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  1. I agree, if the drawing is to scale, then the bench is going to be very unstable when using the end vise. Rather than dovetails for the stretchers, mortise & tenon offers more glue area. For a little belt & suspenders, draw bore and glue them. Another advantage to draw bore is that you won't need clamps when gluing the joint. In this situation, a dovetail doesn't offer any advantage. Its forte is that it resists pulling apart. What is needed here is racking resistance.
  2. Nope, used a gas cartridge that was good for 2 activations.
  3. The OEM plates are not cheap, but work well. One solution to keeping a nice tight slot for the blade is to just fill the widened slot with epoxy or Bondo & then recut it. I read that from another post (by @gee-dub I think).
  4. I don't understand why you're not using the guard. It has the dual function of protecting you and collecting the dust that escapes from behind the blade. It's such and easy guard to use, remove and reinstall that there's really no excuse for not using it. So I'm going to play hard nosed critic here & say that your insert has 2 fatal flaws: it limits blade travel, it precludes the use of the guard, and it still lets some dust escape from around the blade. What you've made creates more problems than it solves. Hard pass for me.
  5. What @Tom King and @pkinneb said. There's no reason you can't chop mortices with bench chisels, just take lighter cuts. If the edges are too fragile, then just grind a higher angle secondary bevel, like 35* or so. If you are capable of cutting that joint in your sketch, then chopping mortices will be a piece of cake. And that joint will be very weak.
  6. Can you post a pic? I wonder if it was used by its maker to plane his way out of the big house?
  7. My first plane was a Record block plane that I might have paid $20 for brand new. It took a couple of hours of tuning, but it works great. About the only difference in performance between it & the Lie-Nielsen rabbit block plane I have is that the Lie-Nielsen iron holds an edge better and is much prettier.
  8. About the only other level sensor that is just as good for this application is the rotating vane type. They are also very expensive & the big vanes would be awkward to implement in a small bin like I've got.
  9. I understand your reasoning, but we won't let you forget to start a thread once things get moving
  10. They are amazing aircraft. Designed way back in the stone age but are still very popular. Of course, the new ones have modern turboprops all the latest avionics, etc. When De Havilland went under, Viking Air bought the license to make the plane from De Havilland Canada.
  11. I've never been able to get consistent, accurate performance from the bin level sensor that came with my Oneida DC. It's always been prone tripping before nearly full, and much worse, not tripping when the bin is full. Oneida wasn't much help, they say that is just how it is. So, I ordered this beauty: It's a vibrating bulk solids level switch. That rod vibrates & when the dust level gets to the rod, it dampens the vibrations & closes the alarm contact. Accurate to within about a millimeter. This is an industrial item & new is somewhere north of 1000 bucks, but I go
  12. Just make sure that beer isn't until after the "lift" work
  13. A couple of years ago I did some fan maintenance in a plant that builds the Twin Otter. The guy there said that if a tool is dropped & dents the aircraft, they have to remove the entire damaged panel & replace it, which can be a very lengthy process. No Bondo.
  14. Yep, makes all the difference. Doesn't matter how many mm's cause they're so tiny. Actually, I find that the older I get, the less heights bother me. With this job, it didn't bother me being way up there, it was what would happen if I dropped something on that plane
  15. Today I was in a hanger, on a lift 80' in the air, performing preventive maintenance on some Big Ass Fans. And with a shiny new Boeing 787 below. I take all precautions with fall protection, tool lanyards, etc, but even so, it's a stressful bit of work and makes for an exhausting day. I love doing that kind of work though. edit: Yikes, I just looked up the price on one of those. They're close to $400 million CDN!