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About sgmdwk

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  1. Every cordless tool I have aver purchased. The batteries fail and they cost too much to replace. I have a collection of nice-looking yellow and blue paper weights. My 25-year-old Craftsman Professional corded drill has never failed me and no point of my shop is more than six feet from an outlet.
  2. Not a big fan of chemical strippers. I think a belt sander would take care of the paint. On an old bench like this, I think bits of metal and old grit embedded in the top are a greater threat to your router bit than the paint would be. Sanding would take care of that threat, or at least minimize it. My 2 cents.
  3. Good choice on the finish. A clear coat brings out the beauty of the wood, without hiding any of its character.
  4. I look at the prices on high-end clamps and am aghast. I have some old pipe clamps that work fine and a bunch of Harbor Freight aluminum bar clamps that do everything I ask of them, too. They're clamps, for heaven's sake. We're talking about clamps. If I evaluate what I get for $10 at HF vs. one of these super clamps for $50, I doubt they do five times more work. Paul Sellers (I admit I have a man crush on Paul Sellers)uses HF clamps and seems to get by just fine. Ah well, to each his own ... (walking away shaking my head)
  5. One of the interesting things about watching really old episodes of NYW is to see how much Norm's techniques evolved over the years - along with his acquisition of all those impressive and expensive tools. He embraced every new fad as it came along. But his hand tool skills improved, too. While the fine woodworking elite always scoffed at Norm's show, he was a great inspiration for all of us run-of-the-mill wood workers.
  6. "I wonder where hobbyist woodworking would be if YouTube, DVDs and the internet hadn't been invented -- I bet far fewer hobbyists..." I read books - remember them?
  7. It's $150. If you think that's cheap, I'm happy for you.
  8. This discussion sure took a weird turn. Why do I have a strange desire to make pancakes?
  9. Paul Sellers uses 3 in 1. That's good enough for me. I've never had a rust problem and I live in the permanently damp Pacific Northwest.
  10. I have a Delta 22-560 that I have used for a number of years. It was cheap and has double sided throwaway blades indexed on little pins - no sharpening and no jigs to install the blades. I'm sure there are much better planers out there, but this one works fine for the limited use I put it through.
  11. I used to work in a garage that also housed our furnace. There were no issues when we first moved in (summer time, working with an open garage door). But the first winter, with the garage door closed, my wife began complaining that she couldn't figure out why the house was getting so dusty. Yikes! That was a source of friction for two more years. Our solution was to build a new house, with a dedicated, walled off, shop bay. Works great (but not very cost effective).
  12. I have a 6-foot section of 2-inch angle steel I picked up years ago for just this purpose. I clamp it on my old Craftsman table saw in place of the fence (carefully measuring to ensure it is parallel to the blade). It sometimes takes more than one pass, but, with a sharp blade and good out-feed support, I get very tight glue lines.
  13. As an aside on Alder: I worked on a tree thinning/planting crew in 1971, reforesting part of a huge old forest fire in Oregon (the Tillamook Burn). We girdled and poisoned thousands of Red Alders, some up to 2 feet in diameter, because they shaded the young Douglas Firs. Alder was considered a "weed" tree. It is gratifying that this very nice species is now being harvested and used, rather than burned as undesirable waste.
  14. 24 years in the big green machine. Now I have time to try to improve my mediocre woodworking skills.
  15. I could not get through. Just a spinning wheel and an error message.