MisterDrow

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About MisterDrow

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  • Birthday October 21

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    : Meridian, ID
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    Hobby-level for gifts and making furniture for my home.

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  1. I would imagine resting them on their edges helps with airflow more than flat on a surface, though.
  2. Cup-o-Slab

    That would be cool! I'll shoot you a text Saturday morning. I didn't want to ask because I figured you were plenty busy as it was so this is very kind of you. I'll get it marked out for the rough blanks in the mean time.
  3. Honestly, I’m probably way more paranoid about it than I should be. Chalk that up to being a n00b. Also, damn, son... get that coffee table done! Your wife deserves to have that beautiful piece in her new house!
  4. Does no one else remember the guy asking about plywood blades? That post was comedy gold!
  5. Computers in the shop -- Dust protection?

    Thanks for the input, guys. I'll try to update with my implementation when I get things figured out.
  6. So what can you guys tell me about 200 tooth plywood blades? O_O Too soon?
  7. Cup-o-Slab

    Yeah, it's always ready to run. Maybe I'll cut off what I need for the legs and then take the rest to him. I could use some more walnut, anyways. It'll be about a month or so before I dive into that project so I've got some time to work those details out.
  8. Cup-o-Slab

    My only bandsaw is a small benchtop model and it's no good for resawing anything wider than 2"... and even then, it wanders like mad. I've currently got an alert active on my craigslist app that tells me when bandsaws or jointers get posted for sale. So far, every time something comes up in my price range, I have some other expense that my money needs to go to instead. Priorities and all :/ I've got some commission work going right now and will also be selling some things on consignment at a friend's shop in town here soon. My plan is to be able to supplement the household income a bit and also be able to have a steady tool fund that I can use to upgrade my shop piece by piece. I know @Chris208 who lives around the corner from me has a bigger band saw but I also know he's getting ready to move and has enough on his plate (and I still owe him a beer or three for some other help he's given me :P). The friend I bought this slab from doesn't have a bandsaw (unless you count his big bandsaw mill that he cut this on). There's a hardwood dealer a couple miles from me that will resaw things you buy there but they won't do it for wood you just bring in. I'm sure if I call around somewhere I can find someone willing to do it for me. Would be nice to get two full 3/4" pieces out of the thickness, for certain.
  9. And that's what I love about this site. Even when I've asked stupid questions everyone here has been amazing and offered help and advice on so many levels. It's a stark difference from the woodworking subreddit I spent so much time on. Hell, I even appreciate the occasional blunt, "That's awful/a bad idea/a waste of time/etc." because it's always given from a place of experience, not as a put-down. It is a privilege to be able to pick everyone's brains here with so much collective knowledge. Ancora Impara - I have a few coffee mugs that have that inscription on them. It essentially translates as, "I am always learning." It doesn't matter how much you know, there will always be other people who know more and new experiences to be had. I'm learning to be patient with myself in this hobby and take the defeats as opportunities to grow. That hasn't always been an easy thing for me in other ventures in the past. There's something about woodworking, though, that keeps bringing me back into it in spite of mistakes and lack of knowledge.
  10. That's probably my issue... I hadn't been stickering the wood while it rested for however long. It makes sense now but I didn't really know better back then.
  11. Yeah, I always plane both sides, as well. I do one side until I get a full pass across the width of the board and then flip it over to mill it down the rest of the way.
  12. Cup-o-Slab

    I need to take a plane to it and see what that grain looks like.
  13. The stuff I'm working with right now is some leftover alder that's been on my lumber rack for well over a year so I figured it should be relatively stable. I sometimes see people on here using long-term stored lumber on projects and still letting it rest so I wondered. I assume that's just a force-of-habit or 'just to be safe' sort of thing.
  14. Cup-o-Slab

    So a friend of mine runs a timber framing business and has his own bandsaw mill. He also gets trees from around the area that get cut down and mills slabs and lumber from them to sell on a regular basis. The stuff I get from him usually isn't all the way dry so I have to let it sit for a few months or more before I can use them but his prices are amazing so I don't mind. Well, I managed to get this slab of maple from him that he had sitting on a rack in his shop for almost 2 years for $35. It's 60"x20"x2". At $2.09/bdft, that's less than half of what I can get maple at the lumber yard so I happily scooped it up. This will be the first time I'll be milling pieces for a project from a slab (making a side table for my wife). Anything I should watch out for along the way or any tips on breaking this thing down? MC was at 8.2% when I checked it this past weekend so it's plenty dry. The only sadness is that I don't have a bandsaw big enough to resaw any of this so much of that will be done on the table saw (resulting in more wood loss due to the kerf).
  15. I see a lot of mixed info out there on this so I wanted to ask you guys here who have been doing this for much longer than I. When starting a project, is it always better to mill everything close to final size and let it rest for a day or so before final milling? Is there ever a reason or a time when it is okay to not do this? I have lots of things I've built in the past where I milled everything up and just dove in and there has only been two occasions where this came back to bite me. One of those the wood was still too moist and I didn't realize it until it was too late. The other time I milled everything down for a small project and set the wood out (flat on my bench) for the next time I was in the shop. Four days later I went to work on it and half of the wood had cupped/twisted--perhaps some stress was released after milling? Every other time has been okay, or at least I didn't notice any issues but now I'm worried about projects that went out the door... :/