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  1. This will be a fun project to do. If you havent, pick up a copy of Sam Maloof's Woodworker. It's a good read plus it has many pictures of Sam, his work and process. https://www.highlandwoodworking.com/sammaloofwoodworker.aspx Here's a pic of my version of his stands. I made it about 7 years ago. It was quite challenging. Not quite as finessed as the one you’re doing but I was happy with it.
  2. I'm gonna say the router. There's a lot of power in a small unit. The table saw makes me think twice when ripping pine. Usually the pine has a lot of tension and who knows what might happen. I was watching this video this morning. Listen to what he says at 8.35 about the Sawstop. As much as I love watching some of what he makes, he does some dodgy stuff. Even if I had a Sawstop, I think making poor decisions about how to cut something is the biggest risk.
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    Yeah, our main language is English. Now you mention it, the wording did seem odd.
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    I feel like I need to apologise for my country. There seems to be an unusual amount of spam posts in the last week.
  5. Steve, do you have any interest getting into CNC routing? Would it help for the main work you do?
  6. Warm water (I only use it with titebond). The roller on the one I use can also pop out of the handle.
  7. These ink rollers are the best for large surfaces or even edge gluing. Only take a moment to clean.
  8. If you're making pens, probably not much. If you're trying to do bigger projects, prepare yourself for frustration. Here's a comment from another thread from @Chestnut: If i've learned anything. You'll more likely regret the $500 you didn't spend over the thousands you do spend
  9. I can weld - not great but much better after a few years of practice. The frame will be rigid - I can add a few pieces going from front to back under the top. It's the mitre join that I've never done before so that's got me thinking about what will support it from underneath. The sagulator seems like a good app to play with - I'll give it a go.
  10. I'm not thrilled about the current desk I'm using. I built it last year using a simple steel frame and solid timber top but didn't really think about storage and cable management. My current idea for a replacement is a corner desk that has a mitre join connecting the two pieces. If this idea doesn't workout, I'll probably just make a straight desk with the storage on one side. It will have a steel frame (with adjustable feet) and a small cabinet with drawers for supporting the top. The mitre will be cut with a track saw and reinforced with dominos. A couple of questions:
  11. Welcome to the forum. Those boxes you linked would probaly be plywood cut with a laser cutter. They would be cut perfectly will no error. I'm sure you could set up a table saw jigs but I know I could never match it. You're probably better off looking at boxes that have different joinery. I've always like the style of this box: http://www.startwoodworking.com/sites/default/files/sushi-box-plan.pdf. It's cut with machines and hand tools. Instead of nails, he uses brass pins to add support to the joinery. This kind of box could be easily made with simple tools but you'd need a ta
  12. Maybe something like this? https://www.bunnings.com.au/ultimate-flooring-1200-x-1800-x-5mm-rubber-ute-mat_p6100432 I imagine you could find something similar in the US.
  13. What tools and machines do you have?
  14. Do it. It's worth it. Buy the systainer kit to start with. It gives you a range of options. You can work out which dominos you'd use the most. I've made floating tenons where I want a bigger size than what the domino would allow for. You can double up on the domino but making them was simple enough. For the standard sizes, though, I just buy them. There are some arguments for making floating tenons out of the same timber you work with but I've found the beech tenons strong enough so far. From memory, these were about 50-60mm wide. Used for table legs.
  15. A good project to start on is a rolling pin. Easy to turn and you get something useful. You can use the same techniques for a carvers mallet (easy to turn and get something useful). I started using carbide tools this year (for the one project I've done). They're excellent. No need to worry about sharpening.`
  16. So I haven’t made anything from timber for a while but today I smoked my first brisket. My guests managed to eat the whole thing so it must have been good enough. Maintaining the smoker was challenging. My smoker is a cheaper one so I need to mod it a bit to help with the temps. It was smoked for 4 hours, wrapped in foil and put back in the smoker for another 3 and then spent 2 hours in the esky. Nice and tender and packed full of flavour.
  17. Assuming you have a Thicknesser, how wide is it? I found it easier for my tabletop to glue it up in 3 sections, run the sections through the Thicknesser and glue those up. It was fairly straight forward. I did use dominos to help line everything up. Biscuit joiners are cheap though.
  18. Here's a pic of the wife and I on holiday earlier in the year. My favourite project this year is our dining table. It was a lot of fun putting this thing together.
  19. First chicken wings are done. A simple spice rub of cumin, garlic and onion powder, salt and pepper and smoked paprika. Smoked for 2hours between 200-250. As far my knowledge of such things is, they turned out alright. Tender, juicy and packed with Smokey flavours. I’ll continue to practice with chicken while I workout how to balance temps and what to do. The end goal will be to get a Katz like pastrami.
  20. Nice. I wish we could get them over here.
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    Mix it in a shallow container and you'll reduce the chance of a reaction. I was using a different brand of (thick) epoxy the other day and it was with a fast hardener. The instructions said a 15min working time with a 100g pot. I mixed up that amount but on a piece of ply and it was still workable an hour later.
  22. I'm about to dive into the world of BBQ. All of my experience is with a gas BBQ but I'm chasing that slow cooked goodness. After a bit of research, I've come up with this model: It's an entry level unit but should be good for starting out. Quite a few videos and reviews are favourable. It also gives the option of charcoal grilling. I've been researching heaps of sites but any hints and tips from you guys would be great.
  23. I think that most pine panels I've glued up have bowed at least a little. The pine that I use is all plantation grown so it's probably not the most stable timber.