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  • pbesong commented on Nick70587's instructable Leftover 2x4 Chest
    Leftover 2x4 Chest

    oh that must have been tough to do accurately. i just scored mine a little so it would bend there. needed a touch of wood putty to fill in any gaps that were left.

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  • pbesong commented on Nick70587's instructable Leftover 2x4 Chest
    Leftover 2x4 Chest

    thanks. can't make much money from craigslist and facebook I've found. everyone wants everything cheap. i'll need to sell on Etsy if i want to get a decent price. shipping is an issue there, though. that's a beautiful box! looks like a miniature of mine. haha. i like the design too. have you done much engraving? I've done some. I followed Dave Rhoten on youtube for a while and bought some of their router bits. did a real nice sign for my son with them once. wanted to do something like a jolly roger on a chest maybe. the bad thing about using the PVC strips is that if you nick the paint, it shows the white plastic under it. so i'd rather use wood or something that holds paint better. yours looks like metal. very nice. did you score inside of the wood at the corners to fit on the top curve?

    Very nice. How heavy is it if it's made of 2x4s? I made a couple of chests so far and intend to make another one soon. I'll try out your calculations on the angles. I think i used about 12 degrees on my last one but I forget how i came to that number. Here is a photo of the last one i built and sold for $325. the metal straps and rivets aren't metal at all. the straps are some kind of pvc plastic strips i got from Home Depot and the rivets are simply hardwood wooden plugs. I painted them black then sprayed some silver in the air above them to give them sort of a spectled appearance. The rings are from garage door decoration hardware i got at Home Depot too, but unfortunately i can't find them for sale anymore. I got the reproduction old lock on ebay for about $10. I used some thin black m…

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    Very nice. How heavy is it if it's made of 2x4s? I made a couple of chests so far and intend to make another one soon. I'll try out your calculations on the angles. I think i used about 12 degrees on my last one but I forget how i came to that number. Here is a photo of the last one i built and sold for $325. the metal straps and rivets aren't metal at all. the straps are some kind of pvc plastic strips i got from Home Depot and the rivets are simply hardwood wooden plugs. I painted them black then sprayed some silver in the air above them to give them sort of a spectled appearance. The rings are from garage door decoration hardware i got at Home Depot too, but unfortunately i can't find them for sale anymore. I got the reproduction old lock on ebay for about $10. I used some thin black metal chains to hold the lid open. I had the same thing happen to my first chest where the lid broke off. i cussed up a storm! haha. Oh and the rope handles had some kind of clasps that i used to physically attach the 2 ends of the rope on the inside instead of having 2 huge knots. Almost wish I would have kept it instead of selling it. I used the money to buy a DeWalt planer.

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  • cool instructable. as for painting, after carving this sign with a router, I spray painted it with red and black primer, then used a belt sander to remove the excess spray around the image and the letters (no need to mask off). then just blow out the sawdust and you can finish it any way you want. i just left it unfinished to make it look more rugged. the primer doesn't seem to bleed into the wood like regular paint might and it dries pretty fast.

    thanks!

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  • nice. when i get a planer i'll probably do this. what might be nice would be a fold up infeed and outfeed table hinged on the front and back.

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  • good tutorial. when i need to cut bolts I put 2 nuts on. this way i can clamp it with my vice to cut and then they both help to clear burs when i'm done cutting.

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  • pbesong commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Easy Table Saw Sled

    forgot to mention that instead of using a guage to measure the width and depth of the miter guage channel, I used the miter gauge itself to move the fence to the correct width for both cuts by placing it between the blade and fence. worked pretty well. you have to be careful cutting the depth since there wasn't much to push with at that point.

    great instructable. i just made one. I like the idea of adding plexiglass to the top. i'll do that when i can get a small piece. this was the first thing i made since i upgraded my old 70's Craftsman 113 table saw with a new Delta T3 fence. hoping to do lots of projects now that I have this. thanks for posting!

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  • yeah you can see my plastic putty knife on the floor in the last pic. i did use a brush underneath to try and get the drips, but they eventually reformed anyway. had to sand them off afterwards. again, super job on the countertops!

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  • Oh and I used a plastic scraper, not a disposable brush. You just want to coax it to where you want it to flow. After it's all on, I took a heat gun (you can also use a propane torch) to go over the surface (not too close) and it will dissolve any bubbles that will invariable rise to the top of the finish. You'll do that right after you're done flowing the epoxy on. Nice job on the counter too. You did a great job!

    For some reason the final photo didn't upload, but here it is! :-D

    I used this epoxy to refinish a dining room table for my father-in-law. It came out great, even though I'd never done it before. I have to echo your warning to follow the directions to a tee. When I poured it, I poured it in an ever increasing spiral and let the ridges flow together and used a disposable brush to make sure it covered evenly. It was more like encouraging it to flow in certain areas than it was brushing. I would also add that you really need to make sure the surface is completely level before pouring so it covers evenly. Then make sure you get the drips that will form as it runs off the edges. My father-in-law and his wife were ecstatic with the results. I just breathed a sigh of relief that I didn't muff their dining room table! :-)

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  • You might want to leave them adjustable. Not all floors are level and this would allow you to adjust as necessary. Sometimes a floor tile can be slightly higher than the one the leg on the opposite corner of the table is sitting on.

    nice job! you could also use automotive brake cleaner spray to clean the oil off the pipes. I guess you could use the flanges on the feet to adjust the height of each leg so it's level and doesn't wobble once it's put in its final place. probably doesn't matter on carpet if they're close, but may need some adjustment on hard flooring. thanks for posting.

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  • nice job. I think i'd like it better with a glossy clear finish on it. might help it hold up better too. instead of the mounting brackets you made, it might look a bit nicer with invisible brackets like these flush wall mounts: http://www.rockler.com/extra-thin-flush-mount-1-x...not trying to be critical. just some constructive criticism I guess. i really like the shelf. takes an artistic eye to spot something everyone else might have just walked by and make a feature piece out of it. kudos to you!

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  • Great idea. Would be cool to mount it on a track on the ceiling so it could be used in multiple locations.

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  • pbesong commented on bekathwia's instructable Lamps from Large Valves

    very nice. you might consider using wire ties to keep the cord close to the valve just so it isn't hanging sideways. might improve the appearance. nice work, though!

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