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About Derek

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  1. Lol. Maybe that's why they pushed the release date back so many times. That's what warranties are for.
  2. As some as you might know, last week I received Milwaukee's OneKey impact/hammer drill set. After months of waiting for its release and the amount I spent on it, I was disappointed with the fit of the battery on one of the drills. I guess I was expecting the same quality along the lines of BCTW or Lie-Nielson. After scouring the web for similar issues and reading the comments on it, it seems it's not that uncommon or an issue for concern. I checked a few of the drills at work, most if not all had similar issues. So I decided to give it another shot. So found a HD with the set in stock and made
  3. I own an older 1617 Bosch. No complaints here. Haven't tried the newer version but it seems to have some cool upgrades, LED lights and an on/off switch on the grip. We also have a couple PC floating around the shop but I prefer Bosch's adjustment spindle to the PC ring adjustment.
  4. Good score. The older No. 5 is is worth the $30. Looks you got a No. 102 The other block plane that looks similar to the 220 is probably a copy. Hard to say with out better pics. Going for the blue paint again?
  5. What I find amazing is that your family has keep these tools. It seems nowadays most don't see the value in these things or if they do it would've been sold already.
  6. router speeds usually have to do with the size of the bit you're using. The bigger the bit the slower the speed. When I'm routing a small profile on, hard maple for instance, I'll crank the up the speed and run the router a few light passes carefully towards me and take the finally cut with a steady pass the "correct way" (against the spin). That way I avoid chip out and burning the stock.
  7. It was a disappointment. My primary gear has been Milwaukee's 12v line, it has suited just fine. My only gripe really is when I'm cutting holes for plumbing and such. My 12v drill literally started smoking, overheats and shuts down. Forget trying to cut anything bigger then 2 1/2" or anything solid. Plus I I wanted to upgrade to the 18v jigsaw and pick up a circ saw eventually.
  8. Finally, after months of waiting, my hammer drill/impact combo was ready to be picked up at the store. I made my way over there after work, got it home and started going over it. She was beauty for sure. I started charging the batteries and registering it to my phone. Sure $500+ is a lot for a couple of drills, but I NEED them... I got the first battery charged and connected to the hammer drill. Everything was going so well. On to the impact, I get the battery charged up and connect it. That's when I noticed the battery fits a little loose. Try the other battery, same thing. Disappointment w
  9. Useless your hand hewing timber frames a carriage maker's plane wouldn't be any more useful then a regular No. 5. Unless I was a collector, I couldn't justify the increase in cost. Now a rabbeting block plane or shoulder plane are definetly useful making/cleaning up rabbets and tenons. Dados too can be cut with a scribed line and shoulder plane of the right size.
  10. +1 for the VCST fence. I got it at home on my 1980's G1023 TS. Definitely one of the best, if not the best, TS fences I've ever used. Completely adjustable, top-notch quality, excellent customer service and its American made. I even contemplated bringing to work... The only issues I've seen with it, is a problem when locking the fence down. Easy fix though, just don't over tighten bolts for the handle and cam.
  11. A couple of guys at my shop have them. I've picked them (drill/driver) up a few times when my gear wasn't in reach. They do the job. I like that the drill has a magnet on the base to hold screws and such, pretty handy really. They seem to hold up well too. Good selection of accessories with that line up also. Unfortunately the lime green screams cheap, so there's not much of a resale value. I also find the drills I've used with the post style batteries (not sure if they've upgraded to the M18/newer Dewalt style batteries) to be heavy and unwieldy. If you're on a budget or don't want to spend
  12. Just a thought. If created the book with rabbets or dados to create recesses for bolt and hinges and essential put veneer, a skin ( 1/4 thickness?)over the dados/ hardware. You could hide everything that way.
  13. Working in production shops will suck the creative life right out of you. But, this is a huge one, there are extremely valuable lessons to be learned in this type of environment. Learning how to be efficient, reading plans, troubleshooting skills, the experience/knowledge of other employees, learning how to make/use various jigs... The list goes on and on and on. But again it just depends on the shop (Guy 1 or 2). If you could go back to school, why not, you'll make more with a degree and of course the girls. If I could go to a WW school it would be North Benett St. in Boston. A close second w
  14. Well thanks for the heads up. Maybe one day....*sigh I did! That's what lead me to the Miter Stitches. Blokkz seem somewhat larger, which could be a hinderance in some applications, albeit few and far between. I don't know the more I think about it... I think need both.
  15. What?!?!?! That's insanity. Correct me if I'm wrong but they were $40 for 8. I should of invested in those, I could of retired early.