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    Re: The Woodworking Thread



    I'm in the process of building a desk in the closet of my study. The room isn't that big and it also doubles as a guest room with a pullout sofa. So, I didn't want a big desk taking up square footage.

    Also, I primarily work from home and I don't particularly like people messing with my work computer, so this gives me the option to close the closet doors completely when I'm not in there.

    I painted, installed an outlet down in the bottom left of the closet, and made a desk out of 3/4" birch plywood. Used 1" spruce for the trim. To attach it to the wall, I just put up 2x4's on the wall at the height I wanted and then used pocket holes to attach the 2x4's to the desktop. Then I made a rolling cart for my PC desktop tower and printer so that can just slide under the desk. That was made out of scrap 1/2" Birch plywood and I ripped down trim pieces for it. I finished the desk and printer cart with danish oil and a few coats of semi-gloss poly.

    Next, I'm planning on making a two-tiered shelf to go above the desk in the closet. That way I'll have spots for spare cables, hard drives, books, etc.











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    Quote Originally Posted by wickedsolo View Post
    I'm in the process of building a desk in the closet of my study. The room isn't that big and it also doubles as a guest room with a pullout sofa. So, I didn't want a big desk taking up square footage.

    Also, I primarily work from home and I don't particularly like people messing with my work computer, so this gives me the option to close the closet doors completely when I'm not in there.

    I painted, installed an outlet down in the bottom left of the closet, and made a desk out of 3/4" birch plywood. Used 1" spruce for the trim. To attach it to the wall, I just put up 2x4's on the wall at the height I wanted and then used pocket holes to attach the 2x4's to the desktop. Then I made a rolling cart for my PC desktop tower and printer so that can just slide under the desk. That was made out of scrap 1/2" Birch plywood and I ripped down trim pieces for it. I finished the desk and printer cart with danish oil and a few coats of semi-gloss poly.

    Next, I'm planning on making a two-tiered shelf to go above the desk in the closet. That way I'll have spots for spare cables, hard drives, books, etc.











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    Hey Solo, nice.

    Did you laminate two pieces of birch to make that top for the printer table?

    I made a table top for my Geek Desk (up and down desk) out of two pieces of birch. One was 3/4 and the other was 1/2 I think. I routed the edges and it looked just like that. I put a nice black poly/stain combo on it and it turned out really nice. I used screw and glues on the bottom to hold the pieces together.

    I enjoy doing projects when there is not a rush. When it becomes work it is a drag but on a nice day I like being out in my garage working on a project.

    I am building a custom tool/storage cabinet now out of nice plywood, it's not birch, it's the other product that have with a nice laminate on top for sanding staining etc.

    I routed some slots and put adjustable shelp brackets in the sides and also added some drawers. I am putting harbor freight magnets up and down the doors for quick easy access to go to tools like wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers etc..

    I used hardly any screws putting it together. I used my cordless nail gun and glue and clamps. Seems pretty sold. I sanded it and used some wipe on poly to finish it, although unfinished probably looked better. I didn't want the doors getting too grimy from greasy hands in the garage so I put the clear finish on it so I could at least clean it a little.

    I have a cheap Delta table saw that I have gotten my money's worth out of. Is yours a little one or on wheels?
    I am going to pull the trigger probably on the single bevel 12 inch compound dewalt mitre saw to replace my ryobi which is not compound and was a gift 15 years ago.
    I have a Makita circlar saw that I've had forever too that is desperately in need of new blades.
    Then I have a hodge podge of stuff from black and decker, ryobi, craftsman and dewalt.
    I bought my multi tool from Harbor Freight and it was cheap as sin and when you need that thing my god it's the best and only tool for so many wierd jobs/situations.
    I am also going to buy a jigsaw from them, a big one, as my little craftsman jigsaw I've had since I was a little kid needs a beefier companion.





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    Quote Originally Posted by BustOfPallas View Post
    Hey Solo, nice.

    Did you laminate two pieces of birch to make that top for the printer table?

    I made a table top for my Geek Desk (up and down desk) out of two pieces of birch. One was 3/4 and the other was 1/2 I think. I routed the edges and it looked just like that. I put a nice black poly/stain combo on it and it turned out really nice. I used screw and glues on the bottom to hold the pieces together.
    No, I just picked up a 2' x 4' sheet of cabinet grade birch plywood from Home Depot. I like the Birch plywood. It's pretty versatile and very strong. It also stains nicely. The trim pieces are (or were) 1" x 3" pine strips that I just cut down to the size I needed...I think those are 1/2" cuts...and then I just knocked the edges down while I was sanding. I have nice porter cable router with a few trim bits, but I didn't think it would be worth it to try and use a chamford or bell cut on a 1/2" piece of pine trim. Overall, I'm happy with how it turned out.

    Quote Originally Posted by BustOfPallas View Post
    I enjoy doing projects when there is not a rush. When it becomes work it is a drag but on a nice day I like being out in my garage working on a project.
    I hear you. I get impatient and like to get it done yesterday...but it is nice to just take your time and work on things a little at a time. My day job involves sitting at a computer messing around with malware and code, so it's nice to be able to come home and do something with my hands.

    Quote Originally Posted by BustOfPallas View Post
    I am building a custom tool/storage cabinet now out of nice plywood, it's not birch, it's the other product that have with a nice laminate on top for sanding staining etc.

    I routed some slots and put adjustable shelp brackets in the sides and also added some drawers. I am putting harbor freight magnets up and down the doors for quick easy access to go to tools like wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers etc..

    I used hardly any screws putting it together. I used my cordless nail gun and glue and clamps. Seems pretty sold. I sanded it and used some wipe on poly to finish it, although unfinished probably looked better. I didn't want the doors getting too grimy from greasy hands in the garage so I put the clear finish on it so I could at least clean it a little.
    Sometimes that's all you need. The little computer cabinet I made is basically 1" brad nails and wood glue. I started to use pocket holes, but I realized I didn't have the right screws for 1/2" plywood. So, I just went with it with brad nails and glue. I gave it the old polack test (i.e., I stood on it) and it supported me just fine.

    Quote Originally Posted by BustOfPallas View Post
    I have a cheap Delta table saw that I have gotten my money's worth out of. Is yours a little one or on wheels?
    I am going to pull the trigger probably on the single bevel 12 inch compound dewalt mitre saw to replace my ryobi which is not compound and was a gift 15 years ago.
    I have a Makita circlar saw that I've had forever too that is desperately in need of new blades.
    Then I have a hodge podge of stuff from black and decker, ryobi, craftsman and dewalt.
    I bought my multi tool from Harbor Freight and it was cheap as sin and when you need that thing my god it's the best and only tool for so many wierd jobs/situations.
    I am also going to buy a jigsaw from them, a big one, as my little craftsman jigsaw I've had since I was a little kid needs a beefier companion.
    I have a couple of things from Harbor Freight. I haven't bought any of their power tools yet, but I hear good things about their drill press. I ave been doing a lot of research on dust collection systems and their dust collection system gets really great reviews and it is easily converted into a 2-stage system.

    I have a Delta 10" contractor's table saw on a stand. The fence system is 29.25" (basically a 30" fence) and I bought a bench dog steel rolling dolly for it to sit on. I've actually been looking at building a more stationary base for my table saw complete with a dust collection compartment underneath the saw. Something like this:

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    Finished up this today.

    It's a pipe clamp moxon vice. The clamp itself is made out of pine. The outside piece is two pine cuts laminated together and then I beveled the top at 45 degrees and each side at 30 degrees.

    Clamps were made with Bessey 3/4" A-style clamps and a 36" black pipe, which I cut in half to make two 18" pipes. I used a forstner bit to make the initial bores and then I chiseled out the board to make a rectangular shape, which will prevent the vice from racking.

    No finish at this time other than a few passes with a hand planer and some light sanding.




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    Quote Originally Posted by wickedsolo View Post
    Finished up this today.

    It's a pipe clamp moxon vice. The clamp itself is made out of pine. The outside piece is two pine cuts laminated together and then I beveled the top at 45 degrees and each side at 30 degrees.

    Clamps were made with Bessey 3/4" A-style clamps and a 36" black pipe, which I cut in half to make two 18" pipes. I used a forstner bit to make the initial bores and then I chiseled out the board to make a rectangular shape, which will prevent the vice from racking.

    No finish at this time other than a few passes with a hand planer and some light sanding.




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    Nice. I bet that comes in handy sometimes.

    When I'm building anything with pine and worried about cracking I'll usually laminate it with a thing sheet of plywood.

    I'm about to buy a mitre saw stand at home depot and wanted to see what you use. I don't want to build a table. I also want to be able to put my saw up when I'm done. I like to work in my driveway which is perfectly flat.

    I"m thinking about this Delta 36-267

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    Quote Originally Posted by BustOfPallas View Post
    Nice. I bet that comes in handy sometimes.

    When I'm building anything with pine and worried about cracking I'll usually laminate it with a thing sheet of plywood.

    I'm about to buy a mitre saw stand at home depot and wanted to see what you use. I don't want to build a table. I also want to be able to put my saw up when I'm done. I like to work in my driveway which is perfectly flat.

    I"m thinking about this Delta 36-267

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    Having that portability will be nice. There are a lot of nice miter racks out there right now.


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    Quote Originally Posted by wickedsolo View Post
    Having that portability will be nice. There are a lot of nice miter racks out there right now.


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    Hey man, what kind of Delta table saw do you have? What model?

    I am about to buy a new Mitre saw. I was going to get the Dewalt DW716 12 inch dual beval non sliding saw but might just get a 10 inch Hitachi non sliding compound mitre. The Hitachi is dirt cheap and probably will meet all my needs. Do you have any input on this?

    I will post some pictures of the custom tool cabinet I built. It is turning out nice.





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    Re: The Woodworking Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by BustOfPallas View Post
    Hey man, what kind of Delta table saw do you have? What model?

    I am about to buy a new Mitre saw. I was going to get the Dewalt DW716 12 inch dual beval non sliding saw but might just get a 10 inch Hitachi non sliding compound mitre. The Hitachi is dirt cheap and probably will meet all my needs. Do you have any input on this?

    I will post some pictures of the custom tool cabinet I built. It is turning out nice.
    I have a Delta 36-600 10".

    Re mitre saws, I always kind of believe in going bigger because it's better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

    What I'll say is that I think having the sliding feature is really nice on mitre saws. So, if you could get that feature in a Hitachi for less than the DeWalt, that would be the way I went.


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    Quote Originally Posted by wickedsolo View Post
    I have a Delta 36-600 10".

    Re mitre saws, I always kind of believe in going bigger because it's better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

    What I'll say is that I think having the sliding feature is really nice on mitre saws. So, if you could get that feature in a Hitachi for less than the DeWalt, that would be the way I went.


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    Thanks man. Is your 10 inch makita a slider?





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    Quote Originally Posted by BustOfPallas View Post
    Thanks man. Is your 10 inch makita a slider?
    No, it's not, but you can bet your bottom dollar that I have 3 different 10" sliding miter saws in my Amazon inbox right now. Trying to decide which one to get...

    DeWalt
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    I like Makita and it's about $100 less than the DeWalt and Rigid.


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    I ended up ordering the DeWalt DW717


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    Quote Originally Posted by wickedsolo View Post
    I ended up ordering the DeWalt DW717


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    GOOD FOR YOU!

    I've been going back and forth over what to get. I was thinking the $140 hitachi 10 inch compound because it's so cheap and then getting a 12 inch for working with 2x12s, posts etc. The Dewalt DW716 double bevel with the XPS light system was next. The XPS system is supposed to work great and be far superior to lasers. Last night I was leaning towards the 10 inch Dewalt slider myself.

    I was going to jump on and warn you about the Makita. That saw looks like it is not up to their standards. All these big brands do this now. They offer "light" versions of their tools, especially the cordless stuff, for the harry homeowner. It's a market share thing. Build something cheap with you name to get people using your batteries and system etc...

    I don't want to get a 12 inch slider, too big. I don't want to get a 12 inch non slider for similar reasons. A 10 inch slider seems like a good compromise between size and cutting capacity. The manufacturers know this and the 10 inch sliders are often the most expensive mitre saws they sell.

    I am probably going to do the same btw. That way you get the accuracy of the smaller blade, it's interchangeable with your table saw blades, but you get the cutting capacity.

    This makes me feel good about my swing last night towards getting the same saw.

    You can't go wrong with dewalt.

    LOL, on the "3 saws in my cart" remark. I have 2 on amazon, 2 on sears, 2 on lowes and 2 on homedepot.com. I know exactly what you meant.

    When you do that the ads start popping up like crazy every site you visit! They know who you are and what you are interested in which is kind of disconcerting because I'm sure I'm in some database and they probably know exactly what kind of porn I'm into as well...
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