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About freedhardwoods

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  • Birthday 10/23/1960

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    Odon, IN
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  1. Since I tend to disappear from internet forums for weeks at a time, I just found this thread. I'm very sorry for your loss. The casket looks very nice, and I'm sure was a very difficult project to do. Building the casket and setting the stone yourself is more than almost anyone else would do. I'll be praying for you as you continue your journey in this life.
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    Glue-Up Advice

    I went on a short run for a couple hours. When I got back it was planed, cut, and glued up.
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    Glue-Up Advice

    I stumbled onto my old Delmhorst R2000 moisture tester that I used 10 years ago while running my lumber kiln. I had put it on a shelf and forgot about it. I tested the 8/4 lumber this am and it is showing 6.5 - 7% on the outside and 10% at the core. I told them I would plane 1/4" off each side and let it sit in the shop a while.
  4. freedhardwoods

    Glue-Up Advice

    I think letting it letting it sit a few days is the thing to do, but it isn't me doing it. I passed on the info. I'll find out tomorrow what they decided.
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    Glue-Up Advice

    Thanks for the quick replies. It is kd, but I am leery of lumber that I didn't dry myself, especially thick lumber. The breadboard end sounds like a good idea.
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    Glue-Up Advice

    I am long on book learning and short on experience in some areas of woodworking. A shop that I install for is planning to glue up 8/4 walnut into a 3' wide top, plane it down to 1 1/4" thick, and immediately finish and install it with the end against a granite countertop. Shouldn't it be allowed to acclimate for a couple weeks at 1 3/8" (or more) before taking it on down to final thickness?
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    Almost There

    My income hasn't been that good the last few months. Trying to get the shop going is on hold. It looks like I might be out of business before I even get started.
  8. freedhardwoods

    Chest of Drawers

    Real good videos with good explanations.
  9. freedhardwoods

    Not My Ad. Quite a Deal!

    A 20' diameter. blade would be over 60' long. That pic doesn't do it justice.
  10. freedhardwoods

    Straightline Gangrip

    That's why I ordered the 725 feed controller. Infinite speeds up to 46 fpm.
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    Straightline Gangrip

    The fences are what made it cut straight. The solid outfeed fence extended through the machine to within a 1/4" of the saw blade. I had 10 blades, but the most I had on the shaft at one time was 8. Three of them were grinding the scrap into sawdust. I've watched other shops making blanks with a regular straight line rip saw. What would take them 3 or 4 passes, I did in 1 pass. The baby feeders were only there to keep the board against the fences. The Woodmaster feeder didn't need any help pulling a board through because I ordered serrated steel feed rollers for absolutely no slip. Set a board on the table, set the fence, start it into the baby feeder, then go for the next board. You were feeding an 8' board about every 8 seconds. You really needed 2 people on the outfeed side. One person couldn't keep that pace very long. Pic 4 and 5 shows the adjustable infeed fence. The left side of the straight walnut board shown in the pics is where the laser line shined down from above. Pic 4 shows the fence opened wide for a really crooked board. Pic 5 shows it closed for a nearly straight board. This machine cut skip planed blanks to feed through a 4 head mouder. I sold random length drawer box material with the bottom grooved and top rounded over to several cabinet shops. I also made some flooring and other things.
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    Straightline Gangrip

    I built this for my last woodworking business. It was one of, if not the best machines I've ever used. If I ever needed a steady supply of blanks, I would build it again. I disassembled it when I had to shut down. It was a custom ordered Woodmaster 718 with 10 hp motor and 725 46 fpm feed controller, two 46 fpm mini feeders, shop built adjustable fence infeed table with laser line, and stationary fence outfeed table. The scrap was ground up and removed by the dust cyclone leaving the finished blanks and 1 off fall to be used in glue ups later. It could keep 2 men running to keep up with it.
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    Shop Cleanup

    I wasn't using the shop much for a long time and that's when I tend to let things pile up. Hopefully, when I'm in the shop more, I'll keep things cleaned up as I go. We'll see.
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    Shop Cleanup

    Did some work on the "wood" side of the shop today. Added some short and long board storage under the chop saw. Doubled the sawdust capacity under the cyclone. Dug out my old Craftsman TS and put on a Shop Fox fence I had on a shelf. Had to drill new mounting holes and fix the broken handle to make it usable.
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    My shop overhaul

    Your "after" shop will be unbelievably nicer to work in than the "before" shop. Looks good!