Woodworking Saw Dust-all

Thanks Chaz! Gonna get started on the fret leveling today, but may also start finishing the neck... Hopefully it looks good and I don't poison myself.

I made a wedge!

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Long, boring story, but tl;dr if you're jointing boards that are right at the max capacity for your jointer, don't push the fence as far back as it'll go, because if there's a gap between the end of the knives and the fence, it makes your board thinner on one edge than the other. This board is still salvageable, but not for the project it was intended for. I'm learning!

Sorry about the camera angle, but the carts are done and i measured correctly so that the side carts match up with the height of the saws surface. I just need to bolt the saw down and put plywood on the bottom frames for shelf space. Eventually I want to add a drawer on them.
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Nice! Any plans to add extension fences to the side tables? If/when I finally get around to designing and building a miter saw cart, I want to have fences with measuring gauges and t-track on the extension wings. Longer registration surfaces with built in measuring, work holding, and stop blocks? Yes please.

Now I just need the price of plywood to come down to build it. Yesterday, I compared the prices of an order I got this time last year to current prices. The worst offender was 1/2" pressure treated ply. Last year, a full sheet was $30. Right now, it's $78. Good lord.

No plans unless i can figure out easily removable ones as the 2 side carts will connect together to have a mobile work bench as well. Also, if I ever get a thickness planer, I can build a cart for it, and swap it into the middle. The tables also work as outfeed tables for my table saw.

For the tops of those, I paid $16 for 2'x4'x1/2" plywood and bought extra for the bottom shelves.

If you wanted to do a fence, you could put some dowels in the bottom, then drill some matching holes in the table, and put the fence on/off as needed.

I really need to figure out an outfeed table for my table saw. I could modify my workbench to be the right height, but that's literally my only work surface right now. Might need to be something collapsible, because floor space is starting to be a problem.

Nice rains! How are you attaching the side tables? I use a system of strong magnets recessed to hold them together. It works well, but is sometimes a little frustrating.

astralplaydoh wrote:

Nice rains! How are you attaching the side tables? I use a system of strong magnets recessed to hold them together. It works well, but is sometimes a little frustrating.

Hook and eye They are set up so the two side tables will connect to each other as well.

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I got a few things done recently!

My wife got a super ultrawide monitor last month. It's too heavy for her monitor arm, and the stand wouldn't get it high enough for her, so I built a riser. This was my first time doing box joints, and I decided to make it difficult on myself by making them angled. It worked out pretty okay, but I built my jig with too much slop, so there were more gaps than I wanted. I also didn't have a flush trim saw or chisel to trim the fingers flush, so I had to use a sander, which took FOREVER. Wood filler mostly took care of the gaps. I used Danish Oil finish for the first time, and it was super easy, but it's taking longer than expected to stop smelling like oil. Wife's happy though.
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My mother in law wanted a puzzle board to do puzzles with the kids, so I put this together. This is the first time I've managed to do miter joints that are gap-free, so that was exciting. It's also a prototype for a more elaborate puzzle board I'll be making for my wife.
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My kids have a fort builder set that's about 25 poles and connector balls. It came in a cardboard box, which has been destroyed, so we needed something to put them in. Knocked this together yesterday. Made some mistakes, but generally happy with it.
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Great stuff, Chaz. When I saw the pic of the monitor stand and the angled joint I said to myself “Nope, I’d screw that up royally.”

When I get some other stuff done around the house, I’ll allow a new wood project. Kit loved a quilt rack we saw at the Amish Furniture place so I want to make one for her and I want it to be a nice one. I’ll sell my nephew’s car so I can afford the wood.

-BEP

That's a nice looking monitor stand. The last monitor stand I made was from a 1x12x6 painted pine board. I used butt joints and 90 degree angles. I do like it though.

Thanks Chaz for alerting me to the Weekend Woodworker course! And nice bench! It was just the thing I've been looking for.

I've completed the Basic Mobile Workbench (BMW):
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As well as two of the patio tables (only one painted so far):
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I'm thoroughly enjoying it, though there's no way I can complete the projects on a weekly basis. But that's one of the nice things about the course. Looking forward to the bench next!

Edit: And combing back through the thread, I just noticed that we appear to have picked the same color for the patio table! Not intentional! The second one of ours will be sage green

Hey, I'm glad you're finding it useful. I'm actually way behind on it. I haven't even thought about starting the project after the bench. I keep finding other projects that are more interesting or higher priority.

Chaz wrote:

Hey, I'm glad you're finding it useful. I'm actually way behind on it. I haven't even thought about starting the project after the bench. I keep finding other projects that are more interesting or higher priority.

I’m looking forward to doing the bench. Though I’m already recognizing a need for better shelving and storage in my garage/workshop. That might be my next detour.

My company's stock price is doing pretty well, so we've got some found money available. My wife's starting to think seriously about doing a small addition to the house, so decided I should get a splurge item. So then this happened...

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And there's still two more big boxes coming in. Plus, until I can get an electrician in to run a 240v circuit, I can't even plug it in. This thing is SO HEAVY. The bottom box alone weighs 400lbs. Getting it off the back of the rented pickup truck with just me and my wife was...interesting. But at least I saved $250 in freight charges.

Chaz wrote:

My company's stock price is doing pretty well, so we've got some found money available. My wife's starting to think seriously about doing a small addition to the house, so decided I should get a splurge item. So then this happened...

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And there's still two more big boxes coming in. Plus, until I can get an electrician in to run a 240v circuit, I can't even plug it in. This thing is SO HEAVY. The bottom box alone weighs 400lbs. Getting it off the back of the rented pickup truck with just me and my wife was...interesting. But at least I saved $250 in freight charges.

At least you know you'll keep your fingers!

Wood prices are starting to drop again! Time to clean up the garage.

astralplaydoh wrote:

Wood prices are starting to drop again! Time to clean up the garage.

Can confirm. I talked to a contractor that said he was definitely paying less for lumber, including at the big box stores. Prices looked not outlandish when I checked this week since I'm going to need to replace some deck boards that are rotting out soon.

Well, this took a lot of work, and I'm not done yet. But at least it's usable and mostly livable again.

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Getting the saw assembled and tuned up took a while. My wife and I also decided that it'd make more sense if we swapped sides of the garage so I'd have more room, which I do, but has also been a bit of a process. It's a good thing too, because I also found a deal on a band saw and drill press.

I also found out that the fancy overarm dust collection blade guard really needs a second ducting line back to the dust collector for it to get adequate suction. I figured I may as well run hard PVC, because flex hose is bad for airflow in large amounts. What's driving me nuts is that the 4" PVC is just enough not-4" that I need adapters to get it to work with 4" dust collection stuff. Of course, those adapters are silly expensive. I bought a few, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to model and 3d print the rest.

I feel like I've spent the last month mostly messing with tools and organization, so I'm looking forward to trying to focus more on actually building stuff. Though there's still plenty of shop chores to do.

Chaz wrote:

I feel like I've spent the last month mostly messing with tools and organization, so I'm looking forward to trying to focus more on actually building stuff. Though there's still plenty of shop chores to do.

Sounds like you may be like me in that you may often end up spending more time buying new tools "to fit the job" and organizing/re-organizing than you do on the project itself.

This weekend's coffee table project, which was from week 4 of the Weekend Woodworker course. The lifting top was a mod from the original design:

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vypre wrote:
Chaz wrote:

I feel like I've spent the last month mostly messing with tools and organization, so I'm looking forward to trying to focus more on actually building stuff. Though there's still plenty of shop chores to do.

Sounds like you may be like me in that you may often end up spending more time buying new tools "to fit the job" and organizing/re-organizing than you do on the project itself.

I think it's more that my ADHD brain gets single-tracked on things, and always wants to be engaging in that thing. When I'm working, my brain decides that browsing craigslist and facebook market for used tools is a good way to stay engaged when I can't actually do the thing. That plus my bargain hunter and FOMO instincts means that I do a lot of that browsing, not necessarily looking for "I need this tool for this project", but with more of a general shopping list of things I'd like to find. That's actually not bad, because I've gotten really good deals doing that!

But what it means is that when I find a deal, I jump on it. Then, since it's a used tool, I usually need to do cleanup on it, then get it adjusted right, probably research how to do both those things. Half the time, I wind up prioritizing that stuff, because now that I've got this tool, I want to use it, right?

Organization definitely isn't usually a priority, which is actually part of the problem. I've gotten a bunch of smaller tools and supplies, and haven't taken the time to do more than pile them up or stick them randomly on the storage I have. Then when I'm working in the shop, I spend a lot of time trying to find that thing I know I have, or looking for that thing I was just using, but put down, and now I can't see it in the clutter. So the organizing I want to do now should help with that.

Hubbinsd, that looks really nice. I haven't managed to get to making that one yet, but I've been wanting to. I'll probably modify the legs whenever I do. The design he uses is intentionally pretty simple, but to me, it feels way too heavy.

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Hubbinsd, that looks really nice. I haven't managed to get to making that one yet, but I've been wanting to. I'll probably modify the legs whenever I do. The design he uses is intentionally pretty simple, but to me, it feels way too heavy.

Yeah the legs are kinda chunky, but since they are just laminated boards that are cut down, you could really just make them any size/shape you want. My biggest issue was the amount of wood you use to build those legs and then cut half of it away. I decided to do the legs in pine for cost and most of the other visible faces in maple.

My first table saw sled with the caliper I used to square it to 90 degrees.

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