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  1. Framing solid wood is always a cautionary tale. As the panel gets wider the concern increases. It looks like you are going for a dish effect (outer edge taller than the table surface). Is the 26" the long grain direction? I avoid framing solid panels but, even in my breadboards I use something like your option #2. I attach the front to keep that look constant throughout the seasons and allow the rear to move. Minnesota has actual seasons so I imagine you get decent humidity swings. Using option #2 you could see gaps of up to 1/8" at the rear miter joint. If this will pass muster I would go that way. For more peace of mind I would go with your #3 or simply profile the edge. Both make a significant change to the look of the piece. JMHO ;-)
  2. Nice job Drew. Lots of light and it looks great.
  3. On mine the inside clip is spring loaded to take up slack as the paper heats up or settles in or whatever that design is for. I have also used your method and then just held the inside-end paper at the clip area and cycled the clip to tighten the grip. This definitely seem to be one of the remaining problems with this design that could use some refinement.
  4. Thank all. I spent many years in barely adequate shops. I did all those things we do to fit more stuff in a small space and it was great. The wife and I have had a goal for nearly 20 years and the new shop was part of that. With no intention of boasting or feeling full of myself I have to say that EVERY time I can walk from one area in the shop to another without sashaying around a jutting jointer table or performing some sort of choreographed maneuver to avoid barking my shins on a tool stand leg . . . I do feel giddy, I do want to pinch myself, and it really is a dream come true . Some folks retire and tour Europe, buy a boat, a vacation home, or a pair of Harley's . . . I bought a shop .
  5. I have done build-up stock and then mitered and this is a good method. For this material I was using a different finishing method for each material so gluing them up separately, finishing and then assembling made sense. I just tape off the area on the inner frame that becomes the glue surface for the inner to outer frame join.
  6. Not up to my usual journal-type posts but, I am still just getting warmed up after a 2 year hiatus . One of these goes to a neighbor who just had a birthday. The other two will find homes during Christmas I bet. Below order, left to right is Peruvian Walnut, Black Walnut and Sapele. The inner frame on the left is Curly Maple. The other two are Tiger Maple. Finish is a Transtint Medium Brown wash on the outer frames and ARS as a topcoat on everything.
  7. That came out beautifully! Love the color and the figure as well. Very well done.
  8. I’m going to assume the panel is floating. The boxes glued up at the panel is just riding in the groove thereby allowing room for movement.
  9. I found the magnetic jig to be the fastest and easiest way to set knives. I used a piece of scrap glass and some rare earth magnets. Uses the same concept. The glass can be wide as you can see through it while tightening the grubs. Just passing this along in case it is useful for someone ;-)
  10. I was reading an old thread on another forum and someone had mentioned an assist tool made by Jet for loading drum sander paper. I had never heard of the JET 98-0060 Tuftool. I rarely have trouble with the Supermax 19-38 clip but was curious. Using the pictures in the manual as a reference I formed one up using some hard steel wire. I have some heavier wire I figured I would use if I could figure it out. Turns out the 18"-ish wire is plenty stout. The theory is that a little hook grabs the lever that folks with larger hands can have a hard time getting a hold of. You then pull up the lever which raises the clip lever and opens the clip. You then rotate the tool counter-clockwise so the horizontal bend is over the drum (also pinching the loose end of the paper if you like), and you can let go. This gives you two hands to finesse the end of the abrasive into the throat of the inboard clip. Once the paper is threaded you rotate the clip clockwise and release the tension allowing the clip to grab the abrasive. Disclaimer: I am no metal worker by any stretch . . . This will be obvious from looking at the pics. . . It only took a few minutes to bend the wire and it makes an already easy job (I have small hands) even easier
  11. I glue two “L’s” and then glue them together. I have greater success this way than clamping all four corners at once. It takes a little more time but greatly reduces my error rate:)
  12. They may only be frames but it feels good to be doing something
  13. On the rare occasions that I’ve needed it woodpecker‘s customer support has been outstanding. I consider this one of the benefits of purchasing products that are not targeting the “Walmart audience“. There’s enough profit margin to support good customer support and you should expect it :-)
  14. I thought I posted this way-back-when under one of my "Random Tips" rambles I get on now and then but cannot find it. This was just going to be a "hey I made some more of these" thread but just in case I really didn't post them before, here goes . . . You dig through the scrap bin and find a small panel and some scrap that can be cut into a triangle profile as shown. Glue the triangle strip on one edge or on both edges if your panel is large enough. I end up with an item that is about 7" long when completely done. Slice it into 1-1/4" wide strips on the table saw. Cut those strips in half and add a hole to hang or string them on when not in use. Cut some abrasive strips. I use 400 grit but anything down to about 220 is fine. Once you get coarser than that you risk damaging the frame part surfaces. Stick the abrasive strips onto the thing-a-ma-bobs. And you use them like so. I had a batch of these but cannot find them post-move (yet) and so whipped up another batch this morning.
  15. @wtnhighlander I lost track of this thread for awhile. Came looking for it this morning. The frame looks great. Clean, strong lines and the finish is top notch.