Mick S

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  1. Mick S

    Axiom vs Avid vs ?

    I would also throw the CAMaster Stinger series into the mix.
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    Nice to be missed! I'm still around. I just found myself getting a little burned out on WW. New semester preps, my own shop projects, friends' shop projects, etc. All woodworking, all the time. I've been hanging out on a British audio forum (Naim, should anyone be interested in whether or not one can hear the difference in a $50 speaker cable and a $5000 speaker cable) rather than coming here in my online time. Getting new tile in the living space this week, finally. I did manage to get some carriage doors built over the summer. And I adopted a new (5 YO) pup. She's a Rhodesian ridgeback, Tibetan Mastiff, Rottweiler mix. That's what she thinks, anyway.
  3. Fantastic work, Mark. I'm in awe of your turnings.
  4. In addition to the space savings, The additional mass that the tablesaw adds helps to dampen vibration. You could, but I'd definitely wait until you're certain you would use the functionality of the Incra fence. I can't remember (and not because of my age!) the last time I needed a router table fence to do anything other than move forward and backward. Many router table fences simply pivot on one end and lock down on the other.
  5. I am so envious. I wanted to take this class in the worst way, but can't take the follow up class in September. I'm looking forward to getting Martha's impressions, too. Can't wait for the future posts.
  6. Thanks Ken. John told me she and her husband just took 22 of their friends to a resort in Mexico to celebrate her birthday.
  7. Until this evening, the only thing I've ever won was a Rand McNally road atlas (a paper version of Google Maps for you youngsters) when I was 4. I threw a dart to pop a ballon and that was my prize. Tonight I sat in on the Fine Woodworking Webinar series featuring Mac Sheldon and others of the PantoRouter crew. At the end of the webinar Mac asked a trivia question about something he'd mentioned at the start of the webinar. I answered it correctly first and won a nice $149 set of Amana router bits! https://www.pantorouter.com/shop/amana-essential-bit-set
  8. Thanks, Ken. It's a birthday present for one of the Cullen granddaughters there in Houston.
  9. A last view of the WhataLazySusan! before it's shipped off - For you, Ken!
  10. The older I get, the heavier it feels!
  11. Really exquisite wrk, Brad! Hat's off to you. Fun following along.
  12. Alison's son asked if I would make a 32" lazy Susan for him to give to his aunt for her birthday. I'm in the high, dry desert of northern New Mexico and they live in hot, humid, Houston, so wood movement was a big concern. He sent me a link to a YT video of a maker making one out of construction lumber. I couldn't see doing that. I figured veneering would make more sense and remain much more stable. I resawed some walnut for the veneer. I remembered that Craig Thibodeau has a chapter in his book on veneering where he did a large starburst pattern. What do you know, his example was 32" in diameter. Saved me from doing the math. I made the template from ½" MDF to exact size. After rough cutting the shapes at the bandsaw, I sandwiched the veneers into a stack with the template on top and used the edge sander to sneak up on the line. They came out great and took no time at all. I laid them up on 1" (2 layers of ½") MDF with poplar veneer as a backer. I used Titebond Cold Press Veneer glue. Worked really well. I used a router on a shop made circle jig to cut it out. Then made a template from ½" Baltic birch, tweaking it by clamping a spare roll of drum sander paper to the circumference of the veneered panel. Dialed it in spot on. I used the Domino to align the top surfaces and banded it in 1 ¼" walnut. I used the circle jig again to cut the ⅛" inlay channel and sized some cherry down to a snug fit. Note - Sometimes planing the banding can be tricky if there's any wavy grain. It's impossible to see because of the thin piece. I dampen it slightly and it planes like butter. I installed the 24" diameter turntable hardware after putting a coat of Osmo on the bottom, then hit the top. I still have a couple of coats to go before it's ready to ship. Evan is happy with it.
  13. Everyone knows where there are reindeer Santa must not be far behind. And Santa brings new toys for the shop! I had a 15 year old Ridgid belt/spindle that developed some play in the belt mechanism. I got a new one and kept the old as a spindle-only sander and use the new one as a belt-only.
  14. You can also insert a pin nail from the back into the center of the top and bottom rails (where Drew indicated) after centering the panel in the frame. This locks the panel in place and still allows for wood movement.
  15. Last time I whacked him on the knuckles for swiping my pencil was shortly before COVID took hold. Right after that, they closed the border with Canada. Coincidence? I don't think so.
  16. One of my students will be in that class. Please tell Martha hello for me! Wish I could be there, too!
  17. I believe that contributed quite a bit.
  18. Making progress on the carriage doors. A whole bunch of fairly light wood gets heavy when you put it together. Glad I didn’t go with white oak!
  19. It’s a big mortise and tenon. ¾” x 4 ¼” x 5 ½”. I’m using epoxy so it should not only give me plenty of open time, but also allow the joints to slip together easily. I also slotted the tenon stock for pressure release after shooting that video.
  20. The PantoRouter POP! Got the floating mortise and tenons cut this morning. https://youtu.be/Ql2FB6zwxLw
  21. I'm starting on the carriage doors to replace my overhead door in the shop. The bigger machines and the Pantorouter are making it much easier. Straight line ripping on the slider.