Coyote Jim

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About Coyote Jim

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    I'm a beginner so I am interested in learning. Lots and lots of learning.
    I do seem to love hand tools the most though.
  1. Edge treatment suggestions.

    Looks like it is unanimous! Just break the edge a bit. Thanks for the input on this one guys. I suppose I was just way over thinking things.
  2. Bubinga question

    I badly want to be in the room when Andy walks into a strip mall tanning place with an arm full of lumber and asks how much per hour.
  3. Hi Everyone, I could use some of your suggestions. I am in the process of making one of these: I am making mine a bit different than this one. I am using oak and birch. And the "shelves" are being made with half lap joints and are approx 3/4 thick (or so). I have the shelves just about finished. As you can see all I have left on these is to flush up the corners and give it all a good sanding. I could use some suggestions on what to do with the edges of these shelves. Do I keep it simple and just do a small round over? Chamfer the corners? Router shape? I know this decision is up to personal tastes but I am so new to woodworking that I do not feel like even know what all the options are and more ideas are better than less ideas. So what do you guys/gals think?
  4. Twin bed for daughter

    Well of course you are. That is because this bed is incredibly impressive. Well done.
  5. It was a Saturday and my brother's family and my family were going to have dinner with my parents to celebrate my Mom's birthday. We had gotten Mom normal grandma/mom gifts and everything was set to go but early in the morning I had an idea to make my Mom something all last minute like. It was a simple idea. Get a piece of wood. Put something super cheesy on it (my Mom LOVES cheesy, I think her whole generation does). Wrap it. Then presto! Tear educing gift! We googled "Quotes for Grandma" and saw one that was perfect. You see, my Mom often watches my kids and my brother's kids and over the years the cousins have gotten pretty close because of it. So the cheesy thing we landed on was "Grandmas House: Where cousins become friends." It was perfect. At my day job I have a designer that works for me. I called her, told her what I was doing and she was down to help. She asked me what I wanted it to look like and I told her "Make it look like Pinterest threw up on it!" She knew exactly what that meant and went to work. While she was doing that I picked out a piece of wood. I picked this: This board is birch that I got off a pallet. With the board in its rough state like it was I could not tell for sure but it looked like it had some very nice spalting. This particular pallet was VERY stubborn and as you can see I broke this board trying to get it off the the pallet. Still plenty of usable wood here though. The board is 8" wide and there was about 12" in the middle that did not have major cracks. I ran that 12" piece through the planer a few time and in doing so I found another crack that I did not know about. After planing, the crack was big enough that I was able to just break it with my bare hands. You can kind of see the crack in the picture above on the left side. That was fine, I was able to glue it back together pretty flawlessly. Here it is in the clamps being glued back together, and now after it has been planed you can really see all the spalting. While waiting for the glue to dry I checked back and my designer had sent me a couple of options. I went with this one: I'd say she pretty much nailed the look I was going for. After revealing the nice spalting and now seeing this design I was getting pretty excited. Also at my day job I have a laser engraver, and it's a doozy. This is an industrial grade work horse of a laser engraver and I absolutely love playing with it. Normally all we use it for is boring stuff for customers but occasional we get the chance to do exciting creative stuff. Not that the stuff for customers is not exciting, that stuff is what pays the bills, it just that with that stuff we do not get to flex our creative muscles. I fired her up and started shooting fire. Here is a short clip of it working in real time. It took about 12 minutes. I actually did it in 2 passes because after one pass the engraving was not quite as deep as I wanted it. Also, I put a mask on it because the smoke that is created will get on the wood and will then have to be cleaned off (you can see the dark discoloration around the letters) and if I mask it the the smoke gets on the mask and I can just peal off the mask. Also, I did not know how birch looks when lasered, some wood does not turn dark like this, some wood stays a very light color and I wanted to be able to paint just the letters if this had turned out to be too light. Luckily birch is nice and dark when you hit it with a laser. This video is in slow-mo. The smoke is kind of mesmerizing. As some of you may remember I asked on these forums the day I did all this for a recommendation on what kind of finish to use on this sign that will dry/cure fast and I was told to use a spray shellac. So that is what I did and it worked perfectly. Later that night at dinner I did get the tears I was looking for. So I will count that as a win. This is not a project that could be considered "Fine" woodworking, I did not show off any incredible skills or techniques or anything (unless you count my designer whipping together that cheesy design in only a few minutes). But it was a fun one. Also, this is a fantastic gift idea. You can call around to your local sign companies and see if any of them have a laser. If you provide the wood all ready to go they will most likely give you a pretty good deal on just lasering it for you. Depending on the company they may have a minimum order so find out what that is and do enough to make it worth it. If they have a minimum of $50 then doing one small sign would not be worth it. But if you could do 5 signs for $50 then that is a pretty good deal. Anyway, thanks for reading.
  6. Recent End Grain Islands

    Holy cow! I would not even know where to begin making something like that. Got to be careful though, once word gets around you can make that kind of thing I am pretty sure your phone will be ringing off the hook to make more. I hope you enjoyed it.
  7. Clamping a half lap joint.

    It took me a while to get around to this but I finally got everything glues up. Using suggestion from above my final glue up looked like this: I only had 3 of them so this did not require too much time. Thanks again everyone for your suggestions. It really was a big help to me.
  8. I'm still a bit green and this is my first ever half lap joint project. I need them for shelves that will be used for this: I will be making a much better version of what is pictured above. The corners of the "shelves" will all be half lap joints. I made a test to make sure everything was dialed in (which was a good thing because my first test was very out of square, putting a piece of tape on my miter gauge fixed that!). I clamped up the test piece like this: I used 4 clamps for one joint and I still feel like it was not enough. Very fiddly trying to get it all set. Do I need the long clamps (along the long grain) to make sure it stays tight against the shoulders? Should I use more than two clamps to sandwich the joint? I don't want to have to do only one joint at a time. (4 joints per shelf x 3 shelves x 1 hour for the glue to set up = 12 hours.) Anyone have any tips for me on how to do this glue up properly and not having it take too long or use dozens of clamps I don't have? My (second) test joint ended up looking pretty good even though I did not like the way I clamped it. Any insights would be awesome.
  9. Robotic carpenters

    Maybe if you buy a cheap Chinese made knock off replacement finger. But I think most people on these forums would go for the high quality Veritas brand digits which would probably cost a bit more.
  10. Robotic carpenters

    As impressive as that is for some people to design and program that from scratch and all, I think the boys over at the IKEA manufacturing plant makes this little invention look "cute" in comparison. The full blown automation/robots that are already in use overshadow anything in that article.
  11. Wonky Plane Blade

    Now that I think about it. It may be better to just buy a new blade. Where would I find a decent (middle ground, not top of the line) replacement blade for a Stanley No 7? If it's not too expensive that may be the rout I go.
  12. Wonky Plane Blade

    For the initial 60 grit could I use a belt sander? Or am I just asking for trouble? Also, are any of you fine folks located in the Phoenix area and would let some random guy on the internet swing by and use your Tormek?
  13. Wonky Plane Blade

    I bought a hand plane off ebay and the blade is very bad. It's good steel but whoever sharpened it did not keep it square, or really that strait for that matter as you can see in this picture. Looks to me like someone tried to sharpen this thing on a grinder. I have a decent water stone and a strop and a pretty good knowledge on sharpening but what this blade needs is a bit of re-shaping. Trying to re-shape this blade on my 1000 grit stone is not going to work out so good. I do have a honing guide and sand paper and a flat surface. Is there a better/faster way or do I just need to suck it up and dip into my reserves of elbow grease? Suggestions on what grit to start with?
  14. Finished the footboard

    SO clean! Well done.
  15. Headphone Stand.

    It is! I almost bought that clamp too. But I was already spending so much money on that gauge that I just could not bring myself to spend any more. Especially when $.001 worth of tape can do the trick. But...if I am honest with myself, I know I will eventually buy that clamp anyway. Seems that I have more money than sense.