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Everything posted by gee-dub

  1. Love the proud fingers and the secret tray. Very cool.
  2. I have a ginormous sled that I use for large panels. This little helper keeps me safe from unexpected tipping.
  3. They have been around long enough now that they are showing up used. You just have to watch for the model you are after. I bought mine with the free overarm or base offer. I don't move my tablesaw so I got the overarm. It works surprisingly well considering what looks like a poor design.
  4. gee-dub

    Drill bits

    Ha! I spaced on the fact you mentioned that bit set. I had one too. Pretty poor stuff for our purposes eh? I finally gave away what I had left. The inexpensive twist bits have served me well for wood. I have a cobalt set that I use for metals. Everyone has their favorite but, the Lee Valley lipped bits for Bradpoint use have become my favorite.
  5. gee-dub

    Drill bits

    They are. I love those darned things. They are not inexpensive and you may want to look into why you are breaking bits. I have run a Lowe's set of Hitachi's for over a decade. Been sharpened dozens of times. These are not high end bits but, decent. I do break bits and can generally tell when it is going to happen just enough too late to prevent it . This will happen if I am fatigued and fail to drive the bit true. An 1/8" bit that is 1" into some hardwood going 1500 RPM gets pretty pissed off if I tilt the drill motor a few degrees because I should have stopped 10 minutes ago . P.s. I have gotten several Lee Valley shipments without issue. Do the items state "out of stock" when you are buying them?
  6. Red oak does like to burn. I think your feed speed may be your ultimate problem. If you make a template to guide the router you could take 2-3 passes with a confident feed rate and possibly get better results. Back your RPM's down a bit and experiment.
  7. Coffee on the monitor!!! The walking stick came out great Richard.
  8. I had to do a little research on bearings as well. I am sure there are many on here who know more than I learned with a little Googling and a call to VXB and another bearing outfit. The bearing at the collet end that came out of the factory-original Colt was sealed and showed no signed of distortion. Interesting in that most replacement bearings I see stated to be for the Bosch Colt were only shielded so you may be on to something there. The smaller bearing at the top of the motor was shielded but, I used sealed there as well. Here's where it got fuzzy for me. The speed rating on the larger bearing was only 15000 RPM, 31000 for the smaller one. I was told that the speed and temp ratings along with the expected duty cycle all factor in to whether a certain bearing is appropriate for a certain use case. If I were using the Colt in a CNC setup with those types of extended duty-cycles I would have been steered to a ceramic hybrid or full ceramic solution. The difference in price for a sealed versus full ceramic is about $5 compared to about $50 so your use case would have to qualify the price. I volunteer to be the canary in a coal mine and test out the lower cost solution
  9. The boredom is setting in. I dug out an old Bosch Colt that had blown the motor bearings. I have no bearing puller, no spanner wrench and no press and it only took me about an hour having never done it before. Not bragging, just emphasizing how easy it was. If any of you have a Colt in a drawer with bad motor bearings I got double sealed replacements to my door for about $15. I did get creative and make a pin spanner out of a couple of punches, a clamp and a scrap of plywood with two holes drilled at the appropriate spacing
  10. It was relatively cool today so I hung a ceiling fan over the kitchen table that was overdue. In my neck of the woods what we jokingly call cold weather is past and the usual SoCal non-weather is upon us.
  11. Yes, welcome ;-) We get resurrected threads here now and again; all forums do. Some are still as valuable as when originally posted due to content. Some more specific ones are more time sensitive.
  12. "What did I do today?" I find many woodworkers noticed little change in their lifestyle with the self-isolation effort of late. Alas, I am between shops and am running out of things to "get ready" for when I finally break ground. It is a bit frustrating to have so many things to do and lack the means to do so many of them. Construction is supposed to be pretty free from restrictions during lockdown but, you would never know this based on the response time of the Building and Safety folks at the city.
  13. Those are some mighty impressive irregularities. thanks for sharing them. Got my giggle for the morning.
  14. Welcome Gary. Lots of good folks and constructive conversation here.
  15. We all use different tools more or less than someone else. I would not want to be without my drum sander although it eats a substantial footprint of real estate to do its job. I would say that if you have not found it to be the answer to many issues with ongoing tasks, you would be happier to have the space back. I have never needed a carcass saw but, someone else would be lost without theirs.
  16. Its great to do something outside our norm now and again. Great use of the new tool and a great looking result. The real estate folks are lucky to have you in the community. Congrats all around.
  17. AS a hobbyist I buy a box of 100 whenever I start to get low. I tend to stock by 1/8" increments of length for #8 flat and washer head, by 1/4" for #6, #7 and pan head. I keep #10's in longer lengths. Other than that I buy as required and have a bunch of random stuff sorted in tackle boxes. A piece of measuring tape is handy for selecting and returning to stock.
  18. Looks wonderful. Thanks for the detailed journal of the build as well.
  19. Coffee on the monitor!!!
  20. To your dust collection topic I will say that you should do as best you can. I do not think that smaller units will be your ultimate dust collection solution so, you may want to spend less on the vac solution now and replace it later. For any amount of milling of your own material a shop vac or a wall mounted blower will get buried in short order. To your jointer choice I will simply state my opinion. Good call on the spiral head. I would move to a parallelogram bed jointer and I will explain why. I never wanted to have to adjust dovetail-way jointer tables again. Now, adjusting jointer tables is not something you do often. Possibly only once in your life but, sometimes not only once. Twice was enough for me; I moved on to p-beds. To your sander topic; I am a Supermax 19-38 owner. I researched the pee-wad out of drum sanders that were in the $1500 price tier. Given the horror stories about changin abrasives, belt tracking, dust collection, etc. I chose the 19-38 and have been very happy on all counts. The 16-32 was not available at the time I bought.
  21. I have never gotten one of these due to the cost. I've used pieces of hardboard that get tossed. Home Depot is apparently clearing these out for $11 and free shipping: Just in case anyone else has been put off by the price tag. This offer seems to come with the hardware. I don't know if it usually does. I should mention that the handle bridge is required on the Grr-Ripper for intended use. Obviously this won't apply to everyone but, I bought a grip of this stuff when Lowes blew them out a couple of post-Christmas sales ago. For those of us who love our Grr-Rippers (I know there are those that do not) this could save you a few bucks.
  22. That oughta do it (Butch Cassidy). I had a similar problem and hung a shop-lite from a sort of guy wire.
  23. Ever onward. Good plan on getting something going before the twins arrive. Best of luck on your endeavor.
  24. Welcome. there are plenty of ways to make that connection. If you want to keep it simple, 1/4" dowels should be fine for that design. Pocket hole joinery is another option.
  25. The title says it. I'm between shops and want to start with some sort of indicator early on this time. At 1200 sq ft I understand the DC1100 would need to be carried around to the areas I want to monitor. That doesn't concern me as much as whether folks have been happy with the unit. So, what say ye long-time users?