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  1. Around here (Pacific Northwest), there can be hundreds of bald eagles in certain areas at times such as salmon spawning. They're everywhere around here, but seeing them in numbers is pretty incredible.
  2. That's exactly what I was thinking. Sliding dovetails are something I've been wanting to try anyway.
  3. Thanks for kind comments. I started this project mainly to practice/learn new skills. After starting it occurred to me that I didn't have a place to put the finished piece, so I suggested to her she could use it as a nightstand (she's 10), so that became the plan. So it was never really designed for that purpose. Now that she's had it in her room and used it for few days, she now knows what she wants, so I'm going to actually build her what she wants. Essentially she wants a small cabinet without drawers but with wide but short cubby holes that she can put her books in. She usually has about half a dozen books she's reading at any given time, so this way each one will have it's own cubby hole. She has requested secret compartments again as well. The existing one will likely be given to her friend who saw it today and loved it.
  4. BTW, the drawers aren't finished. They still need finish prep and finish, and brass screws for the pulls. Also, the keen eyes out there may notice that I screwed up and should have put a half tail at the bottom of the drawer fronts to hide the drawer bottom.
  5. This is the cabinet with a couple of the drawers in it: Secret compartment (one of two in it): Current location of the drawers: Yeah, I think I'll just build myself another one...
  6. So I built my daughter a small apothecary cabinet that she will use as a nightstand. This was my first real furniture project, and it was my first attempt at hand cut dovetails. The case and drawers were all dovetailed. Each drawer had halfblind dovetails at the front and through dovetails at the back. Each one took me about an hour and there were 9 total. The main case is cherry and the drawer fronts are birdseye maple. I made many mistakes in this build, but I learned a lot. The drawers in particular were a lot of work, and although they aren't perfect by any means, I'm quite proud of them. But... when I put them in the case in her room, she immediately declared she prefers the cabinet without drawers. Essentially she likes the cubby holes without drawers So now I have 9 spare drawers with no cabinet...
  7. Years ago in a pumpkin patch, I uncovered a whole nest of those little guys. There were about 30-40 of them. I carried them all down to the local pond, so several years later there was probably an epidemic of them...
  8. Funny, I just cleaned my Freud industrial rip blade today, and the difference is noticeable. I've been cutting al lot of cherry for several months, and could see the pitch built up on the teeth. 2 minutes in the cleaner and they look and cut like new...
  9. I figure I'll use some to make some lattices around the deck and the cooking station. I'll have enough to use for other projects, but the stuff is very hard and heavy, and pretty tough on tools.
  10. Thanks for all the replies. I strongly suspected this would be very problematic. The original plan was to use a stone countertop, so we'll just go back to that. Mainly I was trying to come up with a use for the leftover deck material. We're already in this whole backyard reno for a lot of money. What's a bit more for a proper countertop...
  11. So we're building an outdoor BBQ station, and I'm considering making the countertop out of leftover decking material. We used kayu balau wood for the deck. It was installed last summer and finished and sealed with an exterior grade oil finish. It is supposed to be great for this type of installation, and looks great now, even after one of our typical rain filled winters. My plan was to mill the boards and laminate them together like a typical table top glue up, and then glue the whole thing to a sheet of exterior grade plywood. The top would be sealed with some type of exterior finish like Epiphanes. Does this have any chance of success? Will glueing the laminated top to the plywood help with wood movement? I was also considering wrapping the edges wood to give a more finished and thicker appearance to the countertop. Will this just tear apart if the top moves? It will be covered during the winter to avoid the worst of the rain, but will still be subjected to temperature and humidity changes. Any help from the more experienced members here would be much appreciated. Thanks, Art
  12. Thanks for the tour. Your organization is inspiring. Tell me you at least cleaned it up for the video, or is it always that clean?
  13. Art

    Phone dust

    This. My shop is quite dusty, but my phone has never had an issue. It also got dropped into a bowl of water one time and was fine. Otterbox - worth the money...
  14. This thread is awesome I'm a definite beginner, and just finishing up my first real furniture project. I'm pretty sure all of the "distractions" mentioned above can be found in my piece. The good thing is I was very aware of these problems as they occurred, and they improved even within the piece. This was a "practice run" for a larger version of the same type of furniture, so the next time around, I hope to improve. I'll post it when I'm done, if for no other reason than for everyone's collective amusement...
  15. That was very cool. His systainer carts/work bench with the sacrificial strips for track sawing are genius. I also like his combination of high quality tools (Festool, sliders, etc) with his homemade jigs and clamps. Lastly, the piece he made is IMO very high quality fine furniture without a stick of solid wood in the final product. Thanks for sharing.
  16. Incredible shop! One of these days I hope/plan to have something like that... Regarding changing over between planer/jointer modes, I have a newer Hammer A3/31, which has no motorized assistance. It takes maybe 40 seconds to make the switch and most of that is winding down the planer bed. Someone's suggestion of drill powered assistance sounds interesting, but the pace I work at and the quantity of work I do is so low and slow that I likely wouldn't even bother with that. For me the benefit of a compact machine, and so much capacity for the price (relative to equivalent quality standalone machines) made the decision very easy. My only real complaints on my machine are the relatively short jointer beds, which can be addressed with bed extensions, and the somewhat flimsy fence, but that is a discussion for another thread.
  17. It was on a router table, and as far as I can tell it's fairly rigid. It's a Kreg table. The female end was in poplar that is flat and straight, but the other piece is some scrap pine that may be a bit wavy. Thinking about it later, I figure that I can just adjust the bit a little higher to compensate. I'll run a few more test pieces.
  18. Hello all, I'm making a small cabinet for my daughter and am planning on using some sliding dovetails. I've never done them before, so I'm running some test pieces first so that I can figure it out. I set the depth for the female side, and then nibbled away on the male end to get a decent fit. It's not perfect, but my issue isn't the side to side fit - that is something I can finesse. My problem is the depth. As you can see, there is a sizeable gap at the bottom of the joint. Am I missing something obvious? I figured that as long as I kept the bit at the same height, it would work. Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks, Art
  19. So that Tom King isn't the only one providing this service, I found this on CL. Sounds like a good deal for anyone in the Pacific Northwest: New, these are about $4500 CAD. There isn't much info on it, other than a claim that it is in excellent condition. I need a bandsaw, but right now isn't a great time, otherwise I would seriously consider this. Mods: sorry if this is in the wrong forum. Please move it if appropriate.
  20. I have a Hammer A3-31 which is of similar dimensions. I do find jointing longer boards to be a challenge, particularly if they're are heavy. For my inevitable Roubo build in the next few years, I'll certainly be buying the optional bed extensions. The problems is that because they're European, they're quite expensive. Planing isn't an issue because the board is gripped pretty tight and I support them as they are fed in and out.
  21. Ha! I google searched this image, and it returned a bunch of wicker furniture. Apparently this thing is so visually distracting, that Google's image algorithm thought it was made of wicker... Sorry for the minor hijack, carry on with your awesome project Curlyoak.
  22. I've never done any hand cut dovetails, so I figured I would give it a try. My first few attempts went as expected, which is to say embarassing. When starting this, I also know, however, that I would be getting some sort of dovetail guide or jig. The main reason I tried without any assistance was mainly to see how a novice like myself could do both with and without a guide. Needless to say, I am sold on using the jig. I initially looked around to see what was on the market, and was close to buying the Veritas magnetic guide, mainly because I pretty much buy everything from Lee Valley, but I found a few online reviews of the Katz-Moses Magnetic Dovetail jig: I ended up buying this for 2 reasons: 1) it was the cheapest (~$45 CAD after shipping) of the ones I could find (relative to Lee Valley and Barron), and 2) it has guides for tails, pins and shoulders all on the same jig - this is the only jig on the market that has all of these. I received it a few days ago, and today got a chance to give it a go. Overall, I'm very happy with it. These are the first two practice joints I made (in poplar that is about 1" thick): They are by no means perfect and are little gappy in places, but that is not the fault of the jig. Using the jig allows you to cut straight and plumb, but you still have to cut to your marking line, you still have to chisel out the waste, etc. I just need more practice. Overall, I'm happy with it and would certainly recommend this jig for anyone who wants to simplify (and cheat a little) the process of making hand cut dovetails.
  23. Good luck on the pups. I'm a veterinarian, so if you have any medical questions, I'll answer them as best as I can. Good looking couple of dogs for sure...
  24. I'm probably in the minority here, but this is strictly a hobby for me, and I can afford to buy what I need when I need to, including machinery. I also realize this is blasphemy around here, but I've had a few people offer to buy some of my stuff (small craft type stuff), but so far I haven't done that. My job is busy and stressful enough that for me shop time is all about relaxing. I figure that if I start selling stuff, then that entails expectations, timelines, etc which is the last thing I want in my hobby. Having said that, I've donated some stuff to charity auctions, and it is very enjoyable seeing people buy it for a fair amount of money. So, the bottom line is I don't budget...
  25. It's insane here. A downtown lot that was just under an acre recently sold for 245 million. It is a prime location, right on one of the major streets. The problem with prices like these is that it prices the vast majority of people out of the market, and for young families it's pretty much impossible. A lot of these families either move to the suburbs, which aren't cheap either, just slight more reasonable, or else they end up in small, expensive condos. I honestly don't know what this city is going to look like in 10-15 years, because nobody that works a regular job will be able live here. But by then, we'll be living like kings somewhere else...