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Everything posted by bleedinblue

  1. For your first hand plane, I suggest buying a (new) quality one. LN or Veritas, it doesn't matter. You CAN get by with a WoodRiver, they're really not bad and will likely get you 90% of LN performance at bargain. If you buy a vintage plane and try to tune it yourself, you'll likely not nail it and you need to feel/see how a quality plane is supposed to work.
  2. Thanks guys. Still kicking around. I picked up another time-sucking activity that has taken me out of the shop for a couple years, so woodworking hasn't been at the top of my mind Getting the itch again and probably have a big project or two coming up, so I'll be around more.
  3. I have the Hammer A3-31 with straight knives. I've had it for two or three years now and can't get used to the European blade guard. I don't like taking my front hand off the piece to go over the guard, even for a second. I THINK I would have been just as happy, or happier, with the Jet with helical heads, but that's just based on reviews of the jet, I haven't had hands on. For my space, I don't regret the purchase. If I had a slightly larger shop I would want to move away from a combo machine. For the Morris chair, I skipped the through tenons alltogether. I'm not even sure why, maybe I mentioned it in my journal? I think maybe I accidentally cut the legs too short, or maybe I found a defect that I had to cut out? In the end, the only reason I "miss" the through tenon is for the shear fact of proving I could do it in this chair in that location. The chair's design doesn't necessarily need them IMO. -Especially if the chair is moved to an extra room where it is rarely seen and almost never sat in, like mine.
  4. Those are supposed to be fantastic. No telling what that would have sold for on Ebay. A lot more than $25, I'd bet my lunch on it. Edit to add and point, lol.
  5. I have had a gripper for 5+ years and I use it a regular push pad. I never got the hang of using it as intended, I always figured it would be a matter of time before I set it wrong and pushed it right through the blade.
  6. The more I think about it, the more I don't think the drawer design is important to her. She did buy a dining table made out of framing lumber after all I'll double check with her and see if that's the case. If so, I'll just frame the drawer assembly more traditionally. Thanks for that long post Drew.
  7. Been around Coop. Took up another hobby that takes some time, and just generally haven't been in the shop much the past several months. I'm too deep though, even if I disappear for a bit now and again I'll keep coming back.
  8. Bought myself a VSCT fence. I just realized that my Grizzly's guide rails are not standard Bies sizes. I'm not committed to the new fence enough to make new rails...unless I'm missing something and someone has seen a VSCT on a 715, I'm just gonna sell it.
  9. Hola folks, I'm still here I was contacted by a co-worker this morning who is looking for an entry table with specific dimensions inspired by the table in this (first) photo. Except for a few crafty items I owe the wife, I have no projects in the pipeline so I will probably give it a go. Nothing complicated here, except I'm not sure what is going on with the drawers. Anyone know of a similar project that has been documented somewhere that I can see the construction? I have to decide wood species...naturally she bought a stained pine dining table that will be near the entry and she wants the tables to play nice together. The dining table does look nice for what it is, but my stained pine days are behind me. I'm going to send her pics of my walnut/maple/cherry furniture and hope she goes for it.
  10. Thanks Coop. I haven't been real active here or in the shop this summer, but I'm not going anywhere. I'm aware of the Houston area copper. The ambushes and targeted killings are the hardest to stomach.
  11. Yesssssir. I ordered directly from this page.
  12. I installed the Rikon impeller today. HUGE difference in suction. I should have done this a long time ago. My super scientific "put my hand in front of the hose" test showed nearly doubled cfm's.
  13. At least they're cheap. I thought maybe Infinity or one of the other aftermarket companies had carbide knives, but I couldn't find them. Thanks! I could probably touch them up a time or two. I want to get a new set to have on stand by in case I screw them up though, lol.
  14. For those who have straight knives, do we need to buy replacements from Felder or are there better alternatives?
  15. If I threw out a number it would be a wild guess and I'd be off a long ways. The best I can say is it seemed to go real quick. I usually don't have whole shop days, usually just one or two hours at a time, and it doesn't seem like I spent a lot of hours in this build at all. I'm not sure if I mentioned it before, but the live edge dead man was just a hair brained, spur of the moment idea. I had no real use for the board otherwise and thought it might flow well with the old-timey feel for the rest of the bench. It's actually only 4/4, so I laminated a second 4/4 board with a heavy chamfer on the back. Doing that lamination made cutting the 90* notch on the bottom very easy, since I just cut 45* chamfers on the bottom of each before the glue up.
  16. Thanks man. I was lukewarm to the look of the bench until I wiped it down with mineral spirits the first time. I dig the color. I thought about filling the pores of the top, and I suppose theres no reason I can't do so at some point.
  17. bleedinblue


    Real. The ads won't keep out of my Facebook feed. Not sure why the algorithm thinks I need ads on personal massagers.
  18. Same. Occassionally I'll get brave and venture toward Minwax wipe on poly, or most recently Waterlox...both of which have extremely similar properties, application method and results as ARS
  19. It's something like 2 3/8". Partly to make it easy to slide clamps in, partly to hit 24" total width. Each slab ended up slightly narrower than the plans called for but I still wanted at least 24".
  20. I'm really disappointed in the photos, I may (but probably won't) dig out the DSLR and try to snap a few quality pictures. These are just so washed out they didn't capture the figure in the wood or depth of the color variations. Something odd...the dead man and end cap are both cherry, and mostly heart wood, but the color just isn't there. Hopefully they start to catch up with the leg vise chop.
  21. Alright, got a bit impatient. Photo dump time. I couldn't capture the ray fleck on the tops in the pictures, so that sucks. It's not perfect and never was going to be...but I'm happy, happier than I expected to be. I think I made it the best I could have given my skill, time to dedicate, and material.
  22. Yup, I know. I'm using up some leftover waterlox. I will certainly have to be careful not to build up too much of a finish.
  23. So I had to go back to work and that really derailed my shop time. But...ya know what today is? Finishing day. The bench is complete, save for the lower shelf and some trimming i will need to do to the dogs to account for the rubber/cork. I ain't gonna lie, the bench is starting to look cool. The finish is making it pop. Pictures later today or tomorrow.
  24. The chop is cherry and maple. The 6/4 cherry I was going to double up to use for the chop ended up being a little too thin after milling, so I laminated some scrap maple in between the two halves of cherry. Kind of an after thought and the only place maple has been used on the bench, but whatev. The deadman will likely be cherry as I have a lot of it on hand, and the end cap and dogs are cherry. I have some live edge cherry that could turn out pretty cool. As I type this though...I realize I do have quite a bit of curly maple and that may tie into the maple in the chop...
  25. Thanks to government inefficiency, I was off all weekend. The major lifting is done. It needs a lot of cleanup, flattening, etc, but at least it now looks like a bench. I ended up at about 82" long and 24 1/2 inches wide. The gap stop is about 2 1/4". Back to work tomorrow, but after flattening, I'll be on to shaping the chop, making the shelf, making the gap stop and figuring out what I'm going to use for the deadman. All relatively quick, tasks.