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post #421 of 451
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http://claire.carlucci.net/

At least the star ceiling is pretty much up, that's about all I've got for updates.

Congrats to Mr and Mrs Geek! She looks beautiful and your pics are pretty good!
post #422 of 451
Congrats on the new geekette...

And as for the star ceiling, if there are no pictures, did it really happen?
post #423 of 451
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Congrats to Mr and Mrs Geek! She looks beautiful and your pics are pretty good!

:-) Thanks. Not that Wal-Mart is the ultimate arbiter of all things quality, but they did refuse to print the black and white pictures, claiming that they looked "professional", whatever that means.


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Congrats on the new geekette...

And as for the star ceiling, if there are no pictures, did it really happen?

I could cheat and take pictures of the night sky. Would that help? Actually, it wouldn't. I made it to more or less match November at midnight with Orion in the center, so I could either wait a few months before taking the picture or just post real ones after finishing hooking up the fibers. Given how frequently I update this, waiting just might be the ticket.
post #424 of 451
[Bump]

Geek you still there? Did you get lost in a starfield?
post #425 of 451
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Yeah, I'm still alive. Other projects, work and two small children have kinda taken over all available free energy for working on this. Maybe in the new year I'll do something about it.
post #426 of 451
Well, I look forward to your progress and pictures.
Like you, my bar is on hold until after the holidays. Good news is Chief of Department Finance (Wife) just cleared funds for new wood floor and AV rack!
Hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season. See ya on the other side of the calendar.
post #427 of 451
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Sigh, going to have to redo the star ceiling. Stars are really only visible from directly underneath.
post #428 of 451
That stinks.
post #429 of 451
For those of us who haven't started yet, what is the issue? are the fibers too short?
post #430 of 451
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I've got another thread out there in this forum, but there's a large different in brightness between the tile you're standing underneath and tiles out at the periphery. The light coming out of the fibers is too directional. Either that, or I've cut the fibers too short they need to be sticking down a little more. Those are just theories.
post #431 of 451
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Alright, I must have been doing it wrong or maybe I remembered it wrong, or maybe I was huffing spray paint again. The brightness is fine.

Anyway, this is indoors:

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No no really, it's indoors:

Full resolution image, 2.4 MB

In the top picture that's Orion center-right, Pleiades off further towards the top-right corner. Apparent magnitude isn't super-accurate, but otherwise I'm pretty pleased.
post #432 of 451
Happy (Belated) Fifth Anniversary of your build! You obviously have not lost any of your super powers!



Even if in order to post this I did have to check the box to acknowledge that "This thread is more than 248 days old. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose."

Since when does giving someone friendly grief "serve no purpose?!"
post #433 of 451
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Where have I been? What's going on?

Well, let me summarize....



See that cracked tile? If you look carefully and ignore the highly screwed up crack pattern then you'll note that one side is actually higher than the other. It's also crack #114 and goes on for about 12 feet or so.

I'll be picking up a bit on the theater once I'm done replacing almost all the flooring in my house and a fair bit of other work, but otherwise I'm still in this game. Things just kinda got held up due to the uncertainties that arise from a sinkhole.

No, I do not have a third child named "sinkhole".
post #434 of 451
Welcome back! And bummer on the sinkhole - how much was affected?
post #435 of 451
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Welcome back! And bummer on the sinkhole - how much was affected?

It's not the Gaping Maw Of Hades sort of deal where you at least get this cool hole you can point at and from which the occasional demon lurks out of. No, nothing that interesting looking over here . Long before things ever get to that point the house just kinda seeps into the ground at differential rates which just breaks all sorts of things. They had to pump 21 trucks worth of cement underground. Hopefully that will do the trick.
post #436 of 451
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Did one room's worth of flooring. I still have a bit of trim work to do but otherwise this is 95% done. On the downside, this room didn't have any cracks in the floor as it was carpet prior.

This was some leftover wood, moisture barrier and adhesive from when my in-laws did their house, and this project was deemed high priority as the gooey stuff in cans were getting near their claimed expiration dates back when we started the sinkhole stuff. I sure hate throwing away moisture barrier and adhesive when it's $170 for a bucket.

Well it's technically not wood, but rather stranded bamboo. It's insanely hard and practically stain-proof. There's one more room's worth of this to go until I can move on to more interesting things.

In other news, MrsGeek got into an accident. She got hit precisely in the driver's door while driving down the interstate (Tampa driving can be a bit.... odd). The other car swerved wildly and managed to hit her square in the middle of the door, completely missing either pillar or any kind of structure. The door and the door alone had to take the entire force of the impact. Gentlemen, buy your wives German cars as they seem to be somewhat sturdy.

post #437 of 451
Eeek, Geek!! Hope she's okay!!
post #438 of 451
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Flooring in the den is done. Looks just like the stuff up above, so a picture is pointless.

Back to my current project which is making a proper outfeed table for the Table Saw of Relative Doom. It's not a truly glorious table saw, but versus the $99 Ryobi it replaced it is much much better.

Anyway, I screwed up my window plug design and need to slice it down a bit. Since precision is important here it's going on the saw instead of just using a guided circular saw like any reasonable person would. However, the plug is way too damn big to just shove through the saw without an outfeed table, so that what I'm working on.

I needed one anyway, so it's just one of those things.
post #439 of 451
Would a simple straight edge with a circular saw do the trick instead of building an outfeed table?
post #440 of 451
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Would a simple straight edge with a circular saw do the trick instead of building an outfeed table?

I've never been perfectly happy with the results of the circular saw guide trick. I use it for rough cuts and tearing down sheet goods but not for final dimensioning. If I'm looking to get within an inch one way or another and it's too big to drop on the table saw then I'll go for the circular saw. I'll go final dimension for most things if I can feed it through the saw with a fence on one side and featherboards on the other.

The outfeed table serves multiple purposes anyway. It's the outfeed table for the saw, but also the infeed table for the mounted router table. The RT side will be getting a similar outfeed table as well.

More importantly the outfeed table will serve as a work surface. Space is limited in the garage and I'm mostly using the table saw itself as my primary work surface. That's not a good thing. In that aspect it's a placeholder until I can craft a proper workbench.

This also is part of the fact that I'm finally setting up shop in the garage. Working inside the theater means constantly moving crap back and forth. I just hate that.
post #441 of 451
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Was working on the window plugs today. I'm unfortunately on Plan C for the design. This one's the simplest and I'm pretty happy with how it is turning out. I'll post pictures when it's finished. In the meanwhile I might as well show off the table saw setup.

I gotta say, there is much to be said for being able to rip down full sheets of ply or ripping intact 2x material and not having to walk around the table and pull the material through. MUCH to be said for that. The gigantic work area is really nice too.

That's a router table and under table dust collection cabinet on the right-hand side of the table saw.





post #442 of 451
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Why does this keep happening? This isn't going to help the theater at all.

post #443 of 451
How do you like the ridgid saw? I have been researching table saws for quite some time now. Becoming very frustrated because I want a decent saw but can not afford the high end.
post #444 of 451
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Originally Posted by thegeek View Post

Why does this keep happening? This isn't going to help the theater at all.

Congratulations!
post #445 of 451
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Originally Posted by thegeek View Post

Why does this keep happening? This isn't going to help the theater at all.

Congratulations! The more kids, the merrier!

Tim
post #446 of 451
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How do you like the ridgid saw? I have been researching table saws for quite some time now. Becoming very frustrated because I want a decent saw but can not afford the high end.

How do I like the saw? The short answer is that my wife has complained to me about how much I like the Ridgid R4512.

It does what I ask of it and it's easily a better tool than the limits of my skills. There are better saws out there, but other than a Stopsaw I'm not sure I'd swap for one. The two piece rail is annoying but that can be swapped for a different fence system if you really want to. The stamped steel wings can be replaced with cast iron wings if it really bothers you as this saw has a standard 27" deep top. There are others with a dust shroud around the blade instead of the open cabinet for dust collection but a humble 1/2 hp dust collector that I scored on Craigslist for $100 is more than sufficient. The insert plate is just a thin plate so making a zero clearance insert is a bit iffy. I wound up just buying a manufactured one from Woodcraft. Yes it has table mounted trunnions, that just comes with the territory.

Look at the price, nothing else comes close. If you're coming from a portable saw then this thing will seem like a Cadillac. The induction motor sings a soft lullaby and you can turn it on and off without tipping over a nickel on edge, or even getting it to wobble slightly. The extra space between the blade and the front edge makes a lot of operations possible that you just cannot do on a smaller saw. I'm thinking in particular of a cross cut sled, but there's a bunch of other things I've done with that extra space that just wouldn't happen otherwise.

When assembling you'll do well to have a 36" f-clamp to square the blade to the miter slots. Loosen three bolts fully, a fourth slightly, stick the clamp on there and start to apply pressure. Twist the handle on the f-clamp to make small adjustments. Hammer home the bolts when you're happy. The legs can be put on backwards which can mean having to flip the saw over multiple times instead of just the once. Considering the weight of this creature you would be wise to have help and would would be a profound idiot to do it barefoot and by yourself (like I did).

I got an HD to take a competitor's coupon (Harbor Freight 25% Fourth of July) on it, but had to find a store that had one locally. That was about an hour and a half drive for me, but darned worth it. For how much I paid + the lifetime warranty you really cannot go wrong. The next cheapest cast iron saw besides the PC is twice the price. I also scored a Ridgid 1050 combo blade on clearance. It's supposedly made by Freud (says Made in Italy) and cuts like what people claim a Forrest Woodworker II does though I've never a WWII seen one in action. I've never mounted up the blade that came with the saw.

People claim the Ridgid R4512 isn't as good as its predecessors but the others didn't have the new blade guard system. The granite topped one was recalled for its nasty habit of ejecting dado stacks while in operation.

The Porter Cable saw at Lowe's was engineered to hit a certain price point and should probably be avoided. There's plastic under the hood.
post #447 of 451
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How could I have I missed the 7th anniversary of the start of this thing?
post #448 of 451
You can't fool me...I know there's a theater hiding in this thread somehwere..
Hope all is well
post #449 of 451
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Originally Posted by KNKKNK View Post

You can't fool me...I know there's a theater hiding in this thread somehwere..
Hope all is well

Contrary to popular hopes, I'm actually still alive... and no I'm not here announcing the birth of yet another kid. I'm currently trying to make my way through finishing up the last kid's room and then I can move onto the theater. I did at least finally manage to acquire six of the sconces I've been wanting since I saw them in an AMC about 12 years ago. That's especially tough since they've been out of production for about 10 years. It should hopefully take me about a month to finish the current project and I'll have my current backlog dealt with.
post #450 of 451
I think I've built three theater rooms since you started this one. eek.gif
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