Mark J

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  1. Power is equal to volts x amps. So 20 amps at 240 volts is about 2.6 times the power of 15 amps at 120 volts. I think one horsepower is 750 watts.
  2. I seem to remember driving through one of these when I was just a lad on a family vacation to Yosemite. Long time ago. It was cool. Not sure how good it was for the trees, though. OK, so here's the question though: how many board feet?
  3. Any thoughts on MLCS products? I'm particularly curious about the Flatbed Horizontal Table and the Precision Table. The Flatbed thing is just weird, but since the table and fence are one in the same and aligned with gravity that might be an advantage. Maybe. The Precision description describes it as a "sliding table", but the pictures don't depict the same.
  4. That's really impressive, Ronn. Honestly that looks so good you'd think it was done by some computer operated machine.
  5. Sorry @Mike. for once it pays not to live North. I'm in the Western Suburbs so I can get to the Woodcraft, Berland's and a new Rockler that just opened fairly easily. (But if it makes you feel better I work on the Northside, so I get to do that slog every morning, then every evening, then turn around and do it the next day).
  6. A couple of the masks you proposed look like they are intended to protect from paint spray, not projectiles. Make sure that whatever you buy meets the appropriate impact protection standard.
  7. There might not be a physical retailer near you, but my choice is a local bricks and mortar store, too. There's a lot of products that I want to lay my hands on before I buy, in which case I need to have a bricks and mortar store to go see them in. So I "try" to do business with them to keep them open. Doesn't always work. I pay sales tax, but if I drive there the "shipping" is always free, and for some purchases the shipping is more than the sales tax.
  8. OK, I'll take the bait, @BillyJack. Why a two sided router table?
  9. I like it, Terry. Very nice. What did you use to cut the components out of the 4 x 8 sheet? Track saw/Jig saw/Table saw? Also, did you ever put in the lightening holes? I am not sure I would.
  10. That's a good idea. Cutting the 4 x 8 sheet of foam into two would make storage easier, and that should not overly complicate setting up the cut. Of course now I have to figure out how to break down a 2 inch thick 4 x 8 sheet of foam without getting another sheet of foam to set it on.
  11. I had the lumber yard cut my plywood for me. Don't remember how much, but I thought the price was reasonable and they cut it to my specifications, very accurately. I have since bought a 4 x 8 sheet of foam board which is very awkwardly stored in my shop waiting for the next plywood project. I have to admit, though, I am a little curious. If breathing sawdust is bad for you how much better can it be when it's mixed with foam insulation dust.
  12. Yes. The blade has to be sharpened in a zero gravity environment, otherwise they have take on a very slight bow which creates havoc with the thin shaving. Says so right on the box. But, don't worry, the mean time between sharpenings is approximately 10 linear feet, or two passes of a 5 foot board. Still I would not kick this out of my shop if one wandered in.
  13. First I think it's wonderful that your son wants to do woodworking and that you are supporting him in that endeavor. I suggest he signs up to be a member of this forum, 'cause he's bound to have questions and look how many answers we can produce in a couple of days. I personally like the mini-lathe idea and pen making, but turning on a lathe is what made me interested in woodworking eons ago when I was in high school, so I am biased. The other ideas that have been thrown your way are also good ones. But, as Eric pointed out, this is a surprisingly expensive hobby. The lathe is already $300, but it needs a bench to sit on and turning tools, etc. ... and, you know, he's going to need at least a shop vac because lathes make a lot of sawdust. The costs add up fast, so maybe some of our suggestions are a bit above your price expectations. Consider used equipment on Craig's List. And lastly, but most important, I have to reiterate what others have already said. He's going to need some instruction if he hasn't gotten some already in school. And nothing is more important than the safety equipment. For a lathe he needs eye and face protection. Hearing protection is not a bad idea, either.
  14. @treeslayer see if your pal wants to buy whatever is left of Jorgensen
  15. I have to agree. I ended up with about half Jet and half Jorgensen. I grab the Jorgensen parellel clamps first. I hope that someone will buy the tooling a make them again, but then again the left half of my brain says I have enough clamps.