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  1. Hi John, thank you for your interest and the comments{thanks to you as well Paul Marcel}! I'm pure amateur, so fair warning{lol} The splines 'are' large and the intended thought was like you mentioned, I was hoping for a nice effect on the inside. However, I had quite some tear-out I didn't anticipate. I think on the next attempt I'll try using a backer block to see if that will help, this one will get the complete interior flocked in hopes of hiding the well, live & learn they say Yes the sides were inlay-ed as well, simply via shallow dado. The box is joined by mitered ends, & glued up, then the splines were cut in using the table saw and a corner spline jig. The spline jig straddles the fence. With the vertical splines, I simply reversed how the jig sits over the fence, leaving somewhat of a sliding flat faced auxiliary fence {one could say?} and I carefully clamped the box so the vertical angle of the corner being cut was aligned with the blade. This was a little nerve wracking as my clamping system would of benefited with more support from a proper jig, and... once again the tear-out was awful{depth set do deep and broke through in places}, even with a new thin kerf blade, but all in all it worked and I kept what's left of my fingers. The vertical splines themselves were hand cut using the vise, handsaw and chisel work to finish to size by trial and error{there must be an easier method?}. Size - box-6&7/8" X 3&1/2" top-7&1/4 x 4" Total height{including feet}-3&1/4" plans, all seat of the pants using scrap of these days I'm going to force myself to actually plan in advance and 'hopefully' see problems 'before' they arise. These photos are with only the first coat of danish oil, some fine sanding and another coat or two followed by some wax, should make me happy. Hoped this helped in some manner, or at least bring about some experienced thoughts from those more advanced than this noob. Happy Holidays!
  2. Outstanding Brett, well done on the hardware too. I'm gonna have to try dovetails one of these days, should do my experimenting now in winter, I can always use the {ahem} attempts for fire wood Really turned out super!!!
  3. Since I'm too slow to figure out how to upload to the gallery...I'll put it here. Found a small piece of spalted{?sp} maple right as it was about to be tossed into the fire... Now it seems I inspect every piece of wood before it goes to the stove{LOL} Happy Holidays Everyone...enjoy & be safe!!!
  4. Kenny Age-52 Married 23 yrs{& counting} to JoAnn Employed{lol} as a House-Husband 2 kids that bark, & 1 who human children Currently freezing in S.E. Michigan
  5. <<<---<<<--- Just north of Detroit
  6. Great idea, got me surfing this morning...this one looks interesting, though I haven't yet found out the range, my shop is 30 or so feet from my back door and I never thought about not being able to hear the shops alarm from inside the house. wireless alarm
  7. could set the legs in coffee cans or small plastic tubs, if the bench is heavy enough, shouldn't move glue the cans to the floor may even help. just throwing out ideas... Tell the Mrs it would be more beneficial, if you just built a dedicated workshop on the back forty
  8. I am...but with the economy here, the real question should be 'anyone staying in Michigan' LOL Where are you at Darrian?
  9. Yes, great video/inspiration! My sister is blind, totally in one eye, legally in the other. Her husband is totally blind...the things they do on their own, on a daily basis is remarkable. Definitely causes one to reflect on how we sometimes let the 'little things' almost blind us to the joys in & of life...Thanks for sharing!
  10. Slot cutting bit worked for the ones I used to make...been a long time since I played as well...just great, another project to add to the list{lol}
  11. I used a cheap HSS 1/2" for the first two passes, followed by a 3/4" plywood type dado bit for the last two passes. The brads caused no visible{to me anyways} damage, looked like they{brad nails} were 18 gauge. After each was found{Grrr...} I set them deeper with a nail set, if I couldn't get a hold of them. The routing really went well, other than I choose a low spot to set the depth of what I intended to remove...only to find out there was another slightly lower area which required an extra trip down the jig{duh}.
  12. Definitely 'Trash to Treasure' pine...awesome work!!!
  13. Router template guide set...had for 3 or 4 yrs and still haven't taken the time to experiment with it
  14. Thanks Vic, I suppose I was hoping someone had a secret formula, providing substantial protection from the 'sure to come' idiotic abuses I'll impart on it Thank you also, Dyami, it's a great feeling after years of using roller coaster tops{lol}. The jig itself was very simple, but getting it all level & on plane was the real chore. Now, if I could just incorporate some of the patience I used setting it up, into my actual woodworking...I'd be all set{more lol}
  15. So I'll finally get to see what it's like, to actually use a flat surface, but before I do...what do you folks recommend for a finish? I was thinking BLO followed by wax, any thoughts would be appreciated. Not much of a 'real' bench, but it belonged to my dad years ago, so I'm trying to keep it usable for a while, until I attempt building my own someday...then, either sell this one for scrap metal due to all the hidden brads, or maybe as a chunk of 'filled' Swiss cheese{Dad never could leave his vise in one place lol, IIRC I used 30inches of doweling, filling the holes when I brought it home...} Using what was available for the jig... Glad I wore eye protection, found hidden brad nails almost everywhere... Three passes later, what a mess... end result...