Gary roebuck

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  1. this is not my first cutting board to make just my largest and I havent used that wood and avoid paduk as much as possible for same reason. I agree on sapella not being th best choice and told the customer this but she wanted it Specifically to match some other pieces that she had and used it competitions all you can do is tell them what you think if they choose to do differently not much you can do about it. Southern women once they have made their mind up there ain’t no use in fighting that battle,
  2. No but mine is heated in winter and installed it in the summer so that maybr the reason I havent
  3. Table. The thing is they have to place hog then carry it to judging area. The carry will be two guys so the weight of the board plus hog being carried worried me. The board will be a slab of sapella 10 wide and 4.5 long then a 5/4 by 2” strip of hickory then a 5/4 by 2” strip walnut another hickory then the other 2” by 10” by 4.5 foot sapella In my mind I have this picture of the board folding in half and pig hitting ground. My initial thought was that just glue would be fine but guess I was looking for a way to ensure my worst fear never happened.
  4. My shop should really should have a splash zone warning label as I tend to be a messy when dealing with glue and oil. I tried melamine tops and they would get scratched up easily and then those areas swell when soaked. For years I have used Formica For its ease of cleaning and durability. When I built my current bench I discovered that my local big box store no longer carried It in 4 x 8 sheets. They said I could order a sheet and it would take about two weeks to come in and being The patient person I am I started grumbling and walking back towards the front of the store to find an alternative somewhere else. It just so happened that I was walking thru flooring and noticed that they had peel and stick vinyl plank on sale and thought why couldn’t I use that for work top. It is great glue doesn’t stick Epoxy doesn’t it stick, wax and latex wipes off cleanly and oil and solvents won’t penetrate it. There is just enough texture things don’t slide around. Since it’s flooring it’s designed to be durable so no problems with wearing so far. When I have a brain fart and drill a hole through it or Cut too deeply with a razor knife I can simply pull up that piece and replace it with a New piece. One box covered the majority of the 4 by 8 workbench so I had to purchase a second box. I got the clearance stuff so it was $20 a box and I now have enough to replace a third of the worktable if needed. Single sheet of Formica to cover the same area was going to be $74. I understand this may not be optimal for a dedicated woodworking Bench or be as pretty as a laminated top. But since mine Is an all purpose workbench it works excellent.
  5. I like the spline idea thank you I know it’s overkill but I tend to go with more is better lol. There will be no base I suggested it but she wants it to lay flat who knows why
  6. this is going to be a long answer but your workbench height can be tricky. Some people want to build all their work tables at the same height so they can be used as in feed and out feed or so simply because it is more aesthetically pleasing. I’m not one of those people my tool tables use electric screw lifts to bring them up to the height of whatever tools I am using or so I can expand my work bench when needed This means my workbench can function independently of everything. I’m 6’2” tall and have due to many fun but stupid adventures in my youth some back and shoulder reminders that make working bent over less than fun. I first took Measurements from floor to my Elbow bent at 90 degrees and subtracted 2 inches. There was no scientific reason for it to be 2 inches but to be able to work on taller pieces comfortably that’s what it came out to. I tested this by just making a small box that was about 20 inches tall and Did things like driving screws in and using ratchets on top of the box which meant lowering it 2 inches from my first measurement. I then took into account what casters I would be using as I prefer 3 inch casters because it allows me to store stuff under the workbench like my creeper and long pipe clamps. Don’t forget to include if you’re gonna be primarily standing, sitting, using floor mats and your counter top covering. My shop should really should have a splash zone warning label as I tend to be a messy when dealing with glue and oil. I tried melamine tops and they would get scratched up easily and then those areas swell when soaked. For years I used Formica Due to ease of cleaning and durability. When I built my current bench I discovered that my local big box store no longer carried It in 4 x 8 sheets. They said I could order a sheet and it would take about two weeks to come in and being The patient person I am I started grumbling and walking back towards the front of the store to find an alternative somewhere else. It just so happened that I was walking thru flooring and noticed that they had peel and stick vinyl plank on sale and thought why couldn’t I use that for work top. I know this is a little bit off subject but I’ve been meaning to make a thread about the stuff anyway it’s great glue doesn’t stick Epoxy doesn’t it stick and oil won’t penetrate it. When I have a brain fart and drill a hole through it or cut too deeply I can simply pull up that piece and replace it with a New piece. One box covered the majority of the 4 by 8 workbench so I had to purchase a second box. I got the clearance stuff so it was $20 a box and I now have enough to replace a third of the worktable if needed. Single sheet of Formica to cover the same area was going to be $74. I understand this may not be optimal for a dedicated woodworking Bench or be as pretty as a laminated top. But since mine Is an all purpose workbench it works excellent. I know this was a lot for your question but the answer really is dependent upon you,the type work done and if you primarily sit or stand at the workbench.
  7. I know you’re right I guess I’m just old fashion and really worry about that much weight being centered in the middle of a board that heavy until recently I was more of a mechanical faster type fella just getting into this cutting board business
  8. I a no expert but in same situation as you everything in my shop has wheels as my shop is the wife’s parking space. I park outside so everything stores in my spot. I looked at a lot of benches and went back and forth wether to buy or build. I think I have viewed every workbench video on YouTube. The best thing I ever did was buy a two dollar notebook and throw it on my old workbench. I do a lot of different type of work from mechanic to woodworking to drawing. I gave myself 60 days and for those 60 days every time I did any work at my bench I wrote down about the current bench what I liked, hated or I wish It had. This led me to the conclusion that there was no premade bench that would serve all my needs so I built my own. I then use my little book to pretty much customize my plans from height to depth the attachments I wanted how many drawers I thought I would need. It really kind of made it a lot simpler rather than just sitting down and trying to design a bench and remember all the things that I would need. As far as tools I love my Joiner, table saw, and I wouldn’t trade anything for my drum sander Which has me to where I hardly ever pull out my planner. But the bandsaw will be my next upgrade so take that for what it’s worth.
  9. Cutting board for whole hog A customer contacted me and wanted a 4.5 foot x 2 foot whole hog cutting board that was 2 inches thick with the main body being mostly made up of solid pieces. When I asked she said he does competition cookouts and they usually try to average between 60 and 70 pound hog. I was able to get a 2 inch slab of Sapello that I can cut in half to get the length and will be using hickory and walnut as a middle stripe that she asked for. With a cutting board of this size I worry about glue being enough. Since I don’t have Access to a domino tool I am torn between using large dowel rods in the center or finding someway to put a piece of stainless steel all thread in several places and using plugs to cover the ends. I do have a biscuit joiner but I don’t know if this would really add any strength in the way I’m looking for it would be great for lining up the boards but I’m not sure it will add that much strength to keep the boards together. Has anyone ever done this type of board or do you have any recommendations.
  10. I have tried to find information on the subject and no luck. Has anyone tried running a Dust deputy on the exhaust side of the blower. I modified my HF dust collector with a win filter, bigger impeller and a thien baffle That I installed in the old ring portion of the Hf collector. I made a plywood ring and use the old plastic bag to make a shoot that the dust collects in. The reason I like the set up is that it allows me to use plastic bags in my collection drum rather than having to empty out a barrel I simply lift the bag twist it and throw it out with the garbage. I don’t have to worry about container collapse as it’s pressurized. I tried a baffle pre-blower and it was quite a considerable drop in suction. I don’t use my dust collector to clean the floors of the shop or really anything that sucks large debris so I’m not too worried about the impeller on the blower. My thought process maybe simplistic but does it make a big difference if I’m blowing into the dust deputy versus sucking though it? The current baffle does a fair job but not great as the inlet into the filter area is so large and the column is so short. The primary reason about the Dust deputy was to just help save the filter. I figured a one time investment of $170 was much better than having to replace $170 filter periodically. I would have to redesign my current system totally to add a deputy on the intake side as my piping runs along the ceiling and I would have to add several elbows and more flex hose which I know drop CFM to make it work. I would like information as to why or why not it wouldn’t work not just you can’t do that.