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Well I have a couple projects on the go. Our backpay just paid for some new tile to go in the newly renovated bathroom. Installing that this weekend. I'll post some pics of the entire room when its all finished.

Also working on a new bedframe and headboard for our bed.
Using slightly modified plans from here:
http://www.ana-white.com/2010/03/plans-mason-headboard-its-all-in-finish.html
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http://www.ana-white.com/2012/01/plans/hailey-platform-bed
Modded for a kingsize with boxspring so no slats.

Nice and easy stuff. Pics to follow soon.

The ana-white page has some cool projects that ive been playing ariund with

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Tried my hand at making a Kentucky Stick Chair.
 

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Gizmo 421 said:
Tried my hand at making a Kentucky Stick Chair.
That is pretty cool looking. What are you using to bind the pieces together?

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Normally 11 Ga chain link fence bottom tension wire, the ends are bent over and inserted into a blind hole to keep them from "catching" then stapled with a fence staple, the one in the picture is 14 Ga cause that is all I had at the time, I have used wire coat hangers in a pinch.
 

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Well I've finished up the tile in the bathroom. A not so expensive wet tile saw can do a pretty decent job even with the large tiles.
Might as well post the whole bathroom start to finish. I tore out the old counter top and put in quartz (got a sweet deal on a remnant piece at a tile place here), tore out the old bath/shower insert and put in a tub and tile surround. Tore up the vinyl floor and put in tile.




The bed frame is done, just working on the headboard. I'll post some pics when its all finished up.
 

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That looks great! 

Thanks for sharing the ana white site; lots of great stuff on there.  Who knew the internet had more than videos of dogs/cats and porn?

 

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Picked up my planer. Holy fucking wood chips! Rapidly decided that a cyclone is not required and got a garbage can to direct shavings directly into (lined with a bag)

But what fun! That sound!
 

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If you like the Ana White site, go on to Youtube and look for Jay Bates. Tons of great projects made with dimensional lumber.
 

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Thanks for the Jay Bates site!  Some great stuff on there, although I just lost an hour of my life going through it and wandering onto other stuff.

This in particular is pretty awesome;  https://youtu.be/DNFIgqKtL9E

Some fellow decided to make a wooden socket set with wooden nuts and bolts for his grandkids!  Pretty impressive.
 

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Thanks!

And thanks for the youtube site, I've been watching some vids, they sure do make it look easy.

Here is the headboard I've started on. Its put together and now needs sanding and some planing, then the stain/poly. Coming together nicely though.
 

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Pretty sweet looking!
 

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I've got my first issue with DeWalt. Several emails and no joy.

I got the 618 combo kit and noticed that the base for the Lee Valley sign template baseplate barely hangs on. So I asked DW if they can sort this. Got the bog standard reply that I have to send the unit, brand hammer new BTW, to Quebec to have it evaluated. Not cool. Given that these screws are likely a dime apiece, I asked if they'd just send me longer screws to spec - I mean, I don't want to void warranty or anything like that.

Nothing since.

Bit of a piss off considering the money I spent on this unit. Guess I'll thread match and go buy my own, and keep dollars in reserve for a tap and die set.
 

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Sounds like more of a Lee Valley problem. I notice that they do offer a package of 3/4 inch screws for base plates. It may be easier to spend the $6.50 on the screws than torment yourself over a repair.
 

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Yeah, I am fine with it but was a little torqued that DW provided a set of screws that might grab three threads for their base.

The kit came with two sets of screws, neither of which fit the 618. And yeah, the base plate is a honking beat thick like.

End of the day I'll likely go and match thread pattern myself and have a bash - as you said, $6.50

Just pisses me off tho!
 

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Yup.

Circular saw, chop saw (the one I'll sell at some point soon), recip saw, router, and a bunch of non-powered stuff all financed by home renos.

Re: Mastercraft: I am fond of their hand tools with the exception of hammers, can't beat the warranty. I also have a flooring nailer from them that has served me well so far - and will again very soon!

One of the things I have been reading a lot on lately is butterfly inlays. I am likely going to suck out and order a template and then tackle buying bushings to go and practice. Since I work a lot with planks, I need to prevent end splits. In fact, I think my last load - about 30 three foot two inch thick slabs meant to do salmon but left unused - might be lost due to me not properly treating the ends before drying them. :mad: Good lesson. Thankfully I have some ideas of how to use the (now) scrap: http://www.instructables.com/id/Scrap-Wood-End-Grain-End-Table-How-to-Build/

Instructables.com: rabbit hole indeed.

I find this kit (http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=41779&cat=1,43000,51208,41779)  from Lee Valley works quite well for simple inlay work.

As for dust collection, I recommend investing in an actual dust collection system.  I find that when you try to adapt a tool, or multiple tools into some sort of Heath Robinson contraption, you spend a lot of time tweaking it to get it to work and then when you need that tool to do something else, you end up having to dismantle everything.  You reach a point where you don't bother doing some things, just because they're such a pain in the ass.  Having said that, I turned my single stage dust collector into a two stage dust collector, simply by adding a cyclone attachment (http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=30282&cat=1,42401) and a garbage can.  I only need to empty this periodically and I end up with a can full of ships/shavings and bag full of dust.  This frees up my shop-vac for other things and makes it readily usable.  For airborne dust particles, I have one of these (http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=30278&cat=1,42401,30278) hanging from my ceiling.  It really cuts down on the overall dust coverage of your shop.

Although Lee Valley is an amazing source, it can be expensive.  You can often find lesser quality (yet cheaper and adequate) knock-offs at other places like Busy Bee Tools.  I try to buy the best quality I can afford in precision tools, but I'm willing to drop my standards considerably for the lesser precision stuff.  For example, my dust collector is a "Craftex" that I got at Busy Bee, but my thickness planer is Makita.  I would normally consider a band saw to be a precision tool, but I took a chance on a "Can-Wood" from Busy Bee and have been very happy with it.
 

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Scott said:
I've got my first issue with DeWalt. Several emails and no joy.

I got the 618 combo kit and noticed that the base for the Lee Valley sign template baseplate barely hangs on. So I asked DW if they can sort this. Got the bog standard reply that I have to send the unit, brand hammer new BTW, to Quebec to have it evaluated. Not cool. Given that these screws are likely a dime apiece, I asked if they'd just send me longer screws to spec - I mean, I don't want to void warranty or anything like that.

Nothing since.

Bit of a piss off considering the money I spent on this unit. Guess I'll thread match and go buy my own, and keep dollars in reserve for a tap and die set.

CanTire has a good set that is always going on 75% off, every couple of months. 

Oh look!  70-piece set is $159.99 $47.99 this week.  70% off.  Go. To. Store. Now.  ;D

Cheers
Duey

p.s. I have this one, Scott and it does everything I need it too.  I have never seen the Maximum titanium-coated sets on sale.
 

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Yeah, I have to look into one for threading black iron pipe in the future - paying someone else to do that is lunacy, the stuff is already pricey!

I am gaining some ground with DeWalt. They followed me on Twitter because, apparently, my emails aren't getting through.

I'm not home for another week, so hopefully the sale lasts!
 

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Scott said:
Yeah, I have to look into one for threading black iron pipe in the future - paying someone else to do that is lunacy, the stuff is already pricey!

Check out Princess Auto for threading kits for Black iron pipe.....really reasonable...
 

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GAP said:
Check out Princess Auto for threading kits for Black iron pipe.....really reasonable...

Oooooh! Me likey!
 

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Depending on how much threading you need done, they'll often do it at the store when you buy the pipe.
 
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