Minnesota Steve

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  1. 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.
  2. 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...
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. I predict the team with the most points wins.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. They handle it really well. I bought a 30' Flexzilla on a reel at Menards maybe 10 years back. It's extremely flexible in the winter. I like having the reel, but it's always a pain putting the hose back in and sometimes have to do it 3-4 times as it'll bunch up too high in one spot and not go all the way in. The cheap clear pvc hose that came with my compressor I'd avoid. But the reinforced polyurethane I haven't had any problems with. I have a 1/4" hose in the shop for use on my nail guns and it seems pretty flexible, doesn't get all tangled. But if you were using all day lon
  16. I just stick it in the vise and use a bastard file. If it's really beat up, I've got a $5 wheel that goes on the end of a drill. The key is the vise... without the vise it's impossible!
  17. And it wasn't black friday, but I forgot I also bought the Milwaukee M12 Fuel circular saw at Home Depot when they had a deal on it. Saw + 6 Amp hour battery for $149. I'd been planning to buy that saw anyway, but with the battery deal it was a no brainer.
  18. I made the trip to Home Depot and bought a bottle of Titebond III. Oh and a 1/4" drive socket set for $20. Their big door buster was a 200+ piece mechanics tool set for $99. Well as of 3pm they still had dozens of them so I'm not sure how well they sold.
  19. I think you've just analyzed yourself into a hole. :-) I'd be curious if you could hook up a DSLR direct to a TV or something to see the image in real time. Maybe with a cable, but man if you could do that wirelessly that'd be awesome. I have a Sony DSLR but it's like 10 years old and while it still takes good photos all the technologies have changed and I have no clue what they do today. I don't think a tablet would be good for taking such photos of still life in a light box as you couldn't easily stick it on a tripod. But we have several tablets, and I like them for other
  20. No law passed. The Supreme Court overturned the Quill v. North Dakota ruling, with South Dakota v. Wayfair. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Dakota_v._Wayfair,_Inc. So if your state has a law saying they have to collect sales tax, then they have to collect sales tax. I think since that ruling most states have now passed such laws.
  21. Well sure... if you live out in the middle of nowhere there ain't many rules. My family on the farm used to burn trash in barrels too. Well until the county finally decided that was a bad idea and started up trash service. HOA isn't all bad. Growing up one house we lived in the neighbors behind us were basically using their back yard as a junk yard. Had something like 8 cars back there on blocks in various stages of dismantling. Stuff like that really runs down property values. It's just you need a balance. And in my view... noise complaints is doing something outdoors af
  22. Makes sense. They're definitely common in the suburbs. I think because they're trying to maximize how many homes they can get in an area. And the twinhomes and such where someone mows your lawn for you are very common, so they need an HOA regardless to manage that. We're fortunate where we are now that the road is a city road. It's wide enough cars can park on both sides and they do all the maintenance. Our development is a combination of single family homes and twin homes. So there's a Master association and then one specific to the twin homes. The Master basically just has
  23. HOA's have become pretty common with housing development... I'd say most new homes end up as part of an HOA. The cities encourage it because if the developer submits a PUD(planned urban development) they can get by zoning restrictions like setback from the road, distance between homes, etc. etc. Usually a PUD ends up with an HOA to enforce the new rules.
  24. That might be a good idea. If I built a plywood cabinet I'd have extra storage underneath.