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  1. 5 points
    I saw it too late to post before the event, but Fine Woodworking just hosted a free webinar with Bob Van Dyke of the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. He discussed making jigs for routing curves on a router table. Tom McKenna will be posting the whole thing to their website soon. Nice job Bob and Tom!
  2. 5 points
    Scooby, I’ll extend my offer a little further. When you get you a decent table saw and pick you a project that you would like to build, send me a pm. I’ll be glad to meet you at one of the afore mentioned 3 lumber suppliers, load the lumber in my truck and bring it back to my shop. From there we can joint and plane it and cut it into some manageable pieces that you can it take back home. Again, from the visit to my shop, you can determine what wood working machines you think would be helpful to you. And you can start with some inexpensive stuff like poplar or oak. And with minimal investment, you might think that it’s not the route you want to go after all. But hopefully you don’t decide that.
  3. 4 points
    And here it is https://www.finewoodworking.com/2020/05/14/free-webinar-jigs-for-routing-perfect-curves-with-bob-van-dyke
  4. 4 points
    Scooby, don't look a gift horse in the mouth. A very generous offer you must do. Coop, you are a big hearted man. I applaud you! Scooby you have a very capable and willing mentor. Count yourself lucky! Jump on the deal!
  5. 4 points
    He's not running out of calendar, he's running out of the house. Sharon's got a to do list for him, that he can't finish if he lives to twice his age.
  6. 3 points
    I buff it by hand with an old t-shirt/cotton rag in each hand. I recently bought the Osmo Top Oil product and tried it out on an end grain cutting board. According to the description of Osmo Top Oil, it can be used on cutting surfaces. I applied it similar to how I applied mineral oil, rub it in, wipe off the excess, repeat 2-3 times. I think this is going to be my go to finishing product for cutting boards from now on. It doesn’t build a film, it penetrates the wood, makes it water resistant, and the best thing is that it doesn’t darken end grain like mineral oil does so the colors of the woods used really stand out. I guess now I’ll have to find out how durable it is.
  7. 2 points
    Also, I’d recommend using a round nose bit for a drip groove. Much easier to clean.
  8. 2 points
    I've tried using the shop vac I use in the house because of his hair. He puts up with it for a couple of minutes, then he wants to stick his nose in the hose. I need his loose hair in the vac, not his snot.
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  10. 2 points
    I actually demand more from myself than she does. She’s pretty easy on the old man but it might just be a ploy. June 30th will be my bologna sandwiches and chips going away party. I was told if I wanted beer, I will have to bring my own.
  11. 2 points
    No kidding i drove Ford Escorts for over a decade early in our marriage. They carried everything including lumber, pavers, retaining wall blocks, mulch, and the craziest one ever (for me anyway) was two 1 11/2" thick by 12" wide by 12" LVL beams for a basement project
  12. 1 point
    @Scooby The free step stool project is up on the guild now - https://thewoodwhispererguild.com/product/dovetailed-step-stools/
  13. 1 point
    @Leaseman, is that a carbide or HSS bit? The steel bits can dull very easily & one they're done, they will burn badly.
  14. 1 point
    And if you have an extremely steady hand, and if you've had tons of practice. I've tried free handing just enough to know that I'll never be able to to a good job of it, so I don't. The exception is when removing material where I don't need to follow a line. I dare say that free hand routing a straight line is impossible.
  15. 1 point
    Ours are little athletes too. This is a chart of the 10 fastest Havanese currently running in Agility Trials. We have two in the top 10. Those are the only two that came from here, who are competing in agility, and their owners are nothing like athletes. https://baddogagility.com/Havanese-ranking-by-powerscore-for-2020-through-q1/?fbclid=IwAR1en0HadjoefsRzqm0Ym__nR9-LHJDYvSIEJtNdkwTZol1e-dFVMn1r_fk
  16. 1 point
    @Chip Sawdust, I have been looking for more info about the new Rigid R4520 table saw these days. The previous model R4512 is no longer offered in store. I also joined the FB Rigid owner group but I have not found much. Probably the R4520 is too new to the community. The review on HD about this saw is not very encouraging so I am hesitating. My budget for the table saw will be ~$700 and still looking. I heard a lot of ppl giving praise for the Delta table saw because of the fence. I will take advantage of Father Day deals and will buy one on that day. After receiving the feedback from our wonderful members in this forum, I also plan to save up for planer/jointer but it may take awhile. Also, thanks for your feedback about sharpening and the book. I will look into those.
  17. 1 point
    Oh and welcome to the forum and this wonderful hobby/occupation! It's addictive when you start to form wood into things that were previously only in your mind
  18. 1 point
    I have the same saw, with the #2 arbor (they all have it now) that replaced the one that was causing some alignment problems in the early generations. I see the saw has gone up a couple hundred since I bought mine. I like the saw; the only gripe I have is making zero clearance inserts for it since the opening around the blade is tapered. But hey, it's a skill builder for you to fit a piece in there I don't see any reason to get another saw, although your mileage may vary. The planer is a requirement if you want to make actual furniture. I have the "silver standard" DeWalt 734 lunchbox type, and it's been working well for me for years. You will need a good dust collector for it though; planers make a lot of sawdust in a short amount of time. I bought the Harbor Freight DC for well under $200; lots of people have that one. I didn't have a planer when I built my bench; you won't need one either (or for building shop stands/furniture). But later projects will pretty much require one. I bought a Cutec 6" jointer and it's reasonably priced, with the added bonus of a segmented head which is easy to keep sharp. It works for most of the projects I have, which are quite varied. It's not large, but it's a good unit and good place to start. I like the recommendation of a hand plane. Rather than a big, long jack plane, I'd opt first for a good bench plane/block plane. I think it will provide more utility for you in chamfering edges, trimming mortises and such. A smoothing plane might be a good choice in between a block plane and a jack plane. Also a decent set of chisels (double bevel) and a sharpening system. There are many setups for sharpening; that could (and has been) be a thread all on its own. Books have been written about sharpening; I recommend reading Ron Hock's book; it has all the scientific info you might want on metallurgy, and how to sharpen anything you have in the shop. Sharpening is one of the most important things you do in the shop. Sharp tools are safer than dull ones so don't be afraid to have very, very sharp tools. They are also a pleasure to work with.
  19. 1 point
    Today ends the 11th week of teleworking for me. I can't say I've missed the commute; I've saved a lot of gas and time this way. I can't say I miss the office - I prefer my home to anywhere else. Can't say I'll miss putting on a mask to go into any store though; that will be a relief. What's the end game? When someone announces there's a vaccine or reliable treatment for this bug. But who knows when that will happen? Some say a year from now, others say they're working on it at breakneck pace. So meanwhile we stay home and try not to get any work missed that can be done electronically. Surprisingly, our office has adapted quite well to the new normal, with electronic processes in place we never pondered before. So when things do go back to "normal," it won't be the same at all. I expect to spend a lot more time working from home and not making that commute. I expect a lot of other offices will do that same. I expect some landlords to lose their primo business leases when the business owners look around and say, "I don't need all this floor space when I can have people do their work from home." So real estate will shift in the commercial realm until creative managers can find a new way to use that building.
  20. 1 point
    Hi Coop, That is sooooo sweet!!! Yes, I will hunt for a table saw and get it ready before I pm you for the trip. Having a mentor will definitely speed up my learning curve. Thanks in advance!!!
  21. 1 point
    I finally built one earlier this year for the Ridgid oscillating sander and Makita planer. First time building from plans but after looking a lots of Youtube on the subject, Fishers Shop plan looked like the best. I like that it can stay plugged in while rotating and I added a toggle clamp for the pivot lock. I'll try and post a pic later. Having a full shop in a two car garage can be challenging .
  22. 1 point
    Send me the address. I'll make sure you have beer!
  23. 1 point
    1. It's in my shop 2. For joinery it's much easier and faster than programming and fixturing on a CNC. 3. It's very difficult to do things like dovetails and box joints on a CNC. I've done mortises on a CNC fairly often, but the setup, locating, etc is something of a pain. CNCs are great for lots of things, but not for everything. PS - Next time you're up in this area let me know. Happy to demo it for you!
  24. 1 point
    You keep moving this date... You are running out of calendar.
  25. 1 point
    We use cedar in decks because it weathers nicely untreated. I’d be tempted to wet the whole wall down. It looks like bleeding tannins unless it is still wet. If you try it, start with a small inconspicuous area.
  26. 1 point
    Well, 10 weeks down, starting 11. At this point all of my woodworking clubs and my wife's sewing clubs have tried virtual meetings on Zoom. It's better than nothing, but not really the same as meeting in person. And it's hard to practice social distancing--Zoom puts all those little boxes right next to each other.
  27. 1 point
    I was going to suggest McMaster Carr, too. That's where I'd look for "quality", but I'm in the drill bits are consumable camp, so I usually buy a set from the hardware store that looks decent. As far as techniques, I have learned the hard way to always peck drill. Also a drill guide is simple to use and cheap.
  28. 1 point
    I think you will get more positive reviews around here on this Ridgid Table Saw then the Delta you mentioned above. Get a battery operated Circular saw like this Battery operated Circular Saw and carry it in your vehicle so you can cut lumber down to size that will fit in the car. And Welcome to the forum Scooby
  29. 1 point
    It's to late for me. I'd love a dog that doesn't shed. Mine is a Lab/Newfie and sheds twice a year. Jan to july, then a day break then July to Jan. I've cleaned out 6 dogs worth of hair since Jan.
  30. 0 points
    Sadly, I don’t own any Binford tools.