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  1. 7 points
    So Chet i thought about doing it in 2 parts and then i just did it in 1 because i had the space but not the time. This way i could have it clamped up over night and it'd be ready to move out of the way in the morning. It wasn't terrible. So at times this has been fun and at times it's been tedious. The slides for the extension are an awesome idea and are going to work and look great when finished but boy oh boy was it tedius and not very fun. I just made an open sandwich instead of closing it like @Chet for the main reason of it's going to be hidden under the top and the only person that will see it will be me to put an extension in and who ever crawls under the table. Shaping the ends and gettign everything lined up was the worst part but that part is done! The above still needs some sanding which will remove that line but that's a task for tomorrow while glue is drying. What it should look like. I started applying finish to the leg parts as well as have them glued up. I did this to separate the finishing so it's not all at one time. My finishing area is a good 30 feet from the milling area so i applied a coat of finish did a bunch of milling and then applied a second coat and went to bed. This worked out really well. I got 5 coats applied in 3 days. Here it is extended only about half way though. I have some UHMW tape that i'm using to make sure that the parts that slide will keep sliding. I'll proabbly apply wax to it as well just as that little bit extra. Side detail with wedges. I put the top on to test the height but got excited and forgot. I also wanted to see how the floating look worked out and i really like it. Top center part. Here are the bredboard ends and extensions. Goal tomorrow is to get them glued up and then move some christmas gifts forward in the production line. I want to make sure that i have something to do while something is drying or finish is curing.
  2. 5 points
    This project originated as a desire to fill a need in our first floor bathroom. The room has a small stand-up shower and a decorative sink, but has no built in storage space, aside from a medicine cabinet mirror. It serves as our primarily guest/powder room. There is not a lot of space, but I wanted some place to store extra TP and odds and ends. As usual, I decided to try something I'd never really done before, which in this case was some decorative inlay work. I built the cabinet out of cherry and used walnut and maple for the inlay work, to get some contrasting colors. It is not very deep, specifically because I didn't want it to intrude significantly into the space in front of the sink, but it gets the job done.
  3. 5 points
    Made some progress today in the shop, many focused on the legs Each leg is made of 2 pieces joined at a 45 degree angle. The plan calls for 2 dowels but I'll use 1 domino in each. I milled and sized all pieces, 24 to be exact, 8 for each stand. Once the legs are glued than I need make dados to fit into the bases, but I'm jumping ahead. Here is how the leg is put together; The leg with the pattern overlayed; A pile of pieces, a lot of domino work; Also glued up the base the legs attach to and the post fits into. A tough glue up since you can't have glue seeping into the hole or the post won't fit. To prevent a squeeze out disaster I glued and clamped the bases, then I took a small wet rag and pushed it through the post hole a few times to cleanup any squeeze out, that worked well and here are the bases ready to get the stop dado cut; Hope to get legs glued up and the joints for the base done this week.
  4. 5 points
    The screws that come with the Busso hinges are a bit too long for my comfort. I nip them off. It seems I have been using this same tin of toilet-ring-wax forever. I run steel screws in to pre-cut the threads. Since the supplied screws are typical wood screws I drill a clearance hole for the shank. These are extra steps but, I cannot remember the last time I broke a brass screw. The angled sides create a sort of a dovetailed rabbet when I create the recess for the back. One more dry fit to double check everything before glue up. I will use a DAP Rapid Fuse and PVA for the assembly to help speed things along. The inner tenons will use PVA and I will use the DAP product on the outer tenons. The DAP product fully cures in 30 minutes. While it is not uncommon for me to remove clamps and continue working with PVA, I only do this on assemblies that do not require a lot of handling. This assembly does. This makes the outer tenons act like little internal clamps while the PVA continues to cure and I keep working. Papa November Romeo
  5. 4 points
    Tis the season for me to start cutting wood, both for the woodstove (next year's stash) and for my woodworking habit. I am very fortunate to have access to some very nice trees. This black walnut was on my property, it's the tree in the center of the photo with a nice branchless trunk. This should give me some primo logs. I saw it the first time I looked at the property in 1998 with a realtor. I harvested one very similar to this 2 years ago and it's time to for this one to be repurposed; Dropped it with no problem, as this is always something that you do with the upmost care. Spanky, take note that I dropped it just right so i didn't break the wood at the crotch; And here is the money shot, gorgeous color, a centered pith, no terrible cracking. The sapwood is a little thicker than I was hoping but I'll still take it; Width is about 26" wide, plenty big for my purposes; I applied anchorseal, 2 coats, left the rest of the tree whole for now. Did clean up the small branches. I should be able to get three 8' logs below the crotch, I'll then salvage/mill a few peckerpoles and the crotch piece. This log is too nice, I think I will hire an onsite bandsaw mill to do this as my chainsaw mill's kerf will eat up too much of this primo wood. I'll update this thread as I move forward with the harvesting of this nice tree. Thanks for looking
  6. 4 points
    I actually bought the guild plans for the Roubo well over a year ago, and have been slowly getting to work on it. I picked up a bunch of 8/4 soft maple several months ago when it was on sale and rough milled it, then stickered it. In the last few weeks I got around to getting the slabs milled and glued up, and today brought them down to final thickness, which a right about 4 1/16". I'm lucky in that I can run them straight through my planer, so they are perfectly flat at this stage: I'll be buying the Benchcrafted vise hardware in the next few days, and plan on getting to the tail vise installation at some point this month. As may be evident, this will be a slow build as I pick away at it. In all honesty, I'm hoping to have this thing done by next summer. I'll update this thread as I make progress. I've really enjoyed following other builds on this forum, and certainly would like to thanks those that have done such a great job documenting their builds, as it makes it much easier for those of us that follow.
  7. 4 points
  8. 4 points
    I think I'm calling this one done. Here's a picture with the drawer handle installed. At some point I may hang tools in the recessed sides, but it's good enough for now.
  9. 4 points
    Adding drawer fronts and doors
  10. 3 points
    As they're still working on getting the new shop done, I figured a new shop deserved some new shop furniture. So, starting off with the miter bench! Modular cases with separate bases. Even though it's a brand new shop, I just don't know the floor well enough to know which would be easier to level so, chose to separate the cases from the base to avoid issues.
  11. 3 points
    I just poked in here to find it looks like a bunch of old farts at the coffee shop.. carry on.
  12. 3 points
    The love birds had kids... Making the cut for the front of the face is like opening a present I put a dent in the scrap wood pile. Of course now I have 3 boxes of interesting reindeer cutoffs.
  13. 3 points
    Every year for the last few Christmases I've created a scavenger hunt for my son to find his last present. It is a fun challenge to come up with new ideas, though I've kind of painted myself into a corner as I keep having to try to top whatever I did the previous year. Last year I had my son find various clues around the house, and then finally he got to my shop, which was closed up with a combination padlock, and he had to call his grandparents to get the combination. This year I built this box, which will contain the present, and he'll have to follow clues around the house to find all the keys. Anyways, it is intentionally crude, made with scrap pine boards and some mismatched hasps and locks. It is however, pretty sturdy, with glued and finished nailed joints. I didn't make it fancy for two primary reasons. First with a newborn baby in the house, Shop time is limited, especially around the holidays, so I wanted to get it done quickly. Second, the box will probably wind up in my son's playroom, and its better for both of us if it is something he can beat up, draw on, put stickers on, or whatever without any concern about damaging it. Anyways, mostly just sharing this for the fun of the idea, rather than the box itself.
  14. 3 points
    I am waiting for a machine to which you can say, "make federal style desk - cherry" and then come back anhour later and there it is.
  15. 3 points
    Much better! Now I just need to make it work. I might add a couple of thin plastic washers so it can spin easier.
  16. 2 points
    I'm making a vanity for a client. Solid wood exterior with plywood interior and drawers. They want it to be dark, so we went with walnut. Here's the material as it arrived: I finished laying out the pieces and got all the solid wood down to its rough dimension yesterday. It's my first time to lay out the pieces like this - I don't know why I haven't done it before, it's a great preview & helps me figure out the grain orientation a lot better. I'm 95% happy with the layout as it currently is. The only piece I'm not in love with is the center stile on the right side - just a case of making do with limited stock. It'll be next to a toilet for heaven's sake, so I'm not super concerned. If I'm committing grave error let me know, but I don't think it's THAT bad. Good color match at least. My client wants it darker. I hate, hate, HATE using stain, so I am looking for a better way. I played with some dark danish oil, to moderately pleasing results. I was reading Jeff Jewitt's finishing book last night and he mentioned Iron Sulfate as a way to semi-naturally / chemically darken walnut, so I'm going to order some of that and test it out. It's pretty cheap and seems very safe - it's sold as an iron supplement for people to drink, so it's probably way safer than ordinary stain anyway. I'm planning on going the utility over grace route for the drawers and cabinet hinges - this is a working cabinet, not a piece going in an art gallery. Full-extension self/soft-closing drawer slides, blumotion hinges. Haven't got my mind settled on pull/knob hardware yet. And thankfully, the client is taking care of the countertop and plumbing. All I have to do is come and install it in place. Should be a fun build! It's my first piece of real walnut furniture, aside from some dabbling in small projects like cutting boards, bandsaw boxes, and floating shelves. Walnut is niiiiiiice.
  17. 2 points
    Gee, and I thought we'd agreed it was the dust collector.
  18. 2 points
    I don’t believe it is on spec, but that does not help you. It would take over 20 hours of driving one way to substantiate my doubt. I strongly suspect they are going to find a batch that were assembled wrong and won’t let the feed roller travel along the spring path. I put seven years on a Jet planer at a former job. It worked quite well. Having said all of that, I am glad they will take the machines back. I also think you will be quite happy with PM.
  19. 2 points
    Double face foam tape. Reduce the transferred vibrations and just pull the top off to move & reinstall.
  20. 2 points
    What? I can’t hear you over the ringing in my ears
  21. 2 points
    I'm going deaf just reading the posts about those monsters. I got enough tinnitus as it is.
  22. 2 points
    While going through my father's stuff I came across this wall hanging barometer plaque he'd received as a gift from his work. My wife asked me what wood it was, and looking at it I said I thought it was walnut. But it was a very light golden brown, so she wasn't convinced. I happened to pop one of the meters out of the top, and you could see where the walnut was protected from the light.... This plaque is a good 30 years old, and it hung on the wall most of those years.
  23. 2 points
    Thanks Gotta use that click bait man... Something like, "I bought some wood and followed the plans, what followed was completely unexpected!"
  24. 2 points
    Whoever designed this really did a great job! Glad to see an actual modular set-up to accommodate different shop sizes! Killer job getting these together so quickly!
  25. 2 points
    If the gap is just at the ends of the pieces, I'd suspect snipe at the ends from your planer. You could hand-plan e them to get a better planed surface; I really like the idea above of using a piece of sandpaper on a flat paper and lapping/sanding against that, to get a dead flat surface; or (the usual approach to snipe) joint longer pieces, and then cut the ends off.