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  1. bleedinblue

    Hammer A3-31(planer) feed problem

    When planing the large oak beams I talk about in another thread, at least half the time I end up manually pushing the boards through as they get stuck. It typically pulls the board for a few feet, then gets stuck, then I push it for a few feet until it starts feeding under it's own power, then I have to push (or pull from the outfeed side) again, etc. I can't figure out what exact conditions cause it, it seems to be the same with a light cut or heavy cut. Before starting this project I only put one board through the planer, a 4/4 something or the other, that exhibited the same behavior. I've waxed the planer bed and cleaned the shipping lube from the feed rollers. I'm not sure if there's something else I'm missing. Obviously my next step is talking to CS.
  2. bleedinblue

    Hammer A3-31(planer) feed problem

    Yeah, for these 8+ foot boards I used a total of three roller stands, then rushed to the outfeed side to lift the boards to make sure they stayed registered on the planer table. The few times I didn't catch it in time they dropped and "snipe" is a huge understatement. I actually had to cut an inch off the bottoms of my roller stands to get them to drop low enough. Researching online, it seems my problem isnt unique. I'll have to double check the manual to see if instructions to adjust the feed rollers are inside. I'm not even sure if the rollers should go up or down, but I suppose trial and error will be needed.
  3. bleedinblue

    Hammer A3-31(planer) feed problem

    I should have added, something I know isn't right is that I have to push the board into the feed rollers/kick back pawls with some force. If the table is low enough to slide the board on easily, it's too low to make a cut.
  4. I always go end grain just to make sure it looks like the plugs were intentional. Trying to hide them never works and looks like a patched mistake.
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    So what is the difference?

    Really? I spent half my life thinking a jigsaw's actual name was a "skilsaw." Never knew of a circular saw as one. Maybe it's a geographical difference, like "soda" vs. "pop," or maybe it was just my dad.
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    A Roubo from beams?

    I may have an opportunity for some reasonably priced 4"x6" white oak beams. How difficult would it be to modify the plans to give it a go? I'm assuming the 4" would have to come down to 3-3.5" for flatness, so I'd probably have to bring that 6" down to close to 4". It could be a lot of waste, or I may be able to rip off an inch and salvage some 4/4+ boards. I'm mostly concerned with the dog hole strip, the outer top laminate that the end cap ties into, and vise installation, since I'll stick with BC. Random thoughts?
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    A Roubo from beams?

    True. I had the stray thought that going too narrow may interfere with the vise installation, but it's so close, I know that it won't be an issue. When it comes time for the rails and such, I'm already totally off the plans for sizing, so that's not an issue. I got both the front and rear slabs glued up today. It's amazing how much slippage occurred, even with the dominos. Luckily each slab is still more than 4 3/8" thick, so I have plenty of material left to joint/plane them clean and still maintain 4" thickness. Unfortunately it means dragging these monsters over the jointer. I think this is going to be a unique bench in a way. I wasn't able to avoid all defects...a couple of knots on the top face got some blue tinted epoxy and I wouldn't be surprised if I end up throwing a few dutchmen in here and there. If I can find the perfect leg piece with the perfect check, I may even TRY to find a place for some dutchmen. The laminations didn't all close up perfectly...I'd guess the thickness of the beams just exposed anything less than perfect milling. It's just not going to be the perfect clear-maple bench that most make. Hopefully it is just as functional and maybe it will have a little flare of cool. Or maybe it'll be firewood and I'll transfer the vises to a maple bench in three years
  8. bleedinblue

    A Roubo from beams?

    In my defense, I noticed my error in math before I saw your comment
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    A Roubo from beams?

    The front slab ended up being 7 1/2" and the plans say 7 13/16. Should I plan on tacking on another 5/16", or is it close enough?
  10. bleedinblue

    A Roubo from beams?

    Exactly. My big decision will be what to use for the end cap and chop. I was going to order some figured walnut from Goby, but I also think it would be kind of cool to use almost nothing except the beam wood for the bench. A couple of these beams were maple with quite a bit spalting. I might be able to make that look good.
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    A Roubo from beams?

    I definitely plan on the wide gap stop for clamps. When I get the slabs together and get further along, I'll decide if I need wider than 24". It'll be easy enough to add on, especially the rear slab. It's going to be an adjustment for me no matter what, my current bench is about 3'x5'.
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    A Roubo from beams?

    It looks like I'll probably get the slabs glued up this weekend. I didn't forsee even starting this build for weeks or months. I think I'm going to get the back slab out of three beams. I think they're clean and square enough, and three beams are right at 11". Sacrificing 1/8", but I'm ok with that. Having three boards to keep aligned instead of four (or seven 8/4 boards) will be nice. Two beams are going to put me pretty shy of the 7 13/16 or whatever the front slab should be. I guess I'll have to add on a thin board to get close to that.
  13. bleedinblue

    Well, the WoodTalk Podcast is over.

    MASH is ending?!?!
  14. bleedinblue

    A Roubo from beams?

    Naturally the adjacent side of that nice, quarter sawn face isn't nearly that nice . I can't get 4 inches in the most attractive orientation though. I'll probably be lucky to get the narrower faces to 3 1/4 or 3 1/2. Accurately milling these big, heavy boards is a chore. I rough milled six beams then sliced off about an inch and a quarter of each, leaving me with something like 3 3/4 x 4 3/4 boards. Will let them sit for a while then try to get them squared up and ready for glue up. I have four red oak and two red oak boards. I figure I'll put the white oak boards in the center on either side of the gap stop, but I'll re-address that plan before glue up. I didn't really intend on starting the build already, but my wife had her family over and I had a couple hours of shop time with no project in the works.
  15. bleedinblue

    A Roubo from beams?

    Man I wish more of this was WO. I've never worked with WO before, fresh off the jointer it is gorgeous. Unfortunately this face is going to go inside the top lamination.
  16. bleedinblue

    Okay, what's the next buy?!

    I personally find a jigsaw pretty unimportant. It gets occasional use when breaking down large, rough stock, but that's about it. I've been reduced to the same Ryobi cordless jigsaw you have and I've rarely been tempted to buy new, even though I dont like that saw and have no faith in most ryobi tools. The ROS? I really like my 6" Bosch, but I like my 5" Dewalt that was pretty cheap, too. I don't use the Dewalt much anymore since I dont really stock paper for it, but it was probably a third the price as the Bosch and left just as good of a finish. My first router was a Craftsman combo kit that was like $120. Dirt cheap for what it is and it is still the Router I use in my router table. My primary stand alone router is a Bosch that was 2-3x that of the Craftsman. I don't think its 2-3x better of a router, though I do like it. I'd go cheap though and buy some decent bits.
  17. bleedinblue

    Affordable table saw

    For that throat plate, check YouTube for videos on how to make your own zero clearance insert. My first table saw was a Dewalt jobsite that was probably in the same class as your saw, and I made about a half dozen zero clearance inserts for it out of MDF (not the best material for the job, but it worked) in less than an afternoon. I'm no longer a big Steve Ramsey fan, but if you are brand new to woodworking he is a decent place to start. I think it was his video on zero clearance inserts that I used as instructions.
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    A Roubo from beams?

    Whew. Glad you caught that, that would have been ugly. I need to pick up a detector for sure.
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    A Roubo from beams?

    I just checked existing dry wood in the house and shop, it's all between 5-7%. Checking the beams, that I just brought in the house yesterday, I got readings from 7-14% checking from various locations, including freshly cut ends. That's better than I expected.
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    A Roubo from beams?

    I've used red oak twice...once was for a TV stand, I stained it not knowing any better. I hate that piece and no longer use it. The other was one of those beer caddy/six pack things. I only cleared it with poly or something. It's actually not ugly. Any thoughts on moisture content with these things? They were stickered outside for over five years. I know Shannon Rodgers says thick beams never really fully dry in a kiln and they're good to use anyway, but I dont know if these should sit in my basement for a substantial amount of time or not. I just bought a meter but I know I won't get an accurate reading of the middle of the beams.
  21. bleedinblue

    Talk me down off the ledge.

    Naaaaa....avoid the 10" combos.
  22. bleedinblue

    A Roubo from beams?

    I'm pretty sure I'll use it. It'd be silly for me to not...have all of these beams with nothing to do with it, then spend $800+ for lumber for the bench. I know someone posted a red oak Roubo on the Guild FB page and it actually looked really good. I can always look at bleaching or dying it if I really don't like how it looks...but I can probably make it look passable for a work bench.
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    A Roubo from beams?

    I just spent a few minutes hand planing enough of each beam for identification. I think only two of them are white oak, one long one is maple, one short one is maple, and the rest is red oak. Kind of a bummer...not sure where to go from here. Gotta gnaw on whether I want this bench to be almost entirely red oak.
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    Table Saw! Powermatic vs. SawStop vs. your favorite!

    That's odd. I have that blade and it leaves a true flat bottom as far as I can tell. I'll inspect more closely next time, but I dont THINK I missed any bat ears.
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    G-0715P Owners

    I forgot to post, but I got the inserts the other day. Much appreciated Kev!