Denette

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    : Conway, Arkansas
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  1. Woah, now, hold on, hahahaha. I actually don't have anything in my shop that lends itself to rounded shapes. The closest I've done is some power carved buttprint barstools. I actually don't have a lathe (or room for one). I like my angular forms, haha.
  2. I actually considered making it even crazier by flipping it, but decided the proportions were a bit off. I may use the idea in a later piece, though.
  3. My boss is a hard man to please. He keeps me working long hours, and I just haven’t had time!
  4. You’re one of the Ancient Ones ™ Its really remarkably stable. The legs spread out so that the top only really overhangs the footprint by about 1.5” on each side. No twist or wobble.
  5. Hi everyone! I’m an older member who doesn’t post often, but here’s my latest finished piece:
  6. I'm in Arkansas, and I had a lady from New Hampshire contact me about making and shipping her two Adirondack chairs. These would be fully completed and assembled in my shop, and shipped to her address. Anyone have ANY idea on how to do this? I have never made a large piece of furniture for anyone outside of my home state, so I've always just delivered it myself. I want to give the lady a price estimate so I can either snag her business or scare her off with the shipping costs, but I'd just like to be able to give here an honest answer.
  7. I usually just design it from scratch. If I want a general sense of proportions, I'll look online at furniture for sale and its listed dimensions.
  8. For extra strength you could also use long screws countersunk into holes about ½” below the surface, then plug the holes with dowels. If you want to spend a couple bucks on something you’ll use again and again, buy yourself one of these: https://smile.amazon.com/Snappy-Plug-Cutter-3-8/dp/B000H5LGOW/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?crid=3JHJZTITGJ271&keywords=3%2F8+plug+cutter+tapered&qid=1556994943&s=gateway&sprefix=3%2F8+plug+cutter&sr=8-3 it allows you to cut your own plugs to cover over screw holes, which is really nice because it allows you to A, show only face grain instead of end grain, and B, get an exact match on the grain since the plugs can be cut from an off cut of the exact board they’re going into.
  9. My son needed somewhere to keep his books. I had almost a full spare sheet of ½" baltic birch plywood. I cranked this thing out from design to finish in about 5 hours today. I had it almost totally finished, and then I decided to give the front face a gentle slope so it would be more bottom-heavy and less likely to tip. The final dimensions are something like 14" deep at the bottom and 10" deep at the top, with a consistent angle across the fronts of the shelves and ends. My son approves. The construction is super simple. The sides got dadoes for the shelves. The back panel is ¼" thick baltic birch and is also dadoes into the back. I used glue and a few pin nails to hold it together. Nothing too crazy. I wanted it very simple, very unobtrusive. The kind of thing that just disappears underneath whatever is on it. It's not fine woodworking - it's woodworking that I look at and think, "yeah, it's fine." I did have a little fun with the selection of boards, as the BBP had some deep mineral streaks that I decided to keep clearly visible by selecting carefully to use them on the shelf tops. The first thing he tried to do was climb on it (of course). I need to anchor it to the wall so he can't tip it, but for the moment he seems to get that it's for books and not for climbing. The second thing he did was put a bucket and a toy boat on his new shelf, because when you're almost 2 and have a bucket and boat, that's just what you do. I think he approves! He was smiling a lot. Altogether a morning well spent!
  10. Think wood flour, not sawdust. You want the fine kind of sawdust you get from fine sanding. Sand something at 220 grit and collect the dust from that, then mix it with some glue. If you use coarse sawdust, it just looks nasty.
  11. I really didn't know what to call it. It's not an "entertainment center" in my mind because those are those awful overbearing things that dominate an entire wall and frame the sides and top of the TV. It's not a sideboard because it's not for food. It's not a TV stand because the TV is floating on the wall above it. Media cabinet? Credenza? I don't know.
  12. Everything here is my own design and construction aside from the lamp and the guitar. The chair was built with my dad circa 2009 when I was learning how to make furniture. The footstool was made on the porch of my apartment in 2012 when my wife and I first got married. The side table was made in 2017 when my son was born.I'm focusing on the nicks, dings, and imperfections in this post. Here's one. I noticed after the finish was far enough underway that sanding it back would've led to inconsistent color or completely restarting the finish. I figure that with a toddler, this is the first of many dings, haha.The right door went on very well - consistent 1/16" reveal all the way around.The left door has a bit more of a problem with the reveal - the right edge of it is a bit too wide, probably ⅛ instead of 1/16. The top is also tighter than it should be, which in turn emphasizes the oversize gap on the right.When I was gluing the case up, something weird happened that I still can't figure out, and when I clamped it there was a split here - it's the dark vertical streak about ¼ of the way in from the front. I filled it in with glue & sawdust, and it is hidden with the grain well enough, but it wasn't a perfect project. The miter joint right there ended up being a tad gappy, too. I guess there must have been a chip or chunk of something in the joint that caused it to not want to close evenly, leading to a split when put under heavy clamp pressure. Yeah, I over clamp. Guilty as charged.The only visible sapwood. There's a little more on the bottom of the cabinet. Also, I'm trying to figure out how to manage my mess of wires in this cabinet. It seems like a shame to waste so much space, but I'm also only just figuring out what I want where in this thing. Our previous "TV stand" was actually a repurposed coffee table, so having somewhere to put things is a new experience, hahaha.The Lee Valley offset knife hinges I used for the project were pricey, but overall very good quality. They ended up sitting just barely proud of the surface after trimming the doors to fit as well as I could. Also, there's a nick out of the corner of this door because I got reckless when trimming early on. I hid it, but it's still there! Every ding tells a story, I guess. Most are just stories of my own stupidity, but still. lol.I used Brusso ball catches to hold the doors closed, but didn't anticipate this: The ball catch has a travel of almost ⅛", and my reveal is about half that. This means that over time, the ball catch is going to put a little crescent-shaped ding into the wood where it compresses each time. Not a major concern, but something I overlooked. It was my first time using ball catches, so I guess that is something to remember for next time.Top drawer! Video game goodies. No real problems with this drawer.Bottom drawer! DVDs. So nice to finally have somewhere to stash them. I purposefully designed the drawer to be deep enough to hold DVD cases.The right cabinet currently holds one of those felt storage cubes, also full of DVDs. Funny how those accumulate. I can't remember the last time I bought a DVD, but somehow there are so many of them.There has been some discussion about the potential for the doors warping since they are solid wood. They are also nearly an inch thick, more like a tabletop than a door. I think they should be okay, but if they aren't I can fix them as needed. Time will tell. This photo also shows yet another goof-up, a hole I had to drill to remove the ball catch when I accidentally put it too deep. Those ball catches are tricky.Raking angle shot of the top surface finish. I am pretty happy with it! This image has been reduced by 18.5%. Click to view full size. The back. It's got my TV antenna taped to it (yes, I said TV antenna, we use Netflix, YouTube, and over-the-air local channels), and one hole for cables to go into the far cabinet. Not pretty, not ugly, just "mreh." It's a cabinet back, whatchagonnado.
  13. It's in the house! I'll get my wife's nice camera and get some proper shots of it tomorrow. The bottom drawer is out still because the finish is still drying. I got it all fitted yesterday, and it seems like it's all working swimmingly.
  14. It’s almost done! https://imgur.com/gallery/e0Fkykj
  15. Still plugging right along on the project. Here's a video I shot of gluing up the top drawer. It's got zero production value, I just hit record and talked for 15 minutes. At the end of the video I do a walk around of the project if you want to see it from more angles.