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  1. 9 points
    Slow going with whole kitchen remodel but got the walnut top finished. Thanks for all the advice and tips. After trying various stains and dyes on some scrap and on the bottom side of this slab it was decided to use NO stain and just polyurethane. I used Arm-R-Seal gloss to build up a few coats (used cotton cut up t-shirts) and finished it off with same brand polyurethane but in satin. I did not use plywood underneath. I attached top to cabinets using perpendicular to grain slotted boards and table fasteners (sort of an L shape) so that slab can move with changes to temp/humidity. The double edge pulls of the thick slab look nicely. Thanks again.
  2. 6 points
    I got to work on a piece of cherry I got from a neighbor last year. It had a few bug holes in it and I filled a couple in the inner area with CA. Just got the topside sanded and a coat of danish oil buffed in. I love the flame figure running through it.
  3. 5 points
    Wife needed some shelves for her canned goods. She would have been happy with a 2x4 solution. But I just couldn't. You understand. So I measured and cut and routed and dadoed and glued and screwed and even filled in the excess dado with some leftover cutoff pieces. Also made the shelf extend to fill in the gaps between the 2x4s Just a few finishing touches left for tomorrow. And cleanup. The moral of the story is that even white lumber can be made to look nice. Utility need not be ugly.
  4. 5 points
    Time for some storage to go in that assembly table!
  5. 5 points
    Stucco is very paintable, but it's troublesome to run through your printer.
  6. 5 points
    I made the delivery today. Here it is in place, at least where it's going for now. I'm happy with the final result. My partners were surprised, although I got the sense they may have suspected something when I took the beam section. I'm not sure yet where it's final home will be, since we don't have the rest of our furniture yet. I'll grab some better photos of it at some point, but right now I'm just happy to have my bench back. As a bonus, I got to take the extra maple from trimming out the space, so it was a good trade to me (about 30-40 board feet of 8/4).
  7. 4 points
    Here are all five holders with various blades. I even made drawer space for them next to my G&G square punches. I hope they get along OK; the drawer is officially a bit crowded. The black marks are where I had to grind the wood screws down since I only had 1" screws and the wood is 4/4 *shrug*
  8. 4 points
    Unless you run it through a drum sander first.
  9. 3 points
    I'm from MN, too. but I never could understand ice fishing. Maybe its just an excuse to have a beer while you wait for the fish.......
  10. 3 points
    As stated, a drum sander faces some of the challenges of a planer. If the material is not supported so that it feeds along a consistent plane (the bed of the planer) you will get irregularities. One common one is a greater depth at the start and end of a piece of material (snipe). Like a planer's feed rollers, many drum sanders have only one pressure roller before and after the head roller. If the material is not supported the pressure rollers cannot prevent the material lifting into the drum prior to, or after, all three elements (infeed roller, drum and outfeed roller) are engaged. Imagine the material in this highly precise diagram feeding from left to right.
  11. 3 points
    Birchwood-Casey Tru-Oil which is a "modified" linseed oil. Used it many times! Worth it and waterproof.
  12. 3 points
    Watching that video makes me want to poop.
  13. 3 points
  14. 3 points
    I have a 75 w. light bulb in my shop. It helps make my joints look tighter and my finishes look better.
  15. 3 points
    If you have scraps from the legs and apron, I would use those to conduct some tests with your finish schedule.
  16. 2 points
    Enough space in the new shop for an assembly table.. Torsion box top, alder base, trimmed out in walnut
  17. 2 points
    Everyone else does . Those drawers are super handy. Blade & other wrenches, tilt box, a flashlight, pencils, miter-gauge add-ons, stop blocks, iBox, ZCI's, lions and tigers and bears - oh my! I don't think I do anything very clever inside those drawers. Let me go see if there is anything picture worthy . . . Meh! Pretty low-tech. Except for a few dividers, most of the stuff is large enough to just set there. Your dividers have got me thinking about my assembly table drawers though. They deserve some attention on the inside.
  18. 2 points
    I think the leg proportions are great. Is that the intended final location? Seems a shame to hide 2 sides in the corner.
  19. 2 points
    Oh wait here's the pine, looks OK...
  20. 2 points
    Well done, Colin! I appreciate the attitude, too. No reason to slack off, just because your materials aren't "premium".
  21. 2 points
    Exactly. My big decision will be what to use for the end cap and chop. I was going to order some figured walnut from Goby, but I also think it would be kind of cool to use almost nothing except the beam wood for the bench. A couple of these beams were maple with quite a bit spalting. I might be able to make that look good.
  22. 2 points
    In my younger days I would have done all the work. With a helper. Now a lot less. Concrete slabs I can't even help. Working on the ground or on a ladder is very limited nowadays. On the slab all I can do is watch. On the carpentry I am delegated to the second helper. I will do whatever needs done at bench level. And sweep and clean. And get and cut materials. I do remember long ago working for people my current age. I thought then someday I will do the easy part. The someday came too fast. So I am waiting on my carpenter friend to get free and move this shed along. He is worth waiting for. He also installs cabinets I build. He makes my work look better. So I will wait...
  23. 2 points
    Well building the bench now is a good way to get the lumber out of your way.
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  25. 2 points
    Cliffs notes version, Find some cheap High CRI LEDs and give them a shot in a small area that you can light with 1 bulb. I can't tell you if they are worth it for an entire shop. They make high CRI bulbs that screw in to regular sockets but you have to search specifically for them and they are more expensive. This may be towards the top of the more cruel thing to teach a person to notice. After you experience good light bad light starts to bother you. Some times ignorance is bliss. These are the lights i use and they are awful. I think an 80 CRI might be generous. When i had the high CRI lights set up it was bright but i noticed that the bright light wasn't harsh on my eyes. That's point 1. Point 2 is if you try and take a picture or compare color the light color is so awful that you just can't do it. Despite having more than enough light to take quality pictures in my shop i use the flash to take project pictures because the light quality is that awful. These pictures compare strait off the camera sensor with the same changes to each how much 80 CRI vs well shoot i don't know what a flash bulb is in CRI probably 100..... Ignore the slightly blurry aspect that's just due to slower shutter speed. Pay closer attention to the green cast and the muted walnut color.