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  1. 1 hour ago, G Ragatz said:

    The man-made quartz stuff, like Silestone, too.  We have that in our (relatively) new home, and I love it.

    I see cooking shows on TV where they will take a pan straight off the hot stove and set it on what appears to be a wooden cutting board or counter top - but I have no idea what kind of wood surface you can do that to without scorching it.

    When i was shopping the guys that sold the man made quartz tops said heat will discolor them. Maybe that depends on brand? The price was very close between granite and quartz and his advice was "If you use your kitchen go granite, if you want a show kitchen and eat out choose quartz, if your going to sell the house right away go quartz because granite has too many myths and misconceptions surrounding it"

    For the TV thing, i don't think they care. They probably have a crew that sands and refinishes it after every show.

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  2. 5 hours ago, pkinneb said:

    I was thinking $40 a piece but i'm open to offers too :) 

    I'll take 1 at $40. They are good routers. I don't need 2 as this would now be my 3rd palm router.... and 6th overall. I took your advise and got some cheap ones and it's nice having a couple bits mounted and ready.

    5 hours ago, treeslayer said:

    That’s a lot more work than most people realize Drew but it’s looking great already

    Doing it while it's 90 and humid doesn't help but i just have been taking things slow. I have a 6' x 10 foot utility trailer I've loaded that up about 4 feet tall 4 times now in brush removed from my property. It feels like i haven't even made a dent.

    5 hours ago, wtnhighlander said:

    is the soil particularly sandy up there, or just looking light-colored in those photos?

    Yes ... and no. It really depends. Part of my half acre lot is beach sand part is clay and the other part is silty sand. Sand is great, and i quite lake clay as well. Silt can take a leap that stuff is AWEFUL. I could get really in the weeds geology wise but our soils are mixed dramatically because glaciers.

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  3. 57 minutes ago, drzaius said:

    Thanks for the explanation Drew. It's timely because I got a Kerfmaker for 35% of at Lee Valley (impulse purchase), but have not used it yet, or even figured out how. Anything would be better than futzing with spacers in the dado head.

    But I will be sticking with 1 table saw.

    I have the space and the 2nd saw is cheaper than the DF700 ... by a long shot.


  4. I never set the dado stack width. I normally set up like 5/8" and use the fence for tenon cuts or bury the blade in the fence for rabbets. For exact width dados the kerf maker is far faster and easier than trying to set the stack up by trial and error. I honestly don't know what width i set up because i just grab the outer blades and all the internal blades and spacers. It's M&T and the rabbets for drawers that this problem comes up the most on. I feel like every project i make has a M&T and a drawer.

    I don't use my dado stack because i find I'm constantly switching between a standard blade and the stack when i have it installed. Having to adjust the blade height etc in the middle of a project creates problems as well. I do all of my final cross cuts on my table saw with a miter gauge and sometimes i don't really know the length i need at the time. So then i use the SCMS and deal with imperfect cuts. Most if it is poor planning but this is a hobby and I don't want to make it a chore.

    I"m on the fence between a 2nd band saw or 2nd table saw, it's going to be 1 or the other.

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  5. On 7/11/2020 at 8:19 AM, JohnG said:

    So the full story is that this cardinal flies into two of our window dozens of times a day. It perches in the bushes and then flies up to the window and pecks at it and kicks his feet against it for a few seconds and then returns to the bush. At first I thought he must be catching little bugs or something, but then I realized that he is probably seeing his reflection and thinking another male has moved in on his turf. I haven’t unpacked my DSLR gear to take proper pictures yet, but I’ve done a few slow-mo videos on my phone which are neat. 

    I was working in the yard yesterday and got to watch 2 male Cardinals fighting over a female. They were making quite the ruckus. At first I thought a hawk was in a tree near me as that's the only other time I've heard the birds freak out so much.

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  6. 26 minutes ago, pkinneb said:

    Drew I have a version of that (much cheaper) that I use at my drill press and it works great for pen tubes anything bigger I use a drill chuck on the lathe.

    Mine is closer to this

    https://www.amazon.com/Blank-Centering-Drilling-Center-Blanks/dp/B003VHWKYS

    The centering vise isn't that expensive for the rockler kit it adds ~$60 to the cost. The drill guide is the big cost and the tool that i think is more innovative. For larger items that wouldn't work well on a drill press due to size the guide makes it east to do at a work bench. The other application that stuck me as being awesome is the angle adjustment on it. For drilling holes for seat slats say on a maloof rocker or Windsor chair this jig might make things a lot easier. Unnecessary yes as home made jigs and other methods work but then there is the domino.


  7. 14 hours ago, wtnhighlander said:

    2. $4k - $6k is about what I would expect. If your supplier is outside that range, I'd get a second opinion.

    Just AC or AC and furnace? I got quotes from a few places and they could do the AC for that range but not both AC and furnace.

    15 hours ago, pkinneb said:

    they want to replace the furnace at the same time.

    I'd replace both. Something on the furnace will fail eventually and the labor to replace just 1 part will be more costly than replacing them both at the same time. I guess i don't know how old or what brand your furnace is. Mine was still working fine at 30 years old but was NOT efficient.

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  8. I don't think that sliders are worth it. I have a bosch glide and there is a lot more play in the mechanism then they give it credit for. All of my critical cross cuts are done on the table saw with a $150 miter gauge and the accuracy and capacity is FAR FAR greater than any miter saw could achieve let alone a $150 miter saw. if all you need is 90 degree cuts a homemade sled can be extremely accurate and is incredibly cheap. I made one from free material i got from old cabinets or other various places.

    If you must get a miter saw, i like having one that uses the same sized blades as my table saw. It allows me to use blades between the two of them. I'll have a junk blade that i put on each of them if i need to cut questionable material that may or may not contain dirt, metal, or other material that may damage a saw blade.

    Another cross cutting mechanism that has more value is a track saw with a good blade in it. Using an accurate square with the track i can get good accurate cuts for as long as i have track. With large heavy items taking the tool to the work is a lot safer and also can be more accurate.

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  9. That looks like an awesome rig for not much money. Spraying makes a world of difference on water born surface finish you can get way smoother much faster it seems like. I also love spraying for objects that have a lot of nooks and crannies that are difficult to get with a brush.

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  10. 10 hours ago, wtnhighlander said:

    Where I am in WTN, it was 92* and 82% humidity today.

     @Chestnut can brag when its cold. :lol:

    Yikes that sounds miserable, though I drank a bunch of water and was in the shade. After a while i got used to it, just like after a while you adapt and get used to the cold.

    2 hours ago, wtnhighlander said:

    Drew, what length bar are you running in that mill?

    Currently only a 25" bar which leaves me ~19" capacity. Most trees I run across are small and if i mind something bigger I intend to turn it into a square and just run boards. I have my eye on a 42" bar but going above 25"-28" requires an auxiliary oiler / skip chain, and more hassle so running smaller keeps thing simple and easy. Start to finish that 8' log too me an hour including setup, stacking,  and tear down.

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