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About ModernistWoodworker

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    Oakland, CA
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    20th Century furniture, CNC, Maker movement
  1. Mainly CA but they have had lots on East Coast as well Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Just won an auction for 100bf of maple for $300. The love affair continues... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Thank you Aaron and Marc for weighing in on this thread. Aaron you truly are a black belt Sketchup Master. I've just been learning it myself to design an Art Deco styled leg vise chop for my Roubo step is figuring out how to import into Vectric Cut3D so I can CNC carve the chop on a ShopBot I have access to at TechShop, will post a video when I'm done. Anyway, can't wait to give your advise a try. Will let you guys know how it goes...if I execute it OK I'm happy to share the revised plan with other parents/grandparents in the guild.
  4. Complexity not so much a concern. Im the guy who gave kickback in Episode #176 wanting to pick up skills to build Art Deco furniture, so I've been actually looking for a good project to learn bent lamination. Also, given that Im just wrapping up the Roubo build, pretty much every other project will seem smaller Maybe a good place to start will be to take the Sketchup file, scale the parts in the program, and see how changing the part thicknesses to a minimum (as Marc suggested) changes how balanced the design looks...or makes it look out of proportion. For the templates, wondering if just changing the scaling in the printer dialog will get me something thats accurate.
  5. Im thinking about making the Morris Chair project with the guild, but scaling it to 1/2 or 2/3 size for my 2 year old son's room. Aside from scaling all the parts smaller, any thoughts as to the difficulties I might have in translating the guild build plan to something more kiddie-sized?
  6. Shopping in my local Woodcraft this weekend, I saw the following sign in the finishing section: Obviously someone stocking the shelves has a sense of humor. But I thought it even funnier because I misread the sign and thought it said "Mahogamy". Looked up the word on Urban Dictionary in the aisle using my phone, and of course someone had thought of this before: Mahogamy (n.) Having a relationship with only one species of wood for the rest of your life. Which of course begs the question: Have you ever found yourself in a mahogamous relationship? Now we all know about Matt's lifelong love affair with pine...for which he spurns other, more exotic species like walnut and cherry. Myself, Ive been a one-species man ever since I started my maple Roubo bench build back in December (Although waiting for Schwarz's Campaign Furniture book to come out I'm anticipating a *very* expensive fling with teak in my future) How about you? Have you found yourself getting mahogamous with a certain species? Do you find this to be a healthy relationship, or do you often pine (sorry Matt) for greener pastures?
  7. Did anyone use draw bore pins to aid the fitting of the joints? Did you find that it made a difference?
  8. As you can see on the other HCM thread, I've been in the market for a HCM after lusting after the General floor-standing model in William Ng's workshop. A local woodworking shop is closing, and has a couple of vintage Oliver 91Ds to unload. Does anyone have any experience using or restoring these? Do you have any advice to give before I go to his shop to evaluate on what to look for? Overall, how do you find the quality compared to more modern HCMs like the ones from General and Powermatic? Have been striking out so far searching vintage too forums, but maybe Im not looking in the right place
  9. Do you guys remember the article that PWW did a while back on the lapping process that LV plane blades go through? I did and I had same expectation as you. My experience has been mixed. Sharpened my new skewed rabbiting block plane last night, flattening the back only took about 20 min. Spent HOURS recently though flattening LV shoulder plane blade back. Both were the new PM-V11. So when tuning up a new plane blade, apparently YMMV.
  10. ModernistWoodworker

    Finish scaled

    I'm a fan of deco as well. Think I might copy your deadman.
  11. Wow, not a lot of love for the HCM here I see I wasn't sold on them either until I took a Joinery class at the William Ng School last month. Aside from his famous sharpening pond (which probably still contains a lot of my drool...but that's another blog post), my favorite tool we used in his shop was the General 75-075 HCM. William being William, he had us cutting VERY precise mortise and tenon joints (measured to the 5 thousands of a inch with his Mitutoyo calipers). And given what we were making, it needed to be that precise. Check out these three way miter joints for example. No clue how you could cut these by hand and make them fit, or even go the drill+Mortise chisel route. So since I've gotten back, have been patiently waiting on Craigslist for a floor standing model with an adjustable bed to come up for sale for <$1k
  12. I'm from Savannah, GA originally, and my parents have three huge...I'm guessing 1o-12 feet in diameter, live oaks in their backyard. It's illegal to cut one down in their county without explicit permission from the zoning board. Because of that protection, Savannah is pretty we'll known for images of huge live oaks dripping with Spanish moss....think Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, or perhaps Forest Gump (both filmed there) That said, I occasionally fantasize that my Mom calls me one day in a panic to tell me that one of them has blown down in a storm. I tell her to hold off, and I drop everything to fly out to Savannah to salvage the tree. I'm thinking I could make about...oh 10-15 solid slab workbenches. Then I come to my senses and realize I've watched the Benchcrafted French Oak Roubo build video one too many times.
  13. One thing that no one seems to have mentioned is the resale value of Festool. Even on Craigslist they seem to retain a large percentage of their value used. Assuming you could pry one out of the cold, dead hands of many of you. . But seriously, as someone relatively new to woodworking, this was something I considered. I have the original track saw, OF 1100 and 2200 routers, detail sander, and dust collection. Will probably trade up to the newest track saw, expect to be able to sell old model for about what I paid for it (used, of course).
  14. I've also made the mistake of buying tools using HER eBay account. She's annoyed less by what I've bought, and more about the constant notifications that pop up on her phone BING - Auction for Festool ETS 150 sander ending in 15 minutes! Not to mention that her eBay recommendations are now filled with vintage Disston saws. Clearly I have a lot to learn from you guys...
  15. to go try out a new tool in the shop? I was busted just last night Just got a shipment of 3 saws from Mark at Bad Axe (dovetail, tenon, and a refurb Disston #4) and I'm ashamed to say I couldn't wait till the weekend to try them out. And oh what saws, cut like butta... Ever been caught cheating by your wife with a new tool?