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  1. wtnhighlander

    Closet Remodel.

    Empty drawers never stay that way for long! Nice work, Drew. Good design, nice materials, and an outstanding job on fit as a "built-in". Those are always the worst.
  2. I'm looking forward to the chair challenge, if I ever get past the backlog of requests already in my queue. Being slow hasn't discouraged enough folks from asking .....
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    Help needed!

    If all are an identical pattern, it seems like batching 20 per month shouldn't be too difficult. That's assuming your orders aren't in spurts. Most of us being hobbyists, it would be very ineffective to make one or three at a time. For example, my tooling, space, and available time would force me to cut 20 boxes of parts one weekend, perhaps assemble the following weekend, and finish the week after that. Some specialized clamping jigs and drying racks might speed that up a fair bit.
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    Lag bolts vs threaded inserts for table legs?

    I'll third the motion. Standard metal taps work fine, but may lack the reach needed in some applications. And I suggest not using a drill or impact driver when tapping blind holes, its easy to strip out the threads. DAMHIK.
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    Veneer Adventures

    Can't wait to see the end result, Drew. It looks great so far!
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    Help needed!

    Decorative boxes, or shipping crates?
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    Hand tool cabinet in maple

    One thing you can do to avoid having the pipe collapse if it is heated a bit too much is to pack it with sand before heating. I recommend doing this in a well-ventillated area. PVC can off-gas when heated, and the gas is combustable.
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    Hand tool cabinet in maple

    FYI, its fairly simple to soften PVC (especially the thin wall drain pipe) with a heat gun and make your own sweeping bends. Just don't soften the ends, so they stay round at the connection point.
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    What kind of wood is it?

    The others are right - clean pics, close up of the end grain helps most. Off-hand, I think it looks like some dusty walnut with a lot of sapwood.
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    Tennessee Curly Cherry

    How well does magnolia work? I always assumed it was kinda soft and spongy.
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    chess board top cracking

    Wood glue has moisture in it. gluing one face of a board to a thinner material will make it swell, and the thinner face can't hold it back. I made a chess board that did that until I glued a backer to it to balance it out.
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    Avoiding "puddles" of dyed epoxy

    Not helpful this time, but in the future, use powdered pigments. Little to no absorbtion into the wood. For tiny cracks, clear is fine. Larger cracks, sanding dust from the same wood. Knots and inclusions, dust and dry coffee grounds.
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    Sun porch accessories

    Cut parts to make cabinet end panels this weekend.
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    Sun porch accessories

    My friend from work is remodeling his house, getting all in order before he retires in a few years. Part of the work involved relocating the back door, tearing off the old wooden deck, and adding a sun porch in its place. Moving the door requied some brick work, and he is not satisfied with the new mortar's color. Doesn't quite blend with the old. So, he commissioned me to build a pair of faux 'shutters', more like door panels, to hide the mis-matched mortar. Panel design: He also wants a small dry bar to house a small fridge and accoutrements: And here is my raw material. 50 bf FAS, 50 bf #1C, red oak.
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    Harbor Freight DC with mods vs Grizzly G0548ZP

    The principle is similar, but the compressability of air introduces another level of complexity. Water is not compressable.
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    Tennessee Curly Cherry

    Those are a pretty common way to dip your toes into tge instrument building pool. Simple design and scale. You should try one, Ken! Of course, being from Texas, yours will have to be bigger...
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    End grain cutting board issue

    I like to use an oil / wax blend, rather than straight oil. Seems to repel liquids better. How you wash the board mayters, too. Never submerse, scrub, rinse, then dry quickly.
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    Harbor Freight DC with mods vs Grizzly G0548ZP

    A cyclone is certainly more effective with fines, but just one of those garbage can separator lids from Rockler catches a lot of stuff ahead of the impeller.
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    Harbor Freight DC with mods vs Grizzly G0548ZP

    Or your teeth. I miss Don....
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    Tennessee Curly Cherry

    That chest is an intersting design, but that much color variation in one piece is kinda hard on my eyes. Glad somebody enjoys it.
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    Table saw fence

    Can't believe nobody suggested these guys yet. https://vsctools.com/shop/product-category/table-saw-fence/
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    Need help finding a specific box friction hinge

    Can you post a sketch or plan drawing to show how the hinges work in your design? Might kick-start someone's memory of a similar project that will lead to the right hardware.
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    new toy for wood ID

    Wow! That full size image is cool! If the lighting were a bit more photo-friendly, that pic would be a work of art.
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    new to group

    Hi Jim! Glad to have you join.
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    Anyone here into highly customized finishes?

    Hi Adam! I'm afraid you're going to see a lot of Arm-R-Seal around here, but we do have the occasional adventure into french polished shellac or spraying lacquer. Only a handful of us are pros with access to some of the supplies you might use, but don't let that stop you from hanging around!