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krtwood last won the day on August 27 2020

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  1. At my lumberyard it's typically only $0.25/BF more for s3s and given that I only have a lunchbox planer so it takes forever and a week to mill rough lumber, I typically buy the s3s. What's odd about my yard is that they only stock s3s for most species for 4/4 material, but they only stock rough in the thicker material. So you have to order rough 4/4 ahead of time and ask for surfaced thicker stuff. The biggest thing I prefer about surfaced material is you can see what you're buying. For the life of me I cannot even tell the difference between heartwood and sapwood in rough stock in the lighting at the yard. I can kind of tell when I get it in the shop.
  2. All the drivers I've had not just helped, but wanted to help. It's been more a question of whether they'll let ME help THEM. I have a steep driveway and the guy that delivered my Jet jointer a long time ago was off pulling the thing up by himself before I even knew what was going on and barely caught up to him before he got to the top.
  3. I leave my plywood blade on all the time unless I have to rip over 1" thick or need a flat bottom to the kerf. I don't bother with having a crosscut blade anymore, they do the same thing just the plywood blade does it better at the expense of maybe getting dull faster.
  4. Had my booster on Sat. Was feeling better today but now just as I'm about to go to bed I get the chills again so bad I'm shaking. Another fun night for the team. Here's a fun one. We have no idea how many people are vaccinated in my state. They passed a law that required people to be asked for consent to share their info. The state shut down all the state run sites and passed it off to pharmacies, but didn't set up the pharmacies to be able to ask people for consent and report that back. So they haven't been able to enter ANYBODY's info in the state database since June, and you know five months just isn't enough time to do anything about it. The CDC has their own data, but they managed to anonymize it in a way that they can't tell when somebody is getting a booster or their first shot. So now according to the CDC we have a 90% 1st shot vaccination rate because practically everyone that has gotten a booster has been recorded as being a first shot instead. I wonder what they're going to do when our rate gets over 100%? I remember looking at various state websites earlier in the year and seeing massive discrepancies between the recorded shots administered and people vaccinated. Hundreds of thousands off. I couldn't make any sense of the data. I have a lot more confidence in the vaccine than I do the people in charge of telling us how many vaccines they've given. And I'm not shaking anymore, quickly to bed...
  5. I really wish they would come up with a better design for the clip at that end. I was hoping that was something Supermax had come up with when I first heard about them. As your third picture shows, it's almost impossible to get the paper tight enough so that it sits flat as it goes into the clip and thus that part wears out in no time and starts burning the wood. Using a piece of wood to push it down helps a little. I just avoid the last inch of the drum altogether, and the wear on your paper seems to indicate you do the same. But mine's only the 10" Jet so losing an inch really hurts.
  6. In our old house, the furnace drew in combustion air from the basement. It didn't take very much woodworking to clog up the jets to the point it shut down and had to be cleaned. Any more modern house is going to have the furnace pull in air from outside. I still have the shop walled off from the HVAC anyway in the new house. I can finish all day long with oil based polyurethane and have the shop smelling like a chemical factory and not smell anything in the house. But if I use rattle can spray lacquer for 5 seconds I will be greeted by burning candles and dirty looks when I come upstairs. Can't explain it, I just only use the lacquer outside unless I have no alternative.
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    I saw this somewhere else on the interwebs and don't know how accurate it is. They said that the automakers used to order their chips on an older generation of chip fabrication processing. Electronic device manufacturers tend to want to use the latest generation. So the automakers were the main customer on the older generation machines. Expecting a drop in demand for cars, the automakers cancelled their orders for chips. Now apparently these chip fabrication machines have to keep running close to full usage. If they shut down and cool down completely it damages them. Having lost their main customers for those products, the chip manufacturers scrapped those machines. So now when the car manufacturers came back to order their chips the chip manufacturers told them to pound sand, redesign their chips for the newer machines and get in line behind everybody else. Meanwhile demand for the chips using the new process was already outstripping production capacity even before the car manufacturers got in line. Now presumably the chip manufacturers scrapped those machines in order to replace them with current ones, but until those new machines got online all of the capacity that the car manufactures were using simply ceased to exist. TL;DR: The car manufacturers shot themselves in the foot because they are cheap and didn't understand their relationship with their suppliers.
  8. I have the little M12 screwdriver, your second link. Have barely touched my M18 impact since getting it. I also like the M12 drill/driver . The screwdriver is too slow to drill with. I thought it would be okay for occasional use but 3 seconds with it will tell you no, it's just not made for that. The only slight annoyance with the two M12 stuff I have is they make an annoying high pitch tone in use. You don't really hear it over the drilling/driving but the tone starts before the tool does so every time you press the trigger it's beep drill... beep drill... beep drill.
  9. Dave at Engel's Coach Shop says you can bend kiln dried just fine and that's generally the only kind of wood he's able to get so that's what he uses and he's a pro at this.
  10. It sounds like you want a trim router with a plunge base. Makita makes a 1-1/4 hp router that you can get with a plunge base. You'll need a collet adapter to go from the 1/4" collet to the 1/8" of a Dremel. Wouldn't really recommend dropping it on the floor though. If you can get by without a plunge base, I might go for a cordless router of whatever brand from your other cordless tools. I have a Foredom and not really a fan of it. A Dremel is easier to maneuver for light work and it's too easy to break the flex shaft for heavier work. Though I have dropped the handpiece on the concrete many times and there just isn't anything in there to break. That's just not the weak link.
  11. The reason you would want a 1" belt instead of a 6" is to fit somewhere the 6" won't. But the 6x48 sander is going to have a 6" wide platen behind it so that's not going to help you. A 1" sander usually doesn't have all that structure behind it so you can do some slack belt kind of work without a platen. Putting a 1" belt on a 6" sander isn't going to make it a 1" sander.
  12. I did a test where I glued up 3" of solid maple, cherry, baltic birch, and MDF and measured it with calipers in summer and winter. The MDF changed the most, followed by the baltic birch.
  13. Plywood does expand and contract in thickness just as much as solid wood.
  14. If you have an edge guide for the router, I use something along the lines of this
  15. Also keep in mind that a wide slab has to come from a much older tree. Even buying regular lumber you can start paying a premium when the boards get over even 8" wide. All board feet of lumber are not equal.