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  1. Lissa, With poplar, unless it is really rough, I'd start with 120 and work up from there. You may be adding scratches with the 60 thru 100 grit. Of course that depends on the surface condition of the material you are starting with. Has the surface of the poplar been planned or is it rough?
  2. Looks like about a 12' door opening. No trouble getting stuff in and out of here!
  3. There are a several of variables here. Type of wood, type of finish, type of project and equipment used for sanding. For me- I HATE to sand. Soft woods can usually be started with a finer grit than harder woods. A film finish usually doesn't need to have the wood sanded to the finest grit compared to say a stain finish. Primitives may not need any sanding. As for equipment, I use a random orbital sander up thru the next to last grit. Then hand sand, with the grain on the final grit. One thing for staining, end grain takes stain quicker than flat or edge grain. If you are going to stain something, sand the end grain one grit finer than the rest of the project. The finer sanded end grain won't absorb the stain as quickly and the entire project will have a more even color. Most folks say not to skip grits but I've heard others say that isn't necessarily true. Some sand 120, 150, 180 while others go 120, 180. I think it depends on the wood, finish and project.
  4. Allen, I think you need to send Tammy to Lowe's for a few more clamps!! Nice Job!
  5. Looks mighty nice!
  6. Don't you just love customers like that!!!
  7. I have used the two half method for some handles and it worked fine. I have also drilled a "stepped" hole in the end of a blank and then driven the tang into the hole. Here's a video of a machinist making one-
  8. Great restore! Can't believe how great the degree markers still look!
  9. Nice! I like the look of the "thicker" shelves!
  10. Should be a very happy customer, John! Love the natural cedar.
  11. Hope the hot bath helps the back! Can't help with the model truck. I've seen them on other sites but don't know anyone who makes them.
  12. That'll be a nice addition to the workshop- or for a neat display piece.
  13. Well... The Old Jail pen making project is in full swing! A very large box of pen making supplies arrived and was brought to the basement shop. We spent last Thursday evening gluing tubes into place. Didn't get all 100 glued up- even with the fans running, the fumes were getting to a toxic level. From this point, we split the work. The "boss" took this box back to his shop for trimming and turning. He doesn't have a sander so I lent him my barrel trimmer. After the glue dried (thick CA), I set up my sanding station and trimmed the blanks. Each blank set was numbered and a grain alignment mark placed on the outside when the blanks were originally cut. That number and alignment mark will be lost during the turning process. To keep everything in sets, and aligned, additional precautions need to be taken. The alignment marks are transferred to the edge and inside of the blanks. The number is added to the piece of tape that keeps each set together. The turning and sanding process is very straight forward. The pine is extremely soft so a light touch is required along with a sharp gouge. I ended up re-touching up the gouge about every third set of blanks. Used a diamond honing stick. Although the skew chisel left a smoother surface, it caused more tear out at the ends near the bushings. So I opted to do all of the turning with this gouge. Turned to shape- Looks pretty rough but the pine is so soft, sanding was a breeze! 100, 120, 150, and 180- while the lathe/blank was spinning. Then turned off the lathe and sanded with the grain using 180, 220, 320. The powered back up and sanded with Abralon pads 350, 500, 1000, 2000 and 4000 grits. Finally, burnishing with turning shavings while the lathe was spinning. This is what I had finished on Tuesday morning. Right now, I'm up to 30 sets turned and waiting on the CA to really harden on my last 18 sets. Once they are trimmed/turned/sanded it will be on to finishing. More next week! Safe Turning!!
  14. http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2014/jun/28/blind-woodworkers-uses-his-hands-eyes/
  15. I've seen a couple of really "weather worn" oak entrance doors. They faced into the sun for at least half a day. This might just be the finish for such a situation.
  16. Pen box. Unsuccessfully trying to cut dovetails in 300+ year old, 1/4" thick, brittle pine.
  17. Fate has been conspiring against me in keeping me away from the lathe BUT tomorrow we start the Old Jail Pens! All of the materials have arrived, the blanks have been cut and drilled. Tomorrow we will glue in the tubes And then the turning begins. In the mean time, the latest edition of the Woodturning On Line newsletter arrived. There is a nice article on what to check when buying a used lathe as well as several turning projects- on for the Mrs. and one for the kids. You can read the entire newsletter here-http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php. Safe Turning!
  18. Neat! These shouldn't take up too much space!
  19. Nice Job! I guess in the summer there were not too many patrons to say "SSSHHHHHHHHHH!!!"
  20. TSC is fast becoming my favorite store- especially for hardware.
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