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  1. I saw this table in PW about six years ago and finally got around to building it. The original plans were for a bow front; however, I elected to make a straight front. It’s made of Sapele with Bubinga Burl veneer. The construction is typical mortise and tenon except the upper front rail which is dovetailed. The biggest challenge was to incorporate the curved veneers into the lower rail. I’ve learned to back my inlays with balsa which makes the inlays more rigid and easier to outline before inlaying.
    11 points
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  3. We finished 10 kid's desk and chair sets along with 8 student desks this morning out at my shop for the Community Desk Project! Now I have to haul some firewood around the house and put on the faucet covers before the snow hits Monday (high of 25 degrees), then it's Miller time!
    10 points
  4. Well the sanding, shaping and finishing is done. Glueups went well and I'm pretty happy with the contours. Used Osmo as the finish, 2 coats. Chairs were delivered to the upholstery guy today; Side shot, pretty happy with the shape and look; A few pics of the contours and shape, not as intricate as the Maloof Rocker; And right before loading in my truck, the two chairs sunning themselves; I'll come back around to these once the cushions are made. Thanks for looking.
    10 points
  5. Chisel plane and rabbet block plane.
    10 points
  6. My old truck has been leaking coolant for a few months. None of it was going into the crankcase, so I've just kept feeding it. I have only been driving it fairly close to home, so the quart of water it's been losing per ten miles hasn't been enough to make me tear it down yet. These old Duramax diesels did have a problem with the left rear head gasket developing a leak. When I looked under the truck a couple of months ago, the drips were coming from the left rear, so I figured the head gasket bug had bitten me. I just decided that as long as it didn't lose any more water than it was,
    9 points
  7. Finished up some gifts. These are going to be for the guys in my wedding party. I had a bunch of random wedge cut scraps from my dining chair build. I saved them because I knew they'd turn into nice turning blanks. On 5 of them I did a celtic knot pattern. Some of the knots got a little close to the end and look a bit weird but there isn't much to do about that now. The other 2 i like better. I glued a piece of blue veneer in each gap as a glued the blank up. I figured the little streak of blue would add a nice effect. I have a feeling this sideboard is going to
    9 points
  8. I’ve had for years, one pull down power cord that supplied my ts, router and Festool Domino/sander. Plug, unplug, etc. I know this is simpleton and should have been done years ago but what a difference it makes.
    8 points
  9. The other day someone (can't remember who or what forum) posted about making vacuum hose adapters for sanders, which gave me some inspiration. My Bosch sander has a filter & pretty good collection on its own, but I wanted to be able to connect the shop vac to it. So I had a 3/4" PVC coupling laying around the I did a little cutting, filing & sanding to make an adapter: The coupling is a nice snug fit inside the vacuum hose & the 2 cuts allow it a secure friction fit onto the sander. It is not an airtight fit by design because I didn't want too strong a vacuum at the sander.
    8 points
  10. My first new toy in a long time, only a day late. Trying to get thru with a project and not knowing when it was to arrive, I spent an hour or so last night fine tuning a tenon on a table top for a breadboard with my router and a rabbeting bit.
    8 points
  11. Here is the piece I have been working on most recently. It's something different than the ones I have been doing, but it's a shape I have been wanting to explore. My wife and I have been staring at it for a couple of weeks now pondering names, but I think that I like the name "Canopy". I was going for a form that was tree like and Canopy speaks to the very broad arching rim. The piece is walnut about 5" high and 12" in diameter. The story on the wood is that I acquired this really large piece of walnut from a friend for the really enormous price of 5 actual Ame
    8 points
  12. I spent the day at school coordinating the Community Desk Project workshop. We got a lot done. Locally they still need 50 kid's desk and chair sets and 70 student desks. Looks like we'll be running the workshop for a few weeks at least. The list just gets longer.
    8 points
  13. We did a standing seam roof on a house, and boathouse for a neighbor of ours a few years ago. A storm blew the top off his boathouse cupola, so he's been after me to rebuild one. He is a good friend, and gave me a grand for a tip on his roofing job, so I decided to fix him up. The one that blew off was just a simple pyramid top. I'm building one with windows, and have a nice copper weathervane for the top. I told him he'd just have to be patient, because I can only work on it on rainy mornings. I still had all the routers set up for a reproduction 18th Century sash job about 8 ye
    7 points
  14. I never even took shop in school, and my Father built the house I grew up in, but he wasn't a builder by profession. I learned by what I call the attack method, and most of my book learning on the subject came from tool catalogs, and making mistakes. I worked on it some more this morning, while the storm was going through. I have time to get some pictures in here, but will have to comment later. I cut the outside muntins to length last, so guaranteed a perfect fit. Last picture is what's left of the base of the old cupola. It's made out of Teak, and Mahogany, so was well
    7 points
  15. I finished the knives. I sanded to 400 grit and then polished with a cloth wheel. They really didn't need any finish but i did put on some tried and true that i bought to try out. One of them will be mine not sure which one.
    7 points
  16. We have been really busy the last few months and I just realized today that I hadn't shown our finish/assembly room addition. We got a 16' x 44' portable building and put it beside the shop, then built an enclosed hallway between the two. It took a lot of work to get it to this point. There is still several things to be done in both buildings when I can get to it. We spray everything we can (doors, drawer fronts, face frames, etc) hanging. I have a short video of my son spraying, but I don't see how to put a video here.
    7 points
  17. I applied the finish to an arch that I just finished making. Arch is western red cedar. I found some boards at the lumber yard that looked like they had been there a while. The grain was really tight on a couple boards. The feet on the bottom are your regular WRC boards. This will be behind us during our ceremony but is also already scheduled out for 3 other weddings. Probably have some flowers on it or something. The finish I applied was Penofin. After it makes the wedding rounds I'm going to install it back in the trees that i cleared and landscaped this summer. Also I thought it
    7 points
  18. I was browsing through a unique hardware store in some small backwoods town. Came across a brand new 10 year old cabinet master clamp. Needless to say it came home with me. It was priced like it was 10 years ago as well. They also had exactly 1 can of Penofin in the color i wanted which is what i was there for. It was a lucky day.
    7 points
  19. I promised to make a bookshelf for a friend, in trade for some help with wedding related items. She wanted the shelf to be decent in size so the shelf would function as a visual barrier for a work space. I was provided a picture for the design and used that and dimensions desired to make a final "plan". The desired end product would be accessible from both sides so I can't use a back for rigidity. The wood desired was maple, and she wanted it dyed to a light tan orange that would match the rest of her house. The width i was shooting for was 12" so i edge jointed boards and got roughly 12.
    7 points
  20. It never ceases to amaze me how long it takes me to finish what I think will be a couple hour project Anyway other than final clean up these are ready for paint and here you can see where there is about an 1/8" gap between this trim and the aluminum. The trim is also held off the threshold by about the same.
    7 points
  21. About 20 yrs ago after my parents were dead we had to clean out their house. In a cluttered store room, under a pile of junk, I found an odd (at least, to me) treadle-style sewing machine base. At first I though it was broken or incomplete, but a bit of research into the White Sewing Machine Company showed otherwise. I couldn't think of a good use for it at the time, so it went into my storage room to collect dust for another couple of decades. I recently decided that I needed a nicer TV stand for my home office, and that White machine stand came to mind. I played with the design for a while,
    7 points
  22. Just picked up close to 150 board feet of 4/4 white oak for free. Guy had to have his tree cut down, paid to have it milled and then got tired of it in his garage. Was extremely nervous backing up his driveway with a Bentley and Aston Martin parked in it. I have to send him a picture of whatever I make. He said he has more wood in his basement and if he decides to get rid of it he’ll let me know. I was going to start on the Shaker end table in cherry but I guess I will need to use this instead.
    7 points
  23. Been knocking things off the punch list... First I made the shelves for the back bar cabinet I used the Pantorouter to make the drawer box joints pretty straight forward here is my first attempt Then I went into production on the drawers Then glued them up and added notches for the undermount slides Then mounted them ...and with that the bar is now complete! Only two construction projects left the theater door trim and the marquee. HD sent me an email today that my sheet of frosted acrylic is in for the ma
    7 points
  24. Angles, angles, angles, this chair is all about angles. With that said I'm very pleased with how this is progressing, it seems like I have the angles pretty well figured out. As I mentioned earlier there are a few things to get right with this chair, namely the front leg parallel to the back side support. Making those joint surfaces parallel on the backleg/arm support is key with that. Keeping the backside of the side back support perpendicular to that joint is also key. So after emphasizing those points again, here's my progress so far; All the sides are completely glued up, last step wa
    7 points
  25. @Chetwas kind enough to provide me with a conversion chart for "on center" measurements for the Domino tenon locations a year or so ago which has been very handy. However, I still find myself using scrap pieces when attaching aprons and stretchers to legs to insure a correct reveal or setback. I finally got around to making a jig for this purpose. I'm sure many of you have done the same, but I have not seen them on here.
    6 points
  26. I just set it next to the catbox.
    6 points
  27. This is an update on our shops progress over the last few months. The floor joists in our shop had rotted due to water getting in under the shop so we had to replace them. Everything got rearranged after the new floor and a few things added. I bought a PM 66 from an Amish shop for $300 dollars. It had a hydraulic motor on it so he gave me a never used Saw Stop motor to put on it. Now I have a Grizzly and PM both powered by Saw Stop motors. The PM is our main saw now. The Grizzly (former main saw) has a 3/4" dado blade in it most of the time and we run plywood and frame stock through
    6 points
  28. I saw this on another forum. You set it for size, you tighten the nut, you check the size, you loosen the nut, You set it for size, you tighten the nut, you check the size, you loosen the nut, You set it for size, you tighten the nut, you check the size, you loosen the nut, You set it for size, you tighten the nut, you check the size, you loosen the nut,.................. I have one. It isn't quite that bad, but close.
    6 points
  29. Well this happened today....
    6 points
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  31. I transformed a desk lamp into a workbench lamp. It slides on the t-tracks at the side of my workbench.
    6 points
  32. This isn't about "photography", it's more about an observation. We've had rain for two and a half days, and this morning I saw a vine winding through some Cedars at the back of my property. There wasn't any contrast like this before the rain, but there sure is now. I thought it was interesting.
    6 points
  33. Got an extension for the lathe, Installed it yesterday. Color is off but the tail stock slides across the joint perfectly and the bed is as flat as my strait edge is strait. I had to clean out my corner and extend my table a bit. I like this setup better. One downside is the lathe might get in the way of the router table for longer pieces. Some day I'll reorganize this whole corner and make it better. Not today though, probably not tomorrow either.
    6 points
  34. Started on the door trim today. The goal is to cover the aluminum door seal with out touching it. I ended up using two pieces becuase I didn't have any stock wide enough to do it in one. Man the spring clamps I bought for my kayak have sure come in handy
    6 points
  35. Another leap forward with the build. Switched the uprights to cherry after putting together the walnut and ash it just looked...not great. So I ditched the idea of using extreme contrast. Apologies for the head tilting. I tried to edit the image outside of WTO and it still imported like this. I got it in the clamps early in the morning and everything fit just great. Small gap on the middle shelf of unexplained origin . Still going to add the finishing touches to the uprights in the form of a small chamfer to help go with the profile on the front. However looking at i
    6 points
  36. It's nice wood to work with. IMO the quarter sawn is worth the additional $. The flat sawn really soaks up the finish. I don't remember what I paid for it, but it was reasonable - in the $4.50 - 5.50 range.
    6 points
  37. Used my 36" F clamp for the first time in a long time. Dropped my arbor nut with the collector running. To heavy to make it up the vertical run unfortunately.
    6 points
  38. Foundation repair saga continues. Had a half-load of dirt delivered yesterday. That's 10 cubic yards, 13 tons weight. With Cody breaking it loose and me loading the wheelbarrow with a corn scoop, an hour later we had about 85% of the necessary area built up 2-6" for drainage. But there has to be 8 or 9 tons of dirt left. Looks like I'll be filling every gopher-hole in the yard....
    6 points
  39. So thanks to @Coyote Jim for motivating me to build this table. I've always enjoyed Nakashima's work and it's about time that I made something strongly influenced by his style. There are going to be a couple of modifications which I'll cover in time. Starting out this table base used a LOT of big timbers. Timbers i don't have and didn't really want pony up the cash to buy. Megan really likes the look of walnut, and i really enjoy the smell of walnut so walnut is the species of choice. The base beam designed is 3" thick and 4._1/4" tall so a 12-14/4 board would be required. I opted to take
    5 points
  40. Stocked up on sandpaper with the Kilngspor sale. I don’t think I’ll ever use up the belts but needed a few. Now I need to stop buying things and get to work!
    5 points
  41. My dog will go to the cornfield, pick an ear of corn, and chew on it over a period of one to several days until the kernels are all on the ground, then get another and start over. Never saw that before.
    5 points
  42. I made yet another dovetail marker. This version is by far smaller than my previous contraption and looks nicer too. The reinforcement on the front also serves as a tiny handle of sorts.
    5 points
  43. Went the doctor. Went and bought some new insulated bibs. Had pizza at my favorite pizza joint. Got home and my new fishing rod had been delivered after 2 months of waiting . Other thann the snow and can't try out the new rod it's been a perry good day....
    5 points
  44. Wife wants an entry-way closet unit instead of the old sliding doors (from 1967). Not certain why. :-) This first part is an upright to hold the ironing board & accessories, vacuum, and table leaf. Made of oak veneer plywood with glued-on oak strips (those 2 in "hobby" strips from HD), with a maple stain plus poly. (I don't prefer mixing stain/grain like that, but she's happy and it looks ok, I guess.) And a gap behind the shelf to accommodate the extra height needed for flag storage. Simple hidden hinges. A few things I might do differently if I had to do it over, but it came ou
    5 points
  45. Man, I have been slacking!!! Needed one and couldn't find mine (still in storage mode) so I made another. I can't remember how many years I've got on the first one. Here's the tools you will need. Clamp the card so the edge of the bench acts as a depth stop. Punch, shift, punch, shift, punch, shift . . . Cleans up easily and even if you get lazy, most of the dried glue pops right off the dead gift card's surface. Punch-outs can be deeper or shallower depending on your needs.
    5 points
  46. The botanical name of this orchid is Cattleya intermedia 'orlata'. This is a natural species. It lives in Brazil. Grows wild. Also fragrant. This one grows in my patio.
    5 points
  47. I had some end grain slabs the neighbor had cut trying to shorten the stump. It was so big I could get pieces with no pith and pretty straight grain patterns. This dish I managed to make pretty thin and delicate.
    5 points
  48. The family descendants, that we got the rental lake house from, took everything they wanted, and didn't want to bother to auction off anything, so they let all the remaining contents go with the house. Maybe half of the furniture, we just threw away. The remaining stuff is pretty nice factory made, mostly solid Cherry Queen Anne style. It won't go in our house, which is already overstuffed with antique furniture, so we're just going to use it in the rental. There is this one piece, a corner cupboard. It was filled with junk nic-nac porcelain pieces. We've just left it sitting where i
    5 points
  49. Well, she loved it! She was very excited to get this and I enjoyed making it for her as much as she enjoyed getting it (I think). David
    5 points