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adventures in woodworking and home maintenance, from my shop in an oversized backyard shed

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Rocker

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RockerMaloof inspired rocker. I bought the plans, so I can't claim design of the piece. The only part I can claim is the build execution and the decisions regarding how to sue the grain to best effect.



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Timber Frame Dog Kennel

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Timber Frame Dog KennelLink To Youtube Timelapse Of Timber Frame Kennel BuildIt has been two years since our last dog passed and my wife an I decided to get two Golden Retrievers. We needed a safe place to keep the dogs while we ran errands so we decided to build a 10' x 14' Timber Frame kennel. This was also a good project to work on while in isolation due to Covid-19. It took approximately 5 months to finish the timber frame. I still need to add a smaller dog house inside, run a water line and install landscaping. The timelapse in this video just covers the timber frame build.Where I live in North Florida, Longleaf Pine is the least expensive and most plentiful wood species available. The disadvantage of Longleaf is it's Janka hardness of 870 compared to Eastern White Pine with a Janka hardness of 380. The other disadvantage is the Longleaf pine oozes a lot of sap as it dries which shows up through the Mahogany stain I used.For this project, I opted to use a chainsaw to cut the large, deep mortises. A chain mortiser would have been easier and more accurate, but I could not justify the expense for a detached dog kennel structure. I did not have a lot of experience using a chainsaw, but I became more efficient and more accurate over time. I tried to use an electric chainsaw to limit the noise and fumes, but ended up breaking three different models after an hour or two. I finally ended up buying a small 14” Echo Chainsaw to finish the work.The most unique thing about this project was the use of a Boom Derrick to handle the large beams. The largest beams weighed approximately 400 lbs before cutting to length. The Boom Derrick was constructed using the instructions from the Army Field Manual “FM 5-125 Rigging Techniques, Procedures and Applications”. I cut and stripped the pine poles used to construct the Boom Derrick from my property. I spent approximately $500 total on rigging materials which compares favorably to $500+ per day to rent a boom crane. I initially used a 2500 lb winch and remote from Harbor Freight, but it burned out approximately a third of the way through the project. The winch was under powered and slow to use. I ultimately just connected the winch line to my pickup hitch to lift the beams. In the video, you will see the flow move from left to right with the boom covering most of the range. The raw pine beams are on the left. The boom moves the beams to the saw horses on the slab in the center where they are cut and stained. Finally, the beams are moved to the finished area on the right. The Boom Derrick took about 2 days to construct and rig. Overall it worked much better than I expected. It easily cleared the 14' height of the structure when attaching the rafters.I will do a second, shorter video after the entire project is completed with an interior dog house, water line, landscaping etc.



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How to Brush a Finish

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Putting some sense back into a simple task. For most people, the first experience brushing comes with oil or latex paint, or with alkyd or polyurethane varnish. Each of these coatings is relatively easy to brush. Paint is easy because …Source

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No Poop on the Loop sign

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No Poop on the Loop signWe live on a street that's called a loop and which actually is a loop. It's one mile around, and a lot of people walk their dogs. Beginning some time last fall, either someone new moved into the neighborhood and never learned to pick up their dog poop, or one of the existing residents stopped picking up, but there's been a lot of poop both in the ditches and on the street.So back in January, after I went into our ditch to pick up some recycling that had blown out of a neighbor's bin, and stepped in some (fresh, not frozen) dog poop, and then tracked it into the house, I decided it was time to take action. Rather than standing in the ditch with a sand wedge and blasting out of the bunker every time someone walked past with a dog, I decided that maybe a nudge would suffice. So I bought a Dogipot Bag Dispenser and got permission from the neighborhood HOA to put that and a sign on the corner of out lot, near an intersection on one end of the loop.I also had bought Chris Pye's Lettercarving in Wood: A Practical Course and got busy learning. Mostly I needed to learn to carve Os that looked good.First was finding a piece of wood. I had a fairly clear piece of alder, and from carving my previous sign I knew that alder worked pretty well for me.Next was carving the letters. I did the smaller script letters with a V tool, just tracing along pencil lines, but the larger letters were incised with gouges at a 45 degree angle. I ended up using 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 9 sweeps to get the Os looking the way I wanted. Probably could do it with fewer tools, but that would've taken more time for learning…Then I painted the letters with Real Milk Paint Aqua paint, which looks like a nice turquoise, which fits, since we're in New Mexico. That's photo 2. I think there were four coats altogether.Photo 3 shows the circle and slash carved with a #7/14 gouge. I used some 1Shot Bright Red lettering enamel to paint that, which is photo 4.Then I put three coats of Cabot Satin Spar Polyurethane on the sign, hoping to lock everything in.Today, the post went in the ground, and the sign and dog-poop-bag-dispenser got attached to the post. Done!I've already gotten compliments on it from a couple neighbors. Hopefully it'll encourage folks to pick up after their pooches, but time will tell.



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