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Blog series by Roswell updated 574 days ago 7 parts 9263 reads 13 comments total

Part 1: Reverse engineering with sketchup

730 days ago by Roswell | 2 comments »

Hi there. Ever see something IKEA-like that you’d like to build? Well, I found this corner desk that would be perfect for my wife now that she’s working on upgrading her education. They were kind enough to provide schematics and a few dimensions. Using those, I was able to import the drawings into Sketch Up, trace them, and then scale them according to some of the dimensions provided online. It took me several weeks to lay everything out in sketchup, but I’ve got 4 little...

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Part 2: Oh no, I suck again!

729 days ago by Roswell | 3 comments »

It’s starting to look like woodworking is going to be a lot like golf for me: I have a fantastic recovery game, but only because I can’t keep it in the fairway. My constant issue #1: trying to do something quickly. I had a brief window last night after my chores were done, bills paid, kids fed, etc. to make a little progress. So, I wanted to finish up the rough work on what will be an outer leg or support. It’s on the bottom left in the first picture. See those three ...

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Part 3: Just some extra pictures.

729 days ago by Roswell | 0 comments »

I’m not to keen on how this blog forces the pictures to the top of my words. I didn’t want these mixed in with the above, so….here they are.

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Part 4: ho leee sheep...it worked!

649 days ago by Roswell | 4 comments »

So, the kids are with the extended family for a while this summer, and I’ve had a couple of afternoons to myself. Yesterday, I got the top fitted, and then turned to the most terrifying part of the whole deal. If you hadn’t noticed, the outer supports have a tab that fits into a corresponding slot in the desk top. I had elected to not cut the holes out for the tabs until the very, very last step so I could make sure they fit right. In the end, I had to just cut...

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Part 5: I just want to get this finished...

622 days ago by Roswell | 2 comments »

It’s a blog, so I can blab I suppose. Some SOB commented that I ought go to such and such website to learn how to stain birch ply without blotching. Well, thanks. You should have just asked me if I wanted the red pill or the blue. It all went downhill after that. Off I go to said website. Wow, this guy is no BS. Nothing fancy, no ego, just what seems to be a lot of practical experience and an easy to follow (cue spending spree) 10 DVD series on finishing wood. It’s not a typ...

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Part 6: duct tape and cardboard are my friends aka DIY garage spray booth

577 days ago by Roswell | 2 comments »

Well, them and PVC. Spraying dye, needed a cage. Getting close to finished. Not much time to type, but pictures are always fun. FYI, this is an explosion proof (USCG rated) marine exhaust fan for purging engine compartments of fuel fumes prior to starting the engine. I operate the booth at a partial vacuum until all the airborn spray has been evacuated, then I stick a box fan against the ground level filter to overpressurize the booth and speed the exchange of air. ...

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Part 7: The end...

574 days ago by Roswell | 0 comments »

Well, it’s quitin’ time on the desk. I’ve managed to drag it out most of the year by only working a few hours each month on it unfortunately. My wife loves it and my oldest boy (8) thinks I’m the best builder ever. So, it’s time to dismantle my spray booth, clean up the garage, and move on. The final project lies here

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