Isaac

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    Illinois
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    Furniture, Hobbyist, Practical, cabinetry, turning,

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  1. Isaac

    Work shoes

    The zombie rises! "5 years later"
  2. Plus cheep chisels have softer steels = faster results.
  3. I'm looking forward to getting out of my (short) basement space and into a garage where vertical is a reasonable option!
  4. Isaac

    Hijack!

    14 years for us as of a few weeks ago. We actually track two dates. Our legal ceremony and our big formal wedding (my wife is from Hong Kong, and per tradition, the big formal wedding was in the bride's hometown, so it took a year of planning).
  5. A trick I often employ for quick edge jointing, which can be done with either hand planes or a power jointer follows: For hand tools, I lock my board in my moxon vice, edge joint with my longest plane. As long as I'm getting a continuous shaving across the length, I'm basically good. Whether I'm using the hand planes or power jointer, I don't even care if I'm getting a perfect 90 degree angle, in fact, visibly out of 90 is sometimes preferred, because I then take it to the table saw with the jointed side to the fence and the point on the high side and rip the other side of the board. Then I just flip the board (keeping the same side down) and move the fence in 1/8 inch (or whatever it takes to remove the full non 90 degree side) and rip it again. Now I've got a board with two 90 degree and parallel sides. I find that process to be faster and more reliable than trying to hand joint a 90 degree corner perfectly. If you've got a perfectly calibrated power jointer with a dead on 90 degree fence, maybe a moot point, but mine is a cheap craftsman that works, but isn't perfect.
  6. I like the veritas jig. Worked very well for me setting my baseline bevels and micro bevels. Now I am mostly able to maintain with some quick free-handing on a leather strop or my finest DMT plate. Can't remember the last time I had to take one back to the jig.
  7. I made a boat baby crib with bent strips of walnut. They are rivetted, not glue laminations, but I was able to get boat-like curves with 1/8 inch. I agree with others, that 1/40 sounds excessively delicate.
  8. I agree with Henry and gee-dub. My bench is crude and on the smaller side, but I like having a flat surface without a lip. I keep my hand planes on it. Gives me easy access and the combined weight of all the metal of the hand planes gives the bench weight so it never moves around.
  9. Thanks all, my wife likes it too. I'm also happy I was able to utilize about 99% of the original board length and width on this one.
  10. Isaac

    Hijack!

    I know the feeling. My current home has a lot of nice, but obscure items, like European faucets with odd thread sizes. Great stuff when installed 20 years ago... now it can be something of a real headache.
  11. This sounds like a job for rivets, to me. Copper rivets can easily secure two pieces of 1/8" material.
  12. This was a quick weekend project. I've had this stack of walnut slabs, all cut from the same tree in Wisconsin and about 8 feet long, 12-16" wide and healthy 5/4 thick for a couple years. I've used them on a few projects but also feel like I need to save them for something "special". Whatever that is. Silver tape is just from minor knot and crack epoxy stabilizing. I decided to knock out a bench using one this weekend. I don't have a jointer anywhere near this width, so I hand jointed a 13" x 8' board. Took some time and effort, but I really don't mind that much. I was able to use my planer to surface the other side. The design was pretty straightforward, so I didn't really document it. The final thickness was around 3/4 inch, which was a tad thinner than I wanted, but I was trying to use the entire board, so... it happens. I used Domino reinforced miters with continuous grain flow over the ends. I also added a stretcher under neath, which was the only piece of walnut not from this one board, but also from the same tree. Overall, I was quite happy with how the glue up went and the miters came together. A little minor burnishing and they closed pretty nicely. I had intended to soften/round all the corners anyways, for comfort/functional reasons. I find long miters intimidating, so this was a big sigh of relief. Also pretty impressed I was able to make such long continuous miters, cut with circular saw and my jobsite table saw, fit nicely, without needing any shooting board work. I finished it with Tried and True oil, which is my go-to finish. Final dimensions are 55" x 12" x 18.5" high.