Mark J

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  1. Mark J

    Bandsaw setup video

    I think that piece of wood is only temporary, it appears to be easy to detach. Maybe part of some other jig.
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    New jointer season? I think so.

    Assuming the 941 stands on 4 feet, one in each corner of the machine, then i believe a single layer of 3/4 plywood will be all that you need. You can fasten the corners of the plywood to the corners of the 3550 easily enough, but even if you don't I believe there would be very little flex. It is not that BB won't flex, but assuming 4 feet there will be no load in the center of the plywood. What does the 941 weigh?
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    Bandsaw setup video

    I'll have to watch the video later when I have more bandwidth. I am bandsaw miter slot user wannabe. First I"ll have to get the bandsaw out of the box. I bought the band saw specifically for truing up thick turning blocks, so I plan to make a sled for the purpose.
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    New jointer season? I think so.

    You can add 3/4 plywood to the 3550 and that will address keeping the machine supported by the 3550. You might be able to go with 1/2" since the plywood is only back up and is not structural to the mobile base, either. The mobile base is going to elevate the ad941. The plywood will add to that.
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    Electrical talk for the Hammer

    Your just excited about the new toy. I bet you ripped the box, didn't you. Hey, I found the melted plug thread. Worth a look. 20A is a lot of electrons and 220V is a lot of motivation. Also once it os all plugged in consider wrapping the jointer extension cord junction in electrical tape to keep the dust out.
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    Electrical talk for the Hammer

    OK I am not @drzaius, but here's a couple of my thoughts. That's a no-no on a 20A circuit. But I would re think going 30A on the circuit. This is your only 220v tool, now. It's not the only one your going to have/want eventually. But that's me. I made a 220V extension cord for a 30A circuit from 10 guage 3 strand. It says SOOW, but I have no idea what that means. I bought a 25ft package and cut it down to 20 feet which is long enough to reach anywhere in my shop. Typically you'd terminate the wire from the machine with a male plug, then put a male and a female on the extension cord. Either way will carry the current, but future machines you might want to run off the extension would likely have a male plug. There are about a dozen different types of 220V plugs. I like the barrel style you bought because male and female lock together with a twist. A particulaly desirable feature for an extension cord. When you make up the extension cord be mindful that the wires are solidly connected within the plug housings. I can't remember who or when, but I remember someone posting about a plug melting down.
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    Bench Leg Attachment Question

    @Isaac great article. It does pit my finishing guru, Flexner, against my wood guru, Hoadley, though.
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    Bench Leg Attachment Question

    I would also apply some kind of surface coating to any bare wood after attaching the legs and stretcher (I still have to read the Flexner article, but it won't hurt). If you can't find any pecan then I might try something completely different, like ebonized maple.
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    Marking Knife Suggestions

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    Lifting cabinet saw solo

    Yeah, I get it about the friends idea. If that's not so workable be sure to look through this recent thread. I know you're down on the idea of an overhead pulley, but I have a block and tackle mounted to the joists of my basement shop and it has been key five times so far. You can use a transverse piece to mount the block and tackle across 3 or 4 joists. Really, your garage should be able to handle it easily. And besides lifting the cabinet onto the mobile base you can also use it to lift the cast iron table.
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    But any bends placed in the air flow path to dampen sound will also restrict the flow of cooling air. And sound will just as easily travel through the cooling air inlet as the exhaust. No free lunch is there. It's a challenging problem and we'll be interested to see your solution.
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    4 Axis CNC?

    I am looking for some more information on 4 axis CNC machines, software and their capabilities. I have a project idea that could make use of one, so at this point my questions are just academic, but this could end up going somewhere.I saw some 4 axis machines at this year's International Woodworking Fair, but they were industrial scale and industrially priced. Do any companies make machines more within the hobby realm? Size and cost are both issues, but something the size and cost of a deluxe SawStop is within my reasoning.Is the software something a mere mortal can manage?As an alternative to purchasing are there companies out there with 4 axis machines that would make one or a few pieces for a customer?
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    4 Axis CNC?

    That sounds like a very cool machine. I found a company out this way that has a 7 axis machine?! No idea how that works. That's more dimensions than I have in my universe. A 6x6x4 block twisted 45 degrees was what I was trying to draw in Sketchup just to try and understand the shape better. But as I have continued to ponder this potential project I am thinking that a larger blank with more twist would be better. I have to spend more quality time with graph paper and Sketchup studying this, but let's say for discussion 8x8 and 5 or 6 inches thick and 90 to 135 degrees of twist. As I work out the geometry that means I'd have to start with a dry board 20/4 or 24/4 and 11 1/2" wide. Not the sort of thing that grows on trees . I was able able to get two round blanks nominally 5x10 and 5x11. I had to go to two different Rocklers to find them, and don't ask what I paid, I didn't look. I've never seen wood that thick for retail sale before. So in theory I could make twisted blocks 7 and 7 1/2 inches x 5.
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    Best Oneway chuck for a beginner?

    I'm not familiar with the Oneway line, but I would definitely pass on the tommy bars in favor of the chuck key.
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    Un Safest Tool In a Woodworking Shop

    Gee, and I thought we'd agreed it was the dust collector.
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    New Planer - Ripples

    Well, we're still gonna need a happy ending to this story. So what are you gettin' now and how does that work out?
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    Hardwood Connections

    @woodbutcher74 & @SirNot I just noticed this post. I have been out to Hardwood Connection a few times. It's about a 90 minute drive, but he (Ken Burch) has a nice selection of turning blocks including 16/4 pieces, so I go maybe twice a year. Sycamore is a nice little town with the requisite antique store or two and some restaurants. Besides turning blocks I have picked up dry 16/4 butternut and honduran mahogany boards from Ken and I know he had some 16/4 walnut as well last time I was there. He has a selection of slabs and thinner boards, but they're not so interesting to me. I can't speak to his pricing as I'm not as price aware as I should be. And dry 16/4 in desirable species isn't that easy to find; apparently it doesn't grow on trees .
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    Locust - any good

    Oh course we don't realize it. It's your job to tell us this stuff! Where you been, man?
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    New Planer - Ripples

    So what did the guy from the dealer have to say?
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    Walnut Vanity

    Nice project, and what's with all theses clients all of a sudden? Is someone's business taking off (I hope)?
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    Glue Up Gaps?

    I would try to flatten the pieces more before glue up. You might try placing a sheet of sandpaper on a flat surface like a cast iron table. If this is as good as it gets then I would go for it. Epoxy is probably a better choice. I guess I have some concern that since the item will be periodically washed the glue joint might widen. But maybe I'm making that up. It will look better for what I assume will be gifts. One final thought, just to add more work to your to do list, slip in a thin piece of contrasting wood. That way you'd have two glue joints to figure out (but it would hide any gaps you can't get rid of).
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    Thinking about selling Cuban mahogany from Florida

    Do you have any facilities for drying or is this green?
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    Holly & Walnut

    You mean like Hershey's Kisses?
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    Un Safest Tool In a Woodworking Shop

    I can't hear myself yell over the dust collector.