Minnesota Steve

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  1. I have a set of metal legs from Ikea which is an inner tube with an outer tube and there is a screw you tighten down to lock them in place. I think that's acceptable for metal. Mine are the old Galant system, similar to this Bekant frame... https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/bekant-underframe-for-table-top-black-30252906/ But if you are using wood, then I think the wooden peg or even a steel pin with a cotter pin through holes would be better. A desk/table has a fair amount of down force, and you have to factor in someone leaning against it to reach behind for something, even sitting o
  2. I still have a Jet JJP-8BT combo unit. This is what people talk about when they say don't buy a combo. From reading reviews though I think the 8" might work better than the 10", hard to say they're very similar. https://www.jettools.com/us/en/p/jjp-8bt-8-jointer-planer-combo/707400 It's not great, but it doesn't work too bad either... I would say it's comparable to a benchtop jointer with a planer as a bonus. It depends on what you are doing. I have been able to do quite a bit with it as a compromise. They're really common/popular in Europe... but that's the downside, pa
  3. It's fascinating how every year companies increase the prices they charge. But they don't give employees raises... Where are these increased costs coming from?
  4. Yeah, these things... (uk link for op) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shop-vac-901-02-Filter-Bags-Pack/dp/B07F3CD3W8 Or they also sell the paper bags for use inside the shop-vac. I've always used those when I'm going mobile and cleaning up crap. I try to avoid having to clean the filter as it just makes a bloody mess even outdoors. Otherwise the Dust Deputy... I see it's a bit expensive in the UK(likely because it's USA made and has to be shipped), but I've had one for 9 years and had really good luck with it. https://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Dust-Deputy-Cyclone-Kit/dp/B002GZLC
  5. A little Bondo will fix that right up. What color you planning to paint this?
  6. I have a couple of those squares... also ordered from harryepstein. I have a 12" and 6" combination square. And then a 4" and 6" double square. I agree that they're quite nice. What I appreciate is they move along the ruler easily. My old big box store combo square never did. My 6" double square was also off and not square. But I was able to fix it with a small file. There was just a little extra piece of metal in the groove. You need a pretty thin file for this... Here's a video from Ben Strano using some folded up sandpaper.
  7. Actually the feature about this pro-lift I'd like most is the locking knob. I have the older Rockler lift, and as you use it, the router will change height from the vibration. Have not found a great solution, other than remembering where the wheel is pointed and constantly checking. I did tighten up the mechanism, might have to do that again. No, I think it looks really nice. If you did buy it, love to hear your impressions.
  8. I can't find particularly good article on this, but over at toolguyd last month they reviewed a new Dewalt jobsite saw and there was mention that there has been a change to the regulations mandating a minimum table size to blade size ratio. https://toolguyd.com/dewalt-jobsite-table-saw-dwe7485-022020/ That was always the problem I had with the DWE7480 I had from Dewalt... the short distance made it hard to do a crosscut. This regulation change might explain why Sawstop revised their jobsite saw this past year as well as the new saw has a deeper table. Well the new dwe7485 now
  9. Which LED fixtures? I bought one of the Smart Electrician tread plate lights.... but I haven't tried an FM radio around it yet. I like that it's bright but it doesn't blind me, so was thinking about getting a couple more. But maybe I should try this.
  10. I like that. I want to tweak my router table. I just have a enclosure on the top part and a drawer in the bottom... and I use the area with the router in it to store jigs and feather boards because there's so much extra room, but then they get all covered in dust. Want to make the portion with the router smaller and fix the dust collection and then do some stuff on the side. Maybe I can just add some compartments on the side to hang the jigs like you did.
  11. I would design and plan with a confidence level... If you buy a 12/4 board there's a best guess as to what thickness you're going to get out of it... Something like this: 2.25" thick = 100% confidence 2.5" thick = 90% confidence 2.75" thick = 60% confidence 2.9" thick = 25% confidence
  12. In the episode of WoodTalk released last week "Rehydrated Toast", Shannon mentioned he's working with someone to develop a starter kit of hand tools for a reasonable price. https://woodtalkshow.com/episodes/460-rehydrated-toast/ The person putting this together: https://grandpaslittlefarm.com/ I think the things he mentioned were handsaws... they're looking at Garlick saws and finding good stuff for not much. But also hand planes, and it looks like they have those for sale on his site. But they've sourced something from a company called Rider and fairly inexpensive. They lo
  13. I just took a piece of 3/4" plywood and drilled 1/4" and 1/2" holes in it... maybe 1" between them. Some bits are wider so they cover multiple holes. This is in a little wooden box. And then one day I got a bit which was about 4" tall and it won't fit in my box standing up... I also agree that it's not much fun pulling on the bit from the sharp end to get it out. So honestly the little plastic parts boxes make a lot of sense to me.
  14. It's going to be in September rather than April or May or whatever it was last time. http://www.handworks.co/
  15. They're back..... Now saying they are going to do 3 podcasts a month... and they have Rockler sponsoring them.
  16. Well that's really interesting. Makes some sense. I ended up just buying the full kerf P410(Amazon had it for $70 which is a good price) and using the P410T in my Makita 10" miter saw. I gotta read through some of those other links...
  17. I'll just toss this warning out... Freud thin kerf blades have a kerf of .091"... which is too thin for the sawstop riving knife and guard. I messed up, misread the package on a Fusion P410T blade I bought last year and finally tried to use... it said 3/32" and then after it was binding up on me I saw the .091" below the 3/32".
  18. You're going to need gates to close off lines, so only one is in use at a time.
  19. There's no such thing as bad weather... only the wrong clothing. Texas on the other hand... I assume everyone just runs around nude? How else do you handle the heat?
  20. What I did with my dust deputy is I took one of these adapters: https://www.rockler.com/rockler-2-1-2-to-2-1-4-conversion-port And put it on the inlet port of the dust deputy. I took some Gorilla tape and wrapped about 4 layers around the dust deputy port to make it a bit thicker, so I could clamp the rubber part of that conversion. But this gives you a nice 2 1/4" standard vacuum hose input that most hoses will then connect into.
  21. The Harbor Freight US General stuff is really pretty nice. I like that they have a lot of options. I'd call them one of the few gems at HF. Since I already had it... I have an older Craftsman box set... top and bottom chest, and recently bought a middle chest at Menards. My OCD was immediately activated because the new Craftsman boxes are a different shade of red. :-) My older Craftsman boxes use friction slides, the new middle chest has ball bearing slides. Anyway, I have this in my woodshop and store chisels, drill bits, screwdrivers, wrenchs and such. I also have a Husky
  22. Yeah, the fan housing on the HF dust collector is definitely a 5" port, same as the output hose that goes up to the bag holder thingy. The 5" to 4" PVC adapter will probably work. Keep in mind that the OD of 4" PVC is actually 4.5", and 5" PVC is like 5.5" so it's going to run a bit larger, but it is likely flexible enough you can clamp it down hard to fit. I used one of these on my dust deputy which has a 2" OD port and it was flexible enough to clamp it down... https://www.rockler.com/rockler-2-1-2-to-2-1-4-conversion-port Worse case, you take some gorilla tape and w