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About JosephThomas

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  1. How much are you really transporting at once? I have easily fit 100 bd ft in my small sedan, as long as I have no other passengers with me. Just lay down the back seat and the front passenger seat, and lay the boards down from the trunk up to the dashboard Then I would buckle them in with the seat belt and tie them together so they don't move around and hit me or try to exit thru the window while I drive. 8' boards fit quite easily, I even had a couple 10' boards in an accord once. You do have to make sure they don't obstruct your side view mirror or your blind-spot though, so don't try to pack too much in. Obviously this isn't something I would do if I had to drive with passengers, especially not children, and when I do this I stay on surface streets and accelerate slowly, so keep in mind that it's not completely risk-free. But it is a cheap option.
  2. If you have a rockler, woodcraft, or cabinet supply shop that supplies the transtint dyes, they will sometimes have a guy who is good at mixing dyes (often with the help of a color wheel) to help you achieve the desired finish on some scrap pieces right there at the store. If that's not a possibility, or you just prefer to go it on your own, you might try getting one of these color wheels and trying it out. I have not yet used one but have been meaning to the next time I attempt a complicated finish schedule involving dyes. yes, it's an expensive piece of cardboard, but it is made for the task you're attempting. (This is likely available from other places, just linking to rockler for simplicity) Edit, here's a better link:
  3. Any particular style of stuff already in the room?
  4. Looks good. I'd be worried about running into those sharp corners with my head, shoulder, arm, face, groin, etc. Probably all of them on the first day in my shop.
  5. Looks great. Are there still drawers at the headboard end of the bed, and do they open fully? I have been pondering this for a future build and I'm tempted to just not do drawers on that end since the side tables will always be in the way.
  6. The parts themselves don't seem so badly priced if you just buy a couple for one project at a other kits, the cost adds up when they put in large quantities of stuff you won't use for a few years (or some you'll never use). The cost of the drill jig and little stuff like that adds up as well. If I were you I'd buy just a couple for one project and see how it goes before dropping 400 dollars.
  7. I'm finishing a desk that could have used them but I decided I would rather just finish the project sooner. (I threw pocket holes into the connecting rails instead). A more permanent project, or something I planned to move more often would be a better fit, just not sure what project that will be.
  8. I have had things replaced by Lee valley, I always send pictures in my email and they always replace right away and apologize for the incident. It sounds totally normal to me that they want a picture... There are people out there that don't know what is flat or square, and they don't know you're not one of them, yet They'll make it right, just send the pictures.
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    Drawer Orgo

    Well they work today...maybe it was just my work computer yesterday.
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    Drawer Orgo

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  11. Nice project. I agree with the comments above, it looks like you did darn well, even if the pine makes it difficult to be as precise as you'd like. For what it's worth, my local HD sells "select pine" which is fairly nice and actually kiln dried (for real, not the 5 second kiln visit they do for the construction lumber). It is basically as expensive as hardwoods because of this though. Like anything else, there is some pine out there that is fairly nice when you compare it with alder or poplar or other affordable hardwoods.
  12. I have tried this before but they developed too much play over time. I don't recall for sure but I might have used plywood, perhaps that is why.
  13. For future reference, sanding isn't the best way to remove finish anyway. It's better for your health to just use a stripper in a well ventilated area. But you can just keep applying the spar in this case if you're ok with the look.