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  1. 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
    7 points
  2. 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.
    7 points
  3. 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
  4. 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
    6 points
  5. 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 🙂
    6 points
  6. 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
    6 points
  7. 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
    6 points
  8. My Christmas present to me. Its not here yet, but I Grizzly tells me I should be able to pick it up next week.
    6 points
  9. “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.
    6 points
  10. 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
  11. All done I think... tried out the brown bag method .. I believe @Coopuses? works well getting the dust nibs out I must say.
    6 points
  12. 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
    6 points
  13. 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
  14. That's so this forum could be the first to say "Houston, we have a problem"...
    6 points
  15. 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.
    6 points
  16. 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 ?
    6 points
  17. 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.
    6 points
  18. 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
  19. 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.
    6 points
  20. 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.
    6 points
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. I got this today from Whiteside for the mortises. That one mean looking bit!
    6 points
  25. 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
    6 points
  26. As promised here is my opinion of the Harvey MG-36 Miter gauge as compared to my Incra 1000HD miter gauge. Spoiler alert for those who want to cut to the chase, I am selling my Incra 🙂 FWIW This is the metric version because they sent the wrong one, they are replacing the rule and the micro adjust. First both are solid miter gauges and cut perfect 90s, 45s, etc right out of the box and would be solid contenders in any shop. The 1000HD can be picked up for $180 on sale I picked up the Harvey for $279 on sale, retail is $399 which is nuts for a miter gauge, in my opinion. In fact I th
    5 points
  27. 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
  28. Well the chairs are completely finished!!! The upholstery guy gave me a call this morning that he had the seats done. Super happy how they turned out. Put them all on and moved the chairs to the house. Happy to say they all fit around the table!
    5 points
  29. 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
  30. Glad you said it didn't have to be "woodworking related", @Kev 😉 I'm not married. I don't have children. For many other reasons, my gift giving pool has been greatly diminished...and, with the loss of the intended meaning of the day I'm a bit turned off by the disposable nature of modern day Christmas. I'm not anti-Christmas by any means - I honor the day in my own way, as it was intended and I'm not even religious! 😆 Besides the gifts, I did certainly have a splendid time with family and great food (a delicious smoked brisket as the main course 🤤). But, except for the Grizzl
    5 points
  31. 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
    5 points
  32. I hope every member and guest have a wonderful Thanksgiving, in spite of the virus crap. Stay safe and God bless.
    5 points
  33. Ever since I was young there was always 1 thing on the TV we as a family watched and that continues with my own family. That show was Jeopardy. With news of Alex Trabek’s passing this morning, it’s really the end of an era of my life. I don’t get to sentimental over someone’s passing outside of friends and family. Jeopardy will continue on with a new host, but just won’t be the same.
    5 points
  34. As I got into this more and remembering that it was to be painted, I lost more enthusiasm and didn’t take pics. So to close it out, here is the final product. Bottom drawer is not shut complete I see.
    5 points
  35. 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.
    5 points
  36. Got to work tonight cutting the mortises. Started with the mortise on the back leg that attaches the side seat rail. Had to make a template to support the back leg. Template has a couple marks on it to line it up with the cress rail mortise which made for a pretty easy process. Just had to carry the line around the template to work for both the left and right legs. To mortise the front legs which have a bevel cut, I made a wedge to bring the face square to the chisel. All hell broke free about half way through the front legs. The depth stop on the rikon was moving a little
    5 points
  37. I agree! Re sharpening I have never had one come sharp regardless of price. Definitely sharpen and hone them you will be glad you did as they will work way better. I use the Lee Valley bits and they will stay sharp longer but do need to be sharpened and honed I use this process https://www.finewoodworking.com/2014/06/02/how-to-sharpen-hollow-chisel-mortising-bits
    5 points
  38. I don’t know if it’s Kosher but whatever hardwood I had laying around for the tenons. A combination of cherry, walnut and hard maple. Hopefully, I didn’t have to use the same species, walnut. As it has only been dry fitted, if that’s the case, please let me know. Speaking of dry fit, to my amazement, after dry fitting, only a little sanding with 150 thru 220 will be needed. I did mess up on one of the mortises and cut it not quiet long enough and had to haunch tenon one half of one. Just tickled the hell out of me! I’ve been toying with the idea of how to sandwich the glass and have decided
    5 points
  39. The nail trick ended up working out fairly well.
    5 points
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. I started a new project/adventure yesterday. Of the four, my 10 year old grand daughter is the grand kid that has always shown the desire to learn woodworking, she is also the youngest. The intelligent questions that come out of her mouth can stun a college professor. I talked with her about what see wanted to build and she decided on a coffee table to replace an old one that got used for something else. So that is the project. We spent some time looking at pictures of coffee tables on the internet, after we got some ideas we drew up a design and I showed her how to make a cut list.
    5 points
  43. 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
    5 points
  44. This morning I got to feel like @Kev with all this walnut ... minus that fact the dealer didnt give it to me for pennies on the dollar or crazy figured pieces either ... other than that though its basically the same, right? ? 102BF of walnut ( 48 BF 8/4 and 54 BF 4/4) 10BF of poplar Not all of this is going into the desk build, I do have a top to a bench seating area I want to build out as well, so figured while I was there, why not haha .
    5 points
  45. Some of the greatest memory’s with my grand dad is helping him with projects in his basement. I was a senior in high school he got a big kitchen cabinet project we did together. Still til this day every time some one ask me about a project I’m working on he will bring up that job. I think it meant as much to him as it does to me now. At the time is was just a job. Now it’s a great memory. So keep it up Chet it will mean even more to both of you as the years go by.
    5 points
  46. Progress photo Laying out for the mortise into top now. I should finish it tonight. I’ve had a screwed work schedule the past few days. Had to shutdowns back to back so alternating from days to nights will screw with you. It’s coming along tho. Once I get the legs in the top I’ll lay out the top rail that will screw to the top. I’m doing a 1”(d)x5”(w)x1 1/2”(w) mortise for the leg to go into. I’m hogging most of it out with the router
    5 points
  47. A friend of mine that lives in Maine is 59 years old and his wife is a cradle robber at 77 years old. She's physically failing and her mental abilities are failing as well. He's super concerned that he's soon going to lose his wife, and has been calling me regularly to get me to help him figure out what his next steps are. With her, and after. He knows what I've recently gone through, and he's trying to pick my brain to figure out how he's going to deal with his future. I don't know if I'm any help, but he must be getting something from our talks or he wouldn't call so often. The fact is
    5 points
  48. I had to drive this trip Coop.. So, I have my truck here.. I'll give him a shout later today when things slow down at work and see what we can do.. That's Coop saying he fell asleep on the couch! ?
    5 points
  49. Before I moved out of my 9' by 12' shop into the one my wife had built for me, I spent a lot of time screaming at the $120. chinese bench I bought. And, with good reason, the dog holes were 5/8ths the vise racked worse than anything you could dream up, even with spacers it still racked. So when I moved into the new shop, I scouted around for some wood that was inexpensive aka: cheap, and I came up with some air dried poplar and pine. With oak I had in the shop and two vises I bought off Grizzly, this is what I built. It ain't a Roubo, nor any known bench, but it does what I needed in a benc
    5 points
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