Chuck Melton

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  1. I am hosting a 75th birthday party for my grandmother in a few weeks and I am making a keepsake box for her as a gift. My uncle who now owns her old house that she raised a family in, had a large black walnut tree come down that was in the center of the yard. It came down about three years ago and he set a few large pieces aside in the event that someone might do something with them. They are 18-20" diameter logs, that have been stacked outside for the last 3ish years. What would the feasibility be of milling down some of it to use in a box? I was planning on making the panels of the box out
  2. My jointer and planer are both inexpensive used machines. I have about $250 sunk between the two of them. While I don't exactly hate them, they make milling lumber a chore. I did however lean how to get a joiner setup and calibrated, how to change planer knives, and what I actually want / need. At the end of the day, it was the minimum possible spend to figure out if woodworking was something I really wanted to do. There is a lot of wisdom in the Buy-Once-Cry-Once approach to buying tools but I don't think it is the right advice for people who are just beginning to dip their toes in the wat
  3. There are a few of my noob posts in the Absolute Beginner thread. Well, if I am being honest I still make noob posts. Getting into woodworking has been daunting. I've done it mostly with second hand tools, butchering a hundred board feet of lumber or so, and blundering through the leaning process. I couldn't find a woodworking class within an hours drive (the only local course through a community college was discontinued right as I got interested). I am a pretty fortunate man, but even so it took time to get a functional shop set up without going into hock. If I had to guess, I've probabl
  4. I have a set of 8 Narex chisels and Ive never regretted the purchase for a second. They come with a slightly hollow back, they sharpen up well, and the edge retention is pretty darned good. I also have a set of vintage Stanley 720 pairing chisels. I would say the quality is about equal. The 720s do sharpen a bit faster but I don't know what type of steel they are. A point of personal preference, I am not a huge fan of socket chisels. They seem less sturdy to me.
  5. If Mel doesn't get the DeWalt, I'd love the D handle base. Just let me know and I will pay pal the shipping cost.
  6. I kinda like the term Toddler Paddock, but Helper Tower sounds so much more friendly.
  7. Looks great man. I put one together as well, but I thinned out Marc's design. During testing it held all 300 pounds of me. I am sure the full on design will hold an elephant. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Since I don't want to start another thread... Here is an acacia and rosewood recipe box that his mother received. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Here is the little guy hanging out in his new tower. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Oddly, my second favorite tool seems to be my 7/8ths chisel because it is amost always sharper than my 1" bench chisel.
  11. Yeah, the adjustable mouth and precision manufacturing make it incredibly easy to go from hogging off material to taking off fine shavings. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I am still pretty new at woodworking. I've gotten to the point that I can know out simple projects pretty quickly but I still make more mistakes (learning opportunities) than I should. I was making a recipe box for a Christmas present and I boogered up the panel for the lid while attempting to route out an ogee profile. My wife specified that the entire box had to be acacia (Australian blackwood in this case) and the piece I had bought didn't have quite enough to to produce a second clear panel. When attempting to work around a knot to replace the panel I had messed up, I blew out a big chun
  13. The kitchen helper was my first project with the domino, and I am hooked. It it is something you are going to use, and you have limited shop time, it's amazing. If you aren't going to use it often, make M&T joints. There are 32 joints on the kitchen helper, with the domino I was done cutting them in about 2 hours (and that was my first time using one). If I was batching out M&T joints it would have taken me 8-12 hours, but I am pretty slow with them.
  14. 2014 4Runner Limited. It's the first Toyota I have in quite a while (the last three vehicles were Honda / Acura). I am not too fussy about hauling wood in it. I put a pretty good scratch in the plastic on the rear tailgate hauling an elm slab last week. I think a utility trailer is in my future. If I scratched the leather i'd be pissed.
  15. I've been so busy trying to get things wrapped up before I am out of the office for holidays that I set a 60 minute time limit for the beer holder. Everything was out of the scrap pile so I didn't have to mill or rip anything down. I made one end piece and then just resawed it (bandsaw marks are rustic right?), no sanding, and no finish. I really like the no sanding part.
  16. I managed to get everything out together and sanded... Just need to slap some finish on it. I took a break to whip up a very rustic six pack holder for our company Yankee gift swap tomorrow. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. +1 for a glass of whiskey or one of the lesser spirits. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. It's a sort of elevated toddler jail that you can push up against a counter to enable them to more effectively assist / observe. Basically, it's a bit safer than having them stand on a chair.
  19. He turned 2 in October. I am on a mission to not give him anything that's made out of plastic or requires batteries for the first couple years of his live. I made him a xylophone with padauk keys for xmas last year. Does anyone have an opinion on the Minwax Tung Oil Finish for white oak?
  20. My wife and I don't have children (yet?). This is a gift for our nephew.
  21. Here's my version of Marc's kitchen helper tower. I am not quite finished, but I am definitely coming down the home stretch. I used thinner stock for the legs (2.5" instead of 4") and dividers (1" instead of 1.5"). When I showed the original version to my wife she said it looked too heavy, so I thinned it out a bit. If I did it again, I may have stuck with the 1.5" dividers to get a beefier Domino in there (I used 5mm on the narrow dividers and 8mm on the 4" dividers). I also added rear dividers instead of putting in the dowel pins. I figure that as the platform get's lowered, the rear d
  22. I just paid $3.20/BF for 15" wide 6/4 slabs. There really isn't much Elm left in Maryland so I was pretty happy with the price.
  23. It's on my calendar. if you guys want a recommendation for a lunch / beer / gathering spot An Poitin Still up the street from the fairgrounds would be my go to. There are also a couple of slightly closer places (1 minute drive instead of 3).
  24. I was also less than impressed with the Jet clamps I picked up on the Black Friday sale. They were a little tricky to get the, to open the first few times. I also didn't like the fact that the threads on them are cast, and the casting is a little on the rough side. I have Jorgensen cabinet masters and a couple of the Bessey Revos and I think I prefer them both to the Jet clamps. I will say it's nice to not have the clamps "accidentally" close when you are moving them around, I've pinched a few fingers that way..