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  1. Design on the fly

    I usually design things out. Sometimes, however I just work on the fly. LOML wanted a bench and a mat for our entry. I had a couple of slabs that I picked up a couple of years ago. Time to get to work.

    The first was a slab of urban forested California Pepper. It was ~3" thick and ~6' long with a wane edge on each side. It also had some serious checks in the ends. It did however have a crotch and some nice spalt. First was to stabilize the piece. I had it stored for two years and ...
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  2. Cabinet Almost Complete

    I (mostly) finished up a while ago but didn't get to posting until now. The cabinet is assembled and loaded with Guitars. I am debating a couple changes. I may build a slightly different Guitar Base support. I will also add my interior lights. It works as planned...

    Loaded.jpgOblique.jpgTop Detail.jpgTop Drawer.jpgTop half.jpgTop with Acoustic.jpgTray detail.jpgGuitar drawer with Acoustic.jpg ...
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  3. Recommendations for Next Tool

    [QUOTE=Mike Heidrick;2068200]dust collector - real one with decent filter. BEFORE a drum sander.[/QUOTE

    I'm with Mike, I'd put the money towards dust collection and also an air filtration system.

    Good luck with it.

    PHM
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  4. DIY air filtration unit for <$200

    I thought I would add this to my blog since so many have asked about it in the past (and it takes me a while to find it again):

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Hintz View Post
    As payback to the lasering community, I'm sharing my "plans" (such as they are) for everyone to copy. Well, not so much "plans" as pictures of the completed unit, but it should be obvious how to recreate something similar.

    Due to poor planning on my part and a lack of any real sleep, I made one or two errors in the construction
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  5. Finishing the race...

    Let me start by saying that finishing isn't my favorite activity. Unfortunately, when I have tried to hurry this, I have regretted it. So this was a lesson in patience. My shop is my garage and we still park cars there, so I would finish this up in the room where it will stay. The piece is so massive that I would finish the pieces in stages building up from the base. I have been increasingly happy with oil / varnish mixtures wiped on with many light coats. I particularly like the textures that are ...
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