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  1. Really appreciate that!! The family ate...

    Really appreciate that!!

    The family ate around the table last night... I'm now entirely positive that food tastes better at a dining set that you built yourself.
  2. Thanks guys! I agree... poplar can be sneaky...

    Thanks guys! I agree... poplar can be sneaky good looking if you pick through the pile a bit. And I've been on a run of celebrating unique variations in lumber, so the fact that each chair has...
  3. finally finished the mineral stained poplar dining set

    This is the first time I ever built a set of dining chairs. I now understand why chairs are so expensive - it's like building a more complicated table, but having to do many exactly the same.
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    Count me in as loving this piece of functional...

    Count me in as loving this piece of functional art.

    Quick design question as I haven't worked with a magnet latch like that... Would the magnet be strong enough that it could be concealed under...
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    There's a ton of options for truss spacing - the...

    There's a ton of options for truss spacing - the truss manufacturer will beef up / design accordingly.

    That said, they will have some "standards" to suggest, which will likely range from 2 foot...
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    For some unknown reason I decided to...

    For some unknown reason I decided to "design-on-the-fly" (as in no research, no drawings, nothing) a set of 5 chairs for the dining table in our sunroom. I wish I had added more 'tilt' to the...
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    I think this is what the op is referring to as...

    I think this is what the op is referring to as Bill notes above. Try calling your local glass shop (if there is one)... I was pleasantly surprised by their capabilities and pricing around here, so...
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    Really fits in nicely especially with the...

    Really fits in nicely especially with the feathering of the soil that you did. Looks like it was always meant to be there!
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    I may have missed it earlier - since you're...

    I may have missed it earlier - since you're building up the grade considerably, have you gone well past the actual building footprint before tapering back down to prevailing grade? (i.e., how are...
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    Wow, that is so nice, and I really appreciate the...

    Wow, that is so nice, and I really appreciate the finished photography as well as in the in-progress pics.

    Agree the stepped edge really is a show stopper - the one shot where you can see the...
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    I'm in the process of building 5 dining chairs...

    I'm in the process of building 5 dining chairs right now, with each chair featuring a single large dovetail on both sides of the connecting piece that joins the front legs to the rear legs.

    I used...
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    One other consideration... the underside of that...

    One other consideration... the underside of that covered roof is going to be very hot. We had ours spray foamed before enclosing the underside... the builder thought we were crazy by insulating an...
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    Looks great Jim! Perhaps a stake at each post...

    Looks great Jim! Perhaps a stake at each post location before laying stone down would be helpful. The geotextile material is awesome stuff, very tough and long lasting. Long after the sting of...
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    Poplar in this case was chosen due to a previous...

    Poplar in this case was chosen due to a previous table design for a customer. She had insisted on a painted base so I selected poplar as the cost effective choice. During lumber prep I found a nice...
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    Thanks Jim! I had a lot of fun with this one,...

    Thanks Jim! I had a lot of fun with this one, and am excited to think through the chairs next.
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    a bench for the table

    I recently posted a table that I built for the wife... She liked it so much she wanted a new bench and chairs to go with it - thus far I have completed the bench, and am moving onto the chairs next....
  17. My sense is: - 6" all the way to the tool (even...

    My sense is:
    - 6" all the way to the tool (even if it requires modifying the tool) usually the best. My jointer and miter saw fall in this category, and it was easily accomplished.

    - 6" to two...
  18. Here, I have it all mocked up and dry fit. ...

    Here, I have it all mocked up and dry fit.

    The goal with that front stretcher was to add a lot of strength laterally, so there are two 14 mm dominos making the connection on both sides - one...
  19. :-) Glad I'm not the only one! The good news...

    :-) Glad I'm not the only one! The good news is that while the first time around (including prepping the rough lumber) took me about 5 hours, the second time only took me about 1.5 hours since I...
  20. An update... My first version (pictured above)...

    An update... My first version (pictured above) has turned out to be the prototype, and I'm onto version 2 today.

    Long story short, I made the bench too tall by accident, and any efforts to shorten...
  21. Thank you Lee! I bookmarked that link for...

    Thank you Lee! I bookmarked that link for future. The wood movement being as minimal as this helps me understand how much "wiggle" is needed for each of the fasteners.
  22. Hi Dwayne - I'm either going 1 of 2 ways on...

    Hi Dwayne -
    I'm either going 1 of 2 ways on this (would love opinions)

    Diagonal brace from front leg to underside of the bench (on both left and right side) to prevent racking.

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  23. Thanks Andrew! I'm glad I confirmed my...

    Thanks Andrew! I'm glad I confirmed my concerns.

    I think I will drill stepped holes through the seat support and back support (aka the areas with green tape in the pic above) - the outer hole...
  24. The two spots where you see the green tape are...

    The two spots where you see the green tape are where the back rest and seat will be affixed.

    If this were a table, this would be like the top sitting on the apron... which I would do with clips...
  25. how to affix bench seat and back rest (for wood movement)

    I'm nearly finished with a bench for the dining table in our sunroom, and have some questions around affixing the seat and back rest. All parts are poplar.

    The back rest is 1.5" thick x 6" wide x...
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