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About AJ_Engineer

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    Calgary Alberta
  • Woodworking Interests
    Furniture for the home as well as shop projects (to build more shop projects with [to build more shop projects with...])
  1. Structural stability for a base??

    I would say you want a full back behind the drawers for stability. You could skip the unit in the middle, as long as each piece of plywood on the side that comes down is attached to a back on at least one side. A toe kick or anything at the top after that is just for looks.
  2. Minwax oil modified polyurethane vs GF Enduro var

    I just ordered some GF cans from Woodessense.com in Sask (they also have some other locations out east). Shipping was not too bad and looks like getting a gallon to NS is only $20. I also liked their customer service, quite helpful in some product questions and suggestions. A fair bit cheaper than Lee Valley. There was another supplier in Quebec (don't have the name in my notes) but shipping costs ruled them out for me. That said, I have a few sets of bookshelves in the house that I just used a Minwax wiping poly on and they have held up fine. So far the toddler hasn't damaged them, only the moving company.
  3. Drawing up and marking out

    Same here. I spend my day job dealing with and making drawings with dimensions so I just can't shake it. Generally I hand draw everything on paper and don't use cadd because I find that when I hand draw it I'm thinking more about what I am going to build and less about using the software, slowing down with the hand drawing helps me consider more options and issues.
  4. How do you budget for tools?

    Same here for the most part. I do try to buy things that will last and give me the best value for money. I am now at the point where I do not have too many major tool purchases left, and can take on projects that don't require (require, not want) new tools. Although I did just move and the rental house has an unfinished 2 car garage that my tools are now sitting in, so I am saving up for a house I suppose. Should only be about 1.2 million for something decent with a 3 car garage around here.
  5. tool purchase advise requested

    Another vote for the DW735 and a quality 14" bandsaw if you have a specific need in the near future for a bandsaw. For your budget take into account how much blades and accessories cost, they add up quick. I have the dewalt planer and it serves me just fine. Prices are good on Amazon.
  6. Networkign Devices Stand

    Instead of a bow clamp I have used a long board, sufficiently stiff, that in this case would run vertically up the side of the case. Clamp at the bottom then have it sticking above the top, put a block between the board and piece where you want the clamping pressure and add a clamp to the top pulling the tops of the board together, increasing the force through the block to give you some clamping pressure in the middle.
  7. You need lateral stiffness & support. As mentioned above the easiest would be to cut a piece of plywood or some sheet product and put it over the back, fastening it to both legs at a minimum and preferably to the legs and top. Another option would be to add bracing in the corners from the top to the legs. Same things we do in a building to keep it from rocking. Either use bracing or sheathing on a wall to take that lateral load.
  8. How To Design With Pencil And Paper?

    I use AutoCAD quite a bit at work (along with Navisworks) and I still can't get the hang of sketchup. Maybe I should try Fusion 360... For woodworking I do all of my designs and sketches on graph paper with a circle template and a straightedge. Shoot, the circle template can also be used as a straightedge. Generally quick sketches to rough things out and then refine the details through iterations. Doing it by hand for me is the right balance of quick enough to not get frustrated and yet slow enough I can think about what I am doing. Occasionally I have done full size (1:1) sketches for small objects like a bandsaw box.
  9. Air Compressors. How big?

    I have done just fine blowing mine out with a simple pancake compressor.
  10. Hauling rough lumber in a SUV

    You can rent a trailer from U haul for $20 to $30 bucks for the day as well, no mileage charges I believe. If delivery isn't a good option.
  11. Blockcross Cutting Board Design??

    So you're saying we should start some fearmongering on Facebook and get the price of walnut down?
  12. Getting rid of dust and fumes

    Budget option is to wear a respirator and then open the garage door and use a leaf blower to blow all the dust out. No matter the solution you should be wearing a respirator. Then I would do the fan in a window with another window across the garage open or garage door cracked open. Price goes up from there to point source collection (vacuums and downdraft tables) to air cleaners hanging from the ceiling.
  13. Caster Span ?

    I don't think you will have an issue. That back piece being 1/2" is adding a ton of stiffness. Once you add the torsion top I would do something to attach the top where the centre supports are up into the torsion box at the front but that would be about it. Maybe stiffen up the front face of your torsion box by adding a few extra members. At the end of the day use it. If it works you're good.
  14. TS Kickback

    A very long time ago growing up learning woodworking. I was standing in the right spot though so no injury. No riving knife I think, my dad still has the saw. Now I use my badsaw for a lot of those dangerous cuts. luckily I already had practice patching drywall.
  15. Storing of respirator?

    I'd add some info, but the guys above covered pretty much all of it. I use a 3M half face mask (7503) with the pink P100 filters (2907). That's all I use when making dust. I don't spray lacquer or anything really nasty so no need for a lot of O-chem filter use. I had the P100 filters on a subscribe & save through Amazon for a while so I have a nice stockpile.