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    Arts and Crafts furniture, Carving, Turning, sarcasm, coffee

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  1. Johnny4

    (Sigh)....Roubo time

    Thanks for the advice. I’m in a basement that is pretty well humidity controlled, and the lumber is at around 7%. I had a bear of a time trying to use my 6” jointer on these boards. The roller stand tango wasn’t giving me consistent results, and I didn’t want to spend the time trouble shooting when the circ saw would do the job. Any advice on how to joint these? I followed Marc’s videos, but the cutter only seemed to really work in the center section of the board. I did the best I could!
  2. Hey! I realize this thread is pretty roubo-heavy, but I’m doing it. It has been really helpful to see how others tackle the steps. So, here’s my question for the sons and daughters of sawdust. I am milling the top currently. I had some trial and error in jointing the very long edges, and ended up just ripping the edges clean with a circ saw. I have read (and experienced) board warpage after milling. Do I need to do ALL OF THE MILLING AMD GLUE UP IN THE SAME DAY? Or can I: day 1: rip to rough lenghts day 2: rough mill to 4 1/2 day 3 glue up I am just trying to wrap my head around how sensitive the wood’s gonna be. Thanks!
  3. Johnny4

    End grain bowl advice

    Thanks for the info. I will give it a shot this weekend!
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    End grain bowl advice

    Bowl turning, so 90 to the bed
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    End grain bowl advice

    Hey ladies and gents, Are there any particular rules of the road I should be aware of before tackling end grain bowls? I did some urban logging, and the growth rings on this cherry need to be seen! I just wanted to check with the pros before I fire it up. thanks, J4
  6. Johnny4

    Beginner - Impulse Buy

    You have everything you need. The beauty of your situation is that you get your first lessons in problem solving with the tools you have. All we are trying to do is take big pieces of wood and make them smaller. I have learned many ways to make a mortise and tenon, and many ways not to make one. My first book was “Arts and crafts furniture anyone can make.” There is some absolute gold in making boxes and shop fixtures. I did t have a table saw for the 1st 4 years. Did everything with a bandsaw, a scroll saw, a router, a drill, and a sander.
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    Japanese joinery challenge update

    I appreciate it. Wdwerker, the corners were to keep him humble
  8. Got this thing done in record time, and delivered it to the client today. I learned a TON along the way. Just wanted to share.
  9. Johnny4

    Restoring Wobbly Chairs - Advice needed

    I have made this same repair, but I wrapped the dowels in panty hose (what you do in your own time is your business), and then re-glued them.
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    Japanese joinery challenge

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    Japanese joinery challenge

    Heya- Curly....a pintrest win is when you find a picture on pintrest and copy it pretty closely....really any internet picture you are able to reproduce successfully in real life. Here is the image I was given: As for the "top", it's going to be a plywood square that a Japanese mat sits on top of. I'm going to rabbet the sides and drop it in. I don't know if the client is particularly aware of the fact that plywood isn't "traditional Japanese" (at least as far as I know). I will keep y'all posted on this. I just finished a slab table last week, and had a blast with it. It was my first foray into epoxy. While it wasn't a river or waterfall table, I got enough of a taste. It was kind of a hybrid of Marc's slab table and Cremona's Guild build. Does that mean it's hybrid woodworking? :)
  12. Heya- I got an interesting commission this week. Client wants a meditation platform done with traditional Japanese joinery. He specifically said no nails, no glue. He liked the look of a bed corner joint, and inquired if I could do this sort of joint for this project. (Think of it as a 3 foot square end table with 4” legs). Well, I found out that, yes I could. Just wanted to share with you all my Pinterest win. It was a milestone for me to look at a wood puzzle and find a solution.
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    New shop and beginner woodworker

    Heya! Welcome to the craft. I started in a similar situation as you are in. My approach, for what it’s worth, was to pick a tool or two and become really, really familiar with it. I started with the bandsaw. I learned how to set it up, change blades, square a fence, adjust for drift, change tires, and basically strip the thing down and build it back up. I didn’t touch a table saw until I had taken an intro to tablesaw safety class, which I cannot emphasize enough. Even then, I would watch many hours of table saw safety on YouTube and the magazines/ know, reading . Until you can explain why kickback happens, and can describe how to do your basic cuts properly, don’t even plug the thing in. Learn how to tune it properly before you plug it in. I’m a bit of a safety freak, but it’s a serious and potentially life and limb altering hobby. Give yourself permission to enjoy the journey. If you rush into it, you will be frustrated, and miss the beautiful scenery that comes with learning the skills you will one day use to build that table.
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    Used lathe rant

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    Used lathe rant

    You gotta hunt CL and ebay everyday. I swear for about 3 years, every time I didn't have money there were a bloody ton of beautiful old Deltas and Powermatics, but the minute I came into some cash, they dried up. Now that I have a beautiful, old Walker Turner, I secretly hate the people who can just turn a knob to change speed. Belt changing has taught me patience. So, I just have to slow down and enjoy the process, which is just fine. I have learned that the lathe is actually the cheap part. Seriously, take the advice and do some classes or join a guild. You really want to try this out a lot before you start sinking cash. Once you decide you like it, it quickly becomes the loudest "one more tool" justification I have recently experienced. Serious 12 step work will be required to get you off turning after that point.