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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.
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    Hate to admit it but I got my wireless system at Harbor Freight for a little over $200. Comes with 2 cameras and can be expanded up to 4 cameras. The cameras do need to be plugged in for power but transmit wireless to the base. Add and SD card and you can record for months. They also offer a wired system that will support up to 8 cameras for about the same price. Did notice some anomalies - I originally had it set to record 30 second videos but noticed that only one camera can record at a time. I walked from the field of one camera into the coverage of the other and it wasn't getting the second because the first was still recording. Shortened the record time up to 15 secs. each and now it works well. The one camera that's outside sort of faces morning sun and now, after about 1.5 years, the night vision doesn't work - still records but you get a black screen. Works great during the day. The camera that's inside my shop works flawlessly - love the shots of a spider crawling over the lens. New/additional cameras are about $80-100 depending on if you can catch them on sale. It has a way to transmit to your phone using Skype but I haven't bothered with that (yet) because I don't like my phone.
  6. 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.
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    The crest is a little more apparent in the newer photographs and I'd agree with the Flycatcher.
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    Hey @Chestnut A few possibilities on this one. The Crested Flycatcher is a very good guess and highly likely for this area. It looks most like a Kirtland's Warbler but it could be an immature Goldfinch or one of the many varieties of Tits. (I didn't make up the name!) The Kirtland's isn't supposed to get this far West but it does get into Northern WI so it's possible you got a stray.
  9. 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.
  10. One can never have too many clamps ... I'm going to have to look for some of these!
  11. That has to be one of the funniest autocorrects I've seen in awhile ... Just glad it didn't put an M in front of it or I'd still be rolling on the floor.
  12. Oh great. Now my YouTube search is going to be full of that ...
  13. 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.
  14. I wish that was my level of "mess."
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
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    Here in MN most people call that first bird a "house finch." Out West, we called them "red headed finches" although the female will look quite plain. Yup, there's an origin to the name "Byrdie."
  18. 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!
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    This is the Jet lathe I have and a sample leg I turned from a construction 4x4. I was doing a dining table for someone who wasn't sure what type leg they wanted so I actually did 4 different - straight no taper, tapered on 2 adjoining sides, tapered on all 4 sides and this simple turned leg. Her first comment was, "You have a lathe?!" and then she went with the 2 side taper. I kind of like the shape of this one but didn't make more. I use the prototype table as a Winter work bench in my basement.
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    I have a low end Jet that I bought because the price was right and it has a longer bed. Thought I'd be making more in the way of spindles and legs. Two things I'd love to have is a larger diameter swing and a head that rotates so I could do larger diameter turnings off the side of the bench. I have a picture of a sample leg I turned but can't load it on this system. When I get back to my desk at my other plant I'll see if I can remember to upload it. I've promised other pics that I haven't posted yet so don't hold your breath.
  21. 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.
  22. Welcome Steve. Look forward to seeing some pics and notes as you progress on the sideboard.
  23. I only did a quick search but it looks like your best bet would be to find another saw on the net for parts and cannibalize it. I believe the saw was made in France and I'm not confident the manufacturer is still in business.
  24. I'm not particularly a big fan of slabs but I do like the design of that base. Considering the color and swirling grain in your slab, I'd think you would want to go with something nicer than D Fir for your base. I like something dark with a little more action in the grain if it were me. First thing that came to mind for me was Jatoba but I don't know that you need something that hard or at that price point. The color would work well, however.