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  1. VizslaDad

    Makeshift basement shop and Josh Finn workbench

    That is a fantastic dog name. Yes, the new house will have. Dedicated 24’x36’ shop building. I am stoked.
  2. VizslaDad

    Makeshift basement shop and Josh Finn workbench

    @wdwerker you too have a great looking dog! Funny, my father-in-law calls Zita "pasta" ("ziti" is the pasta, to be clear). "Zita" is a Hungarian girl's name that's like "Felicity" in english, and vizslas are a Hungarian breed. My folks once named a dog "Zing" because they didn't want to name a dog something they'd heard on a dog food commercial. Sure enough, the very next week a "Zing" was featured on a dog food commercial.
  3. VizslaDad

    Makeshift basement shop and Josh Finn workbench

    Thanks all (Zita says thank you, too).
  4. I miss having a proper shop and my stationary tools (which are in storage until we get the new house built), but I have managed to scrape together a decent work area in the basement to help facilitate the major remodel we're undertaking in the current house. My traditional workbench is also in storage so I decided to crank out a version of Josh Finn's workbench from FWW. It's made of two beams (plywood + melamine, with soft soundboard on one side) and some sawhorse/work tables. They are far from perfect as other obligations put me on double-time construction mode, but they will do. The house we bought was a minimally-maintained rental for years, then a hair salon for a decade (the amount of human hair we've cleaned out of this place is heinous). Now we're converting it into two apartments, so we're building two full kitchens, adding a bathroom, adding some walls, yada yada. Fun times. RE: the shop space, en lieu of my proper Laguna dust collector I'll be using Ye Olde Ridgid with a dust deputy, plus some plastic sheeting if things are going to get very dusty. Luckily our climate and carport allow for work outdoors for the messiest parts. The last addition I need to make to the workspace before I start banging out the kitchen cabinets is a MFT-esque track saw cutting station to put on my sawhorses, which I will make out of MDF. I'm excited to use the Woodpeckers Hole Boring jig I just received to make the dog hole pattern. Anyone have any suggestions for my little slice of heaven here?
  5. VizslaDad

    I'm building a shop!

    You could rent a drywall lift and scaffolding!
  6. VizslaDad

    Why did my 3/4" plywood bent and how do I fixe it??

    That site is a gem. Thank you!
  7. VizslaDad

    Push blocks

    That only sounds reasonable! There's a bunch of pretty reasonable safety instruction out there:
  8. VizslaDad

    Beginner - Impulse Buy

    @jazzed - something I have seen repeated often (including in this thread), is that picking projects you want to do and then figuring out how to accomplish them is a wonderful way to learn. I almost regret buying tools before I had specific applications for them (I say almost because I've since made good use of all of my large purchases). I have made the biggest strides in my own work by deciding on something I needed or wanted to build, and then breaking down the various operations necessary to make the thing. Then I think about which tools I could use to execute those operations.
  9. VizslaDad

    Big Box Pine Problem

    Cool headboard! Those splits are conspicuously around the knots in that particular board. That says to me that there may have been tension and/or weakness at that spot, and the wood has likely dried and/or moved enough to split it . there. You might try clamping it back together with epoxy (I vote no on the "epoxy river look" though), throwing a couple dutchmen in there spanning the splits in a couple places, and using the split as a visual feature.
  10. VizslaDad

    Knocking off the edge of MDF trim

    I thought this was an interesting approach to edge treatment, especially if you have to run a ton.
  11. VizslaDad

    EEStudent Shop Build

    People who haven't live don the wet side of Washington look at me funny when I say that summer starts on the 5th of July. Of course, on the dry side rain is a happy surprise if it happens after May! Haha.
  12. VizslaDad

    Need help with my music box

    I think you could mask off the stars with blue tape and then apply a wiped-on stain or dye, then put a finish over the top of it all. You could try putting a little glitter in the first coat of top coat, but no guarantees that will work well. Another option for your "tiny stars" might be to clip off short (!) sections of brad nail and epoxy them into shallowly-drilled holes.
  13. @Chestnut All told, the eight tables took me approximately seven full days to build, including material pick-up time etc. It was hard work, but far more enjoyable (and in the end, much prettier) than spending $4000 on rental tables. My large shop tools (bandsaw, tablesaw, drill press, router table, jointer, planer) are in storage at the moment. This, in combination with the fact that I had to build these things quickly, heavily influenced my design and construction approach. I worked alone, in my driveway, with my mitersaw + track saw + 18v tools. We were going for a rustic, Pacific Northwest outdoor vibe, so I built the tops out of nice 3/4" VG doug fir and knotty pine veneered plywood, banded with solid doug fir. The tops were thickened and stiffened up with shop birch ply (8" strips on the short ends, 4" strips on the long and down the center) glued and screwed to the top sheet. The edge banding I glued and attached using 16g finish nails. Three of the tables have trestle bases constructed out of doug fir 4x4s. The trestle ends were joined with 4 of the biggest dominos the DF 500 can cut per 4x4. I used pocket screws to clamp those components. The trestle stretchers are attached using cross dowels. The tops were joined to the trestles via screws through the trestle legs and pocket holes in the upper stretcher. Note: building transportable furniture using construction grade lumber and knockdown hardware via handheld power tools may infuriate even the most patient among us. The remaining five tables were set upon 2x4 sawhorses slapped together using Home Depot HDX sawhorse brackets ( Note that HF sells a similar product for a couple dollars less, and they are black. I would have gone that route had I to do it over again. I joined the tops to the sawhorses using pocket screws. Why different bases? The trestles looked nice in pictures but were a bear to transport, so I limited their number. The sawhorses were very easily transported. The benches were built on site. The guy I rented the houses from where we had our rehearsal dinner (and most of my wife's family stayed) as well as the reception venue provided a bunch of rough-sawn cedar he'd milled right on the property. I whacked that stuff into ~4' x ~12" pieces with my circ saw for the bench seats. The bases were made from 2x4s pocket screwed together (the legs were simply face-screwed t the "i" stretcher piece, see below) and the tops. Two of my friends manned the kreg jig making the stretcher "i" pieces, while my father-in-law-to-be and another friend attached legs as I cut them. All told, the benches took ~5 hours...not bad for 32 pieces of furniture, none of which broke during the festivities! FYI, I used ~46 8' 2x4s for the benches. I have provided a link to my SketchUp file (I didn't end up running with the 8' bench design in the pics below, as the shorter benches made more sense from a usability and construction standpoint):
  14. VizslaDad

    I'm building a shop!

    SLIIIICK. Nice work. What type of ducting are you going to run?