Chuck Melton

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  1. Up until today, every plane I have owned has been a rehab from eBay, craigslist, or a family heirloom. I just got a new Veritas low angle block with a PM-V11 blade and I have to say getting a new plane is fantastic. With absolutely no effort, I put the blade in, adjusted the mouth and was getting tissue paper thing shavings. I think I am going to be ordering more LV blane blades for my old rehabs in the near future. I think the #4 is first up, I just wish I had done it before spending the time to flatten, and sharpen the blade and cap iron.
  2. Anything that helps organize the explosion of tool clutter that occupies every horizontal surface in my little garage shop is Good Enough for me right now. I was feeling pretty good about getting the cabinet built until I saw Derek Cohen's tool cabinets in the brace and bit storage thread. Shabby chic is still in right?
  3. Square cabinets...After taking a square to the inside shelves of the tool cabinet I am putting together I convinced myself that being dead on square is overrated, maybe at least it is for shop furniture.
  4. Just placed my Lee Valley order with a stack if gift cards from the in laws. I have a Veritas low angle block plane and a set of bench chisels coming my way. I've been suffering with a junk block plane and the only real chisel set I have are old Stanley 720 paring chisels.
  5. Here is a video of my nephew playing with the xylophone I made for him. You can catch a glimpse of an end grain cutting board in the background.
  6. Awesome work Tumbles. I made two end grain cutting boards and a padauk Xylophone for my nephew. Steve Ramsey did a xylophone video two weeks or so ago so that gave me the inspiration. I ended up following the design that Boatworks put up a few years back a bit more closely. I will put up some photos when the wiping poly dries. I was torn about finishing the keys, and left them unfinished incase it might affect the tone.
  7. I've been beyond happy with a 12" DeWalt bought used from craigslist for $100. It gets used a lot for cutting things to rough length, or cutting an angle. You can't beat a crosscut sled for accurate cuts, but for breaking down stock and stuff around the house the CMS is awesome. If you don't think you will crosscut more than 8" stock, you don't need a slider. Also, you can get a laser add on cheap. It just bolts on to the arbor next to the blade.
  8. Up until now I have been living with crappy stock fences on the inexpensive table saws that I have picked up from craigslist. My first saw was a 60 year old Delta Homecraft 8" that worked well but I had only bought it to dip my toe in the water to see if I enjoyed woodworking. With a bit of effort it was a very usable saw but I found myself having to square the fence every tine I moved it. A few months ago I upgraded saws to an old Grizzly TSC-10L (the saw was manufactured by Mao Shan and sold by Griz, Bridgewood, and a few others). The fence on this saw was stock, but much much nicer. I'
  9. I fully believe that Suburban Propane is run by criminals. I burned about $4K in propane last year. My HVAC guy is working up a quote for a hybrid heat pump / propane system that will supposedly cut the cost to heat my house by 50% or more.
  10. Mortising accomplished. It all went smoothly until the last leg and then a chunk of the mortise wall broke off. I guess I will see what it looks like after the glue dries, it seemed to fit back on ok.
  11. This thread is evil. I have already stated composing a new Lee Valley order for a few things mentioned above. I will echo my love for their striking knife. It definitely is a huge upgrade from an Xacto or a utility knife.
  12. I can also say, the the combined 3-4 hours of mortising videos I have watched have certainly helped. It doesn't really seem worthwhile to go through getting the drill press set up when a chisel makes short work of these small mortises
  13. It's taking me about 20 minutes to chop a mortise at this point. I think i am going to get through the rest of them after my appointments wrap up for the day.
  14. I managed to chop the second mortise into this leg during a quick lunch break today. As I had made an error milling my legs, the two 3/8" mortises overlap so it was a touch tricky. I gave myself 50/50 odds on breaking the leg. I took my time and saved the open end of the mortise for last. I think on the other leg that has two long mortises. I think on the other legs, I may not leave the end of the mortise open and have a shorter tenon (I am assuming this would be a stronger joint.)
  15. I have a new set of knives to put in it. I knicked one last weekend. I've been avoiding learning how to change the knives in in lieu of trying to get some other stuff done in the shop.
  16. I have an old Delta lunchbox that I got for $100 and while it does a servicable job, it will definitely trip a breaker if you don't take pretty light passes. I look for a deals on a DW735 a couple times a week, not many people sell them once they buy one.
  17. This is my first ever hand chopped mortise. It's probably also my first ever mortise for something that wasn't just messing around. The Narex mortising chisel I picked up made pretty short work of it.
  18. I've been searching for some inspiration for the first piece of furniture that I want to both design and build, which will be a corner desk. If anyone has seen anything that jives with what my admittedly broad ideas for the perfect desk are, I would love some input. In my day job, I primarily work from my home office surrounded by an appreciable amount of monitor real estate (2 24 inch displays, a 15 inch laptop, and an iPad). My current desk was pretty hastily thrown together a few years ago when my wife and I bought a new place and I determined that the old veneered particle board th
  19. Graham, I believe the rules state you can buy wood prepared / surfaced which I think increases the difficulty for people working with rough stock. I was going to try to keep the table I am working on at 10 tools or less but I don't think it is likely to happen. I am also not going to get done before the deadline.
  20. Pat, This article on the Bad Axe website explains saw tooth geometry in great detail http://www.badaxetoolworks.com/Filing.htm I'd also consider a set of veritas carcass saws. I bough some a few weeks ago and they are quickly replacing power tools for a lot of tasks. I found with a little practice I was able to get great cuts in less time and with less hassle than using power tools. The basic answer to your tpi question is the the 20 tpi will cut slower but smoother than the 14 tpi. It will also be very hard to sharpen. The 16 tpi is for crosscutting and will be harder to cut dovetails
  21. Gorgeous details. I love the contrast in the stub tenons.
  22. So almost a week later, I finally have a functional crosscut sled. I definitely spent way too much time getting it dialed in. I cut my aprons down to size, ripped the front rails from the piece set aside for the drawer front. Upon doing so, I realized that I am an 1/8" shy on the width for the drawer front. I am debating whether to cut a new board for the drawer front or simply reduce the width of the aprons by a blade kerf so I don't have a large gap around the door. The goal for tomorrow is to start chopping some mortises.
  23. After swapping the fence stock, three rounds of adjusting got me to 1/64 off over 96" On the plus side I have enough plywood offcut strips to keep me in stickers for quite a while.
  24. Looks great Dave. I have a similar glass partition in my house that want done nearly as nicely. I might borrow some of your design elements when we get around to redoing it.
  25. Well, I might do one more round of adjustment and then just live with it. I think the 5 cut method has an additional psychological effect due to the fact that it amplifies the error. If I saw the error over the actual length that I am calculating it at, i think I would care less.