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  1. My first round of tools were just sort of taken care of.  Now over the last few years everything has been pretty much up graded and is now been taken crd and cleaned on a pretty regular basis.  I think a lot of that comes with the fact that I am now retired and have more time to be in the shop.  Some time I find my self out there with no project going on so I will start cleaning and tuning just cause I am out there.  More available time definitely affects how the tools are stored and cleaned and general appearance of the shop.   Retirement! I encourage everyone to try it at least once.

  2. We have a real Nanny State Government here in California.  We are such stupid fools that we have to be told everything through laws... Pay extra for certain size sodas because they think I can't stop my self,  what my kids can have in there happy meal if they expect to get a toy with it because I am not smart enough to feed them right ands as stated everything and I mean everything connected to woodworking is cancer causing EVEN my 5 micron Dust collection system and air filter came with those warnings, What?

  3. I also have the 1000HD, I have had it for almost a year.  I haven't worked it to is fullest intent but it has been great with everything I have done with it so far.  Cross cuts are great and after just a smidge of tune up the miters were right on.  Since getting this, the only thing I have used my miter saw for is to break down lumber.

  4. I was looking at The Woodworking Show's website last night and for some reason the show in Sacramento (closest one to me) has the fewest number of vendors, just over 30.  All of there other shows have 10 to 15 more vendors and their show in Atlanta has twice as many.  I guess we don't have enough woodworkers in Northern California to get more vendors.  There were a number of seminars that looked interesting.  I might consider going to the Southern California or Portland because they are offering more.

  5. I have yet to attend a woodworking show but I am thinking that it is something that would be worth while and fun.  In searching on the internet, I have found  four different shows.  Three of the shows have a single location and one has several shows around the country over the course of the year.


    International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta which seems to be every other year.


    Association of Woodworking and Furnishing Suppliers in Las Vegas in July.


    Woodworking in America in Kansas City Mo. in September


    The Woodworking Shows which has several shows across the country.  This would be the closest on to me.  I live in San Jose CA. and the have a show in Sacramento about 3 hours from me.


    I guess my question is what each of these show are like to attend, if any one has a particular show they like to go to.  I don't even know if the one in Las Vegas is open to the hobbyist type woodworker.  Are any of these geared toward a particular type of woodworking, whether it is Hand tools, Power tools, Turners or do they all cover most forms of woodworking.


    Also is there any other shows that are out there that I didn't so up in my search.  The four above are the ones I found

  6. I don't have the Grizzly Jointer that Eric spoke of but I have had my Grizzly jointer since 1992, my model is not in production any more but I would have to say the quality is there.  I have only had to replace the power switch in that time and that was just a few years back. 

  7. I am going out to the shop.  One advantage of living in California, the weather hardly ever becomes an excuse for not being able to go out to the shop.  I feel for all you guys in the east and mid-west that are getting blasted with this cold weather.  Although we could use some rain out here... fourth year of a drought, lawns dying everywhere.  Anyway out to the shop.

  8. As a retired but still young person (retired when I was 52) with a fair amount of time to spend in my wood shop now, I have spent a portion of the last year updating and remodeling my garage shop in between projects.   I upgraded my table saw, finally put in a dust collection system and upgraded my planer for starters.  Just this week I purchased a yet to be delivered bandsaw.  After spending a serious amount of time researching and reading both here and elsewhere, I decided on the Laguna 1412.  One of the things that really help was a video I found on their website.  It is an hour and 16 minutes long but is also listed in 14 segments if you don't want to watch it all at once.  It shows virtually the entire unpacking and set up process and gives a pretty good look at the fit and finish.  I would say this is the next best thing to seeing one in person.  Also, I had seen some comments about the manual and some of the terms used in the manual and this video clears a lot of that up, I feel like I could almost assemble the saw with out the manual now.  I am not trying to advertise for them, I just found the video very well done and helpful.  


    If you are interested go to their website and at the bottom of their home page in the left column there is a video link and on the bottom half of the next page there is a list of all their videos and the 1412 is the first ones listed.

  9. A number of years ago I had asked for and received a lathe for Christmas.  It is the Jet JWL 1236.  As time went by I never really pursued using it much.  I have probably put no more then ten sticks of wood on the thing the whole time I have had it basically just trying it out.   Even though at the time I thought it would be enjoyable, I just never developed any desire for turning the way I have for the other forms wood working.   I have finally decided that it is time to sell it and move on and I can use the space for my other tools.


    My question here is how much do some of you think I can get for this on Craigslist or some where else.  It is about 10 years old but as I said not really used at all.  I was thinking around $300.00.  Too High? Too Low?  As you can see in the photos even though it hasn't been used it has been well taken care of.



  10. Not trying to highjack to conversation but just as a side note to this discussion, I have a hand saw that was hand made by my Great Grandfather in the early 1800's.  I actually have a claw hammer, some kind of plane and the saw all hand made by him.  The way the story goes he was a carpenter and then a cabinet maker.  Back then the first thing you did as an apprentice was make your tool box and then your tools.  You can see some forge and other milling marks on the steel although everything is straight and true.  I have always thought it would be nice to get the saw in working order but that is way beyond my pay scale and I am to afraid to take it some where and have someone who thinks they know what they are doing screw it up.  So it just hangs prominently in my shop of power tools. 

  11. I am in the process of making a couple of end tables for our family room and my wife came out to check on me/the tables.  while standing there she brought up something that I hadn't really thought of at this point but it is definitely a valid concern.  She mentioned that the four grand kids and at times their parents struggle with the concept of coasters.  Keeping track of all the cans, bottles and cups during family get togethers can be like trying to herd cats.  She was wondering and now has me wondering if there is a finish that will stand up well to the lack coasters and the moister of cups and cans being set directly on the surface.  Preferably a water borne product.