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  1. Like I mentioned before a lot of the parts for the headboard were done at the same time as the footboard because of using the same set ups for both. The only part that still need to be made was the top panel. The panel had a curve at the top and again because of the space in my shop I couldn't use the bandsaw for the cut so I used my jigsaw. I cleaned up the edge with a spoke shave. At this point I was like a horse headed for the barn and ceased to remember to take any pictures, but basically the only other thing I did before starting all the glue ups was to cut a rabbet along the bottom of the curved top panel and the top edge of the top rail to glue the two pieces together. The rest of the glue up was the same as the footboard. Completed headboard. My intention was to have the top panel have a recessed appearance similar the top drawer of the nightstands with the same band of molding right below it. Monday we emptied to bedroom and I shampooed the carpet. Then yesterday I set everything up. This picture got taken before the slats were in place. And the new mattress arrived this morning. The nightstands have gained a rich dark color since bringing them in the house, I can't wait until the bed is the same. We just need to find a bed spread that we or at least my wife is happy with and that will be the end of this project. This was an interesting milestone, with the exception of two couches and my wife's piano all the furniture in our house has now been made by me.
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    Is that Toronto in the back ground?
  3. With all the forms, templates and jigs used in this project, do you make your own set or does the school provide them?
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    Road trip

    The Lap of Luxury back then If I had it my way I would use the train for all my travel plans.
  5. Welcome to the forum Ryan. Have you considered Grizzly? They make some pretty decent tools for the money and have great customer service.
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    New Shop Thread

    I seem to have good luck solving dilemmas while in the shower. I was told that it's not uncommon because a shower tends to relax you. Trouble is my paper and and pencil get wet when I try to write the solutions down.
  7. When thinking about chair designs there is a lot of detail that doesn't immediately meet the eye. I think I would defiantly prototype, but I would use poplar not ply. Adapting on the fly with hardwood lumber can get expensive real quick. The other option would be to find inexpensive chair from retail with a similar design, buy it and reverse engineer it.
  8. Maybe a negative space in the center down the length of both. But what would have been real cool is if they weren't there at all, the shelf just floated from the leg connection. I had that exact saw until I bent the blade and replaced it with a saw from a brand that would be more excepted on woodworking sights. Its been a good saw but I actually think the Irwin saw was a nicer tool, definitely liked the handle more.
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    New Shop Thread

    I have thought about doing something like that to my saw but lack the desire to take the saw apart and put it back together again aaaannd I always seem to find some that is more fun to do in the shop.
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    New Shop Thread

    I made a cabinet to go under the left side of the saw and made it to fit with in the legs, I never thought of making in bigger and letting it support the extension. Good idea. Is that a mobil base under the saw or just a base to raise the height of the saw?
  11. Just incase you didn't appreciate where you live.
  12. That is just amazing work.
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    New Shop Thread

    I am curious as to how far away from the wall you decided to put your saw?
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    New Shop Thread

    This is when it would be nice to have a remote for the drill press so you could leave the room will operating. After the operation was complete it would just be a matter of patching hole in the shop wall and maybe a little touch up paint on the other tools.
  15. Lol, in 20 years we will be 89, so we'll see what happens.
  16. There isn't enough room in the shop so I moved it out in front of the garage to be able to get a decent picture of the finished product. The headboard should go faster because I think I have worked out most of the kinks in the process.
  17. I have to do some catching up on this journal. There was one more thing I had to do to the legs before gluing the footboard panel section to the legs. I had to cut a deeper mortise to provide clearance for the male portion of the hardware. I did this by placing the female piece in its mortise and tracing the slot. After I traced it I flipped the piece end for end and traced it again, this gave me the proper length for the mortise. I used the double fence with my router and a 1/4" up spiral bit. And this is the completed mortises in a mortise. After this I finished up a couple of things on the sideboards. First, I put a 3/8 dowel an inch back from the end. I did this from both sides instead of drilling one hole all the way through because the bit wasn't long enough. The reason for the dowel is I am screwing the hardware in place with 1 1/4" screws and the dowels will give the screws something a little more substantial to bit in to other then just the end grain. I start by using my dowel jig and then complete the hole after removing the jig. Glue the dowel in, flush cut it and sand it smooth. The last thing was to attach the ledge that the slates will rest on. When I did the glue up for the legs I didn't have any clamps long enough and I don't have enough of the proper length to even hook two together. So bought some good quality load straps which worked out real well. And it made cleaning up the little bit of squeeze out pretty easy. I did glue on the bottom molding for the legs before attaching the leg. This allowed me to glue it on with the leg standing on the flat surface my assembly table. This is the bottom of the leg. When the panel and leg glue up dried I did the top cap and molding on the two legs. I glued the pyramid cap on to the to of the leg, then the first molding is about an 1 1/2 strip with a cove at the top that blends it to the pyramid. After this I attached a second piece that has a chamfer on top and cove on the bottom. This is the results. And we are on to the final sanding a finish process.
  18. The track needs to extend beyond the length of your work some. With only using 2 55 inch tracks that overhang would only be about 7 inches at both ends, so when you place the saw on the track and start it you would already be at the beginning of your work. I prefer being able to start the saw, plunge it down and then move into the work. Coop if you thing the TSO guide is pricey look at Woodpeckers version. I have been very thankful to have the track saw a number of times not involving Ply. The current bed build I did all the cuts both rip and cross cuts with the track saw when making the side rails. Final dimensions of those are 86 inches long In my shop I couldn't rip or do the cross cuts because of lack of space around the table saw so I did it all using the track saw.
  19. I can only imagine. No way to do it outdoors? To me padauk is the worst. No matter what your DC does, that dust gets everywhere.
  20. I have the two rail connectors and the TSO guide rail square and two Festool rail clamps which you will find other uses besides clamping the rails to work pieces. This has all served me well and I have never needed or wanted the other stuff in the kit. All that I have fits in the TS 55 sustainer. One other suggestion, and this is just a personal preference, I have the 75" rail and 55" rail. with 2 - 55's for cutting 8 ft sheets length wise your saw is hanging off the end or you are plunging into your work to get started. I would rather plunge and then start the cut. And having the 75" rail is nice when working with 5' X 5' sheets of baltic birch ply.
  21. I think something like this or a specific shape to the arm rest would be cool. I have always enjoyed seeing furniture pieces, mainly from the past, that have an odd feature. Then you find out what the feature is used for and you can't help but think "what a cool idea". Can't wait to see what you come up with.
  22. That certainly looks like it will do the job for years to come.