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About Chestnut

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  • Birthday 04/15/1988

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    : Minnesota
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    Cabinets. Furniture, Household.
  1. Shop Storage Shed

    I expect the AC2 stuff that i bought will last 20-30 years just long enough for me to retire to tear the shed down and rebuild it I took last Friday off of work with the hopes to get some work done on the shed. There was still too much snow and the ground was frozen so i did as much prep work as i could with out potentially hurting myself. It started with a lot of standing around and enjoying the first really nice day of spring. I needed to trim back a fir tree that was encroaching on the space i wanted the shed to sit. I didn't want to damage the tree too much so I cut back branches only as far as i needed them to go. I'm not an arborist so i don't know if leaving half a branch with some needles(leaves?) is a good thing or not. As i was standing there my neighbor stepped outside his shop, we got to talking about the leaning tree above. Both of us noted that if I had to take it down after the shed was built it would be difficult and probably costly. So he walked into his shop grabbed a chain saw and have it down and chopped up in about an hour. Tuns out it was a box elder tree so i had him save some 2-3' segments of the trunk that i might do something with some day. It had a crotch that had some staining on it from some damage so there could be something cool inside. I moved on to cutting the timbers for the base. I am making the shed a perfect 12x16 so that it's easy to sheet the outside to minimize plywood cutting or so i hope at least. I cut half laps in the timbers so i can glue and nail them together after i get the base dug and rock placed. This reminded me how useful circular saws are. I was shoveling some of the snow on the driveway to accelerate the melting. I'm glad i did the front yard has no piles and is snow free now. Next for some reason I'm telling my self was necessary, i precut all the studs i needed to build the walls and a couple extra just in case. Did this with my fancy new TSC 55 with the boards all laid out. Made quick work of cutting 50 studs to length. I'm really impressed with the battery powered saw. It seemed that it cut through material better than my corded porter cable saw, that's not even considering that the PC saw blade had fewer teeth and was thinner kerf. Also the dust collection bag works exceptionally almost to a point of fault. After cutting about 20 boards I'd have to empty the bag because it was full I needed to cut a notch in 22 of the studs. I'm putting ceiling joists at 8' to give the attic storage a bit more space. Instead of building an 18" stubby wall above it i decided to do balloon framing with a ribbon ledger set in a notch. Again TSC 55 impressed me here. I cut 50 studs to length and notched out 22 studs and the batteries still had half a charge left. Here every other pass I'd have to empty the bag. Also in the picture blow i had JUST finished a cut so you can see how much dust the saw without a vac left behind.
  2. Panel glue up without clamps

    Interesting i just did this for the first time yesterday. I am making a bird feeder and the panels were thin and small. It worked so well I'll try it on larger panels going forward. I also like the blue tape method to do miters for picture frames. I usually supplement with clamps but the blue tape keeps things in place until i can get the band clamp secured and tightened. Dare i say though that blue tap costs can add up over time and eventually might cost more than clamps we're talking like 50 year investment here .
  3. Jet/Powermatic sale in May...

    Ain't nothin wrong with that, I'm the same way. A lot of this stuff holds it's value reasonably well espically if you take care of it. Holding it's value doesn't mean much if you never sell it but it makes it easier to stomach buying.
  4. Minwax oil modified polyurethane vs GF Enduro var

    My apologies, i remembered you saying a few times that you have limited stores and shops near you, i jumped to a conclusion that you lived in a more rural area. I just watched super troopers 2 and did research on the halifax explosion, random comment but i can understand how people aren't happy with rob lowe over that whole skit on Jimmy Kimmel he seemed a bit tactless. I don't know if you heard about that. The 1917 explosion is an interesting, and terrible event.
  5. Jet/Powermatic sale in May...

    Didn't see that. Kinda spendy and looks rusty. Only $200 more to get a new one that is rust free an with warranty.
  6. Jet/Powermatic sale in May...

    Found this on the CL
  7. Minwax oil modified polyurethane vs GF Enduro var

    If i remember right it's not only Canada but also don't you live in a more rural area that stuff is harder to get? I have a can of that minwax stuff on order from amazon want to wait 2 days and i can try it and give you some thoughts. I'm interested personally because i want a nice WB poly to spray for those game boards i make.
  8. Another Roubo!!!

    I need to build one of these but it seems like it's still a bit in the future. Looks like you've gotten a good start.
  9. 'Safely' cutting plastic pipe

    Screw the pipe on each end to a piece of ply snap a line on top and use a circular saw?
  10. Jet/Powermatic sale in May...

    I hear the PJ882 is REALLY nice.
  11. Minwax oil modified polyurethane vs GF Enduro var

    Oh i guess i usually hand apply shellac. I noticed they sell 8 oz cans of that oil based stuff can you get that to try it? I know a lot of people complain about minwax products as being inferior or poor quality.
  12. Minwax oil modified polyurethane vs GF Enduro var

    Have you tried laying on a coat of dewaxed shellac and than WB on top? I've done that a few times and like how it looks. Other wise i only have used GF and Varathane waterborne polys
  13. kitchen table (trestle)

    I've just tapped threads with a thread tap strait into the wood. same way you would metal. If you using hardwood which it looks like oak a connection like this is a LOT stronger than you need and stronger than most would give it credit. Steve is right about T-nuts just pulling strait out having them positioned the way you do.
  14. 3D topo map of northern NM - Student project

    If it isn't already a lake there is probably a way for water to get out. That and there isn't much area contributing to the caldera so if an inch falls over the whole thing in theory the calera would only have water 1" deep. That's really cool 3D terrain models is one thing that i' love to get from a CNC. There are a few cool areas that i'd love to see carved out. I'd probably put some vertical exaggeration in it to make the elevations really pop though.
  15. My shop overhaul

    Some 26 Ga hvac ducting is strong enough for under 3 hp collectors and isn't expensive. When i was talking to someone else about pvc ducting i figured out that the prices are very regionally based and probably because of code and geology. If you live in rocky soil odds are there isn't going to be any demand for larger pvc because people won't dig it in them selves also based off the codes that require sizes or don't allow you to do it your self. I can buy up to 6" sdr35 off the shelf and could order 8" if i wanted to. For my shop i didn't need anything larger than 6" beings that I'd only ever have 1 gate open at a time. Size the ducts to the air that will flow through the duct not the max the collector will flow.