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  1. When I built this project, I took Matt's advice to heart.  I thought about what tools I had and what would end up in the cabinet, and then built what I needed using the videos only as guides.  Not a single dimension from Matt's cabinet ended up in my version.  The interior is also completely different in order to fit my needs.  I guess what I'm getting at is that this is so easy to customize that really you can build it to fit any space and any set of tools. 

  2. Up here in BC we have a lot of Western Red Alder.  I picked up some logs that that city left on the side of the road and milled them up.  Most of it is still drying beside my house but it it pretty wood and easy to work.  The only projects I've made are some small boxes that have been painted, so there is no point posting them as they look like painted boxes.  I've never bought any, but I believe it is quite cheap around here.

  3. Having invested all that money in those machines, I'd have a hard time parting with them.  Most of my projects are fairly small, and when I first started I was buying S4S as well as using my uncle's shop for any further milling or cutting, but that got old real fast!  Having the ability to do everything I need in my own shop to allow me to work on what I want has made the hobby much more enjoyable.  I get the desire for more room, but it wouldn't be worth it for me.

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  4. That looks great!  My current project is an electric bass guitar for my daughter, but as I was researching it I realized that the neck in particular was more than I wanted to take on for my first one, so all I'm really doing is the body.  I just bought all the electronics and a pre-made neck.  I'm making the body out of walnut, so my biggest challenge will be making it fairly light.

    Anyway, I've enjoyed your journal, and it's inspired me to build the whole thing for when I build her a second one.  Thanks for posting.

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  5. 25 minutes ago, Mick S said:

    Haha. I've read in so many places (Fine Woodworking included) that tail vises are useless. I use my tail vise (Lie-Nielsen) 10 x as much as my front vise. It's the best thing about my bench.

    Agreed! Since finishing my bench, I almost have to remind myself to us to use the front vise, but I just instinctively use the end vise for all sorts of things.  I had even considered not installing one after reading a lot of "experts"...


  6. So I'm trying to resaw some red oak I milled last fall using my Laguna 14bx 3 hp BS.  The first couple of dozen boards went quite well.  Some of them were about 12" wide, which is right at the limit of the resaw capacity of the saw.  I'm using one of Laguna's 5/8" resaw blades (not a carbide Resaw King).  Towards the end, while trying to slice a 10" wide board, it really bogged down, so I slowed down and kept pushing.  It eventually seized up and blew the circuit.  After resetting the circuit, the saw wouldn't restart, so after some investigation, I realized I had melted the blade to the tire on the drive wheel:


    Obviously I pushed too hard, and I am an idiot for doing that.  I'm not worried about the blade and tire as they are easily enough replaced.  What worries me is that the motor feels very hot now, and won't start.  For those that actually know a little about electric motors, do I just need to let it cool down, or is it possible I've completely burned it out?


  7. 5 minutes ago, K Cooper said:

    The organization would be a shock to my shop, family and friends! Great job Art! 

    Oh believe me, there's a reason I took close ups.  The rest of the shop still looks like the aftermath of a tornado.  I've just accepted that my shop will never look like Kev's.

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  8. I made one end grain cutting board that is used exclusively for cutting cooked meat.  As long as you clean it well with hot, soapy water shortly after use, it stays nice and clean.  Every few months I refresh it with mineral oil/beeswax conditioner.

    I'm not sure about the resin inlay, but maybe others can chime in...

  9. I think you'll get better answers if you're more specific in what you're looking for.  Carpentry, in my mind, is different from furniture making, which is more where this forum tends to lean.  You'll still get good answers are there is a lot of knowledge here.  What are you planning on making or building?

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  10. 8 hours ago, SawDustB said:

    I had sticker shock with looking at the Brusso or Horton hinges. The problem is the sheer number of them that Matt specified for the build. He wants 4 hinges per door, with 4 doors. 16 hinges is getting to be a lot. I also don't love the shiny brass hinges, so I'd rather go with steel for this or an antique finish. I can get the marine hinges in the ball park of $6 per hinge, which is a lot more reasonable. I just need to convince myself that the dimensions will work.

    Here's the ones I already ordered. I'm thinking they're a bit light weight for the task, since the hinge leaves are only about 1/16" thick.


    These are the ones I got.  I'm just putting three on each side, rather than four, and I'm going for the drop in type hinges so that I can more easily take off the doors if needed  to add tool holders, etc.  They're still not cheap, but I figure they bridge the gap between Brusso and the really cheap hinges.


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  11. 4 hours ago, Shane Jimerfield said:

    Yes that's right. There is indeed significant waste, which is why I did a little tweaking to the widths so I could use some of the off cuts for the narrower pieces. I also used a thin kerf blade. I thought about using the bandsaw, but wanted the precision and cleaner cuts from the tablesaw so that I would get all the corners to line up - and it did, mostly. If you look closely you can see minor misalignment here and there, but barely noticeable - certainly not to a bystander.

    Thanks.  I'll definitely be making one of these.

  12. I'm trying to understand the steps here.  Your initial glue ups are just the alternating woods, cut at the widths you listed right?  Then you cut off the strips off these boards at slightly over the final thickness of your board?  Then you take these strips and rip them to those same widths, and then glue everything up? This sounds like you would end up with significant waste, corrrect?

    Thanks for you help in this.