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crib for new granddaughter

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crib for new granddaughterhere is a walnut crib that i made for my son to be used by his new daughter(my new grandaughter}. she cam a month early so i'm behind on the delivery date. i have a lot of hours is this. way more that i would have dreamed. the original plane came out of wood magazine that i built 13 years ago for my oldest daughter to be used by my first grandson. that crib was to be passed down to the next child to use when they had children.well we found out that my youngest and her husband were expecting in may so crib number one headed to her house. 2 months later i found out my son and his wife were expecting so he asked me to build another crib. they picked waslnut as the species of wood they wanted and the finish.cut down a walnut tree in my back yard 2 1/2 years ago and my neighbor cut down 2 trees and gave me his walnut logs from his 2 trees if i would make him a live edge coffee table. pretty good deal i figured so i agreed.i made some modifications to the Wood magazine plan so i could use my new festool domino fasteners and they worked greatli had a few issues in the finish as i forgot to wipe of the excess tung oil finish after the second coat so it took about 10 days to cure out.all that is left is the matress support.delivery set for labor day.



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Beer Swap 2019 submission

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Beer Swap 2019 submissionHi all, I was travelling during the reveals of the swap so this project is a little late.
My recipient was RichBolduc.I was scratching my head trying to come up with something interesting to make. My wife and I went into a local quaint little bar that had some of these games and people were drinking beer and playing and it hit me, a beer drinking game! I took multiple pictures and measurements and got started.Researching, I found that this game goes by multiple names but the most common is Shut the Box. Also called Blitz, Canoga, Klackers, etc. according to Wickipedia. It's an ancient game usually with one set of tiles (the little things with numbers on them) not four.First I started a plan using my home made sketchup.I modified the plan to add tenons on the inside pieces fit together with half lap joints, and dados with mitered corners on the outside pieces to add strength, all made from found maple board. This took a lot longer than expected and a lot of chisel work. (pictures below and pics 4 and 5 above) I made two games so I could send the best one.There is a rebate on the bottom of the outside pieces to receive a plywood bottom. After glue up (pic 6) I went to a saddle maker and picked up some leather and fit it on the inside to give the dice a better surface to roll on. I found a local guy who did the laser engraving on the leather. Finish was spray lacquer on the wood and leather.I bought some 3/16” diameter steel rod for the pivot and cut it to length. Next, I cut the tiles from some leftover oak, and drilled 7/32” holes near the bottom for the rod to slip through. I drew the numbers on the tiles by hand (all 72 of them) and started burning the numbers in. Also very time consuming.Finish was spray poly on the tiles for durability. The tiles have tiny steel washers between them to keep them separated. The tiles along with the end pieces that hold them together are removable along with the plywood bottom.I used spray adhesive on the underside of the leather, taped off the insides of the wood and carefully stuck it in.
(The adhesive on the one I kept was coming loose so I'll use contact cement to attach it more permanently. I also sent Rich a PM warning him of this.)The rules as played in the little bar are:
First person rolls the dice and turns down any combination of tiles that corresponds with the sum of the dice.
Then each person in turn gets a roll, and so on, until one person gets all of his/her tiles turned down.
Here, there are two versions for winning. 1) the first to turn down all tiles wins the game. 2) after one turns down all the tiles, each other person gets 1 more roll and the game ends.
Or, make up your own rules.Thanks to Kenny for another great swap!



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Beer swap

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Beer swapThis was my project for this years beer swap. I made it out of oak. Originally tried making a star at the top with my jigsaw but I had to put so much pressure on the wood to keep the jigsaw from bouncing that the star broke so I cut it off. I got to thinking about the project while driving one day(I drive a truck for a living) and decided the beer bottle caps would add a nice touch. I glued on another piec of oak on either side and used a hole saw to make the holes for the caps. I didnt have the correct saw but I was able to use one a little bigger. Without drilling all the way through I was able to put the caps on the center piece of the hole that the hole saw normally removes. I didnt glue the caps on so they can be pried off and swapped out as desired. I finished with 3 coats of deft. It will hold 8 beers.



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