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  1. Awesome! Glad to hear it worked out for you @jc508. I guess I never did report back on mine, but it worked out pretty decently. Mine is also held on with the bungee cord, since the magnets didn't have quite enough pull to overcome the hose weight by themselves.
  2. So I haven't been totally idle on this build, but it's been a little slow so far. My milling process ends up involving a lot of manual labor, since there's no jointer in my shop (or bandsaw). I hadn't realized ahead of time just how much of the material needs to be resawn to produce two 3/8" finished boards. I'm working my way through, but generally it involves cutting the majority of the way through from each side with the table saw, then finishing with a hand saw. I'm really regretting the purple heart at the moment but it will make my girls happy in the end. I'm trying to get everything I need through this stage, so I can run it all through the planer at the same time to get uniform thickness on everything.
  3. That was part of the motivation. I find I often want to work in the evenings to unwind, but it's usually not until 8:30 or 9:00 after putting the kids to bed. These have a lot of hand tool oriented details that I can work on without having to put on all the protection and dust collection. First thing I need to do is roughly figure out where my parts are coming from so I can get some of the boards milled down. I had a brief window where everything was dry yesterday and I had the car with the roof rack so I could bring my lumber home without it getting soaked in salt spray.
  4. It's been quite a while since I posted a project on here, but it's been a bit of a strange year. I didn't have a lot of time for woodworking last year, and what time I did have went into either house projects or making pens (turning really is quite the rabbit hole). Anyway, I decided after Christmas that I wanted to get back into a real woodworking project. I suggested to my wife that I could build her the jewelry box from the guild. She didn't seem all that interested, so I eventually settled on building a pair for my two daughters. After talking a little more, my wife got more excited about it, and I'm now building three of them To keep things interesting, I'm going to be building them all slightly different in terms of wood combinations. The one for my oldest will be purpleheart/maple, to match some other things I've built for her. My youngest is going to get one made from maple/cherry, since the cherry will go with some of the other wood tones in her room. My wife is going to get the combination, so hers will be cherry/purpleheart. I made her a jewelry rack on purpleheart years ago, and she wants it to match. So far, all I've managed is to get to my wood dealer (it had been over a year!) and pick up my supplies. I may end up needing more maple, but I already had a bunch on the rack so I figure I'll see how it works out.
  5. SawDustB

    CNC Laser Cutters

    It's been OK - it has its limitations, but it does work for its intended purpose. I've done a few small projects with it as an element. My main complaint is that it can be difficult to get the output aligned perfectly with where I want it. I think it would have been worth it to get one with limit or homing switches, to make getting a repeatable result a lot easier. The power seems to be OK for my purposes, although the focusing aspect is a bit of a pain. I ended up purchasing Lightburn to use with it, which saved me a lot of time and was far more usable than the software it came with.
  6. I quite like the BIN shellac based primer. I've used it on bare wood as well as over polyurethane with good results. The only other comment I'd make on it is that you should apply light coats to avoid drips, if you plan to spray. It will completely cover the wood underneath, just not necessarily on the first coat.
  7. SawDustB

    CNC Laser Cutters

    Will do. I want it for a lot of the same purposes. I figure it can also fill in for a branding iron, for how often I would want one. I also just really want to see the look on my kids faces if I engrave a message onto their pop tarts
  8. SawDustB

    CNC Laser Cutters

    So I ended up out of commission for a while this week with a hand injury, so I spent a while on the internet looking at these again. I ended up buying one of the diode laser units ("20 W" power, really 5-6 W of optical power). There was one from Banggood that had about a 8x12 inch working area that was around $200 USD, so I decided to take a chance on it. I also picked up some laser safety glasses off of Amazon, with a rating of OD 6 in the blue range that these operate with. Once it arrives, I'm going to throw together a small enclosure with some scrap plywood.
  9. I used melamine edge banding to snug up the fit on mine, but that was with a plywood top. It had the advantage that you could still easily remove the plate, even though I had tightened it up. Not sure I understand exactly the issue on yours without a picture, so I don't know it it would help.
  10. SawDustB

    CNC Laser Cutters

    I hadn't considered that, I'm sure it would work. The Crikut is also pretty cool, but at least around here not all that different in cost from the most basic laser cutters. I'm still interested in cutting veneer and thin materials if I can. I will fully admit, I've also just always wanted a laser, but they've been way out of reach until recently. I'm in the midst of home renos for a bit, so I'm not doing much in the shop aside from cutting plywood. I'm trying to figure out if I'm ordering anything that's going to take 8 weeks to get here, so I'll have something to play with when I'm done.
  11. SawDustB

    CNC Laser Cutters

    Fair enough. I'm on the fence about whether I'll buy anything, but I mostly would like to do some small etching. Part of the thought with getting a little CNC that can swap to a laser is that if I really want to cut 1/4" or thicker material, I'll just use the spindle and cut it. My upper limit that I'd be willing to spend on this is probably around $1000, but I'd have to be convinced it was something that would work in the longer term. We talked about buying a GlowForge for work, but it was one of the items that got cut when we started talking about how much we'd really use it.
  12. SawDustB

    CNC Laser Cutters

    I've also been falling down this rabbit hole a bit the last week or so. It seems like for basic etching or engraving you could maybe get away with one of the small diode laser machines that are a couple hundred, but they definitely have drawbacks. Those are about the power level and complexity I would want, but I don't like the idea of having them operating without an enclosure, so I'd end up building something. I'd love a Glowforge, but there's no way I can justify the cost for how much I'd use it. Right now I'm looking at maybe getting one of the baby CNC machines (the 30x18 cm size) that can have the spindle swapped out for a laser, but I've changed my mind daily. The K40 CO2 lasers from China look like the best bang for your buck, but they scare me a bit in terms of the safety and cooling aspects. @Mark J, did you end up doing anything with this?
  13. It doesn't usually make sense to choose between the drill and impact driver from a financial point of view. When you buy a set with both, it's often only a bit more expensive than buying one on its own. I'd look at any of the major brands sand get a set of the two with charger and batteries.
  14. Same here. There's a pretty good list of machines I don't have (that I want) that would come before a shaper. I'm in part of a single car garage, which isn't uncommon for hobbyists. I want (but can't really fit) all of these: 1. Band saw 2. Drum Sander 3. Jointer 4. Cabinet saw 5. CNC 6. Spindle sander 7. Bigger cyclone dust collector 8. Miter saw station 9. Pantorouter If I had all those and space left over, I might be interested in the shaper. But as Ross said above, cutting the joints is the fun part of the project. I don't want to rush through that (or be removed from the process).
  15. They've got them in Lee Valley - that's where I picked one up to try.
  16. I wouldn't go with the Ridgid if you're looking at hybrid saws. I've got the older version, the 4512, and it's been great, but the price is several hundred more in the US than what I paid. At that point, I'd be looking at something more like the Grizzly mentioned above or the Laguna F1 also looks interesting (assuming you're not looking at the Sawstop level). The newer version Ridgid saw, the R4520, seems to have a major design flaw around the riving knife and the elevation mechanism. I'm in the facebook group for those saws and I've seen a couple dozen instances where people had to exchange the saw because it wrecked the trunnion surface (which is now aluminum on the that version).
  17. Well, for better or worse I've got the caulking curing on rev 1 of this. I did add the bungee cord to hold it to the table, which seems to work fine. I've also shaped the outgoing pipe, and I used the lid to direct the dust and air inside the box. All my tests look good, but I'll report back after it's dry and I try routing a dado or something.
  18. I've had the same issue the two times I tried that finish in a rattle can. I think the water based varnish tends to gum up the nozzle.
  19. SawDustB


    I like the wixey version. They are a bit more expensive, but have a large screen, decent battery life, and they show both decimal and fractions at the same time. If it's too far from the nearest fraction (5 thousands, maybe?) then only the decimal is shown. I use them constantly, not because I need the precision, but just because I find them so handy for thickness and inside measurements.
  20. That's a decent solution for some situations, although I tend to keep a smaller gap since it makes me feel a bit safer. I will admit I'm not as good with push blocks in the router table as I probably should be, so I tend to like having guards to keep me out of trouble. I'm currently into this solution for about $15 for the plastic bin and the magnets, so we'll see how it works. I spent another$2 for a bungee cord yesterday to eliminate the chance of it dropping off mid route.
  21. Wow, so apparently I took a really long time getting around to this. I ended up getting a plastic storage container, which I've attached with magnets. Unfortunately, I only had tiny ones so the dust hose sometimes knocks it off. I think for now I may just put a bungee cord underneath to hold it on. I'm trying to figure out how to get more airflow. Right now I can tell that the dust collector is a bit starved for air. Has anyone else added holes to their router plate? I've just got the standard kreg one. The other option is that I add an opening on the right side, to get some cross breeze in the container.
  22. I think the turned snowmen are starting to get out of hand... My wife requested several for gifts this year, and my daughters wanted a couple more to paint. I started to get bored with standard snowmen, which is why the hats started to get creative.
  23. I'll be very interested to see how it turns out. My dad and I built a pair of Chesapeake 17 boats from them back in 1999. We went from the plans, rather than the kit. We actually just ended up selling them to extended family, since it will be at least another 10 years before my daughters would be able to use them with me. Definitely a worthwhile build - the Wood duck looks like a perfect little boat for exploring around in.
  24. I almost exclusively use my roof rack for transporting materials. My current car is a Subaru Forester, and I've taken 4x8 sheets on the roof as well as rough lumber. It's manageable, as long as you accept that it may take a couple of trips. I mostly did the same thing with my CRV. You could get one of the Thule racks or similar that you could take with you to your next car. I do sometimes stick lumber inside my Fit, but at this point it's a 13 year old car so I'm not too worried about the interior.
  25. I have the Ridgid 4512, the predecessor to the 4520. When it was a couple hundred cheaper it was worth it, but I can't really recommend buying it since it's gotten so expensive in the US. I'd agree with @RichardA on the grizzly. Not that the Ridgid isn't a decent saw, but it isn't the same value for money.