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    Here is one Harbor Freight tool to never buy. I bought the die grinder when I was working on a tractor, and had to enlarge some holes in 3/4" steel. It did the job, but such a die grinder with a locking switch is a Dangerous thing. I was using a carbide burr. It grabbed, bent the shank, and jerked the tool out of my hand. it climbed the cord, since the motor was locked on, and slammed into my knee, after wrapping itself up in my jeans leg. The knee stayed sore for a couple of weeks. I was lucky that there was no flesh damage. The die grinder was put away, and not needed again util this past week. It grabbed again, this time in aluminum. I only kept it long enough to take this picture. After taking this picture, it went in a trash can. I wouldn't even give it to anyone else. I had ordered the Makita. It's living in luxury compared to the Harbor Freight one. The Makita is soft start, has a comfortable trigger switch with no lock, and even has the collet connected to a spring that has some give in case of a grab. It also has bearings, instead of bushings like the HF one, and runs really smoothly.
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    I smoked a pork shoulder yesterday and let it rest overnight. Today I'm making a green chile stew using some very fresh Hatch green chiles I roasted and peeled. Gonna be great for dinner tomorrow!
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    Found one that might be just right. It has 20" depth of cut, and doesn't cost anything like as much as the all hydraulic top end models from other companies. https://www.hud-son.com/product/oscar-52-portable-sawmill/ edited to add: With power feed, the largest motor, a box of blades, two extra 7' sections of track, delivered, the price is 27k. I'm going to call this week, and see what size the tracks are, and if they will sell it without the track system. I can get 40' lengths of steel delivered here, and could weld up a track in place. Long lengths would save the cost of buying lumber to build the roof over it, and I have the perfect space for it, building off the side of a 40' long building.
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    have you thought about the link belts ? make any size you want, i put them on all my machines and they work great, HF is where i get them and see no difference in more expensive ones from other places
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    5 or 6 meals, and it's worth every minute!
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    Meanwhile in the realm of things made of wood, where things make sense... Got enough done on the sides that I felt it was time to join them together and the table saw is my best flat surface. Should be fun getting it down. This is the back and the big hole is for the motor to stick through. Small slot under the cutterhead is to tighten the bolts. There's a slot on the inside under those to be able to get the bolt in. I haven't drilled the holes from the cutterhead to the slot yet as I don't quite know the exact location of those yet. There's fun stuff on the front side but we'll save that for tomorrow when I test out the parallelogram.
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    They had a sale on thread taps at MLCS. They had Marc Spagnolo's video on the site, so I hope they are the Wood Whisperer version. Anyway, they should make installing the Lie-Nielsen tail vise when I make my workbench.
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    Some from my property, other logs from our family farm, and still others that I got leads on and milled. A lot of my patients know I do this and I've gotten quite a few logs from them also. The canned gas has no ethanol and is stable. I still try and run the saws a few times throughout the year, just start them and run for a minute or two. For milling I usually mix my fuel at 32/1 gas to oil, I can get 40/1 in the can. Watch running wet logs on your bandsaw, I've had some problems with that. The dust collection has trouble with the wet heavy sawdust.
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    Not today, but the past two days, I went back to work in the rental house. I decided I'd spend the rest of this Summer working in air conditioning. I had quit working on it, the second week in February, when we started our own quarantine, and I laid my helper off. I've grown to like working by myself better anyway. With the virus, we really didn't want to get into dealing with groups through this season anyway, so I had lost my motivation to get it done quickly. The doorway into the bedroom that I put the handicap shower in was enlarged to a 3' door. That took most of a day because I didn't want to make a mess in the house, and everything had three times as many oversized nails in it, than it really needed. Then I went back to putting the vinyl plank down. Installing Luxury Vinyl Plank goes along fairly well, but it's a lot of work for one person. Each piece requires getting up, and down from the floor multiple times sometimes. I have the hard part behind me, fitting it into four doorways down a hallway, ending in a curved wall, fitted flush with a slate floor at some weird angle, and ending against a stone chimney. The toolboxes are stacked there to hold the glued down ends of the flooring just right with the adjoining slate floor surface, and to help me remember not to step on it until it cures. Last night, I told Pam that I was unusually tired. I said that it wasn't really Hard work, but was very tiring. She said, "You do realize you're 70 years old now." I said I thought my young girlfriends were keeping me young. She said, "You WIsh." The house has so much wood in it, that we didn't really want woodgrain for the floor, but couldn't find anything else that the color went along with it. Everything currently in fashion is mostly gray, but this house is all warm tones. I wouldn't want this in a house we live in, but it looks like it will be good stuff for a lake rental house.
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    The last Cypress shingle job we did, we used 10,000 lineal feet of boards. My 70 year old back is not going to quarter that many logs with a chainsaw, any kind of way. I can't buy the boards quartersawn. If we do another one, I want to saw the boards like I want them sawn. I have one small job in mind, for my boathouse, that won't take anything like that amount of wood, but still won't be milling with a chainsaw. I had a chainsaw mill, back in the '80's, with two large motors. I sold it because anytime I ever had logs big enough to be worth the trouble, the people who owned the logs always wanted to keep the best slabs, and I never could figure that it was worth the work.
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    I saw that one, those guys are good, a little bit out of my league!
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    Quick update, the strip deck is just about completed. A lot of fiddling to get the pieces to fit and you really can do all of this by hand. I've been using a handsaw, block plane and rasps to fit together the strips. Here's were I'm at right now, hope to finish up the deck by the end of the weekend. Stern is pretty much done, 2 very small sections need to be filled in but I'll do that once I take the deck off for glassing; Bow is coming along; To fit together the pieces you need to cut your angles and make a cove where one is needed, rat tail rasp works great; Or make a bead where needed; That piece will fit here; Another neat tool is to use a small piece of stripping wrapped in sandpaper to help shape your coves and beads; Thanks for looking.
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    Tom, are you certain your last name isn't Sawyer? I'm looking forward to some timberframing pics!