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Probably a Belt Sander Fetish

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Probably a Belt Sander Fetish

  The Porter Cable machines are undoubtedly the best belt sanders ever made on Earth. That middle one, the 503, is a version of the streamlined "Locomotive" A3 leading the pack. When last sold by the now dumbed down Porter Cable it went for around 1,200 dollars. Its looks are more Syd Mead angular. $200.00 on eBay made this a steal.   Worm drive sanders – Porter Cable A3, Porter Cable-Rockwell 503, and Skil 448.     By the way, for locals, I'm selling a Rockwell 361, here....

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Hey Look.

Posted by on 11:43 am in Blog, CAD, Drawings | 2 comments

Hey Look.

Ashlar Vellum, the makers of the CAD software that I use have done a write up on Deep Eddy West.   Here   

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Pics!

Posted by on 6:12 pm in Blog, Office | 0 comments

Pics!

  The site is cleaned up, clients move in tomorrow.  Not being in a talkative mood, I'll simply link here to some more shots, Currently the first 10. Set it on "slideshow". 

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Cab and Capital Job

Posted by on 11:43 am in Blog, Furniture, Restoration, Storage, Tables | 0 comments

Cab and Capital Job

The cabinet job, which for various reasons took over twice as long as anticipated, is coming to a close. Here are a few shots of the ongoing installation, minus the custom top which should be installed shortly as well as the lighting and other final touches. Arthur Gomez of Volume Studio has taken a tiny office space and made it into a very functional and compact office space as well as utilizing an ingenious cable chase to make all those bricks, routers, USB spaghetti and the rest of it, disappear. Final photos will be posted later.  ...

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When they said “Don’t fall down on the job”, I thought it was just a figure of speech.

Posted by on 5:50 pm in Blog, Building, Other | 0 comments

When they said “Don’t fall down on the job”, I thought it was just a figure of speech.

We have two of these giant first aid kits packed with odd and unusual items that I'm not prepared to use, maybe the tracheotomy tube. Dad was an MD, and this is part of his legacy. I should have brought the kit with me to the installation, it wouldn't have prevented anything but it sure would have been impressive. In any case, I'm well and slowly getting back up to speed.

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They Do Go BOING

Posted by on 1:06 pm in Blog, Furniture, Restoration, Storage | 4 comments

They Do Go BOING

Mara does some of the most intriguing finishes on abused and thrown away furniture. I've seen her turn a rotted MDF case into a piece of art. Here's Mara:   Well, I am working on my new work table. I did rescue from Jueri's Dad's shop an old ugly painted oak file cabinet that had seen many better days, and some broken "Danish modern" mahogany legs. I decided to marry them in a blissful union. It took a lot of pressure, and clamps, and toxic chemicals, and other jive hanging in the shop.  I took...

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Emergency Work Furniture

Posted by on 1:51 pm in Blog, Tables | 5 comments

Emergency Work Furniture

Yes, everything is an emergency, maybe I should change the name of the company? Mara is on the verge of getting large amounts of antique (by American standards) furniture from a dealer who scored some fine pieces in the former industrial heartland of the USA. Check out the auction site here.   This calls for another work table for Mara.   Welding the beast, I do not recommend shorts, open shirt, and sandals for anything but a brief spot weld.     Here it is, and I'm back on the cabinet job. Bye....

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Emergency Wedding Furniture

Posted by on 10:20 pm in Blog, Restoration, Tables | 3 comments

Emergency Wedding Furniture

Aren't all weddings emergencies? In this case my customer needs a cypress sink base and he has the cypress. About 15 hours later we had our piece. No time for bevels and fine details but he has a nice concrete top to use with it and it will look just fine. Great timing too,  in spite of the rush, because I lost about 5 days on the cabinet job when the materials being used were switched. Some pics:           Meanwhile Mara is doing a restoration job for the State Preservation Board. This table goes into the...

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Rocking the Boat.

Posted by on 4:35 pm in Blog, Other | 0 comments

Rocking the Boat.

This from Mara: "It has taken me 10 years to make a saddle for my fruit bowl. It is a fresnel lens [From a street lamp] from the old Austin Airport. It has been rolling around our counters for years. I decided to do something and then Jueri said let me make something and I said, "No, I want to have some fun." Listening to him made my design totally different than what I stared out doing. Not bad for some really bad left over walnut that would have ended up barbecue. It was a weird clamp up on the gluing. I decided to use the...

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Cabinets

Posted by on 11:43 pm in Blog, Building, Office, Storage | 0 comments

Cabinets

  Well, well.  I've scored a cabinet job. Most people think that cabinetmaking and furniture making are the same thing, but they're not, which is not to say that a cabinet cannot be a piece of furniture, but he point is that modern cabinet making requires efficient processing of panels, be they plywood, melamine, MDF etc. The cases are usually standardized sizes and use a wide variety of hinges and slides that are designed for this kind of industrial work. Years ago I decided to stay away from cabinets for a number of...

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