minorhero

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    Learning the basics, box making, and rebuilding old woodworking machines

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  1. On this one its original. I usually go original unless one or both of the pieces are broken. When I restore I never bother trying to preserve the original japanning. I use electrolysis to remove EVERYTHING. Then from that clean point I tape it up and apply paint. I find glossy engine paint to be a good choice and I lay down a REALLY thick coat. Way thicker then you are "supposed" to. This gives the closest finish to the original japanning I have found. I give it 2 days to dry then remove the tape. I usually need to use a razor a bit to clean up the edges. The paint tends to stick in patch
  2. I have done more then my fair share of handplane and power tool restoration. I say how far you go depends entirely on what you enjoy doing. I actually enjoy taking a piece of equipment completely apart and restoring every nut and bolt to new or better then new standards. To that end the hand planes I buy tend to be in rough shape. This is the before and after of my number 7 I would advise getting a new (good) blade. The old blades are just not up to modern metallurgy standards.
  3. The video only showed robots using a chop saw and a Roomba cutting what looked like foam. Then a person is seen putting in dowels. No video of a robot making mortises or drilling dowels. I can't help but feel that is the more significant work. Still I am not surprised. With cnc machines taking on the tasks they do it's only a matter of time before robots are incorporated into more parts of the craft. I for one wouldn't mind a robot taking over the milling operation. Etc
  4. Google search. Barn hoist. There are a bunch of options both manual and electric. This kind of thing has been done for hundreds of years but it will cost you. Especially if you need to modify your building after it's built.
  5. Ya took about 3 months spending a few hours every few days. It can be done easier by buying the outside pre-milled instead of building it by scratch.
  6. Looking at the SawStop website they just appear to be regular high quality router tables. No safety features being advertised.
  7. So at least one person requested a mini-journal on this. Its not woodworking though, so of course mods please move it if deemed inappropriate. A year ago while searching for Christmas presents I came across a whole other hobby of folks who build lightsabers. There are subsets of this hobby with folks dueling with lightsabers etc, but I am only interested in the building part of it. This is properly called "Saber Smithing." No, I am not making this up. There are many different ways to build a lightsaber but the basics involve using some kind of light source, a poly carbonate "blade" a
  8. I have been following this guy on a wooden boat forum. He is doing some pretty amazing stuff. But yea, I always get tired just watching him and I'm only 35!
  9. minorhero

    Hijack!

    I built everything you see from scratch with the exception of the pommel which came from an online store that does nothing but sell parts for lightsabers. Yep that's a thing. And yes the sound changes as you move it around and changes again if you hit something. Also if you hit something another led goes off in the blade that changes the color of the blade. The blade is made of polycarbonate and strong enough to duel with. It's pretty spiffy
  10. I don't weld in my woodshop but I do grind and drill metal all the time. You get metal dust on things but it's not a big deal.
  11. minorhero

    Hijack!

    I finished my second lightsaber today. Sounds and lights all work. Blade not pictured.
  12. I think the doctor is talking just about the building of the house being 500k. From context it sounds like she already owns the land. A decent 17 acre lot in Maryland would go for about 300k-500k just by itself depending on quality and location. Possibly a lot more if it's in a really desirable location. You can put up a heck of a house if you knock out a few middle men for 500k.... But it ain't gonna be like that chateau.
  13. I have smoke detectors installed everywhere except the kitchen. I am sure that is a bad idea for fire safety but I actually cook all the time and having them go off every time I burn something or a pan with some oil gets overcooked just drives me nuts. Good thing is that with modern detectors you can buy them with 10 year batteries so you can install them everywhere just by putting a few screws in.
  14. That chateau looks like it's what.. 15,000 square feet? (My random ball park estimate) Seems crazy to think you can get that for 500k. I assume site prep is currently non existent? As someone actively looking at real estate for my next home in Maryland I feel safe in saying that excluding real estate you can build a hell of a home for 500k. But you are not going to have anything like that chateau.