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  1. Art

    Walnut score...

    I had a couple hundred pounds of maple up there for months, so it should be good. Admittedly, I was nervous the first time I loaded it up though.
  2. Art

    Walnut score...

    I came across a good stash of nice walnut recently. I had accompanied a friend of mine to a local yard that specializes in reclaimed fir (beams, joists, etc). He makes most of his stuff from this type of fir, and I just went along to check out the yard. While I was there I started poking around the stacks, and came across a pallet of 8/4 walnut. This was about the only hardwood they had in the place. I asked about it, and apparently these were old floor boards from an old barn in northern Tennessee. I'm not sure why these guys bought it because they don't really deal in this stuff at all. Anyway, the were asking $9/bd ft. Around here, 8/4 walnut typically goes for about $15-16/bd ft. They were also pretty generous in their measurements, and allowed for some minor defects and damage, so when all was said and done, I ended up paying about $8. I ended up buying about 100 bd ft, which was basically all the good stuff. I left the badly warped and damaged stuff. Most of what I got is very straight with very few knots or other defects, and is almost all heartwood: The following is one piece that had a knot and some sapwood in it, but had nice figure around it, so my wife used it for an art project she was working on: I have a couple of projects in mind for this stuff. We've been considering a new dining room table, so that is what most of this may become...
  3. I actually bought the guild plans for the Roubo well over a year ago, and have been slowly getting to work on it. I picked up a bunch of 8/4 soft maple several months ago when it was on sale and rough milled it, then stickered it. In the last few weeks I got around to getting the slabs milled and glued up, and today brought them down to final thickness, which a right about 4 1/16". I'm lucky in that I can run them straight through my planer, so they are perfectly flat at this stage: I'll be buying the Benchcrafted vise hardware in the next few days, and plan on getting to the tail vise installation at some point this month. As may be evident, this will be a slow build as I pick away at it. In all honesty, I'm hoping to have this thing done by next summer. I'll update this thread as I make progress. I've really enjoyed following other builds on this forum, and certainly would like to thanks those that have done such a great job documenting their builds, as it makes it much easier for those of us that follow.
  4. Art

    Mobile bases?

    I just picked up a Laguna 14 bx 2.5, and didn't feel like paying $200 for the Laguna mobile base, so I got a cheap base ( I figured that these aren't high tech devices, and a bandsaw isn't the heaviest tool in the world, so this should suffice. I have the same one for my drill press, and it seems to work fine. There are no plastic cams, and the frame seems quite robust. I won't be setting this thing up for a while as it's also meant to be a Christmas present, but if it becomes a problem, I'll update this post.
  5. Busy day today. I picked up a 21" Excalibur scroll saw for 40% off (this was for my wife...), and a Laguna 14bx 2.5 hp bandsaw for 10% off (along with a couple of blades). For any Canadians, the scroll saw was at KMS tools, and the bandsaw was at Ultimate Tools. I wasn't actually planning on buying anything, but we found those sales today, and they were purchases we were going to make anyway, so we figured now is as good a time as any...
  6. That will be an amazing shop Kev! Congratulations. Looking forward to following along. Do you have enough Nordfab ducting for this shop? Otherwise I suspect the budget for ducting might equal the construction budget
  7. Very nice Kev. I did a handful of these for our house, but they were all for paintings that were about 4'x4'. Cutting the mitres on those was a bit of a challenge as I haven't built a jig like yours, and any errors are very pronounced over a 4' length. But they turned out and my wife was happy, so it's all good...
  8. For what's it's worth, my dealer delivered my A3-31 HH straight into my garage, perfectly calibrated. this was 2 years ago and I haven't had to do anything to it since then. I'll likely be rotating the cutters this week as a couple seem to have chips in them and I've got some important milling to do soon. Overall, I have nothing but good things to say about this machine. I can't speak to customer service, other than the original delivery, as there simply hasn't been anything to call about.
  9. Thanks for the replies. I've got a couple of bigger purchases planned in the next few months, so I'm trying to figure out if it's worth my time to drive down from Vancouver. I figure it's about a 4 hour drive each way, but even with the exchange rate, those prices are tempting.
  10. I've seen this CL page for a place in Auburn: They seem to have really good deals on machinery. It looks like a lot of it is new or nearly new but with minor shipping damage. Does anyone know what the deal is with them? I can't seem to find a website for them, other than the CL listings. Are they legit? Thanks, Art
  11. Thanks for the review. This product is certainly on my upgrade list in the next 1-2 years.
  12. Art

    Pre-stickered cart

    You should market that idea. This is the type of thing Lee Valley loves...
  13. Mineral oil and beeswax. As stated above, MO can be bought in the pharmacy, and I bought a 1 lb block of beeswax in a local honey store. This way I can make my own and portion it into smaller containers as required. There are lots of "recipes" online to get an idea of the proportions of oil to wax.
  14. My wife and I are billeting a young soccer player from the Vancouver Whitecaps, and I promised him I would get him into the shop and start teaching him some stuff. He had never held any sort of power tool before yesterday. We are making a cutting board for his Mom for Christmas, so yesterday we started with some rough Maple and Walnut, and I had him mill it down and glue it up. We made sure he watched me do it first, but he is a quick study, and did well. I told him that when he is a famous pro soccer player, he still needs to know how to operate basic tools
  15. Art

    First time milling!

    Those were oak logs about 14" wide and about only 3 1/2 feet. I can only imagine what it takes to mill up an 8 or 10 foot log. Just handling the logs is a challenge without the proper equipment. The largest was easily north of 150 lbs. I only milled them enough make them small enough to finish resawing on the bandsaw, so it it mostly 16/4. I will admit to spending several hours yesterday looking at Youtube videos about hobbyist sized bandsaw mills... I'd love to have the space to be able to do this regularly, but that sadly that won't happen anytime soon.
  16. So I've always wanted to try some milling, but living in the middle of a big city, the opportunities don't really present themselves a lot. However, the city of Vancouver maintains thousands of trees along city roads, and they occasionally them down if they are sick or otherwise dying. In these situations, the logs are left on the side of the road, and anyone can help themselves to them. Recently, I came across some reasonably sized logs: some Alder and some Red Oak. I realize they are not the most desirable species around, but for me it was more about the learning experience. Anyway, my wife and I went out and hauled them into the back of my truck, and today I went out and rented at chainsaw and an Alaskan Mill and went to work. I fully realize that I spent more money in renting the equipment than what the resulting wood is likely worth, but it was fun. I know also have a new appreciation for how much work this type of milling is. Here are some photos:
  17. I'll just echo what others have said. I have the 3 hp PCS and have never had any issues with it. I don't have a bandsaw (yet...) so I do all my rip cuts on the TS. I use a good quality rip blade and have no problems with thick stock. I recently ripped all the maple for a Roubo with no issues whatsoever. I haven't tried a 5 hp saw, but I imagine the main difference would be that you could push the material through much quicker. That may matter in a production shop, but for a hobbyist I don't see that it's worth the additional cost.
  18. When I got mine, the plan was to get the blue one. I had always mocked people here with white vehicles, but when I saw a white Ridgeline in the dealer's lot, I realized it looked pretty sharp, so that's what I got. It stays amazingly clean. In the two years I've had it, I think it's been properly cleaned one time, and honestly still looks good!
  19. Or you could just invest in a vaguely truck shaped car: It works for me (Kidding of course, as these anything but cheap compared to the other options..)
  20. I had that issue accessing the site yesterday, but seems to be resolved today.
  21. It's a Kamado Joe: It's exactly like a Big Green Egg ceramic cooker, only it's red...
  22. No it's not. I looked at ipe, but it's very expensive, and the guy at the yard recommended kayu balu which is an Indonesian hardwood that is similar in many ways to ipe, but less expensive. It isn't easy to work with (very dense and hard), but it looks great. It's finished with Messmers UV Plus, so hopefully other than occasional touch ups, it should be good for many years.
  23. This is a picture of my daughter I looking serious in our matching shirts, during a recent trip to Nova Scotia: This is my favourite project this year. It's not exactly fine woodworking, and it took way too long, but is finally finished. It replaces the ugly, boring contractor special back deck that came with our house. We needed a larger deck and a place for our Kamado Joe. I'm very happy with the way it turned out, and now I can concentrate on more interesting projects - I've got most of the wood milled for my Roubo, but haven't yet started on actual construction. Other than that, I've done some small shop projects, and a couple of bookshelves for my daughter. I tend to work at a very slow pace, but I'll try to post photos of the real projects as I get to them:
  24. Art

    Bandsaw question

    It seems to be the tariffs. The G0817 which is about $2500 CAD is listed at $1425 on the US site.