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

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  1. I’ve got about 6 Irwin Quick Grip 12” clamps that work well but starting to need some larger clamps. As the length increase, those quick grips get expensive quickly. For 24” and 36” clamps, are there any brands or types to avoid? Any suggestions for these sized clamps? thanks! Tim
  2. Anyone know of any sources (free or paid) for rubber band guns that go beyond the gun with a clothespin on top? I found some at rbguns.com but none seem to be that great. I thought a saw a six shooter with an actual rotating barrel but can’t seem to find it now. Thanks! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  3. Ok, so more important to run the bracing perpendicular to the joint. Yeah, we had it laying flat on a table and I had 3 1x2 strips under it to help keep it solid. Hadn’t thought much about the logistics of hanging it other than the thing weighs a ton! I like the idea of a French cleat between the bracing strips. Should distribute the weight nicely and allow for multiple studs to hold it.
  4. Not a typo. I had to have my local wood shop special order 2 10’ pieces of mdf for it. The picture below shows 2 pieces on top of each other. The finished frame is three pieces, so two very long biscuit joints that run the horizontal length of the frame. This is all for a gigantic jigsaw puzzle, the lower half of which can be seen in the photo.
  5. I have a very large picture frame that’s made out of 1/2” mdf. It is made of three pieces that are 27 1/8” tall x 114 1/2” wide. The joints are biscuit jointed along the long edge, but when lifted they have a lot of give. I was thinking of bracing with some 1x3 down the length of the joint but don’t know if the vertical should be solid or the horizontal brace should be solid. Or if I should cross brace with 45’ angles. Any suggestions? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. Yeah, this is her idea of taking the edge off... lol. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. Agreed! She tends to want an over done/ over rounded corners in my opinion. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. Rounding the edges and corners, but mostly the long edges. I tried with a sanding block and 180 grit (all I had at the moment) and she wasn’t happy with the results saying it was still too sharp. Think I’m going to take the Festool ROS to it and be done with it. It’s a simple stuffed animal zoo piece so it’s not like it’s high end furniture, but still taking the same care and techniques if I can. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. Quick question. My wife doesn’t like the sharp crisp corners on stock lumber when I use it for a project. What do you guys use to knock down your corners? Do you just use your orbital sander or do you use a router with corner bit? Have both available. Or maybe just a block plane? Just to take the edge off. Thanks! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. 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.
  11. So are you saying attaching 1/8" sheet goods to both sides? Yes.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. How does everyone organize their shop / tools? Do you organize by use (marking, cutting, measuring, etc...) or by category (screwdrivers, clamps, squares, wrenches, etc...) ?