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  1. 6 points
    In this day and age of negativity - I thought I'd share a little positive. My Stanley Fatmax 16' tape broke at the rivet on the 1" mark. I called Stanley this morning and spoke with a very pleasant woman. I was happy to find out that tape measure has a lifetime warranty and Stanley will send out a replacement ASAP. No B.S. No photo of damaged tape required. It's going to take around 10 business days before the replacement arrives (which is okay) so I'll have to go buy another one today since I use it every day. Can't have too many tape measures, right? The nice lady even apologized for the problem I was having and as a special bonus, she was from Tennessee, not someone named Bob from India that could hardly be understood. I really appreciate great customer service and Stanley certainly has it. That is all - carry on!
  2. 5 points
    Just got back after spending five full days with Roy Underhill at his Woodwrights School in Pittsboro, NC in a class of seven students, each building a spring pole lathe with old methods and machines. So much I want to write about it, but here’s the broad strokes: The Spring Pole Lathe: An archaic machine from erstwhile times that still works remarkably well. Uses reciprocating instead of continuous motion. Look it up. Time: 5 days of non-stop work excepting a break for lunch. Was wonderful exercise and had no problem getting to sleep each night. Long days on your feet. Hand Work: I’ve never cut (6”) tenons by hand...or chopped out giant mortises, but sure enough (with a lot of Roy tips) they were accurate and snug. Learned a LOT about very accurate framing square layout using very non-square boards. Ogee profiles using hollows and rounds...hogged out holes with auger bits chucked up in braces...you name it. Hand Tools: I brought some tools but wound up using everything at the school instead (except my LN block plane). They were all in great shape and sharp. If your #7 blade got dull...well...there were 3 more next to it under your bench. Insanely sharp saws. Plus every plane, hollow, round, panel gauge, moving fillister, etc, you could dream of. The MACHINES! Barnes #5 metal lathe and Barnes Combo Machine (treadle ‘tablesaw) a foot pressed mortising machine...a 2 handed boring machine...stuff that should be in a museum...all in good working order and being used by the students. So cool. The Tool Shop: Ed restores tools and runs the tool store upstairs. Everything you can think of and you have the peace of mind that you’re getting an authentic piece at a fair price. I picked up a few bit and braces egg beater, 2 adze(s) and an old number five. My Classmates: I was in a class of seven. As the week went on I got perpetually behind everyone else. Was actually surprised that I was the only one that hadn’t cut giant mortises and tenons by hand. A few of them had taken the workbench class already so large hand cut joinery was old hat. I would have never finished but for the gracious help of my classmates that were ahead. Roy mentioned that this aspect was the favorite part of his classes. Roy: Roy was on brand. No disappointment there. The final product:
  3. 5 points
    Got out to the shop for the first time in a month ...What did I do...well I cleaned it of course but it did feel good just to be out there
  4. 4 points
    Very no-frills due to short time frame. Extended family member with plenty of time but, decided at the last minute.
  5. 3 points
    As to the ZCI bandsaw request. Today I had to build a quick ZCI table for my saw because I've got to cut a lot of very tiny cuts to make. My Bandsaw table is already drilled for a secondary top. The green tape shows where I drilled the cast iron top. Worn out ZCI and a unused spare one shown as examples. I used a scrap of prefinished ply from another jig. Measured from the column to the outside of the table and from the front of the table to the back of the machine base. Ripped a stopped cut on the tablesaw for the blade. Ok so what woodworker worth anything wouldn't round the corners, break the edges, and sand/buff out the surface ? I had the Domino handy and some of my extra wide homemade dominos. Plunged a cut so the Domino would hold the kerf still while the new top is in use. Anything to keep the kerf aligned would work, I just grabbed what was handy. Cuttting 1/4" UMHW to an exact circle and rabbeting it isn't easy. I've got 2 left before I've got to do it again. Laying out the ZCI top, cutting it, sanding & rounding the corners & screwing it in place took less than 30 minutes.
  6. 3 points
    Wow Vinny, just wow. I’m sure it was a great experience and the pictures are great. I met Sir Roy in Amana Iowa, he’s the real deal for sure.
  7. 2 points
    I've been lurking these forums for quite some time, and just recently started posting a bit. I joined here to get involved in the woodworking community, so I suppose I should actually get involved instead of hiding in the shadows! A bit about myself: I have helped renovate several houses in the past, and I've always enjoyed fixing things and working with my hands, but I had no prior exposure to woodworking except for turning a couple pens. My high school offered wood shop classes, but sadly at the time I thought it was "uncool." Luckily I did have much interest in the school's offering of CAD classes, of which I took all (and more). I only became interested in woodworking a couple years ago, and spent about a year as an online woodworker (as in, I just watched youtube videos and read articles/blog posts). Last year my wife got tired of me spending countless hours of watching youtube videos but not taking my interest any further, so she bought me a jobsite table saw. That began the all-consuming obsession that it has become. My projects over the past year-ish: My first project was a bookshelf for our then soon-coming daughter. I decided to make a bookshelf for her, since we were receiving a lot of children's books as gifts. It was made from big box store 3/4" birch plywood, the shelves were glued into dados on the sides, and the back was 1/4" ply, tacked onto the back with brad nails. The front is sloped back, making each shelf deeper as you go from top to bottom, hopefully adding some stability when it inevitably becomes a ladder. I learned a lot from my mistakes on this project. Next I made a bassinet stand for our daughter. We received a bassinet/playpen combo as a gift, but I wanted a separate stand for the bassinet. We wanted her to sleep in our room, but didn't want to have the full playpen in the room as well. This was made from cheap pine furring strips from the big box store, joined with pocket holes (I wanted to go with M&T, but we were days away from her due date, so I needed to get the job done quickly). I learned a lot from my mistakes on this project. Next I made a little step stool for my wife and daughter. I had a bit of extra maple from my next project, so I decided to do a quick unplanned project. As you'll see, my next project was much bigger, so I just needed a quick-win. I learned a lot from my mistakes on this project. I had been using a plastic/metal folding card table as a desk for a while, and most of the mass manufactured desks are too short for me to use comfortably. So I made the jump from making small weekend projects into designing and building an executive style desk for myself. It is just over 7' wide and 33" deep. There are two file cabinet drawers on the right side. The left side has two small drawers for pens, papers, etc, and a cabinet for my computer tower. It has built-in cable management, and there is only a single power cable exiting the desk (except for the montor's power and HDMI running out of the cable management tray to the monitor). The top is two layers of 3/4" ply with solid maple edging, the cabinets are 3/4" ply construction with 1/2" ply backing and the drawers are 1/2" ply. All of the drawers are 24" deep with full extension slides. The visible ply "cabinet grade" maple ply. The bottom layer of ply that makes up the desk top is baltic birch ply. It is ridiculously heavy and solid. The maple ply was stained (insert groans) with a 'cherry' color, and the edging was stained (more groans) with a darker stain, but I cannot recall the name of it. The day after I stained everything, I read that maple tends to be a blotchy species, but I was happy with my results. The solid maple edging seemed to be more blotchy, but I actually like the effect it gave. I also made a little side cabinet for my printer, briefcase, and extra computer to sit in. Eventually I will make a door for it. Everything was finished with several coats of satin GF ARS, following Cremona's method. I learned a lot from my mistakes on this project. And finally my most recent project was a dresser for my daughter. We had been using little cube totes to store her clothes, but as she has gotten bigger that method was becoming a hassle. I had leftover ply from my desk project, so I used 3/4" maple ply for the carcase, 1/2" ply for the drawers and drawer dividers, and 1/4" ply for the drawer bottoms. I used solid maple to make a face frame and runners for the drawers to slide on. I turned the knobs on my lathe out of 2"x2" ash stock. It was all painted (gasp!) to my wife's liking. I learned a lot from my mistakes on this project. Hopefully my last plywood project for a while. Next up will be a desk for my wife. It will also be painted, so I bought a bunch of poplar to use. I'll probably use something harder for the desk top. I may create a project journal for the build, depending on how harsh you all are in this thread Thanks for reading! John
  8. 2 points
    While a planer & jointer have been on my wish list, it hasn't been in the budget (ideally, I would have loved a Jet JJP-10HH, but at $3,500 it is well out reach at the present). I often scan Craigslist (via searchtempest.com) and Facebook Marketplace, as well as various forums in search of a bargain, and while they can be few and sometimes far between, occasional gems do pop up. Diligence can be a friend in this. Last Monday evening I saw a forum post for a Dewalt DW735 package with the extra blades and the extension tables for $450, first available via Ebay and shortly thereafter via Amazon (which evidently lowered their prices to match the Ebay listing). After conferring with my Chief Financial Officer (and wonderful spouse), I ordered one from Amazon just after midnight on Tuesday at the $450 price. By Tuesday afternoon, the Amazon price was back up to $599.99 (today it is listed at $579.99), and the Ebay offering has ended because the item is no longer available. Of course, the companion to a planer is a jointer and while you can find many 6" jointers, larger ones can be more difficult to come by. Interestingly, I found a well cared for three year old 8" Grizzly G0490 Parallelogram Bed Jointer listed for $800 on Facebook. The posting was less than a day old and after a one hour drive, I picked it up last night for $750 (new price is $1,145 shipped and they are presently backordered). Ideally I would like to upgrade each to Helical Heads at some point, but for the price point I made my purchases, I have my foot in the door at a reasonable cost and can begin work in areas that wasn't possible before. There is disappointment to be found in bargain hunting too and after coming in from a tree planting (I have a 103 acre tree farm), I found a new Facebook Marketplace listing for an almost new Jet Dust Collector (with the canister filter) and a picture of a Jet Dust Filtration Unit (the ceiling mounted type) in a box listed for $150 and located about half an hour from me. Upon contacting the seller, someone else had already jumped on it and while she gave me the opportunity to get it if they didn't take it, they gobbled it up. I'm still kicking my bottom over that lost opportunity, but it has increased my faith in the possibilities that are available.
  9. 2 points
    It's a great thing when you have a sharp endmill, have your feeds and speeds just right, and go whole hog on a material and see those perfectly formed little chips fly. Also is that a 2 flute downcut spiral?
  10. 2 points
    Our’s was a poor man’s outhouse with an enclosure attached. But some darned fine memories to go with it.
  11. 2 points
    Fantastic!! Ready to unload those ugly, yellow machines you picked up a week or so ago??
  12. 2 points
    And you can hang your shirt on it when not using it.
  13. 2 points
    I agree that racking could be a problem. An Interior divider fo 3/4" plywood would do the trick (could install with pocket screws) - easy. Another option is to add face frames to both sides like on kitchen cabinets. That will add a lot of sitffness. I would make the face frames stiles 3x the thickness of you plywood - makes using scraps of your plywood as blocking fit perfectly to support the drawer glides.
  14. 1 point
    Just buy a new Robust.
  15. 1 point
    Here's the finished results. I should have taken a before picture. It looked a lot worse on this side, than the small view picture I posted earlier of the other side. If anyone is interested, I took pictures of my method of the easy way of putting on a standing seam ridge cap, and can post a how-to in a separate thread. If you have a job like this to do for yourself, you can save yourself several thousand dollars in labor. It's not really hard work, if you use your head, and are comfortable walking on the roof. This one was not very steep, so didn't require any scaffolding on top. Putting the extra layer of plywood on it allowed us to pull a line across the top row of plywood, and straighten it out with wedges under the new layer of plywood, so it looks a lot more even than it did before. This is not what I normally do for a living, but turned out to be a good week's hustle when I really wasn't even planning on doing it, and probably wouldn't have if the metal company didn't get mixed up, and call me to tell me the metal was ready, rather than giving me a price on it, like I asked. This is only my second time dealing with this company. I like them a lot, and the price can't be beat, so I just jumped in and got it done, making everyone happy. If anyone is curious, I just used the ruler on Google Earth, and it's .98 miles to that point, that you see across the lake, to the left of that pontoon boat out on the water.
  16. 1 point
    Welcome to the forms John. These are some nice first projects. Don't be shy on us. Journals help you learn, and they help us learn. Even showing mistakes and how they happened and how you fixed them is a learning experience for all.
  17. 1 point
    Great find! One point of interest Collin, in case you don't have the manual, you are NOT supposed to switch the speed selector unless the motor is running.
  18. 1 point
    One important key to garage shop simplicity.
  19. 1 point
    I have used 2D and 3D Adaptive Clearing in Fusion 360 before but I've never used it correctly. The concept behind the toolpath profile is easy to understand but hard to commit to doing, at least it was for me. Each time I've used it with a 1/4" spiral bit, for instance, I've used a max stepdown of 0.20". So if I had a pocket that was 0.375" deep it took two passes to reach the bottom. And with the way the Adaptive Clearing toolpath works it is slower than other profile choices so it takes a while to clear a path. Well, today I decided to use it the way it was designed and that's to cut the full depth of the pocket in one pass. I had a very large Maple trivet to cut, 15" square, and doing it my 'old' way the toolpath projected time was 56 minutes. I changed the stepdown depth to allow for cutting in one pass and I cut the entire toolpath profile in about 20 minutes. And the shavings are large and clean - no burning or dust, just large chips like they're supposed to be. So here's what I cut - You can see the chips here - Full path completed - After 20 minutes of full depth cutting I touched the bit and spindle as soon as it stopped - it was cool to the touch. Trivet with mineral oil - David
  20. 1 point
    Thanks for the kind words all. I cheat a bit when I'm hurried. I made a right angle jig out of scrap ply (just an "L" with base and face about 8" wide) to help me hold the parts vertically. I used an 1/8" round over bit in the router table to rough them out. then used strips of sandpaper much as you describe to clean them up using up to 800 grit on the end grain. Not as involved as it sounds, it went very quickly.
  21. 1 point
    A stiff toekick on both sides, partial backs wherever you can insert them, some sort of faceframe wouldn't hurt either. Glue and screws everywhere goes without saying. Kreg screws & glue to install the backs is a workable approach in my mind.
  22. 1 point
    I was looking at the festool drywall gun mainly because i have the 18V batteries and i plan to drywall my garage sometime in the near future. I noticed that the DWC 18-4500 kit costs more than buying the bare tool and the batteries and charger separate. Curious i was missing something i left a question on festool products website and I'll share my response below. I found it entertaining.
  23. 1 point
    Heck of a deal! Thanks Steve
  24. 1 point
    Don't be thinking the Craftsman power tools of the 70s were that great. In the early 70s my dad bought 5 or 6 tools; router, sander, jig saw & I can't remember what else. Within a year they were all dead or just tossed because they were so bad at what they were supposed to do. Craftsman hand tools were pretty good though.
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    Exactly my feeling about the school and Roy. Spent 2017 in NC, just 45 min from Pittsboro and ended up taking 4 classes at the school: the tool box, next the bench, then a one day sharpening with Bill and finally the Windsor chair with Elia. Did know nothing about woodworking before that. Now I am addicted.
  27. 1 point
    Sad occasions bring out the determination to create in this crowd .I'm glad you were able to fill the request with such an impressive urn. I felt honored when my family tucked the urn I built for my favorite Aunt's pet Boston Terrier in her casket so he could go with her.
  28. 1 point
    I didn't want to hijack another thread with archaic machines. I went to a fair earlier in the year that focused on lost trades. Lots of interesting things to see. One of them were these pedal powered scroll saws.
  29. 1 point
    I always forget about magnets ... ordered.
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  32. 1 point
    Looking very good! Great project!
  33. 1 point
    There's something satisfying about using stuff from the last employment on a new better job. I can't comment on the ease of workability, though. Flock might work, but consider buying some velvet from the fabric store and lining with that. It would be a lot more upscale and if you're going to poke a finger at your new coworkers then you want to leave the full finger print. You really should include something turned in the piece. Could be drawer knobs.
  34. 1 point
    Not sure if the Milwaukees are still built the way they were a decade or so ago but, I have several and all they do is work. The 5616-24 has one of the smoothest plunge bases I've used. I am a little prejudiced since I have several 5615 and 5616 motors which allow me to swap motors and bases for all sorts of combinations. If their quality is still there, I would go that route in a heartbeat. I have a dozen years on the 5625 in my router table and is gets used . . . a lot. The little 5615's I use for things just a bit much for a trim router have been worked hard for at least that long and run as tight and true as day one. We all tend to recommend those tools that have served us well so take that into account . Here's some of them. I keep thinking that surely one of them will need brushes someday.
  35. 1 point
    Glad to say he is out of ICU and into a room now. If everything goes good he will be home in about two weeks. I need to get in some shop time tomorrow. Thank you
  36. 1 point
    You could ... do the bent lamination
  37. 1 point
    Here are some on the other side of the cove on the right side of our point. It's not allowed for them to be closed in here, other than a small storage room, like the one in Chestnut's pic.
  38. 1 point
    They can also be built on rivers but you drive the boat in and tie it up to a dock or if your fancy have a lift inside to life the boat out of the water. It's like a garage for your boat. I guess what tom described is a bit different that the picture probably the roof with out the sides.
  39. 1 point
    @lewisc , that's still better than any day at work!
  40. 1 point
    Recovering in Zion Park from a hike to Angel's Landing. The down hill was brutal (wood working doesn't seem to do much for leg fitness!)