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    Hobbyist, chair making, milling lumber with chainsaw mill, improving my skills

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  1. Bmac

    Roubo Questions

    Chesnut, hopefully I've addressed all your questions below, along with some rambling with my own opinions. Building my bench, I didn't get Marc's roubo plan, but read Schwartz's book. For anyone building a bench this is must reading in my opinion. He not only takes you through different bench designs, but he takes you through the process of what works for you in a bench. My favorite part of the book was where he goes through procedures you will do on the bench and he gives you different accessories, vises, clamps, etc you can use to complete procedures and he gives the pluses and negatives to each approach. After reading his book I decided on a pattern makers vise, have been very pleased with this decision and it's perfect for a lot of the shaping I do. I decided on a tail vise, don't use that much. I made my table slightly wider, has been a good thing for some projects and others I wish the table was a little narrower. For the width I see the value of the split top, which I didn't do. I opted to use Veritas Wonder Dogs to help secure work pieces and absolutely love the versatility of this accessory. Don't see these dogs talked about much on here but they are a great addition. I want and see a need to add a Moxon vise to my workbench accessories. Made mine out of quartersawn Red Oak, 4" thick. Heavy as anything and still drying out. Still need to reflatten occasionally. I have to say that I agree with Chestnut that once you start buying all the accessories with Marc's roubo the cost gets up there. I understand they are quality products and many here love their bench. I wanted and needed a versatile bench, but I wanted to do projects more than make a bench. My bench was a more streamlined version, does it's job well, costs were minimized, construction was quick, and I am making a lot of projects with it. What I learned through the process was the musts for a bench is it needs to be versatile and heavy, after that it's up to you.
  2. Bmac

    11'x4' Oak Slab Problems

    Chesnut has some good recommendations above, with a thick slab you really should go pinless. He mention Wagner, which is a quality one, and another model I haven't heard about but I'm interested in finding more about.
  3. Bmac

    11'x4' Oak Slab Problems

    Ok, that's a good amt and just doing that to one side likely is a big factor like mentioned above by numerous people. As Spanky said, thick boards are hard to dry, and oak is the harder than most to dry correctly. I'm betting it wasn't all the way dry and taking 3/8th off one side means the newly exposed wood is wetter that the previously exposed wood on the opposite side.. Now what is happening is the newly exposed wood is drying more now and contracting, thus causing it to cup to the newly exposed side. You really need to figure out how wet it is.
  4. Bmac

    11'x4' Oak Slab Problems

    How much thickness did you remove? Agree with all that Chesnut said. Also I know that oak that thick is difficult to dry correctly. Oak is notorious for being a tough wood to dry evenly and the thicker the slab the more issues. There is a chance is was not completely dry internally. Need a moisture meter to determine that.
  5. Bmac

    Coffee table for my nephew

    Thanks for sharing this project, really enjoyed it and an excellent result! Beautiful grain and figure in that wood also, looking forward to seeing another one of your projects.
  6. Yes, if you want to try your hand at a sculptured piece, this is a great one to start with. Scott Morrison sells the patterns (there isn't much to them compared to other pieces) and he includes a simple instructional DVD.
  7. Bmac

    Sculptured Lectern/Music Stand

    They have some weight to them, and the maple stands are heavier that the walnut. I'm not great at estimating weights, but I'd say 12-15 pds. Does that sound reasonable?
  8. This is a fun little table to make, and really pretty straight forward. Made this to go with a future walnut Maloof Rocker, on the list for later this year. Got these plans from Scott Morrison, I've about tapped him out for plans now. The technique to make the legs is simple and versatile. I could see me using this in future designs, whether you do 2 feet or 4 feet (like this project). Here's the desired outcome; Stock selection, I love pulling out a pile of Walnut, all milled by trees I harvested, and starting to make something; Pieces selected for the top, small dominos for board alignment; Circle cut freehand on the bandsaw then used rasp to finish to my line and round over the edges; Moving to the stand, starts with a center post 2.5" X 2.5", dados hold the piece together; Now that the base fits, time to move to the legs. The vertical pieces that have the tenons are cut at 45 degrees and glued to 2 other pieces. Domino (8mm) used to reinforce the joint, and needed some help with the glue up; Here are the legs all glued up and the final pattern drawn over them; After bandsawing, all pieces now ready for shaping and assembly. Router used to start shaping the edges of the legs, then final shape achieved with the rasps; Glue up of base is a little tricky; Underside of the base needs a little shaping; Top is screwed on; After 3 coats of oil/poly and 3 coats of oil/wax; This is a great project for someone that wants to get into sculptured furniture. Not a lot of shaping and a pleasing result. Now you'll notice in this pic that the end table is next to a rocker that is cherry. After this winter this rocker is going to my in-law's beach house and I'll be making a walnut rocker to match this table. Thanks for looking.
  9. Bmac

    Sculptured Lectern/Music Stand

    Man I've been busy, and not in a good way. But I finally finished off the the other 2 stands. Let me start with the top parts of the last 2 stands. For these stands I'm using cherry, but i didn't have the cut off pieces to work with for making a ledge at the bottom of the top. So after a lot of trial and error I came up with using 3 smaller pieces, spot glued to form a ledge. This should not affect wood movement in the top. Clamping the pieces was tricky, but blue tape did the trick and also prevented glue squeeze out. So after I figured out that part it was follow the same steps to putting them together and then a lot of work applying the finish. Here the final product, I'm pleased with the result; I got some nice figure for the tops, all resawn wood from thicker pieces, I worked to get the best grain match on the side that would face out, not the surface the speaker or musician would see; Stand 1; Stand 2: From another angle; Final pic; Time to wrap up this journal, thanks for following along. I will say these pieces were a real challenge and took a lot of hand shaping to complete. They were fun to make, but since I'm not a musician I think I would have had more fun making sculptured chairs. But never the less, I was super happy with how they turned out and I learned some things during the process. That's a success to me.
  10. Bmac

    Tennessee Curly Cherry

    Got the old chainsaw out and milled 4 cherry logs, all logs around 6 ft long, about 14-16" diameter. Not the biggest logs but I see some chairs in the pile. Took me 2 hrs to mill 4 logs, I'll take that pace and it was a great day in the outdoors.
  11. Bmac

    Coffee table for my nephew

    Great tip with the electrician's tape, I always find making that cut and following the line difficult. Enjoying the build.
  12. Bmac

    Mositure in SYP for workbench

    Build it with confidence, with the location of the bench in an unregulated non-insulated garage you'll be fine. Those numbers should be acceptable. The only thing I'd check is if the numbers are all similar based on your cheap moisture meter. The cheap moisture meter may not give you accurate readings, but it will give you readings that will show you if the moisture content is similar. Ideally I would have left the wood sit in the garage a few weeks before construction, but with what you are building you could get away with out this step. Sounds like you have Schwartz's book or have referenced his book, he goes over moisture content and I think he would also say you can build this with confidence. Finally, industry specifications for moisture content in "kiln dried" softwoods does not match that of hardwoods. The acceptable moisture content of "dry" softwoods is maximum moisture content of 19%. http://www.alsc.org/greenbook collection/ps20.pdf
  13. Bmac

    Tennessee Curly Cherry

    Look back a few posts, here's what I said a few hrs ago; "Tabletop would be the only application I'd likely want it to stay in one piece but a board that wide is likely to warp and twist some. So if I was to use it for a table top I'd still likely break it down, joint and plane, then reassemble. "
  14. Bmac

    Sideboard Design

    Perhaps I wasn't clear in the way I stated my comment. My point on wood movement was not referring to whether the legs went thru the top or not, I was referring to the construction of the side panels attached to the legs. Frame and panel construction would limit the movement of the top. I also stated I liked the idea of the legs coming thru the top IF the side construction was solid panel.
  15. Bmac

    Sideboard Design

    1. I don't think the front of the drawers should be flush with the front, but I agree with SawDust that to slide the doors in front of the drawers would mean recessing them too much. 2. I think the legs going thru the top creates a big wood movement issue. You have frame and panel sides and these sides are attached to the legs, your movement of the top will not match the movement of your sides based on the cross grain orientation. Now, I do like the idea of the legs coming thru the top if they are flush. But I'd only do that if you have solid wood side panels. The grain orientation of the side would then match the top and the movement would be in sync. 3. I wouldn't do a floating top, but I'd do a long/significant bevel on the underside of the top. 4. Agree with Nut, what else is in the room. If no conflicts I think your design would look nice with a little higher skirt than what is traditional. I think a higher skirt would make the piece look less heavy, a higher skirt would give this design a lighter appearance.