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  1. I will store my new branding iron in one of my tool drawers but it seems like an item the could get banged or nicked up so today I built a box out of some leftover poplar I had. I used box joints and a sliding top. When I cut the top, I screwed up my measurement by and inch and because I was using scraps for the project I didn't have another piece that would work so I added a piece of wenge on the end as a pull. I did a couple of coats of blonde de-waxed shellac that I had a small amount of left in the jar. The wenge is rounded on the end, then I coved the top with a ra
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  2. So now that the mortiser is back up an running. I carved out a few hours tonite to get started on the frame work. I really don’t have much of a sketch on this one. I’ve been back a forth on the design on this one. It started out as a dovetailed case but I didn’t like it once I got started on it so I scrapped that design. It is having to fit in a very exact place of dead space behind back door. It just happens to be just deep enough for books. The ends will be frame an panel into 1 1/2” legs. Will have to long rails along the front with matching rails along the back. These will support th
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  3. Well the kitchen was officially finished at 6:30 pm last night. It took 51 days and mostly with out surprises but there were a couple of things that added to the excitement. One was some water damage around the sink and dishwasher but I was expecting this as we had some dishwasher problems about three years ago and this required some subfloor replacement. The other was when the counter tops were installed I had to move the plumbing around under the sink to line up with the new drain locations and the way the new garbage disposal installed. This was no big deal, I just don't like plumbing.
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  4. I am not a Star Trek fan but couldn't resist a reference to a very early episode of the TV show. (The Trouble with Tribbles) I took the opportunity to really clean out my scrap bin. Most of the pieces I used for these were to small to do bigger things like cutting boards. I ended up making 12 and they are mostly around 9 inches square but vary and they are just over 3/4 inches thick. I just finished them with one coat of Mineral Oil. They could be used as trivets or even cheese boards. I don't usually mass produce Christmas presents but that is what they may end up getting us
    7 points
  5. Next thing I did was get the top on and trimmed it out with some shop made molding and added a banding detail around the case at the base and below the top drawer. There is one other detail I am adding. I am doing a faux through tenon with a pyramid design on top on the from two legs. I removed most of the waste with a forstner bit. Then I clamped my template and routed out the rest. Then leaving the template in place, I cleaned up the corners with a chisel. and it left me with this on the two front corners.
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  6. No it is pretty simple, you only have to mark out the mortise on piece if all you pieces are the same thickness like these web frames. If it is something like a leg and apron then you need to mark out on leg and one apron. You need one witness mark for the center of you mortise's width and the center of the mortises length. On the rail its on the end it looks like this. On the stile its on the side and looks like this. Then you clamp it in the mortiser, lining up the witness mark for the length of you mortise with the centerline on the mortiser itself.
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  7. Had some time today and got all the mortises done for the aprons, 32 in all. After that I used up some scraps to make the loose tenon stock.
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  8. After gluing up the leg blanks I cut some veneer to glue over the glue lines on the leg blanks. You can see the veneer on the top and bottom on this end view of the leg. Doing this gives you nice grain on all four sides of your leg and saves you having to buy thicker stock to make you legs from. After this I made up a jig to cut the dados in the legs for the web frames using the router. Squared up the dados with some chisels. Next up is the web frames.
    6 points
  9. Did a quick little cabinet stand for the drill press and mortiser over the weekend. Took just over a sheet of 3/4 acx ply and used a few hardware parts I had laying around in the shop. Goal was to make a home for the mortiser and get it off my shaper. That has been its home for the past couple months since I got it. Also to get the drill bit storage next to the drill press. Which in turn frees up a drawer in the outfeed table to make room for table saw blades and accessories. The cart I am replacing was a $1 auction find that has more than earned it’s keep. Just didn’t look very good, it help
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  10. Actually this would work on any size box if you wanted. I have also heard this referred to grain wrapping. First thing what I show here I learned while taking a class of Matt Kenney's, so the credit goes to him. You start out with you stock mill on both faces and both edges and you also want to true up the two ends. You don't want to do that down the road. You want to start with a perfect stick of wood. I mark mine up a lot to keep things straight. I put an "A" on one end, both sides and a "B" on the other end both sides. I also make "Fence Side" on one side and "Outside
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  11. I always find this amusing as well. I mean do people really think that when I was 25 with 3 kids under 3 I could really afford Festool, Lie Nielsen, etc heck no but I still made a lot of things. Having said that i'm not 25 anymore have my shop pretty much where I want it and if I want to buy $500 router or plane, well I do and I for one don't feel a bit guilty about it ?
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  12. After the glue dried on the box, I started the gluing in the dividers. First I had to cut them to the final height, and don't you know, I didn't double check my fence and cut the first one to short. A little glue and tape and all is good. After I got the goof out of the way, I got back to getting the dividers in. After that was finished up I started laying out the small box parts. On these the grain will line up across the front, the two outside sides and across the back of the three small boxes. I cut the box fronts and back
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  13. My Christmas present to me. Its not here yet, but I Grizzly tells me I should be able to pick it up next week.
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  14. “Santa” changed his mind and I was on the hook for a desk ASAP. So that’s why there isn’t too many pics. I’ll get a pic of the final tomorrow when I get it installed in her room.
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  15. Thanks Kev! Looking forward to participating! I have been working on Kev's outfeed table using his plans. I'll post some pics as I move along. I recognize a lot of the names here from WTO. I used lurk in the shadows and post there every once and while. Learned a lot over there. I switched over to the FB group since it was a bit easier to navigate. Here is a project I finished about 3 weeks ago. I try and do one shop project for every 3 "honey do" projects and the out feed table is a long over do project! Thanks!
    6 points
  16. All done I think... tried out the brown bag method .. I believe @Coopuses? works well getting the dust nibs out I must say.
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  17. I got a wild hair to try out a mitre thru dovetail. This cherry was a left over from the tv console I built last year. It’s some very pretty wood. Problem is I remember this being awful chippy an this time it proved the same. So my dovetails did not turn out as clean as I had hoped. I left all the lay out lines on this one. I go back an forth on if I like the joinery line left shown or the clean look all smoothed over. The miter was not that much more difficult. Now I will say that when fitting the joint experience does help a lot. When testing the joint knowing where you need to take ma
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  18. So in the process of the kitchen renovation there are some things that need to be severely upgraded. First on the list was this bank of drawers. Twenty three years ago when I originally built the cabinets I wanted to build something that would last but the whole project was on a budget that was driven by kids in college and things like that, so there were things that needed to be skipped. One of those was drawer glides. So at the time I did the wooden drawer slide that ran down the middle of the under side of the drawer. Now I am adding mechanical slides. And it turned out to be a bit
    6 points
  19. That's so this forum could be the first to say "Houston, we have a problem"...
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  20. Had to bore you guys one more time for a while. 2 coats of ARS and four coats of GF, HP satin. I picked up the glass yesterday and had to get a sneak view of how it will look. Next post will be in about 6 weeks, hopefully, when it is installed.
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  21. Think I figured out what I wanted for at least one of the side middle cabinets ... Should hold my Milwaukee drill and its attachments, 6 containers, mainly for screws and then a row of sandpaper boxes. Also, added another shelf in the upper cabinets to help out with storage. Doors will be coming sometime soonish I hope. I think after my coffee table build I will wrap those up. Also, all the doors are now inset, just need pulls on them too. Fancy door stops ?
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  22. I sure need no frost until about Christmas in order to get the tomatoes safely into canning and on blt’s. Got the first coat of ARS on one side of the door today. Also got the holes drilled for the hardware. I made a jig for the mortise for the whatever you call it. Worked out great. Measured a dozen times and cut and routed once.
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  23. Well, after 10 weeks, we finally got the building permit and the slab forming will start tomorrow. Although the door won’t be installed for a couple of months, I got the itch to start back working on it. I took it to the glass company yesterday for them to measure for the panes as it will have tempered glass, if they measure wrong, they buy it. Today, I mortised out for the three hinges using an inexpensive jig from Amazon. It worked great and even came with a carbide bit with bearing, all for less than $15. The only down side of the jig is the thickness which allows fo
    6 points
  24. So after completing my workbench and using it I decided I needed a moxon vise or something to raise certain work up higher. I can’t justify the hardware for a moxon at this time. So I looked around the lumber rack and scrap bin and came up with the following. The Benchtop Bench is 17 1/2” wide and 12 1/4” deep. The top is 3 1/4” thick. With the I beam supports, the total height of the bench is 7”. I didn’t glue the I beams because if I need to shorten after using I can. I used this afternoon to practice cutting dovetails, I’m really happy with it, the dovetails, not so much.
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  25. I did something like that a couple of years ago. Bending over to do detail work started giving me back pains, added to what I already had. I later screwed and glued a piece to the front leg, so instead of clamping it to the bench, it slips into the shoulder vise.
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  26. So with all the joinery complete an dry fits. I laid out the draw bore pegs. I decided instead of one 1/4” peg I went with 2- 3/16 pegs just goes to show how much a 1/16” makes I a visual appearance. The tick marks are actually the location on the tenons. Went over to the drill press to drill the holes thru the leg. Back at the bench I clamped up the rails to the legs. Using a 1/16” smaller drill bit with it clamped tight holding the bit against side of the hole closest to shoulder an gently tap it down to make a mark on the tenon. The first glue up went good no issues. The back one
    6 points
  27. So I had a good day in the shop today. I got the top rails dovetailed into the legs. The fit isn’t great I don’t know what happened guess I got off my line some. It will still do its job an never be seen. I got the end panels rabbeted an fit into the frame. If I did this right it should equal 1/8” revel all around the frame. Never done it this way. I fitted it a touch looser than normally would a clear coated panel since this will be painted. I’ll paint it before the glue up I may I have to trim it some more we shall see. After that I got started on the sliding dovetails spacer
    6 points
  28. A couple of weeks ago my wife and I took a trip to Northern California with my youngest daughter and her family. Our may objective was visit Mt Lassen National Park and a State Park called Burney Falls. We stayed in an AirBnB home in the town of Redding which was about an hour from each park. First time using a AirBnB home but after this experience I think any time we stay in one spot for any length of time we will do this again. It was less then have the price of a hotel per night and you have the place to yourself and a full kitchen if you want to save money eating out. Redding has
    6 points
  29. I got this today from Whiteside for the mortises. That one mean looking bit!
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  30. I'm 77 years old physically, but my mind is still as sharp as a 40 year old. My mind refuses to accept what it see's in the mirror. However... I had three back surgeries a little over a year ago and was told by the Doctor, I'd be up and at'em in less than a month. He lied. I now have no choice but to use a third leg to be sure I don't fall on my butt. I hate it. However I discovered that the third leg/canes they sell at drug stores and Walmart, are designed for the "average" person. I'm 6'2", a bit above the average. The store bought canes force me into a leaning position, that's quite
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  31. The nightstands are finished. I am real happy with the color on the finished product. I will try to get some better pictures in the house. I won't be starting the bed for a month or so, I have a number of things around the house that need attention. First on the list, starting tomorrow I need to move a fair amount of the shop out of the way for the new garage door to be installed Friday AM. Just as a point of interest here is one of the existing nightstands that I was copying.
    5 points
  32. I know we talked about these some time back and I've had them in the shop for a while now.. Well, I finally broke one and took is for a test drive! My history with this countersink comes from my Air Force days and working in aluminum. I will say that they work really nicely in wood! Pros: They're micro adjustable so, you can really dial them in for the screws you're using and get really good repeatability. They're super easy to set up and lock in The plastic protective ring does not mar the wood. Cons: At about 90 bucks, they're a bit on the pricy side.
    5 points
  33. Finished product. Sized and shape of a home plate.
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  34. I have never had a pin nailer but I am coming up on my current project were some parts will need a little something to hold things in place while the glue dries. I did a lot of researching and looking some at the reviews. I decided to get one from a company called Metabo. It got some of the best reviews from a number of different places. It was $89 on Amazon and $99 at Lowes. For the amount that I would use it, this was an attractive price. I went ahead and ordered through Amazon and it arrived Tuesday evening. Wednesday morning I gave it a test drive. I looks really well made has
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  35. I got the side panels and legs glued up yesterday afternoon. Then I had to do a little size adjustment to the web frames. I had to shave about 1/32 of an inch from the width to close a gap that I had with the front and back aprons. After this I put a coat of blonde shellac on the inside of the side panel assemblies. It was easier to do this now before the web frames were glued in and in the way. After that dried I did the glue up of both of the case assemblies. They were somewhat challenging getting the web frames and mortise and tenons all lined up and together. The
    5 points
  36. Today I worked on he web frames. After cutting everything to size I cut mortises in all the pieces. Ends of the short pieces. And the edges of the long pieces. It took about 75 minutes to do 64 mortises. I really liking this Morley mortiser jig. Then it was just a matter of gluing and clamping everything.
    5 points
  37. Next thing I did was layout where all the "V" grooves would be for the dividers. In the picture I had already cut the two side pieces. I line up the tip of my bit with the line on my work piece on he router table. Doing set ups like this is where I am real happy I have the Incra fence with the micro adjust, it makes this process a lot easier. Even though I use my miter gauge for this operation I add an extra solid fence (blue) so the piece doesn't accidentally get snagged on the gap in the stock fence. This was one of the dividers pieces cutting groove.
    5 points
  38. And given the pics, you are a Veteran and that is your Christmas gift to all of us and, to all other Veterans and current heroes, we thank you for your service and Merry Christmas.
    5 points
  39. Having just finished up my work here for 2020, I'm signing off and will see you all in just a few hours to bring in 2021. Thank you all for your support, suggestions, and guidance in 2020! You guys really make the work worth the effort!
    5 points
  40. If I could give this year a swift kick in the ass on the way out I would.
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  41. My mom gave me a call yesterday and asked if I could make her something quick. She brought over a picture of some little Christmas trees she found online. I was gonna spend my day just picking up the shop and doing some things before we get covered in snow. But how often do you get to spend an hour or so with your mom in the shop?! We drew this little tree out and put a prototype together. Quick little project....then she explained how she wanted 3 made of different heights and different colors. Also she wanted a set for her, my sister, sister in law and a set for my wife. I’m going to try to
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  42. We are getting closer with this project! The side stretchers with their angled tenons all got remade turned out well but I didn’t want to chisel off the remaining portion of the tenon. With it being angled it made it a little challenging to get the angle set just right but was worth it in the end. Made 2 setups for the left and right sides. Used a sliding bevel gauge quite a bit in this project. Using it here to set the angle of the sliding miter gauge. After getting all the upper stretchers cut, I dry fit a chair to get a measurement for the lower stretchers. Wit
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  43. Started work on the doors and drawer fronts for the kitchen. Picked up 50 BdFt of maple cut all the stiles and rails for 23 doors and 5 drawer fronts. Did real well fitting everything in the lumber I bought, just a small pile of scraps (circled) and some of that is still usable lengths.
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  44. I became way more familiar with a plunge router today than I ever imagined. 28 mortises, 1 1/2” deep. Kev, the plunging the ends first is a good idea. Due to the depth, I went 3/4” , did the length and repeated. Even though I used stop blocks with double back tape, I think the initial plunges helped clear the chips. Although I won’t know until tomorrow after cutting some tenons if everything lines up, the double edge guide was well worth the money.
    5 points
  45. The nail trick ended up working out fairly well.
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  46. So I have a few things the wife has requested for the living room. The next is a low bookcase I’ll probably journal this one. I should roll right into it I’ve got a few new things I want to try out with it. She wanted it all to match the tv console I built end of last year. This one was just a quick project nothing special m&t construction an long tapered legs. The painted portion is popular with a the top is a portion of the pine beams from the LV ceiling remodel same as the tv console.
    5 points
  47. well here it is installed and in use ... still need to build the drawer, but I am thinking I can get to that this weekend now that I will have the bushing I need to do the dovetails. For now though, here is where it stands .. work laptop, home computer, home laptop ... fit nicely on here
    5 points
  48. planning out my wire management ... wasnt a big fan of the long channel they had in their desk, plus it only lends it self nicely to laptop power cords. So I went with my own of 2 1 3/8" holes with a nice roundover on them in both corners. Then my little buddy got home from daycare and asked to help sand ... he always finds it so funny that the sander moves on its own. (dont worry, no tabletop bases for harmed in taking the photo :P) I walked in for dinner, and saw him sitting down at his lego station ... asked him what he was doing ... "Daddy
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  49. Cut the mortises for the stretchers tonight. Did use kevs idea with the hcm and router. Did work pretty darn well I must say! Thanks you guys for all your feedback. I will admit that I am way more comfortable and confident using power tools. Did do a practice run with the drill bit and chisel method, with it being oak and being 1 1/2 thick I didn’t have very good results. Just to impatient I think. did cut in on the backside about a 1/8-1/4 to prevent blowout. Nice thing with the Bosch guide is the micro adjustment. Made getting it all lined up pretty easy. With the mortises being
    5 points
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