Bombarde16

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  1. Bombarde16

    Hepplewhite Sideboard

    +1 From whence cometh the drool-inducing veneer and how did you get it onto the painstakingly shaped doors?
  2. Both near the stairs. Both bright and visible right as one enters the shop. The fire extinguisher came with a simple mounting bracket. The first aid kit needed a simple plywood box to hang on the french cleats. Butt joints, glue, and a cool paint job. Now I feel like such a grownup!
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    Project parts sorting cubbies

    I got all twelve trays done and await a clear, warm day to spray a quick coat of shop paint. Nine are out in the backyard storage shed. Three are in the shop in active use already. This is the beginning of a round of picture frames. Two massive sticks of wonky sycamore broken down, sorted, and ready for milling. Can't expect that these trays are going to last forever. But until they wear out, this is quite promising.
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    Ah, honeycombs...

    Thanks for all the replies. To wrap things up nice and tidy: I sent an email to this company via their website, Groff & Groff Lumber in Quarryville, describing the situation. After hitting send, I started typing the first post in this thread. Literally five minutes later, I received a reply from the company, apologizing that the board was unusable and that I should bring it back. I stopped there later that afternoon. Two guys in the yard took a break from running a monster slab through a thicknesser (i.e. stuff that actually makes them money) to help me pick out another board. One stressed how surprised he was that I found one that was honeycombed and, after we picked a board that looked promising, offered to make an initial crosscut to be sure. It came out fine and I was on my way with even more board footage than I had initially purchased. Needless to say, this far exceeded my expectations. I know I have at least one project in the works for 2019 for which the shopping list will run well over 200bf of hardwood with perhaps a few exotics thrown in. Rest assured that I'll honor these folks with my patronage again. Now to get back to that balustrade.
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    Ah, honeycombs...

    No, not the golden delicious breakfast cereal we all loved as children. This is the wreckage of a large (7" wide, 120" long) stick of flat sawn red oak. It looked perfect on the outside and I needed it to finish out as 1.5" x 1.5" spindles for a balustrade. I waaay overestimated and came home with what should have been more than enough for the job, figuring that any leftover certainly wouldn't go to waste. And then it passes through the band saw with long stretches where it feels like the saw is cutting very easily...far easier than it should. What gives? Sure enough, the entire interior of the board was a honeycombed wasteland of vast, gaping splits, some with over a 1/4" of separation inside. I thought I was going to get this balustrade done next week. Nope. Maybe I'll be able to salvage some smaller bits for another project. But whoever cooked this board made a mess of it. Thus far, I haven't named the lumberyard in question. (Southern Pennsylvania locals, PM me if you're curious.) I emailed them to ask if there's any chance they'd replace this board. Yes, their return policy clearly states that there are no returns on milled lumber. No, I'm not a big spending customer by any stretch. But I figured I'd give them a chance to go above and beyond the call of duty for a little guy and thereby win a customer for life as well as an enthusiastic review online. If not, I'll take it as a learning experience and shop elsewhere. Posed for the forum's collective wisdom: Am I being too hard on the folks that sold me this board?
  6. Bombarde16

    Project parts sorting cubbies

    If only! Nothing is cheap anymore. The BORG is already up to almost $20 a sheet for this stuff.
  7. Bombarde16

    Project parts sorting cubbies

    Sure. I need some volunteers to help but I hope to get them in next week or so.
  8. Bombarde16

    Project parts sorting cubbies

    Customarily, yes. Most organ pipes are an alloy of tin and lead. (Some lower quality builders will also use zinc; but we don't talk about them...) Metal pipes come off the bench with more potential for brilliance and overtones in the final sound; they take up less space, and they're far faster and cheaper to make. When wood gets used, it's typically for larger pipes that might collapse under their own weight. No sane organ builder would make an octave of small wood pipes like this. I just did it as a personal challenge and skill building opportunity.
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    Project parts sorting cubbies

    One recent project for me was the construction of twelve replacement organ pipes for a local church. A fun job, to be sure, but one that took over my tiny basement shop. Each pipe comprises seven individual parts and there's a bit of math involved that makes most of the parts dimensionally unique. So that's nearly a hundred non-interchangeable pieces of wood kicking around the shop before glue-up...every sodding one of them trying their best to get mislaid and out of sequence. It all turned out fine but I need a better way to keep track of projects with lots of parts. At the same time, the place where I work was getting a new kitchen. The contractors had half a dozen sheets of 5mm underlayment that they used to protect the floors and they were ready to throw it all out at the end of the job. Ever the scavenger, I grabbed them in all their floppy, potato-chippy glory and figured I'd make something out of them. I came up with the idea to make a pile of trays that can stack and be used as sorting cubbies. Each tray is 36" across, 24" deep, and 6" high. This gives six cubbies per tray and I'm making a dozen trays, so I'll be set for sorting for a long time...or at least until these break. Straight? You want things straight? These are essentially open torsion boxes; so they'll straighten themselves in the glue-up. But make no mistake, underlayment is hateful crap to work with. I routed tiny little dadoes in the base panels. This forces the vertical ribs into something resembling straight. Then there's a few strips at the top (sliced off the base after routing) to hold the tops still. I'm hard pressed to imagine using screws or pin nails with this, so it's a slow rhythm of glue, clamps, and weights for the rest of the weekend. One trick for glue up: I ripped a piece of OSB and made a platform the same as the depth of the base. This is elevated off of my bench. There's a metal ruler underneath the base panel, running down the center line. When I clamp the vertical ribs to the OSB table at the edge, this serves as a poor man's bow clamp, giving upward pressure in the middle. I've got a backlog of artwork that needs framing, so I anticipate these will come in very handy for that. Something to keep track of all the pieces a.) that come out of breaking down a large board and b.) as those pieces go through milling and joinery. I could also see these being useful in a big cabinetry project with lots of rails and stiles. And who knows? There may even be another round of organ pipes in my future.
  10. Bombarde16

    Tusk Bookshelf

    In an ideal world, yes. I just ran out of time and decided to go with it as is. They can always become shorter in the future.
  11. Bombarde16

    Tusk Bookshelf

    Gifting it to a friend today but I got a quick snapshot outside while things are offgassing. This is from Anne of all Trades's site and I even had some dark green paint for the sides. Mostly pine but the bottom shelf is poplar. Oh well. My boards were bowed, so I added tusks for the central shelf to keep things straight. Tusks are a little long, might come back later to cut them down or do something pretty with them. Right now, I just needed to get it done and on its way.
  12. Bombarde16

    Wenge Buffet Table

    Aha. Can you provide a picture of what the client has in their mind's eye? I was hard pressed to justify building this piece in solid timber already. Now I'm leaning even more towards plywood. Never mind trying to find Wenge plywood. Go with a red oak ply (open pores just like Wenge) and then ebonize it. Pocket the difference in cost and treat your wife to a nice weekend getaway.
  13. Bombarde16

    First bowl of 2019

    (And for those inquiring minds who want to know about the recipient, she was very impressed. )
  14. Bombarde16

    Wenge Buffet Table

    Alas, only further questions for now. You mention a secondary wood but I don't see in your concept sketch any indication where that would be. Your sketch appears to have a face frame. Why? Are the doors flush slabs? Looking at your sketch, I'm questioning your choice of material. If you're set on Wenge, I'd be curious if there's any way to find a sheet good veneered in Wenge on one face. Paste two sheets of 3/4" back to back and edge band it. All you'd need to do then is four feet in solid wood. Your doors can be flush slabs, and you wouldn't have to put a face frame on it.
  15. Bombarde16

    First bowl of 2019

    And it occurred to me that this isn't really even that log's full potential. When I got it wet from my friend's backyard, I was still on my little Harbor Freight mini lathe so I had to rough it down under 10". Wish I had bought my full size lathe sooner. So many trees, so little time.