adkinsjd

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  1. They seem to work just fine for me. The pintrest one will default to whatever is "popular". I haven't seen much nudity on there.
  2. It is definitely on the list to hit up some auctions and such this summer for some hand tools. I find the hand tools subject to be a bit daunting though. I can clearly see what type of projects would be better with a lathe, but I haven't spent enough time yet to learn when a particular operation would be better with a certain type of plane, etc.
  3. adkinsjd

    Shop setup

    Also, I didn't see any dust collection? I would think this is even more of a requirement in a basement shop vs. the garage?
  4. Like StrangeRanger, I've only be using it for a week or so. I am by no means and expert on it, but I see it more as an inspiration source / personal cataloging site. For example, I recently made a coat rack for my entry way. As I was searching the internet for various sources of inspiration, I just pinned various images back to my coat-rack board. What I ultimately made was almost an exact copy of one of the images I found, but I can see for other projects where I may lift a piece of one picture with the trim of another, etc. I think most people probably do this already by bookmarking links in their browser. By finding a few people through this forum to follow, I can get more focused ideas by seeing what others with similar interest pin (vs the 101 things to do with socks as you mention).
  5. Is anyone else on Pintrest? I just started messing around with it, but I think I need to find some wood working folks to follow. So far my friends and family seem to be mostly interested in puppies, lady's hair styles, and food. Anyway, I thought it may be a good idea to start a thread where other folks can put in their pintrest links. I think that it is a great place to help you collect future project ideas, pictures, etc. Here is my profile if anyone is interested: http://pinterest.com/adkinsjd/woodworking/
  6. I just finished an outdoor planter today and made a finger joint jig to start on the nesting boxes. Then it is probably onto the step stool after that. The table sounds like a good idea as well, I just need a place to put one.
  7. @Barry: I don't know how I missed the "I can do that" series in Popular Woodworking. I'm reading through all of that now. Quite frankly, I almost exclusively rely on Marc and this site for my woodworking content. I like the idea of the step stool. That would help the kids wash their hands a little easier, and it would still be usable even if it isn't perfect. @Brian: I'm almost exclusively power tools at this point, but I like the idea of cutting a set of dovetails each night. I'll have to add a dovetail saw to my craigslist searching. I have a salvaged swingset that I am using mostly to practice my milling, but it is giving me a lot of scrap pieces I could use for this.
  8. I'm fairly new to wood working, and I have built a couple of minor projects so far (wall shelf, Adirondack chair, outdoor planter container). Those projects have been pretty forgiving to my cut accuracy, squareness, etc. Ultimately I want to make larger pieces of furniture (dining room, bed room) and cabinetry for the kitchen without it looking like something I made myself. I'm thinking about making "nesting" boxes with mitered corners. I figure that would give me a lot of practice cuts without going through too much wood / expense. I would get practice with relative dimensioning, measuring, angles, etc. So what are some smaller skill building projects that the community would recommend?
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    Shopsmith

    What do folks generally think about shop smith machines? It seems most complaints are about the setup/changing between functions. I have a nice table saw and router, and i have a passable jointer and planar. There always seems to be several of them on Craigslist at any given time which makes me a little hesitant... If they are always for sale, it makes me wonder if I would be happy with one. Is it worth picking one up for the lesser used tools (lathe, drill press, disk sander, etc)? Is this a jack of all trades master of none?
  10. I hadn't thought of that. That may just work.
  11. router (fixed to the table, but I think I have the handles for it somewhere), table saw, circular saw, chop saw, random orbit sander.
  12. I am making a planter from some plans in Wood magazine. Here is the current state: The next step is to attach a frame around the top. The first piece of the frame is the piece that is currently sitting on top of the planter. In this close up shot, you can see that the face rails are proud of the side molding. I need to get these flush so that I can get the frame to sit on top of them. Any ideas on how to get these flush? I don't have any hand planes. I'm thinking about clamping a board to the side and using a pattern bit in the router. I could also rabbit the back of the frame to sit over the proud parts, but that would leave the back part of the frame only about an eighth of an inch thick. I thought I would check to see if anyone else had any ideas for me.
  13. Thanks for the quick response. Yes it would be mostly for nailers and staplers. My gut says to give it more time as I will ultimately want a larger unit long term.
  14. Lowes has a deal on this compressor. Will 2 gallons and 100psi be enough? I am just starting out doing mostly small projects right now. Ultimately I want to start making cabinents and furniture pieces. It seems like a decent deal, but i'm worried it is too small of a unit long term. Any thoughts/suggestions? http://www.lowes.com...r_Compresor_Buy Thanks!
  15. All, I'm relatively new to woodworking. A friend of mine recently bought a new house, and it had a fairly old Rainbow play-set in the back yard that he does not want/need. We dismantled it, and I am now the proud owner of a stack of wood. I believe it to be primarily redwood/cedar. So far I've had some success turning this: Into: Here are some more pictures of the rest of the stash: So given all of the holes that go straight through the wood, any thoughts or ideas on what I can make with this? I'm looking mostly towards outdoor projects since the wood is redwood/cedar. I've made a couple adirondack chairs so I could probably make a few more of those with some alterations. Any thoughts or guidance about different ways to work around all the holes? Some are simple screw holes, but others held heavy duty bolts and are quite wide. I figure at the very least this will give me a lot of practice milling wood. I already ran one washer through the table saw which luckily didn't cost me a blade (or maybe unluckily since in the future it could be a finger? ) Thanks in advance.
  16. Not sure what you consider small, but here is a small space that has a lot of tools packed into it (Teen Woodworker):
  17. This is my first project, and with that in mind, it is coming along pretty well. There are definitely some improvements on the second chair (or less errors depending on how you look at it). I still have a table and a two seater from the same plans to complete. Hopefully by then, I'll have most of the kinks worked out. I think next up will be some type of workbench or out feed table since sitting on the little rubber mat in front of the table saw is already getting a little old. I think you can see my knee prints in the sawdust...
  18. I've found a couple of different plans for a tapering jig. I am wondering if anyone has any experience with either or opinions about which one is better/safer. This one seems easier to make, but I think it may not be quite as safe? http://woodworking.about.com/od/woodworkingplansdesigns/ss/TaperingJig.htm I kind of like this one better because of the hold downs, but it will take up more room on the shelf than the first which is a slight concern in my little shop. http://www.woodsmithtips.com/2009/10/01/adjustable-taper-jig/ Thanks in advance for any feedback.
  19. Thanks for the quick responses. My wife just happens to be at the grocery store right now so I sent her a text. With any luck, there will be some wax waiting for me when I get home from work!
  20. I recently cleaned some minor rust stains off of my new-to-me table saw. I put some boeshield t9 on the surface, but it appears fairly tacky to the touch. I've read a few older posts, and it seems the recommendation is to apply some type of wax to reduce the friction. Until I can get my hands on some wax, should I try to buff out the boeshield and apply a thinner layer? Top coat with pledge or WD40?
  21. Thanks everyone for the quick response! This definitely gives me a bunch of ideas to fill out the wish list. Thanks!
  22. I am in the process of converting my garage into a wood shop. I have have been able to find several good lists to help me determine a purchase order for power tools. I have a table saw and a router already (granted I have yet to get power ran out there....). As Christmas is approaching, I'm looking for ideas for the smaller items in the shop. I don't expect my in-laws to buy me a dust collector, but a pocket hole jig is more reasonable. What are the the smaller ticket items that get a lot of use in your shop?