Isaac

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  1. This is what I was thinking. Most basic oils should be food safe. Mineral oil for example is fine. It might not do the best with the boiling, but won't become dangerous.
  2. No wonder it was so cheap!
  3. Thanks guys. It was a fun project. Great way to use some cut offs too.
  4. I always tell myself this will be the project where I start a journal before the thing is done. I did post some progress shots of this one on the facebook guild group if anyone is following along over there. I decided to make one of these traditional shaker step stools as a challenge and to put some of the walnut wood I purchased to work. I decided to incorporate the both the dark heartwood and some of the sapwood. I know that is not for everyone, but I like how it turned out. First, I started with my dovetails. I challenged myself to using my western style Veritas saw on these, and I may have completely flipped. I thought I was pull saw all the way, but now I'm learning western saw. Tails first for me. Thanks to @derekcohen for the blue tape method (albeit yellow tape in this case). The color contrast made hitting the lines much easier. Three tails on each step. Next time around I may attempt the super skinny pins, but these are fine for now. Next, adding the tails and the back stretcher? Time for a quick test sit. Now, insanely, I forgot to cut the little half circles until after I'd glued it. I kept leaving them off thinking I would get the joinery solved first.... whoops! In the end, not that big of a deal. A 6" hole saw left a very workable edge with minimal blow out, as I clamped the sides between some scrap. And the finished product:
  5. Isaac

    Trim update

    ok, in that case, try using just a little poly urethane in a discrete location. You can get it in a variety of sheens. Gloss will most likely be too shiny/tacky. Satin is probably what you want. Maybe Semi Gloss if satin doesn't have enough shine.
  6. Isaac

    Trim update

    So you want the trim to be lighter, like the flooring? How much are you talking about? You might just replace it rather than attempting to refinish.
  7. Isaac

    Trim update

    The trim is currently stained? How about sharing a picture of what you have and an idea what look you would like to have. That will help us give some advice.
  8. I'm wondering the same. I don't know much about audio systems, What does the cloth do between the speakers?
  9. I agree, that sounds like an 8" blade. Otherwise some obstruction is preventing the full lift height.
  10. The French cleat would also serve to brace it in the short direction, which isn't a bad thing.
  11. Just catching up on this project. Fantastic and inspiring work as always, Derek. Thank you for sharing. On this cut, I always hear the guys at the lumber mill call this a straight line rip cut. They have a special saw that is purpose built for this function, but the principle is the same.
  12. I would go with some vertical material, regularly spaced. If I understand, you are trying to make a 7' x 10' panel. The problem is that it will be prone to breaking somewhere along the length. if you ever set this on a normal table, you will likely have several feet extending out without support, which can cause a lot of stress. You need more strength in that transverse direction. You could run a series of 7' strips, spaced at 12 or 24" on center, along the back. That would greatly increase the strength. It may also start to give you something to use to mount this thing, as the MDF may not be strong enough to hold fasteners for most conventional ways of hanging something very heavy like this. What do you have in mind? A French cleat?
  13. Isaac

    Hijack!

    Yeah, the van is actually my wife's. We looked at all the major SUVs before getting a minivan. The other nice thing about minivans, if you aren't going off road, is they ride lower, and don't have a central axle/hump, so kids and elderly people can get into the back easier. Some SUVs ride so high it is a real climb for little kids to even get into them.
  14. Isaac

    Hijack!

    Just wait till you have kids. You'll see the light. Seriously didn't think I'd be doing much more work in Walnut because of the high bf price, but I got this from a guy who has a tree trimming company and sold it for about 20% the price my regular mill would charge..
  15. Isaac

    Hijack!

    Basically just bought a tree and filled up the minivan. Black Walnut!
  16. I like the contrast of maple and walnut. Have done several pieces with this combination.
  17. Isaac

    Hijack!

    I wouldn’t worry about the next guy. In many cases, smashing off the top few inches is sufficient, and he can always dig it out if he needs it 100% gone.
  18. Isaac

    Hijack!

    Ideally, I suggest changing the detail. Don’t embed the pole. Make the concrete larger, add a reinforcing cage, and embed stainless steel threaded rods that project out the top. Use the steel rods to bolt down a baseplate that the pole in turn is bolted or welded to.
  19. I picked up the veritas sharpening Mk 2 system. Trying to improve my sharpening consistency, quality, and speed. First impression, I really like the Cam system that lets you switch to adding a micro bevel quickly. once I get all my blades switched over to these angles, it should be really nice working with it.
  20. Thanks Chet, Yeah it is a very robust design, I can definitely see it lasting many years, and with the simple smooth faced design, refinishing, if ever necessary would be very doable. Yup, same one. She outgrew the boat pretty fast, so now it is just a showcase piece/stuffed animal holder in of our rooms.
  21. Hey all, This will be sort of quick project journal on two recent bed projects I've completed. The first is a house bed I made for 1 year old daughter. We already had the extra queen mattress, so that determined the size, and my wife wanted something close to the ground so my daughter could climb into it right from the start. Over the summer I posted about salvaging a large number of cedar boards from an old deck. I planed the boards down, tossed the excessively deteriorated ones, and dried the others in my garage for about 4 months, which was sufficient for the approximately 1 inch thick boards to dry out. Sorry, I didn't capture many shots of the construction, but it involved making two rectangular sub frames which are bolted together and in turn have the two end A-Frames bolted to them. Initially I planned to construct everything with strategic bolted connections, to allow for disassembly, and I mostly carried that through to the end. However, as I got further into the project, I realized the cedar material really was quite soft, and this probably won't be a hand me down type bed, but should be fun for my daughter none the less. This also helped me decide on the antique white paint, which matches a couple other items in her room. This also reduced the need to do as much sanding, as I was truly in a hurry as she was rapidly outgrowing her crib! This was the original version: However, after putting it to use, my wife complained that the horizontal bar made it awkward to enter and exit the bed. She was right. Taking that horizontal bar out completely wasn't really an option, as it provided stability to the rest of the bed frame, so I came up with this modification (bonus points for spotting my cats tail!): The second bed was needed for guests. I looked into buying a simple metal frame, but online review scared me away from that option and decided to come up with something simple. I settled on this platform design to keep the bed relatively low to the ground and eliminate the need for a box spring. I selected cherry for its universal appeal. I didn't have any 16/4 Cherry for the legs, so they are made of four 4/4 plies laminated together, to a final thickness of about 3 1/2 inches. I decided to use floating tenon joints on the end frames. I was able to use a dowel jig on the ends of the long rail pieces, which was less awkward than trying to do them by hand or by router. For the mortises on the legs, I used hand tools. Gluing up the eccentric rail to leg connections proved to be more challenging than anticipated. I do not have any bar clamps that can cover the required 6+ feet, so I had to use strap clamps. However, the straps do not apply their force solely down the length of the rail, as a result, the legs wanted to rotate. I solved this problem by using cutting 2x4 filler boards to balance the load. I cut the 2x4 a tiny amount longer than the rail, which ensured a closed joint on the show, outside face. Next step was assembling the frame, and gluing on pine laminations for the inner slat support. I decided to finish the bed with 3 coats of gloss Enduro Var and 1 coat of Satin Next moving the bed to its final location: Close ups of some details: I chamfered all the edges with a block plane and used non-mortising hardware, which I already had on hand. They are very strong. Chamfered Corners: And the final shot: Overall I'm happy with how both beds turned out. I was able to complete them in a timely manner, minimized waste (all salvaged A LOT of material for my daughters bed), and now my daughter and visiting parents have a place to sleep! Thanks for taking a look!
  22. Isaac

    Hijack!

    Hard to beat the ol' 5 gallon bucket o' glue for value! https://smile.amazon.com/Wood-Glue-5-gal-Yellow/dp/B07Q2L4J5H/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=titebond+5+gallon&qid=1575919468&sr=8-1
  23. Yup, I've used those before, they were very good. Just like him, I used my self centering dowel jig to drill the perfect centered and parallel holes into the shelf, which is the only real challenge.
  24. I've got the 6" helical cut tech jointer. It is about exactly what you'd expect for the size and price. I can't really knock it for not being a massive 8" jointer with a 72" bed, I didn't pay that much! I'd say a major factor when it comes to jointers is thinking about your use cases. If you want to make dining tables with a bunch of big wide and long boards edge laminated, this tool isn't going to cut it. If you are doing cutting boards, keepsake boxes, and other things with pieces that are about 4 feet long, or shorter, you probably get a lot done with this sort of jointer.
  25. Isaac

    Hijack!

    Didn't see the video, but you are a pretty prolific hobbyist woodworker so it makes perfect sense to me that you'd be buying in bulk. I can appreciate where he is coming from here. There is a convenience factor of not having to rebottle and store the giant bottle of glue. In either case, glue probably isn't a major cost factor for a lot of woodworkers, especially as stretch into higher quality materials and tools. :)