BonPacific

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About BonPacific

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    Boxes, Tables, keeping all my fingers attached.

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  1. My shop still needs a lot of work, but here's my current thoughts on the matter. Saws I have everything hanging up, from my panel saws to my little dovetail saw. I like being able to see everything, and I don't ever take them out of the shop. I do only have eight or nine saws, so depending on your collection they might take up inordinate space. Hand Planes I had these on a shelf next to the bench for awhile, but I found they never made it back there, and ended up living on the bench itself. I just added a deep drawer to the bench a couple inches below the top so I still have clamping room. I blocked out specific slots for them. Somehow having the storage in the bench had gotten me to put them back. I like the visual appeal of the hanging tool chest, but I don't think I'd be very good about getting tools back there. Chisels I use these frequently enough that I have a dedicated vertical till for them on the wall adjacent to the bench. Misc layout and hand tools My squares, marking gauge, card scrapers, and strop all live in the same big drawer below the benchtop. Screwdrivers, wrenches, etc Not applicable for all shops, but I keep all of these miscellaneous hand tools on a series of cheap HF magnetic strips. My nail-sets, pliers, wrenches, hex keys, chuck keys, drill bits, and so on. I want these clearly visible as I am often running into the shop to grab one tool for something I'm doing elsewhere, so first order retrievability is nice.
  2. I'll jump on the bandwagon here. I own the following: 2HP DC: Great entry-level model, with lots of upgrade paths. I added a cyclone, and I've got a Wynn environmental filter scheduled for the next paycheck. Shop mats: I've bought a few packs, they are stupid cheap, and they work. moderately thin, but they do the job and I notice less fatigue when standing on them. Twin-screw clamps: These I was surprised at, but they work really well. The wooden jaws are flat and square, the screws tighten without fuss, and they can really put on the pressure. I've heard good things about these: 12" disc sander - Even HF hasn't fucked up a spinning plate. Oxy-Acetylene welders - Check some welding forums, they get good reviews. Word has it they come out of a factory Harris uses. It's all Victor-style compatibility. I'd definitely add some blowback arrestors though, never trust a torch without them.
  3. Now, this doesn't apply to top-line saws like the Kapex, but most miter saws are intended for jobsite use, so they can handle rain, humidity, and getting knocked around. If you're tight on space, there's no reason you can't keep the chop saw out in a shed, or just under an overhang. As long as it's not getting constantly drenched, there's not a lot you can do to hurt it. Don't bother with Harbor Freight here, if you need basic these saws show up all the time on Craigslist.
  4. We're saying that they took Sears old Mail-Order business model, not the recent superstore model. Anecdotally, tons of shipping issues. Some returns are easy, and sometimes it takes 3 days of calls to get a refund on an e-textbook. Their site has been swamped with paid reviews and fly-by-night 3rd party affiliates are becoming the norm. They're fighting the paid reviews, but when they loosened their seller standards a couple years ago, it started a definite downward trend. I wouldn't put user reviews under the umbrella of customer service. They are providing a platform for person-to-person recommendations. Remember, Ryobi in the 60's is not the same company you'll find in Home Depot today. That craftsman router was probably produced by the Japanese Ryobi company, which makes some excellent tools, as well as a wide variety of other components. The Ryobi name is licensed by TTI, the same Hong Kong company that bought Milwaukee in '05. Notably they also make Ridgid powertools under license (the original company still makes the plumbing stuff).
  5. Agreed. Amazon took their original business model, and is perfecting it for the modern era. Though they didn't really take the Customer Service part with it.
  6. Welcome to the forum! I lived in Olympia for years, it's an interesting town ;). From what I remember, the local Craigslist was a pretty consistently good source for woodworking stuff. I never went personally, but I've heard good things about Arbutus downtown if you're looking to take a class on something. Though they can be pricey.
  7. Technology hasn't made the entire industry worse. This is an evolution of the brand. You can still buy great tools, just not those labelled Craftsman. You can still buy a good washing machine, and get good customer service, just not through Sears. Buy cheap and you get cheap service. Compare a company like Lee Valley or Lie Nielsen. Both offer excellent products, and excellent service, but they cost a lot more than a Stanley tool. The same applies to everything else. This is an interesting blog post, highlighting the price changes through Sears. For comparable products in the 1970's, you had to work about three times as much to afford them. Put another way: If you want the same level of quality and service you could expect in 1970, you have to be willing to pay about 3 times more than what Sears sells today.
  8. I use a different right-angle attachment (old General brand), but assuming they work similarly, it wouldn't transmit the hammer action through the angle. Even if it doesn't destroy the accessory, you wouldn't get any gain out of it. Now, they do work well with impact drivers, as the impact is rotational and carries through the accessory. EDIT: This is the type of right-angle adapter I use, with a Jacobs chuck. I inherited it, so just like with anything else, it pays to find a good model. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-General-right-angle-drill-adapter-Made-in-USA-/152390992732?hash=item237b36035c:g:0~gAAOSwnHZYa8l3
  9. Thanks for the tip there, been looking for decent hinges that don't cost more than lumber.
  10. California Air Resources Board phase 2. It's why we have less formaldehyde in engineered wood these days.
  11. Dunn Lumber, they don't always carry it in every location, but they can order it in for you at no charge.
  12. I recently found a local lumber dealer with 1/2" Russian Birch for $28 a sheet (5x5). I haven't bought any 3/4 from them yet, but I'd say call around a little more. It's shop grade, with a few patches, but absolutely solid and perfect for shop use.
  13. What's Compton charge? I've been buying my Baltic Birch from Dunn ($27 for 1/2" 5x5) since they're right by my house and the guys running the panel saw are pretty good. I drive a hatchback, so can't fit a 5' sheet.
  14. I seem to remember that that particular bandsaw comes out of the same factory with three or four different brand names on it. That's one of the problems with our current market, names get slapped on just about anything. Most companies don't manufacture their own tools, it's all OEM white label stuff. That's not to say the OEM stuff is necessarily bad, its just frustrating to never know who actually made your tool.
  15. Crosscut does have a fantastic selection. The prices seem not unreasonable (at least insofar as lumber prices ever are). I'd recommend taking a saturday, and plan on spending an hour or more just browsing through their stocks. Also, to anyone in the Greater Seattle area, I recommend looking into the Northwest Woodworkers Association. Membership is pretty cheap, and even if you can't make many of the meetings it's worth 10% off at Rockler, Woodcraft, Crosscut, and a few more places.