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  1. another thought I had was starboard. Both ideas are more expensive than marine ply. And the neighbor does the painting.
  2. This generator belongs to a neighbor. They have no indoor storage space. No ice or snow. This is Florida. However the climate is corrosive on wooden things. My thinking is to build a box with no bottom. I will use marine 3/4 ply. On the bottom edge I will join western red cedar. On the corners I will add a 4" long piece of cedar so just the corners are on the slab. And below that I will add high density plastic 1/2". That way the only contact with the slab is the plastic. I will leave a 1 1/2" space around the sides and top on the inside. The top will be slightly pitched to allow water t
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    Coop, for a lady that is worth it I'd paint figured wood. I've never done that, but I love figured wood! Otherwise I paint poplar and soft maple for the cash. All the rest is natural finish for the love of the work first....and second for the money.
  4. Tom, I enjoy your skill. around 50 years ago I was a helper for a very skilled old man. I washed him repair several windows that he called "favors". If you weren't likable then no favors. I only know enough not to build or repair one. I did make a couple of replacement windows but they were only styles and rails. Single light. Tom, it is obvious that you have skill levels that are very special. And I am thankful that you are very willing to share. I bet there is an interesting story of how you attained your skills. Previous generation(s), or you did an apprenticeship?
  5. This is quartered white oak. door panels curly quartered. I finished it with waterlox transparent sealer. I apply it with a sponge brush. Very easy. If there is a surface that will get a lot of wear, the company makes a compatible varnish.
  6. Nice work Tom. Very impressive. What are the names of the wooden parts in the middle. I think one is Mulliens? Thanks
  7. Possibly compare all duplicates and choose the best one. If they are equal keep your fathers tools. Just an idea...
  8. Anything completely new I go real slow. second time is a snap. All first time different and challenging techniques slow me down the first time. Next time is easy. I think it is human nature.
  9. Sometimes I build a separate base. But most of the time the outside bulkheads Are cut on the bottom front corners. dados for the bottom shelf. I have one t shaped support in the center made of 3/4 ply , screwed and glued. center bulkheads fit into dados on the bottom. This project required shelf standards on the uppers and bottom left. They were inset in dados.
  10. I found a shop vac in the garbage in front of a house in the neighborhood. It was new looking so I brought it home. There was some dog shit in the tank. I think spoiled junior was told to clean up so he threw away the vacuum after the chore. I used it for several years and the motor quit. I called shop vac and the guy I talked to sent me a new lid with new motor, free. I did not ask for a replacement. I asked about fixing it. I still have it and it works good.
  11. Unless you already know, the next thing is a companion tool of the planer, a jointer. Before the wood gets to the planer, run one face over the jointer first. That will remove twists and dog legs. Don't try to dress the whole board. Better to cut with a little extra to length and width. When dressing a longer board, pick your straightest lumber for that purpose. A crooked long piece may not be thick enough to dress to required thickness. For shorter pieces, crooked dresses out easy.
  12. Very nice! Thinking outside of the box. Crafty!
  13. I'm impressed by your setup. And congratulations on getting large production jobs. I see in one of the pictures that it looks like a crop growing near your shop. Are you also a farmer? I like your beard. It makes me think of ZZ Top. Is there any danger with a long beard near machinery?
  14. The quantity of work is a logical consideration when buying tools. For me I use Makita. It makes sense to pick a brand and stay with it so as to have interchangeable batteries. Also lithium batteries new and left on the shelf will not deteriorate. Therefore I buy batteries and make sure there are at least 2 batteries in the bubble packs on standby. The best time to buy the batteries is December with the very best sale prices. About 50% off.
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    The botanical name of this orchid is Cattleya intermedia 'orlata'. This is a natural species. It lives in Brazil. Grows wild. Also fragrant. This one grows in my patio.
  16. I have had homemade, low end, and now the Jessem top. Looking back, I wish I bought the Jessem or equivalent to begin with. My speed of set up and accuracy is much better and worth the price of admission.
  17. Check with Jessem customer service. If they have no help then repurpose the cast iron. Router table work can demand precision that likely won't be there. And then there is the element of unknown dangers. I have a jesses lift and a jesses table. I built the base. I have the big Porter Cable 3.25hp motor. I like my router table!
  18. If you are going to lift the roof might as well make it 10' inside. Could be useful. HAs been for me.
  19. Quartered Ash. Milling the correct thickness is the key. The species matters.
  20. I have a 12" delta disc sander that gets a lot done. If it broke I'd replace it. Woodworkers supply has cubic zirconium disc paper that last a long time. There is a trick to putting the disc paper on. Different but not hard. I also have a cheap combo 6" disc with a 6 x 36 stationary belt sander. The belt gets use.
  21. If you are friendly with your neighbor, see if he would sell just enough to give you access. In real estate terms because of your shop having good access make your property worth more. And less without it.
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    Sapele Wood

    Sapele is a multi purpose wood. Exceptional beauty in any room in the house or office. And a good choice for outdoors.
  23. Quartered oak is typically tight grain. If yours is then I think I would not make accommodations for movement. I'd pin the tenons. These and other doors just like these has a 10" bottom rail. One deep continuous tenon that is dowel pined from the other side. The bottom rail is exactly even with the bottom of the styles. The doors are 18 years old.