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  1. Of course you can retire at 32, your $ for your habit may dry up though and you may lose your girl. Now if you can afford to retire at 32, you definitely did something right. Now that you have your mill, you need to get your hands on a paulownia tree.
  2. Yes, I purchased a plan from They send you a link to print out the patterns and the instructions. I've made other surf boards from this site, so I've learned a lot through that process. This build is much easier because of those other builds. Here are the pics of the other boards I did; Long Board; Short Fish with deep swallow tail;
  3. Hope this answers your questions, I'm applying clamping pressure down to the frame with the vertical clamps. I was clamping at each rib. This might be excessive and thru my research I've seen guys use heavy bricks and etc to hold the boards down. It will be harder to clamp down the bottom deck because the top deck will prevent me from getting the clamp around the rib. If that doesn't make sense now I hope it will shortly when I start clamping the bottom deck. The horizontal clamps are used to just keep a little sideways pressure on the board to close up the joint. I actually don't need to use the sideways clamping pressure every glue up. The thin cedar piece was easy enough to push it against the adjacent board and the clamp down vertically to hold it in place. I'm really just trying to get a little glue squeeze out one the edge joints. As for the sequence, I started with the middle decking board, centered over the vertical rib, or "stringer". Then alternate gluing the boards to eack side of the center board and so on. So you can see it's tedious, you need a lot of clamps, it makes you shop look like an unorganized mess, and you go through a lot of glue. Did that answer your questions?
  4. I’ll be using pieces with the similar thickness as the decks. You can do a solid rail where you laminate multiple strips, or you can do a “hollow” rail where the strips are “stepped”. I’ll likely do a hollow rail as this won’t be a board used in the surf And a hollow rail makes the board lighter. The glassing adds a lot of strength to the board, something that is hard to appreciate until you actually glass something.
  5. Chugging along. My last post I outlined I needed to level the frame and ribs. Well I started doing that with some selective rasping and then made a sanding board. Simply a piece of poplar with 120 adhesive paper adde to it; That did the trick fairly quickly. Next I started adding the top deck. As I told @Coop in another post, since the SUP is 11' long, I don't have stock that long. So where I need to join two pieces I did a simple butt joint with a reinforcing piece glued to the underside; After multiple tedious glueups I could finally see some progress. Herre's one of my glue ups, looks like a clamp party; While I was waiting for glue to dry, I glued up a panel for my fin; And after what seemed like endless glueups here's the top deck; Still need to clean up the sides, but I'll likely do that after the bottom deck is added; I'll clean up the top and then flip it over and start my bottom deck glueup. Things are going well and so far so good. Thanks for looking!
  6. Coop, I actually do not have stock that long, I do have a few boards almost long enough, about 10'. I reconfigured the position of some of the machines in my shop to clean up and resaw those boards, but in the end I wondered why I bothered, I can make this SUP just as easily with shorter boards and I'll show how I do that. At it's thickest point, the cross members are about 4" thick, and with the top deck and the bottom deck and it will end up being about 4.5" thick. One interesting point I meant to bring up is when surfacing these boards I'm not worring too much about getting my boards flat. They all are pretty flay to begin with, but I'm just running them thru the planer. You may then wonder, well that will be a problem, right? Not really. I think getting a 10' board flat is pretty hard without a super long jointer bed, and secondly since I'm resawing things to 5/16 and bending it onto the frame as I glue it, flatness is not that critical. Also, as I glue things up onto the board, I'm able to pull pieces together and glue in place. The pieces are pretty forgiving because they are so thin. More to follow, I hope to get the top deck finished today. Thanks for looking!
  7. I agree with Paul, that base looks great, really nice job blending it together too. Very cool
  8. I’m not sure about a sail but I would assume it could be. Yes, paulownia is crazy light, like balsa but much stronger. I’m carrying around 7/4, 10’ boards, 11” wide like they are nothing
  9. It will end up being hollow, no need to fill it. It will really get water proofed with the glassing and epoxy coat
  10. So for the second installment of this build I've done a ton of prep work and glue ups. I'm preparing the frame for the glue up of the deck, or "skin". Things needed to be completed were first notching the corners of the cross pieces. The notch is 3/8" x3/8" and a rib will be glued into this notch. Also I'm gluing small paulownia strips to the plywood frame to help with the glue up of the ribs and the skin. Here's what those 2 steps look like; Next I placed some blocking pieces to support the handle. Again, using paulownia; Once those steps were done, I milled some 3/8 x 3/8 paulownia strips to use for the ribs. Glue up took 2 rounds, 1 round per side. Now things are starting to take shape; Since this board is 11' long, I did not have stock that long, so i joined 2 strips at a place were the rib is fairly straight; Also, some small kerf cuts were placed in the rib to help with bending. Paulownia bends very nicely and is remarkably strong. I could have made this bend with out the kerfs, but without the kerfs there was a lot of torque and pressure on the frame. The frame becomes much more stable once the ribs are glued on so the kerfs help the unstable frame maintain it's proper shape; While the glue was drying, i started milling up my paulownia. This wood was milled from trees on my property and air dried by me. It looks pretty ugly in rough form; But cleans up nicely; So what's on tap today is to sand and level the frame. You can see in this pic that not everything is perfectly flush. Some sanding/rasping/ and shaping will fix this; So once the frame and all it's pieces are flush I'll start adding the skin. I'll be using paulownia and red cedar, milled to 5/16" thick. Also, because I'm sure you may be wondering, I'm using TB III for the glue up. Thanks for looking.
  11. Great job with the bench, you should fit right in! Watch out for chair building, I have found it very addicting, but addicting in a good way.
  12. Your right, a real secure and solid job, also a job that allows me to be my own boss and control my schedule. But we really are at a super high risk to catch this thing with the aerosols that our equipment produces. Imagine working in a cloud of suspended water, saliva, and blood. When I say that it sounds pretty gross actually.
  13. Your right, the original has more of a spindly tree root look, and that was what I was shooting for. I didn't expect my to look like a bug. I think the shape of my top contributes to the bug look, more oval and extending out further. I'm glad you like mine better! I think it's just the angle I took the picture from, and I can see a praying mantis also. I'll just call it my bug table. My legs also don't quite splay out as far as the original. I drew pattern after pattern to try and get the look of the original. Thought I had it but missed slightly.
  14. I really feel for those young dentists, they are in a much tougher spot than I am. Hopefully your friend can get by with paying interest only for a while, I think that will be possible if not already possible.
  15. Or cut an inch or two off the bottom of the legs. I'm going to live with it for awhile and likely shorten the legs before making another. We' see. Of course your stool idea works equally well. Coop, I'm not showing everything, I need to hold back a few secrets. Great pick up on the grain on the top, that never occurred to me. Now I'm going to say I did that on purpose. I was pleased with how the table turned out, but it wasn't quite as delicate as the one I copied. Here's what I went off of to make the table; My legs are not quite as delicate and my top is a little larger, giving it a heavier feel. I'm still pleased with my effort, but if I ever do another I'm going to try to get closer to the picture above.
  16. Went to the upholstery shop today and it was a happy day for me. Very pleased with how it came out, but there are a few tweaks I'd likely do, I touch on those at the end. First the good stuff. My upholstery guy loved the chair and really liked the way it sat. He said it was a pleasure to do and is excited to do more work for me. I decided on a textured fabric that was a lighter green, super happy how that looks. I always have thought green goes well with walnut. So here are the pics; Here's the chair with a side table I built to go with it; Here are a few pics of the side table; The side table was also a fun little project I found from a picture in a Danish Modern Furniture book. My wife thinks it looks like a spider. So a recap. First, I too think the chair sits well, but with my wife, the height of the chair and the depth of the seat make it hard for her to touch the ground with her feet. So I think it could actually be shorter in the legs. The seat was only 16.5 inches off the ground but the thick cushioning elevates it considerably. Second, I would like the angle of the seat to the floor to be increased slightly, it's nice now but I'd still increase it and I think it would make it even more comfortable. Thirdly, I'd like the back rest to be about 4 inches higher, doing the 2 things above and keeping the overall height of the chair as is would naturally make a longer back rest, and from there I'd probably need to add another inch or two. So overall I'm happy with it and love the way it turned out, but I would like to tweak the next one. Thanks for looking!
  17. I agree with you that it's funny how people react, and my issue is how the lock downs are affecting people away from the big cities. The big cities seem to be the hot spots, not rural areas like rural Tennessee. Being forced to close my dental office is a mixed blessing. Living in the more populated Northeast and working basically in someone's mouth, I did feel their was a definite risk. So I understand closing for me, but it is so incredibly hard on my staff, 6 women who rely on their checks. I'm definitely taking a huge hit but I at least have some resources, many of them do not. Also, we have no idea when we'll be back to work. Recommendations first came out to be off until March 27, a day later those were extended to April 6th. I could easily see that getting extended again. To me the positives are being off work. I have a 10 acre property and a lot of things I'd like to get done. Told my wife that this is a dry run for retirement (in my 50s now), but it will extend my timeline before I can retirement.
  18. OK, I love project journals, and now that I've had to close my dental office for the unforseen future, I'd thought I'd contribute to the forum again with a build. This has been a build on my list for a while. Sort of been putting it off since it's a big build, over 11 feet long. Had to build a plywood benchtop to go over my work bench and a lot of prep work needed to get the frame correct. Hopefully when this whole thing is over I'll get a chance to enjoy this build. I'll be using red cedar and paulownia for this build. The frame is made from 1/4" ply. I've had the pattern printed for a while. Started with the frame cut out. Feet were included in the pattern to suport the skeleton until the top deck is glued on. Here's a pick of the frame without the cross pieces, all the vertical lines on the pattern are where the cross pieces will be placed; Cross pieces cut and fitted to the spline; This build should go pretty quickly since I'm sequestered at home and can really focus. Next steps are to cut notches into the corners of the cross members and add strips to the frame for added gluing surface. Thanks for looking.
  19. Nice job @Chestnut with that chainsaw mill. It's a great and productive way to do social distancing and to get a good workout in at the same time!
  20. On the table saw using the referencing side against the fence.
  21. Outstanding result, but I didn't expect anything less. Thanks for taking us along!
  22. Bmac


    I've used the I-box jig a bunch with my saw stop and had no issues. I think you'll be fine.
  23. Great job and I too love the back design also. Glad I was able to help with the seat sculpting, looks like that went smoothly. Doing 6 chairs at one time is a lot of work but you made great time and got a great result!
  24. Fabulous work. I love seeing you put together dovetails!
  25. Bmac

    What's This?

    Does it have an oak smell? To me it looks like it could be an oak, possibly English Oak? The only thing that doesn't jive with that guess is you said it is oily.