Chuck Melton

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  1. I picked up an old bench today. I've been getting by with another old bench with a cheapy shop fox face vise, and since I have been trying to use more hand tools it wasn't cutting it. It's in pretty good condition considering its age. Right now the bench top just sits on loosely on pegs as I believe it was meant to be a work site bench. I tried to face plane a board, and the top definitely needs to be secured to the base, I am just not quite sure what approach I am going to take yet. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. I ended up using a rat rail rasp to open up the holes in the legs, it made a world of difference. I also found by using a thinner diameter dowel for the rear axle, it made the legs move much more freely.
  3. It's that time of year when I start making some cutting boards and really regret not having a drum sander. I have a pretty small shop, but I think I can fit an 18-36 or a 12 inch drum sander. I've been looking and looking for a a small used one, and the price difference is never very far off of buying new. Before I take the plunge and pick one up, I'd be curious to hear about how much other hobbyists incorporate a drum sander into your work flow. I get pretty consistent results dimensioning lumber with my planer, but I can't say with certain that I will get something to an exact specified
  4. I would second looking on craigslist. You can get a decent bench top press for $50-$75, and floor standing for $100-$150.
  5. Color me impressed. From a hobbyist's perspective it's hard to imagine one person getting that much done that fast. I wouldn't let your wife see this post... it might increase her furniture request volume.
  6. So I made a pretty big blunder during my glue up, and I don't think it's something I am going to fix. When I glued up the sides, the chalk lane had rubbed off of rear apron, so what was left sure looked like R Apron. That would have been ok if the rear apron and the right apron were the same length. I discovered this when I went to glue the rear apron and the from rails in this morning. Once there is a top on it, it probably won't be so apparent that's it's horribly out of square, but I will think about it every single time I look at this table. It's my first real piece of furniture (ie
  7. Alright, after a brief lull induced by work, baseball, and family functions I managed to get back out in the shop today. I managed to get a good dry fit done, which required some fine tuning of the joinery. I kind of shuddered looking at the mortises I chopped last year... Given the chance again I might not do them entirely by hand but it was fun at the time. As a side note, It's the first time I had been listening to an audiobook while in the shop and it was awesome. I don't listen to them normally but I really wanted to hear Nick Offerman (the guy that plays Ron Swanson on Parks & Re
  8. There was a time when my job was to actually produce something, given it was software so it was a bit ethereal, but I still got to see the result of my labor. These days I really just get to see proposals, contracts, sales forecasts, and P&L sheets. The part of me that wants to create something found an outlet in woodworking. In less than two years of learning learning and trying to build skills, I've found woodworking to be more personally rewarding than any other recreational pursuit I've followed.
  9. Looking good. Which woodworking club are you going to? The one in Rockville?
  10. You must be used to poor design idioms in software. Homeostasis is a major factor in the opinion people have about technology. When something is different, people tend to key in on perceived flaws instead of improvements while ignoring flaws that they are used to in whatever they were using previously. Few major technology products make it to market that are objectively bad, but some have a much stronger focus on design, quality, and user experience than others.
  11. Nice work man. I haven't seen a pinball cabinet like that before. Is there a way to incorporate haptic feedback?
  12. I don't have a strong opinion on new vs vintage. I've mostly gone with restoring vintage planes and supplementing them with new irons. I will say that I would be reticent to buy a tool off of eBay. I bought three vintage Stanley planes and an old Disston , and I got burned on almost all of them with hidden flaws. In contrast, being patient and buying off of craigslist payed off much better. I will say, that if you don't know what a well tuned plane can do, you are somewhat doomed if you start off buying junk and hoping to fix it up. Buying a Veritas block plane really changed things fo
  13. The loose tenons are a done deal. The rails were pretty thin at 3/4x3/4. On the top rail, I basically just routed a slot through the rail. Once the top is on no one will see it. For the bottom rail, I cut a 5/8 deep groove on the under side so if the drawer is removed you won't see anything from above. I still have to clip a few more tenons and I will be ready to dry for the base.
  14. No, he returned it right afterwards. The list of people I will lend a tool to is pretty short.
  15. Apple, I think I remember seeing a couple of the machines on your website listed on the Bmore CL page... I also think I replied too late to one or two of those I check CL almost every day for wish list items.
  16. I batched out most of my tenons during lunch today. Apparently last year I cut the piece of wood for the drawer front to length before ripping off front rails... So I am going to end up either milling down an entire new piece of walnut for the drawer front and rails, or maybe try to create some loose tenons to join the rails to the legs. Any thoughts on the loose tenon route? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. 11 months later I finally have tapered legs... I took a few days to get my hand planes actually tuned up and it was amazing how fast it went. I think this project sat for so long because I was apprehensive about so many aspects of it. It turns out that just setting out to do it worked out fine. I did do one pretty bone headed thing... I want paying attention to what I was doing when I mated the LV iron to the LV chip breaker on the #5. I went to hog out the bulk of the first taper using the Jack plane and it was pretty tough going. It was still making shavings but damned hard to push...
  18. I probably should have never put the parts for this back on a shelf. It was definitely an out of sight out of mind situation. So.. close to 11 months later I got around to tapering a leg tonight. I think I put this project down because I didn't feel like messing around making a tapering jig, and I had never gotten around to taking the massive machinists vise off of my work bench, so it was in the way when I was trying to figure out a good way to hold the leg to taper it with a hand plane. Fast forward to tonight, I spent some time cleaning the shop after my wife went to bed, then I dec
  19. Precisely the sort if feedback I am looking for. I am only used to using a crappy bench top table, which I go out of my way to avoid using. Thanks man!
  20. In this edition of Small Shop Problems: would I be an idiot if I used my router table as an out feed table? I know a lot of people put them in TS wings, so I can't imagine that using a free standing router table as my out feed table would be the worst thing in the world, but I want to see if there are issues that I might. It think about as a novice woodworker. It would also save me from finishing the rebuild of my out feed table, which I honestly see as a big plus. I just picked up a pretty awesome CL tool score (Freud 300VCE, aluminum plate, a dozen Freud bits,in a well built table for $
  21. The UTS plans are awesome, have you shared them on here before? I wish I saw them before I built my miter saw station.
  22. Here is a long to the Narex set I am talking about at Lee Valley http://www.leevalley.com/US/Wood/page.aspx?p=67707&cat=1,41504
  23. I have a full set of the Narex bevel edge chisels as my primary chisels, plus one of their mortising chisels. I am a fan. They sharpen up well, they are decently made, and they hold an edge reasonably well. They all came nice and slat and took maybe 10-15 minutes each to get into a nice usable shape. Other than the Narex, I have a set of vintage Stanley 720 paring chisels and some beaters. I use the Narex stuff 80% of the time and have seen no reason to upgrade.
  24. WTO tends to be a conversational sort of place. Sometimes people ask a question simply to have some discourse on the topic. There may be factors that haven't been discussed, or they may want to garner new input that they can steer with their specific concerns. At any rate, I'd rather see the same conversation 20 times than a single snarky reply that discourages people from asking a question. Just my two cents.