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  1. 4 hours ago, Chestnut said:

    Bah! i want to make all of these. Is 32 too young to retire?

    Bah your builds are so epic i love this so much. A SUP would get used a lot at our lake place.

    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.

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  2. 7 hours ago, Coop said:

    In your 3rd and 4th pic in this series, it looks like you did a great job resawing and thicknessing the boards! In your clamp party pic, can we assume the sequence to be, glue the first piece to the frame, held down by the vertical clamps, then edge joint the second piece and glue it to the frame, let that dry, remove all clamps and repeat? 


    6 hours ago, pkinneb said:

    Coop I had to he same question

    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?

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  3. 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. 

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  4. 1 minute ago, Chestnut said:

    Even the interest is no small amount. There are a lot of other factors at play that are both making this more difficult but also helping. She doesn't have a rent payment so that's helpful but her salary supported 2 people and a dog... Dentistry is a pretty secure job it's crazy to think that they'd ever get forced to close...

    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. 

  5. 2 hours ago, wtnhighlander said:

    I like yours better. The one that inspired you has an assymetry that bothers my sense of balance. Looks a bit like the roots of a spindly tree, perhaps that was the maker's intent. Seems a bit on the fragile side, though.

    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!

    43 minutes ago, RichardA said:

    You also reversed the leg positions.  I don't see arachnid, what I see is praying mantis.

    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. 

  6. 31 minutes ago, Chestnut said:

    Megan's best friend is a new dentist just graduated a year ago and now can't work but still has a lot in loans. It's being really tough on her.


    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.

  7. 15 hours ago, Chet said:

    Sounds like you need a quick small stool project for her, then make the next chair.

    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.

    9 hours ago, Coop said:

     You snuck that in under the radar! 

    Coop, I'm not showing everything, I need to hold back a few secrets.

    5 hours ago, wtnhighlander said:

    That side table is reallt cool, in a "wickedly delightful" sort of way. The legs do have an arachnid-ish appearance, even with only three of them. The killer detail, IMO is how the grain at the outer edges of the table top mimics the spidery flare of the legs. That is one outstanding job of matching the material to the design. Hats off, again!

     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.

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  8. 1 hour ago, RichardA said:

    At 77 years old, I may be dense.  But I kinda think this is being overplayed a little.  Even here in rural Tennessee, some shelves are empty. Toilet paper, eggs, butter some meats and cheeses.  It's just weird as hell how some people react.  I heard someone say in the supermarket the other day, that he thought Martial law was the next step.  There will be an uprising here if that comes about.

    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.

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