necessary treatments, radiation, chemotherapy and everything they had to stop the cancer. It worked, all that was left after 2 1/2 years of treatments was scar tissue. Hooray we thought, but hold on a minute. Why wasn't she recovering? She was weak, hardly able to walk, to eat, to have a good life again. It seems that the chemicals that are used to kill off the cancer cells, also do damage to other parts of the body. Those chemicals that saved my wife's life from cancer, destroyed her stem
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  3. Okay peeps, let's wrap this one up. We're done. We applied my typical protocol for most of my projects...four coats of ARS, three full-strength, the fourth thinned 50/50 with mineral spirits... Gave them a few days to cure, then a quick polish with a Platin pad and lube... Installed hinges and lid stays... And that's that...the end of an era... It was overcast today so you can't really get a taste for this lid's full glory. It's pret
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  4. No that's not a grammatical error... He's the pajamas of multiple cats....... If you don't know Steve he's one of the mentors here on WTO.....a few weeks ago I 'turned' an ice cream scoop handle by chucking it up on a power drill and taking it to my sander and posted a project showcase pic on the site. I mentioned in passing on the post that I had so much fun I'd love to have a lathe... Unfortunately my days of 'buy whatever I want' are over since my wife stayed home to take care of the kids recently and we're down to one income...,,Literally the day I posted Steve called me and asked me if I
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  5. Ive sucked my teeth (dentures) into the dust collector.
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  6. So I got some time in the shop today with my oldest since the wife was gone with the 3 younger ones. He has been wanting to make a sword. He left a paper in the kitchen last week with a drawing of a sword and it said, "my dream sword". Well today was time for him to get started on the dream sword lol. I do realise this is probably very odd to be journaling but the boy looked up at me with big eyes as I was snapping a picture of him and said, "dad, are you going to put this on wood talk online?" I said of course I will. So this journal is for him, cause I love him and he wil
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  7. You guys have made this site a pleasure! And all I can do is hope every one of you have a Merry Christmas! For those that don't like Christmas, Happy Holiday! And may you bury all your complaints in tons of saw dust! From RichardA and family!
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  8. My heartfelt thanks to all of you, once again you guys have come thru with your thoughts and prayers, you guys are the best of friends. On to Lucy, she was taken off of the ventilator and is breathing on her own and doing very well, a balloon was inflated in the artery of her heart and removed to allow more blood flow and it worked very well, early next week she will have the major surgery to repair her heart, Lucy is in the children's hospital in Iowa City and its one of the best children's hospitals in the country and have done this operation before with great success. you folks are helping
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  9. My wife writes novels and this year her 10th book was published. She asked if I could build her a bookcase with a sliding ladder. I picked up the Rockler ladder kit when it was on sale and started building this monster at the beginning of the year. It feels like it took forever and I'm so happy to be done with it and moving onto the next (smaller) project. It was built where it looks sort of like a built-in, but it is stand-alone. She does not want to leave it when we move next. Some details: Baltic birch plywood with poplar hardwood I built it in 6 pieces and then moved t
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  10. I got a wide angle lens for vacation this year and decided to take some new shop pictures. My shop is a 40x30 pole barn with 10' ceilings and a 9' porch. It was put up in summer of 2014 and I finished everything except the concrete and power to the building. It has 200 amps of power with its own meter and a direct connection to the transformer (not the house). The walls and ceiling are OSB with R-19 insulation in the walls and R-44 blown into the ceiling and I'm now a believer that insulation is worth every penny. Even in the dead of winter the inside won't drop below 40 unless overnight lows
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  11. I made a couple of jewelry boxes out of sepele for my daughters for Christmas. I haven't made any thing for them since they were kids here at home so I figured it was time. They are simple in design, neither one of our daughters is into fancy or real ornate stuff. I used Brusso stop hinges and they are finished with satin Arm-R-Seal. This is the first project using sepele and I really enjoyed working with it. I have another project after the first of the year and I now think I will be using sepele for that one also. The chatoyance is really something with sepe
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  12. For the last 8 or 10 years, I've had tools in some cabinets, some in boxes under cabinets and some in storage containers. Recently in the last year or so, now that I have a decent size shop I had put all my tools in various cabinets and hung them up and out of the way, while some sat on shelves collecting dust till I needed to use them. To the left of my bench there was one wall hung saw till..Beside it was a wall hung layout tool cabinet. To the right of the bench was a plane till and next to that was another bunch of hand saws and drill charging station. Behind me on another wall was my
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  13. One of our moderators, a young fellow named "wtnhighlander", has a client that want's a slab oak table. he was searching locally, and I was searching locally to see if I could help. He however found a guy near Murfreesboro in Tennessee that has slabs dried in a solar kiln, I also found him, but Ross gets the credit. At my age, I take meeting our fellow woodworkers as a bucket list, and went to meet Ross at the slab dealer's place Saturday. Well worth the trip, Ross is one of the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet. He was protected by his 18 year old son, who is one really cool guy.He has a
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  14. What the hell is going on around here? I leave for 5 mins and come back to this? Guess I should explain. There was an insane snowstorm and my internet was down for a few weeks. Im from the great white north, is it that unbelievable? Seriously, there is no beef here. Needed a break. Eric and I are all good. Nothing to see here. Ive been taking some pics of my current build. Hopefully get them up this weekend.
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  15. My son in law's dad has been quite sick for the last few months. About ten days ago my son in law asked if I would make a memorial box for his cremains and a few items of memory. I didn't know his dad super well but the amount of time I was around him was good times and even that little bit of time spend around him made this a tuff thing to do, a lot harder then I expected. I was nervous about getting it right. I know religion is not to be discussed here but I can't help but be amazed at the fact that I finished this the same day his dad passed away. No journal just a single picture.
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  16. My Dad who was 79 in march, married to my mom for 57 years, became an angel at 10:20 this morning. He got to see me finish that table...and boy did he tell all his friends about it ! He was a fireman, police officer, dad, grandpa (to any kid that needed one, I might add) and a man that left behind an enormous legacy of kindness. If your Dad is still around...hug him.
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  17. So we are moved in and more or less settled. We are so happy at the new place. The last few weeks has been a serious whirlwind. I've taken a few pics of the shop tear down, the shop move and now starting to setup the new shop. We got the keys a week before we moved so it gave me a chance to do some renos in the house and build a new shop floor. The new shop is a standard double garage, (20x20) not huge but doable. Here is a pic of the new space. There was a fridge and some cabinets in there that I had to get rid of.
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  18. I thought it might be fun to chronicle the development of my workshop, see what you guys think, maybe get a few pointers, maybe give you all some ideas, and so on. So here we go! I'm going to just go ahead and do this chronologically. CHAPTER 1: BEGINNINGS We got a house in July of 2014, and my gracious wife gave me the whole 2-car garage as a workshop. The space is roughly 18' by 18' with a 16' garage door on the west wall, about 16' of pegboard on the south wall, two doors on the east wall, and the circuit breaker box on the north wall near the east corner. Prior to
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  19. Thank's guys....When he first adopted us, he was 5 weeks old. Two weeks later he picked out a female from another litter that was 5 weeks old and they have been our children for 13 years. My big guy who you all see when you look at my avatar has always had hip problems, and lugging around 165 pounds didn't make it easy on him. Last Friday before 9 PM we knew the temp was going to drop very low, and we always bring them in the house when the temp drops below 25*. The temp was 12* when we got to them, and he was down and couldn't get up on his hind legs. With coaxing and help from us we got h
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  20. In finishing up the bookcase I drilled the holes to attach the top to the top section. I drilled three holes toward the front of the case and three holes in the back. The three holes in the back I elongated to allow for wood movement of the top itself. As far as the finish goes with the help of Mike ( estesbubba) and after doing some testing, I tried something different. I used a 2# cut of garnet shellac that was diluted about 25% more with denatured alcohol. I sprayed one coat then sanded with 400 grit to knock the grain down then sprayed 3 coats of General Finish's High Performance,
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  21. Steve has been instrumental in project planning and questions that i've had. i nominate wdwerker. he's an asset to the forum and exhibits extensive knowledge.
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  22. This project was for me. It's a tall desk with a partially sloped top and shelf for computer monitors. Been working on this since before Christmas. I used a story stick for the legs - worked great.
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  23. I have been rather busy with my career for the past few months. I try to spend my free time working on projects, leaving me little time to interact with WoodTalk community. My hope is to make some time for WoodTalk forum this year. I have been reading posts but not posting much. So, it is time to get caught up. Here are some of the projects I have worked on since last June. I made two jewelry cabinets for my daughters. One is inspired by a box made by Matt Kenny. The second one is based on a design by Kyle Toth. I chose this project because I had just one boa
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  24. So finally the day has arrived and its the best feeling in the world!! What a journey this has been for all of us but its on to being a family for my daughter her husband and of course Lucy. i can't express enough how much you guys helped with your prayers and support, it helped Jan and i thru some very tough moments. A special thanks to @K Cooper for the PM's and phone calls to me and helping me thru this and starting the thread on Lucy, he is not only a great friend but one of the finest people i know. Also thanks to @RichardA for the PM's and special prayers. ALL of you have my gratitude, t
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  25. While I was backpacking in the santa cruz mountains I came across these wind caves that were created by the wind eroding away holes and cavities into sand stone. I've been working on conveying this through the wood carving where all the areas carved away flow into the next and emulate this movement of the wind. This piece is the first in a series I'm working on now so i'm looking forward to pushing these ideas and techniques!
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  26. This was turned from a single piece of cocobolo 8 ½” square by 17/4. The surface is sanded to P1200, but with no coatings, just au naturale. With successive convolved designs I have been looking at what happens when the contour lines of the upright and basin are altered. With Sedona the upright and basin are both formed from straight lines. In many ways this shape was the most difficult convolved form to design, engineer and make that I have done so far. For one thing I had to be very particular about the acute angle in the corners. It’s about 40 degrees reflecting the fact that my d
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  27. This was a fun build, and it really shows off Rickey's (aka Spanky) curly ambrosia maple. I was inspired to do this piece after seeing some nice buffet designs and builds on this site. Why would a buffet design inspire this piece, well this piece will match my future buffet table/cabinet! I also plan to build a matching liquor cabinet to match this piece. That liquor cabinet is just getting started and if I can get my act together I wanted to post a journal with that. Now for those that have seen some of my work, you know I lean more toward a Maloof/sculptured design. I had to incorporat
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  28. This is the last post for me in this thread. The reason is that there is this one thing to add to it, to complete it. A few weeks ago, the funeral home called me and told me that the marker I ordered had come in. They wanted to know if they were going to drive the 50 miles to do the install. I told them no, and I'll be up in a few minutes to pick it up. It's been riding around in my car for 15 or 20 days, and today I took it to the grave of my wife. I waited til today for this reason. Today would be our 21st anniversary. And I wanted to share that date with the Lady I love. Ya see, my
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  29. I completed the finish process on the table two weeks ago and then the table just sat in the shop because of other things asking for my time. This morning I finally got the old table out and the new one into the house. It came in, in two pieces. For one it is heavy, and two logistically it was just the easier way. Down side to this is the tight space and lighting didn't lend itself to good pictures but here it is. Any and all comments and constructive criticism are welcome. One of the challenges of the project was to get the finish close to
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  30. Just not very proud of what I half to do to try to make a living. I'm working on two corner cabinets and a sink cabinet. Nothing that great to show but I have always enjoyed seeing what you guys do. I just wanted to explain why you never see my stuff and will take this thread down soon..
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  31. My daughter turned 5 in january, and she's outgrown her toddler bed. So I thought I'd try to make a new bed for her. This is my second actual furniture project, and it's turning out a lot better than my rustic/distressed maple coffee table. I used Jeff Miller's bed book plan for a shaker bed and then modified the headboard with some slats. I'm not real good at making up plans, I just had a vision in my head and then made some notes with the critical measurements. I started this in October, but hadn't touched it since December... finally this week I got around to installing the
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  32. I HAVE RETURNED........Well guys, I appreciate all the nice comments, and the toasts, I'll join in those in just a moment or two. Here's the way this is working out. There was a space just a little larger than a pencil eraser that wouldn't heal right on top of the knuckle. Everywhere else healed normally. The first surgery was done on June 19th, and it took my doctor this long to figure out what the problem was. I had an appointment to see her Thursday, and she saw that there was no progress, she took a culture and admitted me to the hosp, with surgery scheduled for Friday. She opened the f
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  33. I can't believe it's been since July since I've posted on this thread ! It's been one heluva summer !!! So I finally got the shop more or less finished. I got right to the clock since I only had a couple weeks left before the reveal. This past Thursday I brought the clock out to my buddy's shop about an hour away to use his spray booth. We started with the General finishes medium brown dye . There were a few spots that needs to be touched up sp we did some shading. After that we sprayed three coats of this awesomeness It was my first time spraying a post cata
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  34. I've never posted a project, so here is one, humble as it is. My DIL volunteers with the local organization, Calgary Area Search and Rescue Association. They had a fundraiser coming up and she was assigned the task of getting something into which people could deposit their donations. She asked what they had in mind. They said 'ice cream buckets or something'. We decided we could do better than that so this is what my son & I came up with. Boxes are 5/8" hard maple with 3/4" lid, bottoms are 1/4" maple. The association colors are black & yellow, hence the garish color. Made 4
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  35. My brother in law is obsessed with Batman. Yes the same brother in law I man the Batman walking stick for. Today is his birthday and we are doing dinner and cake later. I didn't know what to get him, and he loves all the wood stuff I make. So off to the computer and CNC. It's his favorite Batman symbol with all the different Batman symbols evolved over time cut into it. The base is walnut, and a cutout of the Batman mask. Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
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  36. I milled up some scrap lumber to just shy of 3/8" to edge my shop plywood counter tops but as the holidays approached, decided to repurpose to make gift boxes. 27 of them. Milled boards with slot for bottom panel. You can see some prototypes I made in the background... Miter cut with all pieces in continuous grain match order. Glue up, used plywood for the bottom mostly to keep this project moving quickly. Packing tape and rubber bands as clamps. Batched them through the spline jig, trying out a couple decorative configurations for the splines (why the heck not?). Time
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  37. I wish I could take credit for the name, but that's all Mike. Clever boy. Hirarious. Cherry case, legs and doors with bubinga top and pulls. Solid brass shelf pins. And a sprinkle of Asian fravor with reverse tapered legs and soul-patch bevels. Mmmm...dericious, tastes like MSG. Dusty Buddha
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  38. Did ya ever notice how the projects for your own home tend to take forever since everything else comes first? There is a bedroom set that people seem to like. I have done them in cherry and mahogany. This one is for me so it is walnut. I also altered the dimensions some what to make it fit better for me and my home. This is the general idea: It is a carcass with web frames although the drawers will use full extension slides and not rest on the frames. Other folks prefer side-hung with wooden runners and I am happy to do that. For myself, I like being able to get to the whole
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  39. One year follow-up yesterday and no signs of cancer!
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  40. My DIL has a sister (lives on the other side of the country) who is an extremely unfit parent, so they have taken on legal guardianship of he 7 YO son. So now I am his defacto grandfather. His other grandfather is a turd and has nothing to do with the boy. Anyway, they are camping with us and we went on a hike. He's never been camping or hiking and is loving it. We've really hit it off and enjoy each other's company a lot. Poor kid has been through a lot and it's going to take a lot of time and love to make things right. But he's a great kid and sure wants to belong to a family
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  41. Hey everyone! Back from the dead. Here’s what I’ve been up to for the last three months or so! https://imgur.com/gallery/heMQGGJ It’s a sideboard that will serve as an entertainment center for a client. Solid cherry all over, with cherry veneer plywood for the shelves, back panel, and internal vertical components. The only screws in it are holding the ledger strips in place and fastening the top via figure-8 fasteners. I’m pretty happy with it!
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  42. It has been one year to the day since I last was on this forum. I am sure there have been a lot of new members and things happen since then. I just thought I would put up a post to let everyone know where I've been and why I was absent for so long. Hopefully all the members I have known in the past are still here! One year ago today, I had an injury in the shop. I will spare you the details for now, but it ended up with me in the emergency room. I cut open my left thumb on the table saw, and required 12 stitches (6 inside and 6 outside). It scared the living hell out of me. The cut was in
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  43. Lynndy and I were in Auckland, New Zealand recently for the wedding of her niece. We stayed with her brother and his wife. They have a wonderful home with some nice examples of arts and crafts furniture, one of which was an apothecary chest. I really love these pieces, and Lynndy especially has wanted one forever. So the order was placed and a spot lined up in the entrance hall. The design was mostly worked out in idle musing, and then I drew it up on sheets of 6mm MDF (I like this since the sheets end up as a story board and may be stored away more easily if needed at a later date).
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  44. Forty years ago today this beautiful girl became my wife. She's been quite the blessing to me.
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  45. Recently I decided I had waited far too long into my woodworking career to learn how to hand cut dovetails. To my discredit, one of the first tools I bought was a leigh jig. I was but a young n00b, wanted to make some dovetailed drawers on a table, and said "hmm what's the easiest way to accomplish this joint." $500 later I was taking the easy way out of one of the most fundamental joints in woodworking. Now as a more mature woodworker, I felt weighed down by the shame and sought to cast it off. I give credit to @Lester Burnham, as his efforts were no small part of my inspiration.
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  46. I've been working on this thing since I finished the Pair o' Nightstands, so almost four months. I'm so sick of it that I really don't have much to say...I'll let the pictures do the talking. Sorry for the lousy fauxtoes.
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  47. We recently had to have our family pet of 15 years put to sleep. If you've never had to have a pet put to sleep - count yourself fortunate. He was the best dog we've ever had and will probably be the last. We decided to have him cremated and my wife asked me to make him a cremation urn large enough to hold him and a couple of his favorite toys. I don't mind saying that several tears were shed during its construction - this is from someone who rarely cries. This was the hardest project I've ever had to build. I used cherry wood to make the urn with a spray can finish. I had the local
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  48. My wife was bored today while I was at work, figured it would be frowned upon taking a 6 week old trick or treating since he's hooked on milk haha, I would have loved some free candy though.
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  49. I made this a couple of days ago, quickly, to fill a specific need: It is just a simple box platform to elevate my son's 'gaming' TV to a more ergonomic position. Here it is, in place. Sorry for the terrible lighting. Everything else is black. Black TV, black shelving. I planned to paint this platform black too, but he liked the natural wood, so I just did a WWMM special on it. When he said he really liked the natural wood, it struck me just how much I have learned from all of you. This piece is just a fir 2x4 and a piece of spruce shelving. Two or three years ago, I would not have bee
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  50. These pictures are not perfect but better. I need to buy a proper backdrop. One that i dont need to iron lol.. Here are the final pictures! In the wenge laminations it almost seems like there are rasp marks but Its actually the grain. My wife looked at the pictures and said, you have rasp marks in the wenge! I almost puked in my mouth. I checked the chair which confirmed what I already knew.... So up next, a couple sculpted lowbacks! Stay tuned shopping for the lumber this week! Cant wait!! Sent from my SM-N910W8
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