Minnesota Steve

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  1. Interesting. I'm actually a fan of the wire shelving. Before wire shelving what we had was wood supports like that This Old House video, with a piece of plywood or particle board shelving placed on top. That's what I grew up with and I really hated it. The shelves sagged, and would get old and dusty/musty smelling over time. Wire is far superior to that. In our bedroom closet, we have this style, which is made by Rubbermaid. It's called FreeSlide. The rod extends all the way down, making it easy to push clothes around. I'm not a fan of the Closetmaid solution for this, which
  2. You know as far as fuel cans go, I really like the No-Spill cans I have. I have a 1.25 and a 2.5 for gas in my JD X370, Honda HRX and Snowblower.. But they do make 5 gallon jugs as well. http://www.nospill.com/index.html The only downside is they work great for fuel caps on top, like what you see in lawn equipment. But not so great trying to pour gas into a car from the side. It can be done, but it'd be easier with a longer spout. But yeah, when we first moved to this property I had one of those cheap cans from Home Depot, and was so frustrated with it, I went out lookin
  3. I've only ever seen 5mm and 1/4" shelf pins, and I always thought that was confusing enough. Is there a brand for these cabinets? Where are you buying the replacement pins? It could be your plastic pins are a bit oversized for a 1/4" hole. 5/16" would be about 7.9mm... I've seen them where they have little ridges and they're designed to bite into the wood. They're always a pain to get in new, have to pound them in. It could be that your holes have become wallowed out and the pins aren't going in solidly and that's why they're breaking on you. They do make shelf pin sleeves.
  4. I wish Hershey would go back to using paper wrappers on their candy bars. Used to be able to open those with just one hand. And while we're at it... cereal, crackers, etc. should go back to using waxed paper instead of plastic.
  5. Merrell has a wide variety of slip on shoes. I have a pair of Jungle Mocs and use them for walking the dog and such. Easy to slip on, and comfortable. But the specific shoe is maybe going to depend on what you want as they have different soles, waterproof or not, etc. https://www.merrell.com/US/en/mens-slip-on-shoes/ Now I also have a pair of Merrell Moab 2's like BonPacific mentioned and they're awesome and have good support. But the Jungle Mocs didn't have very good support, so... If you are looking for better arch support then... Superfeet insoles. I had a guy at the
  6. I may have to try that impeller. Thanks for that tip. So I've modified mine in two ways... First, got this Powertec 1 micron filter bag. It's big heavy felt and has worked a lot better than the bag that came with it. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005VSAP74 Then I just tried this trick from Stumpy Nubs... Instead of clamps, I drilled some holes into the bottom sides of the bucket and used some bungee cords to hold down the cover. I have not yet filled it with sawdust yet to see how much of a mess I make emptying the bag. But it has GOT to be better than trying
  7. I've been happy with my Dysons. I still have the DC07 I bought back in 2004, and the only thing I've had to do is replace a belt and take the canister apart and clean it really well. We like the bagless because we have pets. But if you don't fill the bags up regularly with fur, I'd prefer a bag. I don't know if the new Dysons are quite as well made as they used to be. But the new cordless vacs intrigue me. Thought they might be nice for cleaning the staircase and our main level which is mostly hardwood floors. Haven't bought one yet, maybe in a year or two. We'll see.
  8. I just stopped in at my local Rockler... guess I hadn't noticed this last time I was there a month or two back... but yeah they had Festool on the back wall. This might have something to do with Festool buying Sawstop... Rockler sells a lot of Sawstop.
  9. So that was my Christmas gift to myself and they came in the mail just last week. I think they're decent. The sound quality is good enough. They're rugged and fairly comfortable. I'm glad they are making a muff, as I really don't like sticking things in my ears. I may end up buying a pair for doing yardwork. Or maybe I'll get some 3M worktunes to see how they compare.
  10. Accidentally came across it on Eagle America's website as well... https://www.eagleamerica.com/product/420-1010/router_tables_-_table_top_accessories
  11. Yeah, but the fence isn't being used to cut a piece to a particular length. So there's really no need for the fence. All it seems to be doing is cutting it at an angle. I'm just totally confused.
  12. What does this do that a miter gauge can't?
  13. I've found clothes tend to shrink while in the closet.
  14. How cold is "cold"? Below freezing? It's possible that the relays over time get condensation inside them and this is freezing.
  15. In the comments on that toolguyd article someone who worked at Shopvac said a few years ago they started sourcing their electric motors from China. I suspect the pandemic caused their supply chain to dry up and they didn't have parts to make any more vacuums. And nothing to fall back on. I have a shopvac I bought about 6 years back to replace another one which had died. It's already starting to make bearing noises and I was thinking about replacing it. Want something smaller and hopefully quieter. I'll have to do some research. Might just break down and buy the Festool vacuum.
  16. I have a plywood cabinet under my router... but I drilled holes in the back of the cabinet directly across from the collector port to increase air flow. I was getting a lot of pressure on the router plate such that the inner plastic ring was deforming.(I have the older Rockler lift). So doing this helped with that, as well as helped with dust collection. I put the holes down near the base of the containment area, so as to help lift any dust falling to the bottom. I just used a 1" drill bit and put in multiple holes, I just kept drilling until it felt right, think there are 4-6 ho
  17. French cleats should be screwed into the studs. Then it'll hold the weight. BTW, as far as finishes go. I've actually had better luck with wipe on finishes like Arm-r-seal from General Finishes. Less smell than the water based poly. Basically you'll just have to experiment.
  18. Bosch mrp23evs has a trigger in the handle.
  19. It mostly boils down to one of these: Pilot hole too small Pilot hole not deep enough Countersink not deep enough I found this chart to help with pilot hole sizes... hard woods require bigger pilot hole than soft woods. https://www.boltdepot.com/fastener-information/wood-screws/Wood-Screw-Pilot-Hole-Size.aspx Don't use an impact driver on small screws...(anything #8 or smaller... #10 or bigger seem to handle it) use a drill/driver and set the clutch down pretty low, like a 3-5 range. Then hand screw it the rest of the way. The drivers tend to hid
  20. I flew to Philly to pick up our puppy... it was just a seat on American. I think I would have preferred a private charter. :-)
  21. That looks really nice. How heavy is it to lift up into place?
  22. I have a Makita GA4530, so it's a 4.5" runs about 6 amps, and it has the on/off switch. I've never used it for woodworking.... it's been metal and masonry. But I really wish I had a paddle and not the on/off switch. It's really important to turn the thing off when your shifting position, anytime you take your second hand off the grinder. That's a lot easier with a paddle. That's just me though. Since you must have a Menards near by given you had a masterforce. I would suggest the Metabo(formerly Hitachi). Looks like it's on say for $59 with their 11% rebate... And it's a pad
  23. We live about two miles from the University of Minnesota arboretum, and I've been there many times although I've never been in the library portion and didn't realize this existed. They have a rather large collection of Nakashima furniture that was commissioned back in the 1970s. There's an article in the newspaper today talking about their annual preservation/cleaning project. There's a few pictures in there of tables and chairs in the collection. https://www.startribune.com/at-minnesota-landscape-arboretum-rare-nature-inspired-furniture-is-preserved/569867512/ Here they give