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  1. Nice, everyone starts somewhere. It took me a while to just jump in and start building, but once I got over the "I don't know enough to build something" phase and entered the "I'll never know how to build anything unless I start building SOMETHING" phase, learning went a lot quicker...
  2. I'll second that motion. All in favor?
  3. Wow, now THAT is a band saw! I think I need some millwrights to sharpen my blade every two hours... Thanks for the link, that was a fascinating read!
  4. What I didn't learn from Marc is that when filling knots (something I just finished doing before packing it in for he night) if you don't have a nifty measured pump dispenser, adding a little too much hardener to the epoxy will cause it to super heat and start steaming... (no joke, I had to set my little cup down just now cause it was too hot to hold and when I looked over it was steaming...) Maybe that should be a topic of safety week... ensuring proper ratios when mixing products that cause chemical reactions... I'm sure it would be right up his alley given his background...
  5. Hey all, I was just wondering how many people plan on attending the AWFS show here in Las Vegas on July 20-23... I've never been to an AWFS show and plan on going, it would be great to organize a get together of sorts for forum members... Maybe we could even convince Marc to come if there's going to be a good turnout and he's not too busy posing for the paparazzi and signing autographs...
  6. Well Marc, get comfortable with that weird feeling because I think you've contributed more information to more people than even you realize... It was the discovery of your podcast in it's infancy that gave me the courage to delve into the woodworking thing after having not done any since middle school... I was just discussing with a MikeMa from the TWW chat room yesterday about your knot filling... I've been working on a twin bed for my soon to be 4 year old son and due to his age and his obsession with banging things and putting stickers every where, the wife suggested something cheap and easily replaceable... We settled on #2 common doug fir that will be distressed prior to finishing... well let me tell you... you aren't just paranoid with those knots! I hadn't done anything with them and while planing a board down I damn near hit the deck thinking there was a gunshot as the planer ripped out and devoured a knot sending it hurling towards the impeller of the dust collector... I spent the rest of the afternoon with blue tape and epoxy... (and some fresh underpants) I think one of your most important lessons is, don't be afraid to make mistakes... It's very easy when watching someone like Norm or even Roy building something so effortlessly, and to a seemingly inhuman level of precision and get a bit intimidated... You're always quick to point out your mistakes and explain how to correct those issues. Even in your post-production you do a fantastic job of proofing your material and correcting any major errors or omissions in-line with the content (instead of posting a correction weeks later in a blog post or article that makes it hard to follow) Most of what I know about woodworking has been learned from 4 people, Marc, Norm, Roy, and Tommy MacDonald... So kudos to all of you for helping to advance our craft and my own personal quest for woodworking knowledge.
  7. I'm not sure what I envy more, your build and shop organization, or your plane collection.... Good work!
  8. Chet, welcome to the guild, this is going to be my first build along as well... There is a lot of great content already though... I've been a member for almost a month and watch videos daily and I've still only scratched the surface...
  9. If I'm not mistaken they use some form of filler or coating (maybe gesso?) prior to the painting process to ensure a smooth consistent surface, but a quick google search turned up this tutorial... I didn't read it very thoroughly but glancing at the photos it appears to be almost identical to the black painted finish on the Pottery Barn desk that my wife uses...
  10. I would go with the plywood with the solid wood edge banding... It may be a bit more inconvenient to get, but it will produce a superior and far lighter project. MDF is very heavy, doesn't do well with moisture, tends to sag over time across long spans (like a desktop) especially with weight on it (like a computer and peripherals), and creates dust that is better left to industrial manufacturing facilities than the dust collection we are able to cobble together in our own shops. Having the solid wood edge banding will keep the inner plies from being exposed and will also add much better wear resistance to the most abused parts of a piece of furniture than having exposed MDF with a decorative profile that will be easily dented and/or chipped, maybe even getting knocked off completely if on a corner. That's just my 2¢...
  11. Now that I'm near a real computer I can add back in a bit of what I had previously written... A far easier way to make a caul than the one described above is to simply joint the edge of a piece of narrow stock using a hand plane, then start about 6" from the center and work your way to either end. I've found it works best to take two strokes, then move a few inches closer to the end and take another two strokes, move closer to the end and take another two etc. This is much safer than running anything with bolts/screws in it over a spinning blade, and gives you a chance to warm up on your hand plane technique on a throw away piece prior to getting down to the real project. Another great way to do it if you're not gluing up a bunch of boards at once is to create a spring joint which is essentially a VERY slight hollow in the middle of the jointed edges starting 1/2" to 1" in from either end. You can do this from one or two passes with a hand plane and it will produce a spring joint that when clamped together will keep the ends of the panel nice and tight and avoid the separation that sometimes occurs on the ends of panels. Be careful though and check your progress after each stroke, it is very easy to go too far and create a joint that won't close even with all the clamping pressure you can muster up.
  12. Those sure are looking purty! That pic with all the matching parts does look cool :-)
  13. As someone who grew up in Southern California, I remember watching these dropping red stuff or water on the foothills of the San Gabriel Valley. You Canadians being the nice folk you are had loaned us two or three of those planes back in the 90s... But I gotta tell you... Anytime I see planes that put out fires I always think of the movie "Always" lol
  14. Oy, I had a paragraph written up in response and my thumb hit the back button on the iPad.... The way I did it before I had any fancy machines in the shop was to clamp each set of boards with the edges to be joined up and bottom faces touching. I then used a hand plane to joint the edges and used the cross clamp and caul method mentioned above... My very first attempt at gluing up a panel I used this method and got a perfect panel for a table that is still in use today.