Minnesota Steve

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  1. As long as the quality is there on the wheels, I'm hopeful it works. UPS tracking says it'll be here Friday. Grizzly has all kinds of mobile bases, as they are also behind the Shop Fox brand. These that I bought it says are a new design, so we'll see.
  2. I thought about that. But to joint longer boards I need to pull it out, and then turn it and pull it lengthwise down to the center of the room. I just have this really tight space. The wall I have it against is only 10' long, so 90% of the time it'll just sit still, but anytime I want to joint a board longer than say 4' I'm going to have to move things around. This has been a heck of a project. In January I did something stupid while I was putting in some flooring, I ended up partially dislocating my thumb. Doc sent me to PT, and the PT lady said it's real common for guys when they hit 50 not realizing the limitations of their hands. And the thumb is the first to loose strength and stop trying to use it as a clamp.
  3. I think that's great. If it's like my projects though, by the time you finish the kid will have outgrown the need. :-) With our first kid we used the changing table for about six months, and then he was able to roll and sit up and at that point we just started changing him on the floor. We used a basket with the supplies and a changing pad, so we could grab it and go. When you finish this, I'd go back to that toy box. It's entirely reasonable to make it out of good quality pine, and it doesn't have to be complicated. The only thing with a toy chest is you want to cut some relief on the front and sides about an inch so the top only hits in the corners, to give room for fingers and then use some torsion hinges which hold the lid up, so you have to specifically pull down on it to close it.
  4. I finally got around this weekend to reassembling my tablesaw and adjusting the alignment. And started cleaning up so I can rearrange stuff. Took two tubs of cherry and maple cutoffs and burned them. I need to work on the jointer next and adjust the alignment. But one struggle is the space is kind of tight to push the jointer around on it's mobile base. Because of the length and the swivel being in the center, it's like a 58 point turn to push it up against the wall. I really want a mobile base with 4 swivel wheels. I looked at the Bora PM-3550, and I'd have to modify it by cutting down some of the brackets and it's like $200. So I checked Grizzly. Never ordered from them before but while they don't have a base with 4 swivel wheels, they do have a rather inexpensive base which has the right sizing. So I bought two and am going to assemble one using just the swivel wheels. Then maybe the remaining pieces could be used as a pull out cart for something. https://www.grizzly.com/products/Grizzly-The-Bear-Crawl-reg-Cub-Mobile-Base/T28922 I think this should work. This week while I'm waiting for that, I need to find a way to store some stuff out of the way. Think I'm going to put some shelves against the wall up high that I can push equipment in under.
  5. I learned that lesson the hard way. If I buy individual foam brushes at Rockler they are Jen ones... but I once bought a bag of 20 brushes and they were some cheap chinese knockoff.
  6. Great... now I'm hungry. Ronn... check Hirshfields as they have a selection of Wooster brushes and may help you pick the right one. And I saved this video from William Ng's channel on brush technique as it was really helpful.
  7. I thought the Damstom clamps were expensive at half that price. :-)
  8. Well I was able to get the table saw downstairs. The top came off fairly easily, just the 4 outer bolts the instruction manual tells you to loosen to adjust it. Then I also had to back off the fine adjustment screws on the rear and it came right off. After that I strapped it to my handtruck, laid it down on it's back and removed much of the mobile base from the underside. Then just brought it down the stairs. Now I just have to reassemble everything and go back through all the alignment and such.
  9. Interesting thoughts. Either case it looks like you guys took off the top. I found some articles of others with the PCS who also took off the top. So it shouldn't be a big big deal. Nothing else, this will provide an excuse to buy a Woodpecker's saw gauge. The stretcher idea may work, except then I gotta find some strong guys and I don't want to burden my friends... and they'll stop coming over if every time I ask them to move something. So if you say the ICS was low center of gravity, your motor must be down towards the bottom? The PCS it's up towards the top and kind of hangs out the side a bit. Yet the trunnion is still mounted to the cabinet, not the table. I looked inside and the bottom half is basically empty except for a dust collection hose. I'll see about that stairclimber dolly.
  10. I've been spending months trying to clear out room in our basement storage area so I could move my table saw, jointer and planer from the garage down there. I've made a lot of good progress. So I moved the planer fairly easily. It's just a DW735 on a stand. I figure all totaled it weighs maybe 150 lbs. I strapped it to a handtruck and down it went. So then I moved onto the jointer. A Powermatic PM54a. I couldn't easily use a handtruck with it as it's so long/tall/wide... so instead I took the cast iron off the base, and building a wooden crate around it and then basically slid it down the stairs my wife pulling from the top and myself keeping it from crashing down from the bottom. It's never coming back up that's for sure. I now have my Sawstop PCS 1.75hp mostly dismantled. Took the extension tables and rails off and brought them down. Now looking at the sawstop specs... they list the table saw as weighing 408 lbs with fence... and 317 without fence. I assume that 317 includes the extension wings, which weigh about 35 lbs each based on the specs off their contractor saw which lists those separately. So that leaves me with 250 lbs. Anyway... I'm thinking about taking the top off to shave some more weight. If a 12" extension weighs 35 lbs, a 20" top must weigh 50-60 lbs. I feel comfortable taking about 200 lbs down with a handtruck, but not much more. From the sawstop video on aligning the top, it looks doable. I realize I'll have to realign everything afterwards. Any thoughts?
  11. I've had good luck using johnson paste wax on the cast iron of my jointer and table saw out in the garage. Then I cover them with a moving blanket. I have some smaller ones which are 72" x40" and they're the perfect size. The wax helps seal things, and the moving blanket helps keep condensation from settling. As far as hand tools go... keep a rap soaked lightly in 3-in-1 oil and just wipe them off with it when you're done.
  12. We have a pony wall which is a railing along the upstairs staircase. It's visibly crooked. If you hold up a 4' level from the base it's off more than an inch from the top to the bottom. When our kids were little I put a child gate up at the top that was permantly mounted. I had to shim the top bracket with a 2x4. :-)
  13. I always looked at grain filling as a practical manner rather than aesthetic. A table top you might want to fill the grain to make the surface easier to clean, especially that red oak where you could lose children in the table top. But a book case probably not as the open pores give you some aesthetic beauty.
  14. I actually had a very similar thing happen. But with an American made Pennsylvania House armoire I bought back in 2002 or so. Now in my case it's the top and since it's 6' tall nobody sees it so I haven't tried repairing it But what essentially happened is the lacquer melted. I haven't tried anything on it yet. I don't know what it is about these balls if they have acetone in them, or what, but there ya go. Anyway, since that event yoga balls have been banned to the basement or the garbage can. There should be a warning on them.