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Hi, my name is Mike Smith and I have in the last year or so started doing a little woodwork in my spare time. To date I have built a shed in the back yard, a wall unit and an eight seater dining room table. I have joined this forum in order to learn more and hopefully avoid makeing to many mistakes. I was a fitter welder for 15 years but am a freight train driver now. I look forward to chating with you all.
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Welcome to the router forum, Mike.

Starting to get chilly up there now.........

Great projects for a 'beginner', Mike.

What timber did you use on the table?

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Welcome to the Router Forums Mike, we are glad you have joined and shared some photos of your work - it looks really well executed. Are those mortise & tenons on the table - near the corners? The contrast of wood colors looks really nice. I am certain your family / friends will enjoy the table, as well. Keep up the good work!

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Hello Mike,

Welcome to The Router Forums. It's always good to have a fellow 'metal crafter' widen the scope of their pursuits into woodworking. My dabbling in the crafting trades began with a focus on foundry and machining in my school days. Truth be told, I'm not that good of a welder. If I get it hot enough to melt, it best be packed in sand...

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Hello!
Welcome here!
Nice works on the table ans shelves.
I might be asking some questions about welding !
I'd like to be able to work easier on metal ,so maybe buying soon a chinese made equipment that is said to be a plasma cutter, an arc welder, and a tig .
Like this one:
SIMADRE CT520DX PLASMA CUTTER / TIG WELDER +Foot Pedal, Helmet & Argon Regulator | eBay

Any returns welcome.

Be happy!
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Hi Mike.
You're doing some really good work. The only thing I would suggest is that you screw in the mortised block in from behind your legs so that you don't need to plug over the screws on the side that shows.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Hi Mike,
You have a good name there.
Welcome to the router forums.
You are doing some pretty good work already. I look forward to seeing more projects from your shop.

Work safe, Have fun, Cut some wood,

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Hi all thanks for the warm welcome and kind words. Work will be slowing down as its getting very cold out in the shed now but have started on a coffee table. Regards
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Thanks Charles, I worked that out myself, afterwards. The thought process was to make the legs easily removable and I quite liked the look of the bolts until the finish came up so well that it makes the bolts look wrong. I am probably going to change it and do as you suggested but am nervous about not being able to hide it as well as I would like.
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Welcome to the router forum, Mike.

Starting to get chilly up there now.........

Great projects for a 'beginner', Mike.

What timber did you use on the table?
Hi James, yep getting very cold up here now, I think we are in for a hard winter this year what with all the wet we had. I don't know what the timber is, It is about 120 years old from a warehouse in Perth. No one has been able Id it for me. It is incredibly hard and heavy, and is hard on blades and bits, its like working with steel again. It was left over from a house in Avalon and my in-laws gave it to me as a birthday present so I haven't been able to ask the builder. I believe it was around $80 a met re. Maybe Iron bark? The legs are orgean. Regards Mike
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