Chuck Melton

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  1. 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.

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  2. I still don't see why all the different numbers make it much less confusing than using words like low angle smooth plane vs bevel up smooth plane. 


    I mean finding out that a 5 1/4 plane isn't half way in between a 5 and a 5 1/2 makes sense intuitively right?

    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.


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  3. Have you tried a different blade?  Perhaps the blade seam or a bad spot is tapping something?

    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.

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  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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  6. 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 bushing instead of a real bearing is the only thing that surprised me in terms of the build quality, well that and the spindle lock engaging on the plastic fins of the motor fan.

    I only own one Festool product (the domino) and while I think it's an awesome tool, I've never pulled the trigger on any of their other products. I'm not saying I won't, but the difference to me as a hobby woodworker hasn't been substantial enough to sway the decision.

  7. 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.




  8. 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.

  9. 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...)

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    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.

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  11. The One-Time Tool concept is baffling to me too. I understand generated scarcity as a marketing ploy but if a tool is good enough and sells well, why in the world would you want to promote the fact that you'll never make it again? Just seems like a really unusual business model.


    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 running them once.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

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