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  1. difalkner

    Axiom vs Avid vs ?

    Check out OneFinity and StepCraft. StepCraft even has one with an automatic tool changer (ATC). A friend has the OneFinity and it's a nice machine, fairly rigid, too.
  2. Thanks, Coop! He listens to Christian music and a fair amount of acoustic music. It truly sounds like the artist is in the room playing a private concert - amazing sound, actually.
  3. As promised, here are a couple of photos of the completed audio rack with gear in place -
  4. That's a beautiful piece you built! I have the PM 54A and it's a great jointer, bought it used about 5 years ago for $500. I just put the Shelix spiral cutterhead on it last year, as well. It gets used a lot and the only way I could make it better is to turn it into an 8" jointer.
  5. Thank you! Yes, I'm hoping his photo quality gets close to his ability for picking out good audio gear. Maybe he's coachable, we'll see.
  6. Thanks, Coop! Yes, the wood was a bit pricey. I'm building one for us but it won't be anywhere near the cost of this one. Still going to be pretty, though.
  7. Glad you like it, Coop! Without those flip stands I would have had to wait until Sandy got home from work each evening to flip these over to spray the second side, all the while hoping I didn't scratch the side I had already sprayed. Making it a one-man job was a game changer for me. Here are the shelves in the drying rack in my 'box room' where all my shipping supplies and photography gear resides. The drying rack allowed me a way to store the shelves for the finish to cure and yet take up very little room while being out of our way - The finished legs; I love the sapwood in that one leg! This is his audio room before the rack was assembled and I have to say it sounds simply amazing. His cables are pure silver and cost over a grand each! Finished Curly Maple top shelf, gorgeous curl in this! The assembled rack and he chose to have the sapwood showing on the front right leg (that's what I was hoping for) - He said it will take a couple of weeks for him to have time to get all the gear on the shelves and get it moved back into place. Assuming he takes a good enough photo I'll post it here. Thanks for checking out this build!
  8. Getting the threaded inserts into this really hard Maple proved to be very difficult. I couldn't use the tool they make but had to use a bolt with a couple of jam nuts and drove the inserts in with my air operated Ingersoll Rand 1/2" impact driver. I tried a ratchet, 3/8" impact driver, cordless drill, and none of them worked well at all. I did my tests in end grain Walnut for something similar knowing that the Maple was much harder and figured if I could make it work in the Walnut then I might have a chance in the Maple. Again, if you want to see video of this you can see it here on Instagram. Here are all the tools I tried to use for the threaded inserts - Testing legs bolted to top shelf - Assembling the shelf for the first time (no room in the shop, have to use the kitchen) - I came up with a drying rack for storing the shelves after they were sprayed because I could no longer stand them on end once they had finish on them - Spraying the legs; I made no attempt to fill the pores because I preferred the look with pores showing - Spraying shelves - Spraying second side with flip stands in place - Spraying middle shelf - More to come -
  9. Test fit assembly - Drill press guide stand for drilling adjustable feet pockets - Drilling for adjustable feet - Legs ready for adjustable feet - Curly Maple edge on middle shelf - Testing for best leg location - Flip stands for spraying second side of shelves - you can see these in action here Threaded inserts in place - More later -
  10. It has been ages since I've posted about this project but it is now finished and delivered. There were many delays due to other contracts and jobs with hard deadlines so this got set aside many times (this one had no deadline). Even though it is completed and delivered I'll still post the steps to build and finished photos at the customer's house. And you're not going to believe how high-end his audio system is - amazing! Laying out the Purpleheart legs for cutting on the CNC. I don't have a flat bottom blade for the table saw and since I have the CNC it just made sense to use that to ensure all the cuts were uniform. Here are the toolpath profiles for the cuts I made on the CNC - And the setup on the CNC to prevent blowout when the bit cut through - Here are the five legs after cutting on the CNC and beveling the top and bottom surfaces on the table saw - More later -
  11. Just watched the trailer and plan to watch this soon. It's on Amazon Prime as a free movie, looks good.
  12. This is what the cover looks like. I never watched Cheers so can't say.
  13. Even though this is an old thread I'll add one more to the mix - there's a Christian movie WWJD II, The Woodcarver that has much of the movie set in a woodshop and/or talking about wood and carving. There are a few woodworking errors in the movie but only woodworkers will see these. And they are actually doing woodworking, not just showing tools and finished pieces. We have the DVD and the behind the scenes bonus feature is pretty good, too.
  14. For a single sawmill you're probably correct. But nationwide if all the sapwood was cut off the board then we'd all pay the price. The guy who owns the trees and the logger are still going to charge the same because they're dealing with the whole tree. The processing facilities - Weyerhaeuser, Georgia Pacific, etc. - now have extra work to do to inspect and cut the sapwood off and they'll have far less Walnut to offer distributors. So they'll do what companies do - they'll go up on their price and the Walnut boards will be smaller so you'll have to buy more of them for your projects. You and I buy from local sawmills so none of this really factors in but consider a job I had last year; 130 Walnut plaques 24"x28". That's about the size of a two-topper table in a restaurant. They accepted the fact that many would have sapwood but since I ordered steamed Walnut for the job it wasn't as noticeable as if I had used unsteamed. I used 700bf for the job but if I had to order 1,000bf for the same job so that I could guarantee no sapwood then the price would have been much, much higher.
  15. I prefer unsteamed Walnut and buy it that way from my local sawmill, though I do use steamed Walnut for some projects. The colors are richer and chatoyance greater with unsteamed Walnut. And sometimes the sapwood adds flare to the piece but it depends on what I'm building. Steamed Walnut just seems flat and lifeless to me relative to unsteamed Walnut. Steamed Walnut still looks good but just not as good. From early on I've been told and have read that the main reason Walnut is steamed is to get greater yield out of the log and because most folks want a look without much variation in color (the uniformity that's been mentioned). If it wasn't steamed and folks only wanted the look of the heartwood then the cost would skyrocket due to the waste of the sapwood.
  16. Very nicely done, Mick, very nice!!
  17. Beautiful work, very clean!!
  18. Wow! And I thought the large wooden doors at Vanderbilt's mansion were amazing. David
  19. I've made over 85 cutting boards, mostly end grain, and have never used a spline or dowel. Titebond III is FDA approved and is waterproof and that's what was used for all of our cutting boards. The last large cutting board I made was Hard Rock Maple about 20" wide and 32" long, 2 1/2" thick and is used regularly by a gentleman who dresses deer and hogs. The glue joint by itself is plenty strong and doesn't need any help. And I agree with what has been said, Sapele isn't the best choice for a cutting board. David
  20. Beautiful door, good work, and good video - excellent all the way around! David
  21. Welcome to the forum, Richard! Close - about 100 miles to your left in NW Louisiana. I buy Walnut from a local sawmill, Baltic Birch from a local hardwood supplier, and get some woods through a friend's cabinet shop. He orders from the Dallas area and around Little Rock, so what I order hitches a ride on his larger shipments. I usually buy exotics and fine domestic woods like Curly Maple from online suppliers. It's pretty rare for me to work with Pine and other softwoods so it's also rare for me to buy anything other than tools and shop supplies from the big box stores. David
  22. I haul 8' to 10' boards of Walnut from the sawmill all the time with no issues. Tailgate up on a Tacoma which has about a 5' bed and boards strapped down. It's about a 45 minute ride back home and I think the most I have gotten at one time was about 20 boards. David
  23. Photography, videography, music, building acoustic guitars, CNC, electronics, cars, woodworking. I have 6 guitars and enough wood to build about 20-25 so I need to get busy! David
  24. That's looking really nice, Mick! Can't wait to see this go through the stages and looking forward to the finished table. David