Robby W

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  1. Replaced my garage door opener this weekend. The old one was a Genie screwdriver and lasted 23 years, so I guess I got money's worth. Replaced it with a new Genie. This one is a belt drive. Bolted into almost the same brackets. It has a soft start and stop too. I can't believe how quite it is. Has some new security features since it really isn't my garage it is on.
  2. I installed three of them years ago. I used 3/4" copper pipe to tie them all together and connected it to the air compressor with a short hose. It's great. Just reach over to the nearest reel and connect to my air tools. I did find that you will have to replace o-rings periodically. I found that the side load in the slip joint can cause them to leak a bit. I just run off the air feed at the compressor between times in the shop.
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    Do you do contract work? We got 3" total here in San Diego this year. Going to be bad for drought. I heard that they are thinking about limiting the power output from Hoover dam because the water levels are so low.
  4. Aaarrgghh! I ordered some PMV-11 plane and cap irons from Lee Valley back in early February. At the time, they said they were back ordered until March. And then April. And then June. And then July 2nd. And now July 30th. Patience, Robby, patience. I called and they said that they are having problems sourcing the powdered metal. Oh, well.
  5. I am interested in how the tail vise goes for you. I have one sitting in my shop waiting for me to build my new bench. Getting close to starting.
  6. Larger compressor tanks have a burst lan in them to slow this kind of thing down. That looks nasty.
  7. I want to make a snarky comment about moving everything to my house.... You have some nice kit! When I moved my shop some years ago, I found that putting everything on dollies or mobile bases (tools) or casters/dollies (cabinets) paid a huge dividend. You can get good cheap dollies from Harbor Freight. If you are buying castors, I tried a lot of brands, but my favorites are the red ones from Home Depot. They are a decent castor that will hold a lot of weight and not break. Harbor Freight has some too. I wasn't happy with many of the Rockler or Grizzly castors. They failed quickly. Once everything is mobile, I rented a Penske truck that had a ramp, not a liftgate. It wasn't hard for a couple of people to shove everything up into the truck and they have good tiedowns too. As an added bonus, everything is on wheels when you get there, so putting things in position was easy. That monster jointer is going to be fun though. Maybe two dollies for the weight or a Bora heavy duty mobile base.
  8. My granddaughter said something that made my weekend. She likes to vacuum the shop. As we were going back into the house, she turned to me: "I really like the way your shop smells. It smells lime wood." Made my day.
  9. I agree, but have you seen seen of the manuals they out out lately? Some are really good, but most should be shed for wasting natural resources. And bloviate is the perfect word for many of the YouTube videos.
  10. It was probably Japan dryer. I don't have experience with it, but I have heard about being used to speed up drying.
  11. It could be the finish that remains is clouded. It you wipe with a solvent and it clears up, that is the cause. Similar to when you sand walnut and it looks kind of pale - then you put the first coat of finish on and it looks gorgeous.
  12. I don't know, I kinda like it thick.
  13. Let us know if they are better than regular combo squares. I am curious it they are worth the extra money.
  14. I have seen this done in Big Scout camps. They make little flags with the event on it, then run a red string from the label to anoin in the appropriate ring. The one I saw went back to Columbus's time. Kinda made you think.
  15. Melamine can work pretty well if you design it right, but you need to know that there are multiple types and grades. The stuff in the big box stores is the low grade and will have trouble holding fasteners - it crumbles. The better cabinet grade stuff has a denser core and is more structurally strong. All of the cabinets in my shop are made from it and they are strong. You can get it from lumber yards that sell to the cabinet makers. Plywood is better and cheaper there too. Take a look at Confirmat fasteners too. They work great Melanine and MDF panels.
  16. Just remembered a booboo I made one time. There are two types of Johnson's paste wax. One is the normal stuff. The other is Johnson's floor wax, designed to prevent slipping. I put it on my saw once and could barely move a board across it. It was a pain to remove - had to scrub it off with mineral spirits. You might want to avoid it
  17. I use Johnson's paste wax for my tablesaw every month or so. But for things used less often, like my planer, I use CRC 3-36. It won the testing by Fine Woodworking magazine and seems to work well for me. No rust since I started using it. You can get it at Home Depot.
  18. Hi, @rainjer - I messed with it quite a bit before mounting them. What you don't see well in the picture are the leveling feet that stick down below the cast iron legs. When the wheels are down, I get about an inch of clearance. When up, the completely fold up out of the way. I ended using 1/4-20 bolts to secure things - the holes in the casters turn out to be 1/4", so it worked perfectly. One other thing: I learned that the casters could be replace with a larger one if you do things right. They mount with a 3/8" stud to the plate.
  19. Sometimes you can harden the MDF with CA glue, but you may have to plug and glue it if it is torn up.
  20. Don't be afraid of mounting it on the ceiling, just do it so the reel is vertical. I have one over one section of the shop and use it frequently.
  21. I have a Jet 14x42" lathe. I bought it about 15 years ago and have used it to make cradles for my grandkids, a couple of rollings pins, a handful of pens, knobs and a Harry Potter wand. It's probably too big for much of what I do, but someday I use it for a new bed. In the meantime, I keep trying to find a place for it. Lately, it has been setting on a pair of Harbor Freight dollies so I can move it around easily, but it it sits too tall and I worry about it falling off. I thought about a mobile base, but none seem solid enough - they all get between the tool and the floor. While looking at a Rockler ad, I got to thinking that maybe their workbench caster set might do the trick, so when they sent me a 10% coupon with free shipping, I bought a set. They came this week. I drilled and tapped some holes in the cast iron base, then attached the casters. My laser-like CNC precision using a tape measure, dull pencil and hand drill helped me drill one of the holes off-center. When my mule head decided to force one of the bolts, I twisted the head off. I tried all kinds of things to remove it, but ended up drilling another set of holes. Luckily, cast iron is easy to drill and tap, at least sort of. Anyway, when l finished, the lathe rolls around easily. It isn't easy to deploy the casters. You have to lift the weight off them to press the leveler down. I had the use a lever to release them down again. Still, the lathe sets on the floor for use and rolls around easily. I think I am happy.
  22. I think you would have issues with the hose winding correctly. The weight of the hose would tend to load everything to to the downward side of the reel.
  23. Something similar happened to my bandsaw. I was cutting some circles for a Scouting event, when I heard a bang and then weird noses. It was like my saw lost some power. At first, it thought it was the tire slipping, but further investigation showed the key was gone. I never did find it. After I found replacement key stock, and cleaned up the shaft a bit, I replaced it and everything was fine. Glad you are ok.
  24. I have had the DeWalt 12 volt set of drill, screwdriver and impact driver. I use them for almost everything. I use the screwdriver a lot. It is perfect for all sizes of small screws, but it is powerful enough to sink 3" construction screws in softwood without much problem. The clutch works great and very repeatable. DeWalt recently released brushless versions of the kit. They are really short and supposed to be more powerful. I am going to have to save up for a set.
  25. I'm going to miss the rumble of a big V-8.... In the mid 1970's, I had a rear engine dragster with a 340 small block Dodge engine in it. It was seriously modified. I used to start it just to listen to it crackle.