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  1. My girl (4yr 9mo) regularly comes to my shop with me. She helps me clean it and we do simple daddy/daughter projects. She has her own workbench too and is very quickly learning the proper names of the tools. I believe in educating her in things that are traditionally boy fields with the hope that, even if she doesn't continue in the shop with me as she ages, I will have planted a seed for her use when she gets older. It may be that she will work in my shop herself or call someone else's bluff if they try to BS her or who knows what else.
  2. I worked for my G.C. uncle for 8 summers while going through school and his phrase was similar... "Just get it done, we're not flying it."
  3. JayWC

    water rings

    Glad to see you back and posting in the Forum/Facebook/Etc Marc!
  4. I've gotta +1 Andrew's comment. It's basically what I was going to say.
  5. Anyone else notice the name of the Major in the first two photos? Was that a joke or a cruel trick of Dick's parents?
  6. When you have the specific CAD program post it here. It's hard to comment until we have that info. Also...never forget Sketch-up.
  7. I'm in with Russ's comment. Try the screws first if that's what you want to do. Even thru-bolts can loosen as the top moves with humidity changes.
  8. These and this came from leftovers from this project. I have 3 five gallon buckets of thin rips and end trims from this project and I'm trying to decide if I take the time to glue some together to make my own KP blocks for my Bessey clamps or just put them in the burn pile. Other drop offs have become blocks and Lincoln logs (1/2" plywood strips with notches in ends leftover from drawer carcasses from the dressers and armoire) for my daughter to play with in the shop. She has 3 buckets of various types of building blocks now. Otherwise, I typically try to limit scrap to a project to less than a couple percent of the overall purchase.
  9. JayWC


    Somehow I think that was an accident though?
  10. Duck, you can add mine to your list... http://www.thewoodwhisperer.com/shop-tours/jays-standalone-workshop/ I'm in Elgin...
  11. I would stay away from any open grain woods.
  12. Congrats on the move and good luck with the new shop.
  13. I like the detail of the post chamfer. Was that an added piece at the end or did you carve it out?
  14. If you need to look at the bits you're getting, go to Rockler. Sign up for their email promos first. They have a lot of 20% off offers that way. If not, Amazon.com. Link to it through Marc's store.
  15. I understand and apologize if I put words in your mouth.
  16. I'd recommend you read this article. You may have a self releasing collet. I think that's what Beech is referring to. http://www.popularwoodworking.com/techniques/your-guide-to-router-collets
  17. If you're going to go through all the time and effort to score and snap, I'd try cutting on the table saw at least once. If it's successfull, it's way faster than scoring. If it's not, then go to option #2 and score/snap it.
  18. It's cool and all, but I always question if the time spent making this couldn't have been better used to build other things. When something like this is built for a fixed number of tools, I always wonder what happens when a new tool is added to the mix. I'd rather be flexible in my storage design by having planned and built a well thought out tool box rather than having a piece where certain tools fit only in certain openings. I'm not knocking it...just questioning it.
  19. I am posting a PDF of my AutoCAD file as well as an old school marker rendering of the jewelry armoire I've been designing off and on since I got married almost 6 years ago. I'm actually very glad I didn't start it when my wife first requested it. The major part of the project is black walnut, the drawer fronts are zebrawood with a wenge cock-bead. This is actually the project I emailed WTOR about back in April of this year. The project morphed from a 5 drawer dresser top piece made all out of walnut (I have a huge stock of it from a tree felled near me) into this. It now includes 10 graduated drawers, a flip open top, a necklace hinging wing on each side and a secret compartment. Some changes were necessitated by the scale change as well as some changed because I've grown (hopefully for the better) as a woodworker in the last 5.75 years. Please let me know your constructive thoughts. I'll try to answer questions as well as visit links posted. Thanks in advance for your comments! Jewelry Armoire.pdf
  20. I think your question is spot on. He probably went through long before the 1000 grit.
  21. I say you build the desk and get a piece of glass for the top. You can either have the glass supplier put a pencil edge on it and loose lay it, or frame it in when you put your hardwood edge on the plywood. It's smooth and durable and easily replaced. I've seen quite a few old hierloom desks with this set-up including an old mahagony desk in that's been in my family for 90+ years.
  22. I made this vise spacer recently (also posted in the forum ) out of plexiglass using a Freud general purpose P-410 blade in my table saw. Don't turn your blade around or do anything out of the ordinary for what you'd normally do when working thin plywood. Make sure your blade is sharp, keep the stock flat on the table (but don't use hold downs that might scratch the surface), use a good feed rate, have dust collection going, etc.
  23. What I do instead is give customers a business card and they bring them back for maintenance when they're ready.... A light sanding and a light re-application seems to work fine. If they're cut into deeply a pass or two through my drum sander gets the cuts out. Coat it again.
  24. The thinned varnish penetrates the board to the point that it's saturated all the way through. I'd recommend you watch Marc's video on cutting boards. That's where I learned about the material I'm talking about. I think you'll honestly like it once you use it...you were my fellow architect in this forum right?