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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. It looks great! And very comfortable. I'd fear that my productivity would drop significantly after completing a Morris chair.
  4. 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.
  5. If the top is cupped enough for them to ask, the cupping is most likely too severe for any base to “fix.”
  6. 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>
  7. 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!
  8. JohnG

    Don't Ask

    I got a free, almost brand new, high end Toro lawnmower because “the #!?*+{%# thing won’t start!” The owner threw it out of his truck and drove off. Opened the gas cap and it was empty.
  9. It's been a while since I gave an update, with not a whole lot of progress. The first half of October was a busy time for my day job, plus my wife's schedule has been crazy, so that doesn't leave much time in the shop. Especially not at hours that I can run the power tools. I clamped the base together and got the final dimensions for the top. I used 4 pieces of maple to get the correct depth, then trimmed the sides to final length. I used the domino to cut some slots in the base to accept Z clips to secure the top. I finished making the inner rails and panels to close off the drawer boxes. I put a 1/4" roundover on the inner bottom edge so that there is not a sharp corner. I'll need to make some shims that will bring the insides of the drawer boxes flush so that I can attach the drawer slides.I also glued up the main panel assemblies. They are not yet glued into the legs, because I may need to shorten the legs a hair. We are waiting for the chair to be delivered, then she will decide on the final height of the desk. I have the stock for the drawers (BB Ply) and drawer fronts (Poplar). The plan right now is to assemble the drawers with box joints, which I have not done before. I'm hoping to have the main desk completed and in place before the end of the year, then will make the hutch part afterward.
  10. Lightly sliding a plastic cup should not produce scratches in the finish. Sounds like it is not fully cured, for one reason or another. I made a coaster with just 2 coats ARS gloss that sits on my desk (3 coats ARS satin). Both have seen ceramic mugs and plates set and slid across them- hot, cold, light, heavy- as well as other typical desk usage and there are not any noticeable scratches on either. They also receive the abuse of a 1.5 year old ‘playing’ with the mouse, keyboard, a metal picture frame, and anything else she gets her hands on.
  11. My condolences. I’ll be praying for you and your family. I’d like to remind others that there is a GoFundMe. A grieving family should not have to worry about the costs of laying a loved one to rest.
  12. I was (and largely still am) confused by all of the chuck, mandrel, and center options. I got a pen mandrel, live center, small faceplate, and a spur drive along with the lathe I got. I ended up buying the Nova G3 Chuck Package from Woodcraft. At the time they had it on sale, and so far it has met all of my turning needs, along with the items I already had. You also need to buy an insert that will allow the chuck to thread onto whatever lathe you get. It has some jaws that I have not yet used, but expect that I will at some point. For turning tools, I bought a Harbor Freight set to get started, but then was given a set of Crown tools. I still use a couple of the HF tools. They seem to need sharpening a bit more often than the Crowns, but otherwise work well.
  13. Looks fantastic Blue! I’m itching to build one of these now that I’ve seen a few builds on here.
  14. A friend of mine had a big maple tree fall into her yard from the winds of what was left of the hurricane. They had already cut up most of what ended up in their yard, and she said I could take whatever I wanted. I grabbed a few logs and took them home I did my first green turning today, which was a lot of fun! However, I also had my first green turning failure today. The failure:
  15. Chestnut with all the CL lumber scores! I’m jealous. I’ve been watching posts in my area but haven’t found much.
  16. Woodcraft has this, I might give it a try at some point. Link
  17. I’ve been happy with the DC. At some point I’ll get a Thien baffle and try it that way, but it’s been doing well so far. After planing down some 3/4+” boards to 1/2”, my bag is 3/4 full. And we have been here for a year alsready, so it’s just two more till we move. Not looking forward to packing up. Mostly furniture projects for the house, and some smaller projects for our daughter. I made a large executive desk for myself, working on a desk for my wife, plans for a bookshelf, bed frame, and maybe the gaming dining table or some variation of it. For my daughter I made a bassinet stand, bookshelf, small step stool, the TWW kids kitchen step stool, etc. I’ve also done turning projects like pens, pull knobs, small bowls. Whatever catches my interest or that we need. I’m also considering doing some batches of small projects to help fund new tools.
  18. JohnG


    Mark J got it. The fact that the template is a compound curve (not just a single curve, like a D shape) makes the difference especially obvious at the transition between the curves. Here's another visualization of it that matches your picture. Imagine the white curve is the template. The dots are offset equally from the curve, like the bit in the center of the router base. At first glance, it looks like the shape matches. The red(ish) line is if you moved the template over after making the cut. Now it is clear that the curve is not the same. The curve is close for parts of top curve and parts of the bottom curve, but there is a clear gap between the two.
  19. Correct. They started a crowdfunding campaign and have raised over 40k EUR, hoping for 60k. According to their campaign, 40k is what was needed to keep the doors open and purchase raw materials so they can fulfill orders. The remaining 20k, if raised, would be used to update/replace their equipment, tooling, website, etc.
  20. 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?
  21. 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 between coats. Number of coats depends on the use of the item. I've used between 2 and 5 coats. I've used gloss and satin, depending on what it is being used for. I've never used Zinnser Seal Coat.
  22. 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.
  23. 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!