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About jHop

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  • Birthday 05/24/1975

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    Broadview Heights, OH
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    Turning, drawing, cutting, carving, and drilling. Interests do NOT include sanding, finishing, or scraping.

    My end goal is to make furniture of period reproductions involving wood, metal, and leather - and all of it made by myself from suppliers (although I'm not going to consider raising the cows myself).

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  1. explains one reason why I haven't been in the shop for a year... (the second degree I'm working on is the other.)
  2. I love thought experiments. I spend hours trying to figure something out, and then turn around and someone shows me a photo of exactly what it was I was trying to over-engineer, and it's a ridiculously simple thing. As I see it, though, you're trying to do three things simultaneously. And two of those things use other tools to accomplish that task. While I appreciate the time savings you're attempting to create by improving cut efficiency and eliminating repetitive tasks, sometimes that "safety cushion" comes back to save your butt. Usually when you least expect it.
  3. And I was just contemplating asking if I should get a scroll saw or a small 10" bandsaw.... (Not that I'm asking you to send this to me.) There's quite a few places that would appreciate a saw like that. Not on a regular basis, unfortunately. You could also look into maker spaces and see if they want to buy it cheap (I wouldn't charge them more than $100, especially with the missing part). Or look into community workshops that might need additional tools. Lower prices sales or outright donations might get you onto favorable lists with them, which you can turn into helpers for
  4. I've worked at retailers that use something like this in the back room. (Nowhere near as nice, though. Nicely done.) And some doctors' offices do this, too. Some are on tracks from the bottom, which is simpler to build (wheels and a guide rail attached to a bookshelf), but the weight becomes an issue and you can only go so high before it jams or tips. Do you have any wheels on the bottom of the cabinets as well, or is it all supported at the top?
  5. I just caught an article yesterday talking about "contemporary" in the form of dance. The jist of the article was that people don't really know what contemporary means any more. While that's nice and confusing, the short end of what that means for anybody outside the design house is "contemporary" is a marketing term that's slapped onto anything to get people to buy it. As for places for inspiration, you could go through museums or art galleries, or check out funeral homes (they usually have some form of furniture in a display area like the lobby or the director's office, not the
  6. Honestly, I would say "no, don't get it." Not because of the joke about having bells and whistles on the lathe, and learning to run before you walk. More because you are not interested in pens, and a lathe like this is not the longest bed in the world. Sure, you could get a bed extension for it, and that would solve some of the length issues, but what you've listed (tool handles, spindles, bowls) is a wider variety of turning and no one lathe is designed for all of them. (Don't get me wrong: they all handle these. But they're all designed for one facet of turning over the rest.
  7. Make an "antique" box from it? Lined with another wood in thin strips, nobody will ever know it was a problem.
  8. Check with Traincollectors.org, Model Railroader (if they don't want them, they can at least quote you a rate on the ad), collector's weekly (dot com), and maybe the Golden Spike museum. If nothing else, they can point you in better directions.
  9. My dad used to be a real estate agent. I went with him a couple of times to show houses to clients. Each time, he would direct clients to houses that fit the bill of what they were looking for. If they wanted an area to put in a shop, that would go on the list. Not having to sink $5,000 into a basement build after sinking $200,000 into a house purchase would also go on the list. Of all the houses he showed, none had an unfinished basement section. Doesn't mean there weren't some out there, just means I never saw one. My brother in law purchased a house (prior to being transferred
  10. @ Brendan: I'm not saying it's bad. I'm saying it's not a "magic pill." I looked into them when I was looking for a solution for my shop. For the variety of things I do, I needed more from it.
  11. I've heard recently that this is an underpowered shop vac. works great for one or two tools, but can't be hooked up like a regular dust collector. Just so you don't walk in expecting more out of it. I'd second the Dust Deputy, or any of the similar products they or others offer. For a smaller shop, you are better off with a "mobile DC station": dragging the vacuum system you use from site to site. (My shop is similar: I have under 100 square feet, so I can leave a smaller vac in one place and simply stretch the cord another couple of inches.) There's a lot of options out there if y
  12. Want to thank everybody who helped out on this. Ended the class and got good marks on the project. During post-class (and post-graduation) research into this project, realized I was charging almost double for a replica of something that is available from the original manufacturer... so some parts will need to be rewritten. I"m not giving up, just trying to find a better way. (And one that will continue to let me eat.) But thank you again for all your input. Wouldn't have been able to accomplish as much as I did without you guys.
  13. One thing I've been considering is mixing a basic table with a downdraft sanding table. Even just the smaller squares that get set on top of the table/bench would work a lot right now... Lot of new neighbors, and kids, that don't appreciate some of the dust. (Doesn't seem to bother the geese, though. Unfortunately.)
  14. jHop

    Shop Size

    If you're building will be square, I'd suggest splitting the floor into three main zones: storage and prep by the front door, main work and big tools by the back (near the fire extinguishers and med kits), and a finishing room (or at least the hanging curtains a la hospital ERs) along the side and exiting the front door again. If you don't put the doors to the finishing area wide enough to get the parts/ finished pieces in or out, you get yelled at for constantly cluttering the space.... er... I mean... Work doesn't get completed. (Yeah, that's what I meant...) I've been in a garage shop
  15. I'm fortunate that I'm in driving range of several HD's (where I won't go to anymore), Lowes', a Woodcraft, a Rockler I can't find or deal with, a Menards, as well as local lumber yards and construction supply companies. I'm unfortunate that they all expect me to pay for stuff there, and don't have the gas money or budget to drive there and purchase items. Oh well... Anybody wanna buy a kid so I can get more tools? (j/k) They don't work but expect to be fed regularly. (So you know they won't mess with your tools.)