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  1. Thoughts on if three of these would support the walnut top with lid support?
  2. Thanks Wdwerker and Eric! I appreciate the pictures for reference, but mostly to just look at! Wow! Heading to Rockler this morning to source some hinges. I want to finish this coffee table! I do regret using poplar for the base now though. I would have liked to use a nicer wood and not paint the base with chalk paint. You all are wearing on me. The natural wood color is the way, not stain. [emoji23]
  3. The top is an 1-1/16" thick and quite heavy. I believe a SOSS hinge will be able to be mortised in. Additionally, thanks for the suggestion on chain. I was thinking that or gas shocks so the lid won't smash any fingers.
  4. Hello All, I a trying to figure out the type of hinges I should use to mount the one inch thick 24"x44" black walnut top to the base of the coffee table. The mountable area on the base is an 1-1/2" in width. The top will be flush all around the base and I would prefer to not use a piano hinge and if possible have nothing exposed. The SOSS invisible hinges look appealing, but will it bind? I am not afraid of having to cut a mortise. Thanks for the help. Here are a few pictures of what I am working with.
  5. Thanks. Currently, there are three horses that are fed the hay in the winter. I believe two quarter horses and Molly the draft horse. There was almost 4,800 bales of hay in the two barns pictured below for winter back in the day. We are now aiming for about 1,200 for winter. I believe we have collected about 800 bales this week. Tomorrow the thunderstorms will be gone and we will mow, rake, ted, and bale another 300-400 bales. Thank goodness for two tractors. Her Grandpa before the 1950's did everything by hand, but told his father they really needed to buy the equipment since he was doing all the work. [emoji23] Taking a hike to the saw mill today and looking for some wind fallen hardwood. Grandpa wants to get my a slab from a maple tree to make a mantle. That will be cool. He also has a cool workshop full of old power tools and such. I have learned a lot and will continue to share pictures!
  6. Today we hauled in about 300 bales of hay with this great Man you see on his John Deere. He used to bail everything by hand. Now he has guys like me to lift all the hay onto the trailer and unload it. #yesihaveafarmerstan #whoneedscrossfitanyways Also, here is the finished cutting board. CNC's are really cool... I know there is a mix of long grain and end grain but I can guarantee this is going to lean up on the wall as kitchen art instead of being used... [emoji23] Oh... this man also logs red & white oak and maple for firewood. He uses it for sugaring and warming the house. I guess when you have hundreds of acres of it, why not? There are about another 20x 20-25 ft sections down in the lower meadow waiting to be turned into firewood. That is our task tomorrow.
  7. Spending the next week and a half at Ancestral Acres near New Hampton, NH to celebrate my girlfriend's Grandpa's 90th. The farm is primarily a sugaring farm for maple syrup and was established in 1774. Ancestral Acres is about 650 area of hard maple, white oak, red oak, beech, white pine, and a few black walnuts. There is an old saw mill on the land as well which still runs just needs some TLC. Here is a view from the porch, but like any farm, the sun is out and it is time to make hay. Time to go work. Here is a view I had while drinking coffee.
  8. I had a productive weekend in the shop! Finished the duct installation. Each branch terminates in a 6" and 4" inlet. The 6" inlets will be used for the cabinet of the table saw, jointer, and planer. I will be switching the hose between the jointer and planer. All tool ports will be modified. The 4" inlets will be used for a DustRite floor sweep and the other will be used for an overhead dust collection blade guard for the table saw. Looking to buy the SawStop floating blade guard. Additionally I have prepped two end grain cutting boards out of walnut and hard maple. One board is at the CNC shop at my girlfriends work. We are carving the John Deere logo in the board and will do a walnut inlay. This is for her grandpa's 90th! The other is for my grandma. First two boards and wishing I had a drum sander. Oh I also cleaned and organized everything.... so much dust and confetti from the PVC... Here is a few pictures.
  9. The SawStop line of router tables look very similar to the General line. Unfortunately they will be released in September, but may be an option.
  10. Finished up the CV1800 enclosure yesterday. Now it is time for the finishing touches; running the ducting, final connection to the filters, modify dust ports on the three stationary tools, build an assembly/outfeed table, and finish the coffee table. Also, cutting PVC pipe on the table saw makes horrible teal confetti [emoji322] and well the cut off portion slings across the garage after I complete the cut... I know.... not safe but I am far away from the projectile. Open to better solutions. Unfortunately I have to put my progress on pause as I am on a plane to Chicago for work. Here is the progress:
  11. I thought I would be completely done with setting up my dust collector by now... turns out this is a multiple month, one day a week project. Almost completed both enclosures and they have both made a reasonable dent in the noise. The filter enclosure is 3/4" MDF/Green Glue/3/4" MDF and 2" Roxul AFB... it is seriously heavy and was a chore to lift upright. The blower enclosure is the same MDF construction with Green Glue but stuffed with the Roxul AFB. Trimming the insulated flex duct and running the duct work is still on the list for another day... I will be happy once I have everything hooked up. Working with MDF and no DC is a nightmare. The fine dust is everywhere and luckily it is formaldehyde free. Just to get to my car I feel like I should have a respirator on. [emoji23]
  12. Wow! This looks absolutely amazing. *quickly hides his screen from his girlfriend so she doesn't see the bookcase since he knows he would have to build it.*
  13. That is awesome that you owned wolves! I bet they brought a good challenge for wrestling. My 25lb labradoodle puts up a fight, but she is so little and fluffy. . . I also met a 6 week old gray wolf pup on the beach which was being socialized. Poor girl was left by the parents. Didn't mean to hijack. But I thought that was too cool to not comment on!
  14. I am not sure of the expense, but could you buy those brown paper yard waste bags from the big box stores to contain the sawdust and then expose of the excess sawdust from those couple of projects? Also as the driver comes by, offering him a cup of coffee or a snack for the rest of his route goes a long way. I have done this with the garbage guy and he has told me to always feel free to set extra MDF/plywood cut offs out and he will pick them up for free. Relationships and payoffs work. I bag it up in big black trash bags, put it in my trusty GTI, and drive it all over to my parent's woods and dump on their massive compost pile (obviously I reuse the black trash bags).
  15. I would e-mail Clearvue, Oneida or Wynn Environmental and see if they have any scraps? Awesome businesses which may help you out if you just ask.