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  1. Since you want this to resemble louvers, it could be done with a dado blade on the table saw. You could even tilt the blade a bit to give it a little more of a louver appearance. I've used my Incra fence to handle the indexing.
  2. The outside dimensions of my drawer are 15.5" high by 14" wide. The blade boards slide into rabbets angled at 10°. I cut a notch in the dowel to retain the blade - no magnets. The drawer height could be an inch or so shorter, depending on the size of your blades. I made mine to accommodate 12" miter saw blades.
  3. When I added some storage drawers last year, I built a drawer specifically for table saw and miter saw blades. Here's what I did:
  4. When I built my shop (32x24), I went with a 3hp SDG from Oneida after a lot of research. I gave them my shop layout and they did an initial duct layout. I wanted one change, which they did, so we were good to go. The DC was about $1300 and I bought a few pieces of duct and wyes for another $200. I didn't rush into running all my duct up front, choosing to wait until I was absolutely certain of locations for different tools. I added another $2000 or so of duct as I went along. I used blast gates from Lee Valley for a total of about $200. You'll get all kinds of thoughts about specific duct, but I used standard HVAC stuff, except for the wyes that have to be crimped opposite of HVAC wyes.
  5. Very nice box, Chet! Good combination of woods.
  6. Like the others have asked, "What do you want to do?" Most of my life, I did very simple items - mainly a few toys, etc., that I could do with a circular saw, jigsaw, hammer and nails - maybe some screws. Around age 50 or so, I really wanted to learn to do more - mostly because of watching TV shows like New Yankee Workshop. Although I saw things I thought would be nice to build, I lacked confidence. Then, I finally realized that all my life I had been tackling complex things with success, so I started doing more. I started small with a quilt hanger, but used "real" wood - cherry - rather than cheap pine. My first real woodworking tool was a table saw - the heart of any shop. It was an inexpensive contractor saw but it did the job - up to a point. After a few years, I learned the value of buying rough cut wood, got a planer and upgraded to a bigger table saw. From there, it's been one thing after another. I began to design and build furniture for our home, which was a good thing. I built the quality of furniture we couldn't afford to buy! Yes, I thought about making money on woodworking, but stayed busy saving money by building things for our home, so it was a trade-off. Over the years, I did a couple of commissions and decided that, while a bit of income was nice, I really wanted to keep my "hobby" just that. So, here I am with a fully equipped shop and having fun. People with boats and those who play golf all the time look at me like I'm crazy. Well, maybe I am, but I'm not throwing money into a hole in the water or chasing a little ball around the pasture! lol
  7. Thanks for the warm welcome, folks! Let's see if posting a link to my Facebook Woodworking album will work. It shows a small portion of the things I've designed and built. The walnut slab came from Michigan via member @Merlau I'll post it here. I also got a few pieces of regular Michigan chocolate.
  8. Well, I finally made my way over here and looking forward to seeing what's happening. I've been primarily a hobbyist woodworker most of my life, but only got real serious about it around 1999. I've built a lot of the furniture in our home as well as smaller projects. I have a well-equipped shop and enjoy spending most days messing around with one thing or another out there. In recent years, I built a CNC machine and earlier this year built a 3d printer. I enjoy doing a variety of things, as you can see. My current true woodworking project is converting a beautiful walnut slab into a coffee table. A good friend brought me a nice slab from up north just a couple of days ago, so it'll be at least a few months to do it justice. Hope to meet some of you folks along the way.