Mick S

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  1. Don’t use my jointer as a chair. Don't use any tool as a coaster. Don’t startle me. Don't startle me. Don’t startle me.
  2. Mick S

    Shop Tour with Mick

    Thanks Kev! We enjoyed having you out. I've made a few improvements since you were here (mid-August). I added the SCM 20" bandsaw we discussed and used part of the crating material from it to reorganize my hand tools. I've also added a few drawers below the bench for often used supply items, etc. 1. I got it with the intention of using it both for the jointer outfeed table and the planer outfeed table, but have never needed it except on the planer table. I leave it there all the time. It helps a lot, especially when I'm feeding one piece after another end to end. Worth it, IMO. 2. If you're looking at the thing that looks like a cross, it's for laying out arcs. Saw it in FWW some years back. I love all the light in my shop, but the front wall of the shop (where the Ridgid sanders are) faces south. When the trees drop their leaves and the winter sun is low it can be blinding.
  3. Hi Geoff, First of all, I'd check the alignment of the blade to the miter slots on your saw. It's simple enough to do with just a combination square. Mark one tooth with a Sharpie and set your square right up against the edge of the miter slot and set the blade of the square so it's just touching the marked tooth at the front of the saw. Then rotate that tooth to the back and move your square to that position on the miter slot to see if it's in the same position. If not, you'll need to square the blade to the slot by whatever method your saw manufacturer recommends. If it is in alignment, the problem is most likely how your fence is set. Ideally it should be set so that it "toes out" by just a couple of thousands of an inch. If anything, you do not want it toeing into the blade. That causes binding and kickback. Hope this helps.
  4. Much easier method to get a perfect fit.
  5. Really gorgeous bench, Drew! The cherry is nice and pink. Definitely furniture quality.
  6. Great job, Cliff. As others have said, learning to repair/recover from mistakes is a big part of woodworking. We all make them. Almost is if it had been planned, fully half the students in the class I'm teaching this semester spent the last class repairing mistakes - dominos that din't align, making a frame a ½" short because he wrote the length down wrong, hinges that didn't line up, etc. We all make them and coming back from 6 80 hour weeks doesn't make it any easier! Nice recovery and beautiful project. That's some gorgeous walnut!
  7. Mick S

    Texas Ebony

    I have heard of it and used a little bit here and there that was given to me. I don't know for certain of a consistent source, but I would try the following: Berdoll Sawmill: https://berdollsawmill.com/ Faifer & Company: https://www.mesquitefloors.com/ Sekula Sawmilling: http://www.mesquitewoodproducts.com/mesquite-wood.html Let us know if you have any luck!
  8. Must have been an oversight or typo on the OP's part. Felder's machine numbers correspond to the capacities of the machines. Didn't mean to be rude, just skimmed over his 16" comment.
  9. I recently went down a similar decision path. I looked hard at the Felder 510, Laguna 18LT and the SCM S500P (Centauro). I wound up with the S500P, but the Laguna would have been my second choice. My highest priority for the new saw was resaw capability, not simply capacity, but rigidity. The SCM was very highly rated for rigidity and coupled with the 20" capacity, it was my choice. I realize that it's currently selling for substantially more than the other two, but we're coming up on the sales season. It also looks like SCM is about to introduce a new S440P, S540P, S640P, etc series so they may blast the older models out. Felder has open houses next month (sale pricing) and, as you said, Laguna is currently on sale. The Felder has larger wheels at 500mm. One spec on the Laguna that I didn't want was the 33 1/2" table height. I would shy away from doing sanding on a bandsaw. I'm honestly not sure why Felder continues to offer it as an option. You can get a 1" stand alone belt sander for less than their option. The broader blade range of the Laguna is a big consideration if this is to be your only bandsaw, but I believe Felder is now offering ceramic guides at no additional charge on the 510, so they should have similar capacities. Just something I've noticed recently is that the 18LT does not show up in the list of current models on Laguna's website. EDIT: I just didn't scroll down far enough. They moved the heavier machines to a different page on their site. Both of the saws you're looking at are top notch machines. The Laguna 18LT is made by ACM in Italy, which has a very good reputation. Same build quality as ever.
  10. Mid low, but a little higher than in #2. About where the top of the pull is in line with that pitch pocket on the left door. Nice job on the build!
  11. Not really. I store a lot of it in the garage next to my shop in vertical racks and the rest in a storage room off the breezeway. In addition to the ~ 1000 bf of walnut I wound up with, I had ~ 500 feet of cherry plus misc other stuff, quarter sawn white oak, sasparilla, maple, etc. When it was all said and done, I paid roughly 60 cents a foot for the lot. What would I do with 4000 bf of walnut? Even after splitting it I usually trade it with Carl for the cherry. I used most of the cherry on the kitchen cabinets.
  12. There is a Franciscan Monastery in Albuquerque that had a large wood shop run by one of the monks for years. He had to close it down for health reasons. I went in with another guy and bought his wood inventory (7500 bf), about half of it was walnut that he’d had since the early 80’s. All air dried. We sold off about half of it and split the rest. There’s still plenty of counter space once I get around to redoing the pantry we’ll probably move it there
  13. I also hinged the top door on the bottom - made more sense to me since it goes under cabinets. Also, where Marc’s lower door is it’s a drawer on mine.
  14. I liked Marc's breadbox build very much. Alison liked most of it. We compromised and below is the result. Air-dried walnut with ambrosia maple door and drawer, with ebony pulls.