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  1. So, working on my first woodworking project and just finished milling about 140' of 6" sticks. The milling created an impressive pile of sawdust that went straight into the garbage can. Not a tree hugger here, but then again, there is no downside to conserving waste. Is sawdust good for anything other than hamster cages? Any garden use? Love to hear any creative ideas for repurposing this stuff...
  2. Check out this hitachi compressor, 55 reviews with nearly 5 star rating. On sale with a couple brad nailers.|1
  3. From multiple and pretty credible sources I have heard never to buy anything with a motor in it from HF.
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    shop pics etc

    if your shop is heated, they might consider that an interior wall. Recommend filling insulation or other sound proofing material to keep the noise in the shop.
  5. Notwithstanding advice already givin, I noticed you used future tense "will be". Is there a chance of measuring anchor points to avoid hitting the heating coils? Other than glue like liquid nails which is good but permanent, here are some options: -anchor bolts/j-bolts: you set these before you pour the cement, very strong but slightly challenging to insatall. These are for permanent installation, you will have to cut them flush if one day you decide you don't need them. -wedge or shields- wedge anchors are stronger, but if the slab is shallow, wedges will not work (the mechanics of the
  6. What do you think the best position is in the shop? Centrally located or where the most dust is created? Do you think pointing the air flow towards the ceiling (if you have high ceilings) might improve its effectiveness since the suction area will be parallel with the dust creation below it? Think I am going to build one of these in next couple weeks. Maybe something similar to BC's design.
  7. Act like a Pro? No problem. Just walk in looking the part and act like you own the place. Been doing that to great success my entire career... :-) Seriously, thanks for the tip, been looking for specialty woodworking retailers in NC
  8. Thankfully not pointing up (the lighting is creating an illusion), if it were, I would have to retire from this hobby due to embarrassment. :-)
  9. Sure, the old "remove the obstruction" solution! So simple, I am now embarrassed :-). Reminds me of third grade math, greater than or less than (which way does the alligator's mouth point?). Seriously, I think that will fix the problem. That said, the earlier two posts got me researching dust collectors and now I am starting to get tool envy again... Thanks for your help, I am going to try that next weekend.
  10. Sorry about the photo quality, all the tools have been packed away for the evening so the car can get parked. You can still see the dust port from this angle. Let me know what you see.
  11. Thanks for the posts, this is helpful. Sounds like (1) dust collector is better than no dust collector. (2) I have the right idea with the pressure, but there is a little "feel" to learn to get it down perfect. (3) The milling marks (thanks for giving me the right vocabulary for this) are common, but can be mitigated by slowing down and/or adjusting the knives. Good thought on having someone show me, I'll keep an eye out for someone local. Maybe a dust collector will make for a nice bday gift, have to work on the wife for that! :-)
  12. I bought it used, Jet jointer. Spent about 2 hours replacing and adjusting the knives a few weekends back. Finally ready to use it on a "experience building" project, some wall hanging cabinets for the garage. Since this is a practice project, using cheap wood "white wood" from hardware store, don't know species, probably some type of pine. So after giving it a go today, have three questions I was hoping the experts on this site might be able to educate me on. 1. I know jointers and planers create a lot of saw dust but the dust tends to be pretty corse. So, didn't bother hooking up t
  13. Dude, apparently I am totally out of the loop. Notwithstanding the possible propensity for four letter words, what is this secret trade in which one may procure bowling alley leavings? Do you know a guy who knows a guy? Seems like good material sans nails...
  14. Ha! I'm probably going with the standard version, I'm so green the most value you are going to get from me in a review is going to boil down to "it looks cool". To your point earlier, if the most I get out of this new hobby is a few crooked pieces of furniture than at least I could sell the plane on eBay. To JHop's point, while I've never owned a block plane I do have a cheap hardware store plane that I've used in the past to hang doors (that I've never attempted to sharpen), maybe I can get a sense for quality comparing to that. You hand tool guys are pretty cool. Thanks again for
  15. The veritas block plane ya all love, is that the fancy NX/DX model that looks like something out of a sci-fi movie or the more traditional standard model they have. Standard about $150, fancy $200-$300...
  16. Thanks for all the great replies. Sounds like cheap tools will require a bit of fiddling to get to work acceptably (if they ever work acceptably), while more expensive tools require less tuning time. I think you've convinced me to avoid the cheap stuff, but still debating going for veritas new or Stanley old. On eBay what should I be looking for in a Stanley, any model 9 1/2? Or any specific sub branding (sweetheart, etc.)? Anything else I should be looking for, or ask the seller? If I can pick one up for $30 that is low enough to maybe take the risk of going used. If it doesn't wor
  17. So total novice here so please excuse my ignorance. About two months ago bought a bunch of power tools at a great deal on Craig's list, powermatic contractor saw, bunch of routers and table, mortiser, drill press, planer, jointer, bench combo sander, biscuit jointer, wet sharpener, bunch of clamps, and a ton of accessories. Up till now, spent most of my time organizing and building storage just so I could fit all that stuff in the garage and still park my car. I'm getting to the point that I want do some actual woodworking. From all the instructional materials I've been looking at, I'm go
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