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Everything posted by JohnG

  1. Are the dowels glued into the legs or do they just float in there? Do the dowels fit tightly into the seat, or is there a bit of wiggle room?
  2. I had run into the same issue. A while back I checked out a book called Making Tiny Toys in Wood that had a couple trucks/cars in it, but they were smaller than I expected, mostly using 1/8"-1/2" stock and a few inches long overall. Then I realized the book was intended for scroll saw work. I scanned the templates and have considered scaling them up, but I think the proportions might not scale well.
  3. I agree with Isaac on the pocket screws not being enough for this application. They do a pretty good job at holding things together (better than many people give them credit for), but this isn't their ideal application. It's hard to tell from the angle of the picture, but it looks like they were drilled at the ~3/4" setting, so it's a shorter screw and there isn't as much material between the head of the screw and top of the leg as could be used. It would feel solid as is and may continue to feel solid for a few years, or it may not.
  4. Very cool! I've been wanting to make something similar for my daughter and a few of our friends' kids. Did you just make it on the fly or find the template somewhere?
  5. I use a Pfeil marking knife (the smaller of the two available at Woodcraft). It has a single bevel, but is double sided so you can easily use on both sides of joinery. It is a relatively inexpensive knife, and the finish of the wood handle shows it. I think it was on sale for $15 or $20 when I bought it.
  6. Agreed, I enjoy certain birds but won't be traveling solely to lengthen a life list. If we travel somewhere and have an opportunity to see some interesting birds from the area, it will be an added bonus to the trip, not the main reason. What changes would you make to the desk? I really like the modified blanket chest. I regret not purchasing the guild project while it was on sale a couple weeks ago. I have a blanket chest on my "future builds" list, and lately I have been very interested in the G&G style and Peart's work.
  7. Interesting read, thanks for sharing! +1 for adding some sort of corner brace to prevent racking if it will see regular use. If it will just be decorative and only rarely sat on, it may be fine to leave it as-is.
  8. Ah, didn’t realize you provided your number. That is really annoying. I always assumed powermatic would have better service than this. Not much of a “gold standard.”
  9. It is possible that they only have 1-2 customer service reps, and that they did watch the videos but want to discuss the next steps via phone rather than email. In any case, they should have been more informative in their response. Not off to a good start. Hopefully they can turn it around and make it right.
  10. I don’t yet own this particular guild project, but have 6 or 7 others. For all of the ones I have, the value of the instruction goes far beyond the particular project being built. You start to see the individual techniques and methods and how they can be used for countless other things. Well worth the price.
  11. It turns out that I'm not very good at keeping up with this journal. I finished priming the pieces and then glued up the base. I did it in a few stages- first the side frame and panel assemblies, then the rear. I glued the stiles in place and left the panels floating, and clamped them up and dry fit the legs in place to keep everything aligned while the glue dried. Second I glued the legs to the side F&P assemblies. Third was everything else. I used epoxy for the third glue up, since I knew it would take me a while to make sure everything was straight and square. It went pretty well overall, I did catch one part misaligned before the epoxy set and was able to fix it. Next I painted on a coat of the base color (wife wants the 'distressed' look). Then installed the drawer slides and drawers. This brings us to here- I hate working with drawer slides, and I always worry that I am doing it wrong. Other than one mindless mistake, I got the drawers installed and working well. The fronts for the sides have been cut to final size and sanded. I need to do some final sizing and determine the profile for the front of the middle tray. However, as I finished installing the drawers and was feeling pretty good with myself, I noticed a major flaw in my design. I had planned for the top drawer fronts to match the height of the top rails on the side/back panels. As seen here. (Don't mind the rough paint job, there will be another base coat and sanding before the top color goes on) Unfortunately I had not originally planned on the flat rail going across the front of the desk. So now my drawer fronts will actually sit about 3/4" lower than the rails. Any suggestions? I can either live with it and chalk it up to a learning experience, or I can cut down the top drawer from 2.25" deep to 1.5" deep and move them up and remake all the drawer fronts. The current location for the desk is a little nook, so the sides won't be seen. Future locations are unknown.
  12. They really are an incredible creature. Watching it lower its head and just plow through the trees was humbling. It was similar to when my wife and I were camping in Yellowstone and each morning would wake up with small herd of bison within a couple hundred feet of our campsite. When they would get spooked by something and run off, we could feel the ground shaking. I use iBird also! I bought it right after my daughter started pointing out birds in our back yard, and then went out and bought a feeder to draw them in closer for her to see. I've been interested in birding for a while, ever since my wife (girlfriend at the time) took an ornithology course in college. I went on some bird watching outings with her (she was bird watching, I was "bird" watching), and ended up enjoying it. My daughter loves the outdoors and I intend to foster that as much as possible. Looking forward to much hiking, camping, and adventures outside with her. To bring it somewhat back to topic, have you built other G&G style furniture as well? Or is this desk the only one?
  13. I should add to my response that I also do not have any experience with this brand. Given the price points, I cannot think of a scenario where I would buy the basic chuck over the Talon.
  14. A benefit to the Talon Chuck is that you can tighten/loosen the chuck with one hand while you hold the piece in place with the other. It uses a chuck key and operates in a similar manner to a drill chuck. The basic chuck requires that you use two rods, which generally takes two hands to operate.
  15. Agreed. I just have a Ridgid lunchbox planer and it gives better results. Definitely something wrong with that batch of Jets. Bad luck, Steve! Glad the dealer took them back for you to get something else that will work.
  16. Here's a terrible iphone pic of the moose. We drifted and watched it for a while, then it took off into the woods. We could track its path up the hill from the noise and watching the saplings fold over. Pretty neat experience. Of course we also saw many bald eagles, loons, and other wildlife, and had a beaver just outside our tent one night. When my daughter is old enough to enjoy learning nature walks like that, I may be able to justify some long lenses. I'm sure she will enjoy that one day, but for now is more interested in looking at the pictures in Sibley books and on a "Backyard Birds" deck of cards we have. She likes pointing them out when we go on walks, but isn't yet interested in knowing more than the fact that it is a bird and it is flying (or hopping on the ground). Having kids makes you really evaluate your priorities. I had hobbies that I thought were lifelong hobbies/obsessions, that I have hardly even thought about since she was born. Not necessarily a bad thing, since it has let me focus more on a couple hobbies and look forward to focusing on others as she grows older. Watching her near full-time plus a full time job means that I use my free time very intentionally. Sorry for hijacking your thread. Maybe we need a photography thread in Off-Topic.
  17. Have you looked into hardware for pool cues? They are smaller diameter at the connection point but still very solid. Make sure the faces mate perfectly or else any connection method will be more likely to fail.
  18. Looks like a cool project, can’t wait to see it come together. I think the stile will be fine. Depending on how the bathroom is laid out, it probably won’t be looked at much. If you do end up with some sort of stain or darkening, it may well make the grain blend in a bit more.
  19. I forgot about the horses in NC, there are also the Chincoteague ponies just a bit north of me. I was previously living in SoCal and had a lot of encounters with coyotes and some wild burros, but never had my camera with me. That was before I was taking many pictures. My dad spent a decent amount of time paddling around in the BWCA growing up, and that was just the second moose he had seen up there. I got started down the photography road when I got a hand-me-down D90 with the kit lens. I ended up buying 35mm and 50mm lenses for it, which really sparked my interest. Last year my brother-in-law was selling his 6D so I bought it from him along with a couple lenses (kit 24-105, 40mm 2.8, 50mm 1.8) and I recently bought the 85mm 1.8 and have really enjoyed that one. I occasionally eye some of the 300-600mm range lenses and daydream about buying them. But for now, the time required for wildlife photography is just not in the cards for me, so I stick with portraits of my daughter and family/friends and spend the little amount of free time I have on woodworking.
  20. Very cool idea! Thanks for sharing. With ours nearing 2, I've been thinking a lot about things that I can make for her in the upcoming years. Heirloom pieces that they can have for the rest of their life are great, but so are things that are fun and enjoyable in the present moment. One of my daughter's favorite toys is a little mallet I made for her. It was an impulse project that used a poplar scrap and took 15 minutes tops. Just because you can make it fancy doesn't always mean that you should.
  21. I like it, Chestnut. Even if it's not technically the best image quality, the picture has a neat feel to it. Here's a couple of my favorite "wildlife" shots, though it's cheating because both were at a zoo. I'm along the coast in VA, so there is a decent variety in birds around here, as well as deer, some foxes, and a red panda that escaped from the zoo last year. I encountered a moose in the BWCA a few years ago, that was swimming from one island to another. We kept our distance but watched it for a while. I was kicking myself for not bringing my DSLR along.
  22. Rodger, forgot to say that I’m glad your injury wasn’t worse and that you were able to recover and get back in the shop.
  23. I’d say you’re well on your way! Really great shots. I’m just a wannabe, mostly portraits since my daughter was born. I’ve always wanted to be good at wildlife photography, but we don’t have as much interesting wildlife here, and I haven’t brought myself to shell out the cash for long lenses for birding. So for now, the only wildlife shots I get are of my dog or at a zoo I agree with Chet, would make a great coffee table book. Have you done much in the way of books or enlarged prints?
  24. I’m surprised it wasn’t more than that. Doctors salaries sound nice, but when you consider all that goes into it, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be and is far from easy money. Besides, the majority of that price does not go to the doctor.