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    Purcellville, VA
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    Justifying the use of the entire 2-car garage to my wife

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  1. Torch02

    More Power!

    In the house we are going to be renting in Germany, the garage has a 340V outlet! I knew that Europe runs on 220V/50Hz, but I didn't even know 340V existed. My question - what kind of 340V tools exist? What tools would benefit from 340V vs. 220V?
  2. I'm about to join the ranks of American woodworkers in Germany, someone near Ramstein.
  3. I'm ~75% sure I'm going. I have something for work in October, but they haven't decided on which week in October it is, thus the 75% ;-)
  4. If there is room, I'll join in!
  5. Anyone have recommendations for where to buy knife blades? Bonus points if they sell Damascus steel blades.
  6. Point of order - French toast is actually French. It originated from the fact that French bakeries were closed on Mondays, so you had to buy Monday's bread on Sunday. Dipping it in an egg/milk blend was the way to rejuvenate it/make the staleness palatable.
  7. Even though you don't have everything for your "full" shop (who does?), you should go through an exercise to layout your ideal shop: Figure out where you would put every tool. Figure where workstations/benches will be where you use handheld power tools. Figure out where you want what kind of lighting Put a 220 outlet next to every single major tool, even if you only plan on buying a 110V tool for that location Figure out where you want additional outlets along each wall, then put another one halfway between everywhere you thought you'd need it. Once you have all of these outlets laid out, you can come of with wiring schemes to address all those outlets/lights.
  8. The best advice I've found for starting hand saw cuts is to "try to not cut the wood" as weird as that might sound. When starting either my dovetail or tenon saw, I pitch the saw up so that the spin is almost vertical, use the very back teeth on the plate, and try to saw as close to the wood without actually touching it. Take short strokes to start and increase your use of the saw plate as your kerf gets deeper into the board.
  9. I know for sure the these folks operate their own kiln. Not sure if they do their own sawing, but they for sure have contacts who do. Nothing coulod hurt from contacting them to ask if they would remove the tree and take the lumber as payment. Walnut is one of the species they stock.
  10. The key is to think backwards. Polish the bottom, remove the burr from the bevel.
  11. That's exactly what our very own Tom Iovino did:
  12. This page has a decent picture of how a ballista works. You could follow that page's amazon link to buy the kit, or just infer from that picture
  13. My advice - use the rule of thumb for planning, as far as purchasing your stock. Then build the top of the bench on some sawhorses that are sized to simulate the height based on the rule of thumb. Do some work (including flattening the top by hand, if that's your choice) and see how that feels - then adjust the legs as necessary.
  14. I went to the Baltimore show last weekend. A couple of impressions: It felt like there were more speakers while also there was less "infomercialization" of them There wasn't any big iron tool makers (haven't been for a couple of years), but the handheld/cordless tool spread felt very wide Felt like there were fewer "random flea-market" tool vendors There were a lot less of the borderline related vendors. The "crown molding cutting jig" guy was there, but I didn't see any gutter cleaning systems or garden tool-only vendors
  15. It depends on how much you think you'll use each. Personally, I find a ton of uses for my forstner bits, so getting a set of them was worthwhile for me. However, I don't think you'll likely find a set with more than 2 of the bits in that list. For router bits, I think that adding them piecemeal as needs arise is the better strategy, especially given that the bits needed here don't usually come in most kits sold. [Anecdote]When I was just starting out woodworking, I bought a set of 8 (or maybe 10) "common" router bits and have only ever really used the 2 straight bits that were in there.[/Anecdote]