Jim DaddyO

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About Jim DaddyO

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  • Birthday 02/26/1961

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  1. Slit-top Roubo Work Benchs, Pro/Con

    Got 2 slabs of ash sitting in my shop for a Roubo. Have not decided on split top or not, but I am leaning toward not.
  2. Epoxy a wood axe head to wood handle

    I wouldn't, I would use the wedge as it's designed to be used.
  3. Maul axe handle

    That looks like a hook we used to use to pick up hay bales. You haven't worked until you spend a summer baling hay. Of course this was back when the bales were smaller and handled by hand instead of the big bales that are now handled with machinery. "Small" is a relative term, some of them weigh 70 lbs. I have the smaller bush axe on hand when splitting (a 2 1/2 lb one made in Sweden, it's a beauty). Some of the ash and tamerack can be pretty stringy and a smaller sharp axe handles that better than the duller splitting maul. I have thought about a hydraulic splitter, but at the cost of them I could heat my home for 4 years by buying slab wood. All the leftover stuff from a saw mill. Which is what we commonly do here. Cheap wood and some of the pieces find their way into the shop for projects. The wood I am doing up now is from trees felled locally for safety reasons. I think I have 4 years worth of heating wood split and stacked now. There are a whole bunch more to come down, at least 7 ash and 2 walnut. The walnut I may try to get some slabs off of with the chainsaw for projects.
  4. Maul axe handle

    My dad, who grew up relying on wood heat, told me that poplar is pretty much all they used in the cook stove. He just used a heavy axe to split, but he learned a weird twist in the strike, breaking his wrist over as the axe hits the wood, and pops it apart. I could never get that motion down. I suppose when you heat a farm house in northern Ontario and do all the cooking all with only wood you get to learn a few things through repetition. He cut cordwood as a youngster on top of that.
  5. Maul axe handle

    I have no issue with using it either way. A 6 lb maul is what I use and I also use steel splitting wedges for the tougher stuff. I am using mostly ash, but there is some poplar in there and some tamarack (what a chore to split).
  6. Maul axe handle

    I re-handled my mauls this year and went with an axe type handle. I prefer the palm swell on the end. I use it to pound splitting wedges too and the shape doesn't bother me. Go with wood. I tried a fibreglass handle once and it transfers vibration up to your arm and a day of splitting will really put your elbow in pain.
  7. Advice on a Stanley No.6 Please.

    That's a lot of money for that plane. My collection of bench planes (3, 4, 5, 6, 7) only cost me $115 CDN and I got a block plane and marking gauge too. Mind you, they needed a little work, but not much. I would say that my least used are the 6 and 3. I am going to build a shooting board for the 6. I use the 5 the most, as a foreplane, the 7 as a jointer and the 4 as a smoother. Pretty standard set up and if you have those 3 it will take you a long way.
  8. Help! 7 coats of poly and still streaks!

    You can thin water based poly with Floe trol. You have to keep mixing it though as it will separate. When the expression "don't work it too much" comes up, that means while applying it. Don't go back and forth repeatedly, use as few strokes as possible applying it and don't go back over it. Looks like you have some sanding to do first to get rid of the brush marks you already have as has been mentioned. Sand to a uniform dull finish. If you see glossy spots, that is where you missed. This is how I ended up doing my coffee table.....The first 8 or 9 minutes is the finishing of the top. High gloss water based poly.
  9. Sound insulation

    Sound is vibration. Vibration moves things. Moving things makes sound. So if your machine is vibrating that gets transmitted everywhere and vibrates everything it is exposed to. Studs, sheathing, the air, it all vibrates, which in turn makes sound. Sound hitting a wall, with a single layer of sheathing (and you can count everything layered on a single side of a wall) will pretty much ignore the wall as the wall itself will vibrate at the same frequency. In some cases you may find the harmonic frequency of the surface and it will actually amplify the sound. Studios isolate sound with a system called MAM (mass, air, mass) and the method is essentially a heavy wall, a space (usually insulated) and a heavy wall not connected to the other heavy wall in any way (because sound will travel through the connection), including the floor and ceiling. A box within a box. That is the extreme, mass is your friend (unless you hit one of the harmonics). The sound you don't care about is the ones no one can hear. Below 20 Hz and above 20k Hz. More mass generally means lower harmonic frequency. Walls in studios are actually tuned so those harmonic frequencies are below our threshold of hearing. That is some of the science behind it (it gets more complicated when you start looking into lengths of sound waves and reflected sounds). Make your walls air tight, make them heavy, sheath in rafters if they are open, use Roxul if you can. It will all help. An insulated wall with sheathing on both sides would count as a single layer in studio terms, but that will increase the mass and dampen the frequencies so it helps. Plus, sheathed walls give you places to hang things. Doors ought to be as air tight and as heavy for the same reasons (big studios use air locks with a door on either side, sometimes 400 lbs in weight or more). Single pain glass will let a lot of sound escape. A second pane mounted in a groove in wood with rubber or silicone keeping the glass from contacting the frame and added to your window (like a storm window) will help somewhat. Things like packing blankets and soft walls will help with some of the high frequencies, but more importantly, they help stop sound from bouncing around. Sound can bounce off several surfaces at the same time and meet in places inside, and outside the room and amplify themselves with standing waves meeting. Hope that helps a bit. When you start to understand the problem, it becomes easier to deal with it.
  10. Hand Tools as Gifts for a Beginning Woodworker

    What tools are they using of yours the most? Get those ones. Really, all you need are tools to make big pieces of wood smaller, and tools to assemble them together. Hammer, saw, square, rule and pencils will make a lot of things. You don't have to spend a fortune to get decent quality ones. An Estwing claw hammer, the Stanley saws with the induction hardened teeth, Empire square, tape measure of your choice. A set of screw drivers, some assorted pliers, a cat's paw and of course a decent set of chisels can all be had reasonably priced and will get them started. Save things like planes and such for later to see if the hobby sticks.
  11. Cup O' Slab

    Well, here is the long video on it.
  12. Cup O' Slab

    I figure if it does anything it will cup a bit in which case I will rip it in half, flatten each half, square the rip and glue it back together.
  13. Cup O' Slab

    Yes, maybe closer to 4 after one side was done and perhaps closer to 3 3/8" after I got it all done. I just took a quick look with the tape measure. When I measured the first side done the live edge was still on it, so there was some room for error. My chain saw cutting skills are not as accurate as I had hoped when I started...lol. It also took a long time to clean up. All I know for sure is that it was a lot of work....lol. But I guess I am stubborn. Hope it does not move too much now.
  14. Cup O' Slab

    They are both finally done to rough size. I lost count of how many times I filled my container with sweepings, what a mess. Got them stickered and stacked now. Time to wait for more pieces of interesting wood to fall into my lap to make more parts.
  15. Cup O' Slab

    Got one to rough size today. Right now it is about 3 1/4 thick, about 12" wide, and 7' 4" long. I hope to get the other one done tomorrow, then they can sit for a while.