Kurt Triebe

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    Mostly furniture. Building a lot of stuff for my house, typically from walnut.

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  1. I'm hoping both of mine at least appreciate making stuff, if not join in themselves. They seem to like watching some of the YouTube makers with me- Laura Kampf in particular has been a big hit- so, perhaps it'll catch on once they're old enough to do simple stuff down there with me! Their elementary school has a really nice library/media center, that includes a mini-maker space... I think it'd be pretty funny if they showed up on their first makerspace day in 2nd or 3rd grade or something and were like, "uhhh, where are the REAL tools? these are wimpy, you should see what I already get to build at home!"
  2. They've always feigned interest in helping, but their attention span is all of 30 seconds- so I can't usually get much more out of them than helping pound a dowel in or something like that. I built them each their own little mallet, purpleheart & canary wood, so that they can use their own special tool whenever they're helping with something like that. I don't run the power tools around them, though, and they know that those are all off-limits. Our basement is about 2/3 finished, 1/3 unfinished- the tools are in the unfinished area, and I usually just keep the door to that area closed. Eventually, I'll introduce them to the tools- but probably not before I get a SawStop. So, the second pic- I can see how that's misleading, hah! We use the finished area of the basement as a guest sleeping spot... and a kid play area... and a quasi lumber storage area... and just "crap" overflow. Long story, but we inherited a lot of stuff when we bought this house, and it is taking us quite some time to renovate, get rid of old stuff, etc- the basement is just where a lot of that extra crap ends up temporarily while we figure out a better plan. So, no- no sleeping going on in the pack 'n play or the bed behind it... they were playing somewhere else near me. I used the new Maker Brand Simple Finish Oil & Wax stuff... they private labeled something, but it's essentially a mix of BLO, safflower oil, tung oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil, hemp oil, carnauba wax, and microcrystalline waxes. It's all fairly natural and low VOC. Not zero, but low... I'm not worried about them being around it for 10-20 minutes. And, they sleep far away from all of the tools and finishes, 2 floors up from here... I can work down there in peace after they go to sleep every night, heh.
  3. Thanks! Yeah, I figured this was an easy way for them to help- this finish is easy, just wipe on, let sit, wipe off... pretty impossible to screw up.
  4. Finish applied to the base. Top after my helpers have gone to sleep.
  5. Yeah, I should do that- good tip. I use the little Veritas saw, which only has teeth set on one side, but clearly it's not perfect- or (more likely) I'm messing it up somehow with poor technique- because I did have some very shallow marks to clean up afterward. Fortunately, it was shallow enough that it disappeared in just a few seconds of sanding, which I probably would be doing anyway, as I can never seem to get it PERFECT just with the block plane. Again, probably poor technique- and maybe I'm taking one too many passes- but I usually end up nicking the surface with the block plane, or taking a bad shaving or something, when trying to clean up the dowel. Hand tools are new to me... I'm learning... slowly. Heh.
  6. Stretchers glued in place, tabletop fastening buttons being glued together. Not super pretty but they’ll be strong and effective. Finish tomorrow and Friday. Daughter is very excited!
  7. Another update, front and rear leg assemblies are glued up. Will attach them with the stretchers later today. Most of the finish sanding is done, will touch up a few places, build some buttons to attach the base to the top, add finish, and that’s basically it for the main desk.
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    Making Repetitive Mortises

    I don't make mortises the same way you do- I use a router table or a hollow chisel mortiser- but, in general, I am always looking for a way to use some sort of a stop block- so that I can measure everything beforehand, and then I don't have to "freehand" start/stop points. I imagine there's probably a way to set up some sort of a stop block even if you're doing a hand-held router with an edge guide, no? Clamp something to the beginning and end of where you want the base plate of the router to be? If you have a stop block on both sides, you can make some sort of "spacer" and use it to set start/stop blocks for each mortise, that way you're ensuring that each one you cut is going to be almost exactly the same, probably to within a few thousandths.
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    it pays to be april wilkerson

    Those companies aren't running a woodworking skills competition; they're trying to sell product. YouTube isn't there as an educational platform; first and foremost, it's an entertainment and marketing platform. Some people use it as an educational tool, sure- but the only meaningful reason that most people are willing to create and give away free video content, and the only reason that YouTube is willing to create the platform and distribute that content, is because of advertising/marketing/sponsorship. April has convinced nearly 3/4 of a million people that she's entertaining enough to watch doing stuff in and around her shop. That's a pretty valuable thing. I hope she's getting a lot more than free tools out of whatever deals she has with manufacturers- they'd be getting off cheap if the only thing they did was throw some free product her way.
  10. Did some sanding and decided to give the desk recipient a chance to see what it’ll look like, and help out a bit, with a mineral spirits wipe down. Don’t worry, she was only there inhaling fumes for 10 seconds lol.
  11. Thanks! If that had been a regular straight grained piece, I probably would have used that funky knotty piece instead for the front- but that grain pattern is just perfect for these curved aprons, it was an obvious choice!
  12. Yeah. The piece with the grain that follows the curve of the arch is in front, the knotty guy is the rear.
  13. Crazy, huh? Got a continuous full width shaving for nearly the entire 42” span of that arch. One of the arches was cooperative like that... the other one, with the big knots... decidedly less so. I had to do a bunch of much shorter strokes on that one, but it came out well enough. That’s the rear arch, will hardly ever be seen/felt. The cooperative one gets to live in the front of the desk, LOL.
  14. Cut the curves into the aprons... man this was fun! Never used a spokeshave before, this thing is a treat. Drawing bow to create that arch, bandsaw ‘em both at the same time, fix the mistakes on the spindle sander, then clean up the edges with the spokeshave. Then an upside-down dry fit. Everything is reaaaaaaally fitting nicely at this point.
  15. All parts for the desk base milled/cut to final dimensions, all the joinery done. The bridle joints were tricky, because I don’t have a great band saw and I suck and chisels. Took me a while to get all of those to fully seat properly. Next up- the decorative elements... cutting the arch into the aprons, softening the edges, chamfering the exposed bridle joints, etc. I got a new spokeshave to help with the arch, that’ll be fun. Never used a spokeshave before. Maybe glue the base up tonight if I’m on the ball!