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  1. Isaac

    A Roubo from beams?

    That is interesting. I've generally had good success staining red oak. It seems to readily accept penetrating stains, and I don't seem to have blotchiness issues.
  2. Might you be able to re-cut it a 1/4" smaller around the perimeter, re-shape and salvage it?
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    Indoor Herb Garden

    Haha yeah, It was literally the first image i found, just to be clear what I was referring to. I suppose a person could make it with a slider top and bottom, though that starts sounding really bulky/ugly. You better try it and let us know how it turns out. We're right behind you.
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    8 Drawer Dresser In Walnut

    yeah, to actually get anything done, I realized I needed to be more organized and have a specific plan for what I wanted to accomplish, otherwise the space issues compound with general inefficiency and you really really get nothing done.
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    Indoor Herb Garden

    Seems like the hinges used on a wooden door would be appropriately sized.. Another option would be to use that overhead sliding barn door hardware that has become so popular:
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    8 Drawer Dresser In Walnut

    Thanks. I'll do my best to get a better shop space. Really, I try to not let my limited space be too much of an excuse. It is physically difficult, however, to manipulate large pieces in a confined space with 6'-3" ceilings, so a queen or king size bed frame would generally be a poor choice of a project for me.
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    8 Drawer Dresser In Walnut

    Sorry about the unforscene expenses. I have to say, the lack of the bench doesn't seem to be holding you back much, keep up the good work. Still, I totally get wanting a full blown Roubo, I plan to build one myself. Looks like we might be making a local move that will hopefully lead to more shop space (and hopefully more vertical clearance) for me. I'd love to use my current bench as a glue up and assembly table and build a proper bench.
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    8 Drawer Dresser In Walnut

    I think I like alternating, in and out on the figure, but I tend to have a bias towards high contrast... @Chestnut You've probably discussed this before, but how come you don't have a full Roubo Bench? Honestly with how many high quality projects and high quality tools you apparently have, I just sort of assumed you already had a bench like that. Just haven't gotten around to it yet?
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    Tusk Bookshelf

    A bookshelf tends to be right up against a wall, so not the worst scenario, but those long tenons look likely to be bumped or snagged by people walking by.
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    Joinery Question

    I especially like dados here because if they go all the way through, they can be cut simultaneously by just flipping the board.
  11. Yeah drawing full size was my suggestion as well.
  12. Would you agree the angled shoulders and miters might make it a bit challenging for a beginner hand tool project? Not only harder to produce them, but harder to determine the correct angles and locations.
  13. Do you have an image of what you have in mind? Seems a bit tricky to get right for an arbitrary angle likes this.
  14. Of course, there are a variety of methods, with varying degrees of quality/precision. Drill googling drilling angled holes without a drill press and watching some youtube videos. That is not meant to be dismissive, but to encourage you to look around and see what method might work for your skill level and available tools. I do think an accurate drawing would help as you could determine the required angle. A dowel jig would really help drill the holes on the stretches, but won't work for the legs.
  15. Do you have a drill press? you should be able to angle the table. This process would benefit from an accurate sketch up model or a full size mock up drawing, so you can determine the angle.
  16. I would cut the stretchers 90 degrees and slightly long, use a dowel jig to drill to make deep dowel holes. Then cut the stretchers to the appropriate angle. You could reverse these steps, but I think drilling first will yield better results. Now you just need to drill the corresponding holes on the legs at the appropriate angle and dowel it all together.
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    Arts & Crafts Bookcase

    I like backless bookcases for large coffee table type books because it can help hide extra deep books by allowing them to extend out the back a tad.
  18. It is not a torsion box, or it need not be, it is a cantilever off the rear stretcher. It can be analyzed in several ways, but with downward loading on the shelf, the top surface will be the one in tension, and that is where you need reinforcing. The compression face will be unlikely to fail under this loading, However, in structural engineering, the simplest solution can often be to just work around the problem, by getting rid of the condition. Which is why I ask why the author has imposed the arbitrary no interior post rule.
  19. The key connections here are the ones are the back, that frame into the side of the rear stretcher. To make that connection rigid, the easiest way, as others have suggested is having material, probably plywood extending over the top and being glued and screwed to both. Plywood underneath will also help, but the real key is the upper surface, since we are anticipating downward forces. That being said, why not just put some additional feet underneath there? They don't need to be placed right at the corner to be highly effective they could be attached to the inside face of the 2x4s and set mid length along the memebrs and they should provide significant strength assuming the other connections are reasonably robust. What is holding those other connections together? Mortise and Tenon? pocket screws? Alliteratively, you could hang those corners from the underside of the work surface by extending a vertical member up from the corner, or perhaps using a steel cable.
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    Do you need your tools to "match"?

    I'd love to keep the conversation going guys, but it feels it is taking a personal and negative turn that really wasn't intended at all. I'm an engineer in my profession. If it will settle things, feel free to vent some (good natured) anti engineer opinions now.
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    Do you need your tools to "match"?

    I gather I should have said framing carpenter. Good framing carpentry is highly skilled and hard work, where you have to produce plumb, strong and properly constructed walls and framing in a timely and cost effective manor. You generally don't use hardwoods, mortise and tenons and dovetails, etc. to do it. That does not mean it is a lesser or easy task. It is however, more utility driven than aesthetics driven. Compare that to hobbyist furniture making where aesthetics come front and center. A finish carpenter would fall somewhere in between on this scale. Again, I'm not disparaging anyone's trade or hobby here. So, to me, personally, it makes sense that people who make furniture would be more likely to care about the aesthetics of their tools and shop furniture, and perhaps go so far as matching things. Of course exceptions will exist in both directions, and no one should feel compelled to do something as arbitrary as matching their tools just to meet some standard they don't personally care about. I'm simply adding to the conversation that is the subject of this topic. Thank you, I hope the above helped clarify what I was getting at.
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    Do you need your tools to "match"?

    No worries. I was just commenting on your point about the tools being utilitarian. I think many view them as somewhere in between. Of course they have to be functional, but people make benches, jigs, shop furniture etc, that also have aesthetic qualities to them, and the tools are part of that. Just adding to the conversation, not trying to convince you of anything. Like I said, I don't even have my tools matching.
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    Coffee table for my nephew

    I did something similar for the name plate on the boat I made for my daughter last year, that I created a journal about here . I was able to order it on Amazon. I opted for screw attachment.
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    Do you need your tools to "match"?

    Sure, that is a separate issue though. No one wants clutter in their shop, if it can be avoided.
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    Router table fate after CNC purchase

    I'm with the others on this. I use my router table a fair amount for things like stopped dadoes. The set up is lightning fast, and by routing boards, flipping them end of end and routing again with the opposite face against the face, you can get perfectly centered stopped dadoes in very short order. Personally, that is probably one of the more precise power tool operations I'm able to do In my woodshop. My limited exposure to CNC suggests doing the same would be a slower process, especially if you plan to do the same with pieces of various lengths.