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About thewalnutguy

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    salvaging logs from my property, milling, drying the lumber, building furniture and cabinets

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  1. the nice thing about the old fashion snap traps is you know when you've killed one of the critters, and can dispose of it appropriately, and no danger of second-kill when a pet or predator consumes a mouse that has ingested the poison. snap traps are cheap, and they work.
  2. and be careful to avoid including any sapwood in the project. Sapwood changes color very little with age and exposure to sun.
  3. The oak was dead, have a friend who'd like some Mission style furniture pieces of oak. And what doesn't get used for furniture makes good firewood. Better than letting the wood simply rot. The ten acres of black walnut that I've planted won't be lumber size for years, probably not in my lifetime.
  4. Not sure if the Iron Horse is truly considered a "woodworking tool", but think it should be as it's involved with the first step in my woodworking projects - retrieving logs from my woods. My unit is the low-end model, with 5 hp engine and no power winch. Although 5 hp sounds low, the gearing takes care of the torque requirement and although definitely not fast, it's proved adequate in retrieving good-sized logs and hauling up considerable grades. In the roughly 20 years I've had the unit, I've had to replace one five dollar bushing in the clutch assembly. The clutch assembly is a common made in the USA clutch, parts for which are readily available without having the go through Jonsered. That's the only part that has required replacement. The log cradle shown in the picture is not part of the Iron Horse, purchased from a different source. The Iron Horse is shown with the "log bunk" mounted on the deck, a cargo box is another option which I use when cutting firewood. The unit is small enough that it can be navigated easily in the woods, going between trees only a few feet apart, and on grades which would be dangerous with a tractor. The log shown in the picture is oak, about 30 inches in diameter at the butt end, and over 10 feet long.
  5. unfortunately my shapers right now are set up with "Shaker" rail and stile cutters for a job currently being built. Would be much better demonstration with the quarter-round edge profile more commonly used. First picture is view of the coped end, showing the profile. Second picture the back side "lip" which would normally extend over the back side of the panel has been removed as would be the case for a glass pane. Third picture the front side edge from the "scrap" piece with squared ends clamped in place Fourth picture the front side edge from the "scrap" piece with coped end has been added. Had the edge profile been the common quarter-round this would look much more like a 45 degree mitered joint.
  6. Cherry table made from material I milled from a downed cherry in my woods. Finish was several coats of General gel-poly. It's located in a south-facing room and has been taking on a nice rich color.
  7. On a recent cabinet project I had four sections that would include glass center panels. The retaining strips would be 1/4" high, and I wasn't looking forward to mitering the strips' ends for tight-fitting corner joints. Using some left-over pieces of the same material (oak) as the rest of the project, I cut some fairly wide pieces to the exact width and height of the openings. From the shorter of the two I shaped the edges using the same rail and stile shaper set used on the rest of the project. I then ripped off the shaped edges, yielding square-end profiled retaining strips of the width of the opening, and fastened them in place. For the longer strip I first coped the ends before shaping the edges, then ripped off the profiled edge for the stile retaining strips. The edges of the "scrap" pieces could then be jointed/profiled/ripped for successive retaining strips. The end result was neatly coped corners on the inside of the panels of the same profile as on the rails and stiles on their face side.
  8. lighting adjusted to better show off the piece
  9. If you were closer I would have gladly given you a bunch of 4-foot double tube fluorescent fixtures and a box of new fluorescent bulbs to go with them. I'm in the process of switching over to LED fixtures. The fluorescent variety dim over time, requiring that the tubes be replaced and at least around here there's a $1.50 to $2.00 per bulb disposal fee for the 4-foot variety, don't know what the price is for the 8-footers. Local CostCo has had a good price for the LED fixtures, and as of tomorrow will have them at a 15% reduced price for the next month. The remaining fluorescent fixtures will be coming down this weekend. Enjoy your new shop, the available space and high ceilings will be a real bonus of the new site.
  10. Just finished a new bench on which I've mounted a Veritas twin screw vice and I'm getting to really enjoy the function of the new vice. I included a second set of 3/8" rods set between the two screws to prevent material held vertically in the vice from touching the screws.
  11. thewalnutguy

    New bench

    About 30 years ago I purchased a small European bench which looked nice in the catalog ad, but ended up being smaller than I really wanted and not heavy enough to provide a good solid work surface. I used it for a while, but it finally ended up just being a horizontal surface for storing "stuff". I also found it to be a bit lower than I found comfortable for a work surface. Still, it had some nice features, including both a shoulder and a tail vice and some useful storage capabilities (both drawers and a storage area with a door. A few weeks ago I started working on a new bench which would be mated with the European bench. The top 3" thick work surface is maple. I'd milled a maple log for a friend who was after only sap wood for legs for chairs, I kept the material that was partially or entirely heartwood. Having both white sapwood and reddish-brown heartwood. I tried to alternate red and white in the top. The legs and stretchers are a combination of some maple, red elm and white oak. The European bench is raised about two inches to be at the same level as the new bench, and will be bolted to the back of the new bench. The new bench will be outfitted with a shelf on the upper stretchers, and a set of full-extension drawers between the upper and lower stretchers.There might also be a set of drawers beneath the vice-end overhang. As you can see, the new bench is also outfitted with a Veritas twin-screw vice which I'm getting to really like. Together then benches give me a work area of about 54 inch length and 43 inch depth.
  12. I built a kitchen out of quarter-sawn walnut about 7 years ago. Wonderful wood to work with, no nasty behavior like twisting or warping. Came out of the kiln straight and flat and stayed that way throughout the project. The logs, 18-30 inches in diameter, came from a friend who runs a tree service business.
  13. This project was built for a friend. The cherry is material I salvaged from my woods, milled and dried myself. The sheet goods first choice would have been pre-finished maple plywood, but the price of over $100 per sheet ruled that out. Local big-box lumber dealer had some 3/4 birch that was advertised as being full 3/4" thickness, so I decided to go with that.After hauling 12 sheets of the stuff home I discovered that although some of it measured 3/4", the thickness was variable from one sheet to the next, and sometimes even varied within a sheet. Hauled it back. Then decided to go with 3/4" Melamine. Really hated working with that stuff, due to 1) weight, and 2) dust resulting from cutting. Told my friend that he was going to be responsible for hauling the cabinets home, and he ended up doing the installation so I didn't have to wrestle with the cabinets. The project is a bit over 12 feet wide.
  14. Check in your area to see if there are places where you'd be able to use tools which you don't have. In this area, there's a "co-op" that charges less than $75/month for use of a very well equipped shop area, outfitted mainly with industrial grade equipment. Perhaps the local school system in your area makes some of their facilities available after school hours? Check with the local woodworkers' stores (Rocklers, Woodcraft. etc) to see if they can refer you to what you're looking for. While you're building up an assortment of plug-in toys, take advantage of the time to work on your hand work capabilities.
  15. Did a "copy" of the image, "paste"d it into my photo editor (Paint Shop Pro) and then did a "one step adjust". Any of the available photo editing software packages have similar capabilities. If I can figure out how to send a private message on this site (assuming it actually has that function) I'd be glad to send "adjusted" copies of the other pictures of your nightstands.