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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
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  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.
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  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!
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  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
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  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
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  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
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  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
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  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. Finished product. Sized and shape of a home plate.
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  33. I work on getting the gapping on my drawer fronts. I was looking for about 1/16 all the way around and then I was going to do a real small chamfer on all four edges. But as it turns out I had too many thumbs on each hand today and managed to drop and ding the edges on three of the six drawer fronts on the edge of my work bench. 😟 The fibers were to damaged to steam out on two so I ended up having to have a gap that ended up being a heavy 3/32. Now I would be afraid that a chamfer would make the gaps look to big so I think I am going to be stuck with just easing the edges with some sand pap
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  34. Mom taught me early on how to push a broom. I can’t seem to teach my wife’s puppy to sit but my broom caught on pretty quickly.
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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
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  36. I cut the curves on the aprons using the bandsaw and cleaned them up using the spoke shave. No action shots though, I forgot. Then I cut the tapers on the bottoms of the legs at the bandsaw. Cleaned them up back to my line with a hand plane. Then I thought I would go ahead and stack them together to make sure I tapered the right sides.? This afternoon I hand sanded everything to 180 and then, just for Coop, I did a dry fit. I am going to have to shave about a 1/32 of the width of the web frames because my front and back
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  37. Made some progress on the desk learned a lot along the way. Started out putting a couple Dutchmen into the top. Came out really well! Using the router jig is a very simple process, make a template, rout it out and use the same template with a bushing removed to cut the fill in pieces. Only a little sanding on the corners to match the bit to make them fit. I did also chamfer the bottom edge of the ash piece to make it start easier. Shop helper was in and out of the shop but checked in on me quite a bit. She was happy with the progress. Decided on 2 of them. Wanted to get
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  38. 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.
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  39. I was away from this project for a while. Then I went to post these final pictures and was having a problem that required the web designer to come to the rescue. I made some handles for the lids out of cherry like the rest of the box but they seem to get lost because they were too similar to the rest of the wood. So I went with birds eye maple to add some contrast. I sanded everything to 400 because I was going to use several really thin coats of shellac as the finish. This is something I have been wanting to try for a while, it took 7 coats to get it to the luster I wanted. Even
    5 points
  40. 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
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  41. Pulled the trigger! Should be here in February around the time I get back home.. Current 14" is sold and should be picked up in the spring when the roads get a little better. The current Grizz won't be gone until the new one is in. I will shed a little tear when the Grizz goes! Kind of like that old 6" PM jointer, it's just been a fantastic machine and done everything I've asked it to do.
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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. Spent the last week or so gluing up the back leg assembly. Could only do a couple at a time as that is all my clamps would allow me to do without using some 6’ clamps. Need to get some pipe cut to better utilize them. Got back after cutting some tenons for the front of the chairs. These square tenons were pretty simple and quite enjoyable to do after coming off the back slat angled tenons. A little dry fit of the front legs. Will get these parts sanded and glued up in the next couple of days. Am waiting on some 1/4 dowel to show up to put a few pins in the joints. Really like that featur
    5 points
  44. 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.
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  45. 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
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  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. Bryan's recent "A week in the shop" post motivated me to do something I have been thinking of for a year or so. I have been storing my tracks on a rafter in the shop which required the garage door to be closed and a ladder to retrieve them when needed. I have always thought about making something to mount on the garage door so they would be easier to get at. Pretty simple design, I put cork on one side to create a friction fit so they don't slide out when the door is opening. Also, It is a minor stretch but I can reach them with the door open. First picture is a side view of the brac
    5 points
  48. 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
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  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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