nikbrown

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About nikbrown

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  • Birthday 02/10/1979

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    Canton, OH
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    G&G, asain

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  1. Yea I don’t have a surfacing bit yet and didn’t want to generat all that extra dust... (still waiting on my dust shoe to arrive) hand plane makes quick work and minimal mess... would have taken me longer to clamp the wood into the CNC than it did for me to flatten the board with the #5 ... but there was all sorts of irony going on in this hybrid project.
  2. My cnc only has 12” cutting area and I used almost every bit of that to get the length I needed.... no extra room to cut tenons also... hence the domino.
  3. Due to a temporary relocation for my wife's work I've had to leave my large shop behind for a year... Luckily the house we are renting has a small shop and the landlord was nice enough to leave behind a few tools (craftsman bandsaw, table saw, and drill press). I brought a long a few hand tools and a couple festool systainers to get me by for the year.... I figured this was a good time to try my hand a some CNC based woodworking as well... so I picked up a small x-carve (about a 12"x12" cutting area). Shop projects are always the best way to learn new techniques and tools so I decided to make a little Chisel Rack. No thickness plainer so my dimensioning is done via resaw and handplane. Joinery is handled via festool dominos. CNC based woodworking allows you to catch up on some long overdue reading :-D Everything cut and ready for removal and sanding Dry assembly All glued up and seems to work pretty well: Behold the glorious workbench :-P
  4. nikbrown

    Sandalwood

    Ok woodworking/woodturning friends I have this hunk of sandalwood some friends brought back from India. It's wet wood. Right now it's wrapped in newspaper and stored in a plastic bag.... But it's started to check a little bit on one side. What should I do with it? It smells great! ? Too small to make much other than a couple small turned projects of some kind.
  5. If anything I would say it's improved.... but that is probably just because of the thorough cleaning I gave my filters yesterday as part of the process.
  6. Most of us are pretty familiar with the Oneida Dust Deputy, the little cyclone that adds on to shopvacs. Yesterday I took a couple hours to install it's big, big brother, the Super Dust Deputy XL. When I first moved from a small basement shop to my new shop, I went from a 1HP dust collector, plugged into one tool at a time to needing ducting and a larger collector. I probably should have bought a cyclone, but I was trying to save money so I grabbed a 3HP Double Canister Dust Collector from Grizzly. It has plenty of airflow, but bag changes sure suck! In my standard DYI spirit I made a Thein tophat and it worked very well, catching about 95% of my debris coming off my, tablesaw, bandsaw, router & 11" benchtop planer..... but as happens over time, tools break and we usually use that opportunity to upgrade; in this case is was my old 11" Ryobi benchtop planer. I'd been dealing with a lot larger lumber thanks to the nearness of central Ohio's Amish lumber mills, and I took this opportunity to jump up to a 15" Planer with Spiral Cutterhead. Unfortunately this jump was way too large for my tophat, it completely overloaded with the volume of chips coming off the new planer. So for the last couple years I've just been running the dust collector directly and dealing with the bags, their rips, and the drop in dust collection as the filters clog. I've been eyeing the Super Dust Deputy as a relatively inexpensive solution to my dust collector woes. The problem has been that because of the size of my dust collector I've been in need of the XL version, none of the local stores carried the XL, and shipping tacks on around $60!!! During a recent sale I finally combined enough discounts to stomach the price and wow am I impressed! With about 2 hours of work yesterday I was able to add the Super Dust Deputy inline to my ducting, and that's with a snazzy little wall attachment that allows me to swap dust barrels easily! I've only briefly run the drum sander and the planer so far, but performance is exemplary! All the dust, I can see, ended up in the bin! If you have the space in your shop and an existing quality dust collector, and are still using single sage, I highly recommend this jump. If you have a > 3HP collector you can pickup the non XL version for around $150.... or if like me you need the XL you'll probably be stuck spending closer to twice that.... but is far less expensive than a full cyclone upgrade and an amazing performance improvement!
  7. I've been doing a bunch of turning the last few months and I've kept thinking I really need to get a turners smock. But every time I looked for one they all seem to be around $50+. Then today I realized I'm an idiot, and I already own one. ACU jackets are practically the same thing, and make a great top to throw over whatever you are wearing for turning! Lightweight, a high Velcro collar, and even a cool little pocket for pencils and rulers! Best of all you can find them used on eBay for around $5-$10!!! http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=acu+jacket&_sop=15&LH_Auction=1&LH_ItemCondition=3000&_osacat=104023&_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=acu&_sacat=104023 From a camo point of view most people that like camo think it sucks at hiding anything. So there is no secondary market for them. Consequently they go for practically nothing. A few years ago I bought a couple pairs of pants for like $25 to do yardwork and gardening in and they came with the matching tops. The tops have come in far more handy than I ever though they would. You can get them in black, tan, navy etc... if camo isn't your thing but you are back up into the $40-$50 range for those since they aren't military issue.
  8. Ok so I'm a flat woodworker and 95% kiln dried stuff.... I have a lathe and enjoy turning the occasional project. I cut down neighbors large crabapple tree the other day and have a lot of larger logs from it. Should it go into the firewood pile or should I turn some live edge stuff from it? If I save it for turing... How do I go about prepping these logs? I have no idea about storing them... drying them... etc... Do I turn a bowl green and then dry it? Do I chop it up into turning blanks and paint the ends and dry it? I have no idea about this green wood stuff... any guidance?
  9. After a few month hiatus I finally dove back into my chair project today. Got the bending form finished, resawed the arms and ran them though the drum sander (after tuning up the bandsaw and drumsander), and got the first arm in glueup. Glad to be back in the workshop!
  10. thanks for the tips. Wife wants the bed really low to the ground.... so I'll be building. I like the side rails on that one you posted chrisphr!
  11. Has anyone out there made a toddler bed? The wife has requested a transition to a toddler bed. I have a shiny new domino so I think I can knock it together pretty quickly. Just need some ideas / pictures. Anyone made a nice simple bed? I've got a bunch of cherry and ash laying around the shop. Of course I also have a few pallets laying around so I could probably knock this one out ;-)
  12. Yea I mostly took the project because it was cool... I just had them cover 2x material and shop expenses for cash. I could have charged them a whole lot more and he wouldn't have blinked.... But this way there is a whole lot of free beer and swag attached to the job as well ;-) ... also a couple days of brewing with the brewmaster once they are set up. ;-D I'd rather have that stuff than the cash!
  13. The forks are used during the mashing process. Mashing is the brewer's term for the hot water steeping process which hydrates the barley, activates the malt enzymes, and converts the grain starches into fermentable sugars. Essentially you dump a bunch of grain into hot water and stir it periodically for a while. These are the traditional tools you stir with.... Some Brewers get a bit spiritual about the mash fork... Because when you use a wooden mash fork a bit of every beer you have ever made is part of that wood and ever beer batch you make is then connected to every other batch you have stirred with that same tool.
  14. Yea I tried to seal in the oil a bit with the shellac... But really no finished will hold up perfectly under those conditions. But most mash forks don't have much of any finish.