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About danbell78

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  1. Just completed this table/bookcase. Made from white oak. Was my first adventure in through tenons. Think they turned out pretty good. Finish was a challenge, tried some tinted shellac, and then bailed out on that. Went with just a oil based stain then some wipe on poly. This will go to the entry way at church to hold bulletins, hand outs and some books.
  2. Maybe I just took the easy way out, but why do you need a finish at all on this? I left mine unfinished, sure it might get some dirt or smudges on it, but it's an outdoor yard game so that doesn't bother me. They seem to slide fine regardless of temperature or humidity.
  3. I agree with Isaac, red oak stains pretty well. If you go too dark it can really make the grain pattern strong, perhaps that is what is turnin people off on this. As for a work bench, I would not hesitate too much on red oak if that's what was available to me.
  4. And with the scraps from the bunk beds comes my first end grain cutting board! Just took the cutoff from the panels, trimmed to size and glued up.
  5. Completed the installation of the bunk beds over the weekend! I think they turned out pretty good. Very solid, as expected. There are a few flaws, but nothing that others have noticed. Well I take that back my wife actually pointed out to me that the posts on the bottom bunk headboard you can see that it is a glue up, since one board was light and one darker on both posts, so I should have put the 2 darker ones together etc. I think the kids like it, and hopefully it lasts until their kids can use them someday.
  6. I thought I took a picture of the route I ended up taking on the head/foot boards, but apparently I didn't. I ended up doing two at a time and just screwed into the bottom of the posts through a sheet of plywood, and set that on the saw horses. Worked great until I got heavy handed with the spray on the big head board and ended up with some sags to sand off and redo. I still ended up getting the bed done and in place the day after Christmas. Along with Santa bringing the girls their new bedding they were pretty happy with the new set up. Now onto building the bookcase and desk sides, some rails and a ladder so I can bunk them!
  7. Last coat going on the rails. Now I need to figure out how to rig up 4 head/foot board for spraying.
  8. Bottom bunk Ready for the finishing to begin!
  9. All the head/foot boards done, ready for finish. And I even have one thing that looks like a bed! That will be the top bunk. I need to shift focus a bit though and get finish on all of these parts so that I can put the beds to use over the Christmas break. They won't be bunked, but should be fine setting on the floor for a bit while I finish the casework for the bunking.
  10. More progress over the weekend. Got a total of 3 head/foot boards glued up. #4 should happen tonight. Glue up went smoother they I was expecting. I did get some Titebond extends to give me a bit more time to get all 24 of the dominos in place. Next step, rails and adding the cleat on the rails to support the mattress. I was planning to use pine 2x2 for this and a pine ply under the mattress, but didn't like the pine ply I had available, so upgraded that to a maple ply. Then the pine 2x2 seemed out of place, so maple for that spot too! (Wife laughed at me for these upgrades, since I said I didn't want the bottom bunk to have to look at the pine stuff on the top bunk)
  11. Switch gears from panels for the bookcase and desk sides back to the headboard and foot boards. I added some shape to the top rail in them, just to lighten things up a bit, going to be bulky enough. Then got the joinery plunged in, using the Domino. Then I got all of the vertical slats for the head board and foot boards roughed out, just need to cut them to length and plunge a bunch of domino in those Some of these have some awesome grain, guess that's what you get when the slat all came from the off cuts from the bigger panels. all the fun grain is around the knots and the twisty parts of the boards.
  12. anyone have experience using Locust, what's it good for? How about drying it (air dry), any concerns? I have a neighbor that I might be able to get a log or two from to add to my growing pile to get cut up soon. Thanks
  13. Had a full week off work and found some time to get into the shop. Between deer hunting, Thanksgiving and daughters' birthday there wasn't nearly as much time as I had hope for, never is. Lots more milling and getting panels for the bookcase and desk ends of the bed. This maple is really hard stuff and I have run a ton of it through the joiner and planer, and I am impressed with the Shelix heads. You can feel a bit of a wave to the board, but they come out so smooth and it has handled the bits of gnarly grain very well. I probably would have went through 2 sets of OEM blades on the planer for this material. Next is to add some shape to the top boards on the head and foot boards, then get the head and foot boards put together. Any reccomendations on bed hardware? I have purchased these http://www.leevalley.com/us/Hardware/page.aspx?p=65401&cat=3,40842,43730&ap=1 for ease of use, but now I am seeing that I can't get the bed rails centered on my posts like I want with these (too thick on rails and too thin on posts). Maybe I need to step up to these? http://www.leevalley.com/us/Hardware/page.aspx?p=67916&cat=3,40842,43730&ap=1. Then I get to figure out how to mortise these 75" long rails.
  14. I recently upgraded both my Jet 6" joiner and my DeWalt 735 planer to Shelix cutter heads. Overall they are performing great, excellent finish and durability so far. I have run pile of hard maple through and no nicks on the blades etc. Noise reduction is great too, wife even noticed it from upstairs (shop is right under the living room) Does seem to draw a bit more power I would say. I have an issue with the planer tripping the breaker upon start up, well really it starts fine, feed a board in and part way through the cut it trips the breaker, reset and go rest of the time with no issues. If you have an idea on what might be going on there that would be great too. Biggest complaint on the planer is that I seem to be having more chips escape the dust collection. I am just running a little 1 stage, 1 hp delta collector with a bigger filter bag on top. I don't run any ducting, just a single hose (Rockler dust right extendable hose) to the tool. I know this isn't the best collector, but between it and the fan on that planer expected it to keep up better. I end up with a pile of chips on the floor on both sides of the planer. In feed side its just chips that come out as the board feeds in, especially at the end of the board. Out feed side is a bigger pile and these are chips that get pushed out be the next board. Am I just under powered for these smaller chips on the Shelix head? Seems like I might be getting more airborne small particle dust too, but that is hard to judge. Any one else have similar experience or any possible solutions/improvements?
  15. On the shellac first coat recommendation, I have a HVLP set up, but have never sprayed shellac. Is it OK to spray shellac with a made shift spray booth and my furnace blower air filter set up? or would you recommend brushing on that coat of shellac? Thanks