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About Dolmetscher007

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    Craftsman, Shaker, Mid-Century Modern, Medieval, and Japanese.

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  1. I want to a powerful and supremely accurate CNC machine. I've always looked at the X-Carve, because it was the first CNC machine that I know of that "made it to market" for the average guy. Their marketing cut through all the noise, to the point that the X-Carve is pretty much the only name brand I can think of when it comes to woodworking CNC machines. When I watch all my favorite YouTubers though, most of them built their own CNC machines. I've been doing some Google searching, and I've found several "DIY CNC machine" resources, but... they all seem to be connected, in some form or fashion,
  2. I think I know the answer to this, but it seems ridiculous to me. I was recently looking at some lumber online, just checking around to see if it is cheaper for me to buy lumber online or go to the lumber yard in town. I happened upon several websites selling "slabs." I know they are mega-popular right now. Every Pinterest queen and Magazine spread shows some life-edge slab coffee table or $10,000 board room table that is the cross section of a tree. Sure... they look kinda cool. I certainly don't hate the aesthetic. But... I just saw an 8/4 slab of white oak that was 1.60″ thick, tapered fro
  3. Dude... @difalkner... this is, in my opinion, my best option. I could even do something like what you suggested, one joist at a time. I could also reuse the lumber, so my net cost would be much less than any kind of roof-raising, et cetera. My one concern, however, is... I just went out into the shop, got up on a ladder, and looked at the joists and rafters for the first real time. I've never paid attention to exactly how they were made. Below is a quick SketchUp approximation I made real quick. The whole situation looks kind of sketchy, to be honest. I mean, the lumber looks fine, but... wher
  4. Ahhh... I can already tell that this guys method would not be ideal for my situation. His garage is made out of OSB with 2x4 studs. My garage is full on cinder block and mortar construction. I imagine that even if I could find jacks that are strong enough... AND... I could do it all perfectly... the lack of flexibility in the material would cause the walls to crack in multiple places, and turn solid walls into broken stacks of loose cinder blocks. However... the idea still stands... I could possibly take the same idea, but apply it to just my roof. I'd have to figure out exactly how the who
  5. Woah...!!! I never even thought of lifting the whole building! That's insane! I mean... I love it. I'm gonna watch that video now and see how insane it really is. Might be totally doable. Thanks man!
  6. My wood shop is a two car garage that is literally bursting with all my woodworking tools. Massive 3HP cabinet-style table saw, band saw, planner, miter station... etc etc. I love my shop. BUT... the ceiling is simply too damn low. It IS a garage after all, so I do not expect luxurious vaulted ceilings with recessed skylights or anything like that. But... it isn't even a standard 8 ft. high. The ceiling is 7' 8". I am a really tall guy, 6'5", so... it really feels pretty weird to me just to be in my shop. It feels claustrophobic somehow. Not only that, it is... such... and enormous pain in the
  7. This is a long shot. I drive a 4 door sedan, a VW Passat with no luggage rack on top. I do not plan on getting a pickup truck, SUV, or any kind of luggage rack any time in the near to distant future. I have needed to figure out some kind of transportation solution though for several years. What I have done so far is just no longer something I'm willing to do. I used to literally rent Home Depot's big industrial sized pickup trucks for $20/hour whenever I need to get large sheets of plywood or MDF home. A lot of time, I don't even buy the wood from Home Depot, but instead from a local lum
  8. I am very much a hobbyist and very much have a hobbyist budget. I have seen a lot of videos on, "Getting started with HVLP," and some of them are great. But... there are three aspects of an HVLP system that I'm finding difficult to parse out. Air compressor size and specs Connectors between different air hoses and components Nozzle size I have no aspiration to some day be spraying dozens of pieces all throughout a day. My needs are incredibly small. The largest thing I'd ever need to spray might be a book case... and even then, I'd only spray something once or twice
  9. I called a lumber yard, and they have 1/8" luan plywood in 4' x 8' sheets. I've heard of luan. plywood from a lot of my contractor friends. They use it for interior panels like wainscoting and certain parts of cabinets. I've never personally seen or touched it. Do you guys, who maybe have some experience with luan. plywood, think that it can bend around a 5-6" radius without cracking?
  10. Ya know... I never thought about it like that! I watch a lot of YouTube videos and no matter what, whenever someone is talking about gluing up thin sheets of wood into a lamination, they always point out that they are alternating the grain directions for added strength. For example, Gibson ES-335 guitars have a 3-ply, maple / poplar / maple laminated top that gets glued and pressed in something like an 80 ton heated press, and Gibson has always pointed out that they crisscross the grain for strength and rigidity. All the major drum companies also always point out, when they are making th
  11. Yeah... I know that most of the time bent wood lamination applications never get much wider than around 6" or less. So, most of the time, people just buy a piece or 8/4 and get to re-sawing it into 1/16-1/8" sheets. The problem is the size of what I need to make. I've attached a basic SketchUp drawing of the object with all it's final dimensions. I suck at match, so I cannot tell you the exact length I need, probably something no longer than 4 ft. long. I can adjust the dimensions slightly based on price and/or availability of the sheets (plys) I need. I have seen that Home Depot
  12. Essentially need to make my own plywood. I am trying to find where I might be able to source larger sheets of hardwood. The species of wood is pretty irrelevant; whatever is cheapest and most available... most likely poplar. The "plys" must be between 1/6th and 1/8th of an inch so I can spread glue on them, alternatinv grain directions with each ply, bend them over a simply frame, strap them down all over possibly even use a vacuum bag, and let them harden in that shape. The mold is a simple rectangular cube with 4.5" radius rounded corners. The end shape will basically be a 3/4" thick,
  13. I need a new drill and impact driver. I know that I want cordless, but... and I hate to admit this in public... I have never owned or even used one before. <gasp!> Things I care about... Highest build-quality possible: I'll pay more for quality. I'll buy a well built uni-tasker, over a feature-rich piece of plastic any day. Drilling into cinder block and concrete: Rarely need to... <5%. But, I don't want to buy a dedicated "Hammer drill" just for the couple of times I need to drill into my cinder-block garage wall Impact driver Longest battery life as po
  14. I have found myself in a very interesting situation. Through a series of events, I have a storefront, in an industrial part of town where lots of plumbing, concrete, and building material firms have locations. I also have financial backing. I think I would really like to start a woodworkers' lumber source. The city that I live in has slightly over 500,000 people, and the only lumber yards, within several hundred miles, are all almost exclusively construction lumber. If you want to buy S4S maple, white oak, walnut, sapele, hickory, ash... etc... you have to go to one of the two huge, (100 yards
  15. At the moment, this is more of just an idea than an actual project, but I was wondering... Would anyone on here know of a way to reliably and accurately re-saw standard construction lumber from like a Home Depot into 3/16" - 1/4" slices or plys? I have some bent lamination ideas in mind that I may want to try out, but I want to use southern yellow pine (i.e. construction lumber). I know that if all I wanted to do is glue up and clamp thin wood to a curved frame, I could just use 1/4" plywood. But for aesthetic reasons, I really want to use solid loblolly pine (aka southern yellow pine)