Morton

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About Morton

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  • Birthday 01/10/1975

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  • Website URL http://workshop.scottmorton.com
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  • Woodworking Interests Furniture

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  1. Morton added a post in a topic Festool Track Saw Questions   

    FWIW, I use my 55" rail to crosscut ply - it works fine. I mean, you're just using them for cabinets, right?
  2. Morton added a post in a topic Smoothing planes...#4, #4.5 or #5....Which one?   

    There's a reason the #4 is by far the most popular vintage plane available - it's a really great all-arounder. You won't regret owning one even if you move on to some other ones. It's super useful for all kinds of tasks around the shop and house.
  3. Morton added a post in a topic Festool Track Saw Questions   

    You can get any rail you want and pay the difference. If you go with the standard 55", you might want to pay the extra $30 or so to get the rail that is perforated with the 32mm holes. It works with the 32mm cabinet system + router - may never need it, but not much more to get up front. At least, that's what I remember.

    I agree with all the other comments. The 55 is just a lot easier to use around the shop since it's smaller/lighter. Although I do rip a fair amount of 8/4, I'm still happy with my TS55 (sometimes I flip the stock and finish from the other side which gets me a good-enough cut to finish on the tablesaw.
  4. Morton added a post in a topic Bandsaw advice   

    I agree with Huxley on his points. I own the Rikon 18" and have played with their other models - all very good bang/buck. I don't care about a brake at all - I turn it off and let is spin down while I do something else.

    The Woodslicer blades from Highland Woodworking are very nice for resaw. But they don't last "forever" - but also don't cost too much.
  5. Morton added a post in a topic New woodworker needing advice on tools   

    I recommend checking out Chris Schwarz book the Anarchist Tool Chest as it has a list of the tools inside and why you want them. I've used it to create my own "wish list" of a set of hand tools.
  6. Morton added a post in a topic Bandsaw blades   

    I like the highland blades due to cost (low) and cut quality (good). They last quite awhile if you treat them correctly, but they do dull - I'm sure the carbide tipped blades last much longer. You'll have to learn your bandsaw when you first get it - practice, try stuff, figure it out. Bandsaws are way more finicky than table saws, which is why I love my Sawstop
  7. Morton added a post in a topic Suggestions for grinding wheel brand   

    I use the Norton 80 grit, 3x, blue, wheel. Got it based on Chris Schwarz recommendation. It's been perfect for me. Very easy to use, easy to avoid heating, grinds quickly.
  8. Morton added a post in a topic carcasse saws   

    LN aren't twice as good a saw, IMO. In terms of functionality, they are both awesome saws that'll do a fantastic job - I wouldn't say there's much difference there. So it's more a preference thing and some minor details. The LV saw are lighter weight with the polymer back (assuming you're looking at that style). LN are traditional saws and are heavier with the brass back.

    I happen to prefer the LN for the looks, feel and weight. But in terms of sawing, you'll be really happy with either.
  9. Morton added a post in a topic 4 x 12 Doug Fir Workbench   

    I just checked my stack of doug fir in the workshop. Pretty cool to see the moisture dropping over time. So - it's been about 6 months and I suspect it's pretty equalized at this point; may have gotten there a bit sooner, I haven't checked in 4 months The pins on the moisture meter only goes in about 1/2" or so, but I'm measuring pretty far from the end of the piece where most the moisture should be escaping "out the end grain", rather than "out the side" (through the growth rings) -- at least, that's my understanding.

    I don't pay much attention to the actual readings, the moisture meter is just an OK one and I'm not calibrating it for species - although I guess it's set for Doug Fir I just check to see when the numbers stop changing.


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  10. Morton added a gallery image in Furniture   

    Stack of Douglas Fir

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    Waiting to be a workbench.
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  11. Morton added a gallery image in Furniture   

    Moisture Readings

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    Readings over time on a 4x6 piece of Douglas Fir in my shop
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  12. Morton added a post in a topic 4 x 12 Doug Fir Workbench   

    I'm hoping to embark on the same adventure: building a workbench from douglas fir timbers. So, unfortunately I can't help you with the question, but will say that although my timbers came from 10 years of storage - it was outside storage. Since being in the shop, they have certainly dropped in moisture content quite a bit - but it's taken a few months. So - chunk them into roughly sized pieces (or good enough to get in to the shop) - and find an out-of-the-way place to store for at least a few months before getting started.
  13. Morton added a post in a topic Festool-itis, Sanders   

    As Paul mentioned - Festool has a sander for each type of use - so it really depends. But I'd generally look at the 5" and 6" random orbital sanders for furniture and woodworking. The ROTEX have very aggressive modes, but don't handle quite as smoothly IMO (due to weight distribution). So I'd start with the ETS125 or ETS150/3
  14. Morton added a post in a topic Earlex 5500 Question   

    What I typically do is spray the cleaner (in your case water) through the gun before leaving it to sit. That'll clean it out enough to not clog up over those couple of hours. I'll clean the gun entirely at the end of the day.
  15. Morton added a post in a topic First post: Wood gear clock   

    That's awesome. I'd love to make a wooden clock similar to this idea at some point. Looks great!