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  2. Yes, the feed tables are supposed to provide sup upward force. My planer is an older model, and does not include the adjustable tables, so lifting the ends is my only option.
  3. The Mystery I dug up the old rotted planks and... There was nothing but gravel underneath them. So now I need to grab a half yard to smooh everything out, but at least the shed floor will be stable. Still no idea what they were for originally. Best guess I could come up with was maybe an old tool stand for a compressor, since it's not far from a 30amp outlet. Lighting I got another 10 fixtures installed, and I am loving them. I screwed two fixtures to a piece of 2x2 scrap and hung that from the old fleurescent chains. It's not the prettiest solution, but it does even out the light nicely right over where I'm planning to put the main bench. I'll probably do another bar hanging over the front of the bay and I want to add a line of lights over what will become the stationary tool wall as well. I had originally considered re-using some of my old feit fixtures upstairs, but they'd look pretty bad next to the new ones, so I hung the old fixtures out in the (sadly treasureless) woodshed. Insulation I called the outstanding insulation contractors. One hasn't gotten back to me yet and the other seems to have lost my bid entitely. So with no movement there, I decided to go ahead and tackle the garage doors. Of course, the first thing I did was drive the horn of my lumber rack right into the bottom and mangle the whole damn door. An hour or so of swearing, clamping, and bending and I was able to get the worst of the damage out, fix the wheels that had jumped, and kept my airseal. I went with EPS, for both its cheapness and its relative weight versus XPS. The doors are already becoming a bit of a pain to open, and who knows how long it'll take to get someone out to re-tension the spring and tune the track alignment. I may add another layer of something over the rails, for looks and to help with transfer through the metal bars. A good sharp knife kept the foam pebbles manageable. One door takes three full sheets of foam and an entire roll of aluminum tape, but it already feels nicer working next to it. The most important addition Tunes! I had a little bluetooth speaker setup, but I finally got the old receiver and surround sound shlepped over from the old house and installed. Between the heat (I can hold at around 65 when working during the day), lighting, and sound, the shop is finally at a point I could actually start comfortably working on projects. Obviously I'm not stopping here, but it's very heartening to have the space feeling comfortable. Bonus This cute little fella joined me today for lunch outside.
  4. Honestly... Now might be the time to take a framing hammer and give it a nice whack . Just to get over the fear of dinging it up.
  5. Or to show that he can handle 18* temps in a tee!
  6. Hats off to you Ross, that’s old school stuff right there
  7. bare with me highlander, but isnt that what you make adjustments on the router are kind of doing? I feel like I read somewhere to have the ever slightest camber upward on the infeed and outfeed. That true flat might give you snipe when the wheel grab and begin feeding the wood? I will not doubt need to recheck all my settings as it has been a long while since I adjusted the router. I intend to clean the rollers off as soon as I get a day off. This Thursday I think... Thanks for the advice in advance and for previous advice.
  8. Very nicely done. As wtnhighlander says, it has a job to do. I made it quite a few years before I sawed into mine just the other day. A filler strip of similar species material, a little epoxy. and some touch up with a card scraper and you can hardly see it. Of course it looks like a billboard sign to me
  9. That is a beautiful piece of work, and you should be proud! But in the end, it is a tool to help you make other beautiful pieces of work, so don't fret, let it do its job.
  10. Spent a couple hours pushing a saw today. It was 18* in the shop this morning, but I didn't need any heat by the time I got this far. That shine is definitely not my natural glow. I really owe Spanky for this one! The task is actually going fairly well, considering the saw has about twice the teeth it should for this job. Thankfully, once this rip is complete, I'll have pieces that I can manage with machines.
  11. Yesterday
  12. Really nice looking, job well done. Just start using it, don't worry about dinging it, it's going to happen and there is nothing you can do to stop it. When it does you can breath a sigh of relief and get on with life. The other thing you can do is go out and give it a wap with a hammer and get on with life right now.
  13. Finally all done…now I am scared to use as a bench and mark up the surface :-)
  14. I have a Ridgid dedicated spindle sander and a combo belt/disc sander, mounted on a rotating table, so just the footprint of one machine. On the occasion where my spindle sanding sleeve slips on the rubber roller, I find that wrapping each end of the roller with a round or two of blue tape, helps considerably.
  15. I plan on getting a dedicated disc sander so I will go with the spindle only option Thanks Thanks Mark Sounds nasty We don't get real cold here in winter, sometimes down to 0c (32f) overnight to 14c (57f) during the day but I'll take that into consideration thanks
  16. Thank you so much gee-dub for the reply and help. I hope my mobile base will be here tomorrow, so that I can kick this project off. All the nice ideas and different aspects are greatly appreciated. It just broadens the thought process when ideas come in. Thank you again, to you, the creators, all all the behind the scene hard work.
  17. I agree with John. Epoxy cracks might need to ground out in a V shape, taking care to avoid hitting the wood. Since that looks like less than 1/8" of thickness, I might use a scraper to scoop out a wide, shallow trench, rather than a deep V cut. Then refill with clear epoxy, using the typical methods to avoid bubbles. This is something I would want to test on a scrap piece, first. And I would try John's CA glue suggestion before taking this drastic approach. Can you post a photo of the table, to give us an idea of the amount of damage relative to the full surface? My concern is that if this cracking is in several places, it resulted from the table flexing. If that is true, the epoxy is perhaps not the appropriate finish for that application, and repairs will fail again.
  18. The end that is farther from the cutter at the moment. Tail end when feeding, head end while exiting. Requires a lot of running around, or an apprentice!
  19. To clarify my statement, I do a lot of my shop work in the cooler winter months, when the rubber spindle 'sleeve spacer'(?) isn't as flexible. That contributes to slippage quite a lot.
  20. I also have the Ridgid Combo unit. I haven’t had any trouble with the spindle coming loose, but agree with everything else. I use the belt 75% of the time. I will say that the belt sander has drawn more blood than everything else in the shop combined. It’s probably bad form, but it’s very prone to launching small pieces across the shop at about mach 2.
  21. Problem solved at my place. I know this is an old thread. I had given up; however, a few months ago tried a newer type GFCI at the suggestion of my son. Hasn’t tripped since. Home Depot:
  22. Yes, thank you Mark, I was searching out a cabinet for mine and I have the exact setup he has. he has nice pictures and I could probably figure it out pretty close. I think this is the link. Thank you, very much for your reply and help!
  23. Upward pressure on the exiting end, or the entering end of the board?
  24. I have the Rigid combo and like the belt feature. I've not used the spindles, yet. I don't consider it to be a precision machine but it is useful (I do smaller objects, too). The built in dust collection is not great, but I don't know that any other sander does that well, either.
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