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About BigE

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    Near Portland, OR
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    Turning, flat work
  1. BigE

    Shop Electronics

    Good tip on the ER-4p, but WOW on the price! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! I have the work tunes with AM/FM radio receiver setup. I use those with a BT to FM transceiver, or I just connect to my cheap MP3 player in my pocket. (Run the wires through my shirt so they are out of the way. I thought that was an expensive setup, but wow, still trying to recover from sticker shock. I bet they sound nice, though. This one might be a more palatable option:
  2. BigE

    Shop Electronics

    A Windows tablet would suit your needs here. You can hook up an external monitor, keyboard, mouse, and you have a full blown Windows based computer. Or you can use it as-is. SketchUp with a pen is a while different experience. Tablets are designed to be used in dusty environments. They have a "tumbler" that they put these in and fill the tumbler with dust and lint. They tablet has to survive in that environment for x number of days and still work at the end of the test.
  3. Just as a follow-up: I finally received a reply from John, 13 days after I sent my initial email. So, he's still around. Maybe he's a technophobe and doesn't do email? He didn't answer my questions I had in the email but said to instead call and leave my number... Maybe next time, if I plan ahead a month before I need the new blades... Seriously, sounds like a good deal and I wish him all the best. It's just hard doing business in this day and age when it takes two weeks to get a response back to an email inquiry.
  4. 2 blades from Suffolk at $35 each, plus a whopping $20 for shipping. These were 131 1/2" x 1" at 2 & 3 tpi. I guess next time I'll try harder to get in touch with the guy. Would have loved to give the business to him. Timberwolfe makes great blades, but prices are getting steep.
  5. If you do want to order, don't bother trying to send an email. I sent out an email on Monday and still haven't received a response. He might be on vacation, but... I also tried calling during business hours and there was no answer. I guess it's time to make another order from Timberwolfe. (
  6. I've been running mine for 12+ years and it still works great. Still using the electrostatic filters I purchased 10+ years ago. (They rinse off). I used a cheap 1500 CFM blower instead of a box fan, but they're about the same price if you can find one at your local HVAC shop.
  7. BigE

    Quality pallet wood

    By the way, if anyone is really interested in pulling apart pallets, here's a post I saved from 10-15 years ago:
  8. BigE

    Quality pallet wood

    I made things from pallet wood for a while. Mainly they were shop fixtures, etc. I got some purple heart pallets once. That was a nice find... The biggest problems with pallet wood is that they start out with the worst of the worst wood. This is wood that can't be used for anything else. Cracked, full of knots, etc. The second biggest problem is that pallets are stacked on pavement or concrete and get grit embedded (sometimes deeply) in them. You end up having to run them through the drum sander quite a few times to remove the grit. Then you sit there and hold your breath when you run
  9. BigE

    Fallen trees

    By the way, not trying to discourage you, but my point is that if you want to just get rid of the tree, advertise for free on Craigslist. You can try selling on Craigslist, but don't be surprised if it doesn't sell. On the other hand, if you have a chainsaw, you can try your hand at milling some of it up with an Alaskan sawmill. Just make sure your chain is sharp, and sharpen often. Or you could cut it up into 4' chunks (bigger is too heavy) and mill on your bandsaw. Or call woodmiser and find someone with a portable mill near you. I pay $60 per hour to have my logs milled. I have a tre
  10. BigE

    Fallen trees

    Trees on the ground are pretty close to worthless, especially if it has fallen, unless you have a lot of them, because it isn't worth somebody's time to come out and cut up just a few. The only wood that has less value is a standing tree on a small lot. (Small lot trees are notorious for having various bits of metal in them that will ruin a good blade in a hurry). Once you start processing the tree, the value increases. This a good example of value added labor (whether it is yours or you pay for it). Take a tree down, it becomes more valuable. Limb it, now worth a little more. Buck it up i
  11. Must be something weird set up on my end, probably a plugin or setting that I tweaked. I got the same behavior on both my laptop and my desktop, but then again, I probably have the same settings between them. Thanks for your help guys. Problem solved for now on my end. As a bonus, all Flash ads now request to be "played". lol.
  12. BigE

    spalted wood

    Wood spalts just fine laying on top of the ground. No need to bury it. Just keep it wet or at least moist. Let it go too far and you'll need to stabilize it, though. My favorite spalted wood project thus far:
  13. +1 I've had that router since about 1998 and have never had a problem with any bits slipping as long as I followed the above advice about not tightening the bit with it fully seated. This also helps when loosening the bit.
  14. Heck, for that price, yeah, don't bother sharpening. Save the blades and use them to make yourself a custom lathe tool.
  15. Should cost you right around $18 to send the set out to get sharpened. I take mine down to my local Rockler store and they send them out for me, and give me a call when the blades are done. I bought the Tormek attachment for sharpening jointer blades. Complete waste of money. It takes a good 2-3 hours for me to sharpen the blades with the Tormek jig, and it cost in the neighborhood of $150 as I recall. Ugh. Costs me money every time I use it, as I could easily be making $30 per hour in the shop doing real work. Maybe if I adapt it to use on my 1750 RPM grinder? I also have the Lee Vall