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Offline bill-e

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What Have You Built Lately?
« on: September 29, 2007, 07:39 AM »
Nothing!  Absolutely nothing.

I'm curious how many hobbyists have the same problem as me with the work that brings home the paycheck getting in the way of your hobby?

I have a wide pine floor that I have to sand and a TV cabinet for my rear projection TV that I've been planing to start since my vacation that wasn't a vacation in July :)

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Offline Eli

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Re: What Have You Built Lately?
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2007, 07:50 AM »
I'm working on it. My theory involves making work the hobby, and never having to work. I'm not totally there yet.


But I celebrated FESTOOLFEST a few days early and built a treehouse last week.
« Last Edit: September 29, 2007, 04:48 PM by Eli »
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Offline Dan Clermont

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Re: What Have You Built Lately?
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2007, 11:54 AM »
What have I built lately? Summers always keep me out of the shop with young kids and a love for the outdoors. Since Sept I have installed a laminated hardwood floor in the basement suite and four hand cut dovetailed drawers which get installed today.

Also the list of things to do in the next month are:

- a curly maple drawer front for the computer cabinet (with slide to pull out the printer)
- 4 drawers for the closet organizer (hand cut dovetails of course)
- new Fireplace surround and mantle
- I am also helping a friend at work with a Murphy bed, library surround which he is building in the shop at work

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Offline Greg in Memphis

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Re: What Have You Built Lately?
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2007, 06:03 PM »
I have just completed winterizing my one car garage / workshop.
One side of this outdoor building we have is a finished laundry room and kitchenette with a pantry, the other side is a 1 car garage / workshop. This area is now ALL workshop / no garage.  :D   We have a covered parking area in front of the garage for my wife's car.
The garage was just bare studs with 510 board covering outside. This is pretty common on these older homes in Memphis.
It has now been insulated, covered with 3/8" plywood inside, and completely lined with pegboard. I managed to put in some 20" deep shelves that should help with storage also.
I was freezing my tail off last winter at times. This should really help.
The thing about it though, is that I had to do it in stages.
It's taken me 2 months of weekends and stayin' up late during the week. Moving all the stuff out and putting it back up before I slept took most of the time. It's like I've moved 3 or 4 apartments to get to the walls to do all the work.

I have found that if you get a new shop, do everything to it that you're going to do while it's empty. It's 10 times the work after the fact.

Greg

Offline brandon.nickel

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Re: What Have You Built Lately?
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2007, 09:26 PM »
I spent the last 4 weekends moving dirt to install drainage in my yard and then getting grass to grow.  Now I just need to get that new gas heater on the ceiling of the garage so that when it drops below freezing in a few weeks I'll still be able to work in there.  I've got a lot of Festools that have been sitting idle waiting for me to get back to work.
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Offline Dan Clark

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Re: What Have You Built Lately?
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2007, 02:10 PM »
I've spent the last 18 months, jacking up and sistering the joists under my master bathroom.  Then I ripped out ALL of the plumbing, electrical, wall, ceiling, flooring and subfloor, and the interior sheetrock.  All of the fixtures were torn out and the interior pony walls were torn down.   Then I planed, sanded and shimmed the walls, parts of the ceiling and floor joists to be flat and square. 

I installed new subfloor (two layers), built new interior walls for the shower, installed new plumbing pipes and fixtures, and electrical wiring and fixtures.  The bathroom skylight has been replaced and new roof vents installed. I installed new vent fans (2).   I built a new tub deck for a standalone tub.   

The new ceiling sheet rock was installed a couple of months ago and new wall sheetrock about a month ago.   I'm currently taping the wall sheerock and hope to have the basic taping finished this weekend, with skim coating the walls and ceiling next weekend.  I'm shooting for a Level 5 finish on the whole thing.

In about three weeks, I hope to build the shower mud floor and start installing tile everywhere.   The 10' bath vanity, medicine cabinet, and tub wainscotting - all in Cherry - should arrive sometime in the next 2-3 weeks.   When the tile is installed, I'll install the cabinets, medicine cabinet, and wainscotting.   After that, finish painting and install the new door, casings and trim.

After all of this is finished, the garage ceiling (under the master bathroom) still needs a weekend or two of work, followed by new electrical for the new garage/shop lights, and stubbing out new power tool circuits.   And then I have the absolute joy (NOT!) of installing the garage ceiling drywall, more taping, painting the garage walls and ceiling, and then final installation of the garage lights.   

After that...  Well, there are about 1/2 dozen other decent sized projects that need to be done.  (Including some new garage storage cabinets.)

I've got pics of the whole project and have started a write up.   I'll post a (long-winded) story in the Member Projects section in the next week or so.

Regards,

Dan.

p.s. except for one days work where a plumber came in and installed a new drain and inlet pipes, all of this is my work.    So far I haven't screwed up too badly.   I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

p.p.s.  I work full time.

Offline Dave Ronyak

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Re: What Have You Built Lately?
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2007, 04:52 PM »
Dan,

I recommend that you seal all surfaces of made of cherry wood trim BEFORE installing it in your bathroom.  Cherry is easily attacked by water and will develop mold and mildew stains which you may not be able to sand out, and rot relatively easily.  In my former house, I did one of the bathrooms using cherry, and the edging of the butcher block table top in its kitchen/breakfast area.

My Projects:
My most recent project is an attempt to better organize my garage/shop, which is horribly unorganized at present, but well lighted with lots of electrical outlets and heat.  I recently began installing French cleats on the walls, so I can change the location of hanging cabinets and tool boards and such to fit my needs as they change.  Last night trial hung 2 cabinets I recently made - cleat system works well!  The cabinets are incomplete - no doors or finish coat yet.  In taking on this project, one of my underlying purposes was to force myself to try several different techniques using several different tools, to better prepare myself for some more significant furniture projects - entertainment center, coffee table (possibly with a marble or granite inlaid top), bookcases, and filing cabinet of various hardwoods.  I used my TS 55 and a pair of joined guide rails to cut plywood into pieces for the boxes.  I used my LS 32 and 1400 router to make shelf pin holes in the cabinet sides - and learned the importance of paying close attention to your references especially when your pieces are not an integer of 32mm!  (They came out perfect, but I almost screwed them up multiple times!)  I used my Domino machine to join the pieces forming the cabinet boxes. and to add reinforcing front edges to the plywood shelves.  I found it much more reliable to simply pencil mark where I wanted to make a Domino mortise than to rely on the spacing pins, and improved my glue application technique as I progressed.  Among the lessons I learned is that it is better to adjust the Domino machine to cause the end grain of the cabinet side to protrude slightly above the plane of the horizontal top and bottom cabinet box members so that you can easily rout/sand off the protruding edges to be flush with the plane of the face veneer of the top and bottom members.  IF the cabinet top and bottom members stand proud of the cabinet sides, you'll quickly sand through the face veneer and still not have the corners come out flush.  (Don't ask how I know this!)  Setting up shop has also required additional wiring changes for various 220V machines including TS, cyclone, jointer/planer and air compressor.  There are multiple electrical plug configurations used in USA approved for 1-phase, 230V, 15-20A machines; some of mine are twist-lock and some are not.  And I have been struggling to find the right combinations of various piping, fittings and hoses to connect my Oneida cyclone unit, Dust Deputy, and CT-22 vacuum to my table saw with router table extension, jointer/planer and various Festools.  That has proven a much bigger challenge and frustration that I could have imagined.  Different manufacturers apparently use very differently sized units for mm and inches, because items allegedly designed for the same nominal size fitting don't fit.  And last night I made my first two stupid moves with my Festool TS 55 when trimming my shelves and beveling the French cleats for the backs of the cabinets.  First I cut through my sacrificial plywood layer into my MFT top, but only a small depth and distance, apparently because the saw hung up on the edge of the board to be trimmed when I was checking the depth stop setting before making the actual cut.  Second, when cutting the bevel of the French cleat, I forgot to move the MFT fence further back from the rubber edge strip of the guide rail.  I can assure you that the Festool 28 tooth general purpose ATB blade does a fine job of trimming aluminum!  As soon as I realized what I had hit, the cut was clean and complete, except there were these peculiar shiny little bits appearing near the end of the cut.  I plan to leave that 45 degree notch in the end of the fence as a reminder.

Next on my purchase list is a HVLP spray unit - big ticket given my amateur/hobbyist status.  Jerry Work has provided recommendations and comments both on this site and directly to me, as well as authoring an excellent comparison and teaching article that is linked to the Target Coatings website.  Are any other members of FOG using HVLP to finish their projects?  What equipment did you select and why?  For some of the furniture projects I have in mind, I will need to stain pieces made of various woods to color match them.  For others, I will need to apply a black ?stain? to simulate oriental lacquer.  For still others, clear finish.  And for Festool storage cabinets, painted surfaces to match Festool green and gray would be nice.  Any suggestions and recommendations are welcome.

Dave R.

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Offline Dave Rudy

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Re: What Have You Built Lately?
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2007, 05:07 PM »
Are any other members of FOG using HVLP to finish their projects?  What equipment did you select and why? 

At AWFS in Las Vegas I bought an accuspray in part because they had an excellent show price including the new 3M PPS system.  I tried it at the show and was extremely impressed with a number of things, including how easy the cleanup and storage of material is.

Havent had much chance to use it yet, but I will let you know.  BTW,  Accuspray has a variety of needle and valve sizes to accomodate everything up to commercial latex spraying.
« Last Edit: October 02, 2007, 05:10 PM by Dave Rudy »

Offline James Metcalf

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Re: What Have You Built Lately?
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2007, 10:15 PM »
       Are any other members of FOG using HVLP to finish their projects? What equipment did you select and why?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         I bought a HVLP four stage Fuji about two years ago. The sound level is not bad. HVLP has been good for me. Easy clean up. No bad fumes. What ever you buy, I think you will like it. For me four stage was the way to go. Gravity feed is quick to clean. I bought gravity feed and also a quart cup, plus small plastic cups. I thought I would use the small plastic cups more than I do. For small projects gravity feed is quick and easy and I find myself using it the most. 

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Re: What Have You Built Lately?
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2007, 11:16 PM »
Geez guys, you have it rough. Me, I had to talk to a young lady who might want to join Elena and Andrea in the shop. This job aint easy, but you do what you have to do.
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Offline Dan Clark

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Re: What Have You Built Lately?
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2007, 11:19 PM »
John,

Thanks!  Now I feel REALLY good!.  (Grumble, grumble!)

Dan.

Offline Dave Ronyak

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Re: What Have You Built Lately?
« Reply #11 on: October 03, 2007, 03:43 PM »
I forgot to add that I built a pair of Jerry Work's "squaring arms" laminated from maple, hardwood plywood and walnut.  Found out that different manufacturers of connectors for 1/2" threaded rod use differently sized hex bar stock, and some are too large (HD).  Lowe's fit, but cost 3X as much!  Put more French cleating up on the garage wall last night.  Much more to go!

(Dan Clark, I know, I know - no pictures means it did not happen!  I this moment I feel that I have no time to waste getting frustrated trying to learn how to use a digital camera to post pics here.  Maybe a winter project for me?)

John, please be sure to write an autobiography soon, and tell us how you manage to obtain such excellent student helpers!

Dave R.
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Offline CharlesWilson

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Re: What Have You Built Lately?
« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2007, 04:49 PM »
I also found out about those 1/2" connectors being too large. My RO125 with Saphir helped to make an adjustment on them.

Charles
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Re: What Have You Built Lately?
« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2007, 03:14 PM »
Dan,

Next on my purchase list is a HVLP spray unit - big ticket given my amateur/hobbyist status.  Jerry Work has provided recommendations and comments both on this site and directly to me, as well as authoring an excellent comparison and teaching article that is linked to the Target Coatings website.  Are any other members of FOG using HVLP to finish their projects?  What equipment did you select and why?  For some of the furniture projects I have in mind, I will need to stain pieces made of various woods to color match them.  For others, I will need to apply a black ?stain? to simulate oriental lacquer.  For still others, clear finish.  And for Festool storage cabinets, painted surfaces to match Festool green and gray would be nice.  Any suggestions and recommendations are welcome.

Dave R.



Dave,
i have used the 3M system for about 2 years now and have not seen anything that compares. With water based finishes, you can store the unused portion in the poly "cups" for a long time. There is a HVLP and regular model. I use the HVLP and shoot at 15-25 psi. It results with a silky smooth finish (final sanding only with 150 grit Abranet on an air sander). I use ML Campbell exclusively for my clear satin lacquer finishes.

kugiman

Offline Dave Ronyak

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Re: What Have You Built Lately?
« Reply #14 on: November 06, 2007, 03:26 PM »
Thanks,  I am experimenting with spray finishing using Oxford (Target Coatings) WB shellac and lacquer with aniline tinting dyes (Trans Tint and some old Day brand dyes that I have) and my Fuji HVLP unit.

If I want to achieve an opague white finish on birch plywood (the inexpensive 3/4" type made in China and available at HD for ~$28 per sheet),  what is the recommended finishing schedule?  I want white for its reflectivity of light and so the cabinet will blend better into my garage/shop.  I want to overcoat the white to make it more durable against abrasion.  I had HD rough rip several sheet of this 3/4" plywood for my use in making an extra large garage storage cabinet - 84"H X 36"W X 25 1/2"D with 5 HD drawers.  The 200 lb rated slides are on order from LV, and I got the HD load levelers yesterday from my local Rockler's, along with a couple quarts of Zinser's dewaxed 2lb cut shellac.  I can't spray when its ~30 degrees outside and the wind is howling.  I would have like to build this unit from melamine coated sheet, but couldn't bring myself to trust the strength and durability of the particle core material that is available to me.  No one offers MDF core material at retail in my area, and the lumber retailers I have tried all get glazed eyes when asked about something better than PC melamine.

Dave R.
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Offline Hoover

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Re: What Have You Built Lately?
« Reply #15 on: November 14, 2007, 09:55 PM »


In about three weeks, I hope to build the shower mud floor and start installing tile everywhere.   The 10' bath vanity, medicine cabinet, and tub wainscotting - all in Cherry - should arrive sometime in the next 2-3 weeks.   When the tile is installed, I'll install the cabinets, medicine cabinet, and wainscotting.   After that, finish painting and install the new door, casings and trim.



Dan, for the tiling, check out Schulter.  For the bath floor they make an uncoupling membrane that is waterproof and prevents cracks and can be fully waterproofed with the other product they sell, kerdi band.  They also make a shower kit that is a water proof membrane that can be installed over drywall since the membrane keeps the drywall from ever seeing water.  You can still use a mud bed with the membrane or you can use their shower pan and drain.  Check out the website, I've used it a few times and love it.  Everyone else seems to rave about it too.  Check out the posts in the JLC tiling forum, there are plenty of posts there and at johnbridge.com

http://www.schluter.com/