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Re: What did you do this weekend?
« Reply #325 on: March 05, 2018, 09:20:08 am »
Not as exciting as battling Vader, but I finished a table for my wife. She’s been after me for 5 years to build a farmhouse table. Now she says she needs a matching bench, so look for that in spring 2023.




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    Re: What did you do this weekend?
    « Reply #326 on: March 05, 2018, 09:41:00 am »
    Nice work!

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    Re: What did you do this weekend?
    « Reply #327 on: March 05, 2018, 10:46:36 am »
    Good job.  And keep still about the time line, or my wife will start bugging me again.

    I have had plans for the furniture I want to build for twenty years now.
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    Re: What did you do this weekend?
    « Reply #328 on: March 07, 2018, 08:41:13 pm »
    Nice looking table!


    And not this weekend,  but I just signed up for my second attempt at the A100 trail challenge.  100 miles in 50 hours.  Brutal.  Made it 28 miles last year before tapping out with foot issues, but I'm planning to crush it this year.

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    Re: What did you do this weekend?
    « Reply #329 on: March 08, 2018, 10:00:50 am »
    And not this weekend,  but I just signed up for my second attempt at the A100 trail challenge.  100 miles in 50 hours.  Brutal.  Made it 28 miles last year before tapping out with foot issues, but I'm planning to crush it this year.

    https://northcountrytrail.org/trail/upcoming-events/special-events/allegheny-100/

    Damn.  Good luck, dude.

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    Re: What did you do this weekend?
    « Reply #330 on: March 08, 2018, 04:01:58 pm »
    Not as exciting as battling Vader, but I finished a table for my wife. She’s been after me for 5 years to build a farmhouse table. Now she says she needs a matching bench, so look for that in spring 2023.




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    2x6 top and 4x4 legs? Did you make any allowances on your top for expansion? It looks like faux breadboard ends.

    I like to piddle some in carpentry. This whole farmhouse/rustic look trend just has me puzzled.

    I made a table for my neighbor after his wife fell in love with my shop furniture. So she now has a dining table made from yellow pine 2x4s. 
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    Re: What did you do this weekend?
    « Reply #331 on: March 09, 2018, 09:02:56 am »
    Biscuit joiners are also things to be loved, for such applications...

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    Re: What did you do this weekend?
    « Reply #332 on: March 09, 2018, 12:54:14 pm »
    Biscuit joiners are also things to be loved, for such applications...
     
    I have come to prefer the Kreg pocket screw jig to a biscuit joiner, as long as there is no issue with fasteners/plugs.  Easier to keep surfaces in plane and tighter joints with fewer clamps.  Also not relying solely on glue.  Hard to beat a properly applied mechanical fastener.
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    Re: What did you do this weekend?
    « Reply #333 on: March 09, 2018, 01:38:24 pm »
    I love both my biscuit joiner and my kreg pocket screw jig.  I tend to glue and screw joints in many cases.

    The issue I often have using dimension 2X lumber is it tends to warp when I apply a finish.  Have had this happen several times.  May be something to do with the dry Utah climate.

    Table looks awesome!
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    « Reply #334 on: March 09, 2018, 01:40:20 pm »
    Biscuit joiners are also things to be loved, for such applications...

    I prefer dowels over biscuits for making panels. It is just cheaper and holds about the same in my experience.
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    Re: What did you do this weekend?
    « Reply #335 on: March 09, 2018, 01:45:21 pm »
    The issue I often have using dimension 2X lumber is it tends to warp when I apply a finish.  Have had this happen several times.  May be something to do with the dry Utah climate.

    If you watch your grain profiles. Then you can help control/plan for warping many times. Oklahoma gets the best of all worlds with high humidity, low humidity, high heat and low heat, and it all changes within hours sometimes.
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    « Reply #336 on: March 09, 2018, 02:59:24 pm »
    I prefer dowels over biscuits for making panels. It is just cheaper and holds about the same in my experience.
    When I was a kid we had an old, rough farmhouse table in the meat house made with oak slabs for the top and frame, locust post legs and the whole thing was held together with hand cut tapered pins.   You probably couldn't have broken it short of hitting it with a truck.   
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    Re: What did you do this weekend?
    « Reply #337 on: March 09, 2018, 03:22:09 pm »
    When I was a kid we had an old, rough farmhouse table in the meat house made with oak slabs for the top and frame, locust post legs and the whole thing was held together with hand cut tapered pins.   You probably couldn't have broken it short of hitting it with a truck.

    My grandfather really liked splines for quick and dirty work on panels for rough use.

    He used dovetails for most of his joints. I just cannot do dovetails at the rate he did them. He could do a whole chest of drawers in the time it takes me to do 1 or 2 drawers. There is something about that 50 years of practice.
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    Re: What did you do this weekend?
    « Reply #338 on: March 09, 2018, 03:42:19 pm »
    Yup.  I think you eventually develop a whole different level of hand/eye coordination than most of us realize we are capable of.   :shrug

    This old table had the tapered pins hand cut - apparently from the limbs off the locust logs that made up the legs of the table.  They appeared to have been round at one point and just flattened to fit each individual mortise.   The whole thing was done by a practiced hand and someone with an intimate knowledge of the wood they were working with and the tools they were using.  Probably gained from a lifetime of experience.
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    Re: What did you do this weekend?
    « Reply #339 on: March 09, 2018, 04:18:58 pm »
    God forbid, but if there ever was a technology reset (nuclear, EMP, etc.), those of us who survive will really be dependent on those who were old enough to know, or those who were lucky enough to have been taught, those 19th and early 20th century skills.

    I have no fine woodworking skills, but was lucky enough to grow up in a family of people who work with metal - machinists, fabricators and such.  I picked up much of that.  Comes in handy with firearms, too.  If I can't find a part, I can usually make it - even without a computer controlling the process.  Slow, but in a post-Apocalyptic world, slow will be the norm.

    I think of my grandfather's shop equipment back in the Depression.  Everything, including his metal lathe and vertical mill, ran on batteries charged by wind power.  The small windmill was connected to an automotive generator which charged a group of 12 volt batteries that supplied the power.  Also supplied lighting to work at night.  Fitting, of course, was done entirely by hand.
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    « Reply #340 on: March 09, 2018, 05:49:09 pm »
    Agreed.  If you have never gone to an antique farm equipment show it is worth the time and effort to do so.  Seeing old steam powered equipment in operation is a jaw dropping experience for most and almost guaranteed to put a grin on the face of every child ( regardless of age ) within earshot of a steam whistle.   :cool

    Watching everything from tractors to threshers and sawmills run without so much as a single watt of electric power gives you some idea what our ancestors did for a living and how tough it actually was.  It amounts to a snapshot of the industrial revolution.  Valuable knowledge indeed in the event of a societal collapse and reversion to previous levels of technology. 
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    « Reply #341 on: March 09, 2018, 05:53:59 pm »
    Agreed.  If you have never gone to an antique farm equipment show it is worth the time and effort to do so.  Seeing old steam powered equipment in operation is a jaw dropping experience for most and almost guaranteed to put a grin on the face of every child ( regardless of age ) within earshot of a steam whistle.   :cool

    Watching everything from tractors to threshers and sawmills run without so much as a single watt of electric power gives you some idea what our ancestors did for a living and how tough it actually was.  It amounts to a snapshot of the industrial revolution.  Valuable knowledge indeed in the event of a societal collapse and reversion to previous levels of technology.

    Makes one wonder how far steam punk could go if electricity, for whatever reason, was no longer an option :hmm .
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    « Reply #342 on: March 09, 2018, 06:01:18 pm »
    Well, in the spirit of felony thread drift, it might be more useful to try and comprehend how much of life as we know it would be lost and how the consequences of that might play out.   The steam punk I've seen is an interesting diversion but not very useful in determining the future. 
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    « Reply #343 on: March 10, 2018, 11:12:31 pm »
    Just remember, the beginning of the industrial revolution was all done on steam.
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    Re: What did you do this weekend?
    « Reply #344 on: March 14, 2018, 08:09:48 am »
    It was convention time for me again and after being defeated by Darth Vader two weeks ago this time I made sure the Empire got the point.



    I met Joonas Suotamo who plays Chewbacca now. Though I'm going to make you guess which one he is in this photo.



    Plus I got a few more autographs, including:

    Sophie Aldred (Ace from Dr Who)


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    Re: What did you do this weekend?
    « Reply #345 on: March 14, 2018, 08:58:42 am »
    Awesome.  :thumbup1

    Joonas.. hmm...

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    « Reply #346 on: March 14, 2018, 09:50:49 am »
    Cool.

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    Re: What did you do this weekend?
    « Reply #347 on: March 14, 2018, 12:00:56 pm »
    The issue I often have using dimension 2X lumber is it tends to warp when I apply a finish.  Have had this happen several times.  May be something to do with the dry Utah climate.
    2x lumber is not dried to a very low moisture content.  That can be (and is) one reason it moves once it starts drying out.  Another reason may be if you only finish 'the sides you see,' neglecting the back/bottom/ends.  It makes the board 'unbalanced,' and will contribute to warpage.

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    « Reply #348 on: March 14, 2018, 12:15:19 pm »
    2x lumber is not dried to a very low moisture content.  That can be (and is) one reason it moves once it starts drying out.  Another reason may be if you only finish 'the sides you see,' neglecting the back/bottom/ends.  It makes the board 'unbalanced,' and will contribute to warpage.
    ^^THIS^^

    The stuff you buy at your local home improvement store is still VERY wet*.  If you want to build furniture with it, select carefully for grain, seal the ends, and set it aside for a few months, and pray.

    You're better off going to a true lumber yard, if there's one in reasonable distance.  Like I will, this weekend. Speaking of prayers, my wallet will need some...


    *The pine stuff... the craft size oak, poplar, walnut, what have you is usually dried pretty well, but it's not big enough to build furniture with. Inlay or veneer, maybe...

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    Re: What did you do this weekend?
    « Reply #349 on: March 30, 2018, 01:02:46 pm »
    3/24/2018
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    for an 82 year old, Charlie still rocks!  (sorry about the crappy cell phone photo)
    and then the drive home the next morning
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