Coyote Jim

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  1. Phoenix guy here (actually Chandler). There is a great place in Mesa called Timber. They have all the normal stuff any good hardwood dealer has. One thing to know is that no good hardwood grows in Arizona, so all the wood Timber has to offer has been imported from other states. What this means to you is that you will be paying a bit more for the basics than you would in other parts of the USA. Which makes sense, if they have to pay someone to truck the lumber in from the midwest then YOU have to pay someone to bring the lumber in from the mi
  2. The design is so good! And the execution too. This is all just so great!
  3. Wow thank you! Those are some very kind words. I appreciate it.
  4. That's an awesome idea. It would add such a nice detail. And of course cherry and walnut compliment each other so well. Seriously, that's a home run idea.
  5. I did mine with 12/4 stock. After milling they are around 11/4. I did that because I just don't know any better. 3" very well could be incredibly overkill I just have no idea. Now that I am this far down the trail I feel as if I have overbuilt it. To my eye the vertical legs seem a bit chunky. I'm either going to have to figure out a way to contour them to make them seem more appealing or I will just have to live with them looking thicker than I want. Either way I will still end up with a table. But I am pretty confident that if the legs were only 2.5" they would still be plenty stur
  6. Your probably right. I just assumed it would not be a big deal because the humidity stays pretty consistently at around 15% here. We DID get all the way up to 30% for like a day or two a few weeks ago. It was brutal!
  7. As if this project has not been progressing slow enough already, I need to put it on hold to do some other stuff for the house. BUT, at least it almost actually looks like a table now!
  8. Thanks for the quick response Drew. So to deepen the mortise by about 1/4" or so would take 30 minutes to an hour on each one (there are 2). I want the table to last forever, which would make the "cost" negligible. What do you think? Another 1/4" or 1/2"?
  9. I'm over thinking something again. I made a very short video (less than 2mins) to show you what my question is. Anyone have any good input for me?
  10. Too late. Already cut them. Once I remove all that waste we'll see how good I was at cutting. You'll be able to tell how good I did by the pictures I take. If I cut them well then the pics will be some nice close ups. If not, well then some "wide shots" will be in order.
  11. Story of my life: I resonate with that picture more than I would like to admit to myself. I use woodworking for the relaxation of it. While I'm not scared to use power tools, I find them far from relaxing. I'm actually looking forward to pounding out all that waste with a chisel for a couple hours tomorrow morning. I'm by no means disparaging power tools, they just happen to stress me out. I have enough stress in my life without them.
  12. So step one would be: go buy a router. I have possibly been over thinking it (which is my MO). It's really just a mortise with an open side. I could just chop down the side like a standard mortise but I would have the added benefit of being able to split out the waste as I progress down. Think that would work?
  13. Does anyone have any good suggestion on how to remove the waste of this bridle using hand tools? It's just over 3/4" wide and just under 6" long. I have 2 of these to do. I was thinking I could use a brace and bit in through the side and bore a hole all the way across. Or possibly make lots of relief cuts and chisel my brains out. This being white oak end grain makes me doubt how efficient that would be. Any other suggestions?
  14. That's good info. Thanks WT. I have considered draw-boring that joint. Still on the fence about it.
  15. I'll give that podcast a listen. Thank you for the recommendation. A sliver of wood in the gap would be a pretty easy fix and most likely what I will end up doing. It's in a pretty hidden area so any mismatch grain will be hardly ever noticed. If you are going to build this table some day then bookmark the link below. Before I started I did a lot of googling for pictures of the table and found some very helpful photos and compiled them all together. Question for everyone: Would using epoxy for glue on the loose joint fix my p
  16. The bridle rattles a tiny bit. Which is why I thought maybe I could squeeze the "forks" of the leg together enough to make contact. This joint is the fulcrum a lot of force so I think it needs to be as strong as I can possibly make it. I agree that the gap is cosmetic, and it's in a pretty hidden place. I may end up just ignoring it.
  17. I think this would work. Maybe get some veneer and glue to the side of the base piece (fiddling with the inside of the mortice is tricky). Then I could router plane down to a tight fit. If I use hide glue I would not have to worry about the glue not sticking to already glued piece.
  18. Time for an update! It has been a while since I have had enough progress done to warrant an update. We had gone to the mountains as a reprieve from the brutal summer we are currently having her in Arizona. And speaking of brutal summer, did you guys know that this is the hottest summer in Arizona in recorded history? Yep, that's 121 outside and 113 in the garage. Sure the humidity is less than 10% so it only feels like 109 or so but you know what else has low humidity? My oven! I still prefer these crazy hot temps over what those poor people in Florida, Louisianan, Texas and ot
  19. This is turning out to be a pretty stunning piece. I'm hooked.
  20. I am not. While I find the chairs attractive I also think they are a bit too...loud. I don't know what to do about chairs yet. I'm thinking benches. Maybe the benches will use some similar angles. I don't know. That is a worry for Future Me.
  21. About a year ago I read Nick Offerman's book. It's a pretty fun read if you have not read it. In that book, he has a picture of a table designed and built by George Nakashima. It's this picture: When I saw that picture I was immediately smitten with this design. To my eye this table is somehow both complex and simple at the same time. I knew when I saw the table I needed it on my todo list. I could not start on the table right away. I had to remodel our kitchen which took an incredible amount of time. I had to build some shelves. I also built a small counter top for our laundr
  22. This is shaping up very well and looking really good. And that grain. Just wow!
  24. So....this is embarrassing. You know the old saying "Measure twice cut once."? I re-measured the kitchen and....well....I have absolutely no idea where I got 108" from. Honestly I'm baffled. The kitchen will only accommodate a 6' table. I do believe all of the above advice is still sound though.
  25. I'm going to be doing my first ever large table top. The final dimensions will be around 40" x 96", maybe 40" x 108". I'm going to use 8/4 white oak. Assuming there are no fires to put out at work I will be purchasing all the lumber I need tomorrow (Friday). This being my first big table top my question for you experts is: When picking out my boards what should I be looking out for? What are the red flags?