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post #2801 of 2828 Old 02-16-2019, 04:47 PM
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I am trying to install molding around a window, but just realized that my miter saw is not cutting true 45 deg angles. I don't understand how that happens because a pin drops into a manufactured slot unless the fence moved some how. The fence has 2 bolts that might make an adjustment, but just cant believe how it moved because they are tight.
Anyway all my precision measuring tools are in AZ and I only have the bare minimum tools here in CA. I don't want to spend anymore money on tools so i'm thinking about going to a dollar store and buy a kids protractor.

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It's pretty hard to get a true 45. Machines have tolerances, wood isn't straight, windows are put in out of square.

Getting a picture frame with 8 true 45s can be a real hassle sometimes. It took me hours to dial in my saw so it would be perfect. Having a miter saw come out of the factory with perfect 45s is rare. They are usually pretty close. But 45.00ļ isn't what you always get.

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It's pretty hard to get a true 45. Machines have tolerances, wood isn't straight, windows are put in out of square.

Getting a picture frame with 8 true 45s can be a real hassle sometimes. It took me hours to dial in my saw so it would be perfect. Having a miter saw come out of the factory with perfect 45s is rare. They are usually pretty close. But 45.00ļ isn't what you always get.
I found a L-bracket that I believe is square so I checked the 90 deg angle and it is off as well. I'm going to take a chance and try to adjust the fence with the the 2 bolts holding it down. I have no idea if its going to work or not.
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What did I do today? I have this workbench I made like 2 years ago, and I drilled the hole for the leg vise askew, so I never could use it. Today, 2 years later, I finally took a rasp and straightened it up enough that it is finally straight. But I still need to rig up some way to keep the thing from swinging left and right when I am tightening it down. Heh, that will probably take another 2 years!
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I am still having fun with pen turning. After making so many gift pens, I finally got a chance to make one for myself. Until now, I had made 40 pens from wood, but only one pen from acrylic:

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Obviously I prefer to make pens that highlight the natural beauty of wood. I tend to gloss over the acrylic blanks at the woodworking store. I don't remember who told me about "Glow Stonez." I had ignored them along with the other acrylic pen blanks. I assumed that the "Glow" meant that they would finish shiny and sparkly. I was wrong. Glow Stonez glow in the dark! Who could pass on that!

Here is my first Glow Stonez pen turned from a "Firefly Glow Stonez" blank. (Note: The Firefly Glow Stonez is shown on Woodturningz and Rockler's websites to glow blue, but the Firefly blanks at my local Rockler store all glow green.)

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* Slimline Pro pen, turned from a Firefly Glow Stonez. Photo taken in the light on red felt.
* Slimline Pro pen, turned from a Firefly Glow Stonez. Photo taken in the dark on an old formica desktop.

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started researching on building my own shop
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More pens as promised.

This is a "Long Wood" pen and pencil set made from "Asteroid Glow Stonez" pen blanks. The "Long Wood" refers to the pen and pencil kit styles with a single long tube of "wood." The designers must have come up with the name before they invented acrylic pen blanks.

The Asteroid Glow Stonez glow in the dark, as described in my post above. It is a different pattern in the light, compared with the Firefly (above) and the other Glow Stonez, which I have not tried yet.

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* Long Wood Pen and Long Wood Pencil, turned from Asteroid Glow Stonez. Photo taken in the light on red felt.
* Long Wood Pen and Long Wood Pencil, turned from Asteroid Glow Stonez. Photo taken in the dark on an old formica desktop.
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Putting up Crown Molding

I actually started it awhile back, but got sidetracked with moving. Starting back up didnít go to well because I forgot that my jig was designed to cut the pieces upside down. So, I wasted a couple of pieces before realizing it, but luckily I had a lot extra molding.
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I finally finished my leg vise! :) I had a 36" long 3/4" oak dowel, so I drilled a 1" hole through the leg about 5" from the floor, and a matching 3/4" hole through the vise wood. Crammed the dowel in there and voila. Now the thing doesn't swing back and forth when I crank the vise. I can't believe it took me 2 years to do this.
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I bought a set of 13 in. Flat-Free Wheels with hubs for my wagon a while back and the wheel broke off the hub. I discovered the hubs only had one small wield and it just came apart. Now Iím debating on buying a replacement from HF or talking my neighbor into wielding it. I have two arch wielders, but no power to my shop yet.
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I did NOT throw my skew across the shop, out the door and into the woods. I did NOT have to spend an hour hunting for my skew.

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I published a design concept for a bed made from only natural materials: wood, cotton, and canvas. I am sharing it here in the hope that people who create with wood might join in creating furniture (bed, sofa, etc.) that is as easy as possible on Nature, including our homes and bodies.

The all-wood joinery I'm envisioning is a variation on Japanese interlocking joinery. Instead of straight edges, I'm interested in using a file to create rounded, U-shaped interlocking gaps in the 8 pieces of wood needed for the construction.

Here is my word-sketch of the design: https://christworkslog.blogspot.com/...materials.html
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I made a 6" SCUBA cylinder. My SIL wanted one for an art piece she has in mind to commerate our recent trip to Papua New Guinea.
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We finally finished and mounted the trellises. They were made from the cheapest one-by construction lumber we could find. We planted bougainvillea vines to grow on them. Eventually most of the trellises will be hidden behind the bougainvillea vines. The diamond shapes were designed to complement the windows on the nearby garage door. We looked at a design with a horizontal bar instead of the middle diamond, but Spouse prefers the three diamond pattern.

Details and Lessons Learned
* We used four 1x6 (8 foot) boards which cost $4 each from our local plywood store. That's fifty cents a board-foot.
* To achieve consistency in the lap joints, we cut dados across the boards, then ripped them apart into the narrow strips.
* I tend to think of the saw when I want to make dados. It wasn't easy to crosscut dados in the ends of 8 foot boards on a jobsite table saw. I messed up a couple boards before I decided to use a router with a clamped straight board to guide it. That worked much better (duh!). Old habits die hard.
* The diamond ends are rabbeted so that the diamonds are partially inset in their squares.
* I made a jig to cut the rabbets in the points of the diamonds. The jig holds each diamond so that the left point extends at a "right angle" over the dado blade, to cut the rabbet behind the point. The right side of the jig is guided by the table saw fence. You need four passes per diamond. The jig is nothin' fancy.
* The trellises (and jig) were glued with Titebond III.
* The trellises were primed, then painted with exterior latex paint. Painting went poorly. Spouse tried painting with a brush and got a lot of runs, so we tried sprayers with poor results, then quit while we were behind. See this thread for our experiences with sprayers:
https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f8/l...prayer-213545/
* The long screws were hidden inside 3 inch standoffs made from white sprinkler pipe.
* I cut the sprinkler pipe using a stop block on the miter saw. I used my hand to hold the sprinkler pipe against the fence during the cuts. I had safety concerns related to hand holding the round sprinkler pipe. After a careful test cut, it was clear that I did not need a "pipe holder" jig and proceeded with the repeated cuts.
* I learned that plastic sprinkler pipe sawdust is messy to clean up, made worse by the static cling.
* We mounted the trellises with 4-3/4 inch SPAX T-Star Plus #14x flat head construction screws. If we number the horizontal rails 1-9, then the six mount points are behind the outside lap joints at the ends of rails 2, 5, and 8.
* I predrilled the screw holes with a 3/16 inch brad point drill, according to the instructions on the screw package. My #10 countersink was not sufficient, so I used a larger twist drill (3/8 inch?) to make the countersinks. The twist drill caused a lot of tearout in the soft wood, so after we mounted the trellises, we cut off the splinters with a chisel, covered the problems with wood filler, and then sanded and repainted those areas. (Remember, the trellises will be covered with plants.)

Final Score
Big Box Store: Three horrible, ready-made trellises would have cost $75 at the big box store.
Me: $16 for construction lumber boards (plus minuscule amounts of glue, paint, etc.). That does not include the two boards I messed up on the table saw, which were used on other projects.
Me, oh yeah: Add $20 for an awful paint gun that I may someday use again, but probably not. It was a nice try, but we didn't need it.

Big Box Store: Long and short sticks, nail-gunned in a cross-hatch pattern. A child might recognize the overall shape as "rectangle!", but maybe not.
Me: Three trellises, custom-designed to match the house. Handcrafted, lap-jointed, sized to fit.

Big Box Store: Zero fun.
Me: Sometimes fun, sometimes not. :-)

Big Box Store: $0 labor.
Me: Probably $1000s worth of labor. It was a labor of love.

Final Lesson:
I freely acknowledge that this was way too much time and effort, compared with what was needed. I over-engineered these trellises because they will be permanently mounted to the house, because I wanted to test and practice certain woodworking skills, and because of a certain pride in workmanship. They aren't perfect, but they are way more than they needed to be, and I know that, so please don't beat me up too much about the extra work involved. I get it. At least I didn't bother to put a finish on the rabbet jig. :-)

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* Trellises, mounted on wall.
* One of the windows on the roll-up garage door, showing the diamond pattern.
* Jig to cut rabbets behind the points of the diamond shapes, to partially inset the diamond shapes in their square spaces. See the description above.
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I finish Angel grinder cabin today... this is my first project with out a plan ...

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I did buy tesa cable manager band for my angle grinders cable on today..

I am cutting 3 pieces band (length 15cm ) with a pair of scissors...

I stream with pattex on it.. I press it with wooden clothes pin...

I have to wait a hour for to dry now...

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DON'T CLICK TO LINK......

Probably it is a spam...

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contains characters that are not valid in the location they are found.
The reason for the problem may be a mistyped URL, but the URL may also be an attempt to trick you into visiting a website which you might mistake for a site you trust.

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I reported the spam posts and asked that the posts and the account be deleted. I don't like it when the moderators delete the spam links, but leave the irrelevant drivel behind.
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It is two months now since I lost my only child (19 year old daughter who was studying to be a doctor, and had almost completed her first year in medical school). Dealing with this blow is especially hard, as we had great hopes of her life and wanted to see her happy. It is very difficult to go on.

I had made many wooden items for her, but now they only stand in her empty room as silent witness to happy times (so far away now). My woodworking has come to an end.

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