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6 minutes ago, swt61 said:

I really want to get a nice set of downward spiral and upward spiral flush trim bits.

I love that you don't need to worry about grain direction and chip out. I have heard that the closer you cut to your template first, the better the routing results. Which is just good practice even with a common flush trim bit.

You might like what he has there even better since it’s an upcut on the bottom and down cut on the top. Clean cut on both sides. 

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It is fairly violent compared to most of my router bits. Especially since I took off my start pin when I was routing long rockers and now have no idea where I left it. 

The cut it nice if you can actually hold onto it. 

The right side (shiny) is the handheld with a 1/4 template bit and the left is the whiteside UFT. 


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1 minute ago, naamanf said:

Who did you source the wood from?

The base is birch which I get locally, because birch.

The brown wood is English brown oak which is white oak from England that has been killed by a fungus that turns it brown. It's from https://www.hearnehardwoods.com/oak-english-brown-lumber-2/ I used it for my kitchen cabinets, and that bundle in the yard was one of 5 of those I bought. Pics of that later as I am still finishing the cabinet doors.

And a detail on how the leveling feet work ...







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Wait until you see his kitchen cabinets! And he's built them to easily take with them if they move. That's really smart to me, because I get really attached to things that I build for myself. Mostly because I don't get the time to do that often. I'm not generally a huge fan of Oak, but there are exceptions. White Oak items in a modern or Craftsman style, and now that English Brown Oak! I think it's been a couple of years since Doug introduced it to me, and I immediately fell in love with it. It is so rich and gorgeous!

I really hope that someday soon Doug, Al and myself can work on a project together. 

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It's great that Doug is getting his due adulation as a designer, joiner, and woodworker. Not that it has been absent, but he doesn't share as broadly as some of us attention whores. His work is amazing and unique. I had the honor of helping him a bit with the first kitchen cabinet that was completed, and candle light or not, it was assembled and glued up between 1:00am and 3:00am eastern. One of the most frightening experiences of my life, but it ended well. 




That was the dry fit the night before the final assembly. Then tweaking and such.









Doug can add the finished version, but these are incredibly intricate cabinets that look fantastic and could support a tank rolling over them. The new tile topped media cabinet is another level up.

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1 hour ago, VPI said:

Is that mostly hand tool joinery?

Awesome. I would love to have something that nice in my house. 

More power tools than hand tools, and primarily on the table saw. I use an incra positioner and a custom ground dado blade. I like doing stuff with hand tools but I am nowhere near good enough with them.

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I guess I need to learn to do more fancy stuff with my tablesaw.  It mostly just cuts lines.

I am trying to make some angled clamping blocks for the lounge chair project.  Do you guys think 3/4" plywood will be strong enough for clamping or do I need to cut these in hard wood?


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I am kind of surprised this type of device is not for sale somewhere. Bridge City tools stopped making them and no one really jumped to get in the market I guess. I figured there was bound to be a $75 Woodpecker version. 

That being said, I have much bigger issues than clamping at this point as I banged through all the 10mm mortises on the legs and about one of every four on the legs is canted slightly meaning I have to use a kutzall file to shape the tenon to get everything to fit. Not sure how I fucked that up. 

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Here's a small desk that goes with the table from above. To make the legs adjustable, I cut mortises in the ends of each leg and I simply press fit different size blocks in them to account for the floor (in a 125 year old house) being out of level. The wood is the same brown oak, but the finish is a soap finish so it appears a bit lighter. The top is a scrap of solid surface, and the corner joints were made how they were to provide corner support.





On 10/2/2022 at 8:30 PM, Voltron said:




I also wanted to say that I set every one of those ~3000 tiles (a skill I learned from @swt61).

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