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  1. Outstanding! Everything done right. But I gotta ask about the RC plane. What is it? Full specs please! Long ago, I got way too deep into that hobby, and got building the Sukhoi M26 from scratch in sizes from 44" to 72" wingspans.
  2. I wanted a caliper for marking out stuff, and found a good one there that also has a pencil clamp on one leg, so now I have a compass, also. And far less expensive than what I see at estate sales and auctions, where the name "Starrett" kicks the price over the moon. Found they have nice sets of letter/number punches in 1/8" and 1/4" sizes, for marking your tools and work. Biscuits for biscuit-joining? Who can beat their price?
  3. Someone has suggested that the design has elements of the classic Chinese chair.
  4. It seems the consensus that zebrawood will not bend well, so it was likely done as a build-up of parts joined, then sawn and shaped. My hardwood source has zebrawood in 4/4 and 8/4. I am going down tomorrow to get some cherry for a project, and might take a look at some zebra when there. Here are some more views of my Sketchup model of the piece.
  5. Saw a bench-seat-chaise in a model home we liked, done in zebrawood. Photos attached, plus a pic of my Sketchup model for same. I was wondering how the crest rail might have been made. It is in two pieces with a joint to the L of the wishbone back piece. Might it have been steam-formed? And done so after being joined? What other alternatives might there be for doing this.
  6. OK, thanks. I just have three drawers to do for the next project, a desk, face species all cherry. I want to hand cut the dovetail joints. My laying around stock that is enough for the d'boxes is VG dense doug fir, some QS white oak, and old-growth river-salvage SYP. If I don't use that stuff I have to get fresh, and my supplier has just about anything.
  7. Drawerbox sides, backs, and bottoms are usually made of what we call secondary wood. Something less expensive than that out front. But we want a species that can machine well and be cut with hand tools well, and has enough dimensional stability for the job, plus durability for the service. In kitchen cabinets, the industry promotes northern hard maple as the premium species for this. Dialing things down in cost, there is soft maple, red oak, and poplar. What do you like to use?
  8. I'm late to the party, but very nice case. Ball park on the tool cost looks like $7,500. Amirite? Where did you put your two-foot ripsaw? Sounds like a lot until you go to Ethan Allen to price up a master bedroom full of furniture. King bed, two large nightstands, a big low dresser for her, a tall one for him, and bingo. Same cost as the tool kit.
  9. Willin

    Peruvian Walnut

    I didn't know walnut grew in Peruvia.
  10. Yeah, the grain runs along the 23" dimension. The front edge is glued and screwed, no slots necessary, the rest of the top can move as the wood expands and contracts. I'll cut down a guide bushing so it will work with 6mm baltic birch, make a template, and step-plunge these cuts. Others have said this MCLS bit is fragile and may snap otherwise. And the bit is not very long overall, thus the need for the thin template.
  11. Here's what I'll be doing. The top cap of a 6'3" tall etagere is solid cherry and will be screwed to the frame below. I don't show the front row of screw holes. They are not going to be elongated.
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    Today's slabs

    So I got curious (hey, I was just there for some cherry and noticed these on the floor) and did a search for "monkeypod table" images. Here is one from a slab just about like those offered by Austin! When Austin puts these out, they have been well-dried, flattened, and sanded. Not much else to do but size and finish-sand.
  13. I have a batch of tops in 13/16" cherry to machine with slotted countersunk holes, and have an MCLS bit coming soon by mail. See the pic. Will use my Porter Cable 1.75 hp plunge router with the PC edge guide, and hope that is enough control for this. I watched a YouTube video of a guy showing this bit in use, freehanding through some 3/4" pine and making the slots maybe 1/4" long. It looks as if the guide will work, but I still wonder. What is your experience with something like this?
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    Today's slabs

    Jeez, I'm sorry I photographed the monkeypod. I'm going back for some more of their excellent 4/4 cherry ($4.75 plus tax per bf) and this time, if they are still there, I will photograph the huge clear cherry slabs they had a couple days ago, plus some very special wormy maple. Oh, and a large bunk of 8/4 clear black walnut all at 7' length.
  15. Before you go and buy stones and guides, check out what Paul Sellers says about sandpaper and a piece of stone tile.