JohnG

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  1. Welcome to the forums! I've had a few tables in the past that use that method of attaching the legs to the aprons, and all of them developed a wobble over time (without the added weight of a granite top!). As Chestnut said, you need to make the connection between the legs and aprons more secure. What sort of tools and woodworking experience do you have?
  2. They have a lot of FAQ and How-to videos on their site in lieu of phone support. I don't blame them, it's easier to explain in video or in person than over the phone. Stores that sell it can often give tips on product selection and application. Matt Cremona has a good video on using Arm-R-Seal (Link) and I've used that method on most of my projects. I've applied thinned and straight out of the can. Wipe on with a rag, quickly go back and even it out if needed, but don't over work it or you'll end up with streaks. For me, 6-8hrs between coats has been plenty, then used 400-600 grit lightly
  3. JohnG

    Tool stand

    Looking forward to the responses and your decision. I’m in a similar boat, and have been considering the options as well. I’ve got a lunchbox planer, spindle/belt sander, 10” drill press, and 10” bandsaw. All get shuffled around and are stored on the ground or on the shelf below my assembly table. When I want to use one, I either set it up on my assembly table, if there is space, or on the ground. Not ideal. I’ve also been trying to decide between flip top and dedicated carts.
  4. I made a small mallet for my 1.5 year old daughter today. It’s nothing fancy. I had a piece of scrap poplar on the bench and roughed out the handle with a 1” chisel and then sanded it a bit to smooth it out. Rounded over the edges of the head and drilled a hole for the handle, then used 5min epoxy to hold it together, and a light coat of spray shellac. The whole process took about 15 minutes, but was satisfying and fun. After she woke up from her nap, I gave it to her and she immediately ran over and started hitting a piece of wood with it. By far the most gratifying project I’ve ever done!
  5. I thought the Voyager has a MT2 taper, so you could get another chuck that can hold smaller bits when/if needed. I’d imagine that in order for the chuck to hold smaller bits, the contact area of the chuck jaws decreases, which is not ideal for large bits.
  6. A few questions to help (hopefully) narrow down the root issue- How long did the last coat of stain cure before applying the poly? You mentioned that the stain was oil-based, was the poly water- or oil-based? How was the poly applied? Were the stain and poly purchased for this project or left over from previous projects. If left over, how old are they, and have they been exposed to extreme temperatures?
  7. Had some good time in the shop yesterday. I was able to cut and fit the outer panels. I also cut the tapers on the legs, rough cut on the bandsaw and then cleaned up with a hand plane. I also cut the rails for the inner sides of the drawer boxes. The tongue of the panels are pretty tight in the groove of the frames, I think I will go back and shave them down a bit more.
  8. Looking good! Baltic birch ply does have some heft to it. Mistakes are part of the journey and are often the best way to learn and improve. As you look at more of the project journals and showcases on here, even the people with most impressive pieces often made some mistakes along the way or ran into some issues. It’s being able to overcome these issues and how you fix your mistakes that matters.
  9. And I guess I should have looked up the proper rules before posting
  10. No facepalm emoji here? Sorry, I knew a family of Faulkners.
  11. I personally prefer it without. I enjoy seeing people revisit old projects so you can see a direct comparison of skill then vs now. Not to be the grammar police, because I am not particularly good at the grammatical rules, but here’s my understanding- Faulkner’s would be possessive for David or for Sandy Faulkner. “That’s David Faulkner’s house.” Faulkners would be non-possessive for the Faulkner family. “The Faulkners live there.” Faulkners’ would be possessive for the Faulkner family. “That’s the Faulkners’ house.” That being said, there are sometimes traditio
  12. Very very true. As an accountant I find a lot of humor in some of the common money/tax complaints. Interesting contraption!
  13. Thanks! Awesome, that is a good reference to know. I made the rack from scraps and tried to minimize waste from the scraps, which is why there are several 'styles' in use. The lower rack uses OSB to sandwich the 2x4, which I was unsure about, but it seems to be strong enough. I have a lot of 12' boards, so I'm glad to have them up off the ground. It frees up a bunch of space, since before I just had dead space above the lumber. It's odd- Some of the people around here that were evacuated, or chose to evacuate based on the original forecast, ended up mad that they left "for no reaso
  14. The shop got really messy and disorganized when I was preparing for potential flooding with hurricane Florence. We didn’t end up with bad weather at all, but better to be over prepared than under prepared. My lumber was about half an inch off the ground, with my Cherry on the bottom. I was worried we would get some water in the garage, so I restacked all of it on my table saw and assembly table. I also put my in-progress desk and (later) put some other tools on top as well. Having my only working surface covered by a couple hundred bf of lumber meant that I couldn’t re
  15. I agree with wdwerker. The shot straight on makes the back look a little small, but then some of the other angles make it look just right.
  16. As far as I know that one didn’t do too much damage, I don’t think it stayed on the ground for long. There were several in the Richmond area, and another one did kill one person and injure another when a building collapsed, and caused much more property damage. My mom ended up hiding in the basement for several hours, waiting for things to calm down. Another friend in the Richmond area has a dentists office in a building that used to be a bank. They all took cover in the vault, which seems like it would be a pretty good storm shelter!
  17. Just realized I should post an update after my previous posts regarding the hurricane. We had a few breezy days with a tiny bit of rain, but otherwise wouldn’t have known there was a hurricane causing massive damage in the Carolinas. There was a bit of tidal flooding around Norfolk, but I didn’t hear of anything excessive. There were some tornadoes in the Richmond VA area yesterday, related to Florence. This pic (screenshot from a news article) was taken less than a mile from my mom’s house, at the University of Richmond.
  18. Welcome to the forum! There are a lot of helpful and friendly people here. Do you have any pictures of the cabinet that you can post? I don’t have any spraying experience, but I’d guess a couple close up pictures may help others give you feedback.
  19. Agreed, it didn’t look bad with the vertical pattern, but this way is much better.
  20. I keep coming back to look at these. Truly beautiful pieces.
  21. Yes, more details please! They look great!
  22. Hey, 30 seconds sounds pretty good! I have been trying to train her to leave the power tools alone, but she is still young and big yellow and red switches are tempting. For the tools that stay in place and often plugged in, I keep all of the power switch locks in a bin on a shelf, just to be sure she doesn't accidentally turn something on. My lathe just had a in-line rocker switch on the power cable, so I bought a power tool switch on Amazon and wired it up so I can lock it out, too.
  23. I never knew how much I’d embrace that philosophy until my daughter was born. My wife is considered essential staff at the hospital so she needed to stay in the area for work. I had originally planned on heading out of town with our daughter and dog, to stay with family. But then the path changed and the inland area we were planning on going to actually had a worse forecast. We are only expected to get 2-4” of rain and a ~30-40% chance of tropical storm force winds. We are sorry for the folks south of us, where it is and will be far worse.
  24. It is coming along very nicely! At what age did they become interested in helping? My 1.5 year old likes to "help" in my shop, which is usually spreading out small handfuls of sawdust and taking the sanding drums off of the sander. I don't run tools while she is around, she just likes to explore it. Are they sleeping in the background of the 2nd pic? Do you go with a low VOC finish, or something really strong to make sure they knock out and sleep heavily? When I worked at a hardware store a coworker fell asleep on a pallet of paint thinner, said it was the best nap he ever had!