Post up your woodworking projects

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  1. tangledupinblu
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    More than i should have in spots. But i was determined to get the stain out, or die trying! With a dog of that size you shouldn’t have any issues with the hardwood. My suggestion tho is to get real hardwood and NOT the engineered stuff with the “pre-finish” on it. Some of them you can sand...alot of them you can’t.

    @MrBlue ...any recommendations?
     
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    With a smaller dog you can do hardwood, with the proper finish... It's not just the poly for general woodworking, you'll need floor specific finish for durability and scratch resistance. I would personally use Hickory solid plank, site finished with no stain. You could go with White oak if you want more grain texture and it's harder than Red oak. Going with "natural" clear finish tends to hide scratches better than a floor with stain.
    bydesignconstruction.net to see some of the work I have done and contact info if you want any questions answered.
     
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    Oh yeah! I second solid Hickory plank. That is some durable “hard” hardwood! And the grain pattern/contrast is amazing!!
     
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    You sure know a lot about wood.
     
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    Hickory dickery dock woodz...
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    Andrew Dice Clay? Hahaha
     
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    Ummm, you forgot...…
    Beech,Butternut,Chestnut,Cypress,Purplrheart,Sapele,Cedar,Redwood & Bamboo
     
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    I did all the building on this earlier in the summer but just finally got it all stained. So here's how our "garden" has looked for the last few years (or more)...
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    ...which I completely cleared out, then built four 4x8' raised beds, a planting table, and a much more solid and presentable fence. Screenshot_20191020-150228_Gallery.jpg
     
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    As a quick simple project I also restored an old picnic table we had. New wood and hardware, lengthened it a little, and repainted the frame... Screenshot_20191020-150255_Gallery.jpg Screenshot_20191020-150213_Gallery.jpg
     

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    Made this with my little boy. My dad taught him cribbage and now that's all he wants to play. (that's a lie... he loves the internet and tablets)

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    You should have made the cribbage board look like a tablet...bezel, home button, etc.
     
  13. tangledupinblu
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    Lmao
     
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    Made some Christmas presents with my 10 year-old daughter.

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    Better late than never. That's the saying right? I've been meaning to make these for at least a year and a half. Had all the lumber and started on them then bought a couple project cars and these got forgotten about. Screenshot_20200428-190404.png Screenshot_20200428-190447.png
     

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    IMG_20201208_114104_942.jpg IMG_20201208_164606_867.jpg its a giant outdoor cribbage board haven't finished it yet but someday I will.
     

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    So, a couple years back now, we finished the basement. And I had planned to move my home office down there once it was complete.

    The room is 11x10, with a 6ft long low wall dividing the office from the livingroom, which is nice because you don't feel locked up in a dungeon.

    Anyway, I needed MAXIMUM desk space. My 5'x2' desk had long outlived its usefulness, and I needed space for the servers, laptops, desktops, monitors, etc that were crowding my little desk space in my old mainfloor office.

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    You can make a pretty bitchin work-top by edge-gluing and pocket-screwing regular-ass construction lumber into panels. Shown here are 3 2"x10"x12' planks being clamped up for glue and screw treatments.
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    I made 2 of these, and then cut them to 11' and 10' respectively. Then mounted them into their final resting place using heavy duty angle brackets and the 2x4 along the back edge.

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    A little bit of stain, some polyurethane, and a few days of choking fumes, and it was ready to start bolting up the useful stuff and getting to work.
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    In addition to the above office space, I decided to use the under-side of the staircase to the basement as a dry bar area. Same as before, edge-glued/pocket screwed construction lumber, this time 2x8s, with an angle cut into the left side to snug up to the ceiling there.

    The main network rack for the house is nestled into the cabinet on the right, and ventilates into a cavity behind the cabinets.

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    Here is an in progress shot of the wine rack I made to fit into the space in the back, and also provide a shelf for holding liquor bottles and glassware.

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    Tossed in some Hue LED strips to go with the rest of the house's lighting, and added an upper shelf for displaying stuff and holding mix books.

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    So, we had this tiny shelf we got at Ikea for like 30 bucks to use as an entertainment center. The problem is, like most entertainment center furniture, 15" deep is sorta the standard. This doesn't play well with having a PC sitting on it. After a ton of searching and bitching about Ikea's Covid stock situation, I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands.


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    I started by making some boxed legs, the placement of the pocket screws meant I could hide the screws entirely from view in the final product.

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    <3 Menards, they had pre-cut pine panels in 1x18 and 1x16. The slide-through shelves are 1x16 panels. While the top and lid would be 1x18 panels. The 1x18 was crucial here, because my intention from the start was to fully integrate a PC chassis into the top "box" area.

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    As you can see here, there are 3 compartments. The sides are just very large cubbies for storing things. The center, however, is a PC motherboard mounting plate and I/O rear panel assembly I cut out of an old computer case I had hiding in a closet.

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    Here it is with the lid in place.
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    And here it is with the fan plate on the front, and fully finished.
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    Great place to put the RTX 3080 I had picked up a couple weeks earlier.
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    And here it is in place, with the obnoxious glowing fans (I can turn down and adjust the RGB with a remote)

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    Uh oh is that a vape I see?

    Looks really nice. That wood ain't cheap though. What is a pocket screw? Just any old screw that happened to be in your pocket? Lol
     
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    Look closely at his second pic in the last post. All the screws are pre-drilled in at angles (the "pockets") on the backside, thus being completely hidden once assembled.

    Kreg jig for the win. When we built our deck two summers ago I bought a Kreg jig deck jig thing. Puts all the screws in from the sides of the deck boards at like a 45° angle or so, and you can't see the holes unless you look really close. Leaves the top of the deck boards totally smooth and free of holes. And man does it calm my OCD quite nicely.

    @readymix , your handy work makes me wanna build something now. Some pretty sweet projects you got going there. I really dig the details like hidden screws and a total lack of visible wires anywhere. So awesome.
     
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    Needs more penix pill compartments! And no room for the Jag chilling machine? Who are you and what have you done with Jason? Lol

    Really though, everything looks really good! Nice work. That basement has been ongoing for quite some time! Did you ever add a bathroom?
     
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    Sweet setup. I need that much desk space lol.
     
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    Krazylegz nailed it, but yeah, basically you have a jig that allows you to drill very shallow angled holes in board faces which can then be used to edge-join boards. Go to Menards, and look in the area where drill bits are sold, you'll usually find a section devoted to the Kreg brand stuff, which is what I used. It's like crack for woodworking.
    I am doing everything in my power to reduce visible clutter. Bolt and screw heads/holes drive me nuts. And the wire-runs in the office were a necessity, my old desk had a rat's nest of wires and cables dangling behind it, and I would constantly hook my foot into them. The new office doesn't have any hanging wires visible, which is awesome.

    Yep, there is a half-bath down here, toilet+sink. The area we walled off for it did not change in the final design. There were some aesthetic changes though to make life and construction easier.

    The far room, the one you and I originally had worked on making into a theater space, is now a collectible display room. It's a bit of a mess still because unpacking all the **** we have and putting it neatly on shelves takes time when it used to be piled up around the house, or loaded into storage bins. But there are early pics of it below

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    Aegis TAKE IT!

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    i love that giant penguin is supervising
     
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    Yeah, I had struggled with my old office once I switched careers to Information Security. The collection of "home lab" equipment grew exponentially, and I was stacking servers on top of servers on the office floor to make things work.

    The basement office, from a technology standpoint, has a bunch of QoL stuff done.
    12U wheeled rack nestled under the desk
    4U - 2x E5-2680 Xeon 8-core CPUs (16 total/32 threads) / 128GB DDR3 ECC ram / 9TB storage
    4U shelf - 4x HP EliteDesk Mini G1 i5 3rd gen CPUs, 16GB DDR3 each. ("prod" virtual cluster)
    - i5 6600K NAS appliance with 16GB DDR4 and 20TB of RAID 5 storage
    Ubiquiti 24 port gig-E managed switch
    2U rack mounted UPS (tested to at least 40 minutes of outage powering all 5 servers and the NAS

    4 Gbps aggregated uplink to the main switch (located under the bar area)
    4x Ubiquiti WiFi HD Pro WAP pucks ceiling mounted and PoE powered. (This was done to provide wifi to the entire house without having to run PoE lines upstairs to connect them.)
    Ubiquiti Unifi Security Gateway

    The power circuit to the office was run with a 20A service as opposed to the standard 15A circuit. This allows me to run more PCs off the office sockets without as much concern about popping breakers. My primary workstation is a Threadripper 1950X with 64GB DDR4 3000 and a GTX 1080Ti. It was running 3x GTX 1070s at one point because it was running VMs using Directed I/O for the purpose of Gaming as a Service (GaaS) to stream Steam in-home Streaming to various SteamLink devices around the house, but that is no longer necessary since we have like 3 gaming capable PCs in the house.

    The one thing that I've found about building your own office is that when you need to add on or make additions, it is a lot easier. For instance, Steph's workstation area was only planned to have 2 monitors, and no corner desk. She now wants a corner desk and a third monitor. To accomplish this, I can just tack on an additonal 3' desktop section and add a cabinet under it to hold office supplies and such for her. That is just waiting on Ikea to have stock for the cabinets (stupid Covid).

    I remote into my work laptop for work, but my Razer work laptop is in a ventilated steel drawer under the desk should I need it, Steph's work area has her work laptop in the same kind of drawer, but she has it connected to a docking station on the desk that connects to the displays and keyboard+mouse.

    The 3D printer takes up a pretty big 2 sq ft footprint as well, but there is still a 4' space between it and my desk area, and it is enclosed, so I don't have to worry about being on conference calls aand having the participants bitch about hearing printer sounds.
     
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    Wow, it really looks great! It’s come along ways from where it was a decade ago! Hahaha
     
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    0313211048_HDR.jpg 0315211413.jpg 0313211046c.jpg 0227211811.jpg Live Edge Cherry coffee table, Filled the crotch & age cracks with Graphite/copper metallic epoxy for contrast. Fabricated the 3" square steel base with some risers to see frame a bit.
     
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