Chris H

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  1. I have to jump in with everyone else, with regard to the position of the baby. You never stare down the barrel of a loaded gun...only bad things can happen. Also when the baby grows, it would be growing into your standing space, so you would get pushed further and further away. We have a 5 month old, and we tried about half a dozen different commercially manufactured changing tables, a few that were corner models. The corner model doesn't save space like they claim. Once you have it in the room it is very awkward to work with. Also, the amount of product they have in the photo is laughable. There are a million products your sister will need on at a moments notice on the changing table. I would reccomend looking into incorporating the "Changing table Caddy" type products into your design, or at least leaving a space for them to be added later. Just a couple of pointers based on my experience: 1) Room for one full bag of diapers (half a box). If you can't store the whole bag, then you need a second storage spot for the opened bag of diapers. Its just much easier to open and load a full package of any item. There is never enough storage/organization, especially if this is their first. 2) Room for an open pack of wipes and a backup. There's nothing worse than reaching into the pack and pulling the last wipe when your elbow deep in a blowout. (We also found "Wipe warmers" to be helpful, so you may need to account for a place to chase wires.) 3) Build the top and inch or two wider than the "pad". This allows for you to lineup product that is important to everychange in easy reach without digging through a shelf full of stuff. (We keep lotion, butt cream, powder, etc up there). 4) Diaper Genie: Make sure to account for where this may sit with regard to the table. It needs to be within immediate reach of the changing table. But also needs to be easy to pull out to empty. 5) Open shelves vs cabinets/drawers: Open shelves are awesome for a quick glance and grab. They are a nightmare though when you are groggy, or if the pets decide to go sniffing/pawing. Then stuff ends up all over the floor, and you can't reach what you really needed (picture domino effect with 10 different lotions)...so it's a toss up, but something to think about. 6) Keep in mind the changing table isn't just for diaper duty. Its a staple in the dressing of the child. (I regularily wish our was longer, since the "sea sawing" from sitting, to legs up, while getting dressed, gets dangerously close to the edges on occasion Good Luck, and keep us posted with pics!
  2. Can you give a breif rundown of basic tools and materials you have at your disposal? Would you like the projects to be completed in the ~20 mins, or just something they can work on ~15-20 mins at a time? Also, age/expertise of student may be helpful.
  3. Good to know! At the moment, I don't plan to turn, while the lumber is green. I have aged lumber already cut on the land that has been drying >1 year at this point, and is tarp'd, so it should be relatively dry. The hardwood dealer I frequent kiln dries all their stock to about 8%. I am intrigued by a another post on the forums about building a homemade kiln (neat youtube video) that I may venture into as well if there is a special piece I wish to use that is still green.
  4. I will look into a turning club, I honestly had no idea such a thing existed. I am not too hopeful though, because of my location (very rural). I have the opposite problem when it comes to wood supply. As stated above, we are in a small rural community and we bought a 10 acre plot of land to build our dream home someday(probably when I stop buying power tools ). That lot is ~2 ac of wooded/streamed land. So I regularily have large trees that have succomed to nature that I would like to mill into something other than just fire wood (Lots of Maple and Oak). There is also an awesome hardwood dealer/mill just a few miles from my home, so I have nearly unlilmited access to lumber of all sizes and species...a good problem to have, but an expensive one! Thanks again for the advise!
  5. Andy, I have a basement shop, and have done a few things similar to what you are talking about. I built a wall between the shop area and the "Furnace" area. This was to make sure saw dust stayed in the shop area. I did eventually put a make shift dust collection system in on the furnace side fo the wall, but it exhausts the air back to the shop side through a "Poor Man's Dust Box" (just sealed plywood box with exhaust air forced through 3 hepa filters). This keeps the noise tollerable, and the dust in one area. I also put in x2 high CFM bath fans in the shop that force the air into the same dust box. This does an amazing job of collecting the super fine dust. Because of geographic location, venting outside wasn't a good options for me. Too darn cold in the winter, and too hot/humid in the summers. Windows are also below grade, so water would be an issue too. Images are the dust box, easy, cheap, effective. Sorry the shop was messy when I took the pictures! No need to use insulated ducting for the vent fans, I just had it laying around from a bathroom remodel, so it got used. It is a pain to work with, so I reccomend just regular 4"-6" ducting depending on what your fan puts out.
  6. Are there any classes you can take so you are only in $50 instead of the $400? Will that be enough for you to decide if you like it? I did consider a class or two (and still may). I know I will enjoy it the first 10-15 times I do it. So a class would only serve to wet the appetite. I certainly could use the training from a class, but with my work and family schedule, classes are tough to get to. If you buy that lathe, please figure in how you are going to stabilize it. I am planning to either build a custom stand or mount it to my work bench. The bench is about 12' x 3', with heavy storage underneath. I'd guess the bench is ~300 lbs empty, well north of 600 lbs with all my junk on the shelves below. It is also anchored to the concrete wall (basement shop), and I can anchor it to the floor if needed. But, my big question is this...what do you want to turn? That is the million dollar question. Unfortunatley, my answer is always...what don't I want to turn? Everytime I read a forum there is a new project that comes to mind for turning. I know me, and while my first projects are going to be small,some pens, then small vessels, long term it will get bigger and bigger. I know if I go with a midi, my wife's first request will be a vessel that is just bigger than the midi can handle. Murphy's law. I would also like to be able to turn table legs. Since wood vessels aren't supposed to be used in the dishwasher, and see a lot more useful turns on bigger items like Salad bowls, fancy platters etc. that you only use occasionally. Those are the big things I am worried about not being able to do with the midi. ...then start tool shopping and instantly go to how much tool can I get for the price. I actually have the opposite tendency. My cheapness often overrides my common sense, and I buy short term and then regret it. I am trying to pysch myself into buying a long term tool, but not go nuts investing thousands of dollars. It seems like a reasonable comprimise in my crazy head, but who knows. The lowest speed is 600 RPM - which I think is still way too fast for anything I would consider turning outboard. I am new to turning, and I was under the impression that the higher speed turning is risky because of the machine getting out of balance. I was hoping to counter act that risk by significantly over building the lathe base. I haven't seen a whole lot of lathe's in my (less than $1000+) that spin slower than 500-600 rpms. (It seems the smaller ones have higher minimum rpms. This lends me to believe there is a solution, though perhaps less than ideal. Thanks so much for the feedback. I have a lot to think about, and I really appreciate any advise!
  7. I am new to turning (haven't started), but it is something I have wanted to get into for some time now. I have been researching lathe's and tools for months and thought I would share some of what I have found that may help others along the way. First I was convinced that I had to start with a "Mini" or "Midi" lathe for budget reasons. This isn't necessarily the case. The big issue I have with most Midi's is that they can only handle up to 10" of clearance. I doubt I will spin anything bigger for a long time, but with some research and patience I think I could get a machine capable of more for when the time comes. Also, 1/3-1/2 hp motor is pretty weak for anything larger than a pen or small spindle (or so I have been told). The Harbor Freight Conundrum! Long story short, they sell lathes for far less than anyone else (especially if you can get to a store and use their 20% off an item coupon). I think I have all but settled on their 12x33 lathe.(though please talk me out of it if you disagree!) Everyone loves to hate HF tools (and for many good reasons), but if you look hard, and I did, you will find overwhelming success for a handful of their products…this lathe being one. I read, literally dozens of reviews (not on sellers sites, those are 80% BS). Some love it, others hate it, but no one will refute the fact that it is the same unit as the JET 1236. There are many, many places that state they are identical, and I could not find one, with facts, stating otherwise (plenty of lofty opinions, but not too many facts). Several people say that JET uses better quality internal parts, but no one could say specifically what part(s). Ex: part X is different in the HF vs JET. Maybe they are, maybe they aren't??? Shame on JET if they do sell a better product, and are not marketing it better to make it obvious. Why this model? It has the clearance in its normal locked position to get a fairly large vessels spun (12"). Also, you can pivot the head to allow for almost unlimited turning size, since it will not be over the banjo (not sure that's the right name for the bottom of the lathe). This is a safety concern, but with some precautions, it can be handled safely. The second big bonus is that it has the option to reverse. My understanding is this is very helpful for sanding. I can say, sanding, is one of my least favorite chores for any project, I can't image I will enjoy it any more on a lathe. So any help with sanding is a big bonus for me. Both ends accept MT2 which I have found many people complaining about with the "Midi's". Apparently most other company’s accessories fit MT2, and many midi's accept MT1 sizes. It also comes with a stand, which by every account I could find is pure garbage. I planned to build my own stand anyway, so no biggy for me, other than having to carry it to the trash. With the unit costing a little over $200 with the 20% off ($216 atm), I can easily buy some very nice accessories (new chuck, chisels, etc) rather than paying for a seemingly expensive paint job. Tools: I have seen chisels/gouges from $35 a set up through $350+ a set. Personally, I want cheap chisels to start with. I have no experience sharpening, so they will force me to practice, and won't cost me any arm and a leg when I inevitably destroy one. I would love any feedback good or bad. I am getting ready to pull the trigger and buy the HF lathe, so if you think it’s a mistake, or a good buy, let me know. I am sure others may face the same dilemma.
  8. I just wanted to introduce myself and say hi! I have been a fan and follower of TWW for a year or so now. I didn't really get too much exposure to the forums because of technical difficulties during the registration process. That said, Marc was ever so helpful in correcting them, so here I am! (I appologize in advance!) Background: I have been a DIY nut my whole life. I love to explore how things work, and the best way to do that is to take it apart and put it back together. In hindsight, perhaps I should have been an engineer...but that's a whole other topic! My father got me interested in DIY with a dabble in woodworking from a young age. Mostly because I was small, flexible, and he had to feed me anyway, so I was cheap help! I am sure in my younger years I cursed him for this, but ever since I bought my first house about 5 years ago, I can't thank him enough. My love for DIY blossomed into woodworking about a year or so ago when my brother in-law introduced me to a lumber mill that was about 10 miles away. (Kmhardwoods.com for those in the WI area) Before that, I had no idea what rough cut lumber was, or how the heck you measure a board foot. Nor did I realize how ridiculous Big Box lumber pricing was. After my first trip to the lumber mill, I couldn't wait to start building furniture...I mean, how hard could it be, right? At that point, the only furniture we had in our home was veneered garbage from retail giants. This was always a soar spot for me, but I just didn't have the budget to be able to afford custom hardwood products. I had many basic power tools (Table saw, Miter Saw, drills, pocket jigs, etc) but no hand tools (planes, scrapers, etc). My first big purchase was a nice bench top planer (DeWalt 13") which took some saving, but was well worth it. I have slowly started collecting smaller hand and power tools. I belive Rockler owns the rights to my next few children... Major Projects I have done so far: Chest of drawers for my Daughter with matching custom book shelves (she has an odd shaped room, and way too many books), a couple of toy chests, some laundry pedestals, a couple of humidors, and a mailbox post (sounds wierd, but I hate how generic mailboxes are). I'll try and round up some pictures in the next week or so. My next adventure: I want to get into turning, but I haven't purchased the lathe or chisels/gouges yet. I am sure I will love it, but its a big commitment up front for something I am not sure of. I would love to be able to get some use out of a lot of my scraps. Anyway, Hi everyone! I look forward to getting to know you.