conundrum

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About conundrum

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  • Birthday 03/04/1959

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    Mesa, AZ
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    General, CNC, Pens, welding, fabricating, electronics

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  1. I agree. Find a good used one on Craigslist or the like and it may even come with a set of tools. Play with it and see what you enjoy. Also you might want to play with some smaller stuff like pen kits to get a feel for it. Just be warned that once you get hooked the cost will go up but that can happen over time. Good luck.
  2. I never used to use them but I found they are perfect when making routed signs. I paint the lower (routed) portions with a brush and then use a foam brush to finish and paint the high parts. I make sure to get most of the paint off the brush so there is no dripping liquid and then use it to skim over the top areas. It takes several coats but is easy to use and saves a lot of work compared to other methods. Bristle brushes want to get down in the cuts and just don't work for that. I've never been able to get any decent results using foam brushes on anything else but for this purpose they are perfect.
  3. Hmm lots of good thoughts. I get it. Now I just need to sell it to the wife. Sounds like my best bet is to have the doors made. I have a friend with a cabinet shop - they do really high end stuff - and he can get them done at an amazing price. Then I'll just focus on the cabinets themselves. The only reason I aspired to do the doors is because they were so custom but if that's toned back...
  4. The one in the picture is actually pre-new router bits where I was just using an Ogee bit with it assembled. The corners are now square and fit nicely. Most of the nice doors I see have raised panels which also would be an issue. Leads me back to perhaps ordering in pre-made doors, adding the inlay and forgetting the carving. I talked to several custom cabinet shops and they all order in their doors and drawers - They say that it's cheaper and better quality than they could do in-house.
  5. conundrum

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    That is really cool. It makes my head swim to look at it. Great job!
  6. We are looking to do a major remodel in a few months. As part of that the kitchen is getting gutted, expanded and rebuilt including all the cabinets. I've concluded that building the cabinets is easy enough to do and I should be able to deliver much better quality than buying them in our price range. Plus it's a great justification for a new tool or two (grin). I've played with some door designs and finally came up with one my wife likes. But after playing with it I'm not sure if I can easily make them. So I'm throwing it out here to our knowledgeable base in hopes that maybe I'm just missing something and there is a way to make these. Here is a picture of the doors I've played with. We've settled on the top one with a light wood, in this case Birch with a clear finish. I will also be doing the inlay of Purple Heart around the frame. The biggest issue right now is the descending top area of the door. I have a CNC carving in there which we really like and it looks good for all the top cabinet doors. I bought a set of router bits to do the frame and those work well for the basic square. However, the part that descends is a real problem. I can cut one side of it using the standard frame router bits and then I can re-saw it on the bandsaw so it just fits on top of the inside panel. I then end up with a half circle of sorts that can glue right in to the top of the frame. But it needs to have a Ogee type edge on the descending part to look good. I don't know of any easy way to put the little half circle through a router consistently to make that. Then I have to get it resawn and glued in right to ensure there is no air gap underneath it between it and the center panel of the door. Looking at other cabinet doors I don't see any with a descending oval like this and probably for a good reason. After playing with almost everything to figure it out I'm now considering ordering in doors and then adding the inlay around the border. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Any thoughts?
  7. I totally understand the oops stuff. I think everything I've made has something. Most of the time I'm the only one that knows. Last week my wife asked if I could whip out a crossover bridge for our cub scouts. Sure I said. Turned out to take a lot of time. I CNC'd a lot of it which took time to setup, cut, paint, plane, etc. When I was stacking the final pieces I saw it (see first pic below). Crud, now I had to completely re-setup everything from the start and remake just that one piece. I even had text cut on the back which the scouts read as part of the ceremony (see pic #2) so it took extra long to remake the one board that was messed up. In the end it turned out but I don't want to admit the hours. I've had 10 people ask me to make them one but something like this is a labor of love. I don't want to go into production and I don't think they'd be willing to pay what it would take to make it. But when the wife asks....
  8. Beautiful piece. Any estimate on the hours?
  9. Tables look great and i enjoyed the thread. All I can say is that if my wife wants my opinion she'll give it to me.
  10. Never used it. If it was not in the way and/or had good dust collection I may reconsider.
  11. I have a large one on my big DC system and it works awesome. I have a clear bag and HEPA filter after it and there was almost zero in the bag until the bottom bin filled up. Then I suddenly saw tons in it. But it filled up a 50 gallon drum with about a tablespoon of dust passing it before that. However, I bought a 5 gallon bucket shop vac and a Woodstock 2 stage cyclone separator hoping to use it on my CNC and it has been a total failure. The filter in the vacuum clogs up almost immediately from all the dust that should have stopped in the first stage. I'll have to play with the smoke test and see if there is a leak but I expected a little better than this.
  12. We do have them in AZ but they are usually used to cool the water so it's not scalding hot (grin). We also have remote start on our cars but it's used to crank up the A/C for a few minutes so you don't burn yourself getting in the car. I don't think OSHA would approve of a gas flame in the shop but I've never heard of any issues with it.
  13. I struggle with this too. My system is a multi-stage and I can tell when the bottom barrel is full because the upper bag begins to collect sawdust where normally it has hardly any. I thought of a light sensor but it seems like the dust may be an issue. I finally settled on drilling a hole in the cover of my barrel and putting a large dowel in it. I painted the bottom 2 feet of the dowel red. Now once in a while when i walk by the barrel I lift the dowel in the hole and drop it. It gives me a pretty good indication of how much is in there.
  14. Tape measure. I keep dropping by Harbor Freight to get my free one each month but I still can never find one when I need it and end up using some piece of junk laying around instead.
  15. So my daughter drops off an old crib that she used for her kids which are now just out of it. She says it's broken and was going to throw it away but thought I might be able to make something from it - maybe a bench or something she said. So today while playing around I decided to make her something. Here is the result. It's designed to put small storage containers underneath. From here she'll paint it up and sew a foam cover to put on the bench. Now the grand kids can enjoy their crib for a few more years.