21meyer

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  1. I have also had positive interaction with the Lee Valley customer service department in the past but wanted to share my most recent exchange. About three years ago I was working on a project that required odd or in-between sized brad point bits that I did not own at the time. I decided that I might as well purchase a nice set that would last me a long time as a hobbyist and the Veritas 28 piece HSS set fit the bill so I went with them. Fast forward to a couple weeks ago and a project called for a size from the set that I had not yet used. This is when I noticed that I had received two duplicate sizes within the set. Obviously, I should have checked each bit when I received the set but have never had this issue before and hindsight is always 20/20. I sent an email to Lee Valley customer service on New Year’s Day and received a response first thing January 2nd. The response included an apology and that they would be shipping me the two correct sizes at no charge. They also asked that I keep the two incorrect sizes. The new bits arrived a couple days ago as promised. I understand it’s only about $15 worth of tooling but even the little things can keep customers happy. The Lee Valley free shipping promotions have cost me a good chunk of change over the years but I will continue doing business with them because they have always been a pleasure to deal with.
  2. I built that lift several years ago and you really don't need the plans. It is going to depend on your specific router and the video linked above does a pretty good job of explaining the build. I purchased a commercial lift when I upgraded my router so I no longer have the homemade lift. It worked well for the time that I was using it. If I remember correctly, they use a higher threads per inch threaded rod than the readily available standard. I purchased mine through Fastenal and as you would expect, it was more expensive. After using the lift for a while, I found it unnecessary because my router bit height adjustments are always relative and it really didn't save me any time knowing that one revolution was exactly 1/16" in adjustment. Some may find this very useful but my typical workflow is to sneak up on depth anyway.
  3. 21meyer

    Push Blocks

    I have been using these floats for a couple years and they are great. I have five or six of them for the jointer, router table, and at the band saw they are handy to push stock against the fence before the blade during a resaw. All of mine still have the original handle which works fine but I will eventually get around to replacing with wood for reasons mentioned above. I still use the Grippers that I've had forever at the SawStop. The Grippers will always have a spot in my shop for certain tasks, but in my experience the floats grip the stock better. I have push sticks for narrow rips (both John Heisz and Matthias Wandel versions) but if I have space between the blade and fence I prefer to use the float or Gripper.
  4. 21meyer

    Coil Nailer

    Steve, thanks for the idea. I will give the portable air tank a try and see how many nails I can fire from one tank.
  5. 21meyer

    Coil Nailer

    I'm not sure if the typical drywall or flooring screw guns would work because I am looking for something that would drive a fastener as flush as possible for the new overlayment. If you are referring to something different, my apologies.
  6. 21meyer

    Coil Nailer

    Thanks for your reply. Just to clarify, this is a flat ceiling and not a roof. We are livestock producers and not skilled tradesmen. The floors are slats so I'm afraid that by doing it by hand we will drop nails and they will either end up falling through the slats or in the animals mouth. We have a couple thousand sheets to replace and spoken to dozens of contractors but they will not do it with animals present.
  7. 21meyer

    Coil Nailer

    We need to replace ceiling steel in some livestock facilities. The sheets of steel are 4' x 20'. The way we have done it in the past is to use a coil nailer to secure the old sheet and then remove the pole barn screws so we can put a new sheet directly over top the old sheet. This way the attic insulation does not need to come down because it is in good shape. Hopefully my explanation of our process makes sense. The issue is having an air hose draped over gating and the animals chewing on it. We do not have the option of removing the animals or waiting until the next fill. I see that Paslode and Duo-Fast make a cordless coil nailer but was curious if anyone knew of any other manufacturers or possibly a more efficient way of replacing the steel.
  8. I have a couple of the dial type indicators and they work well. Both of them came with the stand in your lower left picture. I find the stand cumbersome and very rarely use it. It's very easy to customize a jig for whatever you will be using it for. The blade to miter slot parallel jig (saw gauge) in your pictures is nice but can be made out of scraps fairly quickly and accurately.
  9. According to the email I received, they are going to retail at $1199.
  10. Supermax is releasing a 16-32 model but I have not checked to see the footprint. I have the 19-38 and am happy with it but it does take up a fair amount of floor space especially if you don't build a cabinet stand. http://www.supermaxtools.com/products/wood/16-32-drum-sander-71632/
  11. I think you will receive quite a few responses that will deem it unnecessary. Personally, I use mine every time I plane. Even though it is accurate enough to use for final dimensioning, I rarely use it that way. Everything is relative to the current project. My planer has anti-kickback fingers that grab the wood as soon as I start to feed. It is a pain to try to set the height by eye because of these fingers. I work with very rough stock of varying thickness and the DRO saves me a lot of time setting the initial height of my planer along with subsequent passes. The planer is the only machine I use this on and have no plans to add it to my drum sander, table saw, jointer, etc.
  12. Yeah, if I remember correctly, we have the same Steel City bench top model. I have been very happy with it but have run into several instances recently where I need more quill travel and distance vertically.
  13. I have a few of them as well but I agree with Eric. You can get pretty fancy with how sturdy you build them but I have learned that for me, I want more levels with less height capacity. It is such a pain to dig through a bunch of layers if the board you want is on the bottom. The 2x4 with electrical conduit that Jay Bates uses is plenty strong for the height levels that I prefer.
  14. Shane, just curious if you ever pulled the trigger on this DP - or any other forum member for that matter? If so, what are your thoughts? The online reviews are very limited. I see it is now on sale at several different vendors. Thanks, Cody
  15. Ah, now I see it. Thanks for the explanation.