Robby W

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About Robby W

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  • Birthday 07/24/1952

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    San Marcos, California
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    Hybrid woodworker. I like making all most anything.

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  1. I have a couple of very good Japanese chisels that I routinely sharpened with waterstones. I recently converted my sharpening routine to use DMT Dia-Sharp plates, finishing with a 8000-10000 grit waterstone and a strop for the final finish. I was thinking about giving my old waterstones to a beginning friend, but then thought about my Japanese chisels. I remember reading somewhere the diamond stones weren't recommended for Japanese chisels. Does anybody have any experience sharpening Japanese chisels with diamonds? Pros? Cons? Thanks!
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    Shipping vs Traveling with Tools

    Hi, Dylder - you can carry a limited number of tools in you carry-on. I routinely carry a screwdriver and other small tools. Mine beaks down because you are limited to 7" length. I suggest that anyone check with TSA before taking tools in carry-on. Ironically, I was told you can now carry box cutters, the thing used to hijack the 9/11 flights. And the world just keepson spinning....
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    So this happened today... New SawStop.

    Hi, chashint - How loud is your PCS without a blade? That would isolate the saw mechanism noise vs blade induced noise. With the stops near the blade, it could be contributing heavily to the noise. I would be curious to know what it is like without the blade. Interesting that you are using the WW2 option 1 blade. I have one and love it. It rips so much better than the standard blade while still crosscutting adequately.
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    Do you need your tools to "match"?

    The only matching I worry about is the bright shiny sharp edge on my tools. There is where I want them to match! "...anti-engineer jokes...." Hey, wait! I resemble that category too!
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    Replacing thickness planer Delta RC-33

    I have the RC-33 and if I were in your shoes, I would find someone to fix yours. It has adjustments to fix the alignment problems and the rest sounds like it needs a good cleaning and lubing. It is a much heavier duty planer than any of the lightweight units on the market. Fixing it will probably be cheaper too.
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    Hi, Collin - decent first try. A trick I learned from the Tage Freid books to fix a gappy cut was to assemble the joint, then take your saw and cut down the gap. Once that is done, take a piece of veneer and glue it into the slot, paying attention to the direction of the grain so straight grain is with straight, end grain with end grain. Done right, the gap will disappear. Keep trying and you will get better.
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    New Jointer Vibration - What's acceptable ?

    S Darn, you are right. Mine is the G0586. They sure look alike. Mine has the push button switches, otherwise, looks the same.
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    New Jointer Vibration - What's acceptable ?

    I have that.same.jointer and like it. When I got mine, it made a racket - something loose and rattling. Traced it to the motor. I called Grizzly and they sent me a new motor. After swearing for a few minutes while installing it, it worked fine. They told me not to bother sending the old motor back, so I started digging to see what the problem was. Turns out that the detent drilled.for the fan setscrew wasn't large enough in diameter. Two minutes with a drill solved the problem and now I have motor to upgrade my bandsaw with. Double check to make sure all your pulleys and the motor are tight. After that, if you are still worried about it, replace the belt with a link belt. They tend to take a set that causes vibration. I probably wouldn't worry about any of it. Just enjoy!
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    good miter gauges that aren't Incra?

    Too bad they don't make the Accumiter gauge anymore. I have one that I got 30 years ago. It is one of the best purchases I ever made. Isn't the miter gauge that comes with the Sawstop pretty good? I thought I remember it having good indexing. Adding a decent fence to it and you would be good to go.
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    SawStop Router Table

    Hi, Mick - I put my router table extension on the left of the blade and it is one of the one of the best things I ever did. I sized it so my Accumiter gauge could be used without removing the router table fence so I could trim short pieces without tearing things down. The reason I like it is that it provides support when cutting sheet goods and crosscutting long pieces. Since my saw also gets used as an assembly table, it adds space to allow the assembly activities to go smoothly.
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    Perfect 6" steel rule

    The Lee Valley 60N47.01 is my favorite rule. It does not have the hooks you are looking for, but the scales are great and very easy to read.
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    Phenolic vs Cast Iron

    The average in the test was around .018-.022, more than enough to matter. I built a top out of two 3/4" layers of Baltic birch ply laminated top and bottom with plastic laminate. The top isn't very big and even that sagged a little over time. We tend to forget how heavy a router and lift are. The steady weight will cause it to sag over time. Cast iron won't have that problem.
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    New project with crazy angles

    Sorry . I thought I read it was going to be a speaker enclosure. That'll teach participate before I am completely awake....
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    New project with crazy angles

    Hi, Roger, you didn't mention the types of speakers you are using or the volume levels it will be required to produce. If it will be required to provide low frequencies at a moderate to high volume, the pressures inside the cabinet can be considerable. I suggest you give thought to splining your joints where the pieces come together or use a glue block on the back. If you are making each pentagon from plywood, this won't be as important since you would have a lot of long grain on each side. I don't think I phrased that right, but you should get the idea. I've built a bunch of speakers cabs and still marvel at their ability to break themselves apart if you crank the volume or the base control. I hope you let use know how they sound. The internal reflections should be crazy!
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    Phenolic vs Cast Iron

    I would go with cast iron if I could. Every non-metal top I have seen sags eventually if you have heavy router. When Fine woodworking did a test.on router tables, every single one, except cast iron sagged.