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Byrdie last won the day on February 22 2019

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    All types, from rough construction to fine furniture to craft items like boxes and ornamentals.

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  1. Looks a lot like what I plan to build. I've got the lift, now I need to get of my ... couch.
  2. +1 I check in during down time. Guess I'll have to find some real work to do.
  3. Typically wood should be surfaced before it is dimensioned so that the dimensions are true from flattened surfaces. If the pieces are to large or unwieldy to handle then I would *rough* dimension them before surfacing them. Basically you want flat and true surfaces to work from.
  4. +1 - I agree with Tom wholeheartedly.
  5. I'm hoping you don't give up totally on this one but take the lessons learned and apply them. I, for one, would still like to see how something like this could be done. Perhaps you need a different bonding agent, maybe one that's not so reactive to the surface but rather works on top of it. Maybe you need to shellac your surfaces first to prevent absorption. Might try a different approach for creating your base as well. Or you could try gluing up smaller sub assemblies of 5 or so stars and then gluing the sub assemblies together.
  6. For *my eye, I think I'd want to see the far side of the arms flow more into the rim of the bowl rather than turn and meet the bowl in the almost perpendicular manner that the appear to now. I also think I like the original where the arc of the arms appeared not to rise above the rim of the bowl. Do these comments come across clearly? I'm not sure I'm saying them the best way I could.
  7. One can never have too many clamps ... I'm going to have to look for some of these!
  8. Oh great. Now my YouTube search is going to be full of that ...
  9. Interested in organs and organ making, unfortunately not interested in moving ... again. If I were a bit younger this would be real tempting! Wish the best of luck and hope you find who you're looking for.
  10. I wish that was my level of "mess."
  11. The other advantage of wider legs on the bench is that you don't end up with a long unsupported section of bench outside the legs. Too long a piece ends up acting like a teeter totter when someone sits on it. Don't ask me how I know.
  12. I always cut my miters at the table saw with the aid of a Wixley and have had good results. The blade in the table saw is more stable as is the bed to reference from. Most of my miters have been for boxes of one sort or another and if there's gaps they're too fine for my eye.
  13. So don't try to replicate Maloof, just try to represent him. I've got confidence in your skill. I'm sure the more you try the closer you'll get and you're probably already closer to the look and feel than you think. That's exactly what Maloof is, a feeling. It's not a rigid style or set of steps in woodworking. I watched a video of him working at the bandsaw during an interview he did. He wasn't trying to match exactly what he'd done before. He was working and shaping the wood until it had the right feel, until his eye found what it was looking for. And maybe you're not meant to do Maloof. You may love the way it looks, who couldn't. But maybe you're meant to do Cooper. That might just be what the next generation will be talking about!
  14. Road trip. Build the cost of gas and hotels into the cost of the build. Yeah, I know. There are more than a few logistics companies out there that will do the majority of the leg work for you but you'll have to have a pretty good estimate of the volume and weight before anyone can give you valid answers.
  15. Welcome Steve. Look forward to seeing some pics and notes as you progress on the sideboard.