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About fstmatt

  • Birthday November 30

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    Albuquerque, NM
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    Furniture making, mechanical contraptions
  1. I built my daughter's crib and don't regret it at all. One huge advantage of DIY is that before being completed, it had to pass the "wife" test, and making modifications to meet her demands were easily done. The store bought cribs we looked at all seemed cheaply built and made out of who-knows-what. Our crib was based on 3-in-1 plans from Rockler which were not done very well. In this post: someone discovered that the same plans had been greatly improved: www.provenwoodworking.com Some comments and recommendations: 1. The next few months of your life will probably be b
  2. Wow, I wish I had seen www.provenwoodworking.com before. I built the original 3 in 1 plans from Rockler, and in short they are crap. (in fact, I don't believe Rockler sells it anymore). The 3 in 1 design looks great, but there are also simpler designs to use. Cutting the fifty-some-odd spindles was time consuming, even with the jig. I was concerned about the baby eventually spinning the spindles, plus I had a tough time turning the end of the spindles into pegs (even with the jig) so I just cut mortises to fit the square ends into. So far it has worked fine. I second that this will be
  3. I thought about using a scrap attached to the board to set the angle against my table saw fence, I might try that first. Otherwise I'll use method one (I don't see myself getting a track saw anytime soon ) Last night words escaped my sleep deprived mind - I was trying describe why I can't use my taper jig. (not angle fence...) Board is much too long. Thanks for all the suggestions!
  4. I'm trying to rip a long board to fit into a skewed opening (lid closing on a built in chest), which requires a 5/8" over 58" angle (0.6 degrees). Can't really use my angle fence on the table saw with a board that long. My only other thought is to clamp a scrap to the board on cut the angle with a circular saw. I'm not too thrilled on this idea every cut I make with a circular saw doesn't come out as clean as I'd like. Any suggestions?
  5. Thanks! It was definately worth the effort - like I said, it was definately a learning process but that's kinda the point, right? What I'd do different on the crib: 1) Straight or tapered slats instead of shaped. While the shaped slats look pretty, they are a PITA to mill all 54 of them, not to mention sand, paint, and prime. I also think that a 1 - 2" slat glued into a mortise would make the crib much more solid than the ~ 1/2" tenon I was dealing with. If you look at my pictures on picassa, you see that for every slat I had to cut the cheeks and chisel the ends to match the curve of
  6. Hello everyone - a quick introduction and a post about my two most recent projects: My name is Matt, and I'm a amatuer woodworker in Albuquerque, NM. I'm blessed to have a wife that is patient enough to let me play in the shop as much as I do - after the surprise we encountered this summer (that she is pregnant) she actually encouraged to take on two big projects: a crib and a changing table. The crib was based on the 3 in 1 crib design sold by Rockler. While I am pleased with the finished product I cannot express enough frustration with the plans. Anyone who is considering building