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About Nyles

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    Spokane, Washington
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  1. I had a visit from the sharpening faerie Saturday (aka amazon). spent some time making a small bench top sharpening station and some strops. plan on spending tomorrow sharpening anything I can get my hands on. I think hence forth in this house Presidents Day shall no longer be known as Presidents Day but rather as sharpening day.
  2. Nyles

    Marking Gauge

    Thanks for all the suggestions guys. I will definitely look at some other options before shelling out ny hard earned cash!
  3. Have always had ryobi stuff and for the most part been happy. Biggest differences I ever saw between higher end drills were in the battery life. However the batteries were cheap so it was no biggie to always have a few so one could be charging. I used this stuff for work and home and being an electrician for 10 years these ryobi drills saw thier fair share of use and abuse. I think I went through two of them in that time and currently am on my third. However this last one finally has started giving me signs that its giving up the ghost and most of my current nicad batteries have seen better days. Mention to my girlfriend a few months or so ago that I wanted to pick up a new drill and check out the lithium ion stuff but that I didnt want to go with ryobi this go round cause their lithium ion stuff didnt feel well made like thier older blue and orange stuff. She suprised me a last month with a new hitachi drill which seems a bit nicer than the newer ryobi stuff and probably is fairly comparable in build quality to the older ryobi stuff and its lithium ion. The little sucker seemed lonely so I picked up a companion for him today at lowes. Guess I have a reason to build a nice charging/drill station now.
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    Marking Gauge

    Greetings, I have been wanting to pick up a marking gauge to use for layout and to help with tear out. However i just have never pulled the trigger on purchasing one yet. I see that woodcraft has this one for sale and appears to be what i am after as far as a cutting one vs scribing one (knife vs pin). https://www.woodcraft.com/products/crown-rosewood-and-brass-cutting-gauge-143w Anyone have any insight as to the performance of this little guy? or have a better suggestion? I also saw this other one on the site, wasn't sure if this one was better? This ones made in china and the other is made in england? Very few reviews on both on the site.... https://www.woodcraft.com/products/rosewood-cutting-gauge Looking to pull the trigger next week, so any insight is appreciated.
  5. I purchased a dedicated oil pan with a spout from the automotive store and I set the blade in there and then pour a little simple green cleaner from the dollar store in there and let it sit for 10 minutes and then I use a dedicated acid brush and a dedicated green scrubbie to clean the blade. I then pour the simple green cleaner back into its original container using the spout in the oil pan and I air dry the blade with the compressor and then spray it lightly with a dry lubricant and wipe it down. I leave the acid brush and scrubbie in the bottom of the oil pan for storage and so they dont get used for anything else. The oil pan will accommodate my 10" & 12" blades just fine and is deep enough to soak several blades at once. I generally clean after each large project or on an as needed basis if I am just doing small projects.
  6. Subscribed! Thanks for pointing this guys channel out I don't think i would have ever found it otherwise.
  7. Hey Klappco. I live in Spokane and work in Liberty Lake. I think there are 1 or 2 others of us from this area. We should co-ordinate a meetup sometime, schedules permitting of course!
  8. I purchased some 8' 1x4 smart trim and use two clamps. It's an mdf product and I pull them out when I need to rip a piece of ply with a circular saw. Its straight, cheap, and if it gets beat up I just replace it and then cut the beat up piece into smaller sections and use it for other projects such as sacrificial fences for other tools.
  9. Thanks shaneymack! Had to step out of the shop for the evening but will check that out tomorrow. Super excited to use it asap!
  10. Just couldn't handle it any longer and had to take the plunge. A picture of my old stock miter gauge a picture of my new after market one... Quick setup question. When setting this up how close do I want the edge of the fence to the blade? The manual doesn't really specify a distance, only to give enough clearance? I am assuming as close as possible with making sure the blade while moving cant make any contact with the aluminum fence? This would be for a left miter slot setup if that matters... Thanks again!
  11. Thanks for the feedback guys! Eric, I saw that blade as well but its not a thin kerf? also i dont for see working any exotic materials in the near future and again i rarely do anything thicker than 4/4 stock. I almost always back my work piece when cutting with something sacrificial when i am worried about any tear out on my cross cuts. would you suggest forgoing the thin kerf and getting the 40T woodworker II or getting the 48T woodworker II thin kerf? i didnt see a 40T thin kerf on the woodcraft site. Will 8 teeth really make that much of a difference on my rips? im always mindfull of my feeding speed when making rips on my table saw. i know ideally I would be better suited to get 2 blades but i have 3 kids and a very tight budget and its xmas time, so i am trying to find something nicer then what i have that will give me a happy medium/dual purpose for the time being. Ideally for my birthday in a few months ill pick up a ripping blade and have both... thanks again for all the feedback!
  12. Greetings, I was hoping to get some insight/thoughts opinions on a purchase i plan to make soon. I am eyeballing a Forrest Woodworker II thin kerf blade for my tablesaw. It's a craftsman 10" cabinet saw, pry about 10 years old. Don't know the motor size off hand but i am going to say its on the smaller side so was looking at the thin kerf blades. I noticed there appears to be a 2 different woodworker II options, a 10" 40 tooth flat grind and a 10" 48 tooth blade. I am looking for suggestions on which one I should pick up. This would be my go to blade for ripping and cross cuts on the table saw. My workflow is to rip to width on the table saw and then to generally cut to rough length on my compound miter saw then make all my final cross cuts on my table saw sled. Most stock i work with is 4/4 domestics and i don't see my self working with 8/8 very often for the type of projects i usually under take. I do occasionally use plywood for projects so I'd like to find something that works for that as well. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated as far as which one of these fine blades i should lean towards.... i am personally leaning towards the 48 tooth? Currently I am using a Freud Diablo blade, i don't recall the tooth count but its a combo blade so this would be a definite upgrade for me. thank you! http://www.woodcraft.com/product/151314/forrest-woodworker-ii-saw-blade-10-x-48-tooth-thin-kerf.aspx http://www.woodcraft.com/product/153696/forrest-ww10401100-woodworker-ii-10-40t-1-grind-thin-kerf.aspx
  13. Thanks guys, you are to kind. A torii (鳥居 ?, literally bird abode, /ˈtɔəri.iː/) is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine, where it symbolically marks the transition from the profane to the sacred (see sacred-profane dichotomy).
  14. Greetings, Havnt spent almost any time in my shop the last few years after my divorce but wanted to make something special from the heart for a special person in my life, my sensei of 17 years. Woodworking and martial arts are two of my biggest passions so thought id make something he couldnt buy. It also gave me a chance to touch the tools again and start to get back in the groove of woodworking. It's made of simple hemlock with dowl joinery for some extra strength. Spray painted with a rattle can with 3 really light coats. Torii are traditionally red with a black roof and I was afraid stain would be hard to get a good color from so I didnt want to use nice wood since I knew I would not be staining. To come up with the design I printed a sketchup out from a wiki page about torii's and then converted those measurements to achieve the size I was after while attempting to keep the aspect ratio more or less the same. There are many different kinds of torii, I chose this one for its simplicity. It didnt turn out perfect but I think it did turn out ok. Especially considering hes a hard person to shop for and I think he will appreciate that its unique. I have to say it was nice to be in the shop again and now that the tools are calibrated I think ill start working on a slightly bigger nicer project. Just threw it up in the shop wall for a couple of quick pictures with the phone so please excuse if its not level on the wall or the pictures dont do it justice...