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  1. The way to go about this differs greatly whether it is being build for a friend/family vs. a stranger. In this case, he said it is for a friend so it would be wise to inform the friend of the problems with the design and figure out how to compromise between the look they want and making it a piece of furniture that will last and you can be proud of making. For a stranger, you would just want to inform them of the problems with the design, the fact that wood moves, and that it likely will tear itself apart. For extra authenticity and hipster-ness, leave the lumber tag and staples in the en
  2. I decided to go with West Systems for this one. There are 6 chairs total, and this was one of the two with arms which we rarely use. I figured it would be a good one to start with. I cleaned up all of the mating surfaces and applied epoxy for the dowel joints and the screw joints (except for holding the seat cushion in place). I glued it up in three separate sessions. Even with the 206 hardener, I didn't have a lot of working time with it being ~90 degrees outside. It came together pretty well, even though clamping it was a struggle. I did end up with a couple runs. I did the last glue session
  3. A Billy Goat/Little Wonder and a BR-600 make a fantastic team if you have a helper. You can move mountains of leaves in no time. If you you can get non-ethanol gas, there is no need for stabilizer.
  4. I did small engine repairs for 7 years at a hardware store, and for the first 5 years had the opportunity to work on many brands of equipment (after which, the store stopped servicing any brands we didn't sell). I did maintenance training with Stihl and was able to tour their Virginia Beach facility. Stihl is all I will buy for small engine equipment, unless it's basically one-time-use item in which case I'll go for the HF special. The vac portion would probably be pretty handy around the rocks, but I don't have much hands-on experience with the shredder vacs in particular. Some of
  5. There’s something I like about leaving a couple inconspicuous marks, whether intentional or not.
  6. I managed to get all of the dowel joints apart. Two of the dowels split, looks like they had some angled grain. I’ll clean those up and drill out for new dowels. Looking back at the dowels closely, some of them look like there was a bit of glue at the end of the dowel, but that’s about it. Definitely not spectacular joints.
  7. Each of the dowels is glued into one side of the joint (in the 3rd picture, that dowel is solidly attached to the piece shown, but the exposed dowel just slides into the other part of the chair arm). There doesn't seem to be much play at each dowel, but added up it creates an overall wobble. Even overall, there isn't a ton of play and they are far from falling apart or collapsing, but I figured it would be best to fix them before it gets worse. I think that normal wood glue would probably have enough gap filling properties. Not that I'd use it, because I don't want to refinish the chairs. And
  8. I'm back for more help! My wife and I were given a dining table and chair set as a wedding gift a few years ago. My wife grew up eating at this dining set, and it is all in remarkably good shape considering she had 4 siblings. While all the wood is in decent shape and structurally sound, a couple of the chairs have a bit of wobble in the joints. In taking one apart, they are held together with some screws and dowel joints. As far as I can tell, on each of the dowel joints, it looks like only one side of the dowel was glued. In most of the joints held together with screws, no glue was used and
  9. I’ve used it to occasionally send and receive money for many years and never experienced any shady business on Paypal’s part. Just keep in mind that they will almost always side with the buyer in the event of a dispute. Not sure what you’re planning on selling, but hopefully that won’t be an issue.
  10. Inhaling any sort of dust or debris is never good, and can easily cause some mild respiratory irritation. It is very unlikely that the short exposure you had would cause any serious or lasting harm. As others mentioned, best to avoid breathing it in and wear a dust mask when possible, especially with treated lumber.
  11. Yeah, over the winter I made the mistake of leaving everything in the garage. We had a particularly cold winter and all of my glue and water based finishes froze. After having to throw all of that away and buy new, I won’t make that mistake again. I have a bin in my indoor closet to keep surplus glue and finishes.
  12. I finally had a few more minutes in the shop today. I broke down the boards with rough sizes of parts laid out on them into more manageable sizes. I'll run these through the planer to make sure they are the same thickness. Some will be ~3/4" and some will be ~1/2", and I did think ahead and grouped parts with the same thickness together. I also started gluing up the leg stock. I'm going for ~2.5" square, so I ripped the boards to a bit under 3" just to be sure I end up with enough material so I can square it up later. I ripped one board per leg a bit wider than the others so
  13. Welcome and nice project! I am also pretty new to the forums, but have already seen a lot of friendly and constructive criticism and advice on here. A recent issue of FWW had an article about some nice pine furniture. I'll add a pic when I find it. It reminded me that not all pine is the big box variety of pine. Though, in some settings, I do really like the look of SYP furniture. You may enjoy looking at some of the older builds on Jay Bates' youtube channel, he has several project videos using SYP. We have a mass produced "rustic" pine coffee table that was given to us, and it the
  14. I previously had a cheap 15" HP laptop that had a touchscreen on it, but I never used it. The hinge wasn't sturdy enough to keep the screen from wobbling with each touch, and I found that far more annoying than the touchscreen was useful. I now have a Dell XPS 13 without touchscreen. With the smaller screen and better hinges, I don't think this one would have the wobbling problem, but I still don't have any desire for a touchscreen. Laptop screens get smudgy enough, even without poking at them all the time. That being said, I do also have an iPad and it may be that I naturally use that an
  15. True. And hopefully you aren't like me- the first thing I do when showing a completed project to my wife or other family members is point out all of the mistakes I made.
  16. Excellent fix! You'll be the only one that knows it was patched. I'm looking forward to watching this progress!
  17. I have an old midi lathe (original Nova Comet), and I've been a fan of the midi size. It can turn more than pens and bottle stoppers, but can also fairly easily be moved around and stored away when not in use, if space is limited. Just keep in mind that the cost of accessories quickly exceeds the cost of a lathe, especially if you go with a Harbor Freight lathe. Depending on what you want to turn and what comes with your lathe, you may need to buy a chuck, various chuck jaws, mandrels, drill chuck, faceplates, tool rests, and of course the turning tools. Also think about what you'll need
  18. Do you go faster or slower as you get higher in the grits? I usually leave the speed alone, but only because I haven't been told or tried otherwise. I have noticed that I get some swirl marks when I hook up the shop vac to the ROS, especially when I come back from a break and start sanding with the hook and loop on the ROS base instead of a sanding disc. edit: wtnhighlander beat me to the question.
  19. I'd call General Finishes and let them know. There may have been an issue with the batch, or they may have another idea of what is causing the bubbling. It's definitely not normal, ARS is generally an easy and foolproof product to use.
  20. Having them all wide open is not necessarily correct. If the other branches have much less resistance (fewer turns, shorter runs, more efficient duct sizing, etc), then there won't be enough air going to your daughter's room to bring it to a similar temperature as the rest of the house. Dampers are much better at redistributing airflow than registers. In the house we are renting now, the bedroom I use as an office is on the second floor and has wast facing windows. The rest of the house would be comfortable, but I'd be sweating just sitting in that room. Even though the run to this room
  21. Have you adjusted the dampers on the main trunks of the ductwork? Closing off other registers will not do much if there isn’t much air going to that trunk to begin with.
  22. The arbor nut (female threads) is loose on the arbor (make threads)? Or does the arbor itself wobble, as if there is a bad bearing/bushing inside the saw?
  23. I have my wood stickered, but I didn’t have much weight on top. I checked a few more boards, and so far it was just a couple of the boards on the top level that had a slight bow. Again, these may have had the bow in them when I bought them. I did put the nicer lumber at the bottom to make sure it has plenty of weight on it.
  24. Minor update: I started laying out some of the parts on my lumber last night. As stated before, most of the desk will be poplar since it will be painted, but I will use maple for the top since it is harder. I laid out most of the poplar parts for the main desk, and about half of the maple top. The rest of my maple is stacked under a bunch of poplar, so I'll have to dig that out. Some of my poplar moved a bit since I bought it, or maybe I didn't inspect the boards thoroughly. Not much twist but there is a bit of a bow to a couple of the boards I had on top of the stack. I laid out the part