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  1. Colorful and I like the end grain appearance, great job. Did you dowel the legs in or just glue using the lower shelf for the support?
  2. I built these chess boards several years back and forgot I had built two, seems to be my thing to build two of something. The first was built with oak and walnut and I do like purple heart for trim just a very vibrant color when finished. The second was built with birch and walnut again with the purple heart. The second I gave to my oldest son 18 - 20 years ago (now 52) as we both enjoy chess. The first I can't remember who got it as it was built first not even sure how long ago. I had a habit of using up small scraps for small projects, waste not I say. BTW my two son beat the pants off me in chess now. My children and grandchildren got a lot of my projects. The set of doll bunk beds was built for my youngest daughter approximately 30 - 35 years ago (now 42) and was handed to my granddaughter a couple of years back. she gave them back to me a few years back to refinish them for her daughter, they actually seen two generations get use of it. The beds were made with hand tool, table saw and a router (my first router). No fancy tools in those days for me.They were made of knotty pine and light coat of varnish. The last is a cribbage board I made 18 - 20 years ago for my youngest son (now 40) he enjoyed playing me and so the board was a necessity. We don't use it much now but it is a keep sake. Made with birch and once again the purple heart trim. As my profile says I am an amateur and a chef by trade, woodworking is a hobby and the two I have enjoy my working life. I love to create things. Maybe someone may see a use for some of those small pieces of wood hanging around. It is amazing the things created on the wood available to me at the time.
  3. I will start a new thread later today. That is a cool looking chess board and I like the checker box idea, I never thought of that, and like you my sons beats the pants off me at chess. I could beat them at one time.
  4. It has beautiful character in it and a shame to put it outdoors. That said, I have found pine being a soft wood it is very susceptible to weather especially damp. The grains being porous it laps up moisture like a sponge. Sealing it will be hard at best. It seems to like indoors over outdoors. Over the years I have built several small items out of pine for out door use and tried to seal with many different products and found none work well for me. There may be others on here that have found the magic product for pine outdoors. I live in Canada and we experience heat, damp, rain, snow and what ever else mother nature could throw at us. In my opinion a clear coat of water repellent product would likely do the best job. Good luck and a really nice looking table. John
  5. I made a nice set of bunk beds for my youngest daughter's dolls which went to my youngest granddaughter, it seemed to be one of the most useful toys I made,,, got double use. I had some small pieces of walnut and birch and made a chess board for my oldest son 20 year ago (he now 52) used up the "scrap" (never really scrap just small pieces) and still in use today. I may post some of the toys I built over the years in a new topic at a later date. Keep making saw dust. John
  6. A really neat looking box and well designed, I have tried several different boxes over the years. I have tried different woods and found doing the same box over in a different wood gave me a surprising new look. I have never used butternut during my builds but it is truly a nice looking wood. In my opinion design and wood choice is very important. Your choice of color scheme looks great. A well designed box. Like you I found my grandchildren got a lot of my attention and builds. Did you consider toys as well for smaller projects my grandchildren seemed to really like them, and always wondering what I was going to build for them next, just a thought. Also a great way to use up the small pieces of wood. Keeps you in the shop till your wood supplier reopens. John
  7. I am impressed with the way you have taken the a lathe and turned it into a sander. Your thinking and build ideas are unique from my perspective. I see it would be a bit of a hassle going from one tool to the next. My thinking is if it works it is a good idea. Great job well thought out. John
  8. My second issue was getting the spindles true after they were cut out and on their rods. I seen this idea somewhere and built two jigs one for large drum wheel and one for belt wheels. I found this worked great and gave me a smooth finish product I needed. I could have bought something to work but where is the fun in that. John
  9. Sometimes we think bigger is better when we build something but not always the case. The first build had several flaws, the size and the conveyor belt. As you will see the belt was shiny and too thick, I could not get it to run true and when it did (for a couple of minutes) and tried to run a piece of material through, it just stuck and the belt just shined the bottom of the piece as it would not grip the piece of wood. Just another bit of education. The size of second build (smaller) and the belt thinner and rougher, worked well for me.
  10. I may have overestimated the build but when walking into unknown territory (even with a guide) there has to be desire and skill on your part. I still think you have done a fine job and a build I have never tried. Have a fine day and a better tomorrow.
  11. Not an issue, I learned from others ideas over the years and just like to return my good fortune. Thanks for the reply. John
  12. We never tried to tame it just allowed it to visit and be curious, which it was. It would hibernate each winter and return each spring. They seem quite territorial but with other raccoons. Never bothered our cats and our cats left it alone. A quick shot of our nine cats eating and raccoon nibbling on back porch.
  13. You really have taken on a large task. The requirements and accuracy required to get a good finished project for this build is mind blowing. You seem to have the knowledge and desire for this build. A really great project. John
  14. A really nice piece of carpentry work. Renovations are always a pain but so satisfying on completion. A really nice job, well thought out and executed. John