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    • You probably couldn’t have gotten a better grain pattern for the back legs on that board if you had four boards available. Really looking forward to this build! 
    • Bmac if you lived in driving distance, I would trade lumber for one of your rocker’s. I see you started with the best. 
    • Thanks everyone. I figured this was not a “plug and play” situation. Hope all is well where you are!
    • I'm going to avoid the cnc topic as that's something that's been talked about many times.  As far as 3d printers go, up until very recently I was in the camp that had absolutely no interest.  I couldn't see any need for it and figured they were too slow to bother with. I like to do power carving and like the Arbortech Turboplane.  Anyone who has used one of these things knows they make an awful mess if you use them indoors.  Arbortech is supposed to be coming out with dust collection for it, but they've opted to make their own grinder and the dust collection attachment only fits that grinder and you have to buy the whole kit.  It's not going to be available in the US until sometime next year, which means at least part of the winter with weather that prevents doing anything outside.  There's no official US pricing, but based on what I've seen in other countries it's going to be $250.  I already have a nice Metabo grinder to use with it that I really like. So I did the math and decided that a $180 3d printer would pay for itself just by making a dust collection attachment for the grinder I already have.  Plus I get a new tool in bargain.  So for the past week I've been playing around with designing this attachment starting from getting a ring to fit the keyed slots in the mount for the guard on the grinder on up to a functioning item.  The CAD part of it was frustrating at first, as I was dealing with trying to do things I've never done before in a program I'm not familiar with.  But I enjoy the problem solving side of things.  Getting to try something out and then be able to remake the whole part just by tweaking the design and hitting a button is really nice.  I'm willing to try things out where I would have long since out of time and patience with the whole thing if I had to fabricate it myself.  At this point I have something that kinda works but I think it could be much better.  I'm at a back to the drawing board point to try something completely different and that would never happen without the 3d printer to do all the actual fabricating.  It does take a very long time to print the whole attachment, around 18 hours.  But to be able to tweak the design in an hour or so and then press a button and the next day I just have the thing ready to try out is very nice. Making this thing isn't my goal.  The goal is to use it to do the thing I actually want to do more easily.  I have a cnc machine, but I don't use it to replace my power carving.  The 3d printer isn't going to replace making anything out of wood.  The computerized stuff just does some of things I don't want to do or am not able to do. Oh and as far as Marc goes, he already has 3d models of the furniture he makes.  He could use a 3d printer to make dollhouse sized version of the things he builds for Ava with next to zero effort.  
    • Oh gotcha I missed that part  
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