Minnesota Steve

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  1. I bought a Buck Bros smoothing plane from HD. It's terrible. I spent a lot of time trying to tune it, and I can't get it to work at all. The sad thing is, they used to sell a Buck Bros Jack plane. That was my first plane, and after I spent some time tuning it, it works pretty well. It is a rough plane... a jack plane for taking good size shavings off flattening boards. I have a Stanley 12-920 block plane, which works reasonably well but I had to spend a lot of time on it with a file to get the adjustable shoe to sit flush. My first good plane is a Woodriver #4, and it's fantastic. Woodcraft frequently has their planes on sale and the bench planes are good bargains. It was about like my Buck Bros out of the box, until I sharpened the blade... Now it's fantastic. I am probably going to order a Veritas LAJ this next week though, as I want to make a shooting board.
  2. I just saw a blog article about that last week! Lost Art Press promoting their Roubo book titled "Different Ways to Elongate Wood" I think I would try to do something that uses the wood as it is. Like a parquet patterned table top.
  3. I took apart my Dust Right collector last night to see what was going on... tested the capacitor and it was fine. I believe the problem was with the centrifugal switch so I adjusted that using instructions from this grizzly video, and it seems to work a whole lot better. It's pretty sturdily built. Says made in Taiwan, has a nice beefy metal blade. I think the wall mount unit Grizzly sells is the same exact thing, if that makes a difference.
  4. Well I have the 20' hose and it has plenty of air flow out to that length. I have a very small shop, so no table saw. but it works well on bandsaw, router table, and my little lunchbox planer. It's fine for just one tool, but as you already suspected it's not going to be enough to run a whole ducting system.
  5. I have one. Now I bought it off craigslist for roughly half what they cost new. I have a problem with mine(might be why the guy sold it) that if there's any resistance to airflow, like plugging it into a machine before starting it'll pop the overload on the motor. But if I start it and then connect, it works. I kind of suspect the starter capacitor might need replacing and so I'm going to try that. Other than that one problem I've had, it really feels beefy and well built. In terms of collecting dust from a single machine it works great. It makes some noise but isn't overly loud. The bag it comes with isn't the greatest in terms of trapping fine dust. They have this new paper filter setup now which looks intriguing and doesn't take up much more space. I might buy that when it goes on sale again. I struggled finding a good place for it with the connection on the side, but I added an elbow to point the hose forward and that helped otherwise the hose got bent pretty severely. I've also found with the dust right hose thing you really need that swivel connector as well otherwise the hose kind of fights you when you need to twist it to connect. It's pretty heavy(around 40 lbs and more if there's dust in the bag), so this idea you're going to be moving it about is kind of silly. They improved the quick fit handle... http://www.rockler.com/rockler-dust-right-4-quick-fit-handle It now has a loop, so you can hang it back on the handle of the motor. The handle is a lot stronger as well. Also apparently the new hose is lighter. Oh, and never try to vacuum up shavings from a hand plane as they just clog it up.... I learned that one the hard way. ;-)
  6. Go the Ikea route... Cover them with stickers.
  7. TV show back in the 80s... Trapper John MD, one of the doctors lived in an RV out in the parking lot.
  8. The only thing better than a dusty deputy, is two dust deputies! Not totally related to what you're doing but I learned that the flow through the cyclone down into the container has to be totally smooth. When I first cut my holes I didn't make them large enough and the edge of the plywood was creating a disturbance in the force, and dust would end up getting sucked back up.
  9. I love AvE's channel and have been watching it for about 2 years. It's so funny and I've learned a lot of strange things from it. He's created a persona, and it's really interesting to watch the transformation especially if you go back and see some of his original videos. Now you have to take what he says with a grain of salt, and often he's just trying to be funny. But he does make a lot of interesting informed observations. And when he's just flat out wrong, he's come back with a video to acknowledge it. Not totally clear on his background, but it has something to do with the mining industry, and something to do with troubleshooting industrial equipment. He's certainly traveled a lot, and despite his persona he's quite well educated. As far as the Festool video, that was probably the most controversial and certainly generated the most comments. He was looking at it as if to compare it to any other circular saw used on a job site. He didn't look at the track saw precision or dust collection and as such I think he was kind of unfair. I thought he made some interesting observations about the innards and how it could have been better built. It's certainly different from the boring fanboy reviews you see on most other channels, where they get stuff sent by the manufacturer and they just talk about how wonderful it is. That's the whole point of BOLTR, and you have to appreciate it for what it is.
  10. They're not required in ceiling outlets used for garage door opener, but they are required for the wall outlets. GFCI is also required for outlets in unfinished basements as well. The basic assumption is if you've got a concrete floor, the chances are pretty good you're going to pour water on it. Anyway, back to the OP. The GFCI breakers can also go bad. I'd start by replacing that. A new GFCI costs about $10.
  11. Verify you have power... plug something else into that outlet and see if it goes. I have a GFCI outlet that frequently is tripped and is annoying. I'd check the power switch. And apparently there is a microswitch to ensure the cover is in place before it'll turn on... http://www.justanswer.com/home-improvement/7wrlx-dewalt-735-13-planer-stopped-middle-cut-will.html Ensuring the cover is on right such that the microswitch is tripped is first step. Steps after that involve multimeters.
  12. That looks exactly like the one I bought... https://www.amazon.com/iGaging-Electronic-Digital-Fractions-Stainless/dp/B001AQEZ2W Make sure you take the battery out when you put it away. Otherwise the battery will be dead within a week. I think it's the same issue identified here:
  13. I bought a cheap igaging digital caliper... I have to remove the battery every time I use it, or it's dead within the week. :-( I have a old school steel one which is ok down to about 1/32nd inch which I mostly use.
  14. Now this is interesting... http://toolguyd.com/apex-tool-group-cuts-armstrong-and-allen-tool-brands/ The Craftsman stuff had been made by Apex. I suspect it's the same plant that makes the Crescent brand stuff in China. Article says they're going to refocus their US manufacturing plant that was making Armstrong an Allen tools and focus on Gearwrench. Don't know much about that, other than apparently the Menards Masterforce brand was made at this plant. I wonder if Apex was hoping to win the Craftsman brand?
  15. It's interesting. Amazon.com sells everything from pantyhose to car batteries. Sears didn't used to have the big store fronts, that was something they started building out in the 60s and 70s when shopping malls came about. Heck when I was a kid in the 70s my mother used to order most of our clothes out of the JC Penney catalog. They had a store front, but it was small and had limited selection. So we'd place the order and then pick it up at the order counter a few days later. That was the way most of these guys worked back in the day. What's happened it seems is that Sears(and others) lost track of this, tried to be something different and failed... and now here's Amazon following the same path. Catalog sales, then opening up store fronts. Amazon even has their own branded merchandise, it won't be long before they start selling their own appliances.