..Kev

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  1. Like the rest, I've been there.. I like to look at it from a different perspective.. I always buy extra because that "scrap" always pays off in some way shape or form. Many of you have seen my projects this year but, the "scrap" from those projects completely built all of my Christmas gifts this year plus about 15 picture frames that my house was in need of. Also, a couple cutting boards and table lazy Susans for other clients. So, nothing wrong with being "cheap" but, thinking outside the box actually gets me far more than barely buying enough to complete the current project. I actually made more money because I had that "scrap" on hand. Great topic Ronn! Thanks for posting!
  2. Just going to toss this out there even though it was 2 shops ago.. Also, keep in mind that the space was built as a recording studio so, that's why it had carpet.. I had a glue down low pile (indoor/outdoor) carpet on the floor of my shop and added stick down tiles and it actually worked way better than I ever thought it would have!
  3. Welcome to the forums Scott. You do realize that this is a very old thread and the OP last visited in 2014 so, probably isn't going to see your response.
  4. Very old post from a member that also hasn't been here in a bit.. There's lots of options out there for floating shelf hardware though.
  5. ..Kev

    Dealing with HOA

    I would seriously have to watch for when they're watching their favorite program to mow the lawn! I think I'd mow the lawn 7 days a week...lol. Hell, I'd mow it if snow was on the ground..
  6. I'd go 6". You'll never regret going bigger You'll be set for upgrade later should you decide too. Reduction should happen as close to the actual machine as possible.
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    Dealing with HOA

    Noise complaints are tricky! Usually, LE shows up and asks you to hold the noise down and leaves.. The issue is that anyone can lodge a noise complaint at any time of the day and for any reason. This would also include mowing the lawn which is also a pretty normal occurrence. You'd have to check your HOA rules and your local ordinances but, this is how it was at my home in Washington. Yes, I had a noise complaint for mowing the lawn at 10am. I'd suggest talking to them first. If they're not reasonable, just file the same complaint on them for their TV. I'm guessing the HOA will lay out some guidelines for you both to follow.
  8. I just did a bathroom vanity and used ply, I don't see any issues with it. Most manufactured products are either ply or MDF. As for finish, poly or lacquer would be great options.
  9. My new shop has all LEDs to include my smaller task/video lighting. I agree that my shop is now much better lit than any shop I've had but, going with the slightly darker walls (plywood) actually made my shop look darker on video. That's why I added all the smaller task/video lights..
  10. You could also do it with a plunge router. Just temporarily attach a board on each side of the work piece as support. As for the draw-bore, the offset should be a max of 1/16" and I like even less.
  11. IMO, DC is very important! Obviously, the crap you breathe in isn't good for you but, how about the time you spend cleaning up all the dust you're making instead of continuing to work on projects? And, to boot, There's some pretty inexpensive options out there! Again, just my opinion but, you need the big 3 first. Table saw, jointer, and planer. Coming in at 3.5 would be the dust collection. I'd rather work on projects that clean the shop. As an additional note, the more energy you invest in good dust collection the more enjoyable spending time in your shop is. You'll note I said energy, not money. As I said before, there's lots of inexpensive options out there.
  12. The cup and the crack are a symptom of the wood drying and acclimating. Wood is going to move regardless of anything you do to prevent it. Let it acclimate and move and then decide what you have to do to correct what Mother Nature did.
  13. I have a set of the Paolini Rules that just never made it into my workflow. I'm paying it forward by giving them away and paying for shipping. US entries only.. Directions for entry in the video.. For the record, these are mine. I paid for them and am giving them away.
  14. Plain and simple.. A track saw does not replace a table saw. Not even close.
  15. I wouldn't worry about direction with a split top. Flatness is a very open debate when it comes to bench tops. Even though I have a torsion box assembly table, I don't really think that it's imperative that a bench top be dead flat. Those 2 slabs are going to move with seasonal changes but, hopefully evenly across the grain and not causing you any issues.
  16. Well, they're going to move! They always do. Are you gluing them together or doing a split top? If you're gluing, I would consider alternating them to help avoid cupping.
  17. I edited your post for language, we're family friendly here.. Welcome to the forums! You could do some mild milling on it but, I suspect it's not done moving! Winter is usually the driest time with the lowest humidity. I would store it in your garage on stickers and just monitor it for a month or 2. If you need it faster, finding a home for it indoors will help that process. I couldn't possibly predict how much faster.
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    Spoke Shaves

    I'll be the first to admit that I don't use mine as much as I probably should! I don't think you'd have any issues with the arthritic paid if the cabinet scraper doesn't bother you. I've got some shaping on a project coming up and it's my intention to use the spoke shave purely because you made this post and reminded me...lol
  19. If you up your power, I'd be looking hard at the 1023!
  20. This looks to me like the wood wasn't allowed to move. The lag holes in the steel legs don't look slotted? You have to allow the wood to move or this will certainly happen, especially on a piece this large. As for the fix, I would have to seriously consider cutting the table in half length wise, reflatten the 2 halves and then glue it back together. Just remember to allow for wood movement when attaching the legs. You can still tighten the bolts down but, create slots in the steel that go across the grain of the wood. Make the slots pretty wide as it's obvious that this slab moved a lot! Use washers on the bolts if the head of the bolt is a little too small for the slot you cut. For the record, I think this has more to do with not allowing for wood movement than it does your finishing regimen. Good luck! Really nice table!
  21. I'd pull the pin.. You'd have to do that to change the blade anyway and I'm guessing they're going to have you do that in the trouble shooting process. Probably better to know before the call.
  22. Just my 2 worth.. When I'm at the lathe, I try and follow the proper path and sharpen often. This is why I set my Tormek and my slow speed grinder next to the lathe and at bench top height. I know myself well enough to know that if there's extra steps involved, I'll most likely push that tool to the point where the sharpening takes much longer and it's really a process I don't enjoy. Obviously, every shop is different in available space etc. Like I said, just my 2 worth.
  23. With respect, I'd chose neither. For starters, about the only thing from Harbor Freight I'd spend money on that has a motor is the dust collector. The other saw, at that price point, I just wouldn't have any faith in without getting to test drive it extensively before buying. My suggestion would be saving a little more and buying a quality proven product that will have some long term customer support and a history that warrants your dollars. That doesn't mean you have to mortgage the house and buy the Kapex but, there's a ton of middle ground in the miter saw arena!