rpike

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  1. Thanks! It was fun to play builder for a while. I got to play rough carpenter, finish carpenter and cabinet maker all in one job...plus various other trades. I've got a lot of respect for professional tradespeople who do this stuff for a living and making it look easy. And yes, the picture in my avatar is the plane I fly. It's a Dassault Falcon 2000 LX. It's a rough job, but someone needs to do it. It's a great plane, and it keeps me busy about 8 days/month. Leaves me plenty of time to spend in the shop making mistakes.
  2. Thanks, all. Yes, my wife did want new appliances, so that was a driving factor for the kitchen remodel. We also didn't like the wall separating the dining room and kitchen. I originally didn't want to do any of the work in the remodel as my work schedule was pretty hectic, but I a was motivated financially to take it on myself when we started to get bids from contractors. This project had so many upsides. My wife wanted a new kitchen, and I wanted more tools. We both got what we wanted. When I started, I had basic job site power tools from my finish carpentry days and a 3 hp cabinet saw. I added a second 3 hp saw to the shop (I set one for ripping and one for crosscutting with a sliding table attachment). I also added a 20" planer, 12" jointer, 22" drum sander, 3 hp shaper, 18" bandsaw, second dust collector, and a Leigh dovetail jig. Even after all these tool purchases we came in 10's of thousands under what what our bids came in at for the remodel by doing it ourselves. Here are a couple more pics. The dining room ceiling got a tongue and grove makeover: The stairs also got a makeover (removes carpet and made oak treads): Before: After: Setting Boxes: Making drawer parts: This is about 1/4 of the drawer parts. Our lower cabinets are almost entirely drawers. We ended up with 25 drawers total.
  3. I've been a lurker here for years reading posts and soaking up knowledge, but I rarely post. I recently took on a project that I felt was well above my skill level, and I learned a lot form it. This post is meant primarily to encourage those who feel they don't have the "right tools" or the skills to go ahead and give it a shot anyway. You'll surprise yourself with what you can do. A bit about me, I am by no means a pro. During college I worked as a framer for about 6 months before my fear of heights got the better of me. I then got a job via classified ad (that'll date me) for a finish carpenter. When I called the number on the ad, the guy asked me only a few questions; 1.) Do you own reliable transportation? 2.) Do you own the following tools: table saw, compound mitre saw, jig saw, router, palm sander, air compressor, nail guns...the list goes on and on. 3.) Can you start tomorrow? I did own a vehicle (that couldn't fit all the tools needed) , I could start the next day, but I didn't own any tools other than framing hand tools (but I said I had them). I went out that night and convinced my young bride that dropping a load of money on these tools for the job was a good idea. So I did. I showed up the next day with a car load of new tools (not the nicest) I'd never used and proceeded to get an education. I had no idea what I was doing, but I made some money and loved the job. I did finish work for about 3 years to put me through school, and that is the extent of my woodworking experience. Fastforward 11 years since I left woodworking to park my butt in the cockpit of a jet for a living, and my wife called upon me to jump into the way-back machine, dust off my tools and build her a new kitchen. I foolishly said okay. This project included gutting our existing kitchen, removing walls and ceiling, rewiring and new pluming, so It was more than just a new cabinet build. Apologies for the mess in the foreground/background. I have kids...and they are messy. Kitchen before: Kitchen after: Loos smaller than before, but the wall to the left includes the pantry with didn't exist before. All in all we gained a lot more usable cabinet space than we previously had. The peninsula with the oven (far left of kitchen) used to have a floor to ceiling wall behind it that blocked the dinning room (where my ladder is sitting), so we lost the upper cabinets there. We doubled the width of the island and added storage on the back and also added 3 feet to the length. Various Details - Vent Hood Back of Island Pantry wall with faux beams Dovetail maple drawers Anyway, that's the gist of it. If I can do it, anyone can. So go ahead and jump in and start something. Reading blogs and watching videos online is great and motivating, but nothing beats making sawdust (and mistakes) in the shop. I may post construction pictures and techniques if there is interest. This was a fun and occasionally frustrating project that took about 6 months from beginning of demolition to finished product.
  4. The upholstery is stapled to the 5/8" ply lid. It was fairly simple and only took about an hour for all three lids.
  5. I made a late decision to build my girls each their own toy box for christmas, but was able to finish these on christmas eve. They are 36"x18"x24" and built of poplar, 1/4" MDF (for the recessed panels) and 5/8" ply for the bottom and lid. This was my first attempt at upholstery, and it seems to have turned out well. I spent 20 hours between the 3 from start to finish, but that doesn't include the 30 minutes of doodling the design on my outfeed table (which doubles as a really big scratch pad).
  6. Your dimensions seem to large for a single door. Remember that any warping of the panel over time will be more severe with an over sized door. I've never used space balls for any door. Really all they are there for is to center the panel and keep it from rattling. I center my panels by eye and either pin the top and bottom center or put a dab of glue in the same spot. I've never had any issues with panels shifting or rattling.
  7. rpike

    Not in English

    I read, write and speak German if you need translation services. It's one of my skills that often goes unused here in the states. What specifically do you need?
  8. The other built-ins are similar in style, but are different sizes. I've attached photos of the master entertainment center, the basement entertainment center (which is really just a base cabinet and upper open component storage with a removable panel for component wiring connecting the upper and lower together), and a study area in the basement that consists of two bookcases a small desk and a wall bench.
  9. Those look pretty nice! Looking forward to seeing pictures after they're done.
  10. Since I destroy everything I attempt to apply any sort of coating to I have a painter who really did a fine job in this house. I should clarify the number of built-ins in the house. There are 3 built-in entertainment centers, 1 built-in desk with bench and two bookcases nook area, and 3 bedrooms with two bookcases and bench/toy box combo in each. So I have had plenty of work in this house.
  11. This is one of 3 built-in entertainment centers in a home I've been working in for a bit. Construction is MDF and poplar. The top center doors are bi-fold doors that roll back into the cabinet. The door pulls aren't on yet and the lower left door is not on, but you get the idea.
  12. rpike

    Tool Gloat

    Pictures of a few of the clamps in use. Also, a shot of the box of face frame spring clamps. Assembly is going so much faster with all these clamps.
  13. rpike

    Tool Gloat

    I'll provide proof, but right now many of them are busy at work on my latest project. Oh, and all of the pipe clamps are on black pipe.
  14. rpike

    Tool Gloat

    Okay, so not really a power tool, but I just picked up 120 clamps for $300! 25 pipe clamps, 11 Bessy bar clamps, 4 specialty clamps, and 80 edge/face frame clamps. No HF junk.
  15. Okay, straighten me out everyone. My first spokeshave purchase was the above metioned shave and I can't stand it. Adjustments are clumsy and I can never seem to tighten the blade enough to keep it attached to the shave (even with light passes). So far I'm not a big fan. What say ye?