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About Bart

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    Abu Dhabi
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    Furniture building

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  1. Thanks for the feedback @wdwerker and @Just Bob, appreciated.
  2. With Christmas time approaching and and my supportive wife asking me what I want - and the fact my Makita ROS's are on their last legs, I'm going to ask Santa for a new sander. I've researched a lot and decided on the Festool ETS EC 150/3. The 6" pad will be nice and the machine seems to be very favourably reviewed. My question is regarding the stroke. There is also a /5 available. Festool explains the difference as the /5 is an intermediate sander, and the /3 As a finishing sander. I figure I'll use it more as a finishing sander, and some 80 grit paper on it will still hog away quite well? Plus is the optional hard pad worth the extra expense? Second question on the sand paper. I've been using Mirka paper and loving it. Is the Festool paper as good, and which one should I get (Vlies/granat/titan, etc) Third question (sorry!) regarding dust extraction. I really like the CTL SYS mobile dust extractor. Will it be able to cope with the sander, or should I get the CTM? Thanks all!
  3. Ha, I also came across it after watching tips from a shipwright. Regarding Salt and Tar, I'd love to do that but always wonder where people find the time and money to commit full time to something like that. My day job is getting in the way of my woodworking.
  4. You get what you pay for. I've been using 2 Makita orbitals for many years now, but I can't say they're particularly quiet. I have a 6" Festool ROS on my Christmas wish list as my Makita's now have more duct tape than blue showing.
  5. Sorry to hijack a little, but how many coats of poly would you go with on a dining table? And you (hand?) sand lightly between every coat right up to the second to last one?
  6. I've just finished binge watching a YouTube channel called "Tips from a Shipwright". It features Louis Sauzedde, an old school shipwright based in Rhode Island. The man knows his stuff, is a great teacher and the videos are very well produced. I did a quick search on this forum and see that @Chestnut mentioned one of his videos on steam bending in a plastic bag rather than using a steam box. highly recommended, and I was hooked. Start from the beginning!
  7. I'm doing more and more commissions, and that's what I do. However, I estimate the hours I think I'll need, and use that (+consumables, wood, hardware) and give that as a quote. I've quickly learned that actual hours spent is more than you originally plan! I then ask at least 50% up front. If you start getting really serious, you'd have to have a factor for depreciation of your tools, electricity, rent etc. i find that I've either shocked the potential customer with the high price, or they accept gladly - ensuring a supporting customer who comes back for more. My day job pays the bills, so I feel that my free time I spent building for others is worth good money. I'd offer it to him for $2500, as a special for a friend, but mention that future pieces he may have a market for would be in the 4-5k range. Good luck, I think your piece looks very cool.
  8. Little bit of feedback on the guys - they're great. Last Christmas I ordered my Domino and tracksaw through them, with a systainer of domino's, total weight 28 kg, including some other bits and bobs. They shipped the lot to me in Abu Dhabi and took extra care of the packaging. When ordering from outside the UK, order as normal through their website, and then someone will contact you regarding the shipping. Came to £78 and it was here in 5 days with FedEx. And of course no VAT charged. I'd happily buy from them again.
  9. Ishitani's videos are nearly all back up as version 2. His wife edited the video's to include the warning about not wearing gloves around rotary tools. He wears them as he has a skin condition. They apparently got some very nasty feedback from the lovely users of YouTube on his dangerous gloves... I'm glad he's back, love their videos.
  10. Bart

    Night stands

    I'm liking those legs!
  11. I use the router sled option if my board is very wonky, otherwise I just use a ROS. I do remove glue squeeze out after about 30-60 mins of clamping (Titebond III). However, the biggest difference I have found is in the quality of the sanding paper. I used to use Makita or DeWalt discs just because that was available here. Ever since ordering a sample pack of Mirka discs I haven't looked back. Their 80 grit removes material so much faster and better than the Makita/DeWalt 40 grit with hardly any swirl marks. I now keep only Mirka 80, 150 and 220 in stock and it does it for me. I generally don't even bother with the 150 and jump straight to 220 after flattening. Comes out buttery smooth. A drum sander is on my future "really really want one" list.
  12. It's amazing how tightly packed some of the dirt is. I whack a masonry chisel into some of the pockets and clean them out. All good so far, I've removed about 50 kg of wood and dirt. There's something very zen about whacking the crap out of a big chunk of wood. I'll post some progress pics when it's light outside. My head this early morning is testament to the emirates being very liberal. And actually most countries around here. Only Saudi and Kuwait are "dry", but even there you can find it if you look hard enough.
  13. So, one day I get home and I see these guys throwing chunks of tree in the bag of a small truck. Me living in a part of the world where that is a rare sight, I track down where they're coming from, and find that a couple of houses down they cut down a pretty big olive tree. I'm told by the head arborist that it must be +1000 years old and was imported from Jordan a few years ago. The homeowner wants to put a jacuzzi right where the olive tree was. Heartbreaking to seeing a healthy tree like that chopped down, but the silver lining is that I now have big chunks of that tree in my workshop. I sliced a small piece on my bandsaw, the grain is beautiful. I also have the base of the tree, which came in at 450 kg (about 990 lbs). After a lot of head scratching, and several beers, I decided to get creative and do something I've never done, and sculpt it into a smooth egg like seat. Now I need some advise. I took a chainsaw to it, but it's 1. Not making that much progress as it is frikkin hard, and 2. Way too loud to run over a prolonged period is my residential neighbourhood. So I started taking a large chisel to it, taking out little bites. This has resulted in a little progress and a lot of sweat and strange muscle growth in my right arm and shoulder. I also tried my arbortech sculpting thing on my angle grinder. This also works well but is of course way to slow for the rough dimensioning. Anybody have any bright ideas how to move this along?
  14. Amazing. Can't wait to see the whole thing together.