Minnesota Steve

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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. It's going to be in September rather than April or May or whatever it was last time. http://www.handworks.co/
  4. They're back..... Now saying they are going to do 3 podcasts a month... and they have Rockler sponsoring them.
  5. 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...
  6. 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".
  7. You're going to need gates to close off lines, so only one is in use at a time.
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. I believe the HF unit has a port for a 5" hose... and it comes with a y-adapter that reduces from 5" down to two 4" hoses. I have one of those unions, but I'm not sure it would expand wide enough. I can look tonight as I have the HF dust collector as well.
  13. Take a tour of some of the historical places. Like Kensington Palace, Kew Palace, Hampton Court, etc. Even the Tower of London... They have the rooms setup as they were when the kings/queens lived there...
  14. I think what you want is a wipe on poly. That's a 50/50 mix of mineral spirits and poly. First clean it with a rag with just plain mineral spirits. Like Issac said, try a satin first. I would try it in a test area first to see how it works.
  15. Looks like the intention is to kill reflections. I always wondered about this with in-wall speakers. If you set a loudspeaker right up against a wall the soundwaves are going to radiate off the back wall and get really boomy. That's why floor standing speakers you usually bring them out a few feet into the room. So what he's done by building boxes to push the in-wall speakers out away from the wall a bit, and then filling the gaps between them with acoustic sound dampening boards should alleviate that problem. I actually started woodworking back in college(1990 or so) by building
  16. I would maybe talk to an art/craft store. You might have better luck printing something with a color laser(take it to Kinko's and make a copy) than inkjet. And inkjet photo paper I think it's coated with wax, so it might give you problems. Only say that because inkjet ink more easily dissolves. I'd say some kind of spray sealer... an acrylic or lacquer or something would be good. Maybe look into mod podge as well. I'm not an expert, I just remember it being used to glue paper and fabric down. My mother used to use it for crafts projects.
  17. I have a DW735 in my basement shop. It is really loud... It's the one tool that generates complaints from the family. There's really no way to soundproof the shop either because it's the same room as the furnace, and I think that's how the sound is traveling.
  18. To just take the edge off... a block plane or a sanding block is enough. Using a sander is hard to control. I have a 1/8" radius router bit I use if I really want to round off the edges like on a cutting board. Still it's pretty aggressive. I might pick up a 1/16" radius and see if I like that a bit better.
  19. I really like the Shaker style, and I think for much the same reason.. as I value simplicity and purpose. I don't think it's right to just discount it as just being simpler to construct as I think there's a lot of skill that goes into a well made piece. Some of the first furniture I bought in my home before we were married was Danish influence. Again the simple lines I just find appealing. But that being said, my grandparents had some furniture... not sure of the style, but it had extremely ornate hand carvings in it. In particular they had a pedestal table with lions feet carv
  20. I predict the team with the most points wins.
  21. Here in Minnesota our porch pirates are extremely polite. http://www.citypages.com/news/note-leaving-porch-pirate-steals-shit-in-most-minnesota-way-possible/566173231
  22. First, I think this turned out really nice. In terms of the denting... that's the latest fashion. All the furniture in the stores these days looks like someone took a hammer to it already. So I wouldn't worry too much.
  23. Mincemeat pie is my favorite and so I always like having it, and sadly my kids and wife won't eat it so I have it all to myself. :-) Otherwise it's ham, sweet corn, mashed potatoes, etc. pretty standard fare. And then since my wife is Russian... we have second Christmas on January 7th. That usually entails duck or goose. pickled herring, Russian potato salad(if you haven't had this it's delicious), beet salad, pickled carrots... all sorts of small dishes. Russian potato salad takes a bit to make as you dice up everything... potatoes, chicken or ham, eggs, pickles, carrots
  24. Bah we got the cheap bottom mount euro drawer slides and I just replaced all the rubber bumpers and now they're soft close. They make a pleasing thump when you close instead of a bang. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NG7RY8
  25. Hmm... I use linkable led shop lights. My usable ceiling is about 7 foot, but that's because I have duct work and the joists are up at 8'... so hanging on the chains from the joists the lights are right at 7 foot. I wouldn't want the light hanging much below 7 foot. The first lights I bought the led's had a white diffuser, but the last one I bought was clear. That clear one is really blinding and I'm planning to add a diffuser to it. I guess the term is a diffusion "lighting gel", at least based on my online research. You could look at ceiling mount fixtures instead of ones t