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    Best Oneway chuck for a beginner?

    I have the Talon but if I were buying now I would look at the Nova Infinity quick change chuck. Having to take four or eight screws out to change jaws is a real PITA. People end up buying multiple chucks just to not have to change the jaws.
  2. There's a new reindeer sheriff in town. I intended to keep the square cross section in the neck, having it twist to the 45 degree angle of the head, but I didn't cut enough of the upper block at the 45 degree angle and the neck didn't align perfectly so I had to settle for a round neck. Maybe next time. A little look at the process below. Basically just make the block over-sized and then cut out the rectangular block that the head is within and then cut the head out of that block as you normally would, with some scrap blocks under it to give clearance for the body. There's only two 45 degree cuts required in establishing that block. Getting the neck to align is the tricky part. I modeled it in Sketchup where I could twist the head around and see how big the starting block needed to be and where that upper block intersected with the edges of it so I could find it within the starting block. Hopefully video tomorrow...
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    Bandsaw Reindeer with a Twist

    The love birds had kids... Making the cut for the front of the face is like opening a present I put a dent in the scrap wood pile. Of course now I have 3 boxes of interesting reindeer cutoffs.
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    Multi-part flag pole

    Maybe a large tee nut? You can get them for at least up to 5/8" thread. Drill holes for screws in the flange. https://www.mcmaster.com/90596a033 Tubing around the joint wouldn't hurt either.
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    Die grinders

    The SR is 1/6 hp and the TX is 1/3 hp. That's gotta be a softwood he's carving.
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    Die grinders

    I have the Foredom SR and wish I'd gotten the TX. It's okay for smaller bits but something like a 3/4" ball it's really easy to stall it. I doubt you could push even the TX as hard as in that video though. Also I hated the foot pedal and ripped off the pedal part and added a knob to press it. I also don't like the power switch, which has off in the middle and forward and reverse on either side. You have to be really careful to only turn it off and not accidentally throw it into reverse. If you do it destroys the flex shaft. But for what's going on in that video, also look at the Arbortech ball gouge. That thing is a beast and leaves a fantastic surface.
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    Controlling epoxy while it cures

    You can start by putting only a small amount, which will help seal up any leaks and keep them small.
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    Bandsaw Reindeer with a Twist

    Template for the reindeer couple. Block "B1" is only necessary if you keep the template as shown, which saves some width. Keep the side view of the heads and attach them after you cut out the front view. Use the two angled blocks to shim at the feet to get the head square to the blade. Best to cover the band saw table with a piece of ply so the blocks don't end up getting caught in the miter slot.
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    Bandsaw Reindeer with a Twist

    For Coop, though I am not sure if they are in love or he just has an itch and she is about to call the reindeer cops.
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    Un Safest Tool In a Woodworking Shop

    There aren't any tools that give me the willies, but there are operations that give me the willies. And those operations tend to happen most at the table saw, because I use the table saw for the widest variety of tasks. But it's the sanders that draw the most blood.
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    Bandsaw Reindeer with a Twist

    There are worse vices to have
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    Bandsaw Reindeer with a Twist

    Some people have a knack for coming up with ideas for things that look complicated but are actually simple to do. I am not one of those people Though I think this guy isn't that complicated, just that he's based on something that is extremely simple so it ends up seeming complicated by comparison.
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    Bandsaw Reindeer with a Twist

    Well I'm the guy who made a video with two vases getting it on.
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    Bandsaw Reindeer with a Twist

    Yeah, it's cherry.
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    Bandsaw Reindeer with a Twist

    I made it out of thin 4/4 scraps, but I thought the scale of the little guy was too small for anything that thick. So I ripped down anything wider than 1/2" or so and glued those all up into 3" wide blanks. Those I then resawed into two, but the cut randomly within the width. I ended up with a bunch of different thicknesses by the time it all went back through the planer. So there's half as many glue ups as it looks. The starting block was about 3-3/4" by 2-3/4" by 9" for a thickness that would have been 1-1/2" without the twist. Haven't got any 12/4 stock around but am knee deep in scraps so the huge waste was welcome.
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    Bandsaw Reindeer with a Twist

    Yeah, well, Magna Carta and all that, bud. No one is above the law!
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    New jointer season? I think so.

    Very murky waters around passing credit card processing fees to the customer. Some states don't allow it. Some credit card companies don't allow it. But what you can do no problem is go the other way around and give people a discount for paying another way. But you have to advertise the price as including the fees. And at the end of the dance, how much time did they have to pay their employees trying to avoid the fees while annoying the customer?
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    New Delta vs used Jet table saw: opinions needed

    You didn't say anything about your current saw except that it's a contractor saw. Some people say contractor saw when what they mean is jobsite saw. A contractor saw has a cast iron top and the (induction) motor hangs out the back of the saw, like the used Jet you are looking at. A jobsite saw is more portable and has a universal motor inside. If what you have is really a contractor saw, then neither of those saws is going to be much of an upgrade and you should be looking at cabinet saws if you want to upgrade. If what you have is a jobsite saw, then any of them is going to be a big upgrade. I would tend to favor the hybrid saws (Ridgid or Delta) just because of the better dust collection.
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    Anybody ever built their own wood lathe?

    The motor would have to be 3 phase to use a speed controller, assuming it's an induction motor. You've addressed doing the outside, which is the easy part. Instead of a router to true the outside you could also use a table saw (look up Izzy Swan on YouTube). Doing the inside is the tricky part, and your "lathe" won't be of any help. Doing it on a lathe would require a faceplate or chuck.
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    Project Wavy Bent

    I'm working on a limited edition set of 20 jewelry boxes. I don't have a proper name for it yet and am referring to it as Project Wavy Bent because, well, I needed to name the file folder something and that was the first descriptive thing that came to mind. Bent because the outside is a bent lamination and the wavy part we'll get to in the next post. I started out in Sketchup and from there made a full size mockup out of scrap ply and paper all hot glued together. The mockup showed me I was on the right track but had to make it a little smaller as it was too far around for one sheet of ply (5'x5' BB). In the Sketchup drawing I have a basic layout of the front. There will be a vertical slide out section on the right with hanging storage for necklaces and earrings and drawers on the left. I haven't worked out exactly how that's all going to look. I mainly just drew in the front to decide whether I wanted to go with walnut so I could buy the material. I ended up with a couple nice 12" wide 8/4 boards that I can resaw for a bookmatch. Once the outer shape was finalized I used the cnc to cut out an mdf bending form. My first attempts at doing the glue up I did it all on my assembly table and would put all of the clamps on one side of the form and then flip it over to get the other side clamped. This was really awkward and tended to distort the thin plywood so I would end up with gaps on the second side. After a few attempts at that I realized I could have the form supported by post in the middle and be able to get the clamps on both sides at the same time as I worked my way around. I start on the table and get the first four clamps on. Then I work around both sides and then use a ratchet strap to pull it around the other two curves. Here it is with all the clamps. Hard to see from this angle, but at the end closest to the camera I use a couple of track saw clamps as they have a low enough profile to fit under the overlap of the two ends. I do each in three separate glue ups of 2 layers. Once I got the process down pat I probably could have gotten away with doing 3 at a time, as the time went down from 30 minutes to about 15 minutes (not including spreading out the glue) and the glue (Ultra CAT) has a 40 minute working time. But it took quite a while to get there and at that point I decided not to mess with what was working. So I've been working on this since July. Sometimes I get two glue ups done in one day, sometimes only one. Instructions on the glue say 4-6 hours clamping time at 70 degrees. Even in the middle of summer my basement shop rarely hits 70, unless I have the DC running for a while. I've been putting an electric blanket on it which gets the squeeze out cured on the top in 8 hours but not on the bottom. Even if the squeeze out is still mushy the lamination itself is okay to come out of the clamps. The good aspects to this glue besides the working time is that it dries really hard, minimizing the spring back, and it doesn't stick to metal or plastic so it pops right off the clamps. Speaking of clamps, there are a LOT more of them on there now than the first time I did it. I kept modifying the form to find more places to get them on because it would come out a little wavy with high and low spots, and that is not the wavy that I am going for. I still don't have it perfect all the time but it's pretty close. Here is the amount of spring back after the first two layers, about an inch on each side. Once all six are done there is effectively zero spring back. Most of the time I have to pound the form out of it. At this point I have 19 1/3 done. So I'll be able to get doing on the next step very soon. Very much looking forward to not having to share the shop with the clamp porcupine anymore. I haven't been able to get to the planer for two months so it's been a stretch to keep myself busy with small projects.
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    Project Wavy Bent

    I picked that up originally from Leslie Segrete on one of those home redecoration shows. I think it was While You Were Out.
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    Project Wavy Bent

    Ha ha. It was a hint for me too. I was like, wait a minute, I was supposed to change the thumbnail on that video before it goes public. When is that? Oh, four minutes ago.
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    Project Wavy Bent

    Gotta love the easy wins. Slapped together in half a day with pocket screws and what was on hand. A little spindly but don't care if it sags a bit. Just need to pick up some ply when it isn't raining. Will probably get some plastic to cover it as it's close to the water line and the furnace and it will help keep the dust off. There was a folding table there previously with a pile of junk on it. and my extra dust collection stuff in the bins underneath. So I captured the space to store them all without displacing anything else, besides the folding table.
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    Project Wavy Bent

    I'm used to doing a lot more repetition than this with the modular jewelry boxes. But with those the drawer joinery was box joints and I could cut 30 of them in one pass on the shaper. In the beginning I used to do them with dovetails but it's been a long time since I did this many! Now assembly will be easier though as there isn't nearly as much glue surface to worry about. This is the one time I bring a tv into the shop and just watch a movie I have seen many times to help pass the time. I don't watch anything i haven't seen before so I keep working and get just as much done but it feels like having the day off.
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    Project Wavy Bent

    Monday night! It's a boring one though. First half stock prep. If you survive that, the long version of what I wrote above. I imagine it's going to take a week to get the drawers assembled before things get interesting again. I would just assemble drawers for five of them to get things moving as the sooner I have something done the sooner the chance to start selling them. But being able to fit each drawer once and repeat the same thing for the rest with the same setup is kind of the whole point of making 20 of them so I've got to muddle through all of it. Which means I'm going to have stacks of drawers everywhere, in addition to the boxes themselves stacked up on the table in the other room I normally stack that stuff on to get it out of the way. I need to build the storage shelves I'm going to store these things on long term so I can free up the table.