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About danbell78

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  1. danbell78


    Spanky - Agree that air drying won't kill the ash borers, but I am pretty sure they will not choose to live in the boards when dry either.
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    Thanks to the lovely emerald ash borer I am getting myself into a few ash logs to get milled up for lumber. (don't worry the trees are in my neighborhood already, will be milled on sight and dried in my shed so I am not spreading the bugs around). Question is for anyone with experience drying ash, air drying that is. How does it act around knots and crotches? The first two logs I have access to have pretty short stretches before hitting branches and wondering if it is worth milling that material up or not. Current thought is to make wainscoting or similar out of these for my basement so short boards is OK.
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    Woodshop footwear

    I found these to work pretty good. They are slip on's which works great for my short ventures into the basement shop. Good support, covered toe and less swamp foot then the Crocs they replaced (Crocs had closed toes to keep the shavings out) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0092UAOH8/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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    Upward Swinging Cabinet Doors

    Going off of Steve's idea, you could make it like the doors on a Barrister's bookcase. I don't think that even uses special hardware, just a pin and a slot.
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    Post It Note Projects

    I will also be using the spreadsheet idea. Keeping tabs on that stuff will make finding it again easier and also help justify to the wife my stash of wood working magazines! Plus I can pull up spreadsheets at work an no one will question whether it's work related or not!
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    Sliding door joints

    Update... Got the door installed over the weekend. Turned out pretty good.
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    Sliding door joints

    Since I started the topic here is an update. I got the door put together last night. Glue up didn't go as smoothly as the dry fit, but was able to get it squared up and clamped. The joints turned out pretty good, and not as difficult to do as I was fearing.
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    Sliding door joints

    So I messed that one up.... When cutting the groove into the sides for the panel I cut the full length, essentially taking out the material that the dominoes would have gone into. So back to plan A of good old mortise and tenon joints. Actually was impressed with the fit of the joints I was able to do. Should be plenty strong now with 2in long by 2in wide tenons.
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    Sliding door joints

    Thanks for the suggestion. The 8mm dominoes I have are 40mm long, so I was thinking that the length was more valuable.
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    Sliding door joints

    I am working on a sliding 'barn' door for our laundry room. Basic design is a simple frame, 1.5 thick x 4 wide oak, and a 1/2 inch plywood MDO panel for the middle. Panel will be painted for a chalkboard. Question is the joints for the frame. Was thinking good old mortise and tenon, but then tonight thought maybe a couple of 10x50 dominoes might do the trick. I have the little domino. Do you think those would work, since I can glue the plywood panel in for strength too? Don't want to be lazy but seems to me the dominoes might work and be so much quicker. Thanks
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    Maple Haul/Drying

    The ends are sealed, just used some paint as I brought them in the house to stack them. Next time I will add some more stickers and get them close to the ends, I didn't know exactly what length variations I was getting when I started the stack so I was a bit conservative on the sticker placement. As to the question of cost, it was ~$80 to have this milled. I don't know the exact board feet of it but probably close to 200 bd ft.
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    Maple Haul/Drying

    I have recently had the good luck of getting my hands on some maple lumber. Seems my brother-in-law has upped his game on his side job of cutting down trees and got into milling up some of these trees. So I got this maple at what it cost him to have it milled. It is currently drying in the basement, dry basement with a fan blowing on them. With these being about 5/4 or a bit more in thickness what should I expect for drying time? I plan to make a bunk bed out of these for my daughters, and they are quickly outgrowing their current beds He has also picked up a chainsaw mill and started making some slabs. He will be selling these off, so as those come available if anyone in the Central Illinois area is interested I will see if I can help you and him out.
  13. I am getting ready to undertake a project and looking for some advice/experience on materials. The project is a built in bench seat for a breakfast nook kind of a thing. It will also have a bookcase on the back of the bench. The current plan is to paint the whole thing to best match rest of our decor in the our newly renovated kitchen. I am looking for advice or experience with the material to use for the majority of the casework. I plan to use plywood the question is since I am painting it should I use MDO or decent grade of birch plywood for this? Seems that MDO should take the paint very well, but not sure of the down sides of using MDO as I have never worked with it. Second piece of advice. I am planning on hardwood trimming ends and some face frame type stuff for the seats. The dilemma here is the wood to use. I have a nice pile of oak, some red and lots of white, or I can go purchase some poplar. I think I know the advice this group will give, but want to here it so I can convince myself to spend the money. I don't have projects on the honey do list right now for the white oak but I am sure I will find something eventually.
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    How To Design With Pencil And Paper?

    I am in the same boat, Engineer by day, I tried SketchUp and found it painfully slow to use. I am sure with time and attention I could master Sketchup and put it to good use, but I would rather master hand-cut dovetails or the like. I use engineering paper, draw a couple views of the overall project and then really rough sketches of key parts and off to the shop. Usually end up with something that is close to what I drew, but never exact!
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    Trashy Cabinet

    Looks great. At first I thought the slots above the cans were mail slot type holes to allow you to slide paper and junk mail in without even pulling the trash can out!