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  1. Isaac

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    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!
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    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.
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    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.
  13. Wow, I love that color and the doors look beautiful. If that is the guest house door, let's see the real place! I've never heard of liquid sandpaper, how does it work?
  14. Joe, I've been away a bit, so just catching up, but this is really beautiful and inspiring. Please don't let anyone discourage you from sharing your work.
  15. Can you explain why the cauls are bowed? I think I have an idea where you are going with it, but want to confirm I'm tracking you.
  16. I agree, but I also found myself using sandpaper past its peak performance life and had to learn to let it go to speed up the overall process.
  17. Yeah I've got a few GB of music on my computer somewhere that go back to early 21st century. I guess that is like my dad's old 8-tracks back when I was a kid. I use Spotify for podcasts. I don't pay anything. I have a lot of long drives for work, so a nice conversational podcast is a great way to fill the time. Kind of related, we had some of the television streaming services like Netflix, but I've been cancelling them, as I realized I was spending more time watching free stuff on youtube anyways. I know there is some junk food "influencer" woodworking stuff on there, but there is also a ton of great information from quality woodworkers and home builders (a related professional and hobby interest).
  18. It sounds a bit like Gel Topcoat from general finishes. Been a few years since I used it, but it was very easy to work with and looked like vaseline in the can. I think it had more of a medium/high odor though, since it was a urethane. General Finishes Gel Topcoat | Rockler Woodworking and Hardware
  19. You might also tell something from how the finish has performed on your cabinets as well. Have they yellowed? I'm no expert, but was always kind of under the impression that good cabinet shops often used products and processes that were unavailable to us mere mortals.
  20. That would be really helpful. I've also been hoping I might find a stronger woodworking community in Houston than my current location. What do you say @Coop?
  21. Nope, those chairs were an amazing neighbor give away. Got a set of 6 for I think $100. I'm pretty sure they are mahogany!
  22. Finished up this cherry table and installed last night. Didn't manage to take too many in process shots, but will share what I've got. Started with building the top. First time attempting a breadboard end. Biggest challenge was figured out how to create the tenons on the ends of the huge slab of wood, which I could barely lift. The best I could come up with was using my router and making floating tenons. The article I read on drawboring suggested using 1/4" dowel stock. I got greedy and decided to use 3/8" dowel thinking it would be stronger. That worked fine on 8 of the 12 locations, but I did get some splitting of the end board on the last 4. In retrospect, I think the dowels were a bit too stiff and 1/4" would have been a better choice. I temporarily mounted the top on some metal legs I had, but decided that a wooden base was really what I wanted. Also the metal legs were too tall for this use, and had been purchased for a different project. Initially I had a fairly straight forward design for the base: But I decided this was a bit boring so I came up with this shape that was intended to bring to mind a multi span bridge structure: Also, in case you are wondering, the walnut socks on the table legs were necessary because the table legs were salvaged from another unrealized project and some large diameter holes were already drilled into them. I felt this was a reasonably elegant and environmentally friendly solution. The biggest thing I could have done better on this project was in the main panel glue up, using cauls to get a flatter starting point would have saved a lot of subsequent hand planning and sanding work. Live and learn... and learn again... and again. Here she is, installed in the dining room. Cherry with walnut accents and Tried and True oil finish.