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  1. My Christmas gift finally arrived ... Veritas medium router plane, back-ordered 4 months.
    9 points
  2. So we got our first package of bees today! Typically you can have packages of bees mailed to you, but this year it seems that all suppliers are doing pickup only. So, how do you mail or store bees? Bees need a gap of 3/16"-1/4" in order to fit through, so 1/8" mesh will safely contain the bees while allowing plenty of air. In the center of the box, there is a metal can full of sugar water with a few small holes in the bottom to feed the bees while in transit. Suspended next to the feeding can is a small wooden box called a queen cage. It has one mesh side, and a hole on each end. On
    8 points
  3. Finished product! Decided since this was my first time solely using hand tools for sawing, flattening, dimensioning, jointing, etc I’d start off with something pretty easy like a cutting board. It’s nothing special, but was a nice little training exercise.
    7 points
  4. Trying out something. I've read and seen alton brown use a hot plate and cardboard box for a smoker so i figured I'd try it out. The nice part about his method is he uses sawdust to get smoke. I have a LOT of sawdust. Inside the card board box is a hot plate with a sawdust filled cast iron pan. Dowels go through the cardboard box to suspend the food. I'm smoking a chuck roast to make some shreaded beef sandwiches. Sawdust is a mix of walnut and cherry for a good heavy smoke flavor. From my research walnut is similar to misquite but a bit heavier and stronger so it's suges
    6 points
  5. How furniture makers bore for Romex
    6 points
  6. Normally these would come in the mail, but with all the issues with that lately, everyone is doing local pickup only. Approx 10,000 bees (3 pounds).
    6 points
  7. What lies behind drawer #1? The underbench cabinet is done .... ... and now the drawers are being filled, starting with the centre drawer in the top row. There are 10 drawers in all, and the aim is to use the space as efficiently as possible. Into this cabinet will be those tools I want close at hand, and to access readily. The centre drawers in the top two rows are for marking tools. The top drawer will be for squares I use all the time. Opening the drawer produces a 300mm Starrett combination square, a 150mm Starrett double square, and a V
    6 points
  8. Finally starting the boat today...
    5 points
  9. I will have an outdoor switch and outlet at each door. I like the box just shy of flush and use a quick "jig" to help with alignment. These lockable covers will activate a "porch" light over each door and provide an outlet for whatever one may want one for in those areas.
    5 points
  10. Finally was able to make some more progress this week! Got all of the parts laid out, jointery cut, arches cut on the side parts, and tapers cut on the legs. I recently bought a “better” band saw blade than what came stock on the saw and was really impressed with how much smoother it cut than the original blade. Way worth the small cost for the upgrade. I do not use the band saw a lot currently but have started to tinker with the guide bearings and blade and it does make some small improvements in the cuts. Luckily for this project just a little sanding on the curves and the jointer to fix th
    5 points
  11. Dendrobium orchids. Blooming now. Fragrant...
    5 points
  12. @jussi Here is picture of the DC at fence complete and, it works great.
    5 points
  13. Well known, but I was just pointing out the ugliest.
    5 points
  14. Fed x came late with a package I have been looking for. Assemble the tool is first...
    4 points
  15. It's not too bad with some headphones on. Got 5 hours of work done on the doors Thursday with the kids gone. Milled up replacement trim last night out of 2x6s since I couldn't find any 6/4 or 8/4 poplar or maple close by and I don't want to pay $25/door for the pre-made stuff. Hoping I can get time to finish that today so I can start getting some doors back up tomorrow. Thankfully my wife has been painting the doors while I build them. If I had a bigger shop or a proper workbench with casters I'd be a lot quicker. Feel like I'm spending a ton of time moving things around but my tempo
    4 points
  16. Did ya use a forstner bit from each side to minimize the tearout too?
    4 points
  17. Hey bud, my course and fine Galahad’s will leave Houston via UPS, headed your way tomorrow. Do I need to write my name on them so you will remember where you got them? Hell getting old ain’t it! Correction, I will send via USPS as they furnish the box.
    4 points
  18. If you call them natural edge studs you can actually charge more for the house.
    4 points
  19. My first Panto M &T. An amazing machine. The learning curve is steep here at the beginning. I imagine the curve will flatten in time. I intend to build a base unit when I can find the time. I ordered the plans. If you buy the all in package there is nothing else to buy.
    3 points
  20. Well, I looked around a lot but after hearing wtnhighlander's recommendation I went to the nearest Sawstop dealer to me which is in Bartlet, TN. I would definitely go back.
    3 points
  21. Seriously, I did use a backer board to make the self-feed keep feeding once it exited the 2x. Pretty much the effort involved is holding the drill motor and aiming .
    3 points
  22. Also the next step CRAFT. Cant remember a f***ing thing!
    3 points
  23. My grandma used to say she had CRS. Can't remember s$#@
    3 points
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  25. Nothing that shows but I finished sealing the control joints.
    3 points
  26. I've never seen that stuff before. I built this coffered ceiling with MDF, and Powergrab-no other fasteners. Coffers are about 4x5 feet, were built in the shop, and put in place with two sheetrock lifts. I'll go to great lengths to avoid sheetrock.
    3 points
  27. Finished the external electrical boxes today but this was the highlight.
    2 points
  28. First, universal warnings like Prop 65 are kind of useless. You know the #1 cause of death in the US? Birth, as in being alive. Warning people that anything they taste, touch, smell, or look at funny may eventually kill them is quite redundant. Now that the rant is over, I would suggest (as a woodworker) that some natural wood boards, tounged, grooved, and beaded, will make wonderful wainscoat. No artifical materials needed. But the practical side of me says look for a plywood wainscoat product at the upper side of what you can afford, as cost roughly follows quality, and quality is
    2 points
  29. Good ol’ California. Guess what also has a Prop 65 warning? The OB/GYN office and the hospital. When we were expecting our first in CA, we would always laugh at the Prop 65 warnings by the entrances to those buildings. The trouble with their Prop 65 warnings is that you can’t tell which items are actually a potential health hazard when everything has the warning on it.
    2 points
  30. Sure use them for table tops they'd look great. As benches they may see wear as well doesn't matter as table or bench dents dings and wear are going to happen. Cracks defects voids. Epoxy, epoxy, epoxy ... maybe bowties if you feel like getting fance for the cracks. Look into oil finishes like Penofin, or even the hardwax finishes like Osmo outdoor finishes. I've used an outdoor tung oil and really liked it from the real milk paint company. None of these form films and refinishing is as simple as re applying the finish. The only sanding necessary is what ever you think is important.
    2 points
  31. Looks like you have some Elm there? I can't see the bark that close but I'd guess American Elm. I've milled quite a bit of material from yard trees both mine and neighbors. I've done it with a chain saw mill, free hand like you did, and also on my band saw in my shop. It works well and you can get some smaller usable pieces pretty easy. I made these from an apple tree. The 1 year per inch is more of a myth than it is a rule. Drying time varies immensely depending on location, temperature and humidity levels. I can dry 1" boards in my basement in 60-90 days. at 45% humidity and
    2 points
  32. I found a neighbor to sell it to for 2k, I didnt want to put any more sweat into it. The inside of the roof needs stripped and redone. Ive got better things to do with my time.
    2 points
  33. Once you get the kinks ironed out of this prototype, the real deal will be made of some nice wood with fancy joints and Brusso hinges, right?
    2 points
  34. FINALLY.... After looking at the recommendations in this thread I settled on the ROS65VC-5 but they have been back ordered. I was wanting a 5" sander because I had already bought several hundred 5" discs. The other day I got a notification they were back in stock on Amazon. When I went to buy it I discovered ROS65VC-6 was selling for $20 less. So I decided to order the 6" sander and a 5" replacement pad ($16) and some 6" sandpaper. I plan on putting the 5" pad on for most of the work I do and I can put the 6" one on when I need to sand bigger surfaces.
    2 points
  35. I love smoked chuck we use it for all sorts of things Sandwiches, burritos, tacos, even stir it in with fried rice. I usually do about 30-40 pounds at a time on the smoker. I am going to be interested in how this turns out, it could be a real cool deal for woodworkers.
    2 points
  36. It’s the sort of thing that you can choose how complicated to get. You can simply place some hive boxes out and eventually a swarm will make it their home. You can leave them alone and let them do their own thing and just reap the benefits of having bees around if you have any sort of garden. The colony might eventually die or leave, but another will come along. This is sometimes referred to as being a “bee haver” instead of a “bee keeper” - you have bees but don’t manage the hives. On the other end of the spectrum you can learn about their physiology and behaviors. You can inspect the
    2 points
  37. I had brought this up in another thread and there was interest in a separate journal to go into more detail about beekeeping and building hive boxes. As a disclaimer, I am far from a pro. I took a course in college to learn about honey bee biology and took the corresponding lab where we managed a colony throughout the seasons and learned the practices and common issues. I find the topic fascinating and have done additional education on my own. Even so, this will continue to be a learning experience for myself, so hopefully it will be entertaining if nothing else. Feel free to ask any questions
    2 points
  38. Thank you all for your advice. I have seen the link V-belts at Rockler. They're a bit pricey. I didn't realize Harbor Freight carries them so I'll look for them there. Was thinking about replacing the belt on my bandsaw with a link belt to reduce the vibration. Will wait until I actually have the jointer and can take off the old belt and measure before purchasing a new one. Same with the cutter blades. Looks like this place may carry the right size jointer knives/cutters, https://www.americannationalknife.com/?gclid=CjwKCAjw9r-DBhBxEiwA9qYUpdT4EeX4JhqnjU1l5IN2NgJQBq53QNf8KfBDTNzeakI3Lib
    2 points
  39. Finally getting around to this. I removed 3 door moldings yesterday. Quickest way seems to be starting at the top, cutting in 6" with a multi-tool and then peeling it down with a few pry bars. Seems like I have to do that twice on a side and then anything left protruding can be cut with the multi-tool or a chisel. Certainly not the most fun I've ever had but the end is in sight.
    2 points
  40. Welcome! Do you have to no, would I yes. Certainly no need to stain it but I will apply something to it to protect the surface or you run the risk of a foreign substance staining it, think bugs, finger prints, spills, etc.
    2 points
  41. It is a hard drive issue. Only problem I cant find one that matches up with my brain. However the thought or word is found by my hard drive eventually. Might take a day or 2 but the info finally flows. Be on the lookout for replacement hard drives that install in the brain. If you find one please post it here.
    2 points
  42. Thanks but there are a whole forum here of friends!
    2 points
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  44. I use it when I'm sharpening mower blades. I have an aversion to pain.
    2 points
  45. I may need them within the next ten years (personal note), so send them back when you’re done! And these things are fun to use. There was a pucker factor for about the first few minutes but with a little finesse, things go smoothly.
    2 points
  46. You embarrass me, what did you say your name was? When I'm done with them they'll be headed back your way. Or you could look in some of the shop drawers, you know when. You choose. Thanks my friend. Did not expect that at all.
    2 points
  47. First pic just shows the holes cut to accept 2" pipe nipples. Used with conduit lock nuts and insulating bushings this creates a pathway between boxes as per the NEC. One is for the feeds between service panels. The other is just in case I need pathway for who-knows-what years from now. The original plan was two ground rods at a set distance. We even drew it that way originally. Current code allows the use of a WWII era technology; a Ufer ground. This is a concrete encased electrode and this is what I went with.
    2 points