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  1. lewisc


    That was Christmas 2017/18 Coop. Best trip I’ve been on so far. The next time, I think I’ll be doing just that. A bit of birds eye maple would be good as well.
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    You guys in the USA are lucky. Every time I use walnut ( I think this is the 3rd time) I fall in love with it more. It’s pricey in Australia though so I’ve only ever bought a small amount I’m making a few toy planes to give to friends and went for a walnut and a Victorian Ash plane. The Vic ash I’ve got is a common plantation hardwood here and is much lighter in colour than most I’ve seen. The walnut is amazing though. I can’t wait to get some finish on this
  3. HAHA! I said that same thing. Never going to happen though. The first time I tried to teach my wife how to drive a manual car ended in tears. Good choice on the thicknesser. It's a solid unit and works well.
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    Can’t comment on Solidworks but I’ve gone from Sketchup to Onshape and in the last few weeks started to try Fusion 360. Onshape is a great free online program that has similar features to Fusion but in a stripped down way. I think Fusion is the way to go for me. Just got to spend the time to learn it. The drawings I’ve seen on on Fusion look realistic and quite complex.
  5. Looking good. I might have to buy this one as well. What’s the final thickness of the timber once it has been milled?
  6. Does the thick consistency cure like epoxy?
  7. Thanks for the tips. Not easy to narrow it down but I think I'll try the medium consistency to start with.
  8. I've been using the cheap throw away tubes of CA glue for small repairs, holding timber with the masking tape trick etc. I've decided to try some of the 'proper" CA glue with accelerator. What are you using? What would be a good place to start with this? At $22 a bottle, it's not the cheapest glue. The types I'm looking at are these - not sure what brands you'd have in the US. https://www.cwsonline.com.au/shop/item/hot-stuff-red-label - thin consistency, drys quick 5secs https://www.cwsonline.com.au/shop/item/super-t-yellow - syrup consistency. 10-25secs dry time https://www.cwsonline.com.au/shop/item/special-t-green - honey consistency, 50-60secs or the Titebond brand: https://titebond.com.au/products/instant-bond/
  9. Thanks for the tips. I managed to joint one face and then take it to the bandsaw with success. There are a few end cracks that I'll and stabilise with epoxy (or cut off) before turning it. The square was more of a guide to show where I could get my blank from. As the water shows, there's some pretty colours in there. The mallet was the same timber that I turned up a few years ago.
  10. I’d probably ruin it if I tried using wedges. The only reason I had to split it was to take it on a plane from my brothers house. I picked up a trailer load of it - not really useful for furniture but with bit of work there are a few pieces good for turning and crafty things. I’ll take a few passes on the jointer and then see how the bandsaw goes.
  11. There’s a pepper mill in here somewhere. It looks like firewood on the outside (had to split it with an axe) but there’s some decent timber underneath. It’s Tasmanian Blackwood - a beautiful timber and these pieces have a walnut like colour. Cut down 25 years ago according to the guy I picked it up from and that was at least 5 years ago. All I’m after is at least one piece that I can turn to a 65mm cylinder and make a pepper mill. What would be a good plan to process it? I’m thinking bandsaw to start?
  12. A little late on this one. Looks like a fun project with plenty to learn from. As far as timber goes, you'd need lightweight timbers but does it matter what timber? Because it's all coated in fibreglass and resin, I'm guessing it should be waterproof and the durability of the timber wouldn't matter?
  13. Nicely done. That's a thing of beauty.
  14. Thanks for the replies. I usually keep my endgrain board for everything but meat. Sounds like another end grain board will be made. For the resin, I’ve used small amounts of west system to fill a few cracks on other boards. It seems to be fine. It wouldn’t be in large quantities (only thin lines) and it would really only be used as a serving board. Not much cutting on it.