STL245: Hope chest or nope chest?

Question 1:

From Adam:
How do you plan to approach a project, and in what order? I often find myself stumbling through something later on in a project because I have jumped the gun earlier and just had to cut that joinery too soon, or pre-pre-finish.

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Question 2:

From Andrew:
I made a toy box lid and my glue up was 4 boards wide. I did breadboard ends to stabilize the panel and account for wood movement, but my question is about the pins. If I had an odd number of boards on my glue up I’d leave the center pin fixed and make the outer pin holes oblong on the tenon. But with 4 boards I didn’t want the pin through the glue joint at the center, so I picked one board off center and held that fixed and then made the other three oblong on the tenon. Was that the right way to do that? What would you have done on an even number panel glue up for breadboard end pins?

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Question 3:

From Anthony:

My Shapton Glass 16,000 is nearing the end of its life after 2 1/2 years. I have been very pleased with it, but I am considering switching to an Arkansas stone for the final polishing. Nothing against the Shapton or other whetstones – I just don’t enjoy pausing to flatten it, especially if I’m sharpening a bunch of tools all at once.

It appears that there is a Black Arkansas stone that is classified as even finer than the Translucent stones other stores market as the highest grit. It’s only slightly more expensive than a replacement Shapton, but I would value the time gained back from not flattening a stone after every tool, and it would last forever (theoretically).

So, to my question! Has anyone at Fine Woodworking used the Black Arkansas from Dan’s and are able to provide feedback on it? How high a polish/keen an edge can it produce in comparison to something like a Shapton? Will it ever really need to be flattened?

Question 4:

From Scott:

My wife wants a toy/blanket/hope chest to store kids toys and dress up cloths in.  On face book market place I can find used one for less the. 100.  to build one for myself is about 200$.  And honestly 5-6 months of labor (few hours here and there).

When do you build vs buy??

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