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About cloyd1980

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    DIYer/hobbyist that wants to learn to build some cool pieces for the house and shop.

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  1. Hey all, does anyone know what the standard overhang on the front of an office desk is?
  2. Thanks everyone for all the tips and advice, I really appreciate it!
  3. Hey all, I built a set of cornhole boards as a Christmas present with a maple frame, Baltic birch plywood top, and walnut inlay. This is the first time I’ve ever done an inlay on anything and it turned out ok, but not great. From a distance it looks pretty good, but when you get up close there are tiny little gaps between the walnut and the plywood. They aren’t everywhere, and I’m not sure what I did wrong or how to avoid it next time. To help you guys troubleshoot my mistake, here’s what I did. I drew a line 3” in from the edge of the board on all sides, then set positioned my router so the bit (brand new 1/2” Diablo straight bit) just barely touched the line. I then clamped a board that had been face and edged jointed as my guide. I spent a lot of time getting the position right. Then I cut the groove 1/4” deep and 1/2” wide and repeated on all sides. Next I got my walnut and face jointed, then edge jointed. I then cut strips a little over 1/2” at the table saw and planed to thickness so it fit the groove, but not to snug (went in and came out pretty easy). sorry for the long post, but any advice on what I did wrong or could do differently next time would be appreciated!
  4. Not actually on the edge, it will be 3” in from the edge on all sides
  5. Thanks everyone, that’s very encouraging to hear and I appreciate the help! I’m not sure what wood I’m going to use for the inlay yet. I want to use something dark for contrast and know I have some Ipe laying around but can’t remember if it’s long enough for my purpose. If not, I’ll probably just go buy some walnut.
  6. Hey all, It’s entirely possible that this is a stupid question, but I’m going to ask anyway. I’m going to be building a set of cornhole boards as a gift and was thinking about doing a simple 1/2” inlay around the edges of the Baltic birch plywood top. Has anyone ever done anything like this in plywood? Will it even work? Any help/advice would be appreciated. Thanks, Corey
  7. To make sure the blades were even with the outfeed table I placed a straight edge on the outfeed table and extended it over the blades and then rotated the blades to make sure that each one just barely "kissed" the straight edge without moving it. As for the board, it was pretty short (about 22") and was pretty straight (no significant cup, twist, etc). I have the machine set to take off just under 1/16". Oops, missed that, but now I see it, thanks! I will watch that video and Marc's again to make sure everything is setup correctly, then I will try again with the technique you described. Thanks again for your help, I appreciate it!
  8. drzaius, Thank Dyou for all of the info! I'm sure that my problem is with my technique, as the board I was using was only a couple feet long, so any cup, twist, bow, etc was not very dramatic. I have watched the Wood Whisperer video, but not Bob Van Dyke's, where do I find that? As for my current technique, I am pushing down and forward on the infeed table until the board passes the cutters, then I am pushing down on the outfeed and then pulling lightly from the outfeed side while pushing down and lightly pushing forward from the infeed side while putting light pressure on the infeed side.
  9. Hello,, I bought my first jointer yesterday (Grizzly G1182) and checked to make sure that it was setup correctly (fence is square to tables, tables are flat, and blades are dead even with the out feed table), and it seems to be perfect. I grabbed some scrap 2x4 from the box store and ran it through. Long story short, I am not able to get a flat face or edge on the board, I end up running the piece through way more than I should have to and the front of the board (the part that first makes contact with the cutter) end up with a ton of material taken off, while the back remains mostly untouched and I end up with a piece that is much thinner at the front than it is at the back. I have watched a ton of youtube videos, but I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
  10. Hi all, I found some plans for a table that I really like and want to build it. The problem is that the person who made the plans did not design the table top in a way that will allow for wood movement over time. Below is a picture of the table top from those plans; any ideas on how I can keep the same design but build it/join it in a way that will allow for the needed wood movement. For reference, the yellow parts are inserts that get built and attached separately to the brown frame. (ignore the yellow 1x3 cross supports as I don't intend to use those). Thanks in advance!