drzaius

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  1. I find myself agreeing on end grain vs face grain plugs. Unless the color & grain are such that the plugs can be made almost invisible, it's better to have them contrast.
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    asking about sharpening and grit

    But I've read, and don't know if this is fact, but it makes sense, that the finer an edge is honed the less micro-chipping off of the steel there is.
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    Milling hardwood flooring

    What do you have for a planer & jointer? If the average board width is 6" then that's about 3800 lineal feet to mill & machine. Might make a good argument for carbide cutter heads.
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    Milling hardwood flooring

    That is something I did not know, but it makes perfect sense. @Tim N, how many square feet do you need to end up with, & what width will the finished boards be?
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    New storage shed

    Watching that video makes me want to poop.
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    Tool Advice please!

    Gary hasn't visited this forum since September of 2017 so you probably won't get a response from him.
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    What Lighting Do You Use?

    As a wise woman once never said "the pun is the highest form of humor"
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    Need Help Finishing My Bow Front

    Well, I certainly would not argue with Steve's experience then, cause he's got more of it than I would get in 6 lifetimes. That's good to know. Metal halide fixtures give off a fair bit of UV if you have one of those laying around. If you want to get really crazy, then break the outer shell off a metal halide lamp, leaving the arc tube intact. That'll really give you a tan/burn in a big hurry. DO NOT DO THIS!!!
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    Need Help Finishing My Bow Front

    Halogen doesn't make much UV though, but I have no experience with using them to 'tan' wood. If that doesn't work you could try an actual tanning lamp.
  10. Okay Steve, let's see pictures of those tools.
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    What Lighting Do You Use?

    Hey nut, that's a great comparison. Thanks for posting. A picture IS worth a thousand words.
  12. Do they make a Bedazzler for tools?
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    New storage shed

    Good excuse to get that BIG drum sander.
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    What Lighting Do You Use?

    What @Chestnut said. I will add a more basic (but long winded) explanation. Color temperature is just what color the light looks like. For interior illumination that ranges from about 2700K (old school incandescent) to 5000K, which is a very pure looking white. There is some 6500K sold, but is is very stark & somewhat blue looking. I really think the only time anyone would choose that is because they just don't know any better. The old vintage look bare filament decorative lamps may be down around 2000K, which looks quite yellow. They are more of a niche thing & the light is of very poor quality. Manufacturers are starting to offer those in 2700K - 3000K which makes them much more usefull. You can have high CRI with sources of different temperatures. What happens with a low CRI source is that there will be some wavelengths that will be lacking (dips) or others that are too high (spikes), but the overall visual impression is that of white light. The problem is that when you are looking to objects of slightly different color under a low CRI source, they may look the same. Or you may look at a sample & think it's an ugly color, but it's just that the source is not giving you all the color information that is there. I remember getting a batch of compact fluorescent lamps & putting them in my kitchen. They were 3500K, which is what I like, but they gave things a very slight, weird greenish cast, even though the light did not look at all green. It was a subtle effect, but one that bugged me so much that I had to get rid of them. The time I am really concerned with high CRI is when I'm choosing finish or paint samples, and especially if I'm trying to match an existing piece. It makes a real difference there. If you're looking for seriously good LEDs, some of the gold standard brands are Cree, Philips & Lumiled. There may be others, but these guys have been putting out top quality stuff since the dawn of LED lighting. Of course they also put out budget stuff, but their top stuff is top stuff.
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    What Lighting Do You Use?

    I just changed out all the fluorescents in my house (not the shop) with 14W LED tubes & my subjective impression is that there is substantially more light. I wish I'd thought to take some readings before the changeover. But I think that even with 6 LED fixtures may not really be sufficient. I have a 2 car garage with 32 fluorescent tubes & it is not too bright by any stretch. I've also got a couple of 4400LM LED strips above the workbench & sharpening station. That's roughly equivalent to 72,000LM of LED lighting. Another thing to consider is the color rendering index (CRI). The sun and incandescent is 100, so the closer to that, the better. Where that makes a difference is in comparing & matching the color of wood & paint. Most inexpensive LED lighting (anything you get in retail stores) is around a claimed 80, but that's wildly optimistic in many cases. High CRI lighting is expensive. I can get a quality brand name 4' LED strip from the electrical distributor for around $50 (this is Canada). The same fixture with a CRI of 90+ will be double that. My fluorescents are 96 CRI, but most people are happy with 80 for shop work. Don't go below 80 though or you get some pretty weird looking light. Color temperature is another issue. I like 3500K in my house. It's warm, but still quite a bit 'whiter' than halogens. But in the shop I prefer 5000K, which is white without looking blueish. When I open the garage door on a nice day, the color of light coming in is just about he same as the light from the fluorescents. Sorry for the loooooong post, but that gives you something to think about.
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    Diving into the Festool rabbit hole.

    Duct tape man, lots of duct tape
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    Dressing Table Build

    Nice. My well insulated garage shop normally stays about 5 - 10C even with the thermostat set at 4.5*, but not the last couple of weeks.
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    Dressing Table Build

    So, do you have a bigger shop where you are now?
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    Too much to ask for one decent project?

    I forgot to add that when I make an extra stupid mistake in the shop I like to spend a few minutes just thinking about the hows & whys of it & then come up with some better practices so that it will be less likely to happen again.
  20. I like things to look nice, so if one of my machines got really horrid looking I'd maybe paint it. I don't do vintage machinery restoration, but I sure love to look at the pictures. Jack Forsberg is on another couple of forums & is a Wadkin nut through & through. He will take some old heap of rust & make it look better than it ever did. His repainting efforts are a big part of that. If I had another 10 hours in the day I'd love to get into that sort of thing.
  21. I wouldn't stop there. Get the flaming paint job that Marc had on his old Powermatic.
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    Too much to ask for one decent project?

    Yep, just step back & take a breath. When I get frustrated because of a mistake I tend to get mad, plow ahead, and make more mistakes. After you've had a suitable break, go back to it & force yourself to slow down, measure everything one more time, think through each step one more time. Even if you only go half as fast it's still better than full speed ahead & damn the mistakes. "The hurryer I go, the behinder I get". I constantly struggle with getting into this rut & feel your pain.
  23. Not unless I was to buy an old machine to restore.
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    narrow shop paper towels

    There are a couple of brands but I can't be sure off hand. Pretty sure one is Bounty.
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    narrow shop paper towels

    I find the good quality white paper towels to be just about as good as the blue ones. They're less expensive and available in the narrow select-a-size.