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    Western Washington
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    Boxes, Tables, keeping all my fingers attached.

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  1. Those are nice votive-holders. I really like the clean shape.
  2. Got a few more segments of wall panelling up, and got this thing installed. Had a bit of a fight with the exterior panelling. It's that garbage fiber-board t1-11, so there was no good way to pull off a whole panel without destroying it. I settled for scoring it out a few inches (wide enough for the sealing tape) from the window frame using a circular saw and chipping it out so as not to damage the housewrap underneath. Other than that it went in pretty smoothly. Still need to finish the drip edge and trim out both sides.
  3. I've never been able to get into the habit of wearing ear plugs, but they're definitely the safer option/combo. I have two sets of earmuffs in the shop: a pair of 3M Peltors, and some ClearArmor branded shooting earmuffs. The ClearArmor are lighter than the 3Ms, but their pads are more rigid and don't always conform as well around chunky safety glasses.
  4. I'll second GF's water based poly. I've mostly used it on high-traffic items for my office and it has put up with plenty of abuse.
  5. Having tools that were passed down is always great. I treasure every one of my fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers tools I have. Even if they're not always the best quality, there's an ineffable joy to using them all these years later. Also, those Wiss shears are just excellent. I have a lighter pair and they're some of the best I've ever used.
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    I definitely wouldn't have any if they weren't already part of my house. As it is I'll only turn them on if we're going to be away from the house for several days at a time.
  7. Hey folks. I'm considering a used G1018 jointer that's being sold locally for $550. Price feels a little high, but anything larger than a 6" jointer is somewhat rare around me. Minor surface rust on one end (outfeed). I'm mostly trying to decide if this is likely to keep me happy for 5-10 years, versus saving up for something newer or waiting for something cheaper. I don't currently have a working jointer and I've got some rough lumber sitting in my rack that I've been shying away from really using though I don't have any specific projects in mind.
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    I have an Arlo system that came with my new house. The cameras themselves are fine, and they included solar panels so they're really easy to move around outside. But they use an older wifi frequency which is kind of a pain (my main router is 5Ghz only so I need a second older router just for the cameras) and Arlo's system has some weird limitations (no more than 5 cameras will work together unless you pay for active monitoring).
  9. Do you know what they've been treated with? That would be my first concern. Structurally they should be fine, but at some point you will end up breathing in part of your bench, so be sure you're not making it any worse than sawdust normally is.
  10. I made myself an espresso tamper a couple years ago, but the original walnut handle I made broke off not long after. I set it aside planning to fix it in a day or two... Fast forward about 14 months and I finally got around to turning a new handle. About as simple a project as they get, but eminently satisying nonetheless. Especially since I'll be using this thing 2-3 times a day. Just a simple chunk of curly maple epoxied to the existing tamper base. The base is made out of some old brass roundstock I inherited from my grandfather and had laying around. It's a bit dinged up from clamping it back into the jaws of my chuck, but I didn't have a great way to clean up the sides afterwards.
  11. Hi Sylvia, The value you can expect to get will depend quite a bit on where you're selling. Different regions will have different availability. In my own neck of the woods (Washington state) I'd guess the lathe itself could fetch up to $300 if everything is in good-to-great condition. Probably more around $200 if you want to sell quickly. Replacement parts are hard to find for this series these days though, so if there's anything missing/broken it'll be noticeable. Is the table wooden or a metal stand? The included chucks are a bigger question, and could out-value the lathe itself depending on how many are included. A picture of what's going to be included could help us give you a better ballpark.
  12. Which of you is organizing the convoy?
  13. Those prices are ludicrous! Nicely done!
  14. Bit of both, though I wouldn't call myself "good". I just muddle along. On most of these I roughed out the blank with carbide and then finished them with an old gouge. Some woods (like the lilac) seem to prefer the carbide right to the end.
  15. Can confirm, lathe work can be addictive. I was feeling a lot of pent-up energy today. While I've been spending a lot of time out in the shop, it hasn't been actually making anything aside from the shop itself. So I decided to spend some time today just playing on the lathe. I remembered I had a bag of pen kits laying around, so I whipped out a small selection. From left to right, the woods are: English Laurel, unknown (bloodwood?), Hard Maple, and Lilac.