Tom King

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  1. Will do. That's next up, in that shop. I need to get it going, to do some work on the tractor bucket before a guy with a big excavator comes. There's always something else to do, though. Today, since early this morning, I've been trying to get all the grass cut before the next rain comes, this afternoon. I might get to work on the cart tomorrow. I have all the parts, and pieces, and will show what's in the drawers. Welding helmets, and face shield for cutting, all fit in the bottom drawer. Next drawer up will have gloves, coat, and such. Hopefully, I can just wheel it up to what I need to work on, and not lose time looking for stuff. This welder is an inverter, where the other one was a big, heavy transformer rig. It does spray transfer, where the other one was short circuit, so it's supposed to be a lot easier to lay down a pretty weld. The wire melts before it touches the puddle, whereas a short circuit has to touch the wire first. This one will do pulse, as well, and can set the gas lead in, and taper off time, before, and after welding, so will save time not having to grind starting, and stopping places.
  2. We got my old welder working, but it was still going to require about as much time fiddling with it, as using it, so I ordered a new one the end of Feb. It came today. I'm going to build a cart for it, and have a much nicer one, with more storage than the 600 buck one that Miller sells for it. That black Husky tool cabinet is going to be part of the base for it. I will have all my welding protective clothing, and other bits, and pieces all in one spot. I even ordered a cover for it. I happened to hear about a price increase coming March 1, so not only ordered it in time to avoid that, but it came with a free Miller Elite welding helmet, which is really pretty nice.
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    Thanks. Here's a couple of more pictures. One is looking back from the house at those on the right side in the first picture. Pam's garden is kind of hidden behind those. The Pin Oak to the right is larger than it looks in that picture. It, and a few others, completely put the house in shade after the leaves come out. The other picture is the path going to the barn. That White Oak is the one I was talking about planting with an excavator. I had a guy working with a 320 cat. I had him scoop out a hole, and scoop up a little White Oak, maybe 4" in diameter. We didn't get it exactly vertical. I thought it would straighten up as it grew. It's straight, but still leaning the same. The Evergreen tree to the left is some sort of Japanese tree. It was supposed to only get 15 feet tall, but is at least 25 feet. One of the hurricanes tore it up some, breaking limbs, but it's filling back out. We had never even heard of any that keep blooms all year, until just the past few years. These were planted Summer of 1979.
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    Those red ones are still not fully opened. Here is another picture of some Azaleas. This is the driveway coming into our house, and horse barn. There is a mile long state road, that comes down the middle of our place. We call both that, and this gravel path, our "driveway". Back when Pam and I were still not married, the Summer of 1979, we were visiting her Parents. There was a lady near where they lived, who started large, Hybrid Azaleas on the sides of her driveway, and sold them for $1.50 a piece. I was driving a 1965 Buick (another story), with a large trunk. I told the lady that I'd buy as many as she could fit in the trunk, not having any idea how many that would be. She got 65 in there. We spent several weekends planting them, where we planned to build Pam's pottery shop. I think they all lived. I just grabbed this picture on the way in. The Pink ones on the right, and any you see down the driveway from that are some of those. Those pink ones are about 7' tall now. The white ones to the left are just starting to open. That's the horse barn roof you can see, in the background, and part of the house roof to the left. The White Oak near the left of the barn was a little one I moved with an excavator about 20 years ago. It's thriving. We had our 41st Anniversary, and my Mother's 105th Birthday, two days ago, on the 18th. We said we could "fix up" the pottery shop, and live there for a while. We've raised two children in it, and are still here.
  5. It won't take much to flatten any burrs to make it not matter at all. My Smoothers don't touch anything, unless something else has been over the surface first. Mostly because I don't want to regrind the irons. I don't have any newer, or prettier than the one JohnG posted a picture of.
  6. I carried the truck to get it inspected last week, which is required the month that license is supposed to be renewed. It failed. When activating the left turn signal, both left, and right flash. I carried it back home to the shop, expecting a terrible, unknown amount of time finding an electrical gremlin. Hoping it was something with the trailer brake controller circuit, that had been acting a bit strange for a while, I slid under the back end on a creeper. Just inside the back bumper, I saw the plug for the added on LED light bar under the tailgate. That needed to be eliminated from the list of possibles anyway, so I unplugged it, an slid back out to check. Everything worked perfectly, including no unusual looking lights from the brake controller!!! I carried it back to town, got it inspected, and we all had a good laugh about the Easiest electrical fix ever!!!
  7. Pam is still using cutting boards that I made before we were married, without anything but glue holding the pieces together. 41st Anniversary is today, so they've lasted longer than that many years, and that's without special care. I don't even remember what glue I used, but I'm sure it wasn't anything special, that didn't come from a building supply store.
  8. I don't think you want to take that much off the whole sole, but it may not be as deep as it looks in a picture. What in the world were you planing?
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    I spent a day with the Clearing Saw, and my snake-proof boots, last Fall, cutting down all the various saplings that had grown up in them. I'll try to think to take a picture, in a day or two, when all the red ones finish opening.
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    It's a shame they don't last long, in bloom. This is in front of the rental house. They're not quite at their peak, but I was down there, and might not remember to take a picture later. This is also before I've cleaned up the beach I reclaimed last year. There has to be over a thousand, and maybe even two.
  11. I would think it would work pretty good. I have other Magswitch things, like regular featherboards, that I like, and use all the time. I also have a number of pieces to help with welding, made by Magswitch. I like their stuff a lot. For instance, I needed to add some reinforcement/buildup pieces on the bottom of a loader bucket. Normally, I'd have to have someone hold them in place while I tackwelded them. With the Magswitch magnets, I can do it by myself. Hold the metal where I want to weld it, and put a Magswitch magnet over it, twist the knob, and it stays in place better than it could be held by hand. Also, some things that hold two pieces in place, at any angle you want. I'd bet the resaw guide would work fine, and may get one myself. I just haven't seen them yet. I do have some shopmade tall fence boards that I've used for various things, like roughing out raised panels, on big panels. For things like that, there probably is no better choice than building something special.
  12. That type of attic ladder is a Major upgrade over the old, flimsy wooden ones. I put one in the rental house, so two big guys could get a new air handler in the attic. It held all that weight with no ill effects. I like those platform ladders too. I ordered two taller ones, when Lowes had a ladder sale back around Black Friday, and they're still not here yet.
  13. Looking at it closer, there are a number of things NQR. There is absolutely no margin for error. Boards flat, and ends need to be registered in the jig just right too. I agree that it looks like the wrong angle dovetail bit. Watch that blowout on the edges of the tail board. Every step needs to be meticulous.
  14. It's all in the height of the bit from the router base. There is zero margin for error. I keep two dedicated routers, that never get changed. That would not be necessary with a digital height gauge, but I already had a couple of extra routers, and don't like to spend time fiddling with setups. I can just pull that toolbox out, adjust the pin spacing as I want, and perfect every time. It took a while to get them dialed in though.
  15. You need a "fractional horsepower belt". An automotive belt will give you a vibration from the joint, where it's put together. Auto parts stores do sell the fractional hp belts. Google "how to measure for V-belt".
  16. I've never seen that stuff before. I built this coffered ceiling with MDF, and Powergrab-no other fasteners. Coffers are about 4x5 feet, were built in the shop, and put in place with two sheetrock lifts. I'll go to great lengths to avoid sheetrock.
  17. Not surprised a bit!
  18. John, The Bees will thank you! I looked at the company stuff that you bought that rack from. I was looking for a new adjustable bench. Titan was the brand I ended up going with. The adjustable bench is a copy of a Legend one, for less than a quarter of the price. I am very pleased with the quality of the bench. Titan also has a combination, plate loaded pulldown/low pull machine that looks really good for the price. I don't need one, but looked through their lineup. Last week, I replaced the pulleys, and cables on my old one. That lat machine is out of stock, but looks like they'll have it ready to ship in May.
  19. Bob, PM sent on possible job I'd like to get you to do.
  20. I took that last picture between glove changes. The double sided tape has a paper cover on it. That paper, as you can see in that last picture, comes off, and the mixing sticks stuck across the joint. I forgot to take any more pictures after that. That low crack right behind the clearance light was the 10 year old one. It was still holding, even after the impact, and it had no reinforcement behind it. The worst part of the job was cleaning the inside of the fender, to get the fiberglass to bond. The broken off pieces were easy to clean, so that was a big help.
  21. Mods, Sorry I put this in the wrong forum. I thought I was putting it in Off Topic. Must have been the epoxy fumes up under that fender.
  22. When the ground was hard frozen, I decided it would be a good morning to check on an old house. Worked good, until a 90 degree turn became a slow motion 270. An empty dually is the worst for rear wheel traction, even in 4wd. Plastic fender exploded with contact of small Pine tree. The 20 year old truck is not worth spending money on, so I decided to glue the fender back together. There had been one small split held together with 3M DP100 for 10 years, so I ordered three new tubes. That old repair held together fine setting up with no help, but creeped out of perfect surface alignment as the 10 minute adhesive kicked. This time, I decided to get some clean release double sided tape, and use mixing sticks across the joint to hold the surfaces correctly. It doesn't take much, but I don't have enough hands to do more than a short crack. I ordered three different types of double sided tape, not knowing what would work, and only one did what I wanted it to. Here's the kind that worked: I ordered some more to have on hand for other such uses. The tape came off right before the adhesive completely kicked, and I shaved it off the surface with a sharp (really sharp) chisel. Pictures should tell the story. I laid one layer of 6 oz. fiberglass cloth on the inside, with West Systems epoxy. That is still too flexible for me to feel like the joints won't crack, so I ordered some more mat, cloth, and another gallon kit. I'll build up the inside, to stiffen it up, before using the flexible body filler, and painting it. I still have three more tiny pieces, but a few flew off out of picking up range. I'll just fill the holes that are left.