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About collinb

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    - A Wisconsin ex-pat surviving Ohio.
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    figuring out techniques.

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  1. collinb

    Sears Hardware

    Keep an eye out in case you have a Sears Hardware in your area. Ours is closing. It's 40%+ off everything. Lots of good stains, chemicals, and paint. Not a lot of other stuff left for woodworkers. Appliances, of course. ymmv
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    DeWalt 735 planer

    When I got mine the shop vac collection wasn't powerful enough. It forced chips out any crack it could create with the increased pressure. I suspect even a 1HP system might struggle against the output of this unit. That's why I went to a passive collection system just for this planer.
  3. Nice book for restorers. $12 shipped (US only)
  4. It hasn't been that long since refrigerators were avacado. Today we snicker. But people *wanted* them. Capitalism.
  5. It's not as bad as pallet pieces. Almost, but not quite. Hey!
  6. Sure. Do it for $250. Construction adhesive + polycoat and you're all set. Just seal it up so it doesn't move. 2x4s ... meh, as they say.
  7. collinb

    MY first attempt at hand cut dovetails

  8. collinb

    Beginner - Impulse Buy

    Unless you're the bad guy in Princess Bride.
  9. collinb

    How long?

    This comment sparked a recall of a thought from a couple of weeks ago: How long do YOU keep your boxes? Big things -- they're out in a week. Anything that's going to break will break quickly. Any bar codes/numbers can be photographerd. Others -- if they're collectible or resellable, I keep 'em indefinitely. But otherwise not a good idea ... Still, I come across used items that sell for more than expected because the original purchaser hung onto the box.
  10. It's simple, it's cheap, and it works. It helps just a tiny bit with noise. Plus it takes up very little space. Just needs emptied after each job.
  11. collinb

    Hello from Racine, Wisconsin

    Welcome, also, from an ex-pat cheesehead!
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    I'm finally starting to understand

    I think most missed the point. This was about learning and applying learning to the equipment chosen. Or as the famous Eric would say, "buy once," though that only works for those with available funds. Buy the bigger/better and never have to upgrade. In the mean time the application of figuring things out goes on. It involved BOTH thought and practice.
  13. There's a point in every venture where you learn what the real questions are. The awareness is to know what you don't know, to understand what questions need to be asked and answered. I'm finally at that point. It's not one of technique. That comes with practice. It's treating the craft as a thought process, as a philosophy really. There's a practical sense to the question "Which [tool] do I need?" along with an equally abstract sense in the follow-up question is "How might this [tool] fit my present and future plans?" How does this work out? For me, I got a decent hybrid class table saw for ripping, etc. But I'm finding that it doesn't rip heavy lumber well. The bandsaw does better. I've ended up using the table saw more for plywood or with the sled. Where I might have done better is with a smaller table saw (like the Craftsman I had) for plywood & sled work and adding a bigger bandsaw for hefty lumber. The alternative, which my garage couldn't handle, would have been an even heftier cabinet saw and staying with the current class of bandsaw. Either way the broader principle remains the same -- it has taken time to understand what is involved in milling the lumber. Isn't that really half of what we're doing anyway? It's easy to go to HD, cull, and pick up a straight flat milled piece that just needs a bit of fine tuning. It may be convenient at times but that's not why I have a shop.
  14. collinb

    learning by failing

    I rebuilt the doors and put in a bottom bearing track, built myself. Used the 608 bearings that are both rugged and cheap. Now the doors run smoothly. And they look better, too. The track added 1 extra inch of height at the bottom since I wasn't able to build the bearings into the base as I would have liked, but it works.
  15. On that matter I was merely venting a bit. Tx.