Mick S

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  1. Air-dried cherry - from 1982!
  2. Feels great to be working on a project instead of working on my shop. First one in a while - a simple harvest table for a neighbor. I can't wait until the overarm dust shroud (Grizzly) gets here. This saw makes some dust. Cutting mortises. Tapering the legs
  3. Oh, come on. Don't mince words!
  4. It's my wood. Mine. Give it back. Sometimes called Texas ebony, maybe.
  5. I recently had to install a hook into one of my ceiling joists using a 3' step ladder I often use as a stool at my bench. I made it safely to the second step before the waves of dizziness kicked in, but I persevered by steadying myself against the joist. It was a stretch, but I knew not to stand on top of the ladder. I'm happy to report I made it down safely and there was beer in the fridge.
  6. Thank you, Dave. Very kind of you. I was just on Instagram reading a post by Michael Fortune in which he talks about people who influenced his approach to woodworking. One was, according to Fortune, a master at making jigs for executing complex tasks. I try to stress that to the people in my own classes. To me, it's a huge part of woodworking.
  7. Coop - Bending ply comes in 4 x 8 and 8 x 4 sheets, depending on which direction you want it to bend. I've used ⅛", ¼" and ⅜". It's hard to tell from the interior photos if the canopy is thinner than the sides, but if not, he could easily laminate one piece of 3/8" ply to another. The important thing is simply to keep the alternating grain direction oriented so that he winds up with an odd number of plies overall, including the veneers. The bending ply can be sanded uniformly, removing an equal amount from each side to compensate for the veneer thickness, if necessary.
  8. Bending ply seems like the way to go. I've not attempted it on something that large, but it's easy to work with and can be veneered as long as it's applied to both sides evenly. I used it on the bow front cabinet I made a few years ago.
  9. Thanks, Paul. I'll do a more formal review soon, but I can see parting with the SawStop in the not too distant future, much as I love it. It does so many things so well, but I still have to prove a few things to myself. Making the doors was so easy compared to a cab saw. I'm starting on a Shaker drop-leaf dining table for a neighbor. I'll probably do the review once I'm finished.
  10. I've known several companies that outfitted their shops that way. When you buy for pennies on the dollar you can afford to sit on it until you need it.
  11. Aviva insisted I post another pic without sweat stains. She did a great job on her doors.
  12. Nice job! Beautiful figure in that cherry. My next project is a drop-leaf Shaker dining table in cherry for a neighbor. We're trading labor. He's going to redo some stone work for me. I'm itching to get started.
  13. I've been there. I've worked with various brands over the years in industrial installations. Some bad, some good. That's why I posted this review - this is the best quality of fittings I've worked with and the customer service was excellent. For me, the versatility it offers is well worth the cost difference.
  14. Meaning if it's installed improperly, not supported properly? Not sure I get what you mean.
  15. Got Aviva's doors glued up and prepped for final sizing tomorrow.
  16. That truly is a great space. Really nice job on the sideboard!
  17. A warm welcome to you. You're in for a very rewarding (and occasionally frustrating) journey. I'm happy to hear you're taking some classes - that's a great way to flatten the learning curve.
  18. Like @pkinneb I've owned numerous saws over the years, Rockwell contractors saw, Rockwell Model 10 hybrid saw (Unisaw table, contractor base), Delta Unisaw 3hp, PM 66 3 hp, Inca 259, a DeWalt jobsite saw, SawStop PCS 3hp and a SCM slider now. Excluding the SCM because it's apples and oranges, hands down, the SS was the best of the bunch. If you have 240 go with the 3hp. It's a lifetime saw, for sure.
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    Coop will appreciate this.
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    Now what did I do with my windbreaker?
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    Just drove home from having dinner at my buddy Carl & Karen's. Whiteout. Sweater weather.
  22. I got the platform installed to raise my Sawstop table surface to the height of the slider so that I can feed back to back without interference. The platform, laid flat, looks like a ladder made of 2 x 6s half lapped and glued and screwed together. I used 8 of the leveling mechanisms Marc used on his new outfeed table for fine tuning the height of the saw surfaces. It's a piece of cake for a man my age to solo hoist a ~ 650 lb (PCS + inline router table) up onto a 2 x 6 platform, with leveling hardware that does not slide at all, and position both within 1/32" of parallel to another saw.
  23. Very nice, David. The V-carve technology is pretty great. The first time I used it (in Aspire) I was floored. The amount of detail you can get is a game changer, IMO.
  24. It's not you, Ken. The link is broken.
  25. Yes. The shank should be into the collet at least ⅔ of the length of the collet. That doesn’t usually give you much play, but if you pull it out too far you’ll spring the collet when you tighten it down. Once it’s sprung, it will never hold properly again.