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  1. 8 points
    I recently ordered and installed a Shelix for my jointer. Holy mackerel, believe the hype! My jointer is about 20 years old and I was going to replace it, only I couldn't afford a new one with a helical head and I didn't want straight blades again, so I compromised. This thing has transformed my jointer. That's the simplest way I can put it. Every I put through it comes back glass smooth and dead flat. Simple as that. Install was pretty straightforward. I had to use a gear puller to separate the old cutterhead from the to mounts that afixes the cutterhead to the machine. Aside from that, I just fumbled my way through it and it took about an hour. After a quick adjustment of the outfeed table, I was in business and that machine is now a joy to use. There is no downside that I've come across, except maybe cost. I elected to have them include bearings and I think it wasA little over $400 delivered. If you're on the fence, I can't recommend strongly enough. I'm already saving up to do my planer.
  2. 4 points
    Looks amazing! That inside baseboard joint reminds me of something that happened a long time ago. A friend was trying to build a house himself, never having done it before, and hired the cheapest help he could find. He wanted me to stop by, and give him some advice on a plumbing problem. I was driving a step van tool truck back then, and happened to be driving that. His helpers were putting in baseboard. They were trying to miter the corners, but that only resulted in a lot of cussing. Every time they nailed a piece in, the joint opened up. I went to the truck, and came back with a coping saw. One of them said to the other, "Look! He's done come back with a funny looking little saw. You gonna cut baseboard with That!!?" I cut the sheetrock tape out of the corner, behind where the baseboard was going, with the two rednecks watching closely. I nailed the first piece in, then used their miter saw to cut the second piece, and coped it. They were about a foot away from the saw action. I thought maybe they were near-sighted. I nailed the second piece in, and they both got down on their hands and knees, examining it with their eyes as close as they could get. One of them said, "DAYAM. It looks like it's done growed together!" I gave them the coping saw-not sure how it went past that.
  3. 3 points
    I am a senior and have done woodworking on a amateur level since old enough to hold a hammer. I have been able to create many different projects from dressers, sewing machine cabinet, toys CNC machine, etc. I have a photo library of many my positive projects and mistakes I made through this period. I just enjoy working with wood.
  4. 3 points
    My kids just reminded me the other day that I used to listen to him while I made lunch, wife worked days and I worked second shift, great memories, sorry for the HighJack Ross
  5. 2 points
    No worries, Dave. If you guys enjoyed Paul Harvey, I recommend that you check out Mike Rowe's "The Way I Heard It" podcast.
  6. 2 points
    That did come out nice Ross. I always enjoyed Paul Harvey's "The rest of the Story" Did I just date myself again?
  7. 2 points
    Floors are done, baseboard trim is done, cabinet cases are almost done, exercise room is done, air compressor and miter saw are out of the basement for the first time in nearly two years...its been a great day! Oh and in an added bonus we had live sports for the first time in months Next up counter tops. I need to get the sinks installed so I can get my final inspection done by 7/15 when my permit expires.
  8. 1 point
    When they reduced our hours in March I was told by my employer apply for unemployment to supplement my income so I have been filing claims since then. Unfortunately because of my income from working 32 hours a week I made to much to actually receive any payments. I called them Friday and they confirmed I will start receiving payments once my after this week. Also since I was furloughed and not layed off, I do not need to look for work. Jeremy
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    Getting damn close Paul. What type of flooring are you using in the bath and behind the bar? In looking for your bar top did you happen to look at this company https://www.concretecountertopsolutions.com I have been thinking about using their concrete system in my kitchen counters.
  12. 1 point
    You're knocking it outa the park. Very well done.
  13. 1 point
    100% agree with both replies above. I made this table to use the remnant of soapstone we had left over and it's no where near 270 lbs. Maybe 100 lbs. Either way the vertical load is not as much of an issue as keeping it from wracking front to back and side to side. You can see in the photos that I used two front to back supports that are mortised through the front and rear stretchers, as well as side stretchers and double side to side on the front and rear and a lower one in the rear.. It still wobbles a little if you lean too hard against it. EDIT: Now that I look at the top photo I noticed the table behind it which was originally intended to be used as a dining table. The legs are 3" square, but it has a 3" wide apron going around it joining the legs together and providing a means for attaching the top. The top is 1" MDF with stainless steel covering it. The top weighs about 150 lbs. I now use it as an assembly table (stainless steel is really cold when you rest your forearms on it!) and it's very stable. Here are the two front to back "hidden" stretchers supporting the top. I didn't use any adhesive to affix the top to the base. The weight is more than enough to hold it in place.
  14. 1 point
    Grabavetskiy's school is online but he does travel to various schools like Marc Adam's to teach as well. And here I thought "O'Henry" was a candy bar.
  15. 1 point
    Like most woodworking tools that come in different sizes, this can easily become an obsession! I like Buck chisels for cost/performance, but Narex makes a decent chisel for the price as well. I also have a few Stanley chisels. There are many different manufacturers though and what's available in your area may drive your choice. The metric vs. Imperial thing is a matter of taste, I think, although some good rationale has been posted for them and I don't disagree with those. However, I only have one metric chisel (10mm) and prefer my 3/8" over that. The 1/4", 3/8", 1/2" and 1" sizes would be what I would go with to start. Then fill in wherever you find the need. The 3/4" recommendation is good as a lot of the wood you work with will be that dimension. I have one 1 1/2" chisel that, as was mentioned, helps define a scoring line while keeping it square (easier to reference off a wide chisel than several bites with a narrower chisel). It doesn't get much use beyond that, thus it stays sharp. I also have a 1/8" chisel that comes in handy for tiny cleanup areas and small mortises (it is a mortise chisel but has other uses). You may want to look into paring chisels as well, although I don't think anyone needs a full set of those. I've been getting by for a long time with just one 1/4" paring chisel. YMMV. Kinda depends on what you're doing as well. If you are cutting mortises and tenons, you should look at mortise chisels but that's a whole 'nother topic. If you want to do dovetails some folks think that demands a fishtail chisel for cleaning out blind sockets. With all the options out there it's hard to figure what's first, but I recommend you start with one of the recommended size groups on this thread. I also recommend that you buy double bevel chisels as they are the most versatile for general work. Get the best sharpening system you can afford. It will deliver for a long time and deliver satisfaction when your tools are sharp. I love the "angels sing" reference 'cause that's kinda what it's like to work with very sharp tools. Everything is easier (including accidentally cutting yourself!).
  16. 1 point
    It's called dumpster diving. Read careflully through the above responses. Eveyone has a good set of chisels and a beater set ( The ones they first owned) . You don't need to buy the best you can afford right off the bat. Even a cheap set of chisels can work for you as long as you keep them sharp. You may have to hone or sharpen more often but the expereience you gain will help you when it cames time to upgrade. It is possible to use sandpaper but you won't be saving money in the long run. I am fearful that, if you use sandpaper, you will not really get your chisels razor sharp. I recommend stones (1000, 4000, 8000) and a honing guilde to keep you propoer bevel angle. You can use can use coarse sandpaper for the coarser work if you really need to remove metal) Nothing is more frustrating than than working with dull chisels. And until you do get one razor sharp (You wil hear the angels singing when you take you first cut), you won't even know that your chisels could be sharper.
  17. 1 point
    I have always heard that California Air Tools are quiet. I have never heard anyone say the same of any other brand.
  18. 0 points
    I am now an official victim of COVID-19. After 3 months of working from home @ reduced hours I was furloughed, along with 35 other people, until further notice. It looks like I will be off work for at least 2-3 months if the company itself survives. The good news is I will be able to collect unemployment. Because I was furloughed I do not need to look for a new job but I still will just in case the company does not make it. I am looking forward to spending more time in the garage working on woodworking projects. I also plan on working outside replacing my fence once the weather gets better. Jeremy