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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
  16. DeWalt 735 planer, just upgraded planer and joiner with Shelix heads.
  17. Gluing up the stock for the bed posts. I didn't get pictures but there is some cool looking grain on some of this. Unfortunately the finishing plans I have in mind won't really do much to highlight this. Just planning on a water based poly on it, for speed of spraying and simplicity.
  18. Got a quick work session in last night and got the top and bottom rails for head and foot boards down to S3S. Still a little clean up on a couple, but the dust collector was full and I didn't want to mess with that at the end of the night. Started the night with an empty bag on the dust collector, hour and a half, and 8 4ft rails later it was full! Last picture shows the long side rails, resting on the lumber rack.
  19. This will be my first attempt at a Project Journal. Hopefully you can learn something from it and I can learn something from you as well. So the project is a set of bunk bed for my 5, almost 6 year old twin daughters. Wife and I bounced between simple and complex ideas and landed on something somewhere in between I would say. Probably more complex then needed, but should be a pretty fun build. Here is the image that is inspiring the design. I am not a Sketchup or other modeling software user, so hand drawn plans on paper is my method. (I spend all day at work in front of a computer, and worked my way out of modelling there (engineering) so I don't want to spend my free time doing that!). Changes from the picture (Ana White...) and the actual design is that I will be using all solid maple, so the head/foot boards will be real slats instead of slated nailed to plywood. I am also removing the drawers and just going with a bookcase style on that end. The other end will be configured as a little desk area. Wood was milled ~1 year ago and has been drying in the basement since. As I started into the stack I checked a few boards and they read either same or lower then any other boards in my shop, so I think it is dry enough. Step 1 was to go through and get the bulk of it sorted a bit for size/straightness and then ripped on the bad saw down to under 6" so I could run it across the joiner. By the end of the day I had found the 4 longest pieces I needed and got them worked down S3S and ready to be the rails.
  20. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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!
  25. Update... Got the door installed over the weekend. Turned out pretty good.