Chip Sawdust

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    Greene & Greene, craftsman, furniture, jigs, hobbyist

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  1. Chip Sawdust

    Making a corner desk - first major project.

    Just use a piece of 1/4" ply or hardboard and it will have what's called shear resistance/strength. That will take out any racking that may happen. And - bonus- things you put on the shelves won't fall off the back of the shelf or hit the wall. You'll like it
  2. Chip Sawdust

    sketching a simple woodworking bench

    Good stuff there gee-dub thumbs up
  3. Chip Sawdust

    Small Sculptured End Table

    I like it too, and yes, sculpting has always intimidated me, as well as inlays and bowties and all that. I'm scared to ruin the wood and have to start over. My wood budget is strict. And my ego is far greater than my skills!
  4. Chip Sawdust

    Hacking

    I bought a "dovetail saw" and have some decent chisels, but your effort looks as good as any I still do. I need more practice with it as well. It's a rite of passage, doncha know For a woodworker that is... I do all my box joints on the table saw either with my Freud box joint blades or a dado, and a homemade jig. Works great and is fast. But for some reason I'm not as proud of box joints as I am a nice dovetail. For dovetails with the router I still use my old Incra jig, the little black plastic one. Setup is a pain but once set, it works beautifully.
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    "Hand-Cut" Dovetails

    When I started into dovetailing I bought the old Incra jig, the little black plastic jig. It actually works great; it's the setup that's time consuming. Good thing I don't do this for a living. But it's also encouraged me to try more hand dovetailing, at which I'm still not very good...
  6. Chip Sawdust

    Passing On The Skills To The Next Generation

    That's awesome, 70. I've tried to get my nephew interested and even offered him a free table saw and other tools but no dice. I have no kids of my own, and my step daughter isn't interested (although she is a welder), so I'm not sure what will happen to my careful collection of tools when I leave. But I'd like to leave some knowledge and experience with a younger human in some way. Good on ya!
  7. Chip Sawdust

    Shop Storage Shelf

    Poplar plywood should always be painted
  8. Chip Sawdust

    Proper Depth of Cut on Table Saw

    Different blades will need different treatment. Combo blades like the Freud Diablo will work just about any height you care to set it. The 60 or more tooth crosscut blade seems to like the gullet rule, but the 40 tooth blade I got with my saw feels better about half gullet height. I'm a fan of combo blades, but have various blades that are supposed to do certain cuts very well, like crosscut vs rip. Most of the time I have a combo blade mounted. Watch your cuts with the material you use the most and go with that for your technique and équipent. If you change from your usual oak, for example, to hard maple or wenge, watch for differences in performance in your setup. It probably won't take a lot of adjustment, but there's always fine-tuning to do in this work.
  9. Chip Sawdust

    Shop Storage Shelf

    I never really thought systainers would be that useful. Aren't they basically just plastic boxes?
  10. Chip Sawdust

    My crappy little shop

    Hey one foot could make all the difference! Im thinking of building a boat, I may need to borrow that foot
  11. Chip Sawdust

    My crappy little shop

    Dang, Bob, that makes wayyyy too much sense! And makes the job perhaps not easier, but puts it within reach of a guy who works alone on virtually everything. Thanks!
  12. Chip Sawdust

    New (and final) Shop!

    See now you sound nd more like me. Heh heh ... lately I’ve been using a Bluetooth speaker with tunes on my phone.
  13. Chip Sawdust

    Wenge Buffet Table

    Wenge is tough to work with, but the QS may be easier than straight grain to work with. I have used a small amount of wenge and other than it’s really expensive, it’s going to be hard to get smooth. If smooth isn’t the goal, then wore brush it to raise the grain a little more. First time i used wenge i broke a dovetail bit on it. Go slower than usual; it’s tough wood. With a wenge table I’d got for actual ebony rather than a substitute. But I’m a G&G fanatic who uses ebony with QS white oak so *shrug*
  14. Chip Sawdust

    New (and final) Shop!

    Haha... I have good dust collection but dang, I'd have to swipe the wife's feather-on-a-stick to keep the screen clean. I don't watch much TV anymore anyway though. I do, however, always have tunes on a little portable Bluetooth speaker and my endless iTunes collection.
  15. Chip Sawdust

    Sad Storry to Share

    Thanks for posting... I confess I'm lazy about that. Nobody else is ever in my shop so there are no changes to tools when I leave. It's just me and my wife. I don't unplug the TS but I think about it... It's on a breaker strip so it would be easy enough to flip the breaker off, but I don't even do that. So far I still have all my fingers but this is a good reminder. I'm not a safety guy but I've overseen enough shops to know better. I think when you work by yourself you convince yourself you're safe, that only happens to the "other guy."