Mark J

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  1. Upward pressure on the exiting end, or the entering end of the board?
  2. I have the Rigid combo and like the belt feature. I've not used the spindles, yet. I don't consider it to be a precision machine but it is useful (I do smaller objects, too). The built in dust collection is not great, but I don't know that any other sander does that well, either.
  3. I recall that @gee-dub made a cabinet for his DP, but I can't find the thread. In the end, though, the dimensions will depend on your particular DP.
  4. You might want to consider the wedgie-less sled. https://www.petemarkenwoodturning.com/fixtures-2
  5. If your building has any support columns these are a natural "avenue" for a wiring run with outlets at chest height. It would nice if the horizontal run did not have to go across the 14" ceiling, so if it were me, I'd look at somehow suspending the conduit lower (10"?), if code would allow.
  6. @wtnhighlander, I think what you're describing would work, and I am going to make note of the idea for possible future use.
  7. Will your floor outlets be on separate circuits from your wall outlets? It might be nice to be able to shut the floor circuits down if the floor is going to get wet (wash, dripping boat, etc.). The budget probably says NO, but is a false ceiling a possibility? It would help with heating, and I'd much rather walk into a dangling cord than trip on an outlet in the floor. Just me.
  8. Gadzooks! I can’t believe three weeks have slipped by since I last posted. I did take several days to make a lathe mount for the carving stand (which has been very useful). And there was some personal business in there, too. But if I’m honest shaping and smoothing the four top edges was a tedious and un-inviting task, and it probably didn’t get as much enthusiastic participation from me as it might have deserved (i.e. it was easy to find “better” things to do). Call it ten days of hobby time. Now I know, “it didn’t happen without pictures”, and I did snap some, but rather than bore you with photos of a lot of sanding how about just one of a lot of sand: And after shaping and sanding the top edge here is what the base looks like: I think the smooth sweeping curve of the edge is a strong feature of the piece. I have to keep reminding myself of that because the bottom edge remains to be done. While the base is still mounted I took the opportunity to go over the outside surface with p1200 and address the inevitable boo boo’s on the surface. I can’t really access the bottom edge adequately while the base remains mounted to the sacrificial block, so the time has come to remove it. First step is to remove the template and it’s retaining bolt to make more room for the saw. Then remount onto the screw chuck. Now a flush cut saw very carefully placed flat against the sacrificial block. Then worked slowly and carefully under the foot until it is released. Repeat that for the other three feet. The blue tape held on well and I’m going to “say” it did its job. There was no no visible squeeze out. Maybe there was a tiny bead that was sawn away, or maybe there was none to begin with, but, in as much as there was nothing to clean up, I’m calling that a success. There are some boo boo’s at the edges, and this despite being extremely careful with the saw. I’m hoping that they will clean up with some light sanding. Next bit will be to bring the bottom edges to final contour and sand them smooth. I have no ready means to mount the base, so at this point I think I will have to hand hold it while doing this work.
  9. Joe that's just amazing! I love the title, too. I have to admit that seeing only the parts and pieces without the big picture I was beginning to think that M7 might stand for seven degrees of madness . But that is a real statement piece! Is there a term for the mechanical equivalent of a calliope?
  10. Poplar is a very bland and uninspiring wood, but it is cheaper and turns very easily. So it's a good wood to experiment/learn with. When you are confident in your process and you have a program for a form you like, then most attractive woods like cherry, walnut and maple are good choices. You make it sound like popping over to Switzerland is just a trip across town, so I'm curious what part of the planet you are posting from?
  11. It looks like the table lift's position on the column is adjustable, too?
  12. Mark J

    Covid-19 Vaccine

    @Coop, sorry to hear about your positive test and the need for isolation. But it's good to hear you are not terribly symptomatic. ...and that is the shots working for you .
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    More DC Systems

    I know several people who went with the Super Cell and like it. I couldn't give you any specifics, but I have not heard them voice any complaints. I have a Laguna P-Flux 3, and I think it was a good trade off of cone separator performance and height. At this point in my life I never want to face having to get 50 gallons of sawdust out of the basement, so a smaller bin is fine with me.
  14. Yes, like Ross said. I'm told you van also use new dry grounds. Paul if you have a spare bit of the wood, drill a hole and fill it with the mix. When it cures sand it smooth and see for yourself. The grounds won't sand as smooth as the epoxy, but that's a bigger issue for me than it may be for you. Some other caveats (which you may already knowl: If you need a dam to hold the epoxy in place, I used hot melt glue. I've seen people use various tapes, too. You probably want an epoxy pour that fills the cavity, so air bubbles don't show. A less viscous mix might be better, but if you drill a couple of test holes you can try different viscosities. To get rid of air bubbles you can use a hair dryer, or judicious application of a heat gun.
  15. Well I'm glad to hear it wasn't as bad as the meteorologists "wanted" it to be. @JohnG& @Tom King, 6" is still a lot for your neck of the woods. What do you do with it, or does it just melt fast enough on its own?
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    Covid-19 Vaccine

    I heard an interesting fact on the news. We've heard that the Omicron is 3-5 times more contagious than Delta, but it also replicates seventy times faster. To me that explains why Omicron is able to cause illness in the boosted population. The host's immunologic response is initially slower than the viruses reproduction (my theory). The host's response ramps up and in most cases is able to defeat the virus before illness becomes severe. For folks who are vaccinated, but not boosted their immune systems are a little "out of practice", so the disease may progress farther.
  17. That's a great piece of doll furniture. Are you planning on selling these?
  18. You think you're looking forward to the end of your project. Just imagine how Megan's going to feel in a few months! Just catching up here. Congratulations to you and Megan.
  19. Have you thought about a mechanical fastener? Something inconspicuous like fishing line?
  20. I think the only way I could cut that straight with a hand saw would be with a guide board, maybe two, one on each side of the saw.
  21. I just bought a similar pack of Jorgensons, but I paid more than $20. I agree they're useful. I found out that if I pull off the plastic caps I can pass the head through the slots on my drill press table to clamp down a work piece.
  22. And what happens in July, pray tell? Might we be talking about a sapling Chestnut?
  23. I assume he gets to keep the equipment he has.
  24. Yeah, could be a problem when you try to cut away half the pen .