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Old 12-02-2011, 10:05 PM   #226
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1958 Ranch Home, Full of Character - First Home, First Major Project


Over the last few days, we've picked up a few gems.

Namely, a 12.5" Craftsman benchtop planer with very favorable reviews for $75. Like new, but the table needs to be wiped down with some WD-40.

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Not pictured, a Ryobi biscuit jointer with dust bag (#0 - #20) that was used for less than a dozen cuts (original sawdust and two tubs of biscuits included) for $50 and a used-once Milwaukee random orbital sander with 5 extra packs of sand paper for $35.

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Old 12-02-2011, 10:17 PM   #227
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And here's a mock up of the bookcases when done. We spent a good amount of time today going over the details of attaching the face frame, assembly order, etc.

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You'll notice that it's a rough mockup, with the center shelves having the correct 13.5" spacing. Red indicates face frame and fuscia indicates the outline of drawers fronts / cabinet doors. While rough, it gave my an estimate for how much material I'll need to make the fronts. I calculated the doors will take 12 of 38 the 7" x 36" cherry glue-ups I got from that last haul and already have the cut plans ready. I haven't worked the drawer fronts yet, but am not worried that I'll run out of material.

I've decided on a rich maroon stain for the cherry sections (doors, most of the face frame) and somewhere between honey and coffee for the carcass and shelf fronts (will attempt to match the hardwood floor). Everything will get a coat of water-based polyurethane. We haven't though about hardware at all, other than hinge style.

Spent the rest of the day looking for deals at garage sales and estate sales, only to come away disappointed. Was really hoping I'd find some good specialized router bits (raised panel, stick and cope, glue joint, undersized dado, oversized dado, dovetail, etc), but found nothing. No pipe clamps at a reasonable price either. There's always tomorrow, though I'd rather make sawdust than make my tank emptier.
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Old 12-13-2011, 05:59 PM   #228
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Been away for what seems like forever!

Just got off a 7-day, 90 hour workweek. You can imagine that nothing got done during that period of time. I'm still trucking away at the bookcases.

Looking back, I don't think I showed these pictures of the dadoes. Sorry if these are a repost.

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The new dado set cuts remarkably flat, especially for a $62 set. Note the smoothness of the rip at the veneer.
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I finally got around to cutting the biscuits for the shelf fronts. I'm hoping they add some measure of strength, but was mainly concerned with using them to more easily line up the pieces for gluing. This is what I ended up jigging up for the 16 solid front pieces:

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The pieces with a welding clamps are stop jigs that align the side of the biscuit jointer with the end of the board. There are two faint red lines of each side of the solid piece, drawn on the plywood at the rear. These show me the expected ends of each piece, though each side also has a second line another 1/8" to each side just in case I had a slightly longer one (which I didn't). There's also a red line on the sticker which marks the dead-center of the board for the center biscuit to align with. After biscuiting...

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The jig for the plywood pieces was only slightly different. And here we have their stack..

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Because I didn't want to constantly be unloading blades each night, we had to design some covers for the saws. We made these out of 3 mil plastic sheeting and woven elastic cord.

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I put up a wanted ad for clamps on CraigsList, but didn't get back any replies worth following up on. The reviews of the Harbor Freight bar clamps were favorable, so I grabbed six 24" and six 18" for somewhere around $50, IIRC. They do indeed hold quite a bit of pressure, more than enough to squeeze joints dry if you really tried to.

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They did come with a fair amount of still-wet oil, but I attribute that partially to them never being hung in the store (got two boxes from the rear of the store, still sealed). The ones that had been hanging weren't nearly as oily. We certainly took the time to wipe them down twice before using them. They also flex a bit, but spring right back to the their original shape when released.
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Glue-up was only the next logical step. Here's the first three as they rolled off the line, so to speak.

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I had left the solid fronts about 1/32" thicker to hive me some room to play. I was seriously worried that one or two would warp and if I didn't leave the excess that I'd end up having to stand a good amount of veneer off if I missed perfect alignment. Seems I left too much, because I spent nearly a whole day sanding all 16 shelves flat and smooth.

Killed my new orbital doing it, to boot...
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Worked on some stain samples as well. We experimented with Minwax in four colors. On the far left, you see a solid oak control piece. The bottom row is solid and the top row is plywood. The left half are oak in Early American (#230), the right half are cherry in Red Chestnut (#232).

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The two oak on the left are lighter because they've been wiped, and all the rest are still awaiting their time. You can see my time chart below (order does not correspond to locations in the picture!)... and it was 3:24.

And closer up...

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I'm much happier with these colors than the ones I bought yesterday (Dark Walnut #2716 and Red Oak #215). They're the top two rows shown here.

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I lost several hours between the two round trips of 40 minutes each direction. To boot, a co-worker gave me her cold two days ago, so it's sapped some of my energy and is killing my throat.

Off to get the sides/tops/bases/backs sanded to 220...
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Started staining this morning. Took a few hours to dust and dry mop this morning before beginning. Also had to wait until 8am for the local Ace to open so I could get a few more foam brushes... gunked up the five I had on the samples.

I'm certainly off to a running start. Taking a moment to pause for lunch, having just finished the top sides of all 16 shelves. Had the wife take a picture with her camera so it's a bit clearer this time, I hope!

(and of course, the forum apparently hates her phone's images... trying imageshack)

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Finish staining all of the finished pieces last night and made more progress on the bookcase today!

Here's the first coat of water-based (oil-modified) polyurethane going on...






One of the backs from last night, stained but yet polyurethaned.



Makeshift hallway drying rack...



Makeshift kitchen drying area...



Makeshift living room drying area...



More stuff drying where the bookshelves will eventually be installed...

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Just buffed out the first coat of poly on all the shelves, all the tops/bottoms, two sides and one back w/o electrical cutout. Then added the second coat of poly to all of those pieces. Progress is slowing greatly because I the pieces have to dry laying flat, and I keep running out of space for that. Gotta get ready for the holiday party now, but just slammed together a progress tracker in the last 15 minutes or so...

Still some inaccuracies with it because of the speed with which I put it together.



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I was searching for something earlier and your thread came up in my search, so I took a peak.

About an hour later now, I have read with interest the entire thread!

You are making great progress, and it is very reminiscent of my first house. (I did mine with no internet help, research, spreadsheets or craigslist ... you are lucky in that respect!!!!)

I think it is great what you are doing. I see some real thought and planning goes into most everything you do.

Good luck and just know there are people out here who are reading this and are left with a good feeling about the talent and drive of some members of your generation!


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Thanks! It's always great to know that somebody's even reading this, let alone enjoying it! You might like what's coming next then...
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Went to the squadron holiday party last night. The company was great, dinner was good and the drinks line was long.

The ticket that I bought for the wife came up as the first drawn in the raffle, so we came home with a $300 KitchenAid stand mixer. She's certainly excited, and the best news yet, she's counting it as a Christmas gift from me to her!

In fact, she was so happy, she gave me my Christmas presents early...

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Just kidding.

She got tired of me nabbing her phone for photos (and complaining that mine sucked), so she got me a real camera.

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Been bulk uploading the last 400 images to ImageShack, since the forum limit of 100kb just isn't going to work with a new 14 megapixel camera, as each image is natively 3m (or 30x the 100kb limit).

But it's so. Damn. Slow. I know it doesn't take an hour to upload 87 mb on my connection, as I have over 2mbps upstream. Checking out Flickr now for image hosting... standby.

Update: Just uploaded 100 images to PostImage.org in the time it took ImageShack to upload 30. Plus, ImageShack was only allowing me to select 100 files at a time (which is pretty generous for free), while PostImage is allowing me to upload 295 in the second batch.

Just waiting for the pictures of my present to upload... be back in a bit.
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Alright... time for a little new-and-improved high def action! Or rather, catching back up to the 21st century action.

Unwrapping my gift, I figured it was pretty obvious what she got me, considering I only asked for one thing...



Exactly what I wanted! Laminated wood levels have always caught my eye because of their beauty. Don't get me wrong, I own several painted aluminum i-beam Stanley levels, a few line levels, and a couple cheapie torpedo levels, but this is a different class of level here, with polished edging and curved bubble windows. I only wish I could see the bubble through the top.



It's as ironic as it is telling that the Made in USA logo is messed up, yet it still made it to market, and an American was still willing to purchase it.

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