Before I tell you about my progress I want to share something. If I quit woodworking today, this project has cost me over $1100 so far. I can buy some really nice shevles for that kind of outlay. This project has plagued me.
Harbor Freight SWS brand table saw went kablooey. Replaced with BOSCH – $599 plus tax.
Harbor freight belt sander started malfunctioning. Replaced with Porter Cable. – $169 plus tax.
Bought Central Pneumatic pin nailer (HF) $25.00 Some reviewers said it worked just fine for them. I do not agree. Nobody was trying to nail Brazillian Cherry. The pins would rarely drive through that wood. The gun was getting jammed after 5 to 10 pins. The HF pins may be part of the reason. $12.00
Bought Porter Cable pin nailer $119 plus tax. – NOW THERE is a Pin Nailer. I shot 3 times as many pins today. Not a single miss. Every pin was driven about 1/16 into the wood. 1 pin – count em – ONE- went sideways.
Bought 4 – 6 inch Rockler F clamps. 14.99 I think.
Yeah so I’m not even talking wood, stain, sandpaper, stain, poly – etc etc.
I know that HF has a bad rap but what the hey!!! That’s a lot of failures. For someone who has the woodworking bug, HF just wont cut it. Those products just won’t outlast the amount of projects you want to try. From now on, I buy what you all say to buy.
That’s why I made the upgrade choices on the table saw, pin nailer and belt sander.
And now – progress time!! I got about 80% of the cutting done. I built all the stretchers. They are sanded to 150 which was the specification on the stain for super hard wood. Speaking of stain I got to do a bit of it today.
I could have gotten a little more staining done but I had to chase this thing for 20 minutes. ;)
GP Len – Once again – you are right as rain. The GOOD pin naier is a blessing.
-- Learning is like a door. Open it and there are hundreds more on the other side. Thanks for all the lessons!