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  1. MattSC

    Shop Storage Shed

    I like this option as well. You could add a "carport" type roof to one side for a riding lawnmower or lawn tractor. May be an eyesore depending how its done or utilized.
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    Shop Layout

    @Chestnut makes sense but I have a hard time going with the diagonal approach. I'm ok with other peoples shop being like that but for my shop it bugs me too much. Thats just me. To the OP I dont know how cluttered your workspace gets but you may want to rotate your bench 90 degrees and move it to the right more to give a buffer for the path to the laudry area (if dust gets too bad you may need / want to curtain the laundry area off).
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    Maul axe handle

    I found the "Twist" had some advantages and disadvantages. Pros: you can pop the wood off as described and also it impeded the axe/maul getting stuck. Cons: you sacrifice some control once the blade contacts the wood which can result in a tweeked wrist. YMMV
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    Maul axe handle

    We would use a splitting axe to strike a line bisecting the log. For this the axe is easier to get stuck but easier to free. The maul would just bounce off. Then we would use the maul and alternate hitting both sides of the line then center. After a bit if the log hadnt split we would grab the wedges. I love the satisfaction when you hear that "THUD" and you know at that point you won. Of course that all changed when my dad built a hydraulic splitter
  5. I always empty mine when Im done with it that day. My thought is (probably incorrect) that would help maintain the condition of the seal(s)
  6. I am hesitant to discuss this topic without specifics because as tom king said "it depends" but mainly because without the specifics I would not want to give advice on this because in certain instances the result could be damaging to structures and or human lives.
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    Daughter's bookshelf with drawers

    This is a general question about bookshelves. What is the recommended maximum height to depth ratio without anchoring it? So in this case 52:12. Or is it best practice to always anchor bookshelves?
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    Recently I've become interested in metal smithing its Paul Sellers fault I saw his video on making your own wooden bodied spokeshave. In the video Paul does some "forging" in heat treating the blade. Here's the video Disclaimer: Some comments posted for the video by Smiths were critical of Mr. Sellers heat treating method. In my interest I came upon a Smithing Forum called I forge iron (or something like that) where I found posts on making a homemade charcoal forge called "JABOD" which stands for Just A/Another Box Of Dirt *loves that. Im leaning toward making a forge like this or more based on early 1900 portable Army forges.
  9. Ive never been there before and I dont know if Columbia SC is too far for you but a search showed a company called Woodford plywood in Columbia. Goodluck on your hunt.
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    Structural epoxy

    Ive never worked with it before but you may want to look at a material called liquid glass I think the chemical name is sodium silicate. I would definately do a test run of whichever system you decide on. Also the liquid glass may only work as a filler than a structural element.
  11. MattSC

    Recipe Book Holder

    Welcome to the forum. I agree with all the above. Cutting bevels can be frustrating until you have the correct setup. Just an FYI in this situation you could have finessed the cut with a block plane and maybe some sandpaper for a better fit and finish. I think the piece turned out nicely especially since it was made from poplar.
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    Work table & where to find plans?

    I do agree with @C Shaffer, however, I do feel with a project like the dining room table a moment of pause may be best. Possibly build a scaled down model if your unsure of your abilities or tools. Also an 11 foot dining room table can be turn into an expensive pinch of salt Welcome to the woodworking community.
  13. MattSC

    My Cut list needs a Cut list!

    Pssh Ikea instructions are way more confusing than those cutlists hehe
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    Nonreactive topcoat under neoprene?

    Just brain storming, this is totally an unqualified remark, but perhaps you could put a barrier between the neoprene and the vault bottom like some kind of backer board? Think like melamine or acrylic or hardboard? Probably not an option for the bench cookie though. Ill keep mulling it over.
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    Rookie at miters

    Hi Knox, you may want to look at some of Paul Sellers videos on youtube. He has videos on how to make your own miter box and shooting board in addition to other hand tool implements. Also he shows to some extent on how to use them. The only other thing I will say is a hand plane would be helpful on sneaking up to a fit (esp. If using the shooting board) you could probably use a sanding block but it will take longer and your lines probably wont be as crisp. Welcome to woodworking and to the forum.