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  1. Why not do a plunge cut on the table saw for the long slots?
  2. I work in a 10x16 shop that has a table saw with out feed, dust collector, Band saw and 8 foot miter/router station. Also a workbench with drawers at the end (10 foot end) with bench Drill press and belt/disk sander on it. Windows on one end and one side. Love the natural light. Hate the size. Once a project is started it consumes the space and nothing else can be done in there. Use of the table saw grinds to a halt as the out feed doubles as assembly table. Everything is on wheels. Some days I have to step outside to change my mind it's so crowded. I work on everything from building wooden cars with the Grandson to a king size bed for the bedroom. My advice is cramp your storage on the other side of the wall and make the shop as big as possible. Might cut down on the junk factor in the storage area to. I'm designing a 20x30 shop to be built next spring ahhhhhhhhh... Stampy
  3. Awesome. My grandson and I do this all the time. He's 3 1/2 and very curious. I've marked a bunch of stuff in the shop with red tape and now he knows what he can touch on his own and has to ask for first. Kids learn so fast, first thing he says now when he walks in is "I have to ask to use those tools right"? We build cars from old cutoffs and hole saw some wheels and now he has a little collection. Takes 15 minutes to make and he loves them.
  4. Sad to see him go. My mother met him when she did the Carousel Horse cover for the Christmas catalogue.
  5. Found this in the Seattle underground museum.
  6. My tools are officially for sale....nicely done.
  7. Having just built a house with a new wood stove you need to look at several different aspects of the area the stove will be in. The best way to start is with the chimney as it can be the most restrictive part. Distance to combustibles is a moving target based on codes, type of stove and as previously stated chimney placement. As stated previous poster advising putting up some tile, this makes no difference if the distance to the combustibles behind the tile is not within code or installation procedures for the stove installed. Our stove is in a partial alcove and to eliminate the overhang restriction over the stove of 36 inches we put a slot at the top of the wall that allows the air in the alcove to escape.
  8. Slats for sure as opposed to ply so the mattress can breathe. Especially if the mattress is foam.
  9. Put the board away on your rack, forget about it for 2 or 3 years. Then one day when your finnaly cleaning your shop re discover it and tear into it. Thats what usually hapens to me. Oh and in the mean time deny yourself the pleasure of working with a nice peice of wood by going to the local diy store and buy some over priced crappy wood and try to make chippendale furniture with it. Good luck
  10. I sanded one corner to test it out with some 600 grit and it came out really nice.
  11. I like that suggestion Highlander. Thank you all. I was thinking of doing a coat on the underside as well. Anyone have issues with cupping of a block this size? It's 87"x32" and 2" thick.
  12. Well we are in the final stages of the reno/build of our home and have moved back into the house and are feeling quite happy about the whole project. Some will recall a couple of posts months ago about our concerns with our build and our builder. After navigating the trials and tribulations of all that we are at the finish line. Just a few odd's and ends to do that I will complete and we will have a 99% new home. Pictured is the walnut island butcher block top. It came un finished as we wanted to get our hands dirty. I bought some food grade oil and need to do some sanding to get this baby gleaming. Any advice as usual on this process would be much appreciated. The plan with this is that it will be fully functioning as a cutting and food prep surface. We want it to live with us in our kitchen so staining and marks to us will only add carachter.
  13. Before i converted my old garage electrical I used to run a table saw and lights all on one 15 amp circuit without tripping the breaker. If your house was built in the 80's you could have aluminum wiring or a mix of both. And thats bad. Sub panel is the best way to go. I put in a 60 amp sub in my garage and ran all 20 amp circuits never had a problem. As a footnote we just have completed a rebuild on our house, when I was doing the demo on the old house I found several circuit conections that had been done improperly that had burn marks. You could have this from bad DIY from previous owners as i discovered. And yes circuit breakers do fail and there are crap ones out there to so don't cheap out. It's not worth it.
  14. Nice! I'm going to poach some ideas from this one. Looks like you integrated the lower stretcher into the legs with some joinery. Hard to tell in these pics. Can you offer any details? Stampy
  15. As many of you were very open with your advice with our roof problem I thought I would update you on what has transpired. My builder and I recently sat down and had a long heart to heart. Funny how life can be. Some very profound parallels in our personal lives have been stressing us all including the roofing contractor who has had his son leave his company suddenly to pursue other avenues. They had a falling out and the affect has been devastating to his father who was planning on retiring and giving him the business. He was his right hand man and the labourers are now doing his roofs. Not a good situation. Our contractor has been dealing with a parent that has an addiction problem and they have decided to move them into their home to support there recovery, And my wife and I have had to deal with the instability of our son's relationship with his girlfriend and our grandson who is 1 1/2. In a nut shell the girlfriend has no support from her family so we have become her surrogate family. A roll we have undertaken with out hesitation but it compromises our relationship with our son. So in the last month we have all had life changing, profound events that have obviously had an effect on how our project has gone at times. The long talk on a Sunday afternoon proved to be good for everyone (although the roofer wasn't there) my sentiments have been expressed through our builder that I want to work with the roofer and not be adversarial. I believe that by being honest and forth right that relationships in these situations can be galvanized in a positive manner. I have extended my friendship and understanding and hope that it will be reciprocated. Our builder has already shown there hand by supporting our displeasure with the roof quality 100%. They have also decided that if the roofer won't make some concessions to fix the situation that they will work to absorb the cost as much as possible. In this day and age of thin margins in any business I genuinely appreciate this gesture. So we will see what can be done with the current roofer to improve the finish quality of our roof and continue to move forward with our renewed confidence in our builder. Incidentally I had a neighbor of ours who does commercial metal roofs come by and have a look. He said that the standing seems our builder has done on flashing and drip edges has been of better quality than the roofing crew All the best Stampy