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  1. John Morris

    What's On Your Work Bench?

    What's on your work bench? This is the official topic for images and friendly chatter regarding that all important surface, the personal statement of your shop, the steadfast friend we can always count on, the space of your shop that nobody knows better than you, we are talking about the almighty "Work Bench". Submit your images now! That's right, don't clean it up, don't be embarrassed, the messier the better, or if there is nothing on it at all, that is fine too. If you have not touched your bench in years, and you have taken a break from woodworking and have boxes piled on it, we want that image too! All images are welcome. Spirit of Topic This is a Hit-n-Run topic, as you walk past your bench, whip out your camera or smart phone, and snap a shot, load it up here. No need for text explanations if you don't want too. To kick this off, walk out in your shop and snap a picture of your bench surface now, and lets get this topic rolling. This will be an ongoing topic, for you to share images of your bench top today, and every day. Types of benches Some of us have small benches, some of us have big benches, some of us use a space in our dining room, some may have a picnic table they use for a bench, and some of us may have a bench of all benches, the traditional joiners bench, or a beautiful full cabinet shakers bench. No matter what you call your work surface, no matter what your work surface looks like, we want to see images of your bench! Thank you in advance to the participants!
  2. Folks, another long project in our saga of refinancing our home through the VA. We are now neck deep in tear out and rebuild of our entire second story master bedroom balcony and shade structure for the patio below. The wood was dry-rotted, I let it go waaay too long. And now I have it all ripped out, and I got a stack full of wonderful Rough Doug Fir for the project. While I have been performing the structural portion of this project, wife and kids have been painting the boards. We purchased some 6" mini rollers 3/4 nap. The problem is the fibers from the roughsawn lumber coat the rollers to the point that they become a hardened mess almost, just imagine a tiny splinters getting entangled in the nap. We need a thick nap, because the lumber is rough, but at the same time, the nap gets clogged with the fibers. Any suggestions on a type of roller to use are greatly appreciated. Spraying is out of the question because of our proximity to neighbors and we don't really have anywhere to set up for that. Plus, my wife and kids are having some wonderful "bonding" moments during this project, I'd rather keep them painting as a team. Here is a few images of what I am doing. The old balcony and deck and shade structure before. Shade structure is gone. Balcony gone. About two thirds of the lumber is sitting here, the rest is in our shop. The painting operation. This is a complete removal and replace, nothing will be used over, accept the ledgers against the house, they are in great condition and bolted firmly to the home. Thanks VA for forcing me off me arse!
  3. John Moody

    Logs to Lumber!

    A couple of weeks ago I posted this picture of some logs I got from a lady, carried to the mill to get sawn into lumber. Yesterday I got a call from my sawyer to come pick up the lumber. So we hooked up the 18' trailer and headed out to the saw mill which is about 10 miles from the house. As it turned out most of the logs were White Oak and a couple of Red Oak, two Poplar and two Hickory. He cut away the bad parts on the outside of the logs and looks like we got some good lumber. I had all of it sawn at 5/4 and there are a few pieces thicker. Most of the White Oak is on the front, some Red Oak and Poplar on the back and the Hickory on top. I have about 3' hanging off the back of the trailer. Not bad for $200.00.
  4. steven newman

    Next up?

    Ok, at the moment, we are waiting on a carpet installer to lay new carpet in the house, to replace the fire hose soaked stuff. Takes a while to get things done, after a fire, it would seem. The Boss is unhappy with the size of the current "pantry cupboard" . More of a "Chimney Cupboard" than a Pantry. So...she wants a much wider and tall version built. Told her the following things ( then ducked?) 32" wide wasn't quite do-able, but 31" will do? Still debating on the height of the top.... It WILL have two doors.....how fancy-schmansy they are..... Fixed or adjustable shelves......or a little of both? And, the Boss needs to allow for the costs of the lumber, and hardware. Hoping she doesn't treat this like the last one, and paint it black.,,,,,,
  5. ;Got this today from WOOD Magazine. I'm not a big fan of reclaimed wood (prefer something a little more formal) but if you're ever faced with working with it here are some techniques. Mostly what to do with those cut edges without patina. And remember: * A technique is a trick used more than once -- Georg Poyla * Onions have layers, Ogres have layers. Finish has layers, -- Shrek (well 2/3 of it) http://www.woodmagazine.com/woodworking-how-to/finishes-finishing/finishing-reclaimed-lumber
  6. John Morris

    Our Wiki Wood Data Base

    I am hoping to enlist some extra eyes on this dilemma we are facing with creating certain departments in our wiki. I am currently working on our own wood data base. We all know about the popular and famous "The Wood Database". But in an effort to create one of our own, I need to use the terminology and listings of the properties of the wood. The Wood Database does have all of this, I could copy their structure and format. But I won't and can't. Because well, that would be copying. So in order to be original, and our wiki based on independent "Open Source" research, I need to find a website or research portal that does show those properties such as Tree Size, Specific Gravity, Crushing Weight etc, without scraping the information from a privately owned website. So I am looking for a govt website, or other open source website that I can use for my research in formatting the application that you, the user will use to fill out the menus for the properties of the lumber, and also you'll be able to geolocate the wood species to a world map, and provide an image as well. If anyone comes across an open sources website for research on lumber and wood species that talks about hardness scales, and specific gravity etc, I'd sure appreciate you sharing it to me. Thanks for any help! I know our wiki has been a long work in progress, but it's coming along, at http://thepatriotwoodwiki.org/HomePage It's turned out to be a long term project, I hope to have it open soon for all of you to contribute your factual knowledge too.
  7. John Morris


  8. This coming Saturday morning. Located just south of the Nash Finch place. 3912 County Road 130 Just about right across from the trailer park. B A R N S A L E ! 9am-4pm. discounts after 2pm. One day only. Might be worth the drive down Rt. 33 to County rd 57.......turn west. Then turn south, barn is on the left ( east side) of the road.
  9. Ron Altier

    Unknown wood

    My wife bought a kitchen table and chairs, made in Viet Nam. One of the chair seats had a crack. They sent a replacement. I swapped them out tore the old one apart to see what wood was in it and to see if I could salvage any for small projects. What I got was a light wood like Pine, but had Oak like grain. Anyone have an idea
  10. Don Robinson

    Redwood Burl Poaching

    I just saw a news report that people are poaching the burls growing on the Redwood trees in California. Here is a related item from the NY Times http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/09/us/poachers-attack-beloved-elders-of-california-its-redwoods.html?_r=0 I can't believe that the money grubbing bastards would stoop so low. Please be careful where you buy your burl wood.
  11. steven newman

    That $1 walnut is now Cherry

    At least it looks like, smells like Cherry. A look at the bark? Two pieces with bark, sitting on some pine I had earlier resawn. Not all the Cherry came off the bandsaw... Not the prettiest ones. Some of the others were a bit...worse.. Had a tilt going on too. Will scrub plane these two flat this weekend. Now, about that box? I figure I can get all four sides out of these two boards. I might be able to get at least a top out of the other two.. Might get both the top and bottom? Cut in half, and glue two panels. Laid out some toys...er...tools, to make finger joints with.. Also need to bring the Stanley #45 down to the shop....might have some work for it to do.... As for the rest of the shop, tool wise...maybe a $0.05 tour? An 0-7 and a blue Stanley.. That stool is where I'll be sitting on, while chopping and sawing. Planes are a #7, and a #5 by Stanley There are two other planes at the "ready" Along with a few chisels and squares. Somewhere in there, is a fancy marking knife. Planes are both #3 size, speaking of planes This is the bottom of the Plane Till. There are even a few spokeshaves (3) sitting there. Plane over by the oilstones is a Scrub plane. As for the rest.. Light is from the grinder There are a pair of drawknives hanging up at the top. I did find a piece of cherry I've had in the shop for a few years.... Might be able to make use of it? Next time? Hoping to have a few finger joints chopped, maybe some grooves for a bottom milled. Just the start up, tonight.
  12. Well the historic wood pen turning project is moving along, slowly, but moving. Part of the deal was to make two special presentation boxes for those responsible for securing monies. The main turner involved doesn't have many wood working tools so the box making fell on me. No one had a plan as to what they wanted the boxes to look like. OK, I've made some boxes but I don't feel my skills are really up to what I think they should be for this type of project. Especially with this precious wood. My original design was to have the box larger, but the size of the beams and the number of defects, cracks and nail holes reduced it to around 4" x 7"x 1.5". The pieces are 1/4" thick. The old pine is very brittle but it still contained a surprising amount of sap. The number of knots would not allow me to use the planer and get this thickness, so I used my thickness sander. I had to clean the belt 3 time during the thicknessing process to remove the built up pitch. All of the dovetails are hand cut using a Japanese pull saw. The above picture show one of the "hinges". I used tiny cut nails salvaged from the original structure placed into pre-drilled holes. Right now they are just finger tight. The lid lift is also a little nail. I think this one has to be in a little deeper. I hate it that the round hole shows on the front. Although you can't tell from this picture, the bottom is thicker than the dado it fits into (bottom = 1/4" dado = 1/8"). About an inch of the perimeter is tapered to the edge allowing the fit. I'm not sure what to do with the inside. Maybe a couple of "U" shaped risers to hold the pen off of the bottom. Covering the interior would make for a nice contrast but it almost seems sacrilege to hide the patina. At this point, I am stumped on my next step. My original plan was to inlay a "Carpenter's Mark" in the outside of the top. I made an oval inlay pattern and cut a sample from some Poplar to see how it would look- I made certain I salvaged all of the carpenter's marks, before I made the pen blanks from the beam. Now, the problem. The pine is so brittle- even more so near the surface, that I fear the router inlay kit will splinter the the wood. To help strengthen the "mark", I covered the back of the piece with painters tape and saturated it with thin CA. I'll need to stop at Hobby Lobby tomorrow after school and pick up another bottle- thank goodness they send me 40% off coupons every week! So that's where I'm at, with this part- still needs more sanding! I was thinking about making the second box with a "pencil box" sliding lid.
  13. steven newman

    that "Different Project"?

    Upon further review. Seems a better stash has been found. tore down a bed frame into usable parts. Oh, I will still use some of the metal parts. But the metal parts are just to reinforce the workbench. What you see here are six raised panels. Never mind about Buster sitting there. There are also some other parts worth saving some of them a bit long. LOTS of staples that need to go...elsewhere. Will have to bring the saws up out of the Dungeon Shop, and a few clamps. Clamp a piece to the saw bench, and rip or crosscut until I have all the parts for another Tool Chest build. With some better trays, I hope. Oh and there are a few that need to be split Those aren't solid 4x4s, and some are delaminating. Going to split them into the three pieces they are made from. Some will be corner posts. Along with the 1 x 12s, and all that extra Barn siding stuff. It might take a while, but I think I might have the time right now to build it. As for Buster? Brand new handle for a $1 head. Went to Lowes to buy a handle.....nope, they don't sell those kind of handles. However, they would be more than happy to sell me a 2 pound Kobalt version.....for $17...Yeah, right. Took my 2.9 pound hammer head just up the road to the local TSC store, yep even had the correct handle with wedges (3) for.....$5.99 + tax. got it home, installed the new handle, and put it to work, breaking down a bed frame. Must have done it right ( for once) since the head never moved, or flew off. Some days.. you just get...lucky.
  14. Courtland

    Dads Shop

    On New Years Day we made our rounds and visited family, and we paid ol pops a visit. He lives in the local mountains, there was even a tad bit of snow left from the last snow he had! After we spent a few hours there we ventured up the mountain some more and let the kids roll in the big snow. But here are a few random shots of dad and his shop. Image below is what is leftover of his cedar pile of wood, he loves making birdhouses, and he sells them locally. Next up is his old 70's vintage Craftsman Band Saw And a late model Craftsman Contractors Table Saw he uses for secondary cuts or he leaves a dado on it at all times. Dad and I, two knuckle heads! Dad and Grandpa A smaller Delta Bench top drill press Delta Rockwell Table Saw with a Bies fence system A good ol Delta Scroll Saw His main go to compressor, he only uses it for finish nails, he doesn't believe in cleaning up so he certainly doesn't need air for that! Yes folks, it does snow in southern California, we actually had about 4" on the ground a few days before this. Over all image of the shop. Dad and I build this shop back in 2004. Rear shot of his shop Another rear shot. And just for kicks and giggles, Dad's home! A restored single wide trailer, we got this place for a song and dance, and pops loves it up in the hills. Thanks folks for sharing a bit of my Dad's place with us, yall come back now ya here!
  15. Courtland

    Big Bad Sawblad

    Last summer we took a trip to Lake Tahoe and toured the surrounding areas as well, this image is inside the Donner Museum, and I am standing next to a 48" big bad blade. Now what I cannot remember if this was a blade to cut through ice in the nearby Donner Lake, or if it was used in a mill, I don't think this would cut wood very well, so I am leaning towards it being an ice blade to cut ice blocks for the local towns refrigerating needs. But it is was impressive either way. I was going through some memories today of 2014 and found this.
  16. John Moody

    Walnut And Cedar

    I was up at the sawmill that cut all my lumber yesterday and picked up a load of walnut and cedar post. The cedar post will be used on Green Egg Tables. Now I have got to get it stickered and stacked.
  17. Hi all, Just recently moved back to the Island. Does anyone know a local(ish) source for exotic wood for turning blanks? I'm talking pen, bottle stopper, small bowl size. I don't expect much. I know how limited everything is here but I hate the thought of buying wood sight unseen on the net or driving 100miles to Seattle area. Thanks, Doc
  18. steven newman

    PIP of a Little Box

    Last end panel was out of the clamps, so Drill about seven or so counter-bored holes per corner, and try to put this thing together, Seemed to work better on it's top for this part, There is some wood putty that needs cleaned up Once all the corners were screwed together. Added those plastic white feet to the corner posts. Might keep the feet a little dryer... adding a cleat or two to set a floor on. Stay tuned, finish line is in sight....I hope.
  19. Ron Dudelston

    The Haul - UPDATE

    About a week ago I had a friend tip me off about a barn full of lumber that a lady wanted to unload. Long story short, I bought about 800 - 1000 BF of ash, walnut, maple, cedar and quarter sawn white oak. There were several walnut 8/4 and 12/4 boards 12 foot long that are going to make some fine, fine challenge coin displays. Here's a picture of two van loads of walnut and maple. I unloaded about 100 BF of white oak into my barn and I figure there's about 200 bf of walnut in this pile. A big shout out to my BIL who has a nice big pole barn to store everything I can't handle. The picture is a bit deceiving because I throw a sheet of black plastic over the pile so you're really only seeing half the length.
  20. steven newman

    Different Project, part two?

    Since my workbench was built using dumpster dived parts, and I need a few drawers under it, might as well dive in again. Parts from a metal loft bed on the left, more about the wood stuff in a moment Hmmm, don't have a welder handy. But I did find most of the bolts. 1/2 pound of them. Now, as for the wood parts. Seems there was a fancy water bed thrown away Those are solid OAK, people! someone must have got a bit too frisky and broke it... There were a few 1x 12 in the haul, as well. Other side is stained a walnut-like colour. So, along with a decent stash of Barn Wood 1x4s and some other bits and pieces. Maybe a good thing I got two new hack saw blades. Single Brain Cell Sketch-up is just starting to warm up, takes awhile nowadays.... Somehow, I will have to tear the head and foot boards down to just parts. I will lose one stretcher from the bench build, but gain several METAL ones. Price so far? ZERO Dollars spent. Unless you count a count saw blades... This could get to be interesting.....
  21. steven newman

    Wood stash

    Is getting a bit full, now made a run today for some barn Siding, and got about ten pieces. Also found a 2x10 x 24" pine board, a 3x3 x 24" Spalted something or other, and Someone asked about a 2x4 x8' made from Oak? Got one today, only I think it is Red oak. Photos after the thunderstorms go away Brought home most of the small tools out at the old Pole Barn Shop. Cleaned off the Table saw to get it ready for Craigslist. Found out that old rip blade in the saw is still VERY SHARP! A-yup, that blade. Was running a belt sander around to clean off the rust, got a cut on the forearm. Wiping the top down after the clean up, palm of the right hand, near the wrist, found two teeth on the blade. Now have two holes there, as well. Now, about that 2x4 in Red Oak........
  22. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tprVeSkeMvU (Link no longer functioning)
  23. Yep, it does have some wood in it, too. Honey-do List included two add-ons for the porches. Got the needed supplies, some Tapcons, a drill bit FOR the Tapcons, and a plank of treated 2x10. Finally found a chuck key for the drill my Grandson brought back ( without the key or the bit holder) and found a spare tip holder. Had to do a bit of dirt work, first. Had to sink the blocks a bit into the dirt. Did I say...I HATE DIRT WORK? Any way, test fit showed i needed some more dirt on the left end. Pulled things back out, added some dirt, then had a few rocks to move out of the way. One was a "Field Goal" type of move. Once things looked better, a few tapcons were added. Step will have to settle a bit into the dirt, but a few weeks of use will do that. The "old step"? There wasn't any. This was a big first step.... Packed up the toys, er, tools for the trip around to the front porch, saw something i haven't seen in a LONG time Is THAT .....GREEN GRASS? I heard tales about it,..... Front step was a bit high between the middle step and the landing area. Board was a bit warpped but, a few Tapcons flattened it out. There is a gap back there for dirt and such to go. Yeah, yeah, should have bought a 2x12.... Had a bit of trouble with the drill bit, it wanted to go up into the chuck, instead of drilling concrete. Drill was my Dad's Craftsman 3/8" drill. I don't think my cordless ones would have done this job. Well, first outdoor project is done, i wonder how many more she will have me do....
  24. Received the donation of wood from Farwest Forest products today!!!! Thank you Farwest Forest Products!!!!!!!!
  25. I was perusing the classifieds on WOOD, and they are selling 13 figured maple trees. I was curious, how do you know if there is figure in a tree until you mill it out? Of course there are some obvious signs, like a big ol burl hanging off the side or some crotch. But how does the guy know if there is some birds-eye o tiger in there? More of a curios question then a criticism of the seller of said trees.

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