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    Lately I've been doing a lot of wooden training weapons for use in Japanese martial arts. It's been enough that I haven't had time to get anything else done lately.

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  1. Yep. Whatever non-5 minute epoxy Home Depot had last time I got it and some black dye. Looks real nice with the finish (Osmo poly-x) over top.
  2. Since switching coasts, i haven’t been doing a ton of woodworking aside from some small outdoor projects and a couple random things. Since I finally finished my workbench a year or so ago, I’ve been doing a little more. With the enforced home time here in the Seattle area recently, I finally got around to making an end table using the last of the hickory I brought out from NJ.
  3. So.... it's been a long time since I've posted (years, probably). A cross country move, job changes, and the like will do that. Anyway... I don't know how many people ever read Chris Hall's blog ( For many years it was his outlet for sharing his work in Japanese-style carpentry. His output had dropped recently, as he shared, due to a cancer diagnosis that has gone from bad to worse. I don't know why this one hit me, but he's been eloquently sharing his experiences while also finishing up what has turned out to be his final piece. I recommend giving his blog a read. Say a word of thanks while he's still around. And, if you find something of value, maybe buy one of his books or throw a couple dollars into a GoFundMe that was set up to provide a bit for his wife and child.
  4. Pkinneb, JohnG - you're right about the leg inset. That's a good thing to double check before I finalize everything. Even an inch or two inwards is good, even if I have to change the angle of the legs. JohnG, Wtnhighlander - Thanks for the reference material. Good stuff to read through. 18" is probably too much for an overhang (leaves only 3' between the legs in the middle, which definitely seems tippy). Perhaps it's better to just set expectations that end seating will be "in a pinch for short people".
  5. Is there a any rule/guideline anyone is aware of for overhangs on a table? I'm trying to finish designing an outdoor dining table (see a rough render below) I'm not concerned about strength - the top will be 5/4 white oak - more about general "tip risk" with the kids. The top is about 72x36", and currently overhangs the stretchers at the top by 6" on the short ends and 8" on the long sides, but due to the angle of the base, it's almost directly over the bottom of the legs. Thoughts? My goal is to leave foot/legroom on the ends for someone to sit, while not making the table so unstable it tips if someone puts their weight on it as the stand up or sit down. Thanks.
  6. The existing surface is very solid. If it flexes or gives, I can't tell. Your idea for leveling compound is great, and I'll look into it. Yeah, the planer sled works great. If I did it again, I wouldn't use melamine shelving for the main body. Even with sandpaper on the bottom of the risers and wedges, it's still a little slippery. But the basic construction is stiff over its' length, and easy to grab and move.
  7. Hi everyone - After relocating to the PNW last summer, I'm finally getting around to a fun to-do item: resurfacing the workbench in the shop area of the house we bought. It's simple plywood and 2x4 cabinetry - incredibly stable, and the right size along the length of the way - but the surface itself is nowhere close to flat. The seams between the old plywood are up to 1/8" out of flat. The easiest thing for me to do would be to drop a 3/4" sheet of ply over top, screw it down and call it a day, but then I worry about the ply flexing under load as I do hand planing or something. Otherwise, I could shim the worst of it before screwing it down, or go thicker with an actual wood top. Thoughts? Alternatives? Am I missing an obvious way to level the current surface before putting down the new surface?
  8. I know people love to complain about Laguna customer service, but maybe they've finally fired/hired the right people (or maybe I just got luck). In moving across the country, one of the spacers/bushings came off the fence of my 1412 bandsaw. After poking around McMaster-Carr and a few other sites and not being able to find the exact match fit, I gave them a call. The woman who answered was 1) super friendly 2) showed me were the parts diagram/list was in the manual and 3) is sending me the part for free (it cost $1). And no, I wasn't paid for this. But I feel obliged to say something nice before I return to being a professional grump.
  9. Aaah, millwork! I don't think I actually search for that word (yes, it's in the title). That would likely bring better results than what I found. This is not an industry full of great websites... it's so hard to find a company that just says, 'yep we make/sell handrails in homeowner/consumer quantities.'
  10. Does anyone have any suggestions on where I could pick up handrails outside of the usual Big Box stores? I moved out here a bit ago, and am in the process of buying a house - which has no handrails on the entry stairs. I'm not looking for anything exotic or custom - or even a lot - it's probably about a dozen steps total. I'd just love to have some options.
  11. Since everyone questioned this: It says in stock, but when you add it to your cart, you get an error: And you can't actually check out with it in your cart. I didn't realize this was being offered through other retailers, though.
  12. Well, the fact that they're sold out has made my decision accidentally easy.
  13. Yep, that's what I figured you meant. No, I won't be letting him do much beyond glue & paint. I was hoping to find a good enough deal, but making an octagon with a jack/jointer plane and rounding from there is pretty simple - once everything heals up. Not really worth the money, and I'm not in a particular rush.