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About Fxguy

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    Champaign, IL
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    New to woodworking, interested in small projects, mostly toys, workbench, those sorts of things.

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  1. The problem is that the 4 quadrants attach to one another. Each quadrant has only two straight edges, the other two are meant to connect to each other.
  2. So are you saying attaching 1/8" sheet goods to both sides? Yes.
  3. Forgive me but an 8-10" lap joint on a piece of plywood? How would I go about that? a full 1/2" sheet of plywood isnt light and its just me working on this.
  4. Problem is I dont have it completely assembled in order to take an actual picture. Here is a picture of someone else completed as well as a photo of the completed puzzle itself. I have the four sections done but need the frame to assemble the final connecting pieces. It's standard jigsaw puzzle cardboard pieces. The shipping weight on this thing was 17.7 pounds. Hope this helps! I've considered assembling smaller individual frames for each of luan / masonite panels but then assembling those together becomes difficult not to mention weakening the whole thing due to multiple joints not needed.
  5. Good morning everyone. I have a giant puzzle that my family has completed (dimensions are 108.5'' x 75.5'' ) which is larger than any picture frame available commercially. I need to design a frame to support the puzzle. I was planning on using 1/8" masonite as the backing, however due to the size, it's larger than a simple 4' x 8' sheet. So I'm not sure where to even start. I tried building a frame based on using 2' X 4' sheets of masonite and lap joining the intersections using 1" x 2" but that crashed and burned. Can someone please help me with designing something so we can hang our awesome puzzle on the wall? Thanks! Tim
  6. How does everyone organize their shop / tools? Do you organize by use (marking, cutting, measuring, etc...) or by category (screwdrivers, clamps, squares, wrenches, etc...) ?
  7. I have the whole ADD thing REALLY bad which not only explains why my shop is a complete disaster and why I have so many partially completed projects. Krtwood - I have researched Adam Savage quite a bit and really love his organization philosophy. I agree on the dust, which is where a really good dust collection system comes into play. We recently were able to gain access to the attic space above the garage and I might be able to put a workbench up there for some of the finer electronics stuff. I've been considering rebuilding my workbench because when I built the current one I was building it with my Ryobi table saw that I couldn't get a square cut out of to save my life. I need to get some time to sit down and plot out a floor plan for the major tools / big stuff. With 40 hours a week at work, and the 1 and 3 year old, time in the shop is extremely hard to come by. Guess I'll have to go back to my old adage that 15 min here and 15 min there will eventually add up.
  8. Ok I think I'll turn this into a step by step process with some pics (which will help me stay accountable) starting with my Drill Bits and Drill press..... will post as soon as I'm done Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. LOL. Sad to say these are AFTER I had already rented a dumpster and hauled off a lot of junk. Had a friend from church who came over and cleared everything out for me since time is at a premium with the little ones. I too tend to hoard parts and scraps thinking I'll never know when I may have a project that could use this...and it has happened a few times where I've dug through scrap and had just the right parts. I definitely think I need to start with figuring out where I'm going to permanently store the big stuff (table saw, bench, etc... and then build a few more shelves / drawer units to start. Part of the problem is not everything has had a home to start with.
  10. Making a big dent is easier said than done. We have two little ones (1 and 3) who are a handful and leave little time out in the shop at the moment (which is why cleaning and organizing is so important, to save me some time looking for things!). I originally built the table saw / router table cart so that the very heavy table saw would be mobile while at the same time saving me some room. However it is so huge I probably should rethink it. Especially because I don't really use the router table much. I use my tablesaw and bandsaw more than anything. Planner and joiner don't use too much. I ended up taking every hand tool I could find and dumping into a drawer in preparation for this endeavor. Another problem is that its not as much a woodshop as it is a maker shed. I do a lot of electronics / animatronics and metal work out there in addition to to working with wood so I'm having trouble thinking through the design / layout for a multipurpose space. Thanks for the links! Trying to read through them tonight while playing legos! :-)
  11. Thanks guys! We haven't parked anything in there in a while..but my wife would really like to get her car back in there. TIODS could you link to one or two of the threads you recommend? Located in Champaign, Il btw. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Ok, admittedly my ADD and laziness has finally gotten me and consumed my shop space. Posting some photos of nothing else to help shame myself into doing something about this mess. So please go easy and forgive me of my sins. I don't even know where to start. Please advise on some practical step by step things to get this under control and get back to work. Thanks ! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Here is the other side.... But it is sanded the same.... I don't think I sanded to through, here is a corner that I can see the thickness of the veneer... I thought it might be because the two of us were staining and she applied more stain in those areas where we overlapped. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I sanded to 120 with my festool sander then applied the stain below with a foam brush. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. So my wife and I are staining s hickory plywood top for her craft table but the stain came out uneven... How can we even this out and get a nice even coat? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk