Dave S

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    Furniture construction, small projects and gifts.

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  1. I'd love to have a beer with you @ChipSawdust. Man what diversity! Which brings me to my hobby (in addition to the newest one woodworking). I loved preaching, but since I now sometimes get disabled without warning, that went out the window. Nobody wants to go to church and look at an unexpectedly empty pulpit. So, I write and talk with people about how faith speaks to the issues of life we all face. It really is a joy to be with people through difficult times and bring faith to bear in a world increasingly naturalistic. Because I came to faith as a scientist, I try to bring a unique perspective during these discussions. Odd hobby I know, but it's mine.
  2. Lovely. Cut from stone or wood the words are timeless and amazingly capture the full spectrum of our required relationship with God and virtually every way we can in error walk in another direction. I am moved every time I see these majestic words. Thanks for posting.
  3. Loved the pic Dave. It reminds of simpler times in our nation when I listened to the baseball game on the radio with my girlfriend and family holding a frosty one waiting for the fireworks. Yea baby. Happy 4th y'all.
  4. I have an Earlex (cheaper version) that uses the same cam lock assembly for the gun and cup. Mine dripped the last time I used it as well. I discovered that the nuts that hold the gun to the lid were just a tad loose. A quick tightening and no more drips.
  5. Chet, you're living my dream. My daughter and son-in-law just let us know she was pregnant and my mind went right to what a pleasure it will be to teach him/her woodworking.
  6. Welcome as well. The folks here are very helpful and the woodworking wisdom deep. Plus, everyone is pretty quick with a joke. I often catch myself smiling at an inanimate screen.
  7. The mitered drawer front was great! Never would've thought of doing that, but what a great look at gives the bottom of the box. Thanks for posting this. Really nice.
  8. Mick, I too am so sorry for your loss. Mourning is an experience we all will know sooner or later, but I’m so sorry it had to be sooner for you with Alison. It is difficult to see someone we love suffer and just as difficult to enter that necessary place where you are at peace that the suffering is over. My prayers are with you and while the support of this community that I am pleased to be part of won’t remove your heart ache from her absence, it will be with you always as you move forward. God bless.
  9. Dave I'm curious about the wood movement. BTW, really nice box at the start of this thread, and I liked very much the sliding insert. Think I'm going to steal that idea. Anyhow, the long grain looks like it's all in the same direction. Even though the board is comprised of strips, why do you think the wood movement didn't tear apart your miter joints in the nice-looking frame?
  10. Thanks for the tip Mick. I'll check it out. I'm expecting some patience will be needed on my part even if I have a more step-by-step idea of how it's done. In my previous career as an educator, mastery preceded creativity. Once I knew the material cold I was going to teach, then I could get very creative with how I taught it. Teaching design if you will. If design in woodworking is like that, I'll need some patience as I practice the skills. Nevertheless, a step-by-step process I suspect will jump start that whole thing. Thanks again for the reference to FW. They have a show on my public television station that I watch religiously.
  11. I just discovered this thread this morning. Don't know how I missed it. Really lovely, but what caught my attention most is the great design. As I'm late to this game in my life, I find the design part of it is the most challenging. Building someone else's plan introduced me to the techniques required, changing those plans to make the project my own came next, but my ultimate goal is to do what you did here. See some design elements and simply turn them into a project from your mind. Really inspiring to see. Thanks for posting this.
  12. If you stick with pine for whatever reason, avoiding stain even in dried wood is wise. My experience is also limited, but my first project after buying a planer (like here, the folks at Rockler suggested a planar high up on the list of necessities) was to tear apart a wobbly workbench I had made years ago from pine. I turned it into a table and just put arm-r-seal on it. It looks great for what it is knots and all. So I tried to build another project (I believe a picture frame) out of pine and wanted to stain it. It looked awful on scraps, so I abandoned that and read about differential stain penetration in woods like pine. Then I tried dying it, which was better, but still not as pretty as the wood itself. Just some experience from another novice who bumbled his way to the same conclusion drzaius provided. BTW, the book I read to help me with these kinds of issues was Understanding Wood Finishing: How to Select and Apply the Right Finish (American Woodworker). https://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Wood-Finishing-Comprehensive-Troubleshooting/dp/1565235665/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=bob+flexner&qid=1591700588&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFTTU1OQ1ZSREhHSEEmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTAzNzE5MTQ5T0ZVSU8yMlFKUlQmZW5jcnlwdGVkQWRJZD1BMDg4NDcwNDFWNVAzUElZN1I0NUMmd2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGYmYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl
  13. Gratefully, nowadays wasn't always and I'm glad I got to experience it. Still nowadays has much to offer like chatting with a bunch of woodworkers from all over the place about barbers and wives cutting hair! Yes sir, like hanging out at the local pub.
  14. Turns out my wife can cut hair just fine! 38 years together and who knew. Me and barbers are through I tell you through . It's probably a good thing for me anyhow since my long-term barber is about ready to retire. He finished every cut with a back massage. Now that's old school.