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  1. I do not know about y’all but this heat has been killing my shop time, motivation, and forward progress!!! My garage has been hitting 92 by mid morning and topping out around 98 in t the afternoons. Not optimal conditions for woodworking for me at least. Do you guys just push through the heat or take a little shop downtime like me in the summer if you can? I would much rather work in the cold when I can throw a jacket on or turn the heater on in the garage.
  2. Had the afternoon off and thought I would stop by the local hardwood dealer to see if they had anything good on sale. Picked up a random board or two…
  3. Yes I agree! Sometimes I think I just like the planning and thinking involved for a new project. It does not seem to be as fun when it starts to turn into actual work ;-). To your point it is worth the pain to push through and get to the fun at the finish.
  4. Ok so made some progress over the last few nights. The Planer is crying and the trash can is getting full ;-). I also remembered why it’s important to cut out my rough lumber with a jig saw or similar as some of the boards were under a little tension and they released it when I was cutting them. No issues but I could see how that could cause a disaster on the table saw. For some reason the wood pile always seems to grown as I get it all cut out and start the milling process. Hope to be through the bulk of the milling this weekend and then can start working on the final milling for one of the projects.
  5. That’s good to hear! I figured it would be a good addition and good place to start. Wanted to make sure it would get some good use before I invested in a lift or solid table.
  6. I have been using an old ketchup squeeze bottle and it has worked awesome. The glue sometimes hardens in the little gasket but you can just gently pull it out and if keeps going.
  7. I found an old Roybi table and fence that needed a new home in the neighborhood and going to give that a whirl to see if I can incorporate a router table into my work flow. I am just going to instal my DeWalt router for now and see how it goes.
  8. Other than the optics associated with the initial color / how it takes stain / how it will age; are there any physical issue with using the sapwood that should prevent it from being used in the project? I read it can have a higher moisture content than the heartwood, but this wood is from a commercial shop that was dried and I checked it with my meter and looks good to use from a moisture perspective. I was just not sure if there was anything else to be aware when using.
  9. I know it’s a little hard to tell from the photo but can sapwood run the entire width of a board? I was digging through a pile of cherry that someone gave me and there were three boards that looked like this. I was not sure if this was just a really light colored cherry or if it was all sapwood. Either way it will work as was just using on some parts that are not going to be seen
  10. Been a while since I did a project journal and thought I would do one to capture my next two projects. Going to try and make the outdoor sitting bench from TWW site and the bit storage cabinet from TWW site. I decided to do both at once as when I get everything out to mill the lumber, cut parts, and make the joints, it seems easier and faster to do more than one thing at a time to save time on setting up the tools. I can use both of these projects around the house and thought they looked like some good skill builders that were not overly complex. Sounds like a double win to me. Going to do the benches in cypress and maybe the cabinet in cherry as I have some off-cuts around that will work perfectly.
  11. Does anyone have any rules of thumb on when you should turn the blade inserts on a helical head for a DW 735? I have not really kept track of how much I have ran through and still seems to cut fine but maybe I am playing with fire. Any other general maintenance folks do to keep it running in top shape. Really have only had to clean it and replace the belt once so far.
  12. Spent most of the weekend catching up on yard work that I had been putting off. The weather was hot but the wind had finally stopped blowing for one weekend and was able to have the fire pit rolling all weekend. Finished up my first crack at a jointers mallet and got the first coat of Danish oil applied. Not sure I 100% like the shape and need to work on my shaping skills but overall I am pleased for my first one. It was hard to find any plans or dimensions for a mallet if anyone has a good resource or two for a future build.
  13. Are you going to mill the log into boards? Do you have a chainsaw mill or another way to cut down the logs?
  14. I have use the brusso hardware stop hinges. Not sure if that is what you are looking for but they worked well on my little memento boxes other than they are a little pricey.
  15. Did you just put the box together and move free hand on the table letting the bearing on the bit guide you to cut the slot? I have been looking at a router table and this operation plus how you put that profile on the lids both look like they can go on the pros side of getting the table for My router.
  16. @Robby W is evap-O-rust a product you buy to help remove rust? I got some tools from my uncle and if I remember I just used a green cleaning pad with some mineral spirits to remove the rust, but wondering if this product might work better.
  17. Thanks for all of the tips. It is a ways out before I will get the table but I will let you know how it goes.
  18. Here where I can get hardwood lumber it is usually always cheaper to get it in the rough but I can pay the mill to surface and straight line rip if needed. The only time I have done that is when I was buying the 8/4 hard maple for the workbench build and had them skip plane it done and add an edge so it was easier for me to work the long boards. I guess I am kind of a nerd and for me I enjoy the milling process. There is something about taking the rough and old looking piece of wood and opening up the beautiful wood and grain inside. Although I am a hobby woodworker so I can understand if you have lots of wood or are making something for your business you might not have the extra time it can take to mill all of the parts. Also I end up buying extra to deal with the issues that arise when milling and to have spare parts if something goes wrong in the build. That could add up quick if you are buying lots of B.F but in my case it is usually a very small cost.
  19. I have been working on these little memory boxes and finally getting close to being done with them! Today I finally put on the hinges and added the top to the box. I put the hand cut dovetails on pause and used one of the old templates my uncle gave me a long time ago. It is amazing how many different skills a little box takes and it had a lot of firsts for me…this is the first box I have made and it was a ton of fun. First time for: making a box; dovetails on a box; installing hinges; and probably a lot more I am not thinking about. The box is made out of cherry, the first photo is raw and the second two are with the first coat of Danish oil. A few more coats and it will be all done. I ended up trying out the liquid hide glue on the box and I am a huge fan. Super easy cleanup and the glue does not show on the end grain like PVA glue can show if you miss some in the final sanding. @Chestnut thanks for the tip on the boxes; I have a Horizontal belt sander and I ended up hitting the top and bottom of the box for like a second and that worked perfectly to smooth out all of the edges. It took the “rock” out of the box and removed that little gap that I got when I put the bottom on the chisel box that I made in parallel with these boxes. Thanks to everyone else and all the little tips along the way as I could never have gotten this far without a little help and guidance.
  20. I don’t know! I have a DeWalt 618 but it is only 2-1/4 hP. I am still torn if I will use the router table that much, but I am guessing once it is setup and easily accessible I will find some more uses for the table. I have been watching some videos to learn what people are using their tables for and have learned a few things. Are there some things on the route table that you need the extra horse power? Anything you do the most on the router table or since it is so versatile is it just a lot of different little things?
  21. @curlyoak I have been kicking around getting a router table and I found this old thread. I was actually looking at the same two router table tops / fences / lifts and was wondering if you had any additional feedback now after the build? I was also considering building the stand vs just getting the metal stand that comes with the tops. I was just a little concerned with attaching the top to the wooden stand and was wondering how easy it was to attach the top once the cabinet was built.
  22. Did you use two routers so you had one for the tails and one for the pins so you could do them faster or was there other advantages in making the joints more accurate? I thought if I read the technical info correct they did not recommend using different routers due to concentricity problems that can happen if the two routers have different bit to guidebush offsets or is this overcome by using the same brand router?
  23. Any good places to order them from? Or what to look for when you order them?
  24. I think the one in the bottom left of the picture is for holding the tool or file to sharpen a planer knife or card scraper. I was looking at getting one awhile ago. https://www.craftsmanstudio.com/Veritas-JointerEdger_p_251.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI15Ki-9Gy9wIVAHFvBB3P9ADfEAQYASABEgLex_D_BwE
  25. Do you mean an oscillating drum sander? I only have an old belt and disc sander but not a drum. How do you shape the bottom to the side with the drum sander?