Minnesota Steve

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  1. Just get one of these... https://www.bissell.com/little-green-proheat-portable-carpet-cleaner-2513g The info on the Vacmaster is useful. I've seen them before, but never really sure if they were good quality or not.
  2. This is what I have. They're great screwdrivers... I like that I can pound on them, and I even once used a wrench to help drive a #2 screw into my workbench when I was installing my vise. And the tips are hardened steel, not the chowder that my old Craftsman screwdrivers were made of. I also have a set of bit drivers for my cordless impact driver.... it depends on what your doing, I like having both options.
  3. I have a Harbor Freight dust collector, and they're generally pretty popular for those of us just starting out. So the normal price is like $200, and there is always a 20% off coupon around that'll bring the price down to $160. And there are other tools like sanders, drill press and such that are decent for starting out. Well the new coupons are starting to exclude "Central Machinery"... This is on their front page today... But if you click on it to print, the "Central Machinery" exclusion is gone. Kind of suspect they're trying to move away from the coupon thing... Most of their good stuff is on that exclusion list anyway.
  4. I tried to research this... and I gotta be honest it's really unclear. It appears to just be South California, but I searched that southern california air quality district website and all I found was talk of a proposed rule 1143 back in 2008 including denatured alcohol. But the rule 1143 they listed as current as of 2010 only mentions mineral spirits. Supposedly it's because it's a VOC.... that's the only rationale I can see.
  5. The only thing I'm aware of is that it comes in different fineness... coarse through fine. The fine stuff is more like muslin cloth. I'm not sure about quality, I suspect there probably is better makers but I don't know who they are. My wife makes farmers cheese occasionally using buttermilk and uses cheesecloth for that, and I have no idea where she buys it but I suspect it's at the grocery store.
  6. I've used a number of Rockler adapters... the dustright quick connects from Rockler work pretty well. The only thing I don't like is that they tend to stick out the tool a fair bit which can get in the way at times when moving them around. And yes it means you have to semi-permanently attach a fitting on every single tool, which adds up as they're like $10/each. Oh and when all that fails, I've had good luck with Gorilla brand duck tape. The stickem allows you to pull the tape off if needed, unlike regular duck tape.
  7. Ok, I was trying to arrange things today and I have a DW735 with the mobile base. The swivel foot has always bugged me.... What they don't show in the Dewalt photo is the shelf that sits in the middle such that you can't get your foot in there to engage the swivel foot. So someone said turn it around.. and so I tried sticking it on the front but then the foot assembly sticks out and I kept tripping over it. So I looked at it again today, and realized if I reverse the pivot it should be perfect. There's a retaining clip and several washers... just pop one side off and turn it around and stick the pin back in. I'm not sure it lifts quite as high up, I didn't test that. But it lifts enough where I can move it. Honestly, I think this is the way it should come from the factory.
  8. Menards, Home Depot and such near us have pressure treated and cedar beams... at least up to 6x6 in stock. And they can special order longer lengths, larger sizes, etc. But if you're looking for a white oak beam, then a local hardwood supplier might know where to get it. I can assure you, it'll cost $$$.
  9. I just noticed the price went up to $350... At $300 I thought it was expensive but worthwhile, but wow that's quite a price jump. As far as pieces falling through, the center 9" or so directly behind the blade has a solid panel to prevent this. It's well thought out in that regard as anything over that width or length is going to be supported by rollers.
  10. I suspect it's not worth as much as you might think. Sure if you look at retail prices it might be high... but there's a whole lot of steps to go through before you get to retail. I wouldn't do anything with it unless you're looking at tearing the entire barn down.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.