Tom King

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  1. Tom King

    Style References

    That looks like a great way to do it. Good thinking!
  2. Tom King

    Style References

    Of the books that came today, this one is very worthwhile, if for nothing more than the first 18 pages on the "essentials of design". In very few words, compared to others that I also like, but find very long winded-like Tolpin, Franklin Gottshall has written something that I think anyone contemplating designing furniture would benefit from. You may even hate simple colonial furniture, but I still say you should read it. The other book that I am very impressed with, not only for content, but presentation is this one. Hundreds, and hundreds of pictures, scale drawings, and various others such as tools being used, in an impressively printed book. I don't intend to build any Queen Anne furniture, but still say this is well worth a few bucks for anyone thinking about building any kind of furniture.
  3. Tom King

    Used SawStop

    Quite an adventure!
  4. Tom King

    Thin Epoxy Adhesive

    I used to use West through a syringe, and needle for some boat delamination repairs. That's been 30 years ago though, and I don't remember the needle size. The syringe held about an ounce.
  5. Tom King

    Style References

    I prefer ebay. I've tried Amazon before, but decided to do a test. I just did a search for "omohundro institute" on Amazon, and picked a book randomly to use for a search on both places- "The Economy of British America, 1607-1789 (Published by the Omohundro Institute" Amazon showed up 13 choices by choosing "show all selections", with the lowest priced one at $44.10 + 3.99 shipping. The exact same search on ebay showed some number that I didn't count, but the third listing down was $7.72 w/ free shipping. Out of the hundreds of books I've bought off of ebay, there may have been two, or three duds, and for a few dollars each, I just toss them. I don't have any complaints about the grading system on ebay. Maybe I'm missing something about the search function on Amazon, but I'm used to the one on ebay, and get along with it fine. I've probably bought 8 to 10 furniture books each of the last few nights, and no complaints about any that have come so far. Change a search the least little way, and different ones will come up that otherwise didn't show up. More than not, if buying something like mower parts, they will be cheaper off Amazon with Prime, than the same thing on ebay with free shipping, but for books I'm good with ebay.
  6. Tom King

    Style References

    Maybe a reference thread sticky, at the top of the Wood forum.
  7. Tom King

    New Jet Planer

    $2600 for a 15" planer. No thanks. The only reason I'd have one without rollers on the top, so my helper could roll a board back to me, would be if it had a knife grinder rig on top.
  8. Tom King

    Shop-made tools in Gary Weeks' shop

    I enjoyed looking over their website. I especially like this quote: We don't know what style our furniture is, but we believe it has some.
  9. Tom King

    Job Postings

    Be sure to include your website. I didn't have any trouble finding it, and it looks really nice. I'm not sure if sawmillcreek allows such postings, but there is a lot of traffic there, and probably any pros reading, and posting on internet forums. It's .org
  10. Tom King

    45 mitres

    The margin of error for a design like that doesn't approach zero. It is absolute 0. Also, even built perfectly, the odds of it staying perfect are about the same.
  11. Tom King

    Style References

    My favorite book, that's come in so far, is this one. It was published in 1931. It came from the NYC Library in Manhatten, but no one had ever checked it out. All the pieces of furniture in it are from a few museums, including the Met, and have pretty nice measured drawings. About the first half of the book is all weird chairs, except for some nice Windsor arm chairs, but the other half is all furniture pieces. There are a few strange Flemish pieces, and some Louis IV, but many colonial American pieces, including some from the 17th Century that I had not seen the likes of before. Being all museum pieces, there are some really nice ones, but still possible for building now. I don't know if anyone else is interested in this sort of stuff, but it was well worth the 3.99, or whatever it was that I paid for it. The listing says paperback, but it is a hardback that's never had the spine broken in even.
  12. Tom King

    Job Postings

    WIthout my having to look at a map, where is Denver, NC. Not sure that I will be any help, but I'd just like to know where it is. I'm up on the Va. state line, between where I85, and I95 cross the line.
  13. Tom King

    45 mitres

    The blade matters too. A lot of them will pull ever so slightly one way, or the other. Often not so much the blade, but the sharpening, or lack of it is the cause. I can get perfect miters off several saws, with a good blade, or none of them with a blade that's not perfect.
  14. Bandsaw probably, or handsaw depending on where I was when I needed them, and if I had planned that far ahead. Either way, the wedges would be cut off of a larger piece, and the wedge would be the part that falls away, or is the small part left when you pull the large piece back, and then have to cut the wedge off. It could also be set like a door jamb, with opposing wedges from each side, but I would still want full support under the hinges.
  15. Tom King

    Style References

    I don't know if this is a book anyone would be interested in, or not. I saw one cheap for less than 10 bucks with free shipping, and saw that it was 494 pages, so I ordered it before I saw the other copies on there for over 100 dollars. I'm sure I bought at least ten more books tonight, all cheap, but do remember seeing another one of these for like 6 or 7 dollars. I just didn't go back, and find it for you. If you do searches different ways, it brings up different books, even though they may be on the same, broad subject. Tonight, I was doing "colonial furniture book". Last night, I did, "furniture measuring drawings book". Pam says I will have to build another room for another stack of Barrister bookcases-also bought on ebay for my Colonial Virginia history books.
  16. Any size board would be fine, as long as they are wide enough. Yes, thickness, and taper to get finish boards back to plumb. If they are tapered, you can slide one up, or down the post until it hits just right on a straight edge. I'd make the spacers under the hinges maybe 10 inches long. For the others 4" would be plenty. Just long enough so any fasteners won't split them.
  17. Tom King

    Blackened Glue Line

    Maybe it will never happen again. Maybe something fell into the glue before it dried.
  18. Tom King

    Where do you get your plans?

    Having plans, and a cut list of parts would be a great convenience. Unfortunately, I've never found any for anything that I could use, and spent way more time looking for plans than I have making some. That was in 1973, when I was looking for plans. I had decided to build a house to see if I could sell one, and make any money. The trouble with waterfront houses is that they have two fronts-a road front, and a waterfront. I spent days, and maybe even weeks looking over plan books, and never found the first one that had a back that looked like a front. Since then, I've built many cabinets, and some pieces of furniture, and always just drew some rough plans, and figured out parts as the job went along. These days, if I draw something that I'm going to build, it's drawn to some large scale, often just on brown builders paper with rulers, pencil, and dividers on the outfeed table to the tablesaw. Proportions are important, and the first ratios I try are 1:6, and 1:5, and often some multiple of that-things like rail, and stile width relative to overall, and tapers on raised panels, and such.
  19. Tom King

    Blackened Glue Line

    I had never heard of migration of pencil lines, but did a google search. There have been some artists that had issues, but that was all I found. Also, I have absolutely no experience with this particular glue, but it appears to be some different composition than others that we use so much. It would be interesting to do a small test on something else, using the same pencils and glue.
  20. Box in the post with the fencing boards. Use spacer blocks to support it to plumb, all the way around. Every spacer block will be different, and maybe even tapered. Make sure there are large spacer blocks under the boxing to give full support where the hinges are.
  21. I don't know exactly what I'm looking at. Those horizonatal 2x4's are going to be cut for the gate opening? If so, use the top layer board to form one side of a corner, and another one that intersects with it to form a plumb corner. There will need to be some spacer blocks cut to give good support to the (now) door (gate) jamb board, and especially under the hinges. In other words, wrap the post so that what you end up with is a plumb jamb for the gate.
  22. I can't say without looking at it. The hinge pins need to be plumb in two planes, or the gate will want to swing one way. If a 4x, or even 2x is going to twist, nailing something to it beforehand won't do much in the long run.
  23. Which is out of plumb? If the board is plumb, I'd keep going. If it's that much out of plumb, hopefully they're put up with screws, which are easy to change, but even if nailed, enough will need to come back off, until you get back where it's close. Use a level to check for plumb every so often. Just measuring each one will always accumulate some error. If the posts are out of plumb, there's probably not a lot you can do about that at this point.
  24. Tom King

    Cherry Wall Cabinet

    Proportions look good to me.
  25. Tom King

    Style References

    I bought all his books as soon as they were published. I still go back, and read them about every 15 years. Almost any time I'm matching smoothing plane texture, I think of him, and wish that he could see what I am doing.