Chuck Melton

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  1. I thought you were searching for an answer instead of illuminating a truth.
  2. Marc's shaker table video is honestly one of my favorite of the 11 guild projects that I have access to. You can absolutely learn hand tool skills from watching the video but it requires practice. Should you choose to go to Asheville, make sure you go to Biscuit Head. Seven different gravies available, and you can order a gravy flight with your biscuit. I think that alone is sufficient reason to choose which class you take.
  3. The world is full of these sorts of odd naming conventions that were based upon something that was a defacto standard. Golf clubs are a great example. The modern naming convention for golf clubs came about when in 1913 Spalding decided to mass produce golf clubs, which before that time were almost exclusively hand made. The numbering system today essentially refers to the arbitrary numbers that Spalding assigned to it's offerings. Phillips screw driver sizing is based upon the original arbitrary sizing that Robertson square drive screws used.
  4. I like that this turned into a Jorgensen appreciation thread. The action on them is so so much better than the Besseys or the Jets. the Jets are probably my least favorite and seem to be the least well made.
  5. While I've never made a dollar woodworking (and I'm unlikely to ever do so), I do spend a fair bit of time talking to people about business process. First, decide whether you want to be a businessman or an artist. Your pricing structure is going to vary greatly based upon that decision. If you're an artist, ask yourself how much it's worth to you. Find a number that makes you happy and write it in beautiful flowing script on a hand made price tag. If it's a business you're going to have to think in terms of how this stuff would show up on a P&L. You obviously have the Cost of Goods Sold (l
  6. I've definitely abused my 4Runner in similar ways, but for that much lumber it might be worth it to spend the $30 to rent a utility trailer for a few hours.
  7. I get excited when I can find a piece of plywood that isn't jacked up at my BORG. They do sell red oak and polar at riculous prices, but that's it on the hardwood front.
  8. I wouldn't have thought that the blade would have an affect but I can see the logic behind it. That will definitely be step 1 when I actually get to step foot into the shop later this week. I don't get much woodworking done in the summer and I've had the same 3/8 blade on since the problem started. Now that I think back to that last blade change, I had a heck of a time getting the thing to track correctly. Thank you for the suggestion.
  9. I have one of the ubiquitous Grizzly G0555L band saws, and it has picked up an odd clicking sound that I'm afraid is the bearing on the lower wheel. I've been meaning to record the sound to accompany this post, but it keeps skipping my mind when I'm in the shop. I'm not positive that it's the bearing but I don't know what else it could be. The blade isn't making contact with anything. I can reproduce it intermittently by rotating the wheel by hand, but it doesn't happen consistently in the same arc of rotation. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
  10. Sweet sweet tool porn. The cabinet ain't too shabby either. The layout of the tools themselves is one of the most impressive parts to me, A tool cabinet was one of my first woodworking projects two years ago and I predictably made something, that while not a complete monstrosity, doesn't fit my tool collection. Seeing your cabinet gives me some motivation to make one that sucks a bit less than my first attempt.
  11. AvE has definitely become one of my favorite YouTube channels. I've torn through his content, and he is pretty consistent with his tool reviews. He also specifically does two parters so he can correct incorrect assumptions. It's kind of like a kid from Sunnyvale Trailer Park went out and got a masters in engineering and decided to start a YouTube channel. His non tool review videos are pretty interesting as well. The second TS 55 video shows more positive aspects of tool, specifically illustrating how the electronic controls maintain blade speed during heavy cuts. I will see the chincey brass
  12. Does anyone have an opinion on router guide bushings? It is not exactly a major investment, but I want to avoid buying something and not knowing it's junk.
  13. I was really thinking no one was going to reply to this thread.
  14. I thought one or two folks might be interested in the application of software to make the business of production woodworking more efficient. Here's a story about some work we did for the St. Cloud Door Company. Basically, it's a piece of custom software that allows them to efficiently send out quotes, and push their door and drawer orders through their two shops. https://www.gomainspring.com/client-story/taking-the-edge-off-manufacturing-woes/
  15. I am in the same boat. I have really well made oak cabinets that my wife and I just don't care for. I've looked a ton of options to try and reface them, but I keep coming back to just making / buying new cabinets. It's partly because I want to extend the uppers to the ceiling, and partly because I haven't found a technique that I was comfortable with producing good results over the oak grain without a ton of effort.
  16. Awesome work man, that's a serious undertaking. I love the QSO with the contemporary style.
  17. I also use the 3M WorkTunes... They are great, but they don't get very loud, so I usually have them turned up to 11. They are plenty loud enough to be heard over whatever machines are running. I've taken to using them outside the shop as well (snow blowing, power washing, filtering out my wife's comments about my tool habit...)
  18. This project has been mocking me... I screwed up the first glue up when I was rushing to get stuff out of the ship for Christmas. Basically, the base was more of a rhombus than a square, and I was too pissed off at myself to do anything with it. Today I cut the aprons where they joined the legs, trimmed everything to an equal length, cleaned up the legs with a block plane and then slapped it back together with the Domino. It's a far cry from my original intent to use all hand cut joinery, but I need to get this damned thing out of my shop before I toss it on a bonfire. Sent from my iP
  19. It may have as much to do with things internally at Woodpecker as it does marketing. When you're planning to continually produce something, you go about making it differently than something you're simply going to run one time. There's less investment on their end, in terms of tooling, training, and setup. Likewise, they are producing the items in a less efficient way that's going to lead to higher costs. Generally speaking, that's a tough selling the world of manufacturing. The ability of Woodpecker to offer specialized small production tools is probably somewhat dependent on them only run
  20. I haven't seen one of these before and it's pretty neat. This one popped on Craigslist. and I thought I'd share it here: http://baltimore.craigslist.org/tls/4942123856.html
  21. I've had my eye on a TS55 and a an MFT, looks like they are both going up about 3%, not enough to get me to pull the trigger early.
  22. I bought a bunch of the extruded aluminum rail with T / V tracks that the VSCT fence uses to build a new router fence, and I am thinking about attaching a section to my Vega fence. I have about five feet of it left, I was thinking about just rigging up a clamping system to hold it on. It was pretty cheap over on openbuilds.com.
  23. Weight should definitely be a consideration. I honestly wouldn't be afraid of using pine for that very reason. If you were to build that out of 1/2" baltic birch ply, you're probably looking at the thing weighing 30 pounds before you put anything in it. I'd consider a pine frame and 1/4" ply for the panels.
  24. The solution to most of your problems, really comes down to practice. When I started woodworking, I was amazed at how difficult it was to cut plywood square, and keep boards flat. After enough repetition, a lot of saw dust, and a fair bit of wasted wood, it got easier. There's a ton of resources online, and this community is particularly helpful, but while the guidance you'll get here is a huge help, I think everyone everyone really needs to learn through experience.