Mick S

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  1. Like many of us, I take pride in many of the things I make. I take pride in the positive comments I get from students who have taken my classes. It makes me feel like I'm contributing. Then I talk to a real woodworker. I'm going to brag about my brother, a professional woodworker just a bit. I talked to him earlier today - he had asked me to call him after seeing an Instagram post I put up using my Pantorouter. He was thinking about getting one. When he answered the phone, he sounded out of breath. He explained that he was swamped with work. Like many woodworkers who actually m
  2. That's how I've done it in the past. What I found, also, is that it's not uncommon for bradpoint tips to be a little off center, moving the start point in a direction you don't want it to go. The center punches are easier to align.
  3. I'm charging them the going rate for 4/4 and 8/4 cherry here in Santa Fe, which is 10 times what I paid for it. Here's the link to the members only Becksvoort article - https://www.finewoodworking.com/2002/12/01/harvest-table The changes I made based on Alison's table were mainly dimensional and per the client. The Becksvoort table is too wide for their space. I'm also doing pull out supports for the drop leaves and they wanted a simple square edge rather than a rule joint.
  4. Next I did the draw bore pins a la Mike Pekovich. It's really handy to have multiple squares - one for the edge standoff, one for the top hole and one for the bottom. You may wonder why I have two Starrett 4" combo squares. I "lost" one last fall and after weeks of looking for it and finally buying a new one, found it in my apron - in the wrong pocket. I learned this little trick from a FW podcast a couple of years ago. I got a set of center punches from HF for ?? $12. The pin holes are ¼". With the boards clamped together, insert the 1/32" smaller size punch into the hole w
  5. I've posted a few photos in the What Did You Do Today topic, but I'm now far enough into it to start a simple journal. This is a "commission" for a neighbor - we're trading labor, he's going to do some stone work for me. The design is a merger of a sofa table Alison bought in the early '80s and a Christian Becksvoort design that was in Fine Woodworking Nov/Dec 2002. Because it's narrow, I had to veer away from Becksvoort's spinner supports for the leaves - just not room for the width of the leaves. I'm using some air dried cherry that I got from a Franciscan monastery that was
  6. I've been on my feet too long today. I read the header as Removing DUST from jointer infeed outfeed tables. I thought, "What kind of moron...?" I'd better not offer any advice.
  7. I had a student last semester who had the same hesitation about the price, never having used it before, and wondering if the trial size would be enough for the ash coffee table she was making. I convinced her to try by telling her I'd buy it from her if she didn't like it. She put two coats on her coffee table and had ⅔ of the trial size 4.22 oz can left. Everyone, and I mean everyone asked her what she used on it.
  8. Air-dried cherry - from 1982!
  9. Feels great to be working on a project instead of working on my shop. First one in a while - a simple harvest table for a neighbor. I can't wait until the overarm dust shroud (Grizzly) gets here. This saw makes some dust. Cutting mortises. Tapering the legs
  10. Oh, come on. Don't mince words!
  11. It's my wood. Mine. Give it back. Sometimes called Texas ebony, maybe.
  12. I recently had to install a hook into one of my ceiling joists using a 3' step ladder I often use as a stool at my bench. I made it safely to the second step before the waves of dizziness kicked in, but I persevered by steadying myself against the joist. It was a stretch, but I knew not to stand on top of the ladder. I'm happy to report I made it down safely and there was beer in the fridge.
  13. Thank you, Dave. Very kind of you. I was just on Instagram reading a post by Michael Fortune in which he talks about people who influenced his approach to woodworking. One was, according to Fortune, a master at making jigs for executing complex tasks. I try to stress that to the people in my own classes. To me, it's a huge part of woodworking.
  14. Coop - Bending ply comes in 4 x 8 and 8 x 4 sheets, depending on which direction you want it to bend. I've used ⅛", ¼" and ⅜". It's hard to tell from the interior photos if the canopy is thinner than the sides, but if not, he could easily laminate one piece of 3/8" ply to another. The important thing is simply to keep the alternating grain direction oriented so that he winds up with an odd number of plies overall, including the veneers. The bending ply can be sanded uniformly, removing an equal amount from each side to compensate for the veneer thickness, if necessary.
  15. Bending ply seems like the way to go. I've not attempted it on something that large, but it's easy to work with and can be veneered as long as it's applied to both sides evenly. I used it on the bow front cabinet I made a few years ago.
  16. Thanks, Paul. I'll do a more formal review soon, but I can see parting with the SawStop in the not too distant future, much as I love it. It does so many things so well, but I still have to prove a few things to myself. Making the doors was so easy compared to a cab saw. I'm starting on a Shaker drop-leaf dining table for a neighbor. I'll probably do the review once I'm finished.
  17. I've known several companies that outfitted their shops that way. When you buy for pennies on the dollar you can afford to sit on it until you need it.
  18. Aviva insisted I post another pic without sweat stains. She did a great job on her doors.
  19. Nice job! Beautiful figure in that cherry. My next project is a drop-leaf Shaker dining table in cherry for a neighbor. We're trading labor. He's going to redo some stone work for me. I'm itching to get started.
  20. I've been there. I've worked with various brands over the years in industrial installations. Some bad, some good. That's why I posted this review - this is the best quality of fittings I've worked with and the customer service was excellent. For me, the versatility it offers is well worth the cost difference.
  21. Meaning if it's installed improperly, not supported properly? Not sure I get what you mean.
  22. Got Aviva's doors glued up and prepped for final sizing tomorrow.
  23. That truly is a great space. Really nice job on the sideboard!
  24. A warm welcome to you. You're in for a very rewarding (and occasionally frustrating) journey. I'm happy to hear you're taking some classes - that's a great way to flatten the learning curve.