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About freedhardwoods

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  • Birthday 10/23/1960

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  1. I have been to dozens of Amish communities around the country These are by far the most liberal. Some use big diesel engines to run rotary air compressors and hydraulic pumps. Others use the diesels to run big generators and their shops are totally electric. It depends who your Bishop is as to what rules you can get away with (breaking). Many have smart phones and laptops. I used to have a lot of respect for these people. After a few incidents involving me over the last couple years, I don't any more.
  2. 3 or 4 posts back, I uploaded pics of their dovetail machine. They say they are tight, but nail them anyway.
  3. The lack of quality in this shops boxing process had a lot to do with construction method I settled on. I used other factors in the equation also. There is some compromising between some factors, but I have a very strong box behind my (cabinets, not my avatar ) pretty faces. This is Amish. Theirs runs on air, not electric.
  4. I'll try to look when I get back. Had a small install in Louisville today. Headed back home soon.
  5. I have installed a few sets of generic box cabinets and helped assemble a few flat pack cabinets. You expect low quality and shortcuts there. Some of the flat pack dovetail joints had 1/16" - 1/8" gaps. Regular glue would be useless there. The shop I help is supposedly a high end custom shop. You would think they would take a little more pride in there work.
  6. Probably. They put some quality into the face of a cabinet, but the parts that can't be seen are thrown together and then plastered with an unbelievable amount of nails and staples.
  7. Has anyone ever done that or heard of it being done? I just discovered the shop I install for has been doing that for years. My first question when I found that was "If your dovetail machine is that sloppy, why don't you get a better one?" They said their machine works fine. They just like to nail them also. If you took their nail and staple guns away, they wouldn't have a clue how to build anything.
  8. Carrying full sheets through a walk door isn't easy, but sometimes I get it a week or two before I'm ready to start cutting it up, so that's my method for now. That looks interesting, but I don't have enough open space to maneuver something like that. I have cabinet jobs now. I just got so deep in debt when money wasn't coming in, I still don't know if we'll make it or not.
  9. Just like on many other projects, I realized a better way after building and using my plywood storage bin. Just wait a few months and I'll probably think of better way. In my original bin (1st two pics), I would bring a sheet in the walk door, stand it up, turn 90* and slide it into the bin. To use a sheet, I had to slide it out, turn 90* and slide it over to line up with the saw blade. The new bin is turned 90* so I don't have to do nearly as much plywood maneuvering. I had to move my wood storage to a spot that isn't quite as convenient, but boards are a lot easier to handle than 3/4" plywood. The "before" bin pics look nice and neat. I forgot to take some before pics on the day I changed the bin. It looked like a tornado went through. I'm a terrible housekeeper. The "after"pics show the plywood and lumber for my next cabinet job.
  10. Thanks I don't know anything about spraying finish either. That's why I'm asking so many questions.
  11. Thanks for all the info. One more question. What size tip do you use with wb?
  12. I'm not sure what brand he had, but it is from the same commercial finishing company he gets his ob from. It isn't otc product. Judging from your reply on appearance, the sample he showed me wasn't done right. Color wasn't the problem. The ob looked very smooth and the wb didn't look smooth at all. Can you get a smooth look when you spray it?