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Retro Wood Works (@retrowoodworks)

Outfeed/Work Table coming along nicely. .
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Now only if @loweshomeimprovement would get their rental truck working I could get some plywood home to finish this!
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Still need to mount the miter saw and do some cut outs so I can flip it. Also going to build in some shelves and some drawers. I have some cool ideas for this! Can’t wait!
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Retro Wood Works (@retrowoodworks)

Ever just need to clean up and organize? Just felt good to put everything away, sweep and organize this weekend. .
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Also saged the workshop, the old ‘55 and it has a much calmer feeling now after the stress of the last project. .
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Now that everything’s clean it’s time to work on the new outfeed/work table. I have some designs in mind, but gonna keep it simple and add storage and features as I go. .
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After a project what do you like to do? Do you thrive in a messy shop? Or do you need to reboot and start from scratch? .
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Retro Wood Works (@retrowoodworks)

Looks like the last project is going to the burn pile.....
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The entire piece racked during glue up and since everything has been glued and holes filled we shall start again....
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Not a big deal though, since this was a project of many firsts. New techniques tried and failed and a lot of learned successes too!
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This is all a learning experience I can use for future endeavors!
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“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” Teddy Roosevelt .
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Retro Wood Works (@retrowoodworks)

Got a few coats of paint on the inside. .
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Big props to @gatorfinishing , their tape is kick ass for masking with!.
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Definitely beats the old blue stuff. .
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Maybe I can get some wipe on poly and this thing assembled before the weekend!!
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Retro Wood Works (@retrowoodworks)

I did a thing with a thing! .
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A little mortise action with the plunge router for the hinges. Took a little getting used to but pretty easy to figure out after a few passes.
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Anyone any suggestions for dust collection? It’s everywhere!!!!!!!!!
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Made quick work with the plunge router and a chisel and boom! Done....
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Time for paint!
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Retro Wood Works (@retrowoodworks)

Finally back in the shop after a small break! .
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Just finished my grits and this thing is as smooth as glass! Can’t wait to put some paint and some wipe on poly and be done with this project.
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I’ve learned a lot but definitely hit a lot of speed bumps. Glad the next project is pretty straight forward and should be done in good time.
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Retro Wood Works (@retrowoodworks)

Gooooo Astros! 2017 World Series Champs! .
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So awesome that my new home town team wins the World Series one year after my old home team “Da Cubbies” break their drought too!
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This was a great pitchers dual only interrupted by long bombs to win the game!
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Retro Wood Works (@retrowoodworks)

Gotta start them young.... If you have a house you gotta have tools to repair it! I can’t believe it only took 3 hrs of assembly for the house. Thank goodness @blackanddecker_us made it much easier of an assembly with the work bench. .
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Taken just before surprising my daughter on the morning of her birthday!!!
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Yes she’s a Halloween baby! What a great day to have a birthday!
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Retro Wood Works (@retrowoodworks)

Just cleaned up the shop for the most important project of all... .
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Building the doll house for my daughters 3rd birthday!🎁🎉
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This might be the most important build I’ve ever done! The instructions are only about 40 pages filled with little screws and decals. .
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No pressure!
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Retro Wood Works (@retrowoodworks)

Looks like after this wood filler dries it’s gonna be a bit more sanding before I can get the inside of the toy box painted. .
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I’m not sure why this project just seems to be taking forever. Maybe it’s all the small issues I’ve been finding with trying new techniques, having to buy new tools for the project, or just not having enough experience being able to visualize solutions. .
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Either way this project has been a great learning experience that will ultimately help all future projects go that more smoothly!
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Have you had any projects that seem to just drag on? Or just give continual problems that seem to never end? .
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I’d love to hear your work through some techniques on how you manage your projects to make them go smoother. .
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Retro Wood Works (@retrowoodworks)

A little #throwbackthursday project! .
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💖Made this for Mother’s Day a few years back.
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One of my first real projects with some electrical. Not my cup of tea, but after a few tries got the lights and plugs to work. 🛠️
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Since then I got to use my paint sprayer on the vanity too!🖌️
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Any cool personal projects your excited about?
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Retro Wood Works (@retrowoodworks)

Happy #tooltuesday everyone! It’s a beautiful day outside, so let’s make it count!
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So I pose a question on hidden joinery.... Which do you prefer best❓
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Biscuit? Dowel? Screws w/ plugs? Mortis and Tenon? .
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Thinking about going full bore with either a biscuit joiner or dowel jig for the next build.
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Retro Wood Works (@retrowoodworks)

Since the current project is almost done, I’ve been looking for inspirational images of the next one. .
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The wife asked for something to put the record player on so here we are. ⬅️
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As much as I love my pocket holes.... I’m really over them after this last project; with all the patching and drilling I’m looking to start using a cleaner way to join my furniture. .
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What are you using for Hidden Joinery? Dowels? Biscuits? Mortise and Tenon? I’d love to hear what works best for you!
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Retro Wood Works (@retrowoodworks)

After a lazy Sunday, the sanding happened!
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I really love this new Ridgid 6inch orbital sander. Super smooth and very easy on the arm with low vibrations. .
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Now just waiting on some filler to dry. More sanding and then some fresh white paint for the inside!
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Do you have a favorite sander or paper? So far this is a big upgrade for me.
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Retro Wood Works (@retrowoodworks)

It's a dualing dowel kinda night. Filling all the pocket screw holes with a 3/8 cut dowel. .
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Also cut out the hand recess so my little one doesn't catch her fingers under the lid. Got some solid edge banding cut and that's a night!
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What's your order of operations when building something with new techniques? I've been doing trial and error,but I'd love to hear how you make it work!
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Retro Wood Works (@retrowoodworks)

Glue ups done for tomorrow. No sanding needed on this joint!
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Had to take apart the last project to correct a few mishaps. As they say " your gonna make mistakes, it's how you fix them without anyone noticing" as a wood worker. .
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Tomorrow there will be some trimming, filling of mistake holes from the gaskets and routing out of some finger holes.
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This project has been a steep learning curve as I've been using techniques I've never attempted before. Some came easy and some were a study of trial an error. .
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This will only make the next project go easier and come out that much better. Onward and upward!
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My #followfriday goes out to the one and only Norm Abrams. This was one of the very 1st woodworking shows that I grew up watching. He always made every project seem achievable no matter what your skill level is.
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Since 1979, master carpenter Norm Abram has been inspiring millions of homeowners to explore woodworking and home restoration.
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His father was a carpenter, who exposed Abram to the trade as a young child - Norm refined his skills by working by his father’s side remodeling and building custom homes through high school and college vacations.
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Abram was discovered by This Old House creator, Russell Morash while Abram was building a barn on Morash’s Boston property. Morash was so impressed by the craftsmanship that he invited the carpenter to help with the renovation of a rundown Victorian house in Boston - with a camera crew on location. The show was an instant success and Abram has been master carpenter for This Old House ever since.
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Abram has always been admired for this easy going manner and common sense approach to renovation - he’s a old world craftsmen, but seeks out innovative construction products and approaches.
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Retro Wood Works (@retrowoodworks)

Had to steal this from @fixthisbuildthat as I'm currently finishing my project. I have about 32 pocket holes and I've been debating on how to clean them up so they don't look so bad. .🔨
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Btw this project has been a lot of firsts and I didn't really plan out where the pocket holes would be, except not visible from the outside. But with a little work and some paint you'll never see them. .🖌️
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What's your preferred method for filling visible pocket holes?
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Retro Wood Works (@retrowoodworks)

Every time I leave @homedepot or @loweshomeimprovement this is what I'm staring at, wondering if what I bought will fit. .
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Right now I'm trying to figure out how to get some full size sheets of birch ply for the next project. .
I'm thinking maybe getting a trailer hitch and renting a trailer as a permanent solution? I'd like to avoid having to rent a van for lumber runs. .
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What are the ways you've solved this without having a truck?
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Finally got the gas struts figured out. These directions were "el terrible". After a lot of struggling and a few extra holes that need to be filled, they close just right.....Now time to blow it apart for sanding, painting the inside, and some poly. I'm sure we've all had some projects not go so smooth. .
What gave you trouble and after a step back you were able to figure out?
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