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Forum topic by notsoslimjim posted 01-12-2017 08:25 PM 391 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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notsoslimjim

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01-12-2017 08:25 PM

I didn’t see a new members area, so I apologize if I glossed over it. I’m fairly new to DIY woodworking, but have a lifelong interest in the craft. Mostly small projects, or large easy projects (garage/shop shelving and the like), and in 2015 I built a table for my fiancee for our new (and first!) home while she was pregnant with our first child.

It was my first step into building something larger scale that would show all of the flaws and mistakes. I didn’t want to experiment with hardwoods for my first table, so I used douglas fir and outdoor poly for ease of cleaning and some extra durability. It came out pretty good until I was convinced to let the poly off gas in the sun instead of slowly in the garage, then I got warping and a little shrinking issues on both breadboard ends. It serves it’s purpose, and fit the extent of my abilities at the time, and I learned quite a bit. When I replace it, it’ll make a fine outdoor eating table when paired with a couple benches.

I’m very much in the tool accumulation phase, but mainly limited by space – I have a single car garage that is occupied, so large fixture tools or semi-permanently placed tools are not able to be used. I have a project I want to build for my daughter that’ll require cutting a number of strips out of sheet material, so I’m considering the DeWalt track saw as my next purchase (as opposed to a sliding miter as I tend to use wider boards). I have a non-sliding DeWalt miter saw. I also picked up a barely used Porter Cable 557 biscuit joiner on Craigslist, the seller was an older man who only used it to cut 5 biscuits and then finished his project – and then never had a use for it afterwards.

It’s the full kit with hard case and seems like 200 biscuits of various sizes, I paid $100 for it which I thought was pretty damn good given it’s like new condition and new price of $220-270.

Sorry to ramble, and thanks for having me. Looking forward to learning here.

Best,
James


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murch

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#1 posted 01-13-2017 03:56 PM

Hi James. Welcome to Lj’s. It’s a very friendly & helpful place for getting into all manner of projects.
Some of the work posted on here is jaw-droppingly good. You can’t help but be inspired.
A lot of it is hobby work which is also excellent & great to see.

Looking foward to seeing a few projects from you.

Best Rgds,
Murch.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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murch

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#2 posted 01-13-2017 03:57 PM

Hi James. Welcome to Lj’s. It’s a very friendly & helpful place for getting into all manner of projects.
Some of the work posted on here is jaw-droppingly good. You can’t help but be inspired.
A lot of it is hobby work which is also great to see.

Looking foward to seeing a few projects from you.

Best Rgds,
Murch.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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XquietflyX

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#3 posted 01-13-2017 04:03 PM

welcome aboard!!! hope to see some projects soon!

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#4 posted 01-13-2017 04:35 PM

Hi James glad to have you join the fun,Welcome!

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#5 posted 01-13-2017 04:56 PM

welcome to lumberjocks enjoy the forums

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notsoslimjim

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#6 posted 01-13-2017 09:18 PM

Thanks guys!

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