daninhim

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  1. Hey all, not sure if this belongs in a more specific forum folder, but I'm in search of hinges similar to the ones that operate this standing desk: http://www.varidesk.com/varidesk-pro-plus That setup is pretty cool, but I'd like to build my own. If anyone knows of a place to get that sort of hardware, please shout.
  2. When I say " torsion box" I suppose I should just say "solid, level, quasi-permanent work surface". I want to use it not only for cutting sheets but also for assembly and other projects. I would not be knocking it down after use (although I really like your knockdown design...consider that option 2). I'd like to be fairly solid and effectively as smooth and level as a typical bench top surrounding a table saw.
  3. Hey all, I have a very small (12x14) shop, which means breaking down 4x8 sheet goods on sawhorses in the driveway. Man, I hate having to do that. However one nice thing I have is a set of double doors leading from the shop to the underside of an 8' high deck. I'm considering putting a gutter system under the deck to keep the space below dry, and building a large torsion box-style workbench that would reside outside under the deck, giving me a great place for cutting plywood or assembling things outside the shop. Realistically it would likely become an all-purpose "dumping ground" for outdoor projects as well. So I want to make something tough. That would withstand the oddball weather of Pittsburgh, PA, to winters, and it's humid summers. Any construction suggestions or ideas you could share would be great!
  4. Hey, if anyone's crazy enough to consider boarding Jeff or giving him workshop privileges, I can personally vouch for him in that, despite the fact that he's actually a Patriots fan, he's a good and trustworthy guy who knows his way around a tablesaw. I'd mention that he's also moving down to TX witha pickup truck, but I realize that knowing someone with a pickup is like knowing someone in Pittsburgh who owns a Steelers t-shirt.
  5. You'll know you've become a master craftsman when you can design, build, and escape from your own coffin.
  6. Every time I see that PediPaws thing, I just can't help but think my Rigid Random Orbital Sander would do the same thing WITH dust collection! Hmm..the bar finish...interesting. And, I bet it would be quite a show watching Daisy leap on to the window sill only to slide across the room like a frosty mug at Cheers.
  7. I'm in the process of refinishing the bay window in my dining room. The "bench" window sill needs to be sanded down and re-stained. But here's my conundrum. I've got a dog that loves to jump on the sill to look out the window excitedly when her family arrives home. Short of putting a layer of Pergo on the sill or installing an invisible fence around the window,Is there a finish out there that's strong enough to withstand the scratching of dog toenails?
  8. I agree pocket screws would get you a long way, and disagree with Vic about the IKEA comments. With Ikea it's not about the joinery, it's about the wood. All their stuff is particle board with a cheap commercial finish. Use pocket screws but also use nice wood and take the time to put a beautiful finish on it, and THAT'S the difference between this project and IKEA. Oh, and glue helps too :-) Now, the only problem with using Pocket screws on this job is there aren't really any hidden sides to the cabinet, so you'd either have to get creative with where you place them or use plugs to fill in the holes. In any case if you have no router or table saw to make dadoes, then pocket screws is a great way to go. I didn't actually look too closely at the design but, having just finished building myself an entertainment unit, I have one suggestion on the design. Leave lots of room in the back, hidden, for both wires and a surge protector. But I'm sure you knew that already. Also if it wil lbe heavy, consider wheels so you can get at the wiring easily.
  9. I had the opportunity to build an entertainment unit out of 100+ year old sycamore floorboards from an old barn. Granted that's a bit different from taking wood from a fresh tree, but yeah, it's got a fantastic grain pattern and is easy to work with. I've attached some results. I used a General Finishes cherry gel stain along with some water based poly, and the finish came out gorgeous.
  10. My dad, the handiest guy I know, as a shop that's only 8 feet wide but about 35 feet long (yeah, odd). On one of the long sides is a particle board benchtop going the whole length of the shop, and right in the center is a 40+ year old Delta radial arm saw that is as true now as the day he bought it. The fact that it's in the middle of this long wall means he can take a full sheet of ply and rip up to 15" wide boards safely and easily, far safer that on a table saw. So he's gotten by a very ,very long time without a table saw. Of course, they don't make em like they used to...
  11. Well guys, I went ahead and bought the Bostitch compressor kit from CPO Online, thanks for the link Onboard. It appears to be a really nice kit. The guns are nice and store in a soft duffle bag that makes them easy to carry and store. The tank is actually bigger than I expected, and with what appears to be a powerful motor. However I Just tried using it for the first time, and it would appear the regulator knob is busted. Sigh. One would think if you're gonna recondition a tool, you'd check to make sure the frickin thing works properly. Today being Sunday, I have to call them for a replacement unit tomorrow. so much for my productivity today....
  12. Hey all you handyfolk out there. I'm looking for some hints, tricks and tools for getting good quality miters on wraparound baseboard plinth blocks. So here's the deal. My latest project involves redoing the molding in my dining room and office. In the foreground of the attached picture you can see the new molding, which is 1-1/2" thick to cover the gap left by a new Pergo floor. previously it was the standard 80's-era stock molding like what you see in the background (next to Daisy's dog dish) with a piece of 1/4-round to cover the gap, and I thought it looked like crap. The plinth block that wraps around the door frame took quite a bit of trial and error to complete (not to mention about 60 trips up and down the basement steps) but, in the end I think it came out pretty good. I've got two questions: 1. what suggestions do you have for handy ways to accurately measure those corner angles? 2. What's the best (not to mention safest) way to accurately cut a miter that is MORE than 45 degrees? I currently have a Delta 10" tablesaw and a Hitachi compound sliding miter saw in my arsenal. Both saws can be set for a miter of 45 degrees maximum, so I'd need some sort of jig to increase that angle.
  13. Go Pittsburgh. Welcome to the party. seems to be a lot of us here.
  14. Marc, you could get a head start by offering to buy out the former "Workbench" magazine, which is now "My Home My Style". In a pathetic move the owners took all the good stuff out of Workbench (tool reviews, interesting projects, tool ads, detailed drawings) and completely wussified it (I'd use a stronger word but this one's close enough and it's a family forum), turning it into the go-to magazine for instructions on how to make a decoupage or a slip cover. Not that I'm bitter, but when it was still Workbench they had a lot of nice projects in there that I adapted for my house. Not anymore. Save it, Marc!