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  1. After spending all day moving rubber mats and shelving around the shop I wanted a quick win. So I finally got around to replacing my old carvers mallet. Simple chunk of white oak, finished in the Miyagi Method.
  2. All in good time. My bank account has sufferred enough with the shop remodel... And it's not done yet.
  3. Had to do some more work on the riding mower today. I installed a new drive belt (the old one finally snapped) and took the opportunity to throw some new mulching blades and a mulching cover on the deck. Turns out the previous owner had installed the old blades upside down. And then I ran out of gas...
  4. While trying (and failing) to sharpen my lathe tools on a belt grinder again, I decided to admit defeat. Now I need to build a grinding/sanding sstation. Ontop of everything else in the shop.
  5. Thanks for the advice everyone. The seller tried to pull some nonsense with changing the price after I'd expressed interest so I decided to save myself the headache and pass on it.
  6. Those are nice votive-holders. I really like the clean shape.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  12. 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).
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Which of you is organizing the convoy?
  18. Those prices are ludicrous! Nicely done!
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Most of my vehicles are old enough that the sludge is load-bearing.
  22. I've been eyeing a couple of the bigger Wens for my shop, so I'd be interested in hearing your experience with yours.
  23. I desperately want to. Feeling a lack of productive shaving-making in my life right now.
  24. There's a chance at one point these drawers actually had a plat of my property in them. I got them from a local surveying company that originally handled the surveys for my lot. My father and brother both use stacks of these in their trailer workshops and swear by them. Should be great for odd fasteners, hardware, leather, etc that tends to get lost or folded in deeper drawers or boxes.
  25. Do we even want to ask why? Ignoring why, functionally what you're building isn't too different from a large kitchen island with a thick stone slab top. So I think you're going to be more worried about providing sufficient support and rigidity to prevent the top cracking than worrying about the weight itself. Are you forming the top in-place? If so (and I would hope so) you may want to look into the systems out there designed for casting kitchen countertops. They include edge profiles that can be snapped off later so all you see at the edge is concrete but the underside can be your plywood or melamine mold. I think Bourbon Moth did a video about one of the systems.