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  1. I agree with your sentiments on FB and IG. But I don't like to talk about or hear about how the younger generation has ruined this or that. It's human nature to think that one's own generation is smarter and harder working that the one before or after. When talking in broad strokes, I believe one is no better or worse that the other. Remember, it was our generations and the ones before us that have left the world as it is for the younger generation to try to live in. I have a great deal of faith in the younger generation and see tons of evidence of their goodness every day. O course there are the bad apples (Mark Zuckerberg et al) and they get all the attention, which tends to paint them all with the same brush.
  2. The SawStop group on FB has about 90% of its content comprising of the same couple of dozen questions from members who clearly know nothing about woodworking and can't be bothered to read the manual. It's fine to be a noob, but at least have the common sense to read the manual. It is an all but useless group. It's a shame because the group owner, Trent Davis, is extremely knowledgeable about the saws and really seems like a good guy. The WoodWhisper group does have some gems, but it's just not worth having to sift through all the turds to get to them.
  3. I am of the humble (or maybe not) opinion that facebook is a terrible substitute for a forum. If you compare the content of the content here vs the WoodWhisperer facebook group, well, there's just no comparison. The facebook group is just a huge time suck trying to find content of any value. Similar results with other types of forums/groups.
  4. I am going to build a sort of exhaust hood above my workbench, where I do almost all sanding, and run an 8" duct to it. After I do that I'll run comparisons and post them. Don't hold your breath on that though My to do list has many things ahead of that.
  5. I was also shocked at how high the particle count can get, yet still see no dust in the air. Sweeping is definitely the worst activity for dust. I've taken to using the vacuum rather than the broom. I'm going to do some kitchen testing like you did. I want to see how effective the hood exhaust is. It doesn't have the fan in the hood, but on the exterior wall, so it isn't terribly noise, but moves a lot of air.
  6. Welcome John. But no, that's a bit of a myth. It can be painful, but there is insufficient energy to hurt someone. And it is never going to cause an explosion in a home shop environment. For there to be a danger of explosion, the dust concentration has to be high enough that you wouldn't be able to see your hand when you hold your arm out straight.
  7. A couple of years ago my wife's car was hit with hail. I couldn't even see any damage until a couple of days later when the light was just right. Damage was about $6200. Then a couple of years later my car got it to the tune of $5,900. I took the payout in both cases because the damage was not that bad and we keep our vehicle until resale is no longer a concern. We get a lot of hail here. Almost all the car dealerships have hail shelters in their lots. The Honda dealership where I bought my car has shelters with solar panels on all of them. I'm sure they can easily power their whole operation with them on a sunny day. Their next phase is to install storage batteries. It's a well run operation and the service is superb.
  8. When I go to Calgary Philharmonic concerts or to see Calgary Opera, I'm always a bit surprised to see all ages well represented. And attire is everything from blue jeans to tuxes.
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    And I suppose I could be described as slightly 'Rubenesque'
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    My daughter, who's been vaxed 3 times and is a very fit ultra-marathon runner got it a few weeks ago and it laid her pretty low. She is still really tired & has a headache most of the day.
  11. Not as big a jerk as the guy I build for
  12. @IAHawkIf you've already got DeltaCad, I would encourage you to try again. At first I had to refer back to the help file lots, but after using it a bunch, it sunk in. The thing with Sketchup is that there are so many arcane things that you have to remember or your model will be screwed. With DeltaCad, you just need to retain a few basics to be able to generate a useful drawing. Then as you become more comfortable with it, you can add to your skills. Lots of times I will only do the most basic drawing, but DeltaCad is super useful for figuring out geometry and angles. Back in the day I probably tried 6 or 8 2D CAD programs and DeltaCad was by far the best of the bunch for what I need.
  13. For sure. Even worse was the slant top desk he built out of curly cherry several years ago. It almost hurt the eyes to look at because it's just so busy. Highly figured wood is a case where less is more.
  14. Sketchup is very good, but if I haven't used it for several months, I forget how to use it & have to go through the tutorials again. For basic 2D drawings, I've used DeltaCad for many years & have no problem remembering how. It is fun creating a Sketchup model, but it's overkill for the woodworking I do. I can whip up a 2D drawing in DeltaCad in way less time than it takes me to familiarize myself with Sketchup again.
  15. I got stupid and bought a Black and Decker cordless trimmer a few years ago. It was awful and in the garbage before it was 2 years old. I honestly don't know how B&D stays in business when there's competition like Ryobi in the same market segment. I have a Dewalt trimmer now and it's great.
  16. He's a clever guy, but I swear, he probably makes he own toilet paper. Is it really worth all that work to save a few pennies on biscuits? They are already dirt cheap. He made 50 in half an hour. So if we're talking Canadian prices, he was paying himself exactly $5/hr, which is less than 1/3 minimum wage I do occasionally make them when I need to have very precise alignment. As manufactured, biscuits are a bit of a sloppy fit, even though they do swell from the glue. It works much better for exact alignment if they're tight to start with. When you're trying to butt joint 2 pieces of veneered plywood, there isn't much veneer to work with to even out the 2 pieces.
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    Can't remember the name of the song, but an unforgettable line was "don't whiz on the electric fence"
  18. I think most everyone here knows you're not the type to dis the tools and methods that others use
  19. I just did something very similar. I used a block plane to take it close & then a card scraper to make it flush. Painters tape on each side helps keep from marring the surrounding wood. I was doing it with quarter sawn white oak, which is kinda prone to chipping & tear out so I was careful to watch the grain & change direction of the plane as needed. It goes fast.
  20. Yes, given the price point if it's solid wood, it probably is not biscuits (I hope). I think a lot of us hobby level woodworkers like to higher quality joinery that a mass producer would.
  21. I agree that it's probably biscuits. That's an application that they were made for and work very well. Cheap, fast and strong. Biscuits don't get much love these days, but if I'm doing stuff with sheet goods, I'll reach for the Lamello every time. It's just a fantastically good tool for this. If I'm building out of solid wood, then it's traditional joinery. No biscuits or pocket screws for if no other reason than 'just because'. I enjoy the craft of doing traditional joinery and the gentle peace of mind it gives me. Even though the Domino is a great piece of kit, I'll probably never own one because I love chopping mortices and fine tuning tenons. So satisfying.
  22. I've used walk behind chain trenchers and that is just about the same as purposely getting yourself beat up. Especially if there are any rocks.
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    It makes me shudder a bit to think of the 'safety' practices we used (or not) back in the day. when I was about 12 I had the brilliant idea that just pulling the bare spark plug connector off the plug would be a fine way to turn off the lawn mower. I'm sure anyone who might have witness this would have given my dance performance, with its steadily decreasing tempo, at least a 10. I couldn't let go until the motor came to a full stop.