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  1. These are my first experience with green turning, and I'm really just winging it. I'm turning them to final size and letting them do their thing as they dry. I figure that I can flatten the bottom on the belt sander after they settle a bit. After just a couple days inside they developed a decent wobble. The bowl I turned tonight, and posted the initial picture of, is the smallest and thinnest walled one I have done. One of the logs I got had a big crack in it, presumably from when the tree fell. I was able to save a piece of it and this was the largest round I could get from it. I also decided to try making a tenon 'foot' for this one. I intentionally left it larger than I think looks proportional, knowing that I will need to flatten the bottom in a few days. Quarter for scale. And a pic of the three I have turned. The first two were completely turned on a faceplate, then I used a thin parting tool to remove the bowl from the faceplate and cut a slight hollow into the bottom. These live edge bowls have been making me be more patient to avoid losing chunks of the bark. The middle bowl above was the first I turned and I got too aggressive in removing the bulk (or too lazy to sharpen my gouge again) and lost some bark. I tried to find the piece to glue back on but couldn't. You can see a couple of the spots/lines of green-ish on the top bowl.
  2. I’m sure the pieces did touch the ground. Good to know for if I end up with a fallen tree. The tree smashed a friend’s fence, and their only focus and concern was to remove the tree and fix the fence. They are not woodworkers and thought it was strange that I asked to come take pieces of it I’m also not sure what the condition of the tree was before it fell. It was mostly cleaned up before I arrived. It’s quite possible that it had some previous issues and the strong wind was the final straw.
  3. Cool. I have turned three bowls from this stock and two of them have had it. I’m all for spalting, ambrosia, and other things that add interest to the wood. I just figured if it was something I was directly causing, I could either avoid it or try to take advantage of it. Thanks!
  4. Hi all, I know there aren’t a ton of bowl turners here, but I figured this might be an easy answer. I have some green spots/streaks showing up in maple I’m turning bowls from. Is this inherent in the tree or something I did wrong in storing the pieces? They are there as I turn the bowl, and don’t seem to be changing over time after the bowl has been turned. The wood is still quite green (wet) at the time of turning. I grabbed some pieces of maple from a tree that fell in October after one of the hurricanes passed through. They were already cut to 2-3’ lengths and about 8” diameter. I painted the end grain with some latex paint. I cut a couple of them down to the rough blanks and put them in a cardboard box with some of the shavings to keep them from drying out too fast during the couple weeks it would take me to turn them into bowls. I had read that people put them in paper bags with shavings, but I don’t have any paper bags. Any tips or insight would be greatly appreciated! I am far from an experienced turner.
  5. Looking forward to watching this progress!
  6. Looking great so far, and I can't wait to see the finished product! Tables always look low without chairs next to them.
  7. JohnG

    Tool stand

    It's coming right along! I'll probably start a similar build this winter.
  8. Coop, too bad your comment lives on in the quote That reindeer looks great!
  9. There’s a slight gap in range for the G3 kit. I know because I’ve done the same thing!
  10. I haven't used Pocket much, but I believe it retrieves the page when you have internet connection and it can locate the page, and 'archives' it for when you are offline. So I would assume that if the URL is removed or changed, you should still have access to the page as it was the last time Pocket refreshed the archive of the page (presumably the last time you visited the page). Evernote and OneNote are more like taking a snapshot of the page, but retaining the text as text that you can search (and edit). When using the in-browser 'clipping tool' it will also include a hyperlink to the original page.
  11. I doubt the URL will change, but the thread could be deleted. The main benefit to using Evernote, OneNote, or similar is the search function. If you are only saving a few threads, it's easy to find what you are looking for. But if you end up with dozens or hundreds of WTO threads, blog posts, and other articles/pages, it can become necessary to be able to search for certain terms to quickly find what you are looking for. The downside to using those is that if more info is added to the thread, you have to manually add or remake your saved note to include the new replies. Just depends on how much/what type of info you are saving and how you are using it.
  12. +1 for @Mick S recommendation. The search function in Evernote is very good. You can “tag” notes with different keywords to make it easier to find exactly what you are looking for. If you have the Evernote app on a smartphone or tablet, you can take pictures and save them directly into a note. If I see a piece of furniture I like the design of, I’ll take several pictures of it and save it to Evernote. I’ll also take pictures of articles in FWW. They may have improved it, but as of a couple years ago the handwriting OCR that Mick mentioned was far better on Mac than on Windows (confirmed by Evernote techs).
  13. I enjoyed that segment and Mike's attempts to get around the limitations of picking two Joints: I was going to choose M&T and dovetail, but now you have me thinking M&T and box joint. Wood: I'd also pick Cherry and Walnut. I love everything cherry, and then walnut to have a darker wood too. Haven't actually done much with either yet, but I have some projects with them on the to-do list.
  14. The brand and style that Lewis pictured comes in various widths, from 1.5”-6”. They also make an all plastic framed version that has rollers that easily pop in and out for cleaning and to use different types of rollers. That style comes in 4”. Other brands may offer different widths and frame styles.
  15. It’s a beautiful piece! If you are planning on more kids down the road and want to use it again, maybe you can repurpose it for the time being. Could be used as toy/book storage or changing table supplies.
  16. JohnG

    Malibu Fires

    Sending my thoughts and prayers. Scary stuff. My brother-in-law and his sister were living in Paradise. They had enough time to grab a few clothes, the laptops, and their dogs, but that’s about it. They are sure the house is gone.
  17. The one by me does. They have many of the popular Festool offerings out to handle and they will let you use them as well. When I went in to buy my 500, they were out of stock but offered for me to take home the demo unit until the next Festool shipment arrived. Since they are independently owned franchises, it will depend on how your local store is run.
  18. I bought the G3 kit on a similar deal from Woodcraft. In addition to a faceplate, live center, spur, and pen mandrel, it has covered all of my needs on a midi lathe. I have yet to use all of the included jaws, but it seems to be a solid kit. I have been very happy with it. I have turned some bowls, knobs, pens, and some random other things with it.
  19. Woodcraft now sells a hose adapter that directly connects the standard shop vac hoses to the domino. It is a rubber adapter that slips over the port on the domino. On the shop vac side, for the smaller hose size it threads onto the hose coils, and for the larger size it slips onto the smooth fitting that comes on the end of the hose. I am struggling to find it on their site but will post a link if I can find it. They don't name Festool on it, but imply it with something like "Euro style fitting." I'd imagine that Rockler has an equivalent.
  20. I cut out the drawer parts. In an effort to finish the desk sooner, I opted for Baltic birch ply for the drawers. I had just enough offcuts to make a couple test boxes with my iBox jig, which was surprisingly easy to use and didn’t require any fiddling. I’d say it was a worthwhile purchase. The only issue I ran into was the top layer of veneer peeling off on some of the fingers (on the side against the jig). I used a backer, but I think they got damaged while I was advancing the boards along in the jig. The later pieces had much less of this damage, so I think part of it was technique/user error. Obviously this is a non-issue for solid woods. On to the glue up of the real drawers. The bottoms are just sitting on the drawers in this picture, as an aid for making sure the drawers are square. Now that the drawers are glued up, I am regretting not using solid wood for the drawers. I might remake them later on. Next, to the part every woodworker loves! I taped off the tenons and mortises and did a base primer coat. I will do some of the painting with it disassembled, and the rest after the final glue up.
  21. It looks great! And very comfortable. I'd fear that my productivity would drop significantly after completing a Morris chair.
  22. Nice project! It's so easy and convenient for people to just grab a bluetooth speaker and play music through that rather than 'real' speakers. You don't have to break the bank to get far better sound that- as you said - fills the room. I good friend of mine just moved and the new house has in-ceiling speakers in a room with wall volume control. Unfortunately we can't find the input end of the wires anywhere. I'm convinced that the previous owners pushed them back into the wall before installing a built-in for their TV and wall mounted surround sound equipment. We'll have to get in the crawl space to see if we can find where it is running.
  23. If the top is cupped enough for them to ask, the cupping is most likely too severe for any base to “fix.”
  24. JohnG

    Don't Ask

    I bought a new camera lens yesterday, but didn’t have a chance to use it until today. My daughter likes taking my glasses and putting them on. I figured that while she was distracted doing that, I would have time to take some shots to get a feel for it. I grabbed my camera and was frustrated that it wouldn’t focus. I took a couple steps back to make sure I wasn’t closer than the minimum focus distance, but still no luck. I started to wonder if I got a bad lens or if something had happened to my camera. After a few quick checks of settings and switches, I remembered what was keeping her occupied... <facepalm>
  25. JohnG

    Don't Ask

    I can’t tell you how many times I saw people do the same thing (or at least one of the two of those). You’re not alone!