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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #50 on: February 06, 2014, 09:37:14 PM »
Thanks  8-)
They're not perfect, but I'm pretty damn happy with the results so far........especially considering how I kinda skipped the step where I should've done a couple practice/test pieces first  :uglystupid2:
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #51 on: February 06, 2014, 09:54:14 PM »
Some awesome projects here. Glad to see this thread going! Probably should just rename it to DIY Projects. My wife loved the "Love" pallet project.

Also, I am always looking for pallets if, you know, you have so many...
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #52 on: February 07, 2014, 08:58:42 AM »
Late to the party, but here is something my brother in law made for me for christmas. It has been getting an extensive work out...it's to test it's durability of course....




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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #53 on: February 07, 2014, 10:25:51 AM »


Also, I am always looking for pallets if, you know, you have so many...

I currently dont have a trailer or they would all be at my house now. But if someone wanted to help me pick up a load I am sure I could let some go to other locations. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

I am new to this kind of thing but very interested and will be getting better as time goes on. Here are my first 2 pallet projects.





The bench was just something for the kids to sit on when getting out of their winter clothes in the mud room. The next one will have a back on it and I will make the legs a little fancier. My gf wants to sand and paint or stain it, so it still sits in the work shop awaiting her final touches. I will build she can decorate.

This will be in the works this summer, with the swings made from pallets
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #54 on: February 07, 2014, 10:50:40 AM »
The quality of wood on those pallets is way better than what I usually get, which are the micro pallets for IT equipment.

I could probably borrow a truck to come down - what size pallets are they?
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #55 on: February 07, 2014, 11:07:47 AM »
The largest are 12*12, then they are 4*6, 4*8.
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #56 on: February 07, 2014, 01:09:28 PM »
The quality of wood on those pallets is way better than what I usually get

 :-o Seriously.  I've seen lumber for sale in stores that looks worse than those pallets

i've worked at office max and a papa john's warehouse, even in the food warehouse the pallets were pretty shitty
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #57 on: February 07, 2014, 07:48:21 PM »
Wow, those are clean pallets!! Nice job on the stairs dreaded! And thanks skyphix ! :)

Here are a few ideas I'd like to do, I have over 100 items on Pinterest, I tried to figure out how to share the link to that board, but I fail. I can't figure it out. Here are a few of my favorites.



I love this one simply because it literally IS a pallet. How nice would this be for 4th of July time! And the shitter it gets with weather the better. :)




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With the quality of the pallets you have, I'd say this would look lovely.




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For REAL? Love this, and of course the pallet planters too.
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #58 on: February 20, 2014, 01:36:58 AM »
more non-gift DIY pics.....the practice continues!  Working on figuring out the different tools, how to make different shapes, how to work finer and finer detail......having a lot of fun so far just practicing on cheap pine dowel rods from the hardware store


Click for full size if you want.
The piece in the second pic stands 1 3/4" tall, placed in front of another brush just so I could see roughly how it'd look

Working sooooooo much better after picking up a bench grinder for sharpening the tools.  Freaking harbor freight's cheap steel and the blind monkeys they hire to set bevels on their tools  :-D :roll:


Got a handful of custom brush designs ready to go, just need a bit more time on the scrap pieces before I put any good wood in there
Oh, and I just got an independently adjustable 4 jaw chuck that I'm eager to try out, so I'll be able to work on the ends of the pieces without the tailstock in the way.  All in all, pretty excited and really enjoying this so far  :mrgreen:
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #59 on: February 20, 2014, 08:14:00 AM »
Wow! you're really coming along with the turning. Looking great! Also, get used to sharpening stuff :D Even the good quality HSS tools require sharpening often.
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #60 on: February 20, 2014, 09:03:25 AM »
Yeah seriously ! You could sell those for sure!! Seth watches this one guy on YouTube who turns huge chunks of wood into some really beautiful bowls. I have to say it's quite fascinating to watch.
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #61 on: February 20, 2014, 09:18:14 AM »
They are all covered in snow right now. But when the weather breaks I will be taking a bunch of them home. I am working on a design for a California closet idea now. Mainly just in my head but I have to take some measurements to see how it will fit and what light fixtures I will have to move/replace/add.

something like this
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #62 on: February 20, 2014, 09:40:44 AM »
Wow! you're really coming along with the turning. Looking great! Also, get used to sharpening stuff :D Even the good quality HSS tools require sharpening often.
Thanks man.  Got a ways to go yet, but it's getting there  :-)
I know I'll be forever sharpening (need to buy a more appropriate wheel and a better tool rest next),  I don't mind that at all, but having to fix how far off those grinds were was a bit maddening  :-D

Yeah seriously ! You could sell those for sure!! Seth watches this one guy on YouTube who turns huge chunks of wood into some really beautiful bowls. I have to say it's quite fascinating to watch.
I wish that were true...  Cameras are good at hiding fine flaws (or big gouges turned to the back of the piece  :-D )  but it'll get there eventually.  This is really only a handful of practice pieces....maybe 2-3 feet of wood
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #63 on: February 20, 2014, 02:34:54 PM »
nice job on the turning, kavik.

I'm still working on the god damn star trek model.  I'll try to get pics tonight before I ship it.

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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #64 on: February 20, 2014, 02:44:02 PM »
nice job on the turning, kavik.

I'm still working on the god damn star trek model.  I'll try to get pics tonight before I ship it.

No worries, I placed a big knife order to put up some for sale to test the waters, and then completely ran out of time to work on them, so I have 2 half-finished knives sitting on my workbench
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #65 on: February 20, 2014, 03:35:46 PM »
thanks Dave.  Will be interested to see the model too, I haven't done any since I was a kid

skyphix, make sure you post the up when you finish too...love a good custom knife handle

One of these days I want to put together a vacuum chamber so I can stabilize wood, dye wood, make micarta, de-gas resin (or latex, if I ever get into the sculpting/molding stuff I started working on again), etc.  If I ever get around to that, let me know if you'd be interested in trying a couple resin or micarta handles  :mrgreen: 
I know you're all about the wood ( :-X), but might be fun to try something different
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #66 on: February 20, 2014, 04:29:27 PM »
lol. I've been considering toying with Micarta. I prefer synthetic handles for knives that are going to end up kept in a survival pack or used extensively outdoors with minimal maintenance - basically, anyone I would recommend stainless steel to, I would also recommend a synthetic handle. I'll def post when I finish the one I am working on - its curly maple dyed with a black and red maple flame pattern to highlight the curl in the maple. I mean, right now its just raw maple, but as soon as I finish it I'll dye it and then finish it with a drying oil.
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #67 on: February 21, 2014, 12:18:37 AM »
Got beautiful micarta scales on my ESEE-4.  I have the one on the left.  Grips for days and holds up very well. 
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #68 on: February 21, 2014, 12:54:23 AM »
nice choice on the canvas  :mrgreen:
yeah, I'm more interested in the kinds that have some texture to them (canvas, denim, etc), rather than flat stuff like paper that only really has the alternating colored layers going for it
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #69 on: February 21, 2014, 08:24:58 AM »
Kavik -
I always thought pine like to tear out when turning it.  You might have better luck with hardwood. I ended up learning on some cherry cutoffs from a friends cabinet shop.  I ended up with lots of one-off knobs, coat pegs, etc.
I got the HSS turning tool set from Grizzly, it seems to hold up pretty well.  I haven't blued any sharpening them either.  If I can find the link, I made a sharpening jig from 3/4 ply for the grinder which has worked well, as well as an even simpler jig for gouges (that I found in a book)  I'll try to put up a pic of each tonight.
I got a cooler grinding wheel from Lee Valley during one of their free shipping deals for around $30.  Works great.

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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #70 on: February 21, 2014, 09:52:54 AM »
Kavik -
I always thought pine like to tear out when turning it.  You might have better luck with hardwood. I ended up learning on some cherry cutoffs from a friends cabinet shop.  I ended up with lots of one-off knobs, coat pegs, etc.
I got the HSS turning tool set from Grizzly, it seems to hold up pretty well.  I haven't blued any sharpening them either.  If I can find the link, I made a sharpening jig from 3/4 ply for the grinder which has worked well, as well as an even simpler jig for gouges (that I found in a book)  I'll try to put up a pic of each tonight.
I got a cooler grinding wheel from Lee Valley during one of their free shipping deals for around $30.  Works great.

What sort of lathe did you end up with ?


Yeah, one wrong move and it tears out real easy.  Also, if the angle is bad or the tool isn't sharp enough it leaves a real rough finish.  On one hand it's annoying, on the other hand it kinda helps you see real quick what you're doing wrong.  Either way, it was what I had on hand, so I figured what the hell, it was worth playing around with  :-)

Right now I've got the cooler grinding wheel at Lee Valley bookmarked (closer to $55 for the 8" wheels  :buck2:).  I've used wheels like that in the past and it certainly does make a world of difference over the hard wheels that come with most Grinders.  Did you go with the 80 grit or the 120 for turning tools?
I was also looking at the Veritas tool rest set.  I like what I've heard about that one, but for $70 I was toying with the idea of just making one also.
Surprisingly, I had no trouble doing the gouges with just a tool rest, no jig.  But the tool rests that came on the Porter Cable grinder are so damn rough it's just about impossible to slide anything smoothly across it, I think that's why I had trouble with the skew chisels  :roll:

I always assumed the tools were something I'd upgrade if I did end up having fun with this.  But I bought this 5 speed lathe from Harbor Freight and with one of their "super coupons" I basically got the tools for free anyway  :mrgreen:
It's definitely a low end lathe, but gets surprisingly good reviews....if you don't mind having to change the belt to change speed.  Maybe some day I'll buy a better one, but it's working fine for now.  I may just end up looking into a bed extension (only does 18" right now) and either polish up the tool rest or buy a better one, it's a little rough in a couple spots
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #71 on: February 21, 2014, 11:03:11 AM »
I shipped the model to Vegas today.  Since It had to fit inside smallish boxes so I could afford to ship it, I only did a test fit of most of the parts.  I'll assemble it and present the gift when I fly out there Monday.  I have somewhere near 50 hours into the construction, painting, and decaling of the kit.  The main grey color was sprayed, but everything else, including every window, was hand brushed.

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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #72 on: February 21, 2014, 11:14:15 AM »
looks good Dave!
but, damn, if I spent 50 hours on that I'd be bringing it in my carry on instead of risking shipping!
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #73 on: February 21, 2014, 11:14:51 AM »
That looks sharp Dave !
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #74 on: February 21, 2014, 11:44:26 AM »
Ridiculously awesome Dave. Nice job!
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