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Well I said in the beginning I wasn't sure if my style of building would translate very well in Blackwallnut.
While I don't hate the result, I think I'll stick to Mesquite wood. What do you guys recon, think I'll draw
anyones hard earned Franklin's?


100% Black Wallnut with Nickel plated Lamps and legs.


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This weekend I made some progress on a table and benches, which have been an ongoing project. I finally replaced the screws in the legs with 1/2" dowels, which will hopefully work better long term, and also attached the breadboard ends. Just finished cutting pieces for the matching benches.

Discovered some grungy old boards I picked up on Craigslist are actually very nice walnut!!
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Discovered some grungy old boards I picked up on Craigslist are actually very nice walnut!!

When I saw the words "grungy Old", I thought he's about to describe me!


That Blackwallnut stuff in the pictures above, came from an old log I found along the Quadalupe River after a flood in New Braunfels Texas.
I lost count how many Bartops I have harvested from that log. I recon it was a $10,000 dollar log, maybe more. Sometimes old and grungy is what it is, but
sometimes it's solid gold.

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Nothing yet today, but I've been working on a few things. A year or so ago I did a "dovetail a day" run for about two weeks, and got pretty good at it. Of course, I haven't cut one since, so I was almost all the way back to my starting point. Last week I started again, and I think I've caught up. Now I just have to see if I can do it reliably! Left to right, those are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of last week.

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I've also been making progress on turning my garage into a workshop. That's going to have to go on hold for the winter pretty soon, because I ran out of budget before I got everything insulated, but I figure I'll be able to work out there until late November, maybe even early December. This weekend, I cleaned up a workbench that was there when we bought the house: Two boards, each 2" x 9.75", and covered with mouse, squirrel, and chipmunk nests (and droppings). I sprayed it all down with bleach earlier this summer to sanitize it, then covered it with tempered hardboard to make it look nicer. The plan is to mount my grinder and mortising machine on it, once I've confirmed it's solid enough.

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I made another video, couple days ago actually.
https://youtu.be/UDnDPkNw67Y
Kind of cool although you know where the 'hand crafted' aspect is headed, right? At least with items sold in stores.. Don't worry..I'm not pointing fingers at you..
I suspect the same place that makes those delicious frozen meals made just like grandma used to make..
I dunno guys.. I don't know about the rest of you, but my grandma didn't have a big factory in Mexico, but did have a cute little girl who eventually went on to become my mom ..Then again I grew up in the poor side of town.. Back then our moms actually gave birth to us.
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Kind of cool although you know where the 'hand crafted' aspect is headed, right? At least with items sold in stores.. Don't worry..I'm not pointing fingers at you..
I suspect the same place that makes those delicious frozen meals made just like grandma used to make..
I dunno guys.. I don't know about the rest of you, but my grandma didn't have a big factory in Mexico, but did have a cute little girl who eventually went on to become my mom ..Then again I grew up in the poor side of town.. Back then our moms actually gave birth to us.

LoL......You got a belly laugh out me with that bucket of piss't off old man wisdom brother!


Don't get me started they'll be kicking me off the board!


I can't even watch the news without having the urge to shoot the TV.

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Kind of cool although you know where the 'hand crafted' aspect is headed, right? At least with items sold in stores.. Don't worry..I'm not pointing fingers at you..
I suspect the same place that makes those delicious frozen meals made just like grandma used to make..
I dunno guys.. I don't know about the rest of you, but my grandma didn't have a big factory in Mexico, but did have a cute little girl who eventually went on to become my mom ..Then again I grew up in the poor side of town.. Back then our moms actually gave birth to us.
I know what you are talking about - Unfortunately.

The wife and I went to an "Apple festival" in a near by town. they had about 200 vendors, only 1 had anything remotely hand crafted. He was selling phone cases that were CNC machined with wood and resin. they really looked nice and it was a quality product. Not really hand made, but at least "home made" every other shop - and I mean EVERY ONE all sold over priced junk from China. Now I am not opposed to getting things from China, but you would think at an Apple festival in the heart of Amish country their would have been at least one or two wood craters at the festival. There wasn't even any little old ladies selling knitted pot holders lol.
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Well, finally, with snow/rain and sleet, I finally finished the doors completely this morning. I ended up putting up a bar with 4 hangers on the inside when I'm inside and want to keep the wind from blowing the doors in, and put my copper hangers I forget from a 14 gauge steam pipe that I got in VA about 10 years ago, and sawed through, cut and made some hangers for the outside of the doors to hang the bar on. I managed to get some Howard's on them before the rain over the weekend, despite the 45 mph winds, and since I have the week off from teaching, I was able to finally finish everything up.

I learned a lot from making these doors, like figuring out that there are many options to keep them closed. With a 3/4" to 1/2" gap between the two doors, I ripped a piece of t&g flooring from the old barn that covered the center face of one side 3 7/8" wide. The first 50" was 3/4" wide and the last 20" toward the bottom was 1/2" so I hand planed it until it closed up the gap perfectly.

The other things that stymied me would have probably been easy for all of you who have so much more experience than I, and to be honest, the only formal training I have is with horse management (about 50 years of it), and metal working, so this was something that needed to be finished, with no help except for the hanging of the doors which - of course - had to be removed because my friend insisted on putting the hinges on inside out. When I went and picked up my other friend last weekend, he (72 and blind - but a builder), and I (74 and still am working with pre-historic tools) wrestled the offending door off the hinges, turned them around and re attached the right way. I used a heavy digging iron and a maul (without drawing blood) and a few choice words, but in the end we conquered. My friend -before he lost his sight - built homes and barns and still works on many large projects. He is totally amazing and has built and restored several large barns in the area. His wife has the horses, and stays away from the shop when he is using his table saw and nailer..........

Anyway, here are some final photos. I have really enjoyed seeing the progress on the planes, the gorgeous walnut tables, and the dovetailing. Thanks to all for your suggestions. I enjoy reading about and seeing your projects, because I feel I am learning things.
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Now that it's getting cooler again, I can get back in my shop (and the forums as well).

I started a new weekend wood working class this week and am really enjoying it and learning lots of new stuff and techniques!

I made a new work table this week for the class and today made half of 2 tables ( the frames). Tomorrow I'll finish the planks for the table.

My new bench (haven't put the hardboard on top yet):


And my new table frames:

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I know what you are talking about - Unfortunately.

The wife and I went to an "Apple festival" in a near by town. they had about 200 vendors, only 1 had anything remotely hand crafted. He was selling phone cases that were CNC machined with wood and resin. they really looked nice and it was a quality product. Not really hand made, but at least "home made" every other shop - and I mean EVERY ONE all sold over priced junk from China. Now I am not opposed to getting things from China, but you would think at an Apple festival in the heart of Amish country their would have been at least one or two wood craters at the festival. There wasn't even any little old ladies selling knitted pot holders lol.
Where abouts was the festival in Indiana? There's a place in NE Indiana called Shipshewana that is a large "Amish" outdoor flea market type place.

20 years ago I would visit with my mother and grandmother and would see those small booths where Amish crafters were actually doing things by hand.

Fast forward to 3 years ago, visiting with my wife and in-laws, I was absolutely ashamed to see exactly as you described.

I understand the world changes, but that doesn't mean I have to change along with it!
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I'm still sanding these oak boards my dad gave me from the carts they had at his work. He took them apart and gave me all the boards that weren't cracked. They're covered in paint spills, and were obviously never finished with anything because after years of being in a cardboard box manufacturing plant they've got this almost black surface. 36 grit sandpaper makes quick work of the black crap, but not so much the paint and the black lines and spots where you can tell the boards mated up to either a nail or a metal bar. This is one of those times where I wish I had a planer or jointer. Tried the Wen electric hand planer, but after 3 boards one of the blades shattered and shot out of the exhaust like shrapnel. About made me **** my pants. Guess it serves me right for trying the cheap crap route. Oh well I'm finally like 2/3 of the way through these 70 or 80 some boards. My back will be so happy to be done and i'm sure my belt sander will be too.
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Where abouts was the festival in Indiana? There's a place in NE Indiana called Shipshewana that is a large "Amish" outdoor flea market type place.

20 years ago I would visit with my mother and grandmother and would see those small booths where Amish crafters were actually doing things by hand.

Fast forward to 3 years ago, visiting with my wife and in-laws, I was absolutely ashamed to see exactly as you described.

I understand the world changes, but that doesn't mean I have to change along with it!
Nappanee IN, not to far away. That's why we like going to maker fairs, lots of innovation at those.
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Last time i builld this boat:
i am thinking about doing something bigger now :)
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Well, finally, with snow/rain and sleet, I finally finished the doors completely this morning. I ended up putting up a bar with 4 hangers on the inside when I'm inside and want to keep the wind from blowing the doors in, and put my copper hangers I forget from a 14 gauge steam pipe that I got in VA about 10 years ago, and sawed through, cut and made some hangers for the outside of the doors to hang the bar on. I managed to get some Howard's on them before the rain over the weekend, despite the 45 mph winds, and since I have the week off from teaching, I was able to finally finish everything up.

I learned a lot from making these doors, like figuring out that there are many options to keep them closed. With a 3/4" to 1/2" gap between the two doors, I ripped a piece of t&g flooring from the old barn that covered the center face of one side 3 7/8" wide. The first 50" was 3/4" wide and the last 20" toward the bottom was 1/2" so I hand planed it until it closed up the gap perfectly.

The other things that stymied me would have probably been easy for all of you who have so much more experience than I, and to be honest, the only formal training I have is with horse management (about 50 years of it), and metal working, so this was something that needed to be finished, with no help except for the hanging of the doors which - of course - had to be removed because my friend insisted on putting the hinges on inside out. When I went and picked up my other friend last weekend, he (72 and blind - but a builder), and I (74 and still am working with pre-historic tools) wrestled the offending door off the hinges, turned them around and re attached the right way. I used a heavy digging iron and a maul (without drawing blood) and a few choice words, but in the end we conquered. My friend -before he lost his sight - built homes and barns and still works on many large projects. He is totally amazing and has built and restored several large barns in the area. His wife has the horses, and stays away from the shop when he is using his table saw and nailer..........

Anyway, here are some final photos. I have really enjoyed seeing the progress on the planes, the gorgeous walnut tables, and the dovetailing. Thanks to all for your suggestions. I enjoy reading about and seeing your projects, because I feel I am learning things.
Regards,
Dinah
Looks like you solved that problem, I can just feel the cold air blowing. For some strange reason, I always though it would be warmer in a barn than outside in the winter, it seems to be colder though. :smile3:

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Neighbor had a white oak come down, took a poplar tree with it and crushed the end of her house. I was able to snag quite a few log sections from the cleanup process and Im making turning blanks. Got a couple of 18" plus blanks in poplar waiting thier turn to be roughed out, and I just got started. I didn't think I would have to work so hard at being retired!
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Actually, Every morning I go out in the dark to feed, it's quite pleasant so far--:) of course it's not winter yet, and those doors are 3" thick on the front (North) end. Getting it super zipped up is not necessarily a good thing for animals, particularly horses, you want air circulating-not gales of it, or 3' of snow inside but you want it just to keep out rain, snow and ice. As long as the base of their ears are warm you are good to go.

Today a new frost proof spigot is going in, and a new jack post in the basement. Just a few issues with an old house. :) :) :).
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Got my new (Old) block plane all tuned up and tested on this oak. I didn't believe it when I read that you can get wood to reflect light a little if your plane is sharp enough, but I'm pleasantly surprised.
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