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2019 Spring Surprise Project Swap

by EarlS
posted 11-28-2018 02:41 AM


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#51 posted 11-29-2018 04:31 PM

I already know what to make. And I’ve made them before. I even have all the materials on hand. Now if I can just find the cotton-pickin’ time to do it…

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#52 posted 11-29-2018 04:42 PM

not sure if I can join this one or not I have some medical issues coming up and not quite sure what to expect from it hope to know more after Dec. 4 when I see surgeon :<((

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#53 posted 11-29-2018 06:39 PM

Actually got a reply from someone on CL giving away some wood. Small cherry tree that was cut down.

Lots of small limbs as well to practice with on the lathe.

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#54 posted 11-29-2018 07:21 PM

Nice score Steve :-) I love Cherry. It’s one of my favorite woods to work with. And it turns really nicely too.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#55 posted 11-29-2018 07:50 PM

There was some apple wood posted as well, but a little too far for me to grab. Plus I was asked what did I need all this wood for from the wife last night? She’s now got the kids repeating “we have too much wood around here” lol

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#56 posted 11-29-2018 07:55 PM

Just noticed this gap after the glue up. Anything I can do or should I even bother?

It was on the bottom when i was putting the clamps on. grrr

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#57 posted 11-29-2018 07:55 PM

Get a bunch of pine Steve. Then when the wife gets fed up, you can say “fine, I’ll get rid of a bunch if it’ll make you happy” Then just throw the pine away ;-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#58 posted 11-29-2018 07:56 PM



Get a bunch of pine Steve. Then when the wife gets fed up, you can say “fine, I ll get rid of a bunch if it ll make you happy” Then just throw the pine away ;-)

- HokieKen

lol, it’s really just the logs i have sitting in the driveway. all that mulberry/black locust and now all this still in my pickup truck.

i do enjoy a nice fire pit, but it makes me sad to burn anything

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#59 posted 11-29-2018 07:57 PM



Just noticed this after the glue up. Anything I can do or should I even bother?

- Steve

Depends. What are you making? Is that part structural? Will it be visible? Is the glue line solid throughout other than that?

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#60 posted 11-29-2018 08:01 PM


Just noticed this after the glue up. Anything I can do or should I even bother?

- Steve

Depends. What are you making? Is that part structural? Will it be visible? Is the glue line solid throughout other than that?

- HokieKen

It’s for a bandsaw box and I just figured out I can just cut along the glue line. duh

It’s hopefully for my daugther for Christmas. I’m debating on whether to orient it vertical or horizontal. It’s about 4×4 x 19.

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#61 posted 11-29-2018 08:14 PM

Horizontally unless you’re gonna make some kind of base. Being that much taller than it is wide/deep, it’ll be easily knocked over.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#62 posted 11-29-2018 09:04 PM



Horizontally unless you re gonna make some kind of base. Being that much taller than it is wide/deep, it ll be easily knocked over.

- HokieKen

Yeah, I was thinking about making a base. Either some feet or a type of cradle for it to sit in.

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#63 posted 11-29-2018 09:04 PM

If any of y’all want one, I ain’t picking it up…

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#64 posted 11-29-2018 11:58 PM

I just sprayed the 2nd coat of minwax semi gloss poly on the ebonized walnut shelf for my daughter. I hope the semi-gloss comes through better than the first coat which looked like satin so much I went back to check the can. It laid down perfectly, except for the missing glossiness. I suppose if it is still more satin than semi gloss I can put a good coat of wax on it and buff it out with some 0000 steel wool.

Any other ideas?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#65 posted 11-30-2018 12:16 AM

Couple coats of shellac, Earl? Follow it up with violin varnish if you want a high gloss.

Little project tonight. Every time it gets dry in the winter, the crown moulding in my bedroom makes a cracking noise, rubbing against the wood paneling behind it whenever someone drives by on the street near my house. Last winter I put an extra nail in it, and that quieted it down, but the nail worked loose over the summer. I’m not ready to tear out the lath and plaster ceiling and completely redo the bedroom just yet, so I got a #4×1/2” screw, and screwed the crown moulding to the paneling. The noise seems to be gone. Woohoo!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#66 posted 11-30-2018 12:25 AM

Dave – get some clear caulk and squeeze some into the void space. It should be pliable enough to handle the seasonal wood movement.

I’m always paranoid about mixing finishes. I did that once and it took 7 do-overs to fix it. If I go for shellac or lacquer I’ll wait for a couple of weeks so I know the poly is cured out.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#67 posted 11-30-2018 12:30 AM

I am in. I enjoy doing swaps. I have a project or projects in mind for the swap.

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#68 posted 11-30-2018 12:40 AM

Glad you already have a plan! I’ll have to browse through old swaps to get a better idea of what’s appropriate. And then come up with something semi-original. As has been said already, coming up with an idea may be harder than execution.


I am in. I enjoy doing swaps. I have a project or projects in mind for the swap.

- Woodmaster1


-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#69 posted 11-30-2018 12:44 AM

That was a thought too, Earl. Main problem is that I don’t think I’ll be able to get the crown moulding away from the paneling enough to get any caulk in there without breaking the moulding. That happened in the other bedroom.

A screw has it silenced for now, and next summer or the one after I’ll be knocking down the cracked ceiling and putting up new sheetrock and lighting and such. I might even make my own moulding if I’m feeling energetic. But in any case, it’s a temporary fix in a house that was built in 1929. And it’s staying quiet so I’ll be able to sleep tonight.

As for mixing finishes, yeah, that’s a worry. But remember, shellac sticks to anything, and anything sticks to shellac. But then I mix my own from flakes so I’m always working with fresh shellac. If I get a little more motivated, I might start mixing my own sandelac varnish, but then I’m not like the other children.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#70 posted 11-30-2018 12:48 AM

John, I think this is our first “wide open” surprise swap. My approach is going to be trying to build something a little beyond my skills which usually ends up being farther beyond my skills than I planned, but I end up leaning a bunch and coming up with something that I’m happy with in the end.

The learning is the big thing, I think.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#71 posted 11-30-2018 12:48 AM

Woodmaster1 is in the list. Come on all you swap nerds and join the fun. Just think you have almost 4 months to make anything you want. Heck, Dave even said he could work on his procrastination for a while and still make something.

You know you want to join. Just do it. No pressure.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#72 posted 11-30-2018 01:03 AM

Hey, I missed that Gary said he was in. Welcome back, Gary! And welcome Woodmaster!

And Kenny will be in. He’s just got to find the right tool on Craigslist so he has an excuse to buy it to make something for one of us.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#73 posted 11-30-2018 03:21 AM

Alright yous guys… I’ve got no shortage of projects – have a Unisaw waiting on a weekend of attention to put it to use! I just saw an ad local to me for a delta 12-14 for $300. It’s 3-phase and looks pretty clean. Is that a “drop everything and go get it now” deal or meh? I’d have to run a VFD or swap the motor, so it’d cost at least another $200 to get it running. I’m not exactly sure just how big the 12-14 is either… Why couldn’t it be a milling machine instead?!? lol

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#74 posted 11-30-2018 03:28 AM

In the “I can fix that” department:
My aerobic septic system crapped out during the weekend.
I’ve determined the aerator pump and diffuser both need replaced.
So I’m going to redneck the diffuser by drilling holes in some PVC, and replace the pump myself.
Great way to save some money but this has seriously cut in to my shop time lately.
I realized last night I’ve had a new TS for 2 months and still haven’t built a crosscut sled for it.

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#75 posted 11-30-2018 04:10 AM

That’s a pretty decent deal Grant. But I wouldn’t give the space to a saw that big. If you need a horse with a 14” blade that’s your gal though! For me, a 2 hp 10” saw is good.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#76 posted 11-30-2018 04:48 AM

One Christmas present down!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#77 posted 11-30-2018 12:43 PM

Kenny – So you made a bowl with my Christmas present? Now that you know it works, you’d better get that lathe boxed up and on a truck. It’s only 25 days until Christmas. Maybe Fridge will get me some tools for Christmas. The rest of you slackers better step up your game and come with some good Christmas loot for your friendly swap moderator. ;+)

John – I’ve had a new Delta TS for 12 years and still haven’t made a cross cut sled for it. It’s on the list but I keep bumping it down when something more interesting comes along, like a LJ swap.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#78 posted 11-30-2018 12:58 PM



One Christmas present down!

- HokieKen


Very nice bowl Ken! My lathe isn’t seeing much action since the weather turned bad. I should have made that “lathe room” I spoke about earlier.

Table saw sled. That would be nice! I completely tuned up my 10 inch craftsman back in the summer. Cut great, no drift. Now it seems the drift came back a bit. May be the new blade I put in. Craftsman makes a nice band saw (Rikon) but their blades are like snowflakes, no two alike. :-)

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#79 posted 11-30-2018 01:00 PM

I’ve pretty much abandoned my X-cut sled except in the cases of material wide enough that the miter gauge can’t handle it. A ZCI and my Incra miter gauge give me good, square cuts. The only downside is that it can leave blowout on the backside. So, if that’s a concern, I use a sacrificial backer. A X-cut sled is nice but it’s just not very convenient for me so I rarely pull it out.

I figured I better go ahead and use the lathe before I ship it Earl. I’m gonna miss it when it’s gone. But, as long as I can get it in a large FRB, I’m definitely sending it to you.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#80 posted 11-30-2018 01:04 PM

Jeff, I have to adjust for drift pretty often when I switch blades from a 1/2” to a 1/4”. Lots of people say if you set the blade to ride with the crown just behind the gullet instead of centering the blade on the gullet that drift will no longer be an issue. I haven’t found that to be the case all the time but when I switch from one blade to another of the same size, it does seem to help.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#81 posted 11-30-2018 01:07 PM



I just sprayed the 2nd coat of minwax semi gloss poly on the ebonized walnut shelf for my daughter. I hope the semi-gloss comes through better than the first coat which looked like satin so much I went back to check the can. It laid down perfectly, except for the missing glossiness. I suppose if it is still more satin than semi gloss I can put a good coat of wax on it and buff it out with some 0000 steel wool.

Any other ideas?

- EarlS

The final coat determines your sheen Earl. So, how about spraying a coat of full gloss instead of semi-gloss for the last one? Then, if it’s too glossy, you can knock it back with steel wool or wet sanding.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#82 posted 11-30-2018 01:48 PM

Ken – I might have to resort to that technique. I checked things this morning and they are much more satin than semi-gloss. I’m going to try some steel wool and wax on a small portion of the frame that won’t be exposed and see how it turns out. On a side note – I’m hoping to get the blades ready to ship out this weekend.

I just found Splintergroup’s excellent dissertation on how to etch copper so I have a feeling I’m going to be trying that out in some fashion for my swap project. Good thing there are 3 1/2 months until I have to finish it. I have a stack of pictures, another stack of hand drawn ideas, and an itch to buy exotic wood. Unlike past projects, I probably should put some kind of SketchUp plans together so I don’t get too far into the bushes.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#83 posted 11-30-2018 02:12 PM

This is one of those swaps where I really wish, more so than the other, that I knew my recipient before starting….. That way I could stalk them and try to tailor the item to them.

Rich

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#84 posted 11-30-2018 02:21 PM



This is one of those swaps where I really wish, more so than the other, that I knew my recipient before starting….. That way I could stalk them and try to tailor the item to them.

That’s part of the reason I’m procrastinating, Rich. I’ll probably get my plane till built and a bunch of lumber resawn while I’m waiting to find out the recipient. I’ll also probably have two or three different things started, unless I go with the Really F’in Cool idea I’m thinking about, in which case I should’ve already started.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#85 posted 11-30-2018 02:56 PM



I ve pretty much abandoned my X-cut sled except in the cases of material wide enough that the miter gauge can t handle it. A ZCI and my Incra miter gauge give me good, square cuts. The only downside is that it can leave blowout on the backside. So, if that s a concern, I use a sacrificial backer. A X-cut sled is nice but it s just not very convenient for me so I rarely pull it out.

- HokieKen


Ken, I’ve been using the stock miter gage on my Grizzly, which has enabled me to survive without the sled. But on long boards it’s not stable enough. And for repeated crosscuts I have to go to ridiculous measures to set up a “stop”. So for precision crosscuts I scribe a knifeline, build a Seller-style groove with a chisel, then cut by hand with a Japanese saw. It’s way too many minutes per cut if you’re making more than 1 or two cuts.


This is one of those swaps where I really wish, more so than the other, that I knew my recipient before starting….. That way I could stalk them and try to tailor the item to them. Rich


Rich, I agree wholeheartedly. I guess that’s part of the challenge!

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#86 posted 11-30-2018 02:57 PM

My approach for the swap item is to make something that I would really like to receive. I want it to showcase my style and woodworking skills (or lack thereof). Hopefully with that idea in mind whatever I make will be appreciated by the recipient even though it might not be exactly their taste or style.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#87 posted 11-30-2018 03:44 PM

Earl I figured you’d expand your metal working skills! You have set the bar high on the last couple swaps!

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#88 posted 11-30-2018 03:45 PM

Kenny has abandoned his crosscut sled, somebody might get that in this swap!

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#89 posted 11-30-2018 04:03 PM

OK I value the opinions of our swap group – since I had some wide oak around (I guess it’s red oak, flatsawn) I glued up a top for the desk I’m almost finished with (lol!) but now the “red oak” thread has me wondering if I should glue up pine like I intended to. If I do that I’ll just use southern yellow pine 1×6s, it’s for my 6yr old daughter and I figured the oak might stand a little more abuse than pine.
Whatcha think?

Going to use the 2nd stain from left and the rest of our gets painted this light grey color

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#90 posted 11-30-2018 04:07 PM

I think that thread is stupid Grant. Oak is classic and I like the alternating grain direction and the inclusion of mother nature’s “flaws” in that desk top. Go with it.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#91 posted 11-30-2018 04:51 PM



Hey, I missed that Gary said he was in. Welcome back, Gary!

- Dave Polaschek

I couldn’t sit out forever and let Kenny have all the fun! Speaking of which, I haven’t seen a box of downed VA wood heading my way for some new bowls??? (hint hint)

-- I refuse to edit the photo orientation for this website any longer. It’s an issue they should address and correct. Gary, Texas

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#92 posted 11-30-2018 04:57 PM

Whatcha need Gary? :-) Don’t have anything big that I can part with… Got some Pear that is quite nice though :-) I need to find some more Walnut but having a hard time getting my hands on any.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#93 posted 11-30-2018 05:19 PM

Grant – I’m a fan of red oak. It’s like anything else, if you do a crappy job of matching boards, or a crappy job on the build you get a crappy looking project. I think your idea of contrasting the rest of it with a light grey will make a nice contrast. I’m also a fan of including knots, and other blemishes since the best grain and color is often in those areas.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#94 posted 11-30-2018 05:33 PM



Whatcha need Gary? :-) Don t have anything big that I can part with… Got some Pear that is quite nice though :-) I need to find some more Walnut but having a hard time getting my hands on any.

- HokieKen


Still have 2 chunks (of walnut) put back for you buddy.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#95 posted 11-30-2018 05:39 PM

Shhhhh. Don’t tell Gary Jeff ;-)

I still haven’t forgot about that Jeff! I have a few pieces put back for you too of some different types. I was down in Marion a couple weekends ago and thought about seeing if I could swing on down but it was kind of a last minute idea the wife had so I didn’t have time to line it up and load up the truck anyway. Maybe we’ll manage it in 2019?!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#96 posted 11-30-2018 05:56 PM

Kenny – I thought you would have already signed up for the swap. Maybe the crosscut sled is too big to ship, but I figured you would re-gift all of those empty beer cans from the beer swap.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#97 posted 11-30-2018 06:23 PM

OK which edge profile? Normally I like the thumbnail but I’m kinda digging the classical for this


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#98 posted 11-30-2018 06:23 PM

Kenny, maybe a mini Xcut sled with T track?

-- God bless, Candy

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#99 posted 11-30-2018 06:25 PM

What will the base look like, Grant?

-- God bless, Candy

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#100 posted 11-30-2018 06:29 PM

What would an Xcut sled be without T-track Candy?? ;-P

I normally like the simple edge profiles too Grant but in this case, with the cabriole legs, I think the more complex geometry will probably fit the piece better.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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