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  1. I looked up the kit, pretty cool. I think I saw it for about $40.
  2. Cool, thanks for the comments! Sounds like HCM makes an adequate mortice, but it is not going to be glass smooth inside. That said, in this case the bit may be a tad out of square, and sharp should yield a smoother cut than dull. I also heard a subtle commercial for a F. Domino. One day I WILL give into this subliminal messaging. :-)
  3. Nothing to report right now, but there isn't a hobby yet that I haven't overbought. With woodworking, it is only a matter of time. Festool would make my 2 - 3 projects a year go sooooo much better. Just sayin'
  4. Yea, Eric must think walnut grows on trees... (tap, tap, tap, is this thing on? Ahem...) Despite my woodworkers high from my patch success, I did mill a new board so all back on track with the project. Today I worked on the mortises: Question, I thought mortises using the HCM should be cleaner than this. Is this a sign of a dull hollow chisel? Here is a close up. In other news, the ebony I bought on eBay showed up today. I don't know how to judge ebony quality, but this stuff is black and dense. This is what I will use as peg material for the breadboard ends.
  5. Dang, that is nice! Very well thought out and executed. An impressive piece of furniture.
  6. Whatever they are paying, your clients get more than their money's worth! Fabulous build and project journal.
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    Shop Furniture

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    From the album: Shop Furniture

    Some tear out, but it is shop furniture...
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    From the album: Shop Furniture

    Doors open. Rare earth magnets to keep the doors closed.
  10. Good tip on the Dr. Pepper... :-)
  11. I know it is creepy that you can look this up, but you can and I did. The property is currently being assessed at a value of $131k, according to wi law, the assessed value can be no greater than 110% of its market value, or $77k. If you buy, the deadline to dispute the assessment is the third Monday in May. Or alternatively move to Mel's area of town where they don't jack you. :-)
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    Shop cabinets

    From the album: Shop Furniture

    3 large shop cabinets, this was my intro into woodworking using joinery skills. Spruce with birch ply for the doors. Akeda jig for the dovetails. Water base matte polyurethane finish. This project was a first for a lot of things.
  13. That is the only thing keeping me from buying the exact same model! Once I'm done with my current project I am going to rearrange the garage (again) to fit that bad boy in. Thanks for the extra motivation. So jealous!
  14. Thanks TIODS, I enjoyed doing it and I thought it turned out pretty good, part of why I posted - to get a second opinion to be sure I wasn't delusional. You guys have a way of seeing things I don't. I'm definitely going to try out those skills again to embellish some future project! The other reason was to see what y'alls thoughts were to see if it was passable as a repair. Eric, to your point, still better to mill a new board. I think in this case I turned a highly visible natural looking blemish into a harder to see artificial looking blemish. Absolutely no reason to be hesitant when giving me feedback. My woodworking education is YouTube videos, the guild, a couple books and in a huge way, the feedback I get on WTO. I appreciate the charity you guys show to answer all my questions, even the stupid ones. Also, good call out rabbiting all the way down the board, just looks like an edge glue at that point.
  15. Dang! I hope the mayor stops by once a week to mow your lawn for that :-). Best wishes in your home search. Getting a fixer upper at a great price is always a good deal as long as you are handy (no doubt about that) and know what you are getting into. Best luck in the purchase process!
  16. I was just looking at the same thing. Is that a typo in the listing? Looks like you are going to pay more taxes than mortgage per month. 4000/70,000 = 5.7%.
  17. After further consideration, I decided to give Wdwerker's idea a shot. Figured I was just going to throw this piece in the scrap bin, so what would I be losing if I screwed it up. And besides, it might give me the confidence to attempt a decorative inlay sometime. Hard part was the location didn't lend itself to an easy grain match, but I found a piece that was in the ballpark. Marked it out. I made it longer than the worm hole because it looked like the grain would match better. Routed the slot out: Chiseled the ends square: Fit the piece, glued it in trying the sawdust "slurry" idea: Scrapped and sanded flush, hit it with some mineral spirits to see how it might look. Not bad, but the outline seems to be pretty visible. Is this as good as it gets or is there a trick to blending in the inlay to make it harder to see it?
  18. Dang, that is some intense clamping! Beautiful craftsmanship.
  19. Stupid worms :-). I kinda suck at woodworking and have like 2 or 3 hours a week to do it so milling another board is going set me back before getting to the fun part of this build. But I know the blemish will drive me crazy, particularly since Eric implied I should get a new board and Woodsap made it explicit. Unfortunately I don't think the worm hole will look good unhidden in this case, the rest of the boards are real clean so it will look like unintended blemish. I'd like to try the inlay repair idea, but some other time when I've gained more skills. Thanks for the ideas and opinions!
  20. Yikes, I didn't read it because of the title. Egg on my face.
  21. Yes, a REAL slow day. On the yahoo news app yesterday around lunchtime the headline story was about the NY building that exploded. The second story was "Chelsea Clinton is 'Obsessed with Diarrhea'". I appreciate that yahoo is willing to tackle the hard hitting issues of our time. I'd imagine he'd want your cupcakes.
  22. I know this is going slowly, but it is moving. Milled and cut to length all the frame parts last night. I do however have a nasty worm hole to fill. Based upon what I've read on this forum, make filler out of sawdust and epoxy. Is that the best way? I think this hole should hide fairly well under the shadow of the top. I assume the process is to scrape the worm poop out, mix the epoxy, mix in the sawdust, pour into the hole, sand smooth when dry. Please correct me if wrong. After fixing some of the wood blemishes I get to start the joinery. Woo hoo!