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  1. Someone above mentioned an offset turning, so I gave that a try. Yes, it's a hoot to turn a backwoods cabriole, but this is too chunky for where this table will live. That could be fixed by starting with a smaller blank or by making the table taller; but I'm going back to the W&M trumpet legs. I've also been going back and forth about having drawers in this thing. Working up some more detail in Sketchup, we get this: Crossed stretchers are just a placeholder for now. I'll come up with something more fun when I have the actual stock. I wanted this project to b
  2. Define "have to upgrade". I've been trying to kill my little Harbor Freight mini lathe for four years and only just recently added a larger lathe to the arsenal. The little one is still going: I could sell it and get back a substantial amount of the pittance it cost, or just keep using it. Haven't decided yet. What's important is that this little thing: Taught me an enormous amount about turning, Gave me ample opportunities to practice freehand sharpening on the junk steel that HF calls "tools", Completed dozens of projects which have been gifted to a lot of happy people
  3. Prototype done and looking promising.
  4. Agreed. Many of the W&M pieces I've seen have all sorts of scroll work cut into the lower edge of the apron. I'd like to keep this apron straight a.) because my stock won't be that wide and b.) I might end up putting some drawers into this thing. Perusing the W&M section of Gottshall's book, we get plenty of little trumpet legs. Some of them have a few too many beads for my taste. Perhaps in a taller piece, there'd be more room to embellish things. But, for a low table, I'm thinking less is more. This little piece looks promising: Crunching some of the measured dr
  5. Mmmm, sure do love me a good trumpet turned leg. Hadn't been too interested in having lower stretchers but William & Mary pieces often have those sort of criss-crossed snakes, sometimes with a little finial poking up in the middle. Wouldn't be too bad because the legs pierce the stretcher, rather than having stretchers mortised into a flat on the turning.
  6. Experienced enough. I've done a few off center turnings and it's an interesting idea. Any pictures?
  7. I need a coffee table. I have designer's block. I have a red oak panel salvaged from an old desk. (26" wide x 42" long, 3/4" thick) I have a stash of cherry that's ready to become legs and aprons. The leg blanks look as if they should reliably dress out to a maximum of 2 7/8" square. The apron stock should dress out to 4" wide (maybe 3 1/2"?) and 3/4" thick. I'd rather not put stretchers and stuff down at the floor like my last coffee table; but I'm not opposed to it either. I'm hoping to turn these legs and adding stretchers at the bottom means one is stuck with a square section i
  8. It kind of works? I suppose it's better than nothing. But I have a stack of holly bowl blanks downstairs that were sealed with latex paint and it didn't seem to help at all. All of them lost half their mass in a month and all developed cracks. (Had I been forward thinking, I could have left one unsealed as a control. Alas.) I have a pile of bolts quartered off a downed cherry tree from 2016. All of those were sealed on the ends with latex paint and all of them checked rather deeply. Alas, again. And I have some short bolts from a downed walnut tree that I didn't bother to seal at all
  9. The rest of the tree. If you're hoping for bowls of diameter x, leave the log long enough that, when it checks, the cracks won't run deep enough to hurt the part you'd like to keep. If the log has already been crosscut into lengths equal to the width of the bowl you intend to turn, you're pretty much hosed. At the very least, rip the log in half to obliterate the pith and that should help. A specialty product such as Anchor Seal might buy you a little insurance. Some leftover house paint on the end grain doesn't hurt and might slow things down a bit. But none of this is a silver
  10. Had a bunch of this type of threaded insert leftover from a job last December and I need a supply of star knobs for a few upcoming jig builds. Here we go. Scrap 3/4" plywood. The geometry is trivial but I think it looks cool: 3" circle defines the total size. Swing the compass six times around the outside as if you're drawing a hexagon. Then drill three 1 1/2" holes around the edge. While things are still in a big sheet, it's convenient to drill the center holes, drive in the inserts, and run a roundover around the holes. Cut apart at the band saw. These inserts ar
  11. Into the clamps, out of the clamps, down into the basement to think about what they've done. This thread will go dormant in 3...2...1...
  12. Every now and then, typically when browsing the big box stores, I find a board that has gone so horribly wrong I swear that they can't possibly expect someone to pay good money for it. Alas, they still wanted full price for this: What crazy boards have you found?
  13. If not a "slow" build, then let's call it a tease. I'm speeding these slabs right up to the point that I can put them aside and then the thread will go dark for a while. Make no mistake, it's vastly more work compared to buying new wood. But this is Amish country, after all. How do you make copper wire? Put a penny between two Mennonites... Y et A nother R oubo B ench (or B uild)
  14. Wouldn't call it totally nuts to the wind. I kind of obsessed over how I was going to get ten slats glued up with the joints dead-on orthogonal to a surface that doesn't yet exist. Just seeing if I can take a more direct path to success in other areas. i.e. Marc was very diligent in getting his laminates milled to a T before gluing up the slabs. But since I'm going to buzz the whole thing with a router sled, there's really no need for the edges to be pretty at this stage. Likewise, he was very diligent in building a router template for his dog holes. I simply chopped the laminate apart a
  15. Worked today on dog holes and cutting a channel for the wagon vise lead screw. I'm using a basic Yost vise screw, looks to be the same as plenty of other brands. Square dog holes, just like the plans.
  16. This will be a slow build. I'm supposed to be finishing a bathroom remodel right now. A bathroom that's easily three months behind schedule. And here I am making sawdust on a project that isn't helping to finish the bathroom. And blogging about it, too. D@^!&#, Horton...But I had a chance to grab a pile of lumber for nothing. Then I paired that pile with another pile of orphaned scrap from the bathroom itself. Then another pile and another and soon I had a raggedy stack of sticks leaning in a corner. I do indeed need a workbench. But right now this stuff is taking up space and
  17. How about a stacked lamination? Wouldn't be as fancy as building a bending form, but you'd be out and done a lot quicker.
  18. If nothing else, I would split them into halves. Don't band saw them into round blanks until you're ready to rough turn them. Hit the ends with something, usually I'll use leftover house paint.
  19. Thanks, Steve. As I said, some junk fir that I pulled out of the house. This was a 2x4 that someone had used to fur out for a shower surround. Planed and profiled using some cheap router bits and a cove cut on the table saw. Most time consuming thing is sanding out all the saw marks on the cove. We think the painting is by a friend of my grandfather's but we're not sure. Dad's had this, plus a bunch of watercolors that we know are by grandpa, lying around for years. Time to give them a little love.
  20. In a perfect world with well-cut miters, you'd be right. As I pointed out, though, this was a ballpark job cut on a sliding compound miter saw. Someday I'll make a proper sled for cutting frame miters. For today, these needed a little extra help to get all the way closed.
  21. Is it really that bad? This is the small, blue strap clamp available on the shelf at Lowe's. It's been generally panned in online reviews, with folks recommending the popular red strap clamp by Bessey instead. I had two of those Bessey strap clamps but lost them in a shop move. Moreover, while I liked the Bessey's large handle to apply clamping pressure, I was never fond of the little plastic fishing reel thingy needed to retract the strap. So, despite the online naysayers and perhaps as a gamble with the coupon Lowe's sent me, I decided to give it a try. Project for today i
  22. Two scenarios, both of which involve inlaying solid wood into the underside of the MDF top: If you're willing to sacrifice the ability to expand the table and insert a leaf, then it should be child's play. I would rout a few channels down the length of each side and glue in a board. Essentially, you're creating an internal apron behind the visible apron. Ripped to match the width of the existing apron, it wouldn't be visible or interfere with knee clearance. If you want to keep this as an expanding table, similar approach. I'd rout out recesses in the underside where the slides
  23. Bad news: Holly is a small, knobbly, twisted mess of knots and branches. Good news: A twisted mess of knots and branches offers the possibility of curl and compression figure. One log yielded a stack of six bowl blanks, ballparking in at 8" diameter and 4" high. Slathered with a coat of latex paint to slow the drying process. Stacked in a corner to maximize the chances that they'll get in the way and be a tripping hazard for the next year while drying. Check back in 2019 or so and we'll see if any of these were worth my time.
  24. I'm processing a bunch of holly from a friend's property right now, so it's a timely topic. In no particular order: Yes, it's fine to use your tree for whatever you wish. If the possibility is interesting to you, who cares what precise variety of holly it is? Holly is prized for a dead white color in inlay work but this is tough to obtain as the wood tends to discolor and stain if the stars are not perfectly aligned. Getting the tree in winter time stacks the deck in your favor. Working quickly helps. But there's no silver bullet here and this is why pure white holly is so expen
  25. I'll go take a look. Completely on hold until the sun comes back. The last thing I want to do is set up a wet saw when it's 36 degrees outside.