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Outstanding! Can I ask where you got ponderosa pine?

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Original Poster2 points · 25 days ago

Cut it down on my property and had a guy come mill it up.

I think I get this, but do you have a picture or sketch? I've ruined a tabletop from permanently attaching the breadboard and this seems like a great way to accommodate the wood movement.

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Original Poster2 points · 29 days ago

Yes let me make one in sketch up tonight and I’ll post it up.

Have you found sketch up to be the best free tool for woodworking designs? I've used it before but never taken the time to get any good at it.

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Original Poster2 points · 28 days ago

Sketch up is great, and I think the best free option out there. It helps to start making things to scale as much as possible in the program. I don't use it a lot for plans, I would rather just jot down dimensions and a quick sketch. It works really well for explaining things though. Here is the diagram.

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Great grain selection and layout, this is a great job beyond just putting it together.

Hello. I would like to make a frame like this for a potential desk/table. However, this will be my first every such project so I am sort of new to it. Would you mind sharing (preferably in layman's terms) how you joined the 4 legs to the vertical (1x2s?) on top?

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Original Poster1 point · 1 month ago

I used mortis and tenon joints. You carve out a rectangular hole (mortis) at the top of the leg. You take the board you want to attach and carve out a matching tenon to go into the hole. You can glue and clamp the joint, drill a hole (offset slightly between) and hammer and through to lock it place as well.


There are many ways to attach your stretchers to legs. You can do it with a metal bracket and bolts, you can use flaring tenons made of dowels

Original Poster1 point · 1 month ago

Sure hold on

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Wow that's crazy. Sucks the county is harassing him, I'm surprised he would comply from the sounds of him.

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Original Poster4 points · 1 month ago

I think, though I’m not sure, after a decade or so it resulted in him having an outhouse and a leech field, so it’s a good compromise.

I lucked into some old maple flooring while I was planning my workbench, so I never got to test this hypothesis...

I had heard that dogholes in pine wouldn't work well with holdfasts, that they'd deform the bottom of the hole and eventually stop gripping as well. My plan was to glue a 1/2" strip of red oak along the bottom where the dog holes would be. Anyway what are your thoughts on that? Were those concerns overblown? Do you think a strip of oak would do the trick if not?

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Original Poster2 points · 1 month ago

I use hold fasts every once in a while with no problem. But they aren’t a daily use for me. However, if the hole ever blew out, I would chisel out a large square strip along the bottom and slap some hard wood in (poor choice of words but I’m leaving it).

Doing it before hand sounds pretty smart. Red oak is great for that sort of thing. Seemed like something a router could do for you safely in a couple of hours, or pre plan and mill up a piece less thick where your dog holes are.

I would go get 3/4 or 4/4 the price won’t be that much different and you can buy a flat sawn not terribly straight board that will do the job well.

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You will only have one hand plane for a while before you know it you’ll have a shelf of them. But I concur make your first a four or a five it doesn’t matter that much which one.

I would totally use This Hand to touch myself.

Whoever this painter is, I must commission you to paint the mini-Jesus on my GamGams casket. Superb sir.

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