Chuck Melton

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  1. I ran an end grain cutting board through the planer once. Once.
  2. It would be whatever I paid for it plus shipping to the frozen tundra. I think it was around $12/BF but I will dig up the invoice
  3. There's an easy fix for the spammers. Make all forum post links nofollow so they don't get crawled. They may already be, I am on the ipad so it's a pain to check. I've seen some other folks rave about pin nailers, which led me down that path. The one I chose was relatively inexpensive and very well reviewed on Amazon (including reviews specifically talking about its use in fine woodworking). My review will be from a novice perspective, so don't expect great insight.
  4. I have a chunk of clear straight grained 8/4 x 8" x 24" sitting around. If that's wide enough I can send you a pic.
  5. Who goes through that effort for some potential amazon affiliate click through sales...
  6. I might write it up anyway. I am curious to see just how visible the pin holes end up being, as I plan to use it for furniture / furniture like items. This weekend it's going to be tacking the face frame onto a desk organizer/ monitor stand before a glue up.
  7. Woodkeeper, I have a Porter Cable PIN138 23 gauge pin nailer coming tomorrow. I'll write up a product review sometime this weekend if you are still interested.
  8. It sounds like your blades may need to be cleaned. Pine will gunk them up in a hurry.
  9. Tom, you must scour craigslist... I think you're 350 miles from me and you are turning up stuff 3 miles from my house.
  10. I think it's more of a personal approach. Figure out what kind of work you want to do, what your timeframe is for building out your tool collection, and what your wife won't notice / complain about. It's incredibly easy to buy tools that you won't need because you find a deal, or think you need it that will end up taking up budget dollars and space to just sit around. Ask me how I know... (I am looking at you dovetail jig, biscuit joiner, unused saw blades, too-small band saw...) You can get into hobby woodworking for anywhere between $100 and $10,000. Learn about what you want to do and w
  11. I am supposed to grab a very lightly used DW735 with the Byrd shelix head from a guy of CL for $650 next weekend. Huge upgrade from my delta lunchbox and HSS knives.
  12. Even if you don't build the same Greene and Greene style chest (Am I the only person that doesn't much care for G&G?) the guild build is fantastic. It covers a ton of things I wouldn't have considered as a new wood worker.
  13. Blue moon is an abomination. Drink a real Belgian white, Hoegarden is barely more expensive. Alagash makes an excellent Belgian white if you'd prefer something American. I have strange drinking habits... Scotch it if have something to do the next day, Bourbon if I don't. Irish whiskey for shots or coffee. Rye for a change of pace or a hot toddy. Beer mainly in the summer, wine in the winter. Cocktails poolside, or when I am at least wishing it were summer.
  14. I've been looking at brad nailers and compressors myself. I was thinking of grabbing a porter cable pancake compressor combo kit off of amazon. I am a little intrigued by the cordless brad nailers. The DeWalt DC608 seems to get pretty rave reviews but it is a bit pricey.
  15. I know... The soul patch dig was taking things a little too far... Sorry man.
  16. I had a Veritas blade and replacement cap iron come in for my smoother today (along with a new honing guide...) and just for grins I slapped it in to my #4 and after a few adjustments it was making better shavings than the blade and cap iron I had spent some time trying to get up to snuff. Tonight I am going to hone it up to 8K and see if there is a material difference.
  17. I think it would be nice to put together a thread of basic finishing information as the basics of it are glossed over in many of the instructional videos I've seen. Does anyone have any favorite finishing resources they would care to share?
  18. ...unless a contract specifies otherwise. My product from my day job (custom software) is generally covered by copyright law instead of a patent. When your contract spells out that the work you are performing is "Work for hire", the copyright is owned by the person paying for the work. If it is unspecified, it is retained by the creator. It's a concept that most people are very used to in print, but not used to in software.
  19. What you are getting beaten up on is Dimensional Weight. For a package exactly the size of your cabinet you are going to pay for the equivalent of 139 pounds. If you assume an extra 6 inches per dimension for packing you are paying for 276 pounds, and all together about 735 pounds (depending on how you configure the dims). http://www.fedex.com/ae/tools/dimweight.html
  20. LN doesn't seem to offer the blades preground to 38 and 50. I am just going to wait the three weeks for the LV. PMV11 is also a selling point.
  21. The LV is out of stock until 3/5... might have to order the LN.
  22. I thought buying a new snow blower ate up my tool budget for a little while but due to a few small windfalls (Thank you escrow refund and forgotten expense check!) I am getting ready to buy a LV low angle jack. The question is, do I immediately grab the 38 and 50 degree blades? If you were going to grab one extra which would it be? I am thinking the 38 for general purpose is the way to go.
  23. Fair use is a complicated concept. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_use#Amount_and_substantiality Courts apply a four part test to determine if something is indeed fair use. As stated previously, if you aren't using the entire work, and it is for a non commercial purpose, it's generally accepted as fair use as long as it isn't causing a negative commercial impact on the copyright holder. From a purely ethical perspective, I don't know of many authors that would be bothered by an out of print article being shared. The only stuff I have ever published is in now out of print trade jo