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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6210255 - 11/22/13 09:03 PM

Steve,Hopefully this thread will still be around come spring,not get archived as others have been, so I can post the finished product; the stain and varnishing done on everything.
As far as posting good weather predictions? That won't happen again 'til next spring.I believe the cold is here to stay for a while.

Norm,I appreciate all the approval.
I get the feeling there are times my wife doesn't understand me as far as spending as much time out there as I have.
Skies need to clear and the moon go away so I can get down to business.


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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6210280 - 11/22/13 09:17 PM Attachment (20 downloads)

Today I worked on the bench top.
I had hoped after cutting the length down a little it might help with the weight,No such luck.
It took a while and a little effort to get it sized to what I wanted.
Sanding took a while also,even with a good random orbit sander.
I have yet to decide if I am going to just put a rubbed oil finish on it or stain and varnish.
Hard Maple sometimes doesn't take stain very well so am not sure.
Here is what I ended up with, for now,it's installed.
Before that,here is a before pic again.

Edited by tim57064 (11/22/13 10:39 PM)


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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6210305 - 11/22/13 09:27 PM Attachment (18 downloads)

Here is an after pic,yet before the finish is applied.
What da ya think?

Instead of biscuit joining the piece into the area where the sink used to be, I raised that area and placed it into the corner. The already routered edges fit together pretty well.I just inset it slightly so it looks as though it was planned that way.

Edited by tim57064 (11/22/13 09:45 PM)


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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6210332 - 11/22/13 09:44 PM Attachment (10 downloads)

One last shot,a little closer and different angle.This showing the raised inset piece in the corner where the sink opening used to be.
I like this better than a totally flush top.

Edited by tim57064 (11/22/13 10:41 PM)


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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6210381 - 11/22/13 10:21 PM

Gorgeous!

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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: Aquarist]
      #6210399 - 11/22/13 10:32 PM

Thank You Steve.Would not have had it,if it were not for My Son and his boss offering me the old island top.
You cannot tell in the pic of the whole thing,yet it is 3" thick,27 3/4" wide ,67" long and extremely heavy ,120 lbs now.
It was not easy moving it from my woodworking shop to the OBS.

Edited by tim57064 (11/22/13 11:52 PM)


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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6210880 - 11/23/13 09:12 AM

Tim:

Very creative solution to a tricky problem! I was wondering how you were going to hide the joint between the two pieces so it didn't stick out like a sore thumb.

Looks great on top like that!

-Dan


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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #6210981 - 11/23/13 10:06 AM Attachment (13 downloads)

Dan,Thanks for your reply.I was pretty surprised how well the fit looked.
Although it appears to be sitting on top of the counter,it actually is inset into it by 1/2". It is difficult to get a pic showing that.Here is a better closeup,this one hopefully showing the inset.

Edited by tim57064 (11/23/13 10:08 AM)


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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6210994 - 11/23/13 10:11 AM Attachment (11 downloads)

Last image showing the tight fit.

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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6211038 - 11/23/13 10:30 AM

Wow Tim, that really looks great. I'm always amazed at what you woodworkers can do!

-Forest


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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6211046 - 11/23/13 10:32 AM

Wow! You indeed do wonders working with wood!

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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: csa/montana]
      #6211117 - 11/23/13 11:08 AM

Thanks Forest and Carol.
Anyone can do woodworking/refinishing with the proper tools a little time, practice and imagination.


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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6211566 - 11/23/13 02:42 PM

A very nice addition Tim; the beauty of it and the fact that it's recycled materials is awesome.

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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6211722 - 11/23/13 04:37 PM

Thanks Bob, Always try to reuse anything I can that has some value.Not quite free though.My son and daughter-in-law always seem to find things for me to take care of around their house.
Today I had to go over and take care of plugged tub drain for them and fix a leak in the tub, had to caulk around the spout that was leaking into the basement.
My son says "Why should I have to take care of things like this,when Dad is retired and could use something to do."
He tends to have my Daughter-in-law call and ask as I have a hard time refusing what she asks.


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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6216158 - 11/25/13 09:35 PM Attachment (16 downloads)

Well Not much more right now to post. I did put up some insulation above the walls. The image will show where I am talking about.
My reason for this was to keep more of the heat inside when the roof is closed.I am spending a lot of time out there and being insulated will help hold the heat in.
Just before opening ,I can take the insulation down. You may notice it is blue,not like your normal insulation.
This is made from denim material and is flame retardant and resists mold and mildew and no itching.
When I take it down for opening the roof,it will be placed in large contractor sized trash bags then when closed ,put back up.
I am willing to go thru this to have a warmer interior.I know,I am weird, just willing to go a step further to be warm.


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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6216181 - 11/25/13 09:49 PM Attachment (14 downloads)

There is something else I addressed. Since the heater does not have a blower in it I opted to install a dual widow fan that I happen to have just sitting around not being used.
The fan is not a high velocity type,gentle breeze is more like it.
I found that it works great as the heat is more evenly distributed,even under the desk where it gets pretty cold,is now warmer.
I know it kind of looks tacky ,yet no money being spent except toward the electricity bill.

Edited by tim57064 (11/25/13 09:52 PM)


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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6216985 - 11/26/13 11:27 AM

Quote:

Hello to all.I have spent the past 2 days getting items placed into the OBS that I want out there. Pretty much everything is in place now.
Although there are a few things that need to be done yet.
Door and window trim needs to be purchased and installed yet not all that necessary to it's operation.

I was able to get my desktop put in and it's up and running now.
Also was able to get my 7 speaker surround sound system that I had not used in about 5 years installed and speaker wires hooked up.
It had been in my basement and I had not been using the family room down there in a long time.Too much like being in a cave even though it is 14'wide x 26'long, with 3 windows.

Here's a shot of the desk top in it's place and you can see where I placed the stereo to the right in the pic.




Now you've got the perfect alternate use for your observatory: When it's cloudy, just crank up your bass and play some tunes!

Too bad I no longer have a drum kit.


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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6217012 - 11/26/13 11:34 AM

Quote:

Today I worked on the bench top.
I had hoped after cutting the length down a little it might help with the weight,No such luck.
It took a while and a little effort to get it sized to what I wanted.
Sanding took a while also,even with a good random orbit sander.
I have yet to decide if I am going to just put a rubbed oil finish on it or stain and varnish.
Hard Maple sometimes doesn't take stain very well so am not sure.
Here is what I ended up with, for now,it's installed.
Before that,here is a before pic again.




That is absolutely beautiful wood as it is; I don't think it needs stain or varnish.


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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: hm insulators]
      #6217338 - 11/26/13 02:31 PM

Jim,Thank You so much for your reply.
My thoughts exactly with the tunes and bass playing as my wife would not allow in the house.
Much more enjoyable now as when I get in trouble,which seems to happen enough lately, , just head out here and chill out. This gives the wife the house to herself also.
Even though she tends to call out here by means of the intercom phone,to check in on things.
When she does that,I know everything is fine,just give her some space.


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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: hm insulators]
      #6217353 - 11/26/13 02:40 PM

Jim,Thanks for your continued replies.
I was thinking it/new counter, may look better without the stain.
You just clarified that for me,yet I think it should still have something on it to protect the wood from stain or moisture.
I do have some food safe mineral oil that is normally used for butcher blocks ,yet not so sure if this would be a good application for it.
Hand Rubbed Oil may be better.
Need to make up my mind soon so it does not get stained from anything.


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