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  1. Ok, so i have my new lighting installed and am running a total of 7 4ft 2bulb T8 fixtures with Philips 850 bulbs (CRI 82 Lumen output of 2850 (i think)) and it is wonderful! I have a three car garage but only have the equiv of 2 bays lit for working with one 2bulb fixture over my wife parking spot (arg). Having better light makes such a difference in visibility and enjoyment in the shop. Only problem is now that its spring (here in Texas) my wife has me outside working on planting the Maple trees we picked up end of last year and building a couple of retaining walls, oh and finishing off the fence now that the farm behind us has been sold and is going to be more cookie cutter homes :*(  So looks like I won't be back in the shop for another month or so

  2. Thanks for the kind words Byrdie, its Walnut with a ply back with the suede applied to the front side.  Its a simple tung oil finish applied with the first coat cut 50/50 with mineral spirits and then full strength for the 2nd and 3rd coats.  I just finished installing 6 new T8 fixtures in the shop (garage) and also just built a shed to house some spare wood flooring and other misc supplies that have been taking up space in my shop (umhem garage) lol.  So things should be a little brighter and I should have a little more space to move around.

  3. Hey shop furniture is the perfect time to practice your improvising muscles and build your "chops".  One of my favorite ways to build is to come up with a general sketch, dimensions, etc and then just get in the shop and figure it out.  SketchUp is great and all but sometimes a little overkill and developing your ability to come up with solutions on the fly can help you out in other more important/planned projects when issues arise.  Looks like your spindle sander stand is going to be a great addition to your shop.  Good job!

  4. Nice case sad it will never get taken out though I've always thought it'd be cool to shoot one of those old repeaters but alas I am only a fan of history not its pricey artifacts.


    Agreed!  I would never purchase a rifle to NOT shoot it!  But it was a very thoughtful gift and I am going to respect the efforts of those who protected its chastity before me, lol.  The only condition where I would take it out of the case is if my Grandfather in-law, the one who gave it to me, asked me to take it to the range with him.  If that were to happen it would be down out of that case so fast it would make your head spin.  My Great Grandfather who was in WW2 taught me how to shoot with a lever action .22 LR and ever since lever actions have been held in special regard in my book.  


    Thanks for all the compliments!

  5. I like watching builds from start to finish in fast motion, but you should probably aim for the ten minute mark or less...edit out some of the duller parts like sanding and finishing.  And you need to give us some tunes to listen to..even freebie generic music is better than nothing...dead silence makes if feel boring.  But I enjoyed watching the build.


    No rules broken...as long as you embed your video and it's woodworking related, you're good.


    Finally, not sure if you're aware of this or not...but there's a CAR in your shop. 


    Hey Eric,


    Thanks for the feedback.  I was aiming for 10 to 15 min but ran a little over.  I cut out hours of video and never realized how many times I step away from a piece to go get another tool, pencil, etc.  So by watching the unedited pieces I am rethinking shop layout or at least I will be more cognizant of project preparation to save myself this inefficiency.  As far as the sound there is music and some background audio… Just confirmed again.  You might check to make sure you didn't mute youtube or your comp inadvertently.  Not intended to be a "is it plugged in" insult as given your other posts you seem to be very capable when it comes to computers. 


    HAHA Terry,  I know… my wife insists on parking in the garage… my truck enjoys working on it's tan 365 days a year.  




    Considering it is a 24k gold plated "collectors edition" and has never been fired I am keeping live ammo away from it. Although there are plans to put 7 rounds of .30-30 to the left side of the case under the barrel with the days of the weeks engraved on the cases (taking out the primers and powder).  It's only attached by that brace under the barrel and a very strong magnet so it is easy to pull down (if cleaning is required or to store while on vacation). 



  6. Ok, so first off I will say I know this video is a bit long at 18min.  But it was my first attempt at documenting a build and I think I have learned some tricks (it's hard to produce something as fluid as TWW or any of the other skilled guys on youtube).  Also, I realize my lighting is horrendous and I am in the process of installing new lighting now because honestly it was getting hard to read my rulers etc (guess my eyes are finally starting to show their age).  


     The rifle was a Christmas gift from my Grandfather in-law and I felt that this Rifle which has never been fired (mixed emotions about this) deserved to be displayed and not just shoved in my safe.  So I set off to make a display case that would house this very generous gift.  He seemed to be interested in the techniques used to make the Humidor I gave my father in-law so I thought it might be fun to document the process of the display case for him to enjoy.  


    Photo of Case on the wall:



    Video on Youtube of the build:

    (if I broke any rules on how links should be posted please let me know)


    Would love to get constructive criticism on the build video and box if you have it.



    James (Pdjms1)

  7. Estesbubba - Shops lookin' good! Wish I had that much floor space but the wife insists on parking her car in our 3 car garage… Not to mention about 1500 sqft of marble and wood floors set aside for the next rental rehab.  I did just find that Cree has plug and play troffers for about $130 and it seems like a better option then purchasing all the parts separately and building my own (time and effort) for more money.  


    I did reach out to a friend of mine who has been a Master Electrician working for Lockheed for the last 20 years and he said they have been testing LED Retro kits, LED Replacement kits, etc and they are finding that in their environments even server rooms that the MTBF (Mean time before failure) is about 2-4 years.  He encouraged me to stay away from them for my little shop… Here in Texas, with the help of a friends and family discount through a buddy who started an electricity company, we only pay .05 cents per KWh.  I did some quick math between a 32W T8 62w per fixture and the 40W LED fixture and it would only take me 391 months to recoup the difference in the cost. Assuming (15 hrs per week * 22W difference = 330W per week * 52 weeks = 17,160 W per year or 17.16 KWh * .05 c per KWh = $0.858 per year savings per fixture even with my 4 fixtures that is saving me $3.43 per year)


    Given the quality feedback from you guys, as always, and my friends recommendation to go T8… I think my scale is just way to small and the cost of energy is so little that the ROI just isn't there in my situation.  This will also make my wife happy because the light "issue" just went from probably a month of tinkering to a Thursday night project :)  And now I might be able to afford a shed to clear up some more floor space or there is always more walnut!


    I have to admit when I first started looking I forgot to convert W to KWh and this all looked way more attractive, about 1000x more attractive to be exact. lol.


    Thanks again to the input from all of you!  In an internet full of trolls Wood Talk Forum has really provided a place for enlightened and those who seek to be enlightened a chance to communicate (lighting pun intended, but sentiment was legit) 

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  8. OK, Funny thing... I was just about to post a question about shop lighting and this was first on the list of topics (great minds).


    I have been considering LED's HD has some that are T8 4 bulb 4ft equivalent  7,100 Lumens for $99 each (anyone have experience with these?).  However I know LED lifespans depend greatly on operating temperature and not having them properly heatsinked will cause dimmer results and premature failure and given the price I cannot imagine these are going to be optimally designed.  Not to mention, I live in Texas and my shop is only conditioned when I am in it so heat is a concern as most lab conditions are rated for 77 f. and my garage easily gets into the 120's with insulation.  I have been pricing some of CREE's XQ-B emitters and think I could build a high quality 2x2 ft light outputting about 4000 lumens with a floor coverage diameter of about 20 ft from an 8 ft ceiling for $150ish each.  Taking into account the resistance of running these at 56mA and the aluminum casing I would be mounting them to I should be able to utilize a passive (conductive) cooling system (no fans or extra heatsinks) .




    I can run 3 new 2 bulb 4ft T8 light fixtures for about $20 more then the cost of just one of these LED domahickies...


    I was thinking initially that I could produce a quality fixture myself for about $50 to $75 but am finding this to be difficult once you figure out the cost of the emitters, the drivers, the AC/DC power converter, etc. 


    wfnhighlander - considering the amount of money your company invested I imagine you/they saw considerable benefit to make that kind of investment.  Is it a scale thing?  Saving 30% off a $10,000 annual light bill X multiple buildings I sure has a reasonable ROI... for a garage troglodyte the savings off 4 lights seems inconsequential.  The quality of light is important, very important, so if the LED's provide better light then a Daylight balanced (5000k) florescent then maybe that is my answer but if not, perhaps I should just save my money for more trips to the lumberyard.  the ~$300 difference buys a fair amount BF of Walnut after all :)


    Any help or guidance would be greatly appreciated.  Being a lifelong wannabe photog I understand the importance of light but am afraid I may be overestimating it in this particular instance.



    I can't help but think how much potential there would be if the show crossed over into internet video.  Have the tv show with all its fake drama and have in depth videos for each project that people can check out.  With the tv show driving views to the videos they'd do well on the ads on them.


    What a great idea for additional content!  They could provide detailed videos for each persons project.  They have to have this footage and could even do like time-laps with go pros for each project for not a lot of investment in time or money (this only works because they have designated build spots.  +1 this idea

  10. For others in the DFW Metroplex I have had good luck for board stock at Brazos Forrest Products off of 360 by the DFW Airport and for Slabs there is a guy in Mansfield named Fritz who runs a sawmill out of his house and apparently has a tree service or connection to one for his stock.  I don't have his number on hand but if anyone wants his info just PM me and I would be happy to dig it out of my bag 'o' connections.

  11. I think I agree that the Hammock is the best looking pice because it's the only piece I would have in my home.  I agree that the CD table was the best "adaptation" so this would have been a hard choice for me if i were a judge.  Jory defiantly has a style, that I like very much, but if one of the criteria of the competition is unique and creative designs do you guys think he should continue to utilize his normal style, which seems to be in each of his pieces so far, or start to branch out and experiment?  Eh, either way I am happy to see someone who seems to be courteous and a genuine craftsman do well. 

    One thing on the Ellen show is that apparently each designer will be paired with a "craftsman".  So it is a little different spin on the Spike show where they are designer & craftsman (like many of us).  I look forward to the shows attitude and just hope it's not a designer sipping their coffee while looking over the craftsman's shoulder while they do all the heavy lifting. 

  12. OK, showed my wife to get her opinion (because all my taste is in my mouth) and she thought it was very cool, which I also thought, but trust her opinion more than my own.  I am not sure but you might try on one or two... since its a night light you might consider putting a few different sized holes in the top to make a "stars in the night sky" type of feel, or do like the big dipper or other well known constellations so that they show on the ceiling at night.  I think you have a very cool design and this touch may not be needed but is something to think about.


    Great job!

  13. Second episode seemed to be less negative.  I felt as though the comments this time were more specific and in many cases warranted like the table being off center, sagging tables, table heights (considering it is a regulated height).  Still not hardly any real working shots but considering the number of contestants they have right now drama is probably the only story that fits in.  Hopefully, as they whittle down the players they will have more time to focus on the process.  


    As someone who watches very little tv in general, lucky enough to be in my shop working most evenings, last night I was soaking in the beta waves… I also caught the SiFi premier of Face-off and wish they would adopt more of a process like that for this show… I saw a lot of sculpting, discussions of design and execution, some mold making, and at least for now it was very limited on "drama". Of course, they are limited for time (as contestants and story tellers) so they don't explain all of what they are doing but you still get a feel for what goes into the process and it is quite impressive.