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  1. I think I know what you are talking about. As a woodworker, he's a goofy hack. He takes every shortcut there is, and tends to build things that look like they may fall apart with first use. BUT... he is still damn entertaining!
  2. You know... it never occurred to me to use counter sunk hex screws as "feet." As soon as I saw the picture, I was like... Duuuuh!!! Do you use any kind of threaded inserts for the hex screws, or do you just screw them into the wood, and let them be a friction fit?
  3. Man... I love watching Steve Ramsey on YouTube, and I am always curious about the Grippper... but... I am hesitant. In full disclosure, I have not only never seen one in real life, I've never even seen a video that shows how they really work. All I do know is that it seems to work by having the operator pass their knuckles about an inch or two over a spinning saw blade with only a bit of plastic between the saw blade and permanent disfigurement.
  4. Here's what I'm trying to do; maybe you guys can help me since I can't resaw. I am trying to make some zero clearance table saw inserts. One for my standard kerf blade at 90 degrees, and one for when I use a molding cutter. Please take a second and watch the first 30 seconds or so of this video. It shows Job Peters doing exactly what I need to do. I have a really nice Bosch jig saw. So, I can trace the shape of the insert onto some 3/4" white oak that I have a lot of scraps of (reclaimed hardwood flooring scraps), and I can cut the shape out with the Jig Saw. but before I do that, I had planned on using my combo-square to determine the exact depth of the throat hole (sounds gross) and then resaw the 3/4" stock to that thickness. But now that I can't resaw, and my hand planing skills are... oh wait, I don't have any of those skills. How can I get the 3/4" stock to the exact thickness I need without a planer, band saw, jointer, or the ability to re-saw on a table saw? Since it's molding that I will be making with this, the insert has to be dead flat with the table or else the molding profile will come out wonky. BTW... the molding cutter head that I have is the exact same sears model that Jon is using in that video. To see it, you will have to back up the video some.
  5. What I've been doing is, I draw an imaginary perpendicular line across the table face about an inch before where the big metal throat insert starts. And I don't let my left "feeding hand" ever go past that point. I also always use a push-stick, unless the cut is just obviously large enough for me to not need a push stick... 18+ inches at least. Even then, it feels kind of weird for me to have both of my hands spread shoulder width apart, pushing wood over a 4300 rpm 40 tooth blade. But I guess unless you use a robot, there will always be some level of danger when woodworking. Hell even your robot might become self aware, and well... we all saw Robocop and Terminator. Bad scene. But for res-awing on a table saw. I'm going to have to agree with Eric and some of the other guys... There really isn't a way to re-saw a board on a table without breaking my "no fingers past the imaginary line. You could possibly use a feather board to hold the board against the fence, as long as the feather board doesn't go past the tip of the first tooth of the blade; otherwise you'd be into pinching/binding territory. And even then you'd have to use a push stick, but your push stick would have to be at around a sharp angle, almost sending the push stick in behind the board you are trying to re-saw, kinda like a sacrificial board that you will ruin the end of; otherwise your hands will have to pass the imaginary line, and thus over the blade. I think I am just going to go ahead and make the decree that for ME, in my shop, there will be no re-sawing until I can get a band saw. But SHIT... I need to re-saw some stuff!!!
  6. Perfect example of what I'm talking about. Is re-sawing on a table saw really dangerous and should not be done. Or is this just some ol' boy on the internet giving his opinion, knowing I don't have a band saw?
  7. Alright... I've been passing wood over a table saw for 5-6 years. But today, I finally got my brand new Grizzly G0690 table saw assembled, and I made my first cut in my new garage shop, in my new first house. It was a brilliant moment. I cut 1/2" of the left side of a scrap board. Then I cut 1/2" of the other side. Then I took the 3/4" board and set it on it's side, raised the blade, and went to re-saw it. So this would be my third cut... half way through the cut... it just dawned on me like a bucket of cold water going down my back.... I don't really know what the F*** I am doing... at all! I didn't know if I was supposed to be standing behind the piece or of to the left in case of kick back. I didn't know how far it is "safe" to have my fingers on the wood vs. using a push stick. During that resaw cut, the wood was vibrating like a sum'bitch! Did I need to have a feather board? I know on YouTube or the New Yank WS there is the occasional nugget of knowledge about safety, hearing protection, safety glasses, kick back etc. But... 9x out of 10 is it just from some dude that doesn't wear safety glasses himself in half his videos. Is there a Bible on how to use a Table saw, Band Saw, Miter Saw, etc.?
  8. Mike, you seem like a good guy to ask... I am new to looking at furniture from a design pov. When I was a kid, I just knew furniture as the stuff my parents own. Then when I went to college, it became, the old stuff my parents no longer wanted so they gave to me, so that they could buy new stuff for themselves. Then, as I got older, furniture became something I started to appreciate for it's aesthetic value, and I knew I wanted to have good furniture, but could not afford it, and honestly did not really know what "good furniture" even was... or where do get it. I've never been a "where can I get..." kind of guy. I've always just been a, "How can I make..." kind of guy. So, now I just bought my first house and other than a couch, a chair, and a bed, I have zero furniture. Do you have any suggestions on books, styles, or any cool resources on where I can learn more about furniture in general? When I go to Barnes & Noble, the "Art" section has everyone from Picasso to Norman Rockwell, and everyone in between. There is not a "Furniture" section. I had to find out about Gustav Stickley. I had to research Ray and Charles Eames, George Nelson, Donald Judd, and Louis Kann. But I am kind of at a stand still. Other than Mid-Century Moden, Craftsman/Mission/Arts & Craft, and Shaker... I can't really think of any other styles or designers to look into for inspiration. I watch a LOT of YouTube, but I really like books. And I really like furniture books. Any ideas?
  9. Let's be real... Buddy Rich was an a**hole! He was an amazing drummer, for sure. But his personality is what made him... "Buddy F****** Rich!" I saw Sammy Davis Jr. play the drums once, and he could give Buddy a run for his money, and Sammy just played the drums as kind of a hobby. Before anyone even goes there... Yes, I acknowledge that Buddy Rich is insanity on the drums, and no I can't think of anyone who is better than him. BUT... I also hate noodly jazz... so when I hear him play, it doesn't sound "good" to me; it just sounds like... A LOT! Kinda like John Coltrane. I've tried my whole life to "get it." But all I get is... wow... that's... a lot. I'm the same way with woodworking though. When I see some incredibly ornate Louis XIV carved bed frame from 1654 in a Paris Museum, I don't think... Oh my God, look at that amazing woodwork. I just think... "That's cool, but I wouldn't want it in my house. That thang's gaudy as hell." That's how I feel about noodly jazz. ...and Buddy Rich ...and Queen Anne chairs. ...and cabriole legs. ...and iPhone holsters on men's belts.
  10. It's about Buddy Rich teaching Neil Peart how to swim with an end-grain cutting board fresh from a drum sander.
  11. One of the reasons why I am so contrary when I hear people use phrases like, "some people just have it," or "no matter what some people do, they will just never get it," is because I have played the drums since I was in the 4th grade. And I was told from almost birth that I had a natural musical ability. I was also told that I had a natural artistic ability. I heard the words talent, talented, gifted, and amazing, all the time. As a kid it was great! I felt... special. I was known by everyone in town to be this "talented" person. But when I got into high school, and started teaching drum lessons, at first I thought... "Damn... What's the point? This kid will just never get it. I can't TEACH him to have rhythm." But after a while, and after a few hurdles some milestones, and a couple of Aha moments, I realized... Bull F****** Shit!!! I can teach this kid to find his rhythm. I can teach ANYONE how to think, trick their brain, and move all four limbs in different ways, doing completely different things all at once. It can be taught. And I still hear from people to this day that I helped literally learn to be drummers. At least once a year still I run across someone that tells me point blank that they could never play a drum set. I rub my hands together each time like I've just been issued a challenge. And every time, within a few hours... we've got ourselves the next Charlie Watts. And they same was true for me in Art school. I was always "good at drawing." But I watched art teachers help other kids unlock ways of looking at the world and I saw so many "talents" literally be born. So... when I hear folks say that something or other is some born talent... I just want to smile, put my hand on their shoulder, hand them a pair of drums sticks, pull the stool back and say... have a seat my man.
  12. It is always funny to me that when conceptual discussion spring up, people tend to be drawn as if by a magnet to extreme examples. In any endeavor, a human takes to, as soon as there is a second person that wants to take on the same endeavor, you will have some level of competition. They always say, "Auto racing was invented the day someone built the second car." And with any competition, someone is going to be the best at it. Michael Phelps moves his body through water faster and more efficiently than, well anyone else it seems. And when looking at an endeavor that can so easily be measured in distance and time... there is nothing one can really dispute there. But I will say that the 2 seconds here, 3 seconds there, maybe a half a second here or there that he is faster than the next guy... is not enough of a difference for me to just say... "Oh... Well he has this natural ability that no one else on Earth has." If he stood up, and ran across the surface of the water... then I'd reconsider that stance. But right now... he's just an insanely fast swimmer. And if any of us had gone through his exact same life and training... who knows that we wouldn't be faster than him. He didn't' wake up one day the fastest swimmer on Earth.
  13. Definite personality difference here. I graduated from Art school, and I've made art for almost 40 years, and I can 100% attest from my own experience that the word Art is a rabbit hole that no one should try to find the bottom of. When you say, "Vision and attention to detail," it sounds to me like you are no longer talking about woodworking per se, and are talking about "design." If you go to a furniture factory in southeast Asia, I guarantee you will find some woodworkers that can chisel out a mortise or nail a perfect bridal joint with one hand while having the flu. TONS of ability. Doesn't mean ol' boy can conceptualize his own design. I think a lot of woodworkers get frustrated because they see amazing furniture in Fine Woodworking magazine, so they spend a fortune on a shop. Then they are standing there, chisel in hand, and really all they can think to do is... make an end grain cutting board. Woodworking is a skill. Design, to a certain extent, is also a learnable skill... but I will concede that "Art" does come into play.
  14. Fair warning... I absolutely adore semantics. So, if we're still posting about this in two weeks, I feel like we're just getting warm. But... really... I believe that words are important. We think in words, whether we like it or not, and the way we think i.e. the "words" we think... matter. Ability is a good word. Definition: Competence in an activity or occupation because of one's skill, training, or other qualification. Anyone with opposing thumbs and no diagnosable mental disorders or physical handicaps have all the tools needed to accomplish any woodworking task. I do not subscribe to a notion that some human beings were literally born with any extra appreciable capacity for woodworking than anyone else. That being said, I'm sure some people have better eyesight, better hand-to-eye coordination, better spacial recognition etc... and those people may appear to be more "talented" at a specific task than others. But... I do not accept that another person could not equal that person's ability with desire, resources, and repetition. In fact, I would say that Ability is the Sum (to use a math term). Desire + Resources + Repetition = Ability Meh... I don't like it. Desire is not a requirement for all abilities. I can wiggle my ears, even though I never had a desire to do so. I dunno. But I will say, words like, talent, skill, ability, and predisposition... are all slippery-slope words to me. I think they end up being used in a way to explain or excuse. I still say... just do it, and keep doing it. You'll get it. Whatever it is.
  15. SEE!!! Damn it... I TOLD you guys I need a drum sander!!!
  16. That's true. But let's think about the word "Skill" for a moment. I believe I have developed an iron-clad formula for "Skill. Making a world class omelet takes three things. Desire, Resources, Repetition. Desire: You may find yourself in the military, or in prison or somewhere where you have no choice; you have to cook 3,000 eggs a day. But in general, if you endeavor to learn to cook at a level beyond just the basics, then you have to have that desire in your heart to learn. Resources: Cookbooks, YouTube, Family, Teachers, Co-workers, Friends... While I guess you could spend 10 years making 10 omelets a day with no instruction or help, but most of the time, if you want to learn how to make a next-level omelet, you turn to some resource for knowledge or at least perspective. Repetition: Once you've got the first two down, all that's left is to do it... and do it... and do it. Your 50th omelet will be much better than your 1st. Most would-be cooks have 1 and 2 down all day, all night. But it's the reps that they want to pass right by. I think that making a cutting board fits this model perfectly. You first have to want to do it. Then it helps to read about the process, see it done on YouTube or in real life, or at the very very least, hold an end-grain cutting board in your hands so you can see what they look like. Then you just do it. Chances are, your first one will be "fine", good enough for a gift to your sister or for use around the house. But your 10th one will be waaaay better, and made faster and with less waste. And if you are working from rough-sawn random-width/length lumber, you will have also gone through the milling process a ton in this process. You will definitely have a deep understanding of how important the words parallel and perpendicular are, meaning: flat and square. So I agree that making an omelet takes skill, but making an end-grain cutting board takes pretty much the exact same brain power.
  17. How could you NOT want to build one? It's a huge honking slab of carefully detailed wood. It's like... a woodworker's omelette. You want to apply for a job as a cook in a fine dining restaurant, you have to make an omelette as part of your trial process. You want to learn to make things out of wood... you make a cutting board.
  18. Is Jet not a good company? I see them around in a lot of YouTube videos and in books.
  19. I feel like I am about to have so much fun with this question... Which planer should I buy?
  20. Ha ha ha... best post of the thread. Okay okay okay... I get it! A drum sander is dumb right now. Fine!!! I STILL think that a thickness planer is a better investment right now than a band saw. I can build one of those nifty planer sleds to use the planner as a "jointer" for rough sawn board faces, and I can use my 4" jointer for jointing any edges for panel glue ups. Put I do have one question... If I do not have a drum sander, how can I reliably sand an end grain cutting board flat and deeply enough to cut through the glue that is absorbed by the end grain?
  21. I have not gone to school for woodworking. My dad never even picked up a hammer, much less taught me how to cut a houndstooth dovetail. I learned everything I know from three places: YouTube, Books, and most importantly... Trial and Error. I do not have years of experience under my belt. But I do have a very very broad skill-set that spans many disciplines, and I can see that woodworking has three basic concepts that go back to 5th grade geometry week: Parallel, Perpendicular, and Diagonal (45 deg). In my admittedly very limited experience as a woodworker, I have basically never said, "Damn I wish I had a bandsaw right now." But I have thought, "God, if I only had a drum sander, this would be so much easier." All that being said, the bit about a sharp planer does peak my interest. I am perhaps expecting too much out of a drum sander. I know that a drum sander can remove band saw marks, and dull table saw blade marks. But... I think that the image I have in my mind may be inaccurate. If I made an end-grain cutting board, and after ripping all those boards on the table saw, gluing them up, then rotating the new panel 90 deg., and crosscutting off new boards of endgrain, then gluing them all together for the board... all of the pieces, assuming I didn't move the table saw fence, should all be the same thickness, so it should be a pretty flat panel. The problem is... any glue squeeze out will have just soaked into the end grain of the wood, and will likely have penetrated 1/8'th of an inch into the wood, So I would need to remove that much off of each side. A drum sander would take for ever ever to do that. I could run it through a planer, and then just sand it smooth with a random orbital, if needed. Right?