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  1. Comments: The front gran match is well executed and looks great. A non-woodworker may not be able to pointedly pick it out but will subconsciously appreciate the aesthetics achieved. I think the proportions are nice and really like the cross beam at the back. I utilize features like that as a foot rest and it increases comfort when sitting at a desk. Question: How did you manage to get the drawer front and aprons to grain match so effectively? Did you cut the drawers out? Is the front all 1 piece or did you rip the center out and glue the top and bottom back on? Criticism: Why hasn't this been delivered to my house already? Also slow down turbo your threatening my reputation.... . Jokes aside have you considered using under mount slides? The drawer material looks beautiful and the joinery is executed well it seems a shame to put side mount guides on. Your work is excellent i think it'd be worth the minimal cost increase.
  2. I'd go 1_1/4" to 1_1/2" tops. Larger than 1_1/2" it's goign to shift the look from shaker into mission or art's and crafts style that is a bit more bulky and masculine. For reference the legs on my 8 drawer 2 door dresser were 1_1/4".
  3. Good write up. This is the same method that I use but i got a bit higher in the sharpening grit. I run my cards on a 1,000 grit and then 6,000 grit water stone. From my research and some experience i find the finer sharpening stone used the longer I can mess with and get a usable burr. Once it's sharpened and the burr starts to dull, I'll pull the burr up like you do in image 6 and re-roll it multiple times. I have about 5 card scrapers and so far rotating between them i go back to the stones about once a year. Speaking of that once a year, sharpening is on my to-do list, that is getting extremely long and I'm running out of time....
  4. I thought long and hard about that but moving this large log has me realizing that I don't want to mess with bigger material than this. Axel is rated for 3,500lbs the all aluminum trailer scales out around 400 lbs. I'd say there was at least 1,000 lbs of tongue weight so at the limits for the trailer.
  5. I celebrated when it went down. It was too close to the driveway and was always in the way for pulling trailers around my house. I also always got nervous when backing out of the 3rd stall. I have to swing out and often clip the edge of the grass. The only down side is i need to dig out what ever is left in the ground.
  6. My chainsaw is on my bench. I was trying for a good 30 min last night to sharpen the chain but it just wouldn't budge on the bar. Turns out i got the chain brake backwards and had the brake engaged. The chain still doesn't freewheel as easily as it should though. I think I have some burrs on the drives that need to be removed. I always think less is more. 1/8" can be way too much for me most times. I"ll sometimes do 1/16" by hand but it's more consistent to do it with a bit.
  7. Still playing with logs. I ended up scoring one of the nice white oak logs I wanted. Loaded it the same way as the other logs but at 32"-34" on the big end and 32" x 28" on the small end it, my guess is that it weighs between 2,500lbs and 3,000 lbs. I tried to unload it my usual way but things didn't work out as planned. It turns out the log won this battle. I was able to use my ATV to pull it off the trailer otherwise I'd have been pretty stuck. My log yard is starting to fill up. Normally i wouldn't be self conscious about the chain saw noise but i have a decent pile here and it's goign to require many hours of sawing... I'm going to have to make some cutting boards or something to bribe my neighbors.
  8. This evenings saw dust creation.
  9. I've been seeing it that price a lot of places. A midwest box store Menards has it for that and then 11% off on top. Bosch has a new updated version of the colt router so they are probably just trying to ditch inventory.
  10. The white of maple is the sap wood. So the darker wood is heart wood. Heart wood maple can be very pretty, it just requires a pretty large tree to get consistent heart wood. Maple trees typically have a lot of sap wood compared to species like walnut.
  11. This is a great method but it depends on the ideal outcome. On all white maple even the seal coat of shellac can leave some yellowing. Coop when doing WB poly i almost always raise the grain and sand smooth. The finish goes on so fast that even with this extra step i'm still done finishing days before I would have been using an OB poly.
  12. My gut was to suggest a climb cut for an 1/8" round over. That's not much material but like gee-dub mentioned it could create chip out issues. Practice climb cutting though it takes some experience to get comfortable with it. Never climb cut with a larger cut than 1/8" though, unless you really know what your doing.
  13. Banding helps a lot. I use ratchet straps from home depot or lowes can't remember which one, but they were $2 each so if the weather ruins them oh well... It's nice having ratchet straps because I can tighten them as the pile shrinks. edit: They are $2.54 now. I should go grab a bunch more for the logs I have to mill in the next few days.
  14. Coop over 20" you going to see maybe 1/128" or roughly 0.01" of differential movement between walnut and ash. I'd say screws would probably be good enough. When in doubt use a bigger screw hole or elongate them but your probably fine. That's also assuming you have a decent amount of humidity change between seasons which I'm not sure you do.
  15. Yes and Yes. I have a Stihl MS661 with a granberg mill.
  16. So my method for unlaoding is tie to stationary object. And then drive away. I took some pictures loading. I don't have a Fancy log arch so i have to manage a different way. First is to lift the big end and prop the log up. This is dangerous. I use a block of wood with a notch and a high lift jack to accomplish this. Then i back the trailer under the propped log. i usually just use a log section to prop the end up in the air. Then i use a come along? Come-a-long? ... A cable hand winch to pull it on the trailer. So far with this method I've managed a 30" diameter 10' long log. By my guess that is about an 2500 lb log.
  17. So I got denied on a good portion of the trees i wanted. Also there was a bunch of political fiasco where a city council member was literally hugging the boulevard trees to save them. I did manage to get a nice chunk of silver maple. I"m not happy with the tree service people. It really does highlight the disconnection between what woodworkers want and what is desirable in the mill work and window industry. They buried all the crotch sections and left me this nice strait log . I might be able to get one of the white oak trees from a different area. That has yet to be seen. I'll try and take some unloading pictures.
  18. I bought these I haven't tried it but my thought was to cut a rough circle or to just use squares. Buffing by hand has been my current go to.
  19. That is a very difficult question. Given that not many No. 7s have been made in the last couple years, the price could vary greatly depending on how motivated a person is to obtain one. Given the condition of yours the right buyer may pay new price ($425) for it, or more apparently. Viewing completed listings and sold items on ebay $550-$700 may not be out of the question. Is that fair to your buyer? Where you live may also have a huge impact on local sales. If I was trying to sell locally and lived in southwestern Montana the price might be different than if I lived in South western CA.
  20. There have actually been 6 different chemicals that are historically used to treat utility poles. Often the treatment varies by region. Either it's coal-tar creosote, PCP, CCA, or others it's best to avoid all use of the wood for any object that will have regular human contact. If you are referencing my post above, I was attempting to make it clear that there is a significant difference between Creosote generated from the combustion of coal, and the creosote that is generated from the combustion of wood. I was just trying to highlight that some terms can be misleading, like saying chemicals are harmful. The proper disposal for anything that has been treated with coal-tar creosote is a landfill certified for it's disposal. I would advise against using it in your yard for any reason, I wouldn't allow it into any dwelling I own (garage, shed or lean-to). I definitely wouldn't burn it.
  21. Chestnut


    I like John probably don't realize how lucky I've been through my life, but my thought has always been that if it gets to needing cameras and looking at footage it's probably already too late. Am I wrong with this? I've always put most value in good locks and making sure the easiest access is breaking a window. In past experience we've witnessed vandalism on my parents property and had pictures and the person responsible was never held accountable for their actions. Thefts have been witnessed and the person never apprehended and items never recovered. This is a good discussion so please correct my probable wrong opinions. Also I have been hearing too many stories about abusive relationships lately. I hope that those involved are able to get away cleanly and start fresh. Life is to short to deal with an emotionally abusive partner, luckily nothing has been physically abusive not that emotional abuse is any better.
  22. Man $550 sounds like a good deal. I have a feeling that supply chain issues aren't going to get any better any time soon. With some of the global unrest and eyes looking at china and Taiwan It seems like there is no better time than the present. Even if you use it for a couple years and determine it doesn't fit your needs you should be able to easily sell it and recoup your investment.
  23. Chestnut


    This is still a thing? I've always heard good things about Ubiquiti Unifi products. A good friend of mine uses them for hotels and commercial applications though so they are a bit more complicated. He is very security and privacy minded and I believe most of their products can be set up to run on a standalone network that doesn't have internet access.... The big benefit is almost all of their cameras run on power over Ethernet, this allows you to run 1 cored, cat 6, instead of needing to supply separate power.
  24. I added a bit of important information above. Wood cresote is what makes smoked meats have delicious flavors. The heavy metals and other compounds found in coal-tar creosote is what makes utility poles undesirable to have any where near a shop. There are also reports of cresote being a strong skin irritant, so prolong contact with it could cause rashes and discomfort.
  25. The top, subtop, case, sides, and bottom would all have grain in the same direction, there fore wood movement wouldn't be an issue. you could attach the top with screws from the bottom and be just fine. Figure 8s could be easy but not necessary. This is how traditional casework is done, before frame and panel and plywood.