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  • Birthday 12/28/1979

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  1. For sure. I had a few things not going for me: self employed (not woodworking related), we were on one income (mine), wanted garage as woodshop. I thought the self employed piece would be the bigger issue but most landlords were actually more intrigued by it than anything else. At the place we finally ended up getting, I did make a point to tell the landlord I had a bit of woodworking equipment but would be respectful of the sound/mess and if any issues please let me know right away, etc. I also asked if I could hang a few shop lights and shelves on the wall for lumber. He was cool with all, but I am sure some will not be, you just have to get a feel for them. I figured if he had any issues with sound or anything I would just work on other stuff - the priority was more a place to live until we can afford our own place.
  2. I am in a rental right now with a separate garage. I do all my work in the garage - it is a one car but we thankfully have parking in front of the garage so it is mostly all mine other than a bit of storage/bikes, etc. My last place I had a few 220 circuits (and more space). Right now I only have one old 110 circuit so I have to be careful running machines together and lights dim when I start anything up, etc. No great way to run a machine + DC either, other than running a long extension cord. I noticed there was a free 220 circuit for an old dryer that was converted to gas (in the house, not the garage) so I talked to my landlord and he is cool with me getting that run to the garage as long as I have a licensed electrician do it. Haven't done this yet, but planning to in the coming weeks. One thing I've had to focus on more now in my current place vs. previous is noise given my landlord lives in the house next door and there is another tenant on the other side of me on the same property. Landlord has been cool about all and says he rarely hears anything, but I am definitely careful about what machines I use at any given time. Given above power/noise issues (no power for 220 table saw, etc), I have been learning to turn on a mini lathe the past few months. Fun change of pace for now and learning a new skill, plus it is so quiet which is a nice change. I was initially worried in searching for an apartment this topic would be a big issue, but it didn't seem so bad - I just didn't make a big deal of saying I had a bunch of equipment but also didn't lie about using the garage as a workshop. Good luck!
  3. I've had good luck with these guys: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012C240BS/ https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01ACIFPYA Cheap and get the job done! They are basically the same thing, one just has a greater number of LEDs. Magnet was stronger than I was expecting - nothing amazing, but also not had any issues with it staying put which is all I ask.
  4. Steve, if you can wait, there are regular 10% off Laguna savings at many of the big dealers. Seems like every other month one of the dealers has a sale on them. Craft supplies just had one last week. I bought my Laguna bandsaw from Wood Werks when they had 10% off all Laguna tools a while back. +1 on skipping the Laguna light - too expensive for what it is. I used this and it works great for me: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01ACIFPYA only $20 and you can position it exactly where you need it. Cord is long enough to plug into outlet on the saw while keeping the cord out of the way (I tuck over the top of the saw frame to keep it out of the way)
  5. Been off the forum for a while given a move and work keeping me busy - hope to get back into the woodworking swing again. Anyway, that is not what this post is about. It is specific to my Laguna bandsaw (14bx) but could be about any tool really. My bandsaw started to shake pretty bad on startup about 8-9 months ago. This was after maybe 6 months of use (bought new). The shaking was pretty bad at startup and power down - kind of when it hit the right frequency it would go nuts. Then once up to speed it was way better, but not as good as when I first got it. I thought maybe it was a blade getting bent out of shape or something and mostly ignored it as cut quality was still great (it didn't shake when I removed blade and started it up). I did also shim one of the rubber feet a little to make sure it wasn't an uneven floor (cement garage). I finally got around to ordering a new blade thinking all would be good and had the exact same issue... so I scoured the web looking for all the potential issues of vibrations in bandsaws - which is one deep rabbit hole if you're interested! I had a long list of items to check out and/or replace: balance to wheels, clean or replace tires, check for coplanar, etc. Thankfully I didn't end up replacing a bunch of things, but spent a lot of time fussing around to no avail. Just a few months ago, I started getting a nasty rotational clunking sound. Curses! I called up Laguna and was on the phone with their tech on and off for a week trying to trouble shoot. Turns out the bolts holding the lower wheel hub and brake disc (behind the lower wheel) had worked themselves very loose and the hub was wobbling significantly as a result. Of course I thought this was the cause of my issues all along and took all apart to clean it up, get some loctite in there to hold the bolts in place and put all back together. Crossed my finger, turned it on and... still shaking like a crackhead on startup and shut down just like before. Blast! So yesterday I finally figured it out. All along it was the 2 wheel bracket section of the mobile base, which gets mounted to the front bottom of this saw with two bolts each in an adjustable slot. The bolt on the right had loosened just enough for the bracket to slip down and sit unevenly, which created a similar effect to the saw sitting on a twisted board. I only figured this out by dumb luck - I was moving it around yesterday and thought it was more unstable than it should be - even with a small shim I couldn't get it to sit nicely. Before thinking to check the bracket, I actually was thinking the metal base had a twist and this was the issue! yeah right. Nope, all I had to do was level out that bracket and tighten down. Saw is like new again. Such a simple fix that I wish I had thought about originally - not exactly proud at how long this took me to figure out. These past few months I was even thinking of getting rid of it at some point given for me working on tools < woodworking, big time, especially when I don't get nearly the amount of shop time I would like. Anyway, wanted to post in case anyone else had similar issues and also just as a reminder to check out all the easy fixes before digging into more complex ones or diving down the internet rabbit hole trying to trouble shoot - it could be dead simple.
  6. I don't have that exact unit, but have the portable dust gorilla which is similar design but larger/more powerful. In doing all my research on DC's, I found Oneida's CFM ratings low across the board vs. competitors... I think likely b/c they are the only ones being honest about the measurements. Kind of like some list absolute peak theoretical performance while Oneida actually measures it in real world or something. I don't have proof of this, but willing to bet on it. If you look at some of the other brands, you'll see really high CFM #'s that are just hard to believe. Who knows, I could be totally off base with this. I can say the Oneida I have is awesome - works very well and nothing but good things to say about their customer service. You should call them and chat with a tech guy there - explain your set up and what you want to do and they will give you their honest opinion with no hard sell or annoying sales pitch type bs. Worth checking out the portable units too - a step up in size/capacity/power/build materials but not as big as the other models you mentioned - it was ideal solution for me given garage shop in a place we don't own so wanted to able to move it around easily. I just pulled the portable ones up on the Oneida site and they are way more expensive than last year when I bought... I got mine during a sale, but also recall a recent email from them about price increases. If you call them might be worth asking about any promo deals or sales coming up. FYI - I paid $1645 for the 3HP portable unit... which is now on their site for $2569! Maybe they upgrading something, not sure, but looks same. http://www.oneida-air.com/inventory.asp?CatId={AC1122DA-3A28-4606-9B70-189ACD0BC2E4}
  7. Unfortunately I don't think a longer miter bar will really work all that well for this purpose. Given lack of support under the fence on the miter gauge if it is well off the table for a wider piece you want to cross cut, you are asking for a rough cut. Ideally you want to start off either touching the table top with the miter gauge fence or close to the table top - too hard to keep steady and get an accurate cut vs. a sled which is perfect for this. I think the sled is the way to go on wider pieces. You could potentially build a "sled" of sorts over your miter gauge - I think Incra sells this type of attachment as an option, but then you're back to the sled solution which sounds like you already have.
  8. Looks great, Chet! Sounds like you have some great ideas above, but I'll add another. Jasmine is another good and easy to care for option. I don't mind admitting I could happily smell jasmine all day! Grows well around here too - have a neighbor who has it wrapped up and over their entire fence, looks and smells amazing. Another neighbor has it climbing up an entry way by their main door. Given the recent rains, may be a good time to plant! We had several things die last season too - bummer. Also - this may be a good resource with some ideas for you: http://www.shadefxcanopies.com/pergola-plants-guide/
  9. Looks great! Symmetry is overrated anyway - wouldn't have noticed if you didn't mention, seriously, looks good. I've been wanting to try these out too, may have to go look for an excuse soon. In looking at Cliff's piece, I am now curious if bowties work for end of the board cracks, or if they are meant for more in the middle? I have no idea. I only wonder if the crack in the board may continue regardless of a bowtie given it is on the end - kind of like checking (which I generally thought you just need to chop off, but not sure if this is always the case)
  10. I can see that. When I first got the saw, I thought the knob was weird too - I was just used to the clamp down/t-style ones you usually see. After a few days, I didn't even notice it anymore and no longer an issue for me. Binding is odd though - maybe try moving it from a different point of contact? Not sure if recommended, but I did add a touch of paste wax to the front rail the fence slides on - and just on the top of the rail. I didn't want to cause any slipping where the locking knob comes into contact with that rail. It slides super smooth now and no issues locking the fence down either. Have fun, I am sure you'll be loving that saw!
  11. Fully agree here! Now if I could only find a decent paying job out in Mendocino that doesn't involve growing weed I'd be all set...
  12. What is it you don't like about the fence? I think it works great - nice and tall and can flip down so you can use it under the guide if you need to. Can't imagine someone being so against the ceramic guides, they're super easy to set (no tools needed) and work great, what's not to like?
  13. Yeah, not so much. This sounds like it is coming from someone who's never lived here and is basing their opinion on either stereotypes (everyone is a hippy uber-liberal or in Hollywood, AMIRITE?!) or that one time they took a trip to Disney when they were young. Sure there are some crappy people and places in the Bay and LA, but there are crappy people and places in every town and city everywhere. I remember when I was moving out to SF from the east coast - everyone I talked to had one of two reactions (no exceptions to this): Are you gay? (seriously... they actually said this - friends knew I am not but were giving me a hard time, but others actually seemed kinda serious). Just shows this is what people think about... Wow, I am so jealous, that is an amazing city I've lived out here over a over a decade, and I will be the first to admit there are some areas and things about the place that can be grating, but overall it is a great place with some amazing natural areas. Oh, and the cheese is ridiculously good, ha ha! Now don't talk to me about expensive it is... then I just get worked up! ha ha, seriously though, my wallet hurts.
  14. I use that exact one all the time - works great! Can do bit/blade height, but also has an attachment to do depth too - I don't use this feature all that often, but has come in handy a few times. You can usually find one on sale for $20-25 - most woodworking shops sell that one or one very similar. I think I got mine from Rockler on sale a few years back. Recently saw the email that all Wixey is on sale via Incra: http://www.incrementaltools.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=WXWR25
  15. Yes and Yes. Seems this is my issue with ARS in particular (or likely any wipe on). I'll give your method a go next time, thanks for this. So much conflicting info on finishing and different techniques (I recently watched Cremona's finishing video using ARS which is great, but he wipes off each coat and it looks great! Go figure). Nice to have a simple plan to try out!