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  1. Bosch jig for me. I've cut up to 12/4 with no problem.
  2. Not sure about a Table Saw Bible, but the Jessem Clear-Cut Table Saw guides have made a huge difference in quality of cut, ease of use and safety:,41080,51225
  3. Awesome job, and thanks for documenting it so thoroughly. It's heartening to see one of these old houses being saved. Around here in Vancouver, zoning laws discourage this kind of renovation. Essentially, the older houses have larger footprints that wouldn't be allowed on a new build. However, the definition of a "renovation" is quite liberal, so a lot of the builders will almost completely tear down the old houses, leaving just one or two walls standing, and just build a completely new house around these sad remnants. This qualifies as a renovation, and thus they can build a bigger house (which is what this market demands) than they otherwise could. I personally would much rather have what you're doing, than some "renovated" McMansion...
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    Pickup Trucks

    I've got the new Honda Ridgeline. It's the first truck I've every owned, and so far I'm loving it. If you're past the stage in your life where you want to impress people with what you drive, this is a great vehicle to consider. Being a new truck there are no long term reviews yet, but Honda has always been know for reliability, so I'm not worried about that aspect of it. It is different than most "real" trucks, with front wheel drive (with options for all wheel drive), and has unibody construction, but it drives very smoothly as a result. The ride quality is like driving a nice sedan. As far a practical stuff, they've designed it so that it can carry a 4x8 sheet laying flat in the back. Also, because it has no rear axle, it has a huge trunk underneath the bed that all kinds of stuff. It's big enough to fit my hockey bag in. The back seat area is also designed very well, with fold-up seats that give you a ton of storage if needed. Mileage is just ok. I'm averaging about 13.7 L/100km (sorry, we don't do MPG up here), and they're not the cheapest to buy. I've got the top of the line Touring edition which comes with everything under the sun, but there are much less expensive versions that get you all the important stuff. Overall, it's been great for what I need it for. I'm not hauling 4000 lb loads, but for plywood, lumber, landscaping stuff for my backyard, etc, it's the perfect truck for me.
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    I'm pretty new here, and haven't posted a lot, but do check in on the forums several times a week to see what's going on. If some people have left because of Eric, that's a shame. Having said that, Eric's responses to some comments or threads absolutely come across a childish. There is no doubt he knows what he is doing, and I've learned a lot from him (and others), but when conversing as adults, as simple courtesy goes a long way. Accepting that there are differing opinions is part of dealing with people and engaging in an adult conversation. That is sometimes lacking...
  6. I'd read about how easy it was to put together, but my dealer assembled and delivered it for me. This is why I'll buy from him when I can. As far as the plug is concerned, there is a picture of it on the online instructions, so I just made sure my electrician had that when wiring up my garage.
  7. I've made some of these as well. The whole series is very popular in our family and my 9 yr old daughter is a huge fan of the books, so she asked me to make one for her. I've since made about a dozen, as her friends all see them and ask for one. I just give them away, and seeing the looks on their faces is incredible. The handle is carved from mahogany using mainly spokeshaves and rasps. The logo is real gold foil, and the banding on the bristles is 12 ga copper wire. Not sure why some here would think this is a waste of wood, but to each his own...
  8. I'm in a similar position as you. I am just starting out, in the sense that I've always wanted to get serious about woodworking, but up to now I haven't physically had the space. Now that I do have the space (a 2 car garage), I am going all in. After poring over many threads, watching many videos, and planning things out, I decided to take the "buy the best that you can afford" route. I'm lucky in that I can afford pretty good stuff, and I don't have to justify the cost. Like you I had a mitre saw that I used for home stuff, but in the last six months have bought stuff as I needed it - a Sawstop table saw, a Hammer combo jointer/planer, a Bosch router (I still can't justify a Festool router), a Festool ROS and track saw and one of their vacuums , as well a bunch of hand tools and a decent dust collector. I still don't have a drill press or band saw, but will pick them up when I need them. I've been happy with this approach, and I realize that the actual stuff I've bought is likely way overkill for my actual use, but at the end of the day, it's a rewarding hobby for me, and the cost has been well worth it for me.
  9. Thanks again. I'll likely hire someone that actually knows what they're doing for something like this, now that I know it can be done.
  10. Thanks for reply. What's the advantage of having them drill from the outside?
  11. I know there are already several threads dealing with insulation a garage, but I couldn't find an answer to my specific issue. I have a standalone 2 car garage that already has drywall inside, but isn't insulated. This is pretty common here, as our winters are quite mild, and most people use their garages for cars (strange...). The garage door is insulated though. There is no insulation in the attic space, but this is pretty easy for me to access and lay down some fibreglass insulation, but my question has to do with the walls. Is there an easy way to insulate them, short of taking down the drywall? Can you cut holes in the top and blow down some insulation? I appreciate any help... Art
  12. I've got the new Ridgeline. I looked at the other mid sized trucks and it came down to the Ridgeline and the Tacoma. Once I drove them, it was a no-brainer for me. The Honda drives like a car, fits easily in the narrow streets where I live, looks good (IMO), and being a Honda, will hold it's value. As far as hauling stuff, 4x8 sheets fit easily in the bed with the tailgate down. The trunk in the bed is genius, and the way they have the rear seats folding up makes for a ton of additional storage space. I got the Touring Edition, which in Canada is the top of the line one, so it was relatively expensive, but for me the cost wasn't a big issue, and as it is my daily driver, I wanted all the comfort features.
  13. I picked up a couple of these today: It's a pretty good deal. They are pretty solid, and fold up nicely to get them out of the way when they're not needed. I'm not sure how long the sale is on for.
  14. I picked up a couple of these today: It's a pretty good deal. They are pretty solid, and fold up nicely to get them out of the way when they're not needed. I'm not sure how long the sale is on for.
  15. For my purposes, it's great. The trunk in the bed of the truck is very useful, and the way they did the back seats is also very smart for storage. The in bed speaker system seems pretty cool, although I haven't used it a lot yet. In theory is can haul a fair amount, but I probably will never use it to it's full capability. I suspect this is also the case for the majority of city truck guys like me...
  16. I live in the city, and always thought that guys that drove pickups around here were idiots. Then, when I started thinking about getting a new vehicle, I looked at a bunch of larger SUVs and made the realization that the reason I need a larger vehicle is for carrying around loads of sheet goods and lumber, as well as two stinky, muddy dogs. But I can't/don't want a full sized pickup. Where I live, the streets are quite narrow, and parking is always very tight. When all was said and done, I ended up buying one of the new Honda Ridglelines. The thing is awesome. Its small enough to drive comfortably in the city, is easy to park, and can easily carry full 4x8 sheets. I know this doesn't help the OP, but I am now fully a believer in the utility of trucks, even for a city guy like me...
  17. Fair enough. No one is likely changing anyone's mind here, but it's still a good discussion to have. Speaking as a ripped, robust Canadian of course :).
  18. Do you have no room for nuance in your views? I don't think anyone here is advocating letting their kids sit transfixed in front of a screen for days on end. The last thing I want for my daughter is for her to spend all night playing a shooter, smoking dope, eating Doritos and letting life slowly waste away. I'm arguing that in today's environment, moderation in electronics is needed. It's a different world from the one most of us grew up in. I grew up just as home video games were coming on the market, and while we played some, my days were spent outside playing hockey in the winter and baseball in the summer, and running through the woods all year round. I have a very healthy respect for being outdoors, and we are instilling that in my daughter, as I hope most parents are as well. I don't see being a healthy, active kid and playing video games as being mutually exclusive. It definately takes discipline, and setting rules in the house, but it can be done. It also very important now to allow your kids to slowly become adept and safe while online, and that can start by playing online with friends, and instilling in them simple rules about interacting/chatting online.
  19. My daughter has enough lego to build a full sized house She has actually built some of her Lego stuff in her Minecraft world.
  20. As long as your kid is active, doing well in school, etc, there is nothing wrong with some screen time. Anyone who has kids these days knows that technology and video games are the social currency of the playground. If your kid is the only one that doesn't play Minecraft, for example, then in my opinion you're doing them a disservice by not giving them something to which every other kid at school can relate to. And not all games are created equal. Again, using Minecraft as an example, it is basically electronic Lego. It encourages creativity and imagination, as do some others out there.
  21. 2x4's on the garage floor works for me. Easy to store and set up.
  22. I've managed to find small versions of many tools for my daughter - hammer, tape measure, stubby screwdriver, tiny anvil, small vice. That plus various wood scraps, and she has a great time. If you really want to spend some money, Lee Valley has all sorts of fully functional miniature hand tools...
  23. Another option that I had considered, even with my own space, was getting a membership at a local makerspace. It seems most big cities have them, and here in Vancouver, for about (I believe) $50/month, you can get access to a full range of quality machinery. I had considered it as a way of seeing what type of machines I would actually use, as well as learn to be safe around them. I ulltimately decided against that simply due to time constraints. Having a family and a business typically doesn't allow for full days or evenings in the shop, so having my own place that I could pop into for an hour or two at a time made sense.
  24. Thanks. I'm a little nervous though. I'm worried Eric may jump all over me for something I say